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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book there is for A+ Hardware exam and decent for...

the Operating Systems exam.
Be sure to get the updated edition for the new A+ exams that CompTIA released this year (2001).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jerry Honeycutt, Jerry Honeycutt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My recommendations

Everybody who works with Windows XP knows that REGISTRY is not only a heart of that OS but, I would say, sick heart, so without the book "Microsoft Windows XP Registry Guide" written by Jerry, Jr. Honeycutt and Jerry Honeycutt you can do nothing to fix numerous problems, which, no doubts, you are going to meet with purchasing Windows XP. Comprehensible language and professional approach makes it an excellent guide into so sensitive area of Windows XP.I would recommend to Microsoft to sell OS Windows XP together with this book, so customer could fix the problems, which everyone starts getting while working on WinXP.It is very helpful book, indeed.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Rules of Play : Game Design Fundamentals
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Katie Salen, Eric Zimmerman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Little insight from an inexperienced pair.

When I received a copy of this book I didn't have any solid expectations. I had never heard of Zimmerman or Salen before and so I wasn't overly surprised when the text turned to disappoint. If you look into the authors credentials you'll find that neither have any experience in game design beyond a beginner/hobbyist level. I felt mislead by the bravado the authors put forth in assuming authority on a subject they are blatantly unqualified to comment on. Overall the book delves into game design on only a very shallow level.
On the brighter side, if you're a game player with a passing interest in old school design, or just want to know the opinions of some retro-gamers, you might care to check this book out. For anyone else, I'd suggest alternatives: "Game Design: Theory and Practice" and especially "Chris Crawford on Game Design". Both contain intelligent analysis from truly experienced designers with much more relevance to modern game design.
The bottom line is that there are just too many good alternatives to be interested in this instantly forgettable material.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Cram (Exam: 350-001)
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Henry Benjamin, Dmitry Bokotey, Thomas M. Thomas II
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A Glimpse of the Universe

It gives you an glimpse of what you will need to know. It's a great book to read when you first start studying, because if a concept is new to you, you can dig deeper in another book. If you have this book side-by-side with a much larger and more detailed text, you will pass the exam. I suggest Swartz for the "other" book.
Why only 3 stars? Because it's just filler for other texts. A starting point to guide you to other authors. For that reason alone, I can't give it 4 stars (Swartz gets 4 stars).
I passed the Exam today and I can say that this book assisted. I believe I would have passed without it, but my score was probably bumped a few points because of it. If you are borderline, it could make the difference between a Pass/Fail.
The final 100 question exam is excellent! They explain the answers in detail. If you can get a 90% or above on the final 100 questions, you've got a shot.