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For anyone who wants to study cryptography, you can save yourself a lot of time and effort by getting Schneier's book. From the simple Ceasar cipher to RSA and beyond, there is nothing the book doesn't at least touch on. Protocols, techniques, algorithms, and even source code are included. A "Real World" section looks both at specific implementations and at the politics of encryption. Schneier notes that his work is *not* a mathematical text. It is difficult to say how much of a shortcoming this is for any given reader, but a safe bet is "not much". For those who do need more rigorous treatments of specific topics, the bibliography lists almost two thousand references, all of which are described and cited within the book t... Rest of this review on the detail page
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At 5:10 pm on Wednesday July 15, 1998, The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) successfully cracked RSA Laboratories' DES Challenge II that began 56 hours earlier. The machine that cracked the DES Challenge was built by EFF and is the first unclassified hardware for easily decrypting messages encoded with the government's 56-bit DES (Data Encryption Standard) encryption algorithm (definition below). Technical publisher O'Reilly and Associates has joined with EFF to publish Cracking DES: Secrets of Encryption Research, Wiretap Politics, & Chip Design. Authored by EFF, the book reveals full technical details on how researchers and data-recovery engine... Rest of this review on the detail page
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The FreeBSD book and CDROM set offers you a complete reference to utilize FreeBSD to its fullest. The book comes with four CDROMs that contain the complete FreeBSD OS and over 2 GB of utilities, applications, and on-line documents. From installing the operating system to customizing network servers, this book and CDROM set provide the ideal solution. You will read detailed descriptions on sharing your machine between FreeBSD and other systems; installing and configuring the X Window system: reconfiguring the FreeBSD kernel to suit your needs, and much more!
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The FreeBSD Handbook comes with the full FreeBSD Operating System on 1 CDROM. FreeBSD is a powerful, professional quality UNIX-compatible operating system. The FreeBSD Handbook is a comprehensive FreeBSD tutorial and reference. It covers installation, day-to-day use of FreeBSD, and much more, such as the Ports collection, creating a custom kernel, security topics, the X Window System, how to use FreeBSD's Linux binary compatibility, and how to upgrade your system from source using the "make world" command, to name a few. This Handbook is produced by the FreeBSD Documentation Project, a volunteer organization made up of hundreds of people ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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FreeBSD is an advanced BSD UNIX operating system for "PC-compatible" computers, developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. FreeBSD offers advanced networking, performance, security and compatibility features today that are still missing in other operating systems, even some of the best commercial ones. FreeBSD Handbook Part II: System Administration is one of a series of books from iUniverse.com that provide a printed version of the BSD Handbook, an online guide that covers the installation and day to day use of FreeBSD Release 4.0. The four-part series from iUniverse.com contains the full text of the FreeBSD Handbook, and is com ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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