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Sunday, 30 September 2012

50 Steps to Business Success: Entrepreneurial Leadership in Manageable Bites - Peter M. Cleveland

Here is a master plan for leaders who want to know the dynamic, proven techniques any business leader—from the fruit stand owner to the Fortune 500 chairman—must use to build a successful entrepreneurial enterprise. At the heart of this program is a fundamental belief in the continuous work necessary to improve all activities—a constant quest to improve the conduct of business, from mission statements to the simplest of action plans. Each principle, or “bite,” is a business fundamental that every business leader needs to understand and is a proven leadership principle of successful people. Each bite moves the reader one step ahead and combines with other principles that work together to create a building block toward total leadership. Each bite represents a stepping stone toward a sound business practice that, if applied with patience, discipline, consistency, and ethics, will result in success. 


Monday, 12 December 2011

Linux Complete Command Reference by John Purcell - LINKS UPDATED

Linux Complete Command Reference 
by John Purcell

Compiled by Red Hat Software, Inc., the company that has assembled the most popular x86 installation of Linux, this command reference is massive, authoritative, and as complete as any reference can be.
In 1,500 pages of tiny print, this heavy-duty tome documents every command, utility, file system, library function, and administration tool in the operating system. Linux also features a detailed kernel reference guide and a good index. And if the print size bothers you, the entire contents of the book are included on the companion CD-ROM, along with the Unix version of the Adobe Acrobat reader. In Acrobat, you can adjust the font size to something more readable. If you're running a Linux system and acting as your own system administrator, Linux: Complete Command Reference is an indispensable reference.


Guide to Linux Certification - John Schitka, Jason W. Eckert

Guide to Linux Certification 
                              - John Schitka, Jason W. Eckert

This particular study guide is very strong on Linux installation, administration, X-Windows, networking, and most of the major areas where you really need to know what you are doing in order to pass the exam or work with a real world Linux system. On the other hand it is a little weak on the hardware side. While most people, including myself, feel that the book covers hardware sufficiently for learning Linux and using Linux in the real world, it is a Linux+ certification guide and so should cover hardware in the same detail required for the exam. The exam may include questions like showing four different interfaces and asking the test-taker to identify which one is a SCSI3 interface. This is not covered in that level of detail in the book. In my opinion that sort of question belongs on a hardware exam and not in a Linux+ exam, but the fact of the matter is that sort of question is on the exam and so should be covered in any exam preparation book. If this were a guide to learning and using Linux I would not treat this as a problem at all.
When comparing the book to other Linux+ study guides I consider it to be one of the top choices. The other recommended guide (from Sybex) doesn't do any better of a job in dealing with the hardware problem. This is a problem consistent throughout all the study guide books. It does use RedHat and include a copy, which is a positive point. And finally, it has one of the best indexes of all the Linux+ study guides. This can be very important if you don't pass the exam the first time and need to study some specific areas. If you are looking for a keyword that you were unsure about on the exam then you need to be able to look it up. For example, when I took the exam there were some basic questions on Squid and iptables. All you really needed to know was that Squid is a proxy server and iptables is related to firewall services. This is the only book I've reviewed that actually had entries in the index for Squid and iptables. The others had the information but no index entry and so no knowledge of where to look for the information. There is really no excuse for a poor index in any book that seeks to help the reader become certified and this is the one with the best index. If you want to pass the exam on the first try you should add a hardware book like one of the certification guides for the CompTIA A+ hardware exam. "Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification" is a recommended purchase for people new to Linux seeking to learn the system and pass the exam.

Sams Teach Yourself Facebook for Business in 10 Minutes: Covers Facebook Places, Facebook Deals and Facebook Ads (Sams Teach Yourself -- Minutes) - Bud E. Smith

Sams Teach Yourself Facebook for Business in 10 Minutes: Covers Facebook Places, Facebook Deals and Facebook Ads (Sams Teach Yourself -- Minutes) 
                                                            - Bud E. Smith

Sams Teach Yourself Facebook® for Business in 10 Minutes gives you straightforward, practical answers when you need fast results. By working through its 10-minute lessons, you’ll learn how to profit from Facebook’s powerful new business tools: Facebook Pages, Places, Deals, Ads, and more! Tips point out shortcuts and solutions; Cautions help you avoid common pitfalls; Notes provide additional information.
10 minutes is all you need to learn how to…
  • Define your Facebook-centric online business strategy
  • Plan and create your “business-friendly” personal Facebook page
  • Create a Facebook Page, also known as a “fan page,” for your business
  • Build your Wall with customer-focused status updates
  • Create more effective Info, Photos, and Discussions tabs
  • Find and install Apps that can help your business
  • Claim and edit your Facebook Places page, and get customers to “check in”

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