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Product: Book - Audio CD
Title: The Portable PMP® Prep: Conversations on Passing the PMP® Exam
Publisher: ESI International
Authors: Carl L. Pritchard, J. LeRoy Ward
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Helped me pass

Listened to these CDs in the car during my commute and did not really get much out of them. Then the weekend before the exam I sat down and went through them again this time taking care to take good notes. I ended up with about 40 pages of notes. That was by far the best study time I had spent. My advice would be to take the time and actively listen rather than using the CDs as background. I also used a few text books and a bunch of practice tests. In the end I passed easily, nearly 90%. Then I used the sell your stuff button here at Amazon and resold the CDs for 2/3 of the original price. Great deal and it sold fast.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structured Computer Organization (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew S. Tanenbaum
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good as a starting point

Prof. Tanenbaum's writing style is a blessing for people who are new to computer science. I would recommend this book to anyone with a non-electrical engineering/computer science background. For people with such a background, this is a good starting point for studying computer organization.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco QOS Exam Certification Guide (IP Telephony Self-Study) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom, Michael Cavanaugh
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very happy with 1st 100 pages

OK, so I'm impatient to mouth-off. I've only read the 1st 100 pages but I'm so impressed, I want to tell you.

I just want to know about QoS. Exam is much lower priority.

I really like the language used in this book ... it resonates with me. I also like the fact that several different ways are sometimes used to describe something. This confirms my understanding & if I don't understand the 1st way of explaining it, it gives me another chance. When different terms mean the same thing, this is explained. This is great since this is a major source of confusion in IT.
The plentitude of diagrams helps clarity.
This book is very considerate of the user ... not just dumping immature thoughts on a page like so many comms. books.

I generally have developed a negative impression of CiscoPress books (eg. the MPLS 'bible') but this helps recover this.

One little bit of feedback is that I find packet flows from right a left a bit counter intuitive. Compare figures on P.90 - 101.

Regards, MH

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alistair G. Lowe-Norris, Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book

Very good nuts and bolts guide to Active Directory. I've looked at a few other books on the topic and this is the best so far. The book takes a very logical approach toward describing all the complex details behind Active Directory. And as a bonus there are a bunch of chapters on scripting. The sample scripts were helpful. Even though AD is a very complicated beast, I think the authors did a good job in making it understandable. If you've never done anything with Windows before and want a very high-level introductory guide to AD, this book will probably have too many details for you. If you have even a little experience with NT4 or AD, then this book is a great reference!