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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows XP ProThe Missing Manual, 2nd Edition (Missing Manual)
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue, Craig Zacker, L.J. Zacker
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
connecting to the Internet

The very latest from David Pogue's eponymous publishing house [and O'Reilly]. The book goes into myriad useful tips on best using Microsoft's XP Professional. A very stable operating system, unlike some earlier efforts by Microsoft. Replete with attractive consumer level utilities. The book does go into system type aids, like showing the full power of the start menu, taskbar and control panel. All to the good. But somewhat prosaic.

I suspect what is more germane to most users are things like getting onto the Internet and all that that implies. The authors go into explaining how to get the most out of Internet Explorer. And setting up your email and doing instant messaging. For many of us, browsing and email will take up much of our usage, with chat perhaps a close third. The reality is that the computer's power is often as a connection to the greater world. Which is why though these chapters are only a fraction of the book, you may want to head here first and read slowly. Understanding them may be the most productive part of the book for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book told me so much--It is great!!!

This is the best hard-die mac fan book, and great for anyone book I know

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites
Publisher: Harvard Perspective Pr
Authors: Stephen Windwalker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Stop, do not pass go, prior to reading this book!

Wow! Down to earth, entertaining information that I wish to heck I had prior to starting what has been one of my biggest delights and one of the biggest headaches I have ever known.
I left a job due to high stress levels and needed a way to make some money. I had bought a few books from Amazon and decided that I might be able to turn some of my already reads into some cash. Amazon sales has now become my main source of income.
Stephen Windwalker has written a book that takes you from the simplest nuts and bolts explanation of how to list a book all the way to properly dealing with Uncle Sam. His comments are accurate and if I had read his book sooner I could have saved some significant dollars. Some of the other books I have read on this subject left me wondering what world the author lived in (cause it sure wasn't this one).
If you intend to sell on Amazon for fun and profit, READ THIS BOOK.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Paul Clements, Felix Bachmann, Len Bass, David Garlan, James Ivers, Reed Little, Robert Nord, Judith Stafford
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Should be an establish standard for documenting

Since reading a fascinating document titled "CMU/SEI-2001-TN-010 - Documenting Software Architectures: Organization of Documentation Package" a year ago and discovering that the approximately 20-page document was the basis for a book I have patiently waited, and am delighted with how the book turned out.
First, this book stands out as one of the clearest descriptions of how to not only document architectures, but how to manage the documentation project. Second, this is not a dogmatic prescription for how to document, but instead gives a set of techniques and views that can be used singularly or in combination to produce documentation that meets the needs of all technical and business stakeholders.
When I read the brief predecessor to this book I liked the way different view types and styles were introduced, but was left to my own imagination and creativity to employ them based on scant descriptions. This book rectifies those gaps by providing comprehensive guidance on how to create each view type and when it's most appropriate for inclusion into the documentation project. I was also intrigued by the earlier document because it discussed 'information chunking', which is the basis for a technique in which I'm trained and certified called Information MappingŠ. The book expands on the earlier work, and it turns out that the material is not only consistent with Information MappingŠ at a high level, but also shares many core principles. To me this is another plus because it will introduce readers who have not benefited from formal Information MappingŠ training to powerful and effective document design and development techniques.
Another strong point about this book is the attention paid to managing the documentation process - it's one thing to write clear documentation and quite another to manage a process where many writers contribute to the documentation. I also liked the illustration examples, which epitomize how to effectively portray technical detail, and the discussion of other methods of documenting architecture.
In my opinion this book should become the standard for developing and managing documentation. It belongs on the desk of every technical writer and on the bookshelf of every architect and designer. I waited a year for this book and it was well worth the wait.