Monday, November 29, 2010

"The Best of Instructables Volume I: Do-It-Yourself Projects from the World's Biggest Show & Tell" By MAKE Magazine, 1st Edition.

A creative book for a creative mind

Let me start off by saying this is a innovative "how to make" book with vivid pictures and easy to follow step by step instructions. Some of the projects go to the extent of providing information on where to acquire the items and about how much it would cost to make the item. Anyone can easily find at least a couple of projects that would interest him/her.

There were many projects that were astonishing to me, such as the project where one could make a computer out of a Nintendo game console or the project where one could make a wallet out of a computer keyboard. Although there were many intriguing projects, there were a couple that just seemed out of place such as the project where it showed how to eat a banana like a monkey (it was pretty ironic because it was the same way how I eat my bananas).

In the end, this book is well worth it whether if you want to create a fun project with the whole family or if you just like creating things out of ordinary materials.

Overall I rate this book a 4/5 stars.

"Unix in a Nutshell" By Arnold Robbins, 4th Edition.

A wonderful reference book about Unix OS

Let me start off by saying that if you are looking for a introductory book about Unix and you have no experience with Unix OS whatsoever, this is not a book for you. If you are new to Unix OS, then you should consider buying the O'Reilly book,"Learning the Unix Operating System."

Like the cover page says, this book is a reference book. This book covers GNU/Linux OS, Mac OS, Solaris OS, Unix commands, Bash Shells, Korn Shells, package management, emacs editor, and many other information that are very useful to Unix programmers, system administrators, and Unix users.

If you have a bit of experience with Unix, this book should be a must.

I rate this book a 5/5 stars.