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Small Form Factor PCs This is about using little embedded computers for various little projects. That's great fun and the authors go into sufficient detail about the various problems you could run into, so you'd probably want to read this if you were contemplating something like one of the eight projects it presents. But I don't think this book should have been published.

Title Date Comments
Wireshark 101   2013 05  2013/05/26 TonyLawrence
- Silly me. I really should have started using Wireshark long before this! -
Book Review - Michal Zalewski's 'The Tangled Web'   2011 11  2011/11/12 TonyLawrence
- We will not have ventured very far into the Internet forest before we realize that our 'crack team' of web browsers is anything but. Most of them can't seem to tell a squirrel from a poisonous snake. When they do decide to point their weapons at something threatening, we had better duck ourselves, because their aim is atrociously bad. Suspicious looking miscreants appear at the edges of our trail and beckon us to follow them into the dark woods; our guides lay down their weapons and, with beaming grins, trot off never to be seen again! -
How should you price an e-book?   2011 08 
- I originally priced my books at $14.95 with discounts for multiple purchases. The sales were fair - I sold a little less than 300 copies at those prices. -
The closing of Borders is not the closing of minds   2011 07  2011/07/20 BigDumbDInosaur
- The container is not the thing contained - physical books are not the knowledge within. Books are really the words within, not the physical paper, cardboard and ink that has been their form for the past half millennia or so. -
Frustrations with iPad development   2011 01  2011/02/10 TonyLawrence
- I am somewhat frustrated in my efforts to learn iPad programming: I understand that part of my frustration comes from object oriented programming. I understand OOP, I get why it makes sense here, but it's just not something I have ever done so I'm not familiar with it, not comfortable with it. I constantly have the think about what things mean rather than just flowing with the examples. -
Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript   2010 10  2011/03/30 TonyLawrence
- A simpler way to build mobile apps using HTML, CSS and Javacript rather than C++ coding. -
Google Analytics   2010 09 
- I was happy to find this, if for no other reason than it introduced me to the author's Analytics Talk blog, which I was not previously aware of. -
iPad Application Development For Dummies   2010 04 
- Very good explanation of iPhone/iPad SDK development nuts and bolts -
Xcode 3 Unleashed   2010 04 
- Knowing Xcode is definitely part of knowing the SDK: Yeah, well that worked - sort of. You can just wander in and use Xcode without really knowing all that much about it. However, you'll probably miss things that can really add to your productivity. -
Beginning iPhone 3 Development   2010 04 
- I liked this because it dove right in to things I need to know about the iPhone SDK -
The iPhone Developers Cookbook   2010 04 
- This book helped clear some confusion about the iPhone SDK: This title was mentioned frequently when I was looking for good books to get me started with iPhone/iPad programming. There were a few negative comments - one particular jibe from a college professor was especially cutting. He's probably one who gets all snitty if a students indentation style doesn't match his own, so I ignored that. -
The Art of Assembly Language - 2d Edition   2010 04 
- This is why I never get anything done. I had my whole week carefully laid out in front of me and then No Starch Press sent me a review copy of Randall Hyde's Art of Assembly Language (2d Edition). -
Samepage - Redefining how people create and share information
Friends with Benefits   2009 11 
- Excellent book on social media marketing: Aaargh! OK, I'll read the damn thing, I thought. Maybe there's enough fodder here for a scathing review - tear the skin right off the authors and roast them on a spit! That'll teach that publisher not to send me junk when I don't want it. I sat myself down on the couch and started reading. -
The Art of SEO   2009 11  2010/09/08 TonyLawrence
- I hope this book helps put an end to ridiculously priced SEO courses. It could also help eliminate some of the shadier practitioners of SEO, but I'd be happy if it just helps a few people avoid wasting money on nonsense. -
Network Know-How   2009 10 
- This is the book I'd give to someone who needed to learn a lot, quickly. -
Googled: The End of the World As We Know It   2009 09 
- The effect of Google upon society and business isn't neglected. All of this is looked at deeply. What does Google mean to other companies? What does Google's growth mean to itself? -
Take Control of Mac OS X Backups   2009 09 
- Although there is OS X specific material, this is actually good for any OS, not only Mac. -
Windows 7 Secrets   2009 09 
- This begins by calling those who dumped on Vista know-nothings and clowns - no bias there! -
Google Book Search has my books   2009 08 
- This morning I found that my books are indexed and searchable at Google Books -
Google Book Search wants your e-books   2009 08 
- Helping Google with that task has benefits for you: Most ebooks get little exposure outside of the website that promotes them, but that's all about to change. Google Books wants those e-books. It wants to index them and provide search options within their text. -
The Myths of Security   2009 07 
- I think this is easily the most entertaining security book I've ever read. John has a sense of humor and strong opinions. Combine that with a lifetime of experience in computer security and you get a fun read. -
Unscientific America   2009 07  2013/06/29 paul
- I felt that both of these were strongly biased, exhibited obvious prejudice and were also very shallow and unstatisfying. -
The Looting of America   2009 07 
- This book attempts to explain our economic problems primarily by using the analogy of fantasy baseball -
Take Control of the Mac Command Line with Terminal   2009 05 
- Old-timers like me couldn't avoid being exposed to command line interfaces - that's all we had when we started Younger people and people who simply started using computers a bit later weren't necessarily exposed to any command line. Any computer they ever used had a graphical user interface and while it still may have had a command line available, there was seldom any incentive to use it. That apparent lack of any compelling reason remains true, but in fact understanding the command line can give you much more control over your computer and allow you to accomplish some tasks much more quickly and easily. -
CompTIA Network+ Study Guide   2009 05 
- If you are trying to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam, or are even just wanting to learn networking from the ground up, this is your book. -
Stopping Identity Theft   2009 05 
- I am constantly being pitched Identify Theft Protection by my credit card company, my bank and of course on TV. -
One in a Hundred Million   2009 05 
- I'm reviewing this as a business book even though it was writtenas an autobiography. -
Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac   2009 05 
- This technology lets me support customers who run operating systems I don't use, lets me test scripts and programs on different platforms and lets me stay current with operating system knowledge. -
I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse   2009 04 
- Michael Franzese, a former Mob boss, contrasts the advice of Machiavelli and Solomon while throwing in a little mob history and anecdotes and relates all of that to general business advice. -
Learning PERL the Hard Way   2009 04 
- I was interested in the printed version of this book because it is done by a Print On Demand outfit -
WordPress Plugin Development   2009 02 
- Learning Wordpress basic plugin coding : Let me be straight up on this: I'm NOT a big WordPress fan. Nobody would ever forget to include the word "mess" when searching for appropriate adjectives to describe WordPress. The use of Php has consistently opened up WordPress users to security problems and I have little doubt that it will leave them vulnerable once again. I would never, never, NEVER recommend this to anyone except.. -
Book Review: Programming in Objective-C 2.0 (Second Edition)   2009 01 
- learning objective c programming for mac os x and iphone: I have to wonder how much of its intended audience will be reading much of this part either. I can't think too many people with no prior exposure to object oriented C are going to pick this up for their first venture into Mac OS X programming. More likely they'll come from a background even deeper and stronger than mine and will be skimming through the first 300 pages even faster than I did: classes, check - good analogies, not over drawn, basic types, check, inheritance, polymorphism, check, check.. let's get to the OS X stuff! -
Programming Principles and Practice Using C++   2009 01 
- This is a "beginners" programming book for C++. It's about 1200 pages, and that alone probably made its first editors wince. -
Review: Bait and Switch   2008 12 
- A disturbing portrait of white collar unemployment, review of Barbara Ehrenreich's Bait and Switch -
Lego Mindstorms NXT One-Kit Wonders   2008 12 
- Lego Mindstorms NXT One-Kit Wonders is an expensive toy or an inexpensive robotics kit - however you want to see it. -
The E-Myth Revisited   2008 11 
- I got very sick of Sarah and her pies. First of all, it's mostly fluff. Something that you or I might say in three sentences turns into a long chapter here. -
Trust   2008 10 
- One Amazon reviewer complained that it is too scholarly. I don't agree at all: I don't think anything here is beyond the reach of an average well-read person. -
Learning the vi and Vim Editors   2008 09 
- I use vi every day. "Oh, sure", you say, "You're a programmer. Of course you use some geekish editor." -
Intellectual Property and Open Source   2008 09 
- Review of Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code -
Website Optimization   2008 08 
- Review of Website Optimization by Andrew B. King: This is going to be the one I recommend for website owners. -
Power Hold'em Strategy   2008 06 
- I had pre-ordered this a long, long time ago and had almost given up on it when I got the the email that it was being shipped. I had actually lost a little interest in poker (particularly on-line) in the past year, but this book revived me. Why? Because it taught me something important and the funny thing was that the most important thing I learned wasn't in the book at all.. -
Small Form Factor PCs   2008 06 
- This is about using little embedded computers for various little projects. That's great fun and the authors go into sufficient detail about the various problems you could run into. -
Essential Linux Device Drivers   2008 05 
- I admit that it's very hard to write a good book in this area. You simply have to make assumptions about the readers knowledge - if you don't, you'll be writing an encyclopedia or two. -
iPhone Open Application Development   2008 05 
- I assumed that this was supposed to augment and explain Apple's iPhone SDK. Silly me, of course not: this is about jail-breaking your phone and hacking apps that way. -
Running Xen, a Hands-On guide to the Art of Virtualization   2008 05 
- I never thought I'd say this, but I'm starting to think that books like this shouldn't be written. I don't mean that this is a bad book: it's not. It's well laid out, encyclopedic in its coverage.. but it's already out of date. -
Big Book of Apple Hacks   2008 05 
- This is the Mac book I've been waiting for! This isn't the often silly or cosmetic hacks you'll find all over the web; -
Mac OS X Support Essentials   2008 04 
- barely technical look at OS X Leopard: I found this disappointing. It may meet its intended goal of preparing someone for the Apple Certified Support Professional Exam, but it is just a lightweight and superficial romp at best. I can't imagine anyone walking away from reading this feeling that they have really gained anything useful. -
Switching to the Mac   2008 03 
- Switching to the Mac Book Review: This book is very simpilar to The Missing Manual: Mac OSX Leopard Edition - much of the directly Mac related content is exactly the same in both books. However, it's not just a cover change and a few paragraphs artufully inserted: there is Windows switching information available here that is NOT in the other book. -
Web Analytics - An Hour a Day   2008 03 
- This is one of those books where my wife told me to keep quiet because I kept blurting out "Yes!" while I was reading it. -
The Book of Wireless, 2d Edition   2008 02 
- Everything you ever need to know about Wirelss networking: I admire authors who cover their subjects completely yet remain readable. It's not easy to do that, but John Ross did so here. This is very complete coverage of wireless networking from all points of view. -
Kerio Connect Mailserver
A practical guide to Ubuntu Linux   2008 01 
- Mark Sobell's Ubuntu book would be good for someone seeking certification, but it has too much basics for geeks and too much geekery for noobies. -
Microsoft Windows Internals   2008 01 
- Windows internals book gives many insights: As most readers here know, I'm no fan of Microsoft. However, Microsoft operating systems are a big part of today's computer world. While I may hope for change (and I really believe there will be change over the next decade), I can't afford to ignore Microsoft entirely. Hence this book. If you have been a casual Microsoft programmer, hacker or support person, this will give you the tools and knowledge to step up. -
X Expertise (X Power Tools)   2008 01 
- Excellent technical coverage of X Windows: The title of this book is X Power Tools" and that is very unfortunate because it could lead you to think it either describes a collection of X clients that the author thinks you cannot live without or is one of those overly enthusiastic, very fluffy, not very useful books that generally are found with similar titles. This isn't either of those.. as I've implied in my title (which is too cutesy also, I agree), this is jam packed with useful technical information about installing, configuring and using X. -
The Missing Manual: Mac OSX Leopard Edition   2007 12 
- Complete coverage of Mac OS X leopard: I was impressed by how much I learned in just the first hundred pages or so - and I don't mean "that's cute but I'd never use it" but useful, "yes, I need to remember that!" stuff. The rest of the book didn't disappoint either. I can't say that I learned something in every chapter, but I never stopped picking things up throughout. -
The Definitive Guide to the Xen Hypervisor   2007 12 
- Explaining Xen, soup to nuts. Great book for learning kernel stuff in general -
Speed up your site   2007 12 
- I liked the point that was made in this books foreword: if you don't think site speed matters, put in some code that artificially delays loading your pages for ten seconds - and report back in a week.. -
Implementation Patterns   2007 12 
- What makes you proud? A program that does its job and that users appreciate or one that is written beautifully? -
Mac OS X Leopard Pocket Guide   2007 12 
- I wanted to like this, I really did. It's just.. well, it's just that there's almost nothing here that you wouldn't find in the stuff packed with your Apple computer. -
Build Your Own Ruby On Rails Website   2007 11 
- Another good intro to Ruby on Rails, review of Build Your Own Ruby On Rails Website by Patrick Lenz -

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