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Data and Computer Communications: International Version
Data and Computer Communications: International Version
by William Stallings
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid introduction to networking, 2 Aug. 2011
The content of the book provides a solid introduction to computer networks. The book is well structured and the chapters are well written and laid out thoughtfully. More detail regarding the nature of the principal communication protocols is incorporated into the material than other texts and as such probably provides a bridge between the novice and a seasoned professional more accustomed to reading RFCs. Each chapter is supplemented with problems to check comprehension of the preceding material.

However, the book is not without its annoyances. Appendices are referenced which are accessed online and are not present in the book itself. Having to move from a paper book to a digital appendix can be awkward - if the text were available as an e-book this wouldn't be nearly as bad. Some of the additional materials appear to be included as an afterthought with no apparent integration within an otherwise well-structured work. I suppose they could be useful to some people... certainly I found the SI prefixes document to be incomplete compared to freely available sources from an Internet search.

The book also boasts animations as a "powerful tool for understanding the complex mechanisms of network protocols". These are only made available via instructors... if the animation tools are so darned powerful, why not make them available directly to students? I make this comment without having yet witnessed said animations. I have raised this matter with the author, but perhaps I didn't make myself sufficiently clear.

Similarly, some of the end of chapter questions are open-ended. This is good if one is attending a course to receive feedback, but absolutely *awful* in an independent learning scenario, since there is no way whatsoever of checking one's answers.

Overall, I would recommend holding off from purchasing this book even if attending a course primarily due to the open-ended nature of the exercises. Any answers to these questions depend strongly on the dedication and competence of the instructor and cannot be derived from this book alone: see if you can use the library until you're certain of getting value for money. There are other texts out there which are classic (eg Tannenbaum, Comer) depending on the learner's background. Perhaps they do not always provide the enthusiasm and stimulation which Stallings imbues within his writing but they are self-contained works.

Scrolly: Disney Winnie the Pooh Puzzle
Scrolly: Disney Winnie the Pooh Puzzle
Price: £9.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney scrolly in car fun..., 19 Mar. 2011
Our two year old loves this toy. We only get it out for road trips as it has no separate parts to drop under the seat in front, which is fantastic, and it keeps her busy for ages.

Yoga Pretzels: 50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids and Grownups (Yoga Cards)
Yoga Pretzels: 50 Fun Yoga Activities for Kids and Grownups (Yoga Cards)
by Tara Guber
Edition: Cards
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bendy..., 3 Feb. 2011
Bought this for use with our two year old daughter. Pick a card, any card, then practice the pose. Fun workout for days when not going to a yoga class and you have a couple of minutes to spare. Builds up small person's strength and flexibility whilst maintaining one's own.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're only bags..., 3 Feb. 2011
Having owned a shredder for over 15 years now, the "experience" of emptying is one to greet with some trepidation; expectations of confetti everywhere flood the mind (and the floor!). Since my father does most of the shredding and believes the shredder can "always take one more sheet", we recently splashed out on a new Fellowes Intellishred MS-450Ci Microshred Shredder (highly recommended by the way, but shop around... Amazon weren't nearly as competitive as they would have you believe in this instance) for which we bought purpose-made bags for the very first time. No confetti! Admittedly they don't fill anywhere near the top and so we empty two "full" bags into one before disposal but these bags do reduce mess considerably.

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