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Microsoft Habu Laser Gaming Mouse
Microsoft Habu Laser Gaming Mouse

5.0 out of 5 stars Almost faultless, 5 May 2014
I've been using mine for 6 years now and only when it started wearing out the slide pads on the bottom did I uncover all the problems everyone else has had.

I've used it without suffering any of the faults on a desktop workstation - I guess constant unplugging on a laptop might contribute to some of the problems experienced. Never bothered with the custom profile software though, it works beautifully without and is well balanced in terms of sensitivity and weight. My only gripes are the sheer cost of it (although compared to its razer cousins it is a bargain) and keeping it clean - the top custom buttons get sticky very quickly and only a thorough cleanout will get them going again.

Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
by Orin Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: 43.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable learning material, 29 Nov 2012
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As a seasoned SQL developer under pressure to handle more administration I took the opportunity to brush up on such things and learn about SQL 2012 at the same time. The book covers pretty much all of the topics in a typical Microsoft boilerplate structure. The first part of the book is dedicated to setting up the practice installations and sadly this is full of little errors - nothing that should slow anyone down as common sense should quickly overcome the problems but keeping a close eye on the book's online errata will pay dividends. There are a few quite serious mistakes that need to be noted but if you keep the errata site to hand you should find the correct details with ease.

The key subject matter itself is covered in reasonable depth with clear step-by-step examples but the it can be rather dry at times and keeping focus tricky as it just doesn't flow thanks to constant references to online supplementary material that needs reading. Only the most dedicated sql geek would simply read through even a single chapter without taking a break. The merciful presence of an electronic version of the book included on the CD makes switching between the book and the live web material much easier and less distracting.

Add in the practice exam questions and a discount on the exam and the book literally pays for itself making it very hard not to justify it as ideal if you are going to take the exam - it could just be a little more friendly, especially to the less experienced SQL user.

The Dreaming Void (Void Trilogy 1)
The Dreaming Void (Void Trilogy 1)
by Peter F. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on form, 17 Aug 2007
This is what Hamilton does best - intrigue, mystery, fantasy and sci-fi in equal measure. Superbly crafted and absorbing to read. The only big criticism is recurrent reference and dependence on his previous work - in itself this isn't a problem but it means you *have* to read Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained to really get the best out of it.

As is usual for Hamilton this is a lengthy, wordy volume but worth the extra effort.

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