Archive for September, 2007

Windows Vista Resource Kit

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

vista.JPGBy Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup anf Jerry Honeycutt

If you must keep Windows running for your organization, you’ve always needed Microsoft’s Windows Resource Kits. They contain too much indispensable information that’s too much trouble to find elsewhere. Today, Vista offers a boatload of new tools for monitoring, management, and security, so skating along with your XP documentation isn’t an option. But there’s another great reason to buy the Vista Resource Kit: its huge library of scripts for automating Windows administration.

A quick look at the table of contents clues you in to this book’s breadth; a quick glance at even a few chapters will convince you of its depth.

To begin with, security’s covered comprehensively, from Windows Defender to BitLocker, encryption to smartcards. Next, you couldn’t ask for more (or better) deployment coverage: everything from setting objectives to planning pilots to the nuts-and-bolts of disk imaging, application compatibility, and user state migration. (Description from

Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers: A Guide to Developing Internet Agents with PHP/CURL

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

webshots.JPGBy Michael Schrenk

The Internet is bigger and better than what a mere browser allows. Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers is for programmers and businesspeople who want to take full advantage of the vast resources available on the Web. There’s no reason to let browsers limit your online experience-especially when you can easily automate online tasks to suit your individual needs.

Learn how to write webbots and spiders that do all this and more:

* Programmatically download entire websites
* Effectively parse data from web pages
* Manage cookies
* Decode encrypted files
* Automate form submissions
* Send and receive email
* Send SMS alerts to your cell phone
* Unlock password-protected websites
* Automatically bid in online auctions
* Exchange data with FTP and NNTP servers

Sample projects using standard code libraries reinforce these new skills. You’ll learn how to create your own webbots and spiders that track online prices, aggregate different data sources into a single web page, and archive the online data you just can’t live without. You’ll learn inside information from an experienced webbot developer on how and when to write stealthy webbots that mimic human behavior, tips for developing fault-tolerant designs, and various methods for launching and scheduling webbots. You’ll also get advice on how to write webbots and spiders that respect website owner property rights, plus techniques for shielding websites from unwanted robots. (Description from

Ubuntu for Non- Geeks: A Pain- Free, Project- Based, Get- Things- Done Guidebook, 2nd ed.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

nongeeks.JPGBy Rickford Grant

This newbie’s guide to Ubuntu – now updated for Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), the latest Ubuntu release, which puts the spotlight on multimedia enablement and desktop effects – lets readers learn by doing. Using immersion-learning techniques favored by language courses, step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, stimulating the brain and increasing the reader’s understanding.

Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition covers all the topics likely to be of interest to an average desktop user. Inside, you’ll learn to:

• Download and install free applications, games, and utilities
• Connect to the Internet and wireless networks
• Configure your hardware, including printers, scanners, and removable storage devices
• Watch DVDs, listen to music, and even sync your iPod
• Download photos and videos from your digital camera, then edit and share them
• Tackle more advanced tasks as soon as you’re ready

Full of tips, tricks, and helpful pointers, Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition is a hands-on, project-based, take-it slow guidebook intended for those interested in-but nervous about-switching to the Linux operating system. Step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, helping you absorb and apply what you’ve learned. (Description from

Microsoft Exchange Sever 2007 Administrator’s Companion

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

server.JPGBy Walter Glenn, Scott Lowe, and Joshua Maher

An Essential guide to deploying and managing Exchange Server 2007, this book covers the full range of server and client deployments, unified communications, messaging security, performance optimization, troubleshooting, and disaster recovery. (Description from Books 24×7)

Developer’s Guide to Web Application Security

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

developer.JPGBy Michael Cross

Over 75% of network attacks are targeted at the web application layer. This book provides explicit hacks, tutorials, penetration tests, and step-by-step demonstrations for security professionals and Web application developers to defend their most vulnerable applications.

This book defines Web application security, why it should be addressed earlier in the lifecycle in development and quality assurance, and how it differs from other types of Internet security. Additionally, the book examines the procedures and technologies that are essential to developing, penetration testing and releasing a secure Web application. Through a review of recent Web application breaches, the book will expose the prolific methods hackers use to execute Web attacks using common vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting and Buffer Overflows in the application layer. By taking an in-depth look at the techniques hackers use to exploit Web applications, readers will be better equipped to protect confidential. (Description from

Trigonometry for Dummies

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

By Mary Jane Sterling

Trigonometry For Dummies explains introductory trigonometry in clear language and with humor, while presenting a number of worked-out problems to help students understand the process. Among topics covered are trigonometric functions and cofunctions, the laws of sines and cosines, quadratic equations, logarithms, sequences, circular and harmonic motion, graphing, inverse functions, conic sections, vectors, polynomials, ellipses, and parabolas. In addition, this book will explain the “why” of trigonometry and use real-world examples and problems that illustrate the value of trigonometry in a variety of careers.  (Description from Call number: QA531 .S783 2005

Algebra II for Dummies

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

By Mary Jane Sterling

You’ve worked your way through Algebra I, and now you’re ready to take algebr5a to the next level. This friendly guide shows you how to get up to speed on exponential functions, laws of logarithms, conic sections, matrices, and other advanced algebra concepts – without even breaking a sweat. It’s just what  you need for Algebra II success! (Description from Call number: QA152.9 .S753 2006

Algebra for Dummies

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

By Mary Jane Sterling

Get the right solution every time — algebra the fun and easy wayTM!

Includes a great glossary of algebraic terms for easy reference

The pain-free way to explore algebra—and come out smilin’

Does the word polynomial make your hair stand on end? Let Mary Jane Sterling show you the easy way to tackle algebra. This friendly guide explains the basics—and the tougher stuff—in easy-to-understand, no-nonsense language. Whether you want to brush up on your math skills or help your children with their homework, this book gives you power—to the nth degree. (Description from Call number: QA155 .S74 2001

Calculus for Dummies

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

By Mark Ryan

Features the rules, definitions, and formulas you need to knowConquer your fear of calculus the fun and easy way®!

Confused by the complexities of calculus? This easy-to-understand guide takes the mystery out of key calculus concepts such as limits, differentiation, and integration. You’ll ease into the basics with clear explanations, clever shortcuts, and real-life examples to help you – and you’ll discover that calculus isn’t so tough after all.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • “Get in, get out” information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

(Description from Call number: QA303.2 .R86 2003

Calculus Made Easy

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

By Silvanus P Thompson and Martin Gardner

Calculus Made Easy has long been the most popular calculus primer, and this major revision of the classic math text makes the subject at hand still more comprehensible to readers of all levels. With a new introduction, three new chapters, modernized language and methods throughout, and an appendix of challenging and enjoyable practice problems, Calculus Made Easy has been thoroughly updated for the modern reader. (Description from Call number: QA303 .T45 1998