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Microsoft Outlook 2003 [OLD VERSION]
Microsoft Outlook 2003 [OLD VERSION]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Great, May 17 2004
New interface and features are nice. I use OpenOffice.org instead of Microsoft Office, so a can't comment on the Microsoft Office integration.
Didn't notice and "AdWare" as stated by another reviewer.
I upgraded from Outlook 2000 and it went flawlessly. Found all my Rules, customized folders and Accounts without any setup.
Until the Open Source community provides an alternative on a Microsoft platform, I'll continue to use Microsoft Outlook. For $90.00, you can't beat it.
Thanks for a great product Microsoft.

Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache All in One
Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache All in One
by Julie C. Meloni
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 36.79
21 used & new from CDN$ 0.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent book - December 2003 Edition, March 11 2004
First, be sure you purchase the latest edition of every tech book you buy. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have the latest edition under Meloni's or Zandsta's name. You have to type the isbn number, 0672326205, in the search box to find the newest edition as of this review. Also keep in mind when reading reviews that Amazon mixes reviews of older editions with new editions which makes it very difficult to make an assessment unless the edition is mentioned in the review. New editions usually correct the complaints given in bad reviews so don't pass judgment so quickly unless you know exactly which edition the reviewer is writing about.
This is an excellent book for beginners who know nothing about programming. However you must know XHTML before beginning this book.
This book and "Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours" by Zandstra are built using exactly, word for word, much of the same content. However Meloni's book occasionally has more explicate examples and explanation, however it is missing four essential chapters that can be found in Zandstra's book.
1. Arrays
2. Objects
3. Regular Expressions
4. PEAR - Reusable Components to Extend the Power of PHP
No real concern, because the reader could research these topics on php.net or other sites and my have to do so in order to complete the book since it refers to arrays but doesn't explain them.
Meloni's book, compared to Zandsta's, does have better examples with actual programs that may be usful to you. Meloni's book, as the title emplies, also goes deeper into Apache and MySQL.
After reading this book, you'll wont to get something like, The PHP Anthology By Harry Fuecks Vol. 1&2... or PHP and MySQL Web Development, Second Edition by Luke Welling, Laura Thomson. These books will teach you by example and are excellent.
A note to beginners... Learning to program can be very difficult. Unless you are some kind of genius, you must be dedicated and patient with your quest. Programming is a totally different way of thinking and there is a lot to learn... I think this book is a great way to learn PHP and to learn how to program in general.
Good Luck!

Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours (3rd Edition)
Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 24 Hours (3rd Edition)
by Matt Zandstra
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 26.45
38 used & new from CDN$ 1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for a solid foundation in php and pragramming, Feb. 21 2004
3rd edition Published (December 16, 2003)
ISBN: 0672326191 Covers PHP 4.3
First I'd like to mention that a lot of these reviews are from earlier versions of this book which makes reviewing this Third Edition very difficult. So it may be safe to disregard reviews dated before 12/16/03.
This is an excellent book for beginners who know nothing about programming. However you must know XHTML before beginning this book. I have about 5 "Beginning" PHP books and this one is the best by far.
The author has a very clean, straight forward writing style as he teaches the very basics of php and programming fundamentals including Object Oriented Programming. This book is a solid and comprehensive piece of work. It is by no means a "Shortcut" to learning PHP. If you want a solid understanding of PHP, this is the book.
Something to note is that this book focuses on teaching the reader how to program and does not have comprehensive example applications. Rather, it has basic examples for each section that help keep the pace streamlined.
After reading this book, you'll wont to get something like, The PHP Anthology By Harry Fuecks Vol. 1&2... or PHP and MySQL Web Development, Second Edition by Luke Welling, Laura Thomson. These books will teach you by example and are excellent.
A note to beginners... Learning to program can be very difficult. Unless you are some kind of genius, you must be dedicated and patient with your quest. Programming is a totally different way of thinking and there is a lot to learn... I think this book is a great way to learn PHP and to learn how to program in general.
Good Luck!

To Pay Or Not To Pay: Insider Secrets to Beating Credit Card Debt and Creditors
To Pay Or Not To Pay: Insider Secrets to Beating Credit Card Debt and Creditors
by Stanley G. Hilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 10.76
18 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Learn how to sue creditors, Jan. 7 2004
This book is about how to sue creditors, banks and anyone else you owe money to so you can get your debt reduced or canceled. It's a good read, informative and kind of exciting depending on your situation.
The author is passionate about the topic and delivers a well rounded view with views from "The Holy Bible" to "The Art of War" which is part of the reason why it's a good read.
However, the author seems to be a very aggressive lawyer who has his own views on the legal system and reasons for ethically making decisions to fight back.
Anyway, the same day a read the book, my bank called and harassed me about my late payment and ironically they said things that were mentioned in the book that gave me a case against them. Well I called my dad who is a seasoned and successful business man, Retired Major General, to get his opinion. Considering his history with lawyers coming after his money and real estate over the years he was very calm and wise when he said, "I understand your situation and I understand that you can sue but the fact is you owe the money and you're going to pay it. You signed a contract and spent the money and that was the deal. It doesn't matter if your combined interest payments have payed the debt or more than the debt... you owe the money. Now lets come up with a plan on how to make some money and pay your debts."
So what's the verdict in what I think about the book? This book will fire you up to sue and will give you reason to sway your ethics. But if you've been abused by a creditor then maybe you do need to sue to at least reduce the debt or come up with a payment plan.
So if you've been abused and need some direction, get the book. If your debt is light and you don't have problems with creditors, get a book on how to manage your money (check out Dave Ramsey) and another on how to make money.
I give 4 stars because the book delivers. Less one star because it is strong in its ability to sway your ethics... but hey, the author is passionate and very focused.

Sendmail
Sendmail
by Bryan Costales
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 92.95
27 used & new from CDN$ 6.32

3.0 out of 5 stars Don't limit yourself, Sept. 20 2003
This review is from: Sendmail (Paperback)
This is a great book if you are seasoned Sendmail admin with good C programming skills. I give 3 starts because it is so hard to understand.
I've been using sendmail for 3 years and I just tried Qmail and Postfix. I have chosen Postfix because it's so darn efficiant and configurable.
Viktor Duchovni, is a great help on the online community and the online docs are just as detaild as this sendmail book.
If you are stuck on sendmail then get this book.
But try Qmail and Postfix if you can...
BTW... RedHat lets you choose between Postfix or Sendmail. That means a lot to me.

The Secrets Of Word-Of-Mouth Marketing: How to Trigger Exponential Sales through Runaway Word Of Mouth
The Secrets Of Word-Of-Mouth Marketing: How to Trigger Exponential Sales through Runaway Word Of Mouth
by George Silverman
Edition: Paperback
40 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars So far so excellent!, Feb. 3 2003
I am only a 1/4 of the way through this book but I had to write a review just to let people know how much I like this it. Silverman has a great flow to his writing style and his methodology is very authoritive and practical. He has organized his methods in an easy to follow guide including his theories and case studies. Everything is clear and easy to understand.
I am a dreamer and a visionary and this book helps me to see clearly how my dreams are and will be increasingly fruitful.
I will update this review when I'm done.
I think you will be very pleased with this book.

Absolute Beginner's Guide to C
Absolute Beginner's Guide to C
by Greg M. Perry
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 20.68
33 used & new from CDN$ 8.03

5.0 out of 5 stars I ordered three..., Aug. 22 2002
I finally bought this book after reading the reviews for the last year. I gave it to my Linux Administrator and told him to read it as an assignment. He called after a couple of hours into it and said he couldn't put it down and that it was the best computer book he had ever read. He also mentioned that he had tried to learn C from other books and did not get anywhere. Similar story to many of the other stories...
I went a head and ordered another one for me and have read several chapters. I must agree that after trying to learn programming from Beginner Python books and PHP books that this whole programming thing started to fall into place. The author really does do a good job at explaining things. The reviews are accurate...and not staged like I thought they may be.
I also ordered a 3rd book for a 13-year-old boy who wants to learn how to be a web programmer with PHP and MySQL. I am starting him off with this book first because it will give him the foundation he needs to move into PHP and other languages.
I wish other books were written this well. The author is an excellent teacher. Go ahead and get it. You'll be glad you did.

Linux Administration Handbook
Linux Administration Handbook
by Evi Nemeth
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 47.99
28 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by our friends, Evi, Garth and Trent., April 5 2002
Just got this book and opened it to the security chapter with the purple, Unix System Admin Handbook opened to the same chapter. The new Linux Admin Handbook follows the exact same, time-tested layout as the Unix book. Fans will feel right at home. However, it has lots of new info for Linux users.
This is a great overview of the useful and important things you need to know.
If you are new to Linux, I recommend this be your second book. Your first book should teach you how to install Linux and get your system up and running with an overview of all the basics.
My two favorite things about this book is that it is very easy to read compared to other tech books and it gives you what you need very quickly without diving into a "rabbit hole" of impractical information.
Thank you Evi, Garth and Trent.

UNIX  PowerTools
UNIX PowerTools
by Jerry Peek
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 85.95
34 used & new from CDN$ 6.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Unix Command Line, Power Tools, Feb. 14 2002
This review is from: UNIX PowerTools (Paperback)
It is an excellent book full of short, how to, articles that are neatly organized and cross-referenced.
A "Bag of Tricks Reference Book" for Unix/Linux command line junkies who want to be more proficient at the command line, shells, processes, managing files, working a little with shell scripts and some basics on how and why Unix works the way it does.
It has more info about how to manage files than any other subject.
It is not for beginners. It will not teach you how to set up a server, workstation or network. It will not help you with security other than a little file security.
A better name would be, "Unix Command Line, Power Tools".

Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
by Ellen Siever
Edition: Paperback
24 used & new from CDN$ 0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Dry to the bone reference book., Jan. 21 2002
This is a great book for linux commands. It will not teach you linux. It is for linux users to use as a reference for commands. It also breifly covers Boot Methods, Package Managers, shells, Pattern Mathcing, Emacs, Vi, sed, gawk, CVS and RCS, GNOME, KDE and fvwm2.

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