Book

Monitoring with Ganglia by Matt Massie, Bernard Li, Brad Nicholes, Vladimir Vuksan, Robert Alexander, Jeff Buchbinder, Frederiko Costa, Alex Dean, Dave Josephsen, Peter Phaal, Daniel Pocock (O'Reilly Media)

Posted on March 26, 2013

Ganglia is the most robust and scalable tool for performance monitor I’ve tried or heard of. This book, written by some of the top contributor of the project, is an awesome guide to Ganglia. Due to its organization and the authors writing style, the book is easy to understand and can be read as a “full-guide” reading it from the first page to the last one, or a reference book reading only the parts that are relevant to you in that specific moment.

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Wireless Reconnaissance in Penetration Testing by Matthew Neely, Alex Hamerstone, Chris Sanyk (Elsevier/Syngress)

Posted on March 19, 2013

When someone says the word “wireless”, 99.9% of the audience thinks at the Wireless Networking Technologies (802.11 family). Very few think to the Bluetooth. Even fewer people think to all the other technologies that use wireless technology to work, such as cordless phone, guard radios, headsets, wireless camera etc. This book embrace the last point of view. The first chapter provides basic information and motivation for Wireless Profiling. The chapter 2 provides the reader with all the information she needs to be able to understand the wireless technology and it’s usage.

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Metasploit by Mati Aharoni, Devon Kearns, Jim O'Gorman, David Kennedy (No Starch Press)

Posted on March 12, 2013

Metasploit is the most common and complete framework for testing security. Metasploit is an entire suite of tools and methodologies designed for testing the security of computers and networks.

The book is written for both experienced penetration tester and people new to the security field. For the first group, one of the most interesting thing is the explanation of the rules and ideas that formed the Penetration Test Execution Standard, while for users new to the field, is really interesting what can be done and how.

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CompTIA A+ Rapid Review (Exam 220-801 and Exam 220-802) by Darril Gibson (Microsoft Press)

Posted on March 5, 2013

After Microsoft’s CompTIA A+ Training Kit, here I am reviewing the Microsoft’s A+ Rapid Review. This book is really similar to the book CompTIA Security+ Rapid Review (this too by Microsoft Press). Darril Gibson, the book’s author, have compressed a huge amount of contents in a (relatively) small amount of pages (411). This is the first big difference in respect of the Security+ Rapid Review, since this book has more contents per page (and about the double of pages).

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Digital Capture After Dark by Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler (Rocky Nook)

Posted on February 26, 2013

This book does cover one of the hardest topic that are present in digital photography. In fact, the photographies in the dark are the are the ones which are more frequently bad looking. The book provides with a big amount of techniques and tips covering equipment, the actual taking of the image, and post-production. A lot of these techniques and tips are easily found on photography specific magazines and articles, but a book grouping all these techniques is really good since it’s an organic and easy to found and read collection.

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Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 33

Posted on February 19, 2013

It’s Make! I think Make is one of the greatest, if not the greatest magazine available worldwide. I think that this is a really cool number of Make. As it usually happens to me, the part I like the most i the “Projects part”, in which I always find awesome ideas. The article I liked the most is “Growing the Ghost” by Gabriel Nagmay. This article speaks about the growing of the Bhut Jolokia, one of the world most powerful chili flavour.

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Vintage Tomorrows A Historian And A Futurist Journey Through Steampunk Into The Future of Technology by Brian David Johnson and James H. Carrott (O'Reilly Media)

Posted on February 12, 2013

This book initially shocked me. When I downloaded it, it was a 140 Mb so I thought it was full of drawings and comics. As soon as I opened the file I saw it was nothing I thought it would have been. The book is mainly written (it can seem tautological but I think that’s right to point it out) with a lot of photos. I think the reason of the “hugeness” of the file is given by the photos.

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Designing Games - A Guide to Engineering Experiences by Tynan Sylvester (O'Reilly Media)

Posted on February 5, 2013

When I read the first lines of the description “Ready to give your design skills a real boost? This eye-opening book helps you explore the design structure behind most of today’s hit video games. You’ll learn principles and practices for crafting games that generate emotionally charged experiences—a combination of elegant game mechanics, compelling fiction, and pace that fully immerses players.” on the O’Reilly website I thought it was a very well thought eye-catcher phrase to sell more books.

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Exam Ref 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure by Steve Suehring (Microsoft Press)

Posted on January 29, 2013

I come to this book less than a month after reviewing the 70-410 Exam Ref. As the title may suggest, this book is tailored to the preparation of the Microsoft 70-413 exam. Speaking of the exam, I have to advice that the book does cover any exam objective, but does not cover every exam question. The book is split into an introduction, 5 chapters and the index. The first chapter helps to understand how to plan and deploy a server infrastructure.

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Starting a Business Learn What You Need in Two Hours By Scott L. Girard Jr., Michael F. O'Keefe, Marc A. Price (Nova Vista Publishing)

Posted on January 22, 2013

When I’ve seen this book I had no idea about what I was going to find inside it. As the title suggests, the book is pretty short (the PDF version count 161 pages) and so it’s really a few reading hours. The book is divided in 5 chapters: Planning: this chapter covers the Business Plan and all the accessories planning. From my experience (and the author too) a good plan is mandatory if you don’t want see your great idea failing.

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