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Nomad's Guide to Make Money Online By Janet Smith
eBook (PDF): $37.00
You Can Make Money Online and Travel (or Retire Early …or Whatever You Want!) Without a Job Tying You to One Location. This book shows you how! The method that I show you step-by-step in this... More > book is exactly what I do myself to make a full-time living online. You don’t need any special technical skills to do this, and beyond the investment of the book itself, you do not need to purchase anything else (except an internet connection of course!) to get started making money. All of the fundamentals of what I do revolve around things that are either free or consist of a free group effort that I will participate in WITH you. Remember, I do this too, so I need you just as much as you need me. This is not a matter of me just presenting you with information. When you succeed, so do I. You will understand why after you finish reading the book.< Less
Administering VMware's Site Recovery Manager By Mike Laverick
Paperback: $19.99
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This book will teach you how to install and configure VMware’s SRM. It also covers in detail the failover and failback processes – and I will guide you step-by-step through the set up of... More > the product. This book is not filled with project management padding that typifies a lot of IT books. It is practical and technical, and assumes you are already pretty familiar with VMware’s Virtual Vi3 products. In this book you will learn the strengths and weaknesses of Site Recovery Manager, and I will show you the common pitfalls and errors that can happen, and also more importantly why they happen, and how to fix them.< Less
The Hows and Whys Of Level Design - SE - Printed edition By Sjoerd De Jong
Paperback: $54.83
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This book covers both the visual and artistic side as well as the gameplay aspect of level design. Don’t expect any technical how-to tutorials in this book, this book is about the... More > "why". Rather than writing yet another tutorial/book about how to create a virtual room this book is about how to make that room look cool and play well. Expect tips and techniques as well as explanations of the logic and reasoning behind art and design decisions. How does the gameplay in a level work? What’s the reason this kind of architecture gives this kind of feeling or looks better in situation A or B? Why does this color combination work so well? What kind of floorplan can I best use to improve gameplay and why? What type of sound setup should I use? The book is well illustrated and offers many examples with pictures, nearly 120 to be exact. The book is intended to be universal. Extra info: http://www.Hourences.com< Less
Dissecting SQL Server Execution Plans By Grant Fritchey
eBook (PDF): $17.99
Every day, out in the various discussion boards devoted to Microsoft SQL Server, the same types of questions come up again and again: Why is this query running slow? Is my index getting used? Why... More > does this query run faster than this query? My response is the same n in each case: have you looked at the execution plan? Execution plans provide a wealth of information on how your queries are being executed by SQL Server, and are a vitally important tool for anyone who writes TSQL to access data in a SQL Server database. My goal with this book was to gather as much useful information on execution plans as possible into a single location, and to organize it in such as way that it provided a clear route through the subject. Written and tested for SQL Server 2005, I guide you right from the basics of capturing plans, through their interpretation, and then on to how to use them to understand how you might optimize your SQL queries, improve your indexing strategy, spot some common performance issues, and more. < Less