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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

The author has a talent of making history interesting. Not only was I thoroughly enthralled by the evolution of the subject, but the historical background that accompanied each change interested me. This is a first rate book, you'll learn a lot as I did.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers, Scott Jernigan
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Passed Class/Failed Exam

I am a beginner tech trying to get my A+ certification and I just bought this book last weeek. Since I bought it I can hardly put it down and I haven't even begun to look at the great CD that comes with the book of practice tests. Only two things so far that I have noticed about the book; (1) the binary system is explained very well on how it works in the PC but the author doesn't go into any detail how you can work with the binary system, not that I have found as of yet anyways, and if you are a beginner tech like myself you could get very lost. I had to do searches on the web to find this info to give me explanations and teach me how to figure out binary numbers. (2) I have study the CPU Chapters and I did not find any information on the new Hyper-Threading technology that Intel has out now, I didn't find it in the index of the book or the glossary the CD includes. I would think that this is an important part since it is a newer technology, but not that new that the author couldn't include a section about it, and I would imagine that it may be on the Hareware exam. Besides those two things that I have found so far the book is really good. It includes a chapter reveiw test at the end of each chapter, gives you the history of each part of the PC, where it could go in the future, and even gives you tips of how you should use the book to past the test. I would recommend this book to anyone starting out or trying to bone-up as a tech.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Tisdall
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
No need to have any previous programming knowledge

I had zero programming experience when I started reading this book. It allowed me, step by step, to get familiar with the language and start writing programs related to the field I am interested in. It is fun and very helpful. You don't feel the frustration of being lost in the middle of unreadable code. The comments and explanations to the programs are great. It allows you to start learning the simple things first and then, as you get familiar with the language, go into more detail. You can chose, as the author suggests, to go sometimes to the Perl documentation and read about the operators or functions introduced in the different programs; but what is great about the book is that you are given examples and exercises to use them. This is really the way to learn.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clearly the Best Introduction book to TCP/IP

This book is clearly worth the somewhat high than average TCP book. It provides indepth analysis of the OSI 7 Layers. Then transitions to real life scenarios which ture complements the style of this book. This is a great book for individual with UNIX experience since most of the references are to UNIX commands and systems.