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Book Review: Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible

May 11, 2012
“I’ve finished reading the Linux Phrasebook and want to learn more! Where can I go next?”

If you have finished that excellent pocket reference, then the next book with a long title that I heartily recommend is the Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bibleby Richard Blum.

To get a full understanding of how Linux operates and how to unlock its power, learning the command line is must, and the Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible will help expand your command line knowledge by focusing on scripting.

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Book Review: Desktop Witness

April 4, 2012
Thought-provoking information about computer security across international borders.

“I’m not doing anything illegal, so I have nothing to hide.”

Oh, really?

If you think that, then you desperately need to read Desktop Witness by Michael Caloyannides. This is a book about computer privacy, and you might never trust your computer again after reading it.

Whether it be medical records, credit card numbers, address books, or secret cookie recipes, we all have things that we wish to keep private. However, our computers act as electronic tattletales that monitor and record our every activity.

Desktop Witness is a computer security book that brings awareness to what our own computers are recording, how that information can be used against us, and what we can do to protect our privacy when using a computer.

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Book Review: Linux Phrasebook

March 20, 2012
“Help! I am new to Linux, and I want to learn the command line. Where should I start?”

The Linux Phrasebook by Scott Granneman is without a doubt the best hands-on book I have ever read that teaches practical command line usage, and I always recommend it to anyone new to the Linux command line. In fact, I would highly suggest reading this book before reading the Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification.

This small, pocket-sized paperback consists of sixteen easy-to-follow chapters covering a variety of topics that you will most likely encounter in everyday usage.

But exactly why is this book so helpful?

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Book Review: The Complete Guide to Linux System Administration

March 14, 2012
The Complete Guide to Linux System Administrationby Course Technology is an excellent companion to the Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification. It covers a few new topics and goes into greater detail on some topics only skimmed over in the Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification book.

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Book Review: Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification

March 6, 2012

Introduction

Are you studying to take the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exam? If so, then the Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification from Course Technology will help increase your knowledge since it covers most of the exam objectives.

There are two versions of this study book: The older second edition (2006, green cover) and the newer third edition (2011, orange cover). Both books are nearly identical, so this review applies to both editions.

While the 2nd edition covers the older CompTIA Linux+ exam, the 3rd edition covers the material needed to pass the new CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exams (LX0-101 and LX0-102). I had the opportunity to read through the Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification 3rd Edition and compare it to the 2006 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification 2nd Edition to find out what differences exist between the two books and to determine if the 3rd edition is worth the high retail price.

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