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Beginners Guide to Chickens
Beginners Guide to Chickens
by Lee Faber
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Slim pickings, 16 Oct. 2011
I bought this little book, which is more of a pamphlet than a book. The text is widely spaced so there isn't much content in fact. I was also disappointed that there wasn't a single figure or photograph in the book.

I'm a beginner with chickens, but this book didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, it's just a listing of general knowledge with some heavy patting on the back by the author how involved she is with saving ex-battery chickens.

I especially didn't like her sly dig at her "friend" who had the audacity to keep a chicken in her bathroom. In fact there are some types of bantam (=small) chickens that can be kept in flats and on balconies, just as you would keep a parrot. This is described in other - better - books.

Pmp Exam Prep: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the Pmp Exam
Pmp Exam Prep: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the Pmp Exam
by Rita Mulcahy
Edition: Perfect Paperback

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons learned after the PMP exam, 26 May 2011
I passed the PMP exam in May 2011 (first attempt) and got Proficient in all areas.
My experience is that you can get a very good foundation by reading Rita's book and most importantly, doing the exercises in there and then using the free sample exams floating around the net to identify gaps and then going back to the PMBOK book and reading up on the gaps. All in all, I spent about 1 month learning for the exam.

The sample exam that I think was nearest to the real exam was the free one one from Head First (google: Head First PMP practice exam), so if you ace that one you're prepared to take the real exam.

Before I read Rita's book, I learned her Rita's Process Chart by heart, which lists in more detail the PMBOK processes from p. 43 of the PMBOK and which was very useful in understanding the rest of the book and it also made me sure about answering some questions in the exam :-)

Very important was learning - by heart - all the Tools&Techniques (T&T) and all their sub-components of all processes and dumping them on paper at the start of the exam (you get 15 minutes at the start before the time starts running in which you get a tutorial on how the exam works). The problem is, you also have to understand what exactly they are and how they work, so for the ones you don't know look them up in Wikipedia and get to understand them.
I used a flow chart by Konstantin Trunin (to get it, google: Konstantin Trunin PMP) showing all of them on one huge page and to get the overview and then invented mnemonics to remember them, e.g. for the T&T "Information gathering techniques" in "Identify risks", I used BIRD (Brainstorming, Interviewing, Root-cause analysis, Delphi), or in "Develop Team", BIT GReCo = Team-Building, Interpersonal skills, Training, Ground rules, Recognition and rewards, Co-location.
Repeated the mnemonics to myself each night before going to sleep, better than counting sheep :-)

The idea is that that there will be enough questions with uncertain answers (i.e. open to interpretation) in the exam so that it's best to gather points wherever you can from sure answers and by learning these off by heart you will get some "sure" points in the exam.

Learning material I used:
- Rita's book: I read her book twice, once attentively and did all her exercises and the questiosn after each chapter, and then I skimmed it again 2 days before the exam. Rita's "Tricks of the trade" are scattered all over the book and her tips for the exam on p. 17-19 and her "Putting it all together" on p. 505-519.
- PMBOK: I only read the PMBOK after I had read Rita's book and read parts that weren't described that well in Rita's book so that I understood them. I skimmed it again the day before the exam, especially looking at all the general pictures.
Also very useful from the PMBOK was p. 350-351 showing the difference between Project Documents and the Project Management Plan and what exactly is contained in a charter or a Scope statement (those things appeared in Rita's book, but it was nice to have them all together again on one page).
The day before the exam I also went through the glossary in the PMBOK (p. 426 - 453) to check that I had understood all the terms correctly.
- Trunin's flow chart with the whole PMBOK on 1 page. Printed it out and scribbled my mnemonics on it.
- PMI code of Ethics (from the PMI web site). There were several questions in my exam from that only on the word-to-word content (plus several others on your general sense of ethics), so I would read that one very carefully.

After having read both Rita's book and the PMBOK once, I started doing sample exams to identify any gaps I had.

Sample exams I did (best listed first):
- Head First's 200 question free sample exam. Did it the day before the exam and scored 83% on it. Was most like the real exam both in content and in the fact that the real exam didn't have long wordy scenarios. All questions were 4 lines or less.
- Cornelius Fichtner's free 3 x 30 questions (only a 3_day trial, so do them after you sign up!) in his exam simulator (google: Fichtner PMP free exam simulator)
He also sells 90-day access to the PMP exam simulator with 1,800 questions for 89.99$ (would have bought it but I discovered him just 2 days before the exam and I wouldn't have had time anyway to for them) and has a nice blog about the PMP exam. He also sells his video pod casts for 99.97$ (with a 90-day money back guarantee).
- Did not use because I found it too late (but has good reviews): Edwel's free 200 question sample exam (google: Edwel free PMP practice exam)

In summary, the best things to do for the exam:
- take one week off before the exam and do nothing else but PMP
- learn Tools&Techniques, Rita's chart by heart
- do as many sample exams as you can lay your hands on and have time for
- do not take the real exam until you score over 80% on Head First's sample exam
- while some of the questions need you to be very exact when reading the scenario, others are written by people who apparently don't know what's written in the PMBOK now. So sometimes you have to very exact and sometimes you have to accept that their questions aren't that exact and shake your head at PMI's editing practices. The type of questions varies and you see that many authors (of varying expertise!) contributed exam questions.
- in the exam questions sometimes they show network diagrams starting at 0 days (like in Rita's book), sometimes ones following the other method with starting at day 1. So don't get disconcerted by that.
- get a good night's sleep before the exam so that you are fresh when you take it (some questions are tricky and misleading!)
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SAS Learning Edition 4.1: With the Little SAS Book for Enterprise Guide 4.1 [With CDROM]
SAS Learning Edition 4.1: With the Little SAS Book for Enterprise Guide 4.1 [With CDROM]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can be installed on Vista Home (32bit), 26 Jan. 2010
It is possible to successfully install SAS Learning Edition 4.1 on the Vista Home Premium (32 bit) operating system.

This is the procedure that worked for me:
1. Deactivate your Antivirus Software !
2. Open the Program Compatibility Wizard by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Programs, and then clicking "Use an older program with this version of Windows"
3. Click Next. For the next dialog, you will be asked how you would like to locate the SAS program to install. Select "I want to select the program manually."
4. Click Next. Browse to the "setup.exe" file on the "Setup CD-ROM".
5. Click Next. Choose "Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2)".
6. Click Next and select display setting, if it applies to your system. I skipped this part.
7. Click Next. Check "Run this program as an administrator." Click Next.
8. Now a little window opens with:
1) Verify System Requirements
2) Install SAS Learning Edition 4.1
9. Click on "Verify System Requirements" (it will want to install .NET 1.1 Framework, Microsoft Runtime Components 7.0, and SAS Private JAVA Runtime Environment, with a reboot in between each installation)
10. To log you on between reboots, it now asks you for your Windows logon password
11. After reboot, again deactivate your Antivirus Software !
12. After the first reboot (after it installed .NET 1.1 Framework), open an Windows Explorer window, go to setup.exe (on Setup CD-ROM), right-click on setup.exe, select Properties, Select the Compatibility tab, Select Windows XP (Service Pack 2) and "run as administrator" and click OK.
13. Double click again on setup.exe
14. In the little window that opens again, click again on "Verify System Requirements"
15. In my case, it now just installed SAS Private JAVA Runtime Environment, apparently Microsoft Runtime Components 7.0 were already up-to-date
16. You now get a window with the message "The System Requirements Wizard has updated your system to the minimum system requirements for the selected software."
17. Now click on "2) Install SAS Learning Edition 4.1"
18. It installs is to default location C:\Program Files\SAS\SAS Learning Edition 4.1
If you install to a different directory, you will need this different path later on to register your computer as the local server.
19. It now asks for the next disk, labeled "Software Disk 2". Insert it. Click on OK.
20. It now asks for permission to register .LOG files for use by SAS. Answer Yes.
21. It now asks for permission to register .BLG files for use by SAS. Answer Yes.
22. It now asks for permission to register .SD2 files for use by SAS. Answer Yes.
23. It now asks again for the first disk, labeled "Setup Disk". Insert it. Click on OK.
24. Now window appears with "SAS Learning edition Setup complete. Setup has successfully installed the SAS software"
25. In order for Enterprise Guide 4.1 to work properly, you now you have to make SAS register your computer as the local server.
How to do this?
Open a command window, by:
Start-button -> All Programs -> Accessories
right-click on "Command prompt" and select from drop-down menu "run as administrator"
Now a black window opens, titled "Administrator: Command prompt"
You now have to navigate to the folder where you installed SAS Learning Edition 4.1, for which you use the cd = change directory command
Type in:
cd C:\Program Files\SAS\SAS Learning Edition 4.1
Hit the Return-button
You are now in the directory C:\Program Files\SAS\SAS Learning Edition 4.1
To make SAS register the local server, type in:
sas /regserver
Hit the Return-button
Now close the black Command prompt window
26. Now open SAS Learning Edition either by double-clicking on the short-cut on your desktop or by going via: Start-button -> All Programs -> SAS -> SAS Learning Edition 4.1

The only bug I've observed while running SAS Learning Edition 4.1 on Vista Home is that in some of the windows, text appears twice in a strange shadowing effect.
For example if you want to do a listing:
Describe -> List Data -> Options
then all text next to square selection boxes is there twice.
However, that's just cosmetic, it doesn't affect the functionality of the software.
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Love In Limbo [1993] [DVD]
Love In Limbo [1993] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Craig Adams
Offered by money-magnet
Price: £0.84

5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD is Region 2, not Region 0! Excellent film, 29 Dec. 2009
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Love In Limbo [1993] [DVD] (DVD)
I've bought this DVD, and it's not Region 0 as stated by Amazon, but Region 2.
It's a very nice 50ies coming of age comedy with a young Russell Crowe, an ear-worm soundtrack which you makes you want to jive along with the actors and an amusing story line. One of the films you feel better after having watched it than before. Everybody gets his girl in the end, so a happy end all over.

Ella Enchanted [DVD]
Ella Enchanted [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anne Hathaway
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD also has French, German, Italian, Spanish audio tracks, 1 April 2009
This review is from: Ella Enchanted [DVD] (DVD)
Although it doesn't say so on the cover, the film on this DVD is also dubbed in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The extras are subtitled in these languages.
Anne Hathaway sings herself (e.g. in the song at the end of the film).
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Magnum Pi: the Complete First Season [DVD] [1981]
Magnum Pi: the Complete First Season [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Tom Selleck
Price: £10.00

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This box set also has English subtitles, 2 Feb. 2008
I have this box set and although Amazon doesn't mention it, all episodes of series 1 have English subtitles.

Magnum PI - Series 2 [DVD]
Magnum PI - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Magnum P.I.
Price: £9.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVDs have English, French and German audio track, 2 Feb. 2008
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Magnum PI - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I have this box set and the episodes have an English, French and German audio track and subtitles in English, French, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
No need to praise the Magnum series, anybody who has ever watched a Magnum episode knows what I'm talking about. Where else do you get an intelligent and funny series with Hawaiian sun, beaches, palms and a PI in a red Ferrari? And Tom Selleck is also very nice to look at, especially in swimming trunks...

Dancing With The Two-Headed Tigress
Dancing With The Two-Headed Tigress
by Tina Biswas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Meaningless, 29 Dec. 2007
One of the few books I have actually just thrown away, since I cannot in good faith risk anybody else reading it and having the same deflated and depressed feeling as me after reading it. The story sounded interesting but it was very flat and bleak.

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