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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mind Numbingly boring, 1 Feb. 2010
Ive heard so many people say this is awesome, so who am i to argue? Im sure it is, but it just is'nt for me.
Its hours of stretches, drills, stretches, drills, runs etc just to build up speed.

It doesnt help with musical knowledge, it doesnt help train your ear, it doesnt help you with your style, it just teaches you to be fast.

Fine for some folks who want to shred, and theres nothing wrong with that. Im blues oriented first and foremost and, as blues is more about the notes you dont play, this just horrifies me.

If you want to become fast and have dedication to perform hours of drills and stretches, this is for you. it will make you fast, if you are decicated.

If you value tone, style, substance and musical ability over speed, then avoid this.

3 stars on the merrit that it does what it says on the tin, makes you fast, if you have dicipline!
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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
by Brian Larson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to get you off the starting line and more, 1 Feb. 2010
Ive been meaning to update my CV with some Reporting services knowledge but didnt know the 1st thing about reporting services.

Got this book on the based on a review and Im not disapointed.

The book is laid out in a clear, step by step manner, that brings you up in your knowledge level via small-medium sized steps.

As im very familiar with sql server, I skipped the first 100 or so pages as it just goes through relational database theory. The rest though is great.

I particularly like the project approach, where you learn by doing,and the author explains whats going on via the examples you are doing. Really allows you to learn much quicker and cement the knowledge into your head. Theory, along with hands on examples is the only way to learn this kind of material.

If your at an intermediate level with reporting services, this book is prob a bit basic ( im ony 5-6 chapters in so far so could be wrong), and you would benifit more from a higer level book that delves deeper into the bowels of reporting services.

I for one am happy with my purchase and am purchasing the Business Intelligence Companion book ,also by Brian Larson.

Giving it 4 stars as 5 stars is reserved for perhaps a handfull of books worldwide ( if it was a 10 star rating system though this would get 9 out of 10)

MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-432): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 - Implementation and Maintenance: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 - Implementation and Maintenance Book/CD Package (PRO-Certification)
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-432): Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 - Implementation and Maintenance: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 - Implementation and Maintenance Book/CD Package (PRO-Certification)
by Mike Hotek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £43.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect data early on in the book, 24 Feb. 2009
In Chapter 1 of the 70-432 Sql Server 2008 implementation and maintenance, it lists out the basic features of "all" versions of sql server, but it leaves out Enterprise.

For all editions, it says that multiple instances are not allowed, yet when i check on the sqlserver site it tells me all editions support up to 16 instances except the enterprise version, which supports 50 instances.

Such simple facts wrong so early in the book. is this a sign of the quality of the rest of the book? has anyone else used this book yet? Im thinking of just sending it back if its that inaccurate.

Apple iPod mini 6GB - Silver [M9801B/A]
Apple iPod mini 6GB - Silver [M9801B/A]

36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice player, but sound quality is a let down, 21 Mar. 2005
i got this to replace my iriver, which got stepped on and is now awaiting parts. heres a basic list of pros and cons:
1) iTunes is a breeze to work with. fantastic piece of software
2) Its tiny, it holds 6gb in a tiny tiny space
3) it takes only seconds to transferr songs over via iTunes
4) It is so easy to use. the click wheel interface is fantastic
5) battery life is now rated by apple at 18 hours but actually reaches 22 in good conditions!! brilliant!
1) sound quality, sound quality and again sound quality.compared to my old iriver it pales in comparison, but its not terrible, just a lot less than i was expecting.
2) built in equalizers are useless and do more harm than good. to be avoided at all costs.
3)cant copy music off the ipod( you can actually, but you have to do a bit of research and downloading of 3rd party software to do this.)
3) it doesnt like bit rates lower than 160kbps, which i know is a minium nowdays, but i have a lot of 128 kbps from years ago that sound way better in the iriver than the ipod.
4)no wall charger included. you have to charge via powered usb, which meant i had to buy a powered usb hub as my laptop has no powered usb port.this is a bad way to cut costs.also means your pc will have to be on when charging and this is bad if you charge at nite, when your pc is off.
5) easily scratched and you will need a case to keep it looking good.
thats a short list of pros and cons. id definately recommend it but you really need to buy new headphones to make the most of it.

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