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This book is a really great beginners guide for core SQL Server 2012, and it also does a great job of introducing new features introduced in SQL Server 2012. What I mean by core is that topics like Master Data Services and Data Quality Services are not introduced. That is not a bad thing. By limiting the scope of the book, the author was able to better the topics that are included. I wanted this book because I like having a book about the basics close by. I am not in SQL Server everyday and when I find myself needing to go back to it, I not only want books on the advanced features nearby, I want the basics also. The book covers all the basics you need to know to get up and running quickly. After a really nice introduction where the author covers the new 2012 features and where they are covered in the book, they have a nice overview of relational databases and detail... (more)

Master Your Mac: Simple Ways to Tweak, Customize, and Secure OS X Book Review

This book is a great addition to my collection of Mac how to books. I like this one because it steps over the line into the more technical side of Mac features than most of the Mountain Lion guide books do. The book is broken down into seven parts. I have listed the parts below along with the chapters they each contain. I. Back to Basics 1. The Best Shortcuts (and How to Make Your Own) 2. Starting Applications Automatically at Login 3. Finding Files and Folders Fast 4. Organizing Windows 5. Cleaning House 6. Adjusting Energy and Display Settings II. Boosting Productivity 7. Launching Applications Fast 8. Customizing Trackpad and Mouse Gestures 9. Connecting Multiple Displays to Your Mac 10. Talking to Your Mac III. Automation 11. Automating Tasks with Macros 12. Automating Tasks with AppleScript 13. Creating a Bluetooth Proximity Monitor 14. Automating File and Folder Actions 15. T... (more)

Learning Objective-C 2.0: A Hands-on Guide to Objective-C for Mac and iOS Developers (2nd Edition) Book Review

If I had to give this book a one word description, I would say it is 'balanced'. In the beginning of the book the author mentions that he does not want to right one of those books that list a little code and then explains the code, changes the code, explains those changes and so on and so on. At first he scared me. I have read some insanely wordy programming and engineering books. I have a much harder time getting through those than the type the author described. I was afraid this book would be one of those that I don't get anything out of except war stories from the author's career. That would not be all bad if the stories had anything to do with the book. I am happy to report that is not what happened. I found the author had just the right amount of discussion around the different language features he was covering. I thought that the offer had a very no nonsense app... (more)

iOS 6 Programming Cookbook Book Review

This is a massive cookbook with tons of recipes. It covers a ton of material and it covers it in depth. Although this book is more of a reference than a cover to cover read, every time I use it to look something up I find myself getting sucked in and reading several chapters. The author starts off with a really cool chapter called The Basics. It covers a ton of basics. Everything from packaging iOS apps for distribution to Objective-C language basics to loading data from bundles to using NSNotificationCenter to broadcast events. The rest of the chapter's recipes topics are reflected in the titles of the chapters. I have listed them all below. 1. The Basics 2. Implementing Controllers and Views 3. Auto Layout and the Visual Format Language 4. Constructing and Using Table Views 5. Storyboards 6. Concurrency 7. Core Location and Maps 8. Implementing Gesture Recognizers 9. Netw... (more)

PricewaterhouseCoopers 2010 M&A Insights - US Entertainment & Media Outlook

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Though economic and financing challenges still exist, positive pipeline metrics seen in the second half of 2009 could signal a rebound of deal activity in the US Entertainment & Media (E&M) industry in 2010, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Transaction Services 2010 US Entertainment & Media M&A Insights report. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100208/NE51101-a ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100208/NE51101-b ) In 2009, E&M completed deal value totaled $77.4 billion, representing a 49 percent annual decline from the prior year, while completed deal volume totaled 714 deals, a decrease of 29 percent from the 1,000 deals completed in 2008. Completed E&M deals in 2009 represented 12.3 percent and 13.3 percent of total completed US M&A transaction value and volume, respectively. "Continuing s... (more)

Research and Markets: Web Sites Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, 2nd Edition Gives Step-By-Step Instruction That Will Build Your Confidence As You Build Your Site

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/e121ae/web_sites_doityo) has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "Web Sites Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, 2nd Edition" to their offering. A step-by-step guide to creating your first Web site Everybody's building cool web sites, but how? Web Sites Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, 2nd Edition, shows you how, with simple, step-by-step instruction that will build your confidence as you build your site. You'll learn to plan your site and secure a domain name, how to use Dreamweaver for site construction, and how to test and publish your site. You'll also learn about designing a blog, creating a podcast, adding Flash, and even how to make money with your Web site. Dummies makes it easy and fun! Perfect for those who've never attempted a Web site before, including small-business owners, th... (more)

Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Classics Awards Honor Top Public Relations Achievements From 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwire) -- 03/26/10 -- The Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) celebrated the best public relations campaigns of 2009 during the 32nd annual Minnesota PRSA Classics Awards, held at International Market Square on Thursday, March 25th. The awards banquet, emceed by KARE-11 weekend anchor reporter Rena Sarigianopoulos, was attended by more than 250 communications professionals from area agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations and independent practitioners. "The Minnesota PRSA Classics Awards recognize excellence in the field of public relations," said Candee Wolf, APR, president of Minnesota PRSA. "We have a talented pool of local professionals, and the bar set by our peers is extremely high. This year's winners really stand out for their exemplary professional skill and creativity." The Classics Awards... (more)

Former United States Senator Scott Brown Will Provide Strategic Counsel To Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (GDSI) As A Member Of The Company's Advisory Board

PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Global Digital Solutions, Inc. (GDSI), a company that is positioning itself as a leader in providing small arms manufacturing, complementary security and technology solutions and knowledge-based, cyber-related, culturally attuned social consulting in unsettled areas, announced today that Scott Brown, former United States Senator from Massachusetts, has joined the company's Advisory Board.     "We're thrilled to have someone with Scott Brown's national stature and extensive government experience on our Advisory Board," said GDSI's President and CEO Richard J. Sullivan.  "Scott's leadership roles at both the state and federal levels – with a consistent focus on security-related issues – and his longtime service in the Army National Guard give him great perspective, experience and relationships that will be very helpful to ... (more)

/ CORRECTION - Miller Energy Resources, Inc. Prices Offering of Its Series D Preferred Stock

KNOXVILLE, TN -- (Marketwired) -- 09/25/13 -- In the news release, "Miller Energy Resources, Inc. Prices Offering of Its Series D Preferred Stock" issued earlier today by Miller Energy Resources (NYSE: MILL), we are advised by the company that the third sentence of the first paragraph should read "Closing of the offering is scheduled for September 30, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions." rather than "Closing of the offering is scheduled for October 3, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions." as originally issued. Completed text follows. Miller Energy Resources, Inc. Prices Offering of Its Series D Preferred Stock KNOXVILLE, TN -- Sep 25, 2013 -- Miller Energy Resources, Inc. (NYSE: MILL) (the "Company") announced today that it has priced an underwritten public offering of its 10.5% Series D Fixed Rate/Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Preferred S... (more)

Forensic Technologies: New and Growing Markets

  NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Forensic Technologies: New and Growing Markets http://www.reportlinker.com/p01715889/Forensic-Technologies-New-and-Growing-Markets.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Security_Systems STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES This report discusses forensic science industry technologies, commercial products, services, research and development initiatives, and the overall market context in which forensic science exists. The report provides descriptions of technologies and products, an evaluation of trends in the application of these technologies and products, identification of notable patents, and measurements and forecasts of market demand through 2018. Company profiles of leading companies are provided as well. Product and service categ... (more)

Department of National Defence: Last 100 Days in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/22/13 -- Today marks the beginning of the last 100 days of the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan. After more than 12 years, the largest deployment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel since the Second World War will draw to a close on March 31, 2014. "Canadians should be proud of their tremendous contributions in Afghanistan," said the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. "In support of the Afghan government, our whole-of-government partners, and our international allies, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces are making a difference in the lives of the Afghan people while contributing to international peace and security." "Canadian Armed Forces members will leave Afghanistan confident that they helped Afghans to reclaim their country from terrorism, and helped them to provide for the... (more)