Book of Month

May 14, 2017

The Case of The Purloined Picasso

"The Case of The Purloined Picasso" by Dorothy Ackroyd

| Facebook | Nick and Norton, SF art gallery owners and men about town, are pulled in to solve the mystery of a purloined Picasso painting. Norton’s sister has been accused of stealing the painting from her estranged husband. Nick and Norton know that she couldn’t have done it. Taking place in the San Francisco art world, the quick paced story is an homage - with a gay twist - to Dashiell Hammett’s Thin Man novel and the popular series of movies from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Nick and Norton’s investigation takes them from suburban strip malls to run down rural estates. They won’t rest until Norton’s sister is exonerated.

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May 12, 2017

The Thirteen Great Economic/Business Myths That Dominate Our Lives

"The Thirteen Great Economic/Business Myths That Dominate Our Lives" by Sanford W. Kahn

| Facebook | Twitter | Myths-these unconscious or semi-conscious beliefs have a strong influence on how we orient our behavior and actions. The ones that seem to influence us the most are directed towards our personal lives. But, there are business and economic myths as well that have a profound impact on our decisions both personally and professionally. The problem arises when some of these myths are believed to be true when in actuality they maybe false or only partly true. For example, a popular myth explored by the book, is that we live in a world that is changing quickly. This myth is widely believe to be true, but in reality is only partially true. The goal of the book is to explore some of these business and economic myths and their accuracy. It is to give you a different point of view that is somewhat out of the mainstream of popular belief.

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May 10, 2017

The Mindful Geek

"The Mindful Geek" by Michael W. Taft

| Facebook | The Mindful Geek details how to derive the benefits of mindfulness meditation without having to join a religion or drink metaphysical Kool-Aid. In the book, Michael Taft gives you step-by-step instructions in the powerful and reliable techniques of mindfulness meditation, and outlines the psychological and neuroscientific research underpinning these practices. An excellent book for beginners who are atheists, agnostics, and skeptics of all stripes who want help with anxiety, depression, and to enjoy life more.

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May 9, 2017

Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Administration


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Learn to take advantage of the opportunities offered by SQL Server 2014

Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 update means big changes for database administrators, and you need to get up to speed quickly because your methods, workflow, and favorite techniques will be different from here on out. The update's enhanced support of large-scale enterprise databases and significant price advantage mean that SQL Server 2014 will become even more widely adopted across the industry. The update includes new backup and recovery tools, new AlwaysOn features, and enhanced cloud capabilities. In-memory OLTP, Buffer Pool Extensions for SSDs, and a new Cardinality Estimator can improve functionality and smooth out the workflow, but only if you understand their full capabilities. Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is your comprehensive guide to working with the new environment. Authors Adam Jorgensen, Bradley Ball, Ross LoForte, Steven Wort, and Brian Knight are the dream team of the SQL Server community, and they put their expertise to work guiding you through the changes.

  • Improve oversight with better management and monitoring
  • Protect your work with enhanced security features
  • Upgrade performance tuning, scaling, replication, and clustering
  • Learn new options for backup and recovery

Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 includes a companion website with sample code and efficient automation utilities, plus a host of tips, tricks, and workarounds that will make your job as a DBA or database architect much easier. Stop getting frustrated with administrative issues and start taking control. Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2014 is your roadmap to mastering the update and creating solutions that work.

Wrox Press
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