Quick Review: XP Appetizer
A handy starter reference that's not for the pro
I recently had a chance to read the new Syngress book, Configuring
and Troubleshooing Windows XP Professional
, and here's the bottom
line: If you're experienced or studying for the XP Pro test, don't consider
this book your entree. I liked this book, I really did. But when I'm ready
to start my all-nighters, this book won't be next to my coffee maker.
Pros: Plain language, lots of screen
shots, plenty of step-by-step instructions.
Cons: A little too simplistic for experienced IT pros.
Verdict: Entry-level IT workers, pick it up. Otherwise,
save your money.
Don't misunderstand; the plain language that this book was written in,
combined with the numerous screen shots and step-by-step instructions
make it perfect for the novice techies to have on their reference shelves.
I'm not convinced though, that anyone with, say, five years of Windows
NT/2000 experience or better doesn't know that a background is also called
wallpaper, for example.
Again, please don't misunderstand me; I really did like the book. It's
just that in my opinion, most super-geeks will probably want something
a little bit more filling.
Jim Idema, MCSE, CNA, is president of Idema Enterprises Computer Consulting, a West Michigan-based computer consulting firm specializing in networking solutions to business.