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BGP4: Inter-Domain Routing in the Internet (Addison-Wesley Networking Basics Series)
BGP4: Inter-Domain Routing in the Internet (Addison-Wesley Networking Basics Series)
von John Stewart
Preis: EUR 24,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent book about the BGP4 protocol., 2. August 2000
This book is about the BGP4 protocol - there's a brief chapter about IP & IP routing, which serves to refresh one's memory, and the rest of the book is about the protocl itself.
This book is not tied to any specific router implementation, but rather describes the protocol 'academicaly' in a clear language and with all the needed details.
It's an excellent book for two purposes - people who want to study the protocol academicaly, e.g. for a course in computer networks or Internet Protocols, and arent into studying the RFCs that sink into the details, and for people who manage routers/networks and want to understand the protocol before reading a lengthier text specific to some implementation.

Universal Waite Tarot, Tarotkarten
Universal Waite Tarot, Tarotkarten
von Pamela Colman Smith
Preis: EUR 21,00

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3.0 von 5 Sternen I like the colours, but hate the changed details., 27. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Universal Waite Tarot, Tarotkarten (Karten)
I like this deck's colours, which are generally more attractive than those of the regular Rider-Waite deck, but the changed details are too much for me.
Examples -
The sun card : the flag is shown as having one side orange as in the original deck and one side red as the book says the whole flag should be, the sun is missing a ray, and the sun's face are painted to look softer and feminine.
The High Priestess : the garments are coloured differently (the inner white, the outer blue, and the head cover white), which is nice but the effect of the garments turning to water is lost.
The Lovers card : the leafs on the tree behind the man are mostly yellow, and dont look much like flames like they should - it's an important connection between the Devil card and the Lovers card.
And the list continues, e.g. it looks like the sun rises behind the emperor and the magician has a white hallo.
In my opinion, the details are very important and those changes modify the cards' meanings, and being used to the original details I feel uncomfortable using the deck.
The colouring's advantage is to make the cards warmer and more attractive, which are pluses for new readers who are a bit afraid of the original harsher colouring.

Practical UNIX and Internet Security (Computer Security)
Practical UNIX and Internet Security (Computer Security)
von Simson Garfinkel

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A thorough book in an ever changing environment, 18. Juli 2000
This books is a very thorough hands-on guide to the subject of security for unix computers connected to the Internet.
It starts with basic subjects, such as passwords, backups, security auditing & logging, and physical security, and then continues with networking subjects, such as modems, TCP/IP, NFS, kerberos, firewalls, proxies, etc. important issues and terms are interwined - such as what is the rainbow series and legal issues.
The subject of computer & Internet security is changing quickly, and as other reviewers have written a book written a couple of years ago (I have the 1996 edition) is no longer up to date.
But I think it's a minor issue.
First, because one must still learn and protect against older attacks - an intruder will not shy away from trying to use an old security hole just because it's two months old. Hacks are not cheese, and cant be thrown out after two weeks.
Second, a sysadmin should get the basic information, terms, ways of thought, etc - and this book will teach this well - and then continuously look for new information and information sources.
This includes finding out about bugtraq, ntbugtraq, phrack, and any other new mailing lists and web sites regularily.
So I highly recommend this book to anyone who deals with the subject of unix & internet security.

The C Programming Language. (Prentice Hall Software)
The C Programming Language. (Prentice Hall Software)
von Brian W. Kernighan
Preis: EUR 49,06

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best programming book I ever bought., 12. Juli 2000
I've first bought this book when I started my academic studies,and 5 years of work with Fortran 77 and three years of work withPascal.
This small book (270 pages, including the index) served me well through my degree, and I still keep the dog-eared, yellowing, aged book with me at work.
The book focuses on the language itself - this is no hands-on book (no explanations on how to use this compiler or that debugger, though it is a little biased toward Unix) in a clear, concise, and thorough way covering all of the language and it's standard libraries.
I especially liked the excercises (the solutions come in a seperate volume) and the C source code examples of how some of the library routines are (or may be) implemented.
With this book I had no problem understanding the more difficult subjects (e.g. many people have problems with pointers, and this book makes the subject easy to understand) and avoiding pitfalls.
I've read it in a week, and keeping it in hand's reach smoothly started programming in C.
The only drawback I see in this book is it's price, it's a small book which sells *very* well, and I'd expect it's price to be lower. This book is *not* for people who study C as their first programming language (those would be better served with a pair of books - a first course in programming and compiler guide).

The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck
The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck
von Pamela Colman Smith
Preis: EUR 19,30

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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the 5 best decks in the world., 18. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck (Karten)
This was my first tarot deck, and even though I have over 25 decks today it's still my favourite.
Waite's deck is good for both beginners and seasoned readers - it's easy enough to start with, but deep and complex enough for those who dig deep to find more and more meanings in it.
I'll give examples to explain what I mean :
[1] The Tarot de Marseilles is another excellent and popular deck, but has the drawback of having geometrical pips, which make it hard to read for beginners - unless the reader has a very good memory, she'll have a hard time handling about half the deck.
[2] Aleister Crowley's Thoth deck is as popular and good a deck as Waite's, and would certainly reward those who learn all the appropriate associations (e.g. astrology), but for someone who knows that material there's only a small extra penalty in remembering the associations for the Waite deck on account of the missing symbols.
[3] The Conolly deck is based on Waite's and is friendly to both the new reader and the readee, but is 'dumbed down' and doesnt have the symbolical depth of the Rider, so an experienced reader would most probably leave the Conolly deck in favour of the Rider-Waite or Thoth decks.
The Rider-Waite deck is very christian in it's symbology, with some Judaistic symbols (e.g. Cabbala) in it [as is the Thoth deck] so people who want a deck with a symbology coming from a different culture might want to opt for some other deck (e.g. the Haindl tarot, the Osho Zen tarot, etc).
Some of the deck's advantages are not directly related to it's images - it's popularity means there are many books about it to learn from, it's cheap and widely available (if you lost your copy and want to buy a new one or want to buy someone a deck as a present), etc.

Legend Tarot Kit: The Arthurian Tarot
Legend Tarot Kit: The Arthurian Tarot
von Anna-Marie Ferguson
Preis: EUR 29,90

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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good deck only if you like the legends of king Arthur., 11. Juni 2000
I'm reading tarot for well over a year, and own a large number of decks, and this deck is one of my *least* favourite.
The main reason is that I have no special interest in the legends of king Arthur, so as good as the book is, having to study the legends and characters by heart is a burden for me.
The other reason is that I think superimposing the legends and characters on the cards *limits* their meanings. I'll give two examples :
- The Wheel of Forune card shows Arthur on the wheel, specically on it's top. The text in the book and the picture limit it's meaning to that of luck and fortune with a tilt to good fortune. Though this is an important aspect of the card, it misses the message of finding one's center in the turmoil of life.
- The Magician card features Merlin. Though this is the natural way to picture this card in the deck, I think it misses the 'low' aspect of the card (the one of the trickster).
The art is beutiful, though I think it's somewhat dark and colourless.

Soul Cards 1
Soul Cards 1
von Deborah Koff Chapin
Preis: EUR 25,55

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5.0 von 5 Sternen I fell in love with this deck on sight., 7. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Soul Cards 1 (Karten)
This 60 cards deck has become one of my favourites instantly - the cards touch the soul and speak with it directly.
The accompanying tiny white book doesnt list any titles or meanings to the cards - the pictures are intuitively understood, somehow their meaning is self-explanatory/evident.
The cards themselves are of the highest quality I've seen yet - good cardboard with shining coating that, in combination with the excellent art, are, IMO, good enough to be hanged on an art gallery's wall.
The cards can be used for both reflection and divination, and I almost immediately started using it for myself in place of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck.
The one small thing I dont like about this deck is it's somewhat dark colours, which gave a couple of my friends a first impression of being, well, somewhat dark and scary.
The box, which is of good material, doesnt have any mechanism to keep it closed, so I keep the cover closed with a ruber band.
And a clarification - this is not a tarot deck proper, as it appears that some reviewers expect of it to be. Though some of the cards are comparable to tarot cards, it does not derive from the 78 cards tarot decks, doesnt have suits or minor/major arcanas.

The Minchiate Tarot: The 97-Card Tarot of the Renaissance, Complete with the 12 Astrological Signs and the 4 Elements
The Minchiate Tarot: The 97-Card Tarot of the Renaissance, Complete with the 12 Astrological Signs and the 4 Elements
von Brian Williams
Preis: EUR 23,70

4.0 von 5 Sternen I love the book, and hate the cards., 6. Juni 2000
I love the book by Brian Williams, which is scholarly, informational, clearly written, and very useful (not to mention being the only book about Minchiate cards I know).
The deck is well worth the price for the book alone, if nothing else.
As for the cards - I dont like the art. It looks like it was drawn with pastel-coloured pencils, and it doesnt speak to me.
I've eventually ordered a reproduction of the Minchiate Fiorentine - it's one of 2000 reproductions and I use it with reverance (for fear of ruining it).

Pocket Rider-Waite Tarot Deck
Pocket Rider-Waite Tarot Deck
von Pamela Colman Smith

4.0 von 5 Sternen The classic deck in a pouch-able size., 6. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Pocket Rider-Waite Tarot Deck (Karten)
I like this deck a lot - it's the standard Rider-Waite-Smith deck, sized down to 'pocket size'. I usually carry it in my pouch for use in in-situ readings.
The two drawbacks I see in this deck are :
- The little white book isnt the same size as in the miniature deck (which is rather small).
- The cardbox isnt glued well and is a bit larger than the cards, so it's ruined quickly.

Tarot Card Combinations
Tarot Card Combinations
von Dorothy Kelly

4.0 von 5 Sternen A good second book on tarot, 5. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tarot Card Combinations (Taschenbuch)
This is not a beginner's first book, but rather second book.
Most books I know give more or less detailed description of each card, a couple of spreads, and maybe a few examples.
For a tarot beginner who does not yet have a lot of experience, a book of that type does not give enough examples of how to interpret a few cards together.
And that's where this book fits in - it gives a lot of tarot cards combinations (with both straight and reversed cards) and their meanings.
A previous reviewer wrote that only keyword meanings of cards are given and that the way the combinations meanings are not explained.
The first issue is, in my humble opinion, a minor issue *if* the book is not used as one's first tarot book.
The second is, in my opinion, a good challenge for the reader - figuring out the way the meaning was reached makes for a better studying.

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