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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the vi Editor (6th Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Linda Lamb, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good guide to a GREAT editor

This book gathers a great deal of information that you can get for free over the web, and puts it into a nice place on your bookshelf. Not a "GREAT" piece of work at all, but then, neither is the VI editor. The true value for me was it's references and comparisons to VI clones that are on the market that you will quickly want to download once you start realizing how awfull VI really is.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Essential Guide to Telecommunications (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Annabel Z. Dodd
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Worthless garbage

This book is obviously written by a person who knows the buzzwords, but fails to understand the technology. It is perhaps the most inaccurate book on technology available. Throughout the book there is mistruth and a glowing misconception of how technology works, particularly related to data network concepts. For example, Annabel claims the following four capabilites of network routers:
1) Sequencing2) Path Optimization3) Flow Control4) Receipt Acknowledgement
Lets see... 1) wrong, 2) sorta, 3) wrong and 4) wrong. This is just one of many examples throughout the book where the fundamentals are completely trampled on.
Rather than buy this book, send the money directly to the author and ask her to read a few good books about the topics she tries to cover rather than contributing a truly awful book in this category.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The Book Delivers

I am a graduate student at the University of Totonto. I think that its a great book if you have a lot of experience with C++ / Java -- nice examples, tech vocabulary, good to learn some tricks, great reference. Beginners will not benefit from this book though. The word "introduction" is very misleading.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Unbiased opinions worth their weight in gold.

I'll agree with everyone else, I've read Mark Minasi's articles since the magazine's inception and his writing style and expertise are about the only way to pleasantly get through 1600 pages of technical information. I'm not done yet, but this book parked the first two Win2K books I bought.