Product: Book - Audio CD
Title: The Portable PMPÂ® Prep: Conversations on Passing the PMPÂ® Exam
Publisher: ESI International
Authors: Carl L. Pritchard, J. LeRoy Ward
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
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
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.
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory, Second Edition
Authors: Alistair G. Lowe-Norris, Robbie Allen
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!