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Baguazhang: Theory and Applications
Baguazhang: Theory and Applications
by Yang Jwing-Ming
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.69
30 used & new from $22.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Still the most comprehensive book on baguazhang., August 26, 2009
Even after all the years this book was originally published, it is still the most comprehensive book on Bagua Zhang.
If you are interested in Baguazhang you will want this book for reading and as a reference. In it is a compendium (a sort of condensed compilation of the best books published in Chinese now available in English.) of the most popular Chinese books on Baguazhang.

As you read this and start looking at the references you will see that Dr. Yang has collected together the books on Bagua Zhang written in Chinese and translated the most informative parts and put them into one book, this book.

You will also want to get the DVD:Baguazhang - 8 Trigrams Palm (YMAA)
Since Bagua Zhang is such a dynamic moving art, no book can do it justice and you will also want to get the DVD.
Having a book and DVD as comprehensive as these are is very good.


Bagua: The Art of Change
Bagua: The Art of Change
DVD ~ Ted Mancuso

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good coverage of the 8 changing palms form, June 11, 2008
This review is from: Bagua: The Art of Change (DVD)
This is an excellent learning DVD for beginning Bagua enthusiasts. It will also be very good for those that want to review and sharpen their stepping and changing palms skills.

It is very good in covering stepping, reeling silk, threading, arm movements and especially good in covering the 8 palms stepping form.

Ted Mancuso is very good in explaining what he is doing, and very clearly demonstrates it. The cinema-photography is excellent, the lighting is great, the perspective is great, and the DVD is very well set up for menus and stop/start points.

In the 8 palms form he first shows the change in a linear fashion while explaining it, and then demonstrates it while walking the circle. He does a very good job of explaining while he is doing it (as opposed to other videos that just demonstrate without explanation).

I highly recommend this DVD for anyone that wants to get started or is starting out in Bagua. And for anyone that wants to sharpen their circle walking and 8 palm change form.

I have been learning and practicing the 8 palm change described in the DVD and is really great exercise for the legs and stretching the body. Practicing this form on a regular basis would be great exercise for all martial arts and for general health.
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Complete Krav Maga: The Ultimate Guide to Over 230 Self-Defense and Combative Techniques
Complete Krav Maga: The Ultimate Guide to Over 230 Self-Defense and Combative Techniques
by John Whitman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.51
67 used & new from $8.86

42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books.for self defense, July 27, 2007
This book is amazing.
You will see that a lot of thought and work went into making this book. The self-defense techniques are grouped by belt levels in a graduated learning approach.

This book is about self-defense techniques (not so much about street, war or sport fighting). The emphasis is on defend, counter, and escape.

Each of the techniques are described in detail and illustrated with 3 to 5 pictures. This book is so well written and illustrated that it is like a text book for a class.

I highly recommend getting this book if you are interested in self-defense.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well made, both the board and roller., February 19, 2007
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I have had this about 4 weeks now.

It is well made, both the board and roller.

I like that it is not on a rail as this give me more flexibility on how I can orient the board.

And a few times I have gotten it to move around fast enough to give me a surfing like feeling. This is great to work on while watching TV.

There is an optional cushion that is well priced, but I would not recommend getting it. I got it and only used it for a few hours before putting it on the roller. You could use a pillow instead.

Also expect to fall. By nature it is unstable, to improve your balance. I fell and banged up my shin pretty good, but I still like it and use it.

If you want to improve your balance skills for surfing, snowboarding or in general while you are indoors then I recommend this product.


Linux Administration Handbook (2nd Edition)
Linux Administration Handbook (2nd Edition)
by Trent R. Hein
Edition: Paperback
51 used & new from $0.93

45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good theory, weak on application and implementation. I have 6 years of UNIX and Linux system administration, February 19, 2007
This book is good on theory, but is weak on application and implementation.

The book reads well, but when I try to apply or implement the described utilities the necessary details are not there.

This book may work for a class where the tests are given as paper exams, but is weak if you are going to set up an actual machine. Wondering about why this book would be this way I looked at the "About the Authors" section and discovered why:

Evi Nemeth is retired and sailing her sailboat.

Garth Snyder is now an MD.

Trent R. Hein is running a company.

I admire their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck.

However, they have lost touch with Linux. Linux is very dynamic and requires constant attention to keep up with. It appears that they don't have time to stay in touch with Linux. My guess is that they are cutting and pasting from their old books, and maybe have some cheap college students ghost writing for them.

I recommend reading the Linux books by Negus, Sobell, and Jang.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made, both the board and roller., December 18, 2006
I have had this about 4 weeks now.

It is well made, both the board and roller.

I like that it is not on a rail as this give me more flexibility on how I can orient the board.

And a few times I have gotten it to move around fast enough to give me a surfing like feeling. This is great to work on while watching TV.

There is an optional cushion that is well priced, but I would not recommend getting it. I got it and only used it for a few hours before putting it on the roller. You could use a pillow instead.

Also expect to fall. By nature it is unstable, to improve your balance. I fell and banged up my shin pretty good, but I still like it and use it.

If you want to improve your balance skills for surfing, snowboarding or in general while you are indoors then I recommend this product.


The Design Warrior's Guide to FPGAs: Devices, Tools and Flows (Edn Series for Design Engineers)
The Design Warrior's Guide to FPGAs: Devices, Tools and Flows (Edn Series for Design Engineers)
by Clive Maxfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: $51.67
35 used & new from $3.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introductoin to FPGAs, but not a cookbook or project book., December 6, 2006
This is a great book for someone that is getting started in FPGAs. This is a starter book (not a cook book or a project book). The area of FPGAs is so large and complex that no one book will cover it all. If you are truly interested in FPGAs you will need to have a small library.

This is a great first book if you are self-teaching. This book give a broad overview of the different FPGA technologies and related issues. It also covers design issues and the many languages such as Verilog, VHDL and System C. If you are taking a class your teacher will most likely make these decisions for you.

After reading this book you will have the basic knowledge to decide on which FPGA technology you want use, what type of design you want to do, design issues and which language you want to learn and develop with.

Without this book, you could spend a lot more money and time on trial and error until you settle on the right selections. If you already know the technology, type of design you want to do, design issues, and your preferred language; then this book is not for you--unless you want to have more breadth.

Along with this book you will also want to get either a project book or cook book, and a design language book such as Verilog or VHDL.

As an electrical engineer I have previously worked with FPGAs, and I still learned a lot from this book.


Creating Games in C++: A Step-by-Step Guide
Creating Games in C++: A Step-by-Step Guide
by David Conger
Edition: Paperback
27 used & new from $4.01

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book has been recalled by the publisher, November 14, 2006
This book has been recalled by the publisher


Certified Ethical Hacker Exam Prep
Certified Ethical Hacker Exam Prep
by Michael Gregg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $41.08
34 used & new from $1.54

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginning System and Network administrators., August 1, 2006
If you are a beginning System or Network administrator, this is a great introductory security book to start with.

The book covers a wide range of security topics with most being based on the Windows OS. It also has a chapter on Linux, and covers networking, web sites, buffer overflows and physical security. Included with each chapter are exercises to reinforce the material, and questions with answers.

Before reading this book, you should have general background knowledge in operating systems and networking. A programming background is not necessary.

As a primer on security, I found this book to be well written and interesting reading.


CUPS: Common UNIX Printing System
CUPS: Common UNIX Printing System
by Michael Sweet
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.10
41 used & new from $0.56

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Written for developers of CUPS print configuration files., July 21, 2006
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This book is targeted for writers of printer configurations files, and not for System Administrators.

As a UNIX and Linux system administrator of 5 years I find that setting up network printing was and is one of the most surprising challenges. And perhaps one the most challenging issues to explain to my users and management. After all Windows printing is virtually plug and play. Whereas configuring printing on UNIX and Linux is virtually without standards and is unique to each printer. Thus I am very excited to see any move towards a standardized printing configuration for UNIX and Linux.

Also a lack of printing configuration standards on UNIX and Linux meant that the selection of printers that would work was extremely small. That is until CUPS came along. However, I still find CUPS very confusing. So I broke down, bought this book and studied it.

This book is more like a reference book. And it is mostly oriented towards programming with CUPS and writing PPD (Postscrip Printer Description) files.

I was disappointed that it didn't cover more on installing new printer configurations and steps for debugging them. I was also disappointed that it left out an important step of how to install new PPD files.

CUPS requires a PPD file to describe the capabilities of each printer, and how it will interface with the printer and driver (if any). The book lists several web sites for retrieving PPD files. However, the book does not explain how add in a new PPD file in the "Adding Your First Printer" section or anywhere else for that matter.

By visiting other web sites I did find these instructions for adding in a new PPD file:

Put the PPD file in /usr/share/cpus/model

Then restart CUPS: /etc/init.d/cups restart, or

/etc/software/init.d/cups restart

However, there are other places and methods depending on your set up. So this is very confusing.

I was very frustrated that this book would leave out something so simple and necessary.

For programming and writing PPD files, this book has a lot of material, but I haven't gotten that far yet. I'm still trying to configure an HP DesignJet 5000 plotter to plot from my Linux machine.

Also the author deserves considerable credit for tacking on the challenge about writing about Linux and UNIX printing. Very few people are able to write about Linux and UNIX printing in detail. For taking on such a challenging subject and the rarity of this kind of book I gave the book the coveted 4 star rating.

I hope to see more books on Linux printing setup, print drivers and related material.


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