- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (September 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596005113
- ISBN-13: 978-0596005115
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,451,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is not a script kiddie or hacker book. It encompasses the real meaning of the word hack. To hack into your computer to make it do things that it isn't generally meant to do, or to access things within your system that are not know or are hidden from the average user. Somebody who rigs something to enhance it, make it better, or make it do something more, is the real meaning of a hacker. Rather than its misused meaning of somebody who breaks into systems. (cracker)
I have to give this book 5 stars.
This book is not another wanabe hacker book, but a book on some quick enhancements that can be made to your windows xp computer, ranging from hacking the registry, using many of its commands and utilities, to using downloadable software and tools.
Plus the book is put together in a way that allows you to reference the areas that interest you or apply to you, so you don't have to read the chapters or hacks that don't interest you.
Don't misunderstand the title of this book, it doesn't have anything to do with the misused meaning of the word hack. It has nothing to do with breaking into or exploiting computers. Its more of a book on how to enhance your computer and your computer experience. As for those who say you can get this information elsewhere just by searching online. We'll you can get most information on any topic by searching online. All the information needed to pass the MCSE is available online as well, but I would still like to have it all in one spot, having had somebody else do that searching for me. (and no this book has nothing to do with the MCSE or any other cert, was just used as an analogy to explain my point)
This is an excellent book, and even if your an advanced user you will find this book interesting, and fun to read. I did. Many of the hacks I knew already, and some I didn't. Many were very useful and I enjoyed reading this book very much.
If you want to learn how to hack or, I should say crack computers, then this isn't a book you should be looking at. If your an "advanced" computer guru, then do your research before you buy the book, go to "O'Reilly & Associates" website and check the TOC and see if this is what your looking for.
Personally I think this book is great reading and has sometihng to offer to everybody, even the advanced user. I highly recommend it.
What bothered me was that the hacks were not all particularly XP relevant. Picking a web browser and a hack on war driving seem off the mark to me. On the one hand, they could have called it 'Windows Hacks' and I would think that the book was dead on. Since they called it 'Windows XP Hacks' I expected to see more XP specific information.
That being said, the book has a lot going for it. There is a lot of cool and unique content in it. I particularly liked the sections on tweaking the UI and hacking the registry. I also appreciated the information on how to surf the Internet safely.
Before you buy you should have a look at the table of contents first to make sure that you are getting value for your dollar.
I give this book three stars for being readable and having some useful tips that make it worth borrowing from a library. I give it maybe 2 stars for the cost of actually having to buy it (I don't think it would make a very good reference anyway).
This book is by no means advanced, as implied by the title. For example, it gives you some "security" hacks and it tells you about turning off unnecessary services, but so what? If you didn't already know what services were, how could you possibly know which ones to turn off? No mention at all of turning off DCOM and disabling it, or why you would want to do so (see (...) for why).
If you want to "Hack" your computer with XP, borrow this book and read it. Ignore irrelevant tips and suggestions of software that you don't think you would use. Then return it and go to [...] for more information. In some cases I like Tweakxp.com better because the information is more candid (e.g., "Real Player is poorly written adware/spyware," from (...).
There is no reason to buy this book. Even if your library doesn't have it, there are good, free online sources for the same information.
As a note concerning previous posts about the BootVis "hack," Microsoft lied; Bootvis does improve performance. Here's a quotation from one site that actually tested the program: "I'm not sure what kind of game they are playing but the "Bootvis.exe is not a tool that will improve boot/resume performance for end users." is a blatant untruth." (from (...). These guys tested the program on four machines, and all four improved performance significantly. I must add that Bootvis also speeded up my own boot time from just over 34 seconds to less than 25 (about a 25% improvement- and this is not supposed to improve performance?).
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