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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Do Everything with Photoshop CS
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Colin Smith, Colin Smith
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
technically sound--more editing needed

Everything? Come on, get serious. This sorry book never even mentions the ability of CS to work with raw camera files and its ability to do most things in 15 bit color -- probably the two most important innovations for digital photographers. The book should have been named "How to do in Photoshop CS the same things you used to do in Photoshop 7, with a couple of additions." It's just a re-hash of its ancestors.

Product: Book - Paperback
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Hassell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good to start with a Radius

Clear documentation on Radius env but you must read another document, most on freeradius, to build a real solutions.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Essential Guide to Telecommunications (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Annabel Z. Dodd
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The Bible for the telecommunications sales

If you work for a Telecommunications company and want to understand all the technology out there get this book. I am a GTE employee and learned more from a week of reading this book than all the required training on the same technology that is portrayed on this book that I have received in the past several years. The author's key to success rests in the fact that she explains the technology in simple terms which is a rarety around all telecommunication experts. I do wish that some more time was dedicated to explaining certain technologies in more detail, like DSL but i think it is highly unfair to say that the book is a failure because somebody did not write a testament about a technology that has not been popular at all and has limited uses.
If you want to relate and understand much more about the intricate world of telecommunications, even if it is the Internet that has you curious. Buy the book NOW!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000 Developer's Handbook Volume 1: Desktop Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Paul Litwin, Ken Getz, Mike Gilbert
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Probably good if read like a novel

This book is a paradox. It's huge and filled with lots of information. It weighs a lot and has lots of pages.

WHY then, do I refer to it time and time again and never find anything I am looking for?

After attempting to use this book as a reference guide for the past few years, I have given up. It simply does not have the information I am looking for. I am tired of being in a bind while developing an Access tool, grabbing this and looking for a topic, only NOT to find it.

This book DOES have information, though. Lots of it. Used as a reference guide, it trepidates close to offering solutions to common problems. Scan through it and it will *touch* upon topics I need to know about, then veer off into some unknown space that is not what I need. Then I end up going to google groups where I find what I need quickly.

And that reminds me. The index leaves a lot to be desired. The words are large and, for long topics, it is easy to get lost because it is difficult to see which sections are indented (some sections are so long there are no indentations).

Just the other day I was trying to learn more about Access's .Text versus .Value property for textboxes. Surely, in a book of this size, there MUST be a paragraph devoted to it, right?

If so, I'd like to know where it is. Google groups...found it.

So as a reference guide, this book sucks.

HOWEVER, if this book was read from cover-to-cover and the material memorized, THAT would probably yield some good learnings. But I don't use computer reference books that way at all. This book would be way too big and dry for that.

Bottom line, I spent 59 bucks on this thing and it takes up a lot of room on my bookshelf. It would probably be a good book if read cover-to-cover. I can't think of 1 topic this book has helped me through during the development of Access tools.