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Secret Window (Bilingual)
Secret Window (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Johnny Depp
Price: CDN$ 5.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it but, July 13 2004
This review is from: Secret Window (Bilingual) (DVD)
Great movie if you havn't seen Fight Club before. Otherwise you'll know how it ends by the time Johnny Depps house burns down and he says "So that does work." I love david Koepp and Stephin King but not really original but entertaining.

The DHCP Handbook
The DHCP Handbook
by Ralph Droms Ph.D.
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 36.53
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1.0 out of 5 stars terrible, March 26 2004
This review is from: The DHCP Handbook (Paperback)
all it is is a second edition of The DHCP Handbook: Understanding, Deploying, and Managing Automated Configuration Services. First edition was bad, this was better but non the least. Still full of technical flaws and bad advice. Get the O'reilly Dhcp book, you won't be disappointed. I'm using this as a coster for my coffe mug.

Persuasion, Social Influence, and Compliance Gaining
Persuasion, Social Influence, and Compliance Gaining
by Robert H. Gass
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alright, March 22 2004
It's about par with every other persuasion text. Nothing spectacular about it. Don't buy unless you have. I give it 4 stars because as text books go, it's an easy read. If you're looking for your own interest in persuasion, read influence.

MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-210): Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional: Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 2000 Professional, Second Edition
MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-210): Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional: Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 2000 Professional, Second Edition
by Microsoft Corporation
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 86.99
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1.0 out of 5 stars terrible, March 18 2004
Common sense tells us that who would know more about a product then it's inventors. Who whould be better to teach us about that product then the inventors. Well Microsoft has not and does not believe in common sense. you rely on this book to pass the test or to know anything pratical about 2000 and buddy you're in for a world of hurt. It leaves out significant details and aspects of 2000 that are need for a complete understanding of 2000. Yes, what little detail and knowledge it prvides are accurate, but they are so few. Old Billy Gates again with a half attempt like everything he does. It seems their idea of common sense is: Well we charge $135 a test and sell the book for $45 and since they'll never pass the test on the first or second try then we'll make a bundle. Save your money and save your time. Buy the Sybex book for preparation for the test.

DHCP for Windows 2000: Managing the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
DHCP for Windows 2000: Managing the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
by Neall Alcott
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 25.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars here you go, March 16 2004
It's a easy subject to explain but once you try and implement a DHCP server, you'll find out how complicated it really can get. Mostly because people take DHCP servers for grandite. Their in the back of the room, lurking in the shadows, working quiety and silently. THeir so redundent, you'd never know their were their till everything fubar's. The book is only 230 pages (not 400 like the spec's say) it is indepth at some but shallow at others. If that makes any sense. It's not a beginner's book, so it requires a basic intro understanding of dhcp and what it does. This is a great book if you want to know how to do your job, it gives you more information then you'll need, but isn't that the way it should be? :) I'm using it to help with that 70-216 but I'm not the type of person to read a book that is specifically meant for a test. I'd rather read the requirements of the test and buy 5 books that cover them. Don't choose an answer because it's right, choose it because all others are wrong.

Platinum Edition Using Windows 98
Platinum Edition Using Windows 98
by Ron Person
Edition: Hardcover
12 used & new from CDN$ 11.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you're brand new, Feb. 29 2004
If you know nothing about computers and have never used one, than this is the book for you. It for basic users and entry level power users but is by no means meant for someone with an above average interest in win 98. It's a starter book for beginners. Don't expect to find anything on repair or helpful hint and tricks because it doesn't have it. Nor any description of the core files. it's for beginners, plain and simple.

MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-215): Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Second Edition
MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-215): Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Second Edition
by Microsoft Corporation
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 79.08
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, Feb. 26 2004
Common sense tells us that who would know more about a product then it's inventors. Who whould be better to teach us about that product then the inventors. Well Microsoft has not and does not believe in common sense. you rely on this book to pass the test or to know anything pratical about Server 2000 and buddy you're in for a world of hurt. It leaves out significant details and aspects of server 200 that are need for a complete understanding of server 2000. Yes, what little detail and knowledge it prvides are accurate, but they are so few. Old Billy Gates again with a half attempt like everything he does. It seems their idea of common sense is: Well we charge $135 a test and sell the book for $45 and since they'll never pass the test on the first or second try then we'll make a bundle. Save your money and save your time. Buy the Sybex book for preparation for the test.

What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades. Optimum Learning. Minimum Time.
What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades. Optimum Learning. Minimum Time.
by Adam Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.30
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best, Feb. 25 2004
I read books upon books upon books on how to improve my studying. I'm a Network Administrator so I read as much if not more than a Medical Doctor (I know, I've argued with my family practioniar). This is simply the best book I've ever read on the subject. I've read serveral books that are no where descriptive or indepth as this one. It is the complete solution, other books only focus on one skill where this book cover them all.
One thing I like to do that the book has left out is teach the table of contents. After I finish a book (usually a computer book) I go the table of contents and lecture to myself on each chapter and each important topic. It sound funny and you look stupid doing it, but if you can describe the what the chapter and topics are about than you know the book and subject. Some people like to do the index but that is a little extreme if taken to seriously. Yes it is time consuming but so is rereading. If you teach the table of contents, you'll not only know enough to pass the test, but you'll have the all important understanding of it (if you can explain it differently than the text book that is). And if you can't teach the table of contents than you know what you need to review. Of course this is just a tool to add to the tool chest he gives you. But i've found it highly effective. I'm probably the only person I know who isn't confused by the a computer registry :)

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial
Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial
by Anthony Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Everything that's wrong with world, Feb. 25 2004
I'll make this short, Anthony Robbins is everything that is wrong with the world. Not one idea of his is original and not stollen from someone else. He skims the surface of modern psychology (mostly Victor Frankl, everyone steals from Frankl) and passes it off as their own enlightened sense of well being and success. Yes he's living his dream. Why? Because his dream was to get rich by selling nothing. And that is what he's done, mooched of the idea's and theories of others that took them a lifetime to perfect, and he's packaged it and now he's selling it. It's dangerous and irresponsible, not to mention superficial.
It's low brow but I quote Triumph the Insult Comic Dog: "To make fun of him, would be in a sense, like pooping on poop."

Inside Windows 2000 Server
Inside Windows 2000 Server
by William Boswell
Edition: Paperback
16 used & new from CDN$ 0.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Feb. 25 2004
I used it for 70-215 Windows 2000 Server Exam and it complimented Exam Cram2 and Sybex excellently. It has more information than you'll need for the test but just enough for the job. Humorus and witty writing that doesn't insult your intellegence like Mike Meyers' Passport's or bored and perplexed like Micro$oft. It has quite a few chapters devoted to Active Directory so it also makes a great introductory to the 70-217 (which you should pass before you take the 70-216, 70-216 is a killer). I don't know how it holds up to Server 2000 by Mark Minasi but it surpasses all the other books on server (and I've read them all). It's only has two faults.
One: It is not an introductory book, it require a fair amount of survey knowledge. I recommend Reading Sybex's 70-215 book first.
Two: Is that it was written just as 2000 came out and has yet to be updated (still contains practical knowledge).
If Boswell came out with a 2nd edition, I'd buy it full price and have it shipped overnight. But even as a 1st edition, it far out paces most server books that are even in their 3rd edition. You can't beat it a it's price.

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