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Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 3/E
Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 3/E
by Brian Larson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating book - avoid it, 10 Feb 2014
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What a frustrating book... I'm surprised at all the positive ratings...

I'm about 150 pages into this book and so far it's been a torture reading this. There is simply too much of pointless and repetitive step by step instructions that the reader is expected to follow: "click that", "type that", "select this", "drag that" and the infamous: "click Next" etc. To give you an example:

28. Click the cell containing “Add new dimension” in the Add new dimensions grid.
29. Enter Customer in the Name column.
30. Click the cell containing “Add new dimension” and enter Product in the Name
column.
31. Click the cell containing “Add new dimension” and enter Promotion in the Name
column.
32. Click the cell containing “Add new dimension” and enter Sales Person in the
Name column.

This is just a small extract out of an step-by-step instruction that is ~70 odd steeps long. By step 20 my neck was hurting from looking up and down between the book and computer screen and yet I didn't feel as if I was learning anything valuable about BI ...


The Excel Analyst's Guide to Access
The Excel Analyst's Guide to Access
by Michael Alexander
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.07

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest author, useless book & no index..., 18 Sep 2013
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This book is an exact copy of his previous one:
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To bleed unsuspecting people of their hard earned money he changed the title and used different cover. I'll not be purchasing any future books from this author.

Having owned his previous book (the one above) and judging by the title I was expecting to find detailed and in depth coverage of how to properly normalize complex Excel's flat data into relational tables, some solid explanation of database theory, couple of chapters on how to build complex reports from within Access and best practices on the usage of Excel as a presentation layer and Access as a database - this book has none of that even though back cover mentions them...

If you're an Excel analyst and want to learn data analysis with Access this book is decent but if you're looking to properly integrate Access and Excel and are new to databases then you'll need something else.

In the 'Acknowledgements' section the author is thanking some Dick Kusleika as the best tech editor he ever worked with this made me chuckle as the index for this book only goes to the letter 'B'... . Well done to Dick (best tech editor in the world) and Michael for producing the first technical book in the world without an index section.

This book is going back straight to Amazon for a refund.


Panasonic R20R-2BP D Size 5 x 2Pack (10 Batteries)
Panasonic R20R-2BP D Size 5 x 2Pack (10 Batteries)
Offered by bargain busting
Price: £5.93

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst type possible - avoid., 8 Jan 2013
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Avoid these batteries - these are the worst possible type (zinc carbon) only suitable for low power products. Of course description doesn't mention anything about this...


Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance
by David Hillier
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book but not sadly for self study., 28 July 2012
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This review is from: Corporate Finance (Paperback)
It's a good book but there are no answers for end-of-chapter questions which makes it very hard to use this book for self learning/development. Solutions manual was created for this book but is only available to lecturers.


Original Suncase ® / Custom made for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc X12 / arc S / Genuine Leather Case / Cover / Quality Slip Pouch / Soft Phone Bag / with Pull Tab (Premium Quality) CROCO-BLACK
Original Suncase ® / Custom made for Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc X12 / arc S / Genuine Leather Case / Cover / Quality Slip Pouch / Soft Phone Bag / with Pull Tab (Premium Quality) CROCO-BLACK
Offered by Trendcell Germany/packages fully insured
Price: £11.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great case, 23 Sep 2011
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Very nice case, nice quality leather and stitching. There is a little hole inside of the case where the speaker on the phone is situated when inside of the case so you can still hear it ringing. Pull tab thing works nice too, it pulls Arc just enough so you can see top bar to check any notifications or time. My only problem with it is that it should be a bit longer to fully protect the phone (5 mm longer would be ideal) also leather is a bit duller than what's on the picture but that may be due to lightening. All in all a great little product and a really good value for money.


Excel 2007 Bible
Excel 2007 Bible
by John Walkenbach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.79

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excel built in help in paper form., 19 Sep 2011
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That's basically what it is: Excel already built in help system turned into a book ( and printed on very low quality paper paper). I'd guess that 90% of the content can be found in Excel help and remaining 10% was written by the author. I'm amazed how this book received so many positive reviews as it can neither be used as a reference (poor format and terrible indexing) or as a tutorial book (poor examples, bad format, no exercises).


Empire and Napoleon Total War Collection - Game of the Year (PC DVD)
Empire and Napoleon Total War Collection - Game of the Year (PC DVD)
Offered by smeikalbooks
Price: £7.96

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Steam & Sega total failure, 19 Sep 2011
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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Installation process for this game is ridiculously bad, not only does it require internet connection to be present( for the whole duration: ~ 1h) but also downloadable updates are needed to both Steam (before installation) and to the game itself (after installation) in order to run it. Game itself is good but installation process leaves much to be desired, also I feel that info about internet connection required on the back of the box is misleading.


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