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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Some People Being To Harsh

As a sysadmin and fan of hacking around with comps in general. This book is excellent for relative newbies to the security field. If you want detailed descriptions of theory and such, get some more scientific books. But if you want real-world applicable information this book is about as good a book as any to start with. Some of the attacks are dated, and it doesn't go into real technical detail. But if you are looking for a how-to guide on how to find protocol and application bugs. You are nothing more than a script-kiddie who wants to be able to write his/her own apps. That type of information doesn't exist, you get it from hacking around and learning it on your own. However this will give you good places to start researching how others scripts work. (Esp *nix versions, since they usually come as uncompiled C code *woot*).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Discovering Statistics Using SPSS for Windows : Advanced Techniques for Beginners (Introducing Statistical Methods series)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Authors: Andy Field
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally, statistics and fun can be used in a single sentence

I use statistics for a living (I'm an empirical researcher). I've had my Ph.D. for several years now and own all of the usual stuff like the Hair book, the array of SPSS manuals, and the Tabachnik and Fidell book. Of all the books and books I've used,read, and owned this is the singly most user friendly book on the topic. If you use SPSS in your work, I promise that this will be the best forty dollars you can spend. I wish more stats books were written in this tone. The book is actually fun to read, which is the highest compliment that a stats book can get. It is also very accurate. The single downside of this book is that it lacks references to research on which its recommendations are based. This book might be too weak for statisticians but it is just perfect for those who use statistical methods, especially SPSS. Very highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Real Web Project Management: Case Studies and Best Practices from the Trenches
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Thomas J. Shelford, Gregory A. Remillard
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book rocks...

I worked in the trenches of the 90s web boom at various locales, and i wish we'd had this book to help us deal with some of the chaos we encountered. But not only are the case studies and analyses extremely helpfull, the thing is actually readable! These guy write with freshness and wit. Highly recommended

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 220-221, Exam Cram 220-222)
Publisher: Que
Authors: James G. Jones, Craig Landes
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
I passed, with frustration

I just barely passed my A+ harware certification, technically using only this book (I've dabbled in computers for years, also took 2 college classes). The low price attracted me, but I wish I got something more comprehensive (or clearer).

Cons: I found this book very frustrating. For a "cram" there sure is a ton of (useless) background information and laughablly verbose and complicated explanations. It simply took me forever to piece together what they were saying. It was only when I turned to the internet to supplement the concepts did I finally see how much clearer certain things could be explained. Also after taking the exam, I felt the book prepared me to understand the questions, but not necessarily be able to know the right answer.

Pros: I appreciated the occasional humor that helped wake me up after a dry discussion. After scoring an 85% on the book practice test (which assures "if you can get through our test, you'll have no trouble with the real exam") I scored a 55% on the real exam. Not reassuring, but I did pass, so I give it 3 stars.

Perhaps it was my inexperience, so this book may make more sense if you are already familiar with the concepts. For me, I've already bought Sybex's A+ book to help pass the OS test. I passed hardware, but I would definitely recommend a supplement (or replacement) for Exam Cram.