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The Africans
The Africans
von David Lamb
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 19,11

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Big Surprise, 31. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Africans (Taschenbuch)
I received this book and, flipping through it, thought it looked like a dull, university-text type slog that I would never read. When I actually started in on it, I was hooked. It is very well written with lots of detailed history and insights into the problems facing Africa. How accurate it may be I cannot really judge without reading some competing books. However, in my estimation, this book is sympathetic and sensitive to Africa's problems without pulling any punches. All in all, very readable and incredibly interesting. I wish I could find more books like this one.


The Poisonwood Bible (Oprah's Book Club)
The Poisonwood Bible (Oprah's Book Club)
von Barbara Kingsolver
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gorgeous, 3. Mai 2000
The best book I have read in years. Unlike a lot of other reviewers I found the early chapters a struggle but it really came alive in the latter half. I think this was because Kingsolver's writing style, while unrelentingly beautiful, takes a little getting used to after reading Stephen King. I found Leah's story particularly compelling. The whole thing really made me think about the world beyond the Western one. I finished it a week ago and I still can't put it out of my brain.


MCSE NT Server 4 Exam Cram: Exam 70-067 (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Series)
MCSE NT Server 4 Exam Cram: Exam 70-067 (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Series)
von Ed Tittel
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Best of Many in a Mediocre Field, 1. April 2000
70-067 was my 5th of 6 MCSE exams. #4 i barely squeaked through so for #5 i went a bit overboard and used no less than 6 books and 8 practice exams. By now i have been exposed to just about every MCSE help publisher out there. I don't hesitate to rank Exam Cram #1. here is a tip: i have found the quality of a computer book (and MCSE is no exception) is usually inversely proportional to its girth. Exam Cram is about 1/4 the size of publishers like New Riders, yet contains much more information, much more concisely laid out, and is, by MCSE book standards, almost devoid of obvious errors.
Here is my MCSE publisher ranking:
#1 Exam Cram. concise, to the point, well written. #2 Sams. some errors, but very readable, and well organized for the most part. #3 New Riders. not bad, but puffed up with a lot of screen prints and useless information. some inconsistencies within their own information. #4 For Dummies. Okay, but i only used one, and it didnt leave much of an impression on me. #5 Microsoft. too long and very dully written. tends to cover a lot of topics in detail that arent needed for the exam. i guess it depends in part how much you want to know for the exam vs. the real world. #6 Sybex. the bottom of the bottom. tons of errors, full of fluff, not worth the paper they are printed on.
I am amazed at how poorly edited many MCSE books are. Some of them seem like the total extent of editing consisted of running spell checker. Often you will find what is essentially the same "sample exam" question in 2 places with conflicting answers, even in the same book. On NT Server 4.0, amongst the 6 books i used, i counted 4 different versions of the minimum hardware requirements for Server. Others like Sybex offer up the lamest exam questions that bear no relation to reality.


About Face: Essentials of Window Interface Design
About Face: Essentials of Window Interface Design
von Alan Cooper
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Incredibly Arrogant, 30. März 2000
I gave this book a '3' because I think it is well written and organized, but I still hated it more than any book I have read in a long time. I can't recall reading a more arrogant, derisive diatribe on a long time, if ever.
I am sure Mr. Cooper, if he reads this, will dismiss me as one of the 99% of programmers out there who don't agree with him, meaning he thinks we have our heads stuck in the sand of poor UI design. Actually, I am by no means a UI programmer, and I thought maybe this book would help me if I ever wanted to become one. Instead I got 1" thick of paper full of Mr. Cooper's pet peeves and personal preferences.
The way this was written, you would think that world peace could be achieved by removing confirmation dialog boxes from all our applications. It's good to have passion about your work but not so good when its at the expense of excellent products and the work of extremely capable people. (Again, I must stress, I am NOT one of those people. At least, not in this context).
I have to give Mr. Cooper a little credit for questioning the way things are done and trying to stir things up a bit. But, this book comes across as childish and self-centred, and sorry, but I expected more for someone with his reputation and experience.
All in all, this book made me constantly ask myself, "who the hell does this guy think he is? ".


Sams Teach Yourself MCSE Windows 98 in 14 Days (Sams Teach Yourself...in 14 Days)
Sams Teach Yourself MCSE Windows 98 in 14 Days (Sams Teach Yourself...in 14 Days)
von Marcus W. Barton
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Above Average, But Barely, 11. Februar 2000
OK, here is the scoop ... 1. i have been using W98 as my laptop client for a few months, but never done any real work with it other than as a mindless user. 2. i studied this book for 4 weeks, plus the microsoft readiness review, which was a waste of $ 3. i found the exam WAY tougher than i thought (this is my 4th MCSE exam) but i passed with 74%. in general the book is OK, though it spends an awful lot of space going thru not-that-useful screen prints. i liked Sam's TCP/IP book much better. anyway, as for studying: i took 70-059 first so i was good on IP, DNS, WINS, DHCP etc ... but if you are not, concentrate on that area as this book does not emphasize it near as much as the exam did. the exam had far more "simulation" questions than any of the others i have done, but they were well presented. and they did not require you to memorize individual applets and tabs, though of course having a general idea of their layouts helps. the test included 4-5 questions that i had absolutely no clue of and didnt find one even after in this or the MS books. stuff about CD ROMs and boot problems. this is to be expected on any MCSE exam. any questions (that wont violate the nondisclosure, of course!), feel free to email me.


Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software (DV-MPS General)
Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software (DV-MPS General)
von Charles Petzold
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating, 24. Januar 2000
This is a fascinating book on many levels. Extremely well written. For anybody who uses computers in their work and always wondered what goes on under the covers, this book touches on just about every area and goes into great detail in some areas.
On the other hand, don't buy this book if you want practical information about how to be a better programmer or whatever. This book is definetely suited to an enthusiast who is honestly interested in learning arcane details. It isn't going to help anyone get a higher salary or a promotion.
That's what I really liked about this book. It was truly different from any other book you will ever buy from Microsoft Press or like publishers.
My only real critiscism is that it seems to run out of steam at the end. Chapter after chapter is devoted to the inner workings of logic gates, memory, and so on, but almost nothing is said about operating systems.


Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys: A Fairly Short Book
Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys: A Fairly Short Book
von Dave Barry
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,72

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Funniest Book That Ever Has Been or Ever Will Be Written, 18. Januar 2000
I picked this book up in an airport bookstore (motto: "screw you") for the bargain airport-bookstore price of approximately 200 billion dollars. It was worth every cent and i have since bought it for roughly 10,000 co-workers. I spent the whole flight home laughing so hard that passengers in nearby aircraft could hear me. I swear I am not making this up. My only complaint is that all Dave's other books (motto: "a motto on every page") are dull by comparison. Buy this book! Buy it now!


Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Database Implementation, w. CD-ROM (Training Kit)
Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Database Implementation, w. CD-ROM (Training Kit)
von Microsoft Press
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Too Long, 11. Januar 2000
be warned: i have written dozens of exams in my day including a few MCSE's and 70-029 is by far the toughest of the MCSE's i've done so far, and one of the hardest of any i can remember.
the training kit is mediocre. too many useless examples that underscore simple points.
conversely the exam dealt quite a bit with SHOWPLAN TEXT which is barely covered in the training kit. i would generally not recommend this product EXCEPT it has the huge plus of including a free eval copy of SQL server. it worked right away whereas the one you can download off their web site, well i never could get that to work for some reason.
back to the exam, look out for DBCC SHOWCONTIG and lots of arcane design questions ... one with 8 different tables described in over 2 full screens of text followed by questions like 'this design allows for no redundant data, T or F'?


The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
von Michael E. Gerber
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 14,95

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Dilbert Material, 1. Dezember 1999
The primary point of this book - that most small business people spend too much time on the technical details of their business and not enough on developing a scaleable, repeatable business model - is well presented and a point that is certainly worth making. I really liked this first half of this book. However the second half revealed Gerber to be some sort of a paperwork/control freak who proposes systems so burdensome and detailed that they would stifle most real small businesses and insult most employees beyond recovery. This isn't terribly surprising coming from a consultant. A lot of the material in this book would fit nicely in a Dilbert cartoon.


Green Mile 1-6 book complete stories
Green Mile 1-6 book complete stories
von Stephen King
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen King Stages a Comeback, 30. November 1999
After The Regulators and the awful Dark Tower series, I had just about given up on Stephen King when I picked this book up, and was totally blown away by it. I read the whole thing on a 5 hour plane trip and finished it taxiing in to the terminal. This book has one of the most emotional, gut wrenching and overall best crafted endings of any book I have ever read. The whole thing is totally compelling, creative, and a joy to read. Books like this really make me wish that I could write like Stephen King.


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