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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS
Publisher: SitePoint
Authors: Dan Shafer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent springboard into CSS (For Beginers only)


I purchased this book after a 3-year hiatus from web design and without any CSS knowledge. This book provided an easy understanding to start using CSS. Other books I tried seemed to target people who already had a grasp on the basics and lost me from the beginning. This book also has one of the best reference selections I have seen. If you already know CSS and have a desk reference book then this book is NOT for you. But If you were like me and totally clueless as to where to begin then pick this book up. After reading this book you may need to buy another CSS book that targets a more advanced crowd.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Forensic Discovery
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Authors: Dan Farmer, Wietse Venema
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A fresh perspective on computer forensics


I've been doing computer security for a good many years at this point, but I've never been much of a forensics person. The other books I've read on the topic were more of a step by step procedure without getting so much into the "why" of the process. I found this book to be different. The authors provide a clear understanding of what things should occur, in what order they occur, and WHY they should occur.

A great example of this is their discussion on the expiration of information within a comptuer system. They go through great pains to help the reader understand the priority used when looking for clues after an incident. The authors even list how long you can expect a computer system to retain information in its various parts.

One good piece of information I'm going to test came directly from Chapter 4 and talks about creating a disk image from across a network using Hobbit's Netcat tool.

Overall, I found the book both easy to understand and informative. It seems a little light on the number of pages, but the number of screenshots is limited, keeping the content high and the fluff to a minimum.

The topics include File System Analysis, System Processes, Analyzing Malware, and the persistence of deleted information. The two appendices add additional information by including discussions about The Coroner's Toolkit and Data Gathering. This includes very useful information on what they call "The Order of Volatility".



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Oracle by Design (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Thomas Kyte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book


This book is a must-have if you work with Oracle for a living. In my day job I work with Oracle and MS SQL. This book makes working with Oracle almost as easy as working with MS. It will teach you how to analyse your system for things that indicate problems and resolve them before they kick you in the behind.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The ultimate reference for Sys Admins and Developers


The "BEST" computer book I have ever seen and bought. Allen did a tremendous and excellent job by gathering all these recipes in a single and consistent book. He uses different methods via the command lines, Windows GUIs, and scripting (VBSCRIPT & PERL) to get the expected outcome. Developers and system Administrators will really enjoy reading this book and using all these recipes.This book will save a lot of time looking for the information you need and will help you coding your applications much faster. This book is the best reference that all the system administrators and developers should have. This book is also a great reference for Perl programmers who need to develop applications dealing with Windows environment and ADSI.Believe me, you will not be disappointed. Enjoy reading the book
Thanks again Allen for your great jobBehruz