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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Dan Margulis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An updated classic


Margulis is a highly respected professional who transcends the usual oversimplified chapters on color correction by writing an entire book on the topic. With a background in CMYK press work, his emphasis is on press color preparation which may seem a bit off track to RGB inkjet jockeys, but he has balanced his techniques to include all three color spaces Photoshop offers, CMYK, RGB and LAB, giving examples of the strengths and weaknesses of each. This is a book that will be re-read and retained for reference, and despite some curiously negative reviews, I found the book extremely helpful and quite well balanced. This is not a beginner's tutorial, but a professional's proven methods of color control within the Photoshop environment using all the tools available. I own 7 books on Photoshop 7 and this is the most indispensible. The book includes a CD with sample images for user experimentation.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best 1st book, wholistic view of system security


This book is an excellent discussion of the security issues as they relate to a modern IT environment. The book does not focus on encryption or other technology. Rather it discusses security from a practical, wholistic point-of-view. If you are looking for a best first book and are interested in developing a perspective on security and how it applies to technology based systems, then this is the book to read.
I am a technical project lead in the IT industry. I have read at least a dozen books on the various aspects of security, and this one has proven to be the most useful to me, by far. I now can deal with any security issue or technology and be able to put it into its proper perspective. I can also hold my own in a discussion with any security "expert".
I have recommended that everyone on my current program read this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Java resource ...


I've read quite a few programming/development books in my time and a few of them have also been about Java. Most of these books have been good and worth the money, but once in a while I've come across a book that's been a real gem. This book is truly one of those gems, and has become one of the most priced possessions of my bookshelf.
If you ever though of yourself as a expert Java programmer, this book is still going to be a must. This book should be a part of any aspiring or accomplished Java programmer's personal library. It gave me quite a few surprises and presented an in-depth look into several topics I've never really touched on in detail before, nor ever seen a good explanation of in any other book.
Bloch goes into great detail with a logical and convincing style. His explanations are clear and surprisingly easy to understand. The layout of the book (structure and size) is also good, and it has a very good index of the contents. The book has the ability to keep you glued to your chair for a long time (it's actually very entertaining to read - imagine that?), and it will serve as a indispensable reference once you're done.
The book has 10 chapters with a total of 57 different parts (called items in the book). Some examples of these items are "Make defensive copies when needed", "Minimize the scope of local variables", "Favor immutability" and "Consider providing static factory methods instead of constructors". The items are organized in the following chapters: "Creating and destroying Objects", "Methods Common to All Objects", "Classes and Interfaces", "Substitutes for C Constructs", "Methods", "General Programming", "Exceptions", "Threads" and "Serialization".
Conclusion: If you are working on maintaining and/or developing your Java skills, this book is highly recommended! I give it an unconditional 5 STARS!!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Server(TM) 2003 Inside Out (Inside Out)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fresh perspective on Windows Server 2003


William Stanek is one of the world's most respected Windows authors. His expertise shows in Windows Server 2003 Inside Out. Windows Server 2003 Inside Out has everything you need to deploy, maintain, and troubleshoot a Windows network as efficiently as possible.

Let me start by saying I've read all 3 of Stanek's Windows pocket books prior to this one (NT4, 2000 & 2003). I've been an admin for 7 years. This book is a one of a kind in the ocean of Windows Server books available these days. It is targetted specifically at windows admins and network engineers (and anybody else) who wants or needs to know Windows Server 2003 and it is written with the kind of insider knowledge you can only get by from many years of experience writing, teaching and consulting on Windows Server which Stanek has.

It is a massive book (almost 1500 pages). The CD-ROM includes the full Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit, lots of tools and the System Architecture documentation. In my opinion it is the most complete, up-to-date resource available. What it will show you is how Windows Server 2003 can be installed, configured, and maintained.

As with Stanek's pocket consultants, the writing style is very clear and consice. It is easy to find answers. It provides a solid foundation for correct DHCP, DNS, and WINS deployment and configuration. The architecture details are very comprehensive. It has excellent details on IP including subnetting (I finally understand it).

However, the best part of this book, in my opinion, is part 7: "Managing Active Directory and Security". It teaches you step by step how to implement it and use it to manage Windows networks. If you ever wanted to know how Active Directory really works this is a must read. It is better than the books dedicated to Active Directory I've read.

If you are new to Windows Server, I recommend starting with Stanek's Windows Server 2003 Pocket book first to learn as much as possible. Once you think you know everything about it, buy Windows Server 2003 Inside Out to see how much you still have to learn. This is the *Windows Server* bible.