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Last Update: August 10, 2002 by Robert Nagle

Here are the technical books that I'm currently reading/browsing through or enjoying. Eventually I will post reviews of these books when I find the time. Most of these books were published in late 2001 or 2002. For now I'll mention them here briefly to give you an idea what is currently fascinating me.

While preparing for my Master CIW Administrator certification, I have been looking through this excellent book. cover IPV6 book
  IPv6 Clearly Explained, By Scott Loshin, (January 1999)
352 pages Morgan Kaufmann Publishers;
ISBN: 0124558380

A fascinating book about load balancing, SSL, web caches and other fun stuff. cover, content delivery networks
  Content Delivery Networks by Scott Hull, Paperback: 472 pages ; Osborne McGraw-Hill; ISBN: 0072190469; 1st edition (Feb., 2002)

A good intro to Zope Application Development and Content Management. Includes some stuff on Zope Content Management Framework. cover, Zope Web Application Development
  Zope Application Development and Content Management by Steve Spicklemire, Paperback: 480 pages ; New Riders; ISBN: 0735711100; 1st edition (December 12, 2001)

John Lienhard is a renaissance scientist and thinker. He gives a daily radio broadcast about the nature of scientific exploration. Poetic and profound. cover, Engines of Our Ingenuity

  Engines of Our Ingenuity by John Lienhard Oxford University Press; (January 2001) Hardcover, 272pp. ISBN: 0195135830, April 2000 Retail Price: $27.50

As time goes by, I've decided that the only way to learn about an OS or application is by learning about its vulnerabilities. Hacking Windows Exposed does precisely that. Hacking Windows Exposed
  Hacking Windows Exposed by Joel Scambray & Stuart McClure , Paperback: 500 pages; McGraw-Hill Professional; ISBN: 0072192623; 1st edition (August 29, 2001)

I've been very impressed with this book. This series is good because it ranks vulnerabilities by severity and popularity. Also contains countermeasures. Hacking Linux Exposed
  Hacking Linux Exposed by Brian Hatch, Paperback, 566pp. ISBN: 0072127732 McGraw-Hill Professional April 2001

Digital signal processing is a pretty hot field right now, and this book (which is available free online) offers a gentle introduction. book, digital signal processing

  The Scientist and Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing, by Steven W. Smith , ISBN 0-9660176-3-3 (1997), 640 pages

Php seems to be the scripting language of the moment, and until open source native xml database solutions emerge, we'll be using scripting languages for our xml transformations. Php and Xml book
  Professional PHP4 XML by Luis Argerich et al. , 850 pages; Wrox Press Inc; ISBN: 1861007213; 1st edition (June 2002)