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First a column in a magazine, then a website, now the book. Simon Travaglia is a systems administrator with his own writing style. As a fellow sysadmin some of the stories have recognizable traits. His methods of dealing with lusers are somewhat unorthodox and I guess it's all part of the BOFH thing and somewhat in the "Don't try this at home" category (although that should be "Don't try this at work"). Anyone working in a service role (from sysadmins to janitors to restaurant staff) will recognize the stupidity in the people who they are working for/with and trying to serve and will get laughs out of reading this. This is ofcourse on the must-read list for anyone working as a sysadmin or pondering whether that would be a nice career. The b... Rest of this review on the detail page
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It might start with an innocent exploration of chat rooms, or a stab at an interactive multiuser game. But the Internet, for many Americans, has the potential to become an addiction that wreaks havoc at home, work, school, and in real-life relationships. The author, an expert on Internet addiction, began researching obsessive online behavior when he noticed that an increasing number of couples seeking marriage counseling were suffering from cyberspace-related problems. Virtual Addiction includes 12 warning signs of Internet abuse, steps for addicts to change behavior, and advice for compulsive online ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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A no-holds-barred examination of the National Security Agency packed with startling secrets about its past, newsbreaking revelations about its present-day activities, and chilling predictions about its future powers and reach. The NSA is the largest, most secretive, and most powerful intelligence agency in the world. With a staff of thirty-eight thousand people, it dwarfs the CIA in budget, manpower, and influence. Recent headlines have linked it to the economic espionage throughout Europe and to the ongoing hunt for the terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. James Bamford first penetrated the wall... Rest of this review on the detail page
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In 1947, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand signed a secret treaty in which they agreed to cooperate in matters of signals intelligence. In effect, the governments agreed to pool their geographic and technological assets in order to listen in on the electronic communications of China, the Soviet Union, and other Cold War bad guys--all in the interest of truth, justice, and the American Way, naturally. The thing is, the system apparently catches everything. Government security services, led by the U.S. National Security Agency, screen a large part (and perhaps all) of th... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Part true crime, part call to arms, Tangled Web: Tales of Digital Crime from the Shadows of Cyberspace looks over the firewall from both sides to examine the brave new crooks and their pursuers. Author Richard Power, editorial director of San Francisco's Computer Security Institute, is simultaneously engaging and shaky--a rare and lovely combination. Between interviews with hackers and security experts, Power plies the reader with numbers that suggest that the world's networks are swarming with money-sucking leeches, most of which are never even noticed, and certainly not caught. If his voice never quite becomes hysterical, it's to preserve his credibility; after all, P... Rest of this review on the detail page
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