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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Professional
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
DAYTON SAYS: BUY THIS BOOK


When I bought Mark Minasi's first edition of "Windows 2000 Professional" and read it, I said to myself...Mark Minasi can do better than this; what in the world is going on. Had Mark lost his touch? Is he no longer #1? And, if you read the other bad reviews found here (they are all about the FIRST edition), then you can plainly see that I was not alone in my concern. Well, of course Mr. Minasi had not lost his touch. The reason for the not-so-good first edition really does not need to be addressed here. The main thing is that the SECOND edition is classic Minasi, with all of the important information you will need to get onboard with Windows 2000 Professional, coupled with his engaging wit and humor. So, the recommendation from this senior systems administrator is as follows. DAYTON SAYS: BUY THIS BOOK ....just remember to get the SECOND edition.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacker Disassembling Uncovered
Publisher: A-List Publishing
Authors: Kris Kaspersky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Book about Reverse Engineering


This is a must have for people interesting in reverse engineering



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Knoppix Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kyle Rankin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Bootable linux


Knoppix is and surely will only ever be a niche product. But what a niche. To some people, there is a compelling fascination with being able to carry around the essence of a computer in a CD. Much less riskier than losing or damaging an entire computer. Plus the fact that a Knoppix version is usually a sturdy, stable linux, can also be appealing.

If this captures your interest, then many of the hacks will be germane. They show some of the possibilities in booting Knoppix up. Like having your Knoppix desktop environment always with you when you work on a computer.

But the book also shows a second allure of Knoppix. Not to the wandering user, but to the sysadmin. Knoppix gives you a bootable linux that can be used to diagnose and [hopefully] repair linux partitions on a disk. These could be mission critical tasks, and it is really nice to be able to do the hacks in the Repair Linux chapter. Most notably recovering deleted files or retrieving files from damaged disks. There are companies that can do the latter. But usually at exorbitant rates. Knoppix is cheaper as a first pass on that problem.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well rounded book


The content of the book is fair, however the organization is terrible. Some more complicated topics are introduced before simple concepts, or in some areas, complicated topics that were not discussed are used to explain simple ideas(it does get better after chapter 5 or so, but the first five chapters are the very basics that you should know before doing anything remotley complicated). For this reason, you should at least have your feet wet with C or C++ before reading this book.
Next, this is one of the few books I've read that has 'decent' quiz questions. But guess what ? There are no answers!
Some topics are not explained very well, again the author assumes you already know something about it.
The examples in the book are fair, but most of them are not 'real world'. In several places however, there are just fragments of code instead of a full example, which can sometimes confuse the reader.
This book should not be bought alone to learn ANSI C++ if you are just starting with the language, however it can be used in addition to another book.