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Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) (Authorized Self-Study Guide)
Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) (Authorized Self-Study Guide)
by Keith T. Hutton
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not for the exam, 26 Oct. 2009
I picked up this book to get back up to date for my CCNP/CCDP recertification. As Cisco have changed the areas covered in this level of exam, I needed something to bring me up to speed in the new areas.

It does a reasonable job of explaining a lot of the important concepts of network design. As such it will fit comfortably onto my bookshelf as a reference book. If you are starting work in network design, I can recommend the book as a tutorial.

It falls down in two areas however.
- The formatting detracts from the overall text. Several of the diagrams etc. are on the wrong pages to link with the topic they are illustrating. This means when reading a section or paragraph, you frequently have to flick to a different page to find the diagram that it references. This breaks concentration and makes it difficult to study.

- It doesn't seem to emphasise the specific terms that are tested. It's all well and good understanding how or what a function does, but Cisco use specific names and wordings to describe and communicate particular areas or ideas. These are important to be able to show that you understand the area.

I've been CCNP/DP for around 8-9 years now, working with extensive Cisco and multi-vendor designs day-to-day, and yet I was unable to pass the exam (several times) using this guide. Having started to run through the Element K e-learning course I can start to appreciate why and link what I've learned here to specific questions that I've seen on the exam, understanding the reasons I failed. It comes too late for me however, so I'm having to squeeze some other professional level exams in on my last day of certification in the hopes of retaining the qualifications. As a result this book has comprehensively failed to do what I needed it to. If I can't pass the exam with this guide, I can hardly imagine what a newcomer to this area would make of it.

Interestingly, I seem to be getting approximately the same scoring on the CCDE written exam, as this one (just short of the pass mark unfortunately), which indicates to me that my understanding of professional level design is probably OK, but needs a little refinement/updating. My scoring hasn't really changed since reading this book on either exam.

In short, I would recommend this book to learn network design, but I wouldn't recommend it's use to learn what is needed for the ARCH exam. As the book is targetted at those seeking CCDP qualification, I'm giving it a lower score than It would otherwise deserve.

Charlie Wilson's War [DVD]
Charlie Wilson's War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.74

18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film, cruddy DVD, 2 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Charlie Wilson's War [DVD] (DVD)
Fantastic film spoilt by the forced HIV trailer.

While I actively support HIV charities, I do not want to sit through five minutes of extremely slow, extremely dull poetry every time i want to watch the film. This is an excellent way to alienate people who might otherwise have supported a good cause.

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Tank Girls
Tank Girls
by J. Hope
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars soft corps porn?, 3 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Tank Girls (Paperback)
I bought this book believing it to be a historical book about women involved with tanks. As I have a keen interest in military vehicle restoration, this would have been of great interest to me.

Sadly the small amount of text gives way to a series of photographs of the cover girls in various states of undress, posing in ways which would, I'm sure, get them thrown out of most workshops.

Several of my male colleagues became feverish at the sight, and went back to their respective vehicles for a lay down. Those of us who continued to look, noted a distinct lack of health and safety gear.

None of the girls had the basic grease under the fingernails and bruised knees that go with military vehicle work. Hair showed no signs of grease. Nobody was covered in the mud/rust/diesel mixture that takes hours to get off in the bath.

We began to suspect that these girls were not really tank crew....

On the plus side, they are posing in front of some very nicely restored vehicles.

by Kelly McCullough
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.19

11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Author doesnt understand computers, 30 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Webmage (Mass Market Paperback)
This book is unfortunately one of the worst I've ever picked up. That's not to say it's not well written and full of very good ideas. From the few pages I've read it is full of promise. Unfortunately the author bases the story around a technology that he does not understand.

The blend of magic with technology is well done, but the author doesn't understand the technical terms that are being used to communicate the technological side of the story. As a result it reads much like a war novel would if the author didn't know the difference between a tank and a jeep, or indeed a field radio and big cell-phone.

I'm sure that many people who have no knowledge about how the technology works or what the technology specific words mean will really love this book. Anyone who does understand will consider the book tripe however.

If you are considering buying this book and know what a mainframe is, and what Baud measures, or indeed that a million kilo-whatevers is a Giga-whatever, then save your money and we'll all club together to buy Kelly Mcullough a copy of Computer Networks by Tannenbaum in the hope that this travesty will not repeat itself.

Princess of Wands
Princess of Wands
by John Ringo
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.50

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly gripping, utterly fantastic, 29 Jan. 2008
A fantastic read, like nothing else I've ever read. I can't wait for the sequel.

Wiring Regulations in Brief: A complete guide to the requirements of the 16th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations, BS 7671 and Part P of the Building Regulations
Wiring Regulations in Brief: A complete guide to the requirements of the 16th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations, BS 7671 and Part P of the Building Regulations
by Ray Tricker (MSc IEng FIET FCIM FIQA FIRSE)
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for engineers working with BS7671, 12 Jun. 2007
This is a fantastic book for engineers working with BS7671 who are not electricians.

By grouping the coverage into functional areas such as isolation, earthing, etc. the book makes an extremely easy reference to learn from, and quote from. Each explanation is accompanied by the text of the standard and a reference to the standard paragraph number. This is all in plain text that any engineer can understand without needing to be a qualified electrician. This is an ideal reference to have around and refer to in explaining to the layman why an electrician is required.

While the electricity at work regulations apply to all businesses in the UK, understanding of electrical safety is all to frequently lacking. This book bridges the gap providing explanation, justification, and reference. It can also aid in specifying electrical works, and in conducting your own safety checks prior to commencing non-electrical work.

This book won't make you an electrician, and won't enable you to do-it-yourself. It will enable you to cut through conjecture and confusion, and understand what you are looking for. As an engineer and a manager, I'm sure it will become one of the best used books on my bookshelf.

The one area that it falls down on is equipment with high earth leakage current. This is covered by a separate part of the standard, and doesn't get very much coverage beyond a quick quote of the standard. With more computers and electronic devices containing switched mode power supplies, I'm told this part of the standard applies more frequently. Further advice may be required from a qualified electrician.

Nortel Networks, the Complete Reference
Nortel Networks, the Complete Reference
by James Knapp
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars no passport!, 14 Jun. 2000
looks pretty good from what I saw but it doesnt cover Nortel's Passport frame relay switches, so if thats what you are after you are going to be disappointed. Its all Centillion / layer 3 switching.

CCNA Routing and Switching: Exam Cram (Exam Cram Series)
CCNA Routing and Switching: Exam Cram (Exam Cram Series)
by J. Waters
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if you have a strong networking background., 8 Jan. 2000
Passed CCNA 640-407 easily with this book. Very good if you have a networking background, and so only need a quick once over/cisco specifics before taking the exam. If you dont know how the osi model works etc. then youll want a different book, but this was perfect for me.

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