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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hardening Cisco Routers (O'Reilly Networking)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Thomas Akin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
"The facts Ma'am, just the fact".


Intended audiences: network administrators, security advisors/auditors, system architects.
This book is, pound for pound, among the best in my technical library.
Having almost no previous knowledge in router hardening (although I was aware of the basics of Cisco routers) a few hours with this book enabled me to review the "hardening" plan submitted by a highly paid security consultant, and provide useful comments on improving the proposal.
No doubt this book is the beginning, not the end, of my education on this subject. But this fine book got me off to a quick and productive start, which is high praise when compared to what could be said about so many other technical titles. Highly recommended.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Delivers exactly what it promises


If what you're after is plain, simple explanations of how to make your page look a certain way, then this is the best book out there. I have a shelf full of web books and this one is one of the few that shows any wear; the rest of them sit on the shelf and gather dust. I've owned the last three editions and the other two are on loan to friends who wanted to get started on their own web pages. If, on the other hand, you don't know what you want to do with your web page, then this book probably isn't for you. It doesn't make a lot of suggestions about what you should and shouldn't do on a web page. If that's what you're after, you should grab a style guide or a design book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (with Web Site, Chapter Quiz Booklet, and InfoTrac)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Authors: Gerald Corey
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Get this too if you get the text


This Student Manual accompanies the Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy text and covers: Practice, Ethics, Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Existential, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Reality, Behavior, Cognitive-Behavior, and Family Systems Therapy.
The Student Manual has some of the hands on tests, assessment forms, ethics codes etc. that I wish had been put in the text. Also, the text is so dense and meaty that the questions and definitions in the text are almost essential if you are being tested on this material. The chapters follow along with the book. Each chapter starts with a pretest in which you discover your agreement with the concepts presented (e.g. if you answer yes to all the TF questions in the Behavioral chapter, then this theory fits your style well.) Some of these pretests are inventory surveys that you are supposed to use as a basis of discussion -- I find this stuff highly subjective and useless - but then again I am an engineer and like to know how to actually DO things.
In each of the chapters you get:
1) Initial attitude questionaire that also acts as a list of underlying assumptions for the school of therapy being discussed
2) 3 or 4 page review of the chapter
3) definitions of important terms
4) Questions, Cases, Activities for use in class that would be fine if the prof were there guiding a discussion but are without feedback for the solitary reader.
5) A quiz on the chapter with answer key in back of book.
Chapters with more supplemental material in addition to 1-5 listed above:
Chapter 2: Useless surveys re your attitudes. A "Quick Discrimination Index" which is designed to "assess sensitivity ...to cultural diversity and gender equity" which should have been entitled "Find out how politically correct you are". Apparently, I am discriminatory because I think it is more inportant for moms to be with babies in the first year (when men can breastfeed, I'll change my answer!) This stuff was all fairly worthless.
Chapter 3: Good stuff: sample therapist-client contract, ACA Code of Ethis, APA Code of Conduct.
Chap 5: Blank Lifestyle Assessment Questionaire (for use with clients) with filled out form for "Stan".
Chap 6: Existential Activities
Chap 7: Practice sheet for reflecting feelings
Chap 8: Gestalt exercises
Chap 9: Reprint of the Cycle of managing, supervising, counseling and coaching using reality therapy
Chap 10: Sample worksheet on translating broad goals into specific goals, worksheet on how to be concrete, relaxation exercise
Chap 11: Questionaire for discovering underlying issues ("shoulds" "oughts") REBT Self-Help Form
Chap 12: One of Sitir's exercises to see where you are transfering people from your past onto people in your present. Questions useful for eliciting info on Family Systems from client.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Concepts
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book for beginners


This book has helped me a lot. This was my first book when I started learning Java. Many recognized computer institutes use this book in their basic Java course. One being University of Waterloo. Yes, this book is good for starters and anyone who wants to review java fundamentals. It explains every concept with an example.