Reviews Page

This is my collection of concise reviews on various computer related books I've read


  1. Hacking Exposed 2nd edition (3rd is out now)
    -by Joel Scambray, Stuart McClure, and George Kurtz; ~700 p.

    I enjoyed this book very much, and still use it as a reference. It gets down to the
    nitty gritty about exploits, scanning, enumerating, and DOS attacks; and how to
    guard against them all. It covers Windoze, Netware, and Unix in its discussions.

  2. The Complete FreeBSD 3rd Edition (4th is out now)
    -by Greg Lehey; ~775 p.

    Great guide to installing FreeBSD Unix. When I have a question about maintaining
    FreeBSD, this is my first stop. Good reference because it covers many aspects of
    running Unix.

  3. The Cathedral and the Bazaar
    -by Eric S. Raymond; ~230 p.

    Discusses Open Source Software in depth. It describes the community of software
    developers and the impact of OSS on the industry. I found the book interesting and
    entertaining at the same time. Raymond is an impressive writer, and is very
    well spoken. Since I write OSS, I'm glad I read the book.

  4. Think Unix
    -by Jon Lasser; ~275 p.

    All about the Unix/Linux command line. Very geeky, but some parts were interesting.
    It teaches efficiency at the command line, and powerful piped commands. It covers
    regular expressions and shell programming too. I enjoyed it, but you have to be into
    the command line.

  5. Internetworking with TCP/IP 4th Edition
    -Douglas E. Comer; ~720 p.

    Everything you wanted to know, and more, about the TCP/IP protocol. Dry, but loaded
    with technical info about TCP/IP networking. Discusses network architecture, routing,
    protocol layers, multicasting, ATM networks, NAT, VPN, DNS, remote access, FTP,
    SMTP, HTTP, SNMP, firewalls, and IPv6. I keep it for my TCP/IP Encyclopedia.

  6. Network Administrator's Reference
    -Tere' Parnell, and Christopher Null; ~720 p.

    Another good reference book. Covers all aspects of managing a network. Topics include
    computer hardware, security, cabling, backbones, WANs, encryption, and
    authentication. I dug the book, and it introduced me well to life as a network admin.

  7. Network Intrusion Detection 2nd Edition
    -Stephen Northcutt, and Judy Novak; ~400 p.

    With my interest in information security, this book held my attention all the way through.
    It covers the many ways that networks are probed and exploited. It examins host
    based and network based intrusion detection. Parts are technical, but it is a good read.

  8. RedHat Linux 7 Unleashed
    -Bill Ball, David Pitts; ~1025 p.

    Big book, but very comprehensive. Walks through installation and configuration of Red
    Hat Linux. It talks about setting up services, administrative tasks, and software development.
    It is a few versions behind the current one, but is still very useful.

  9. Hacker's Challenge

    Very fun book that walks through 20 different real-life hacking/cracking stories and asks questions at the end of each chapter about the hows/whats/whens/etc of each case. The second half of the book then talks through the answers so you can learn from every situation. I can't wait to read through the 2nd Hacker's Challenge book.