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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Leo Laporte's 2005 Technology Almanac (Leo Laporte's Technology Almanac)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Leo Laporte, Michael Miller
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Short vignettes on current technology trends

After reading the 2003 edition, I never want to be without the latest issue of the Technology Almanac. Laporte & Miller use the calendar format to present historical tidbits, not all technological in focus, as well as information on trends in technology.
Each month begins with a calendar and for each day there is a caption describing a significant event that occurred on that day. There is a focus on a specific aspect of technology for each week, for example, the emphasis for the first week of August is web design. Each technical segment for the days in that week describes some aspect of the focus. Two other items also appear on the page devoted to the day. The first is another significant event for the day with a companion web site containing additional information. The second is one of seven different "of the week items." They are:

*) PC gadget of the week.
*) Download of the week.
*) Mac gadget of the week.
*) Web site of the week.
*) Portable gadget of the week.
*) Fact of the week.
*) Software of the week.

Since only one page is devoted to each day, the explanations are very short. Nevertheless, they are thorough enough to satisfy any initial interest you may have and easily point you in the appropriate direction. An additional list of historical facts for each day of the month is included after the last day of the month.
This book is a joy to read, it presents most of the significant trends in technology in short, easily digestible bytes. It is also a primary resource in the true sense of the word. It gets you started with the appropriate and understandable initial information.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LightWave 3D 8: 1001 Tips & Tricks
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Wes
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A must-have for all levels of experience

What separates this book from all the others is its range of information. Neatly organized into categories (surfacing, modelling, animating...) are expert tips that vary in complexity. Everyone can learn something from this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux(R) Desktop Garage (Garage)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Susan Matteson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Can't Wait to Read This Book!

Because I'm her aunt, and kinda nerdy. :^) I can attest to the fact that she knows her stuff, it will be fun to read and learn (it will hold your interest), and is put in terms that anyone can understand. Really looking forward to getting a copy soon...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective C++: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Design (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Oh my god. This book was everything....

Everything you wanted to know about C++ but were too lazy to experiment in order to learn. But after all, it's much easier to learn from a book than to test it using the compiler itself. Buy this book if you don't use "const &" often.