Book Review: DownTime

It's been a little while since I've read a non-technical book, so I thought I'd give this one a try. This full name of this book is DownTime - A Guide to Federal Incarceration, and that's exactly what it is. It had an answer for pretty much anything I'd ever wondered about federal prison, and a lot of things I hadn't even thought of. It's author is David Novak, who did time after pleading guilty to one count each of mail fraud and making a false distress signal. After his release he started a consulting business to help those facing…
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Book Review: Dr. Deming

This was the first non-database related book that I've read in a long time, and its full title is actually "Dr. Deming: The American Who Taught the Japanese About Quality". I was expecting to read about the life of W. Edwards Deming, but instead the book was more of a summary of his teachings and management methods. I was still glad I read it, as it takes an insightful look at the differences between the American and Japanese auto industries as well as management methods in general and how Deming's methods improved both in Japan. Who? While I can imagine…
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Book Review: Microsoft Official Academic Course 70-443 / 70-450

When preparing to take certification exams, I always purchase test preparation materials no matter how ready I feel that I am.  I do this for two reasons: There's no such thing as being too prepared (being a Boy Scout taught me this many times over) I can be sure of what topics will be covered As I was getting ready to take the 70-450 exam (MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Administration)  I couldn't find any official training kits available for that test.  Even as I type this 4 months later I still see none when searching for "70-450" on amazon.com.  Figuring…
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