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Guest Review: Microsoft Wireless Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

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This review is courtesy of guest blogger Michael J Swart (blog, Twitter), who happened to buy the same keyboard that Sean and I bought, at around the same time. Thanks, Michael! Score: 4/5 A couple weeks ago, I purchased the Microsoft Wireless Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and I’m really really happy with the purchase. I’ve...
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Quick Review: Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical USB Wired Mouse

Quick Review: Anker Vertical Ergonomic Optical USB Wired Mouse

My coworker just handed me an Anker vertical mouse to try out, saying it felt “too smal” for his hand. I’m weirded out and intrigued. And this, coming from a convert to trackball mice. The thing has a little USB fob, and an on/off switch. Plug it in, and it takes a few minutes...
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Reading: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using Window Functions by Itzik Ben-Gan

Reading: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using Window Functions by Itzik Ben-Gan

Score: 5/5 Microsoft SQL Server 2012 High-Performance T-SQL Using Window Functions Author: Itzik Ben-Gan 244 pages Publisher: Microsoft Press, May 2012 Buy on Amazon: Paperback , Kindle ITBookworm Score: 5/5 Anyone who knows me knows the truth: I’m a Ben-Gan fan, and for good reason. Itzik has a consistently understandable and concise writing style. He simplifies...
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Announcing SQL Server 2012 Query Performance Tuning by Grant Fritchey

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Book announcement of SQL Server 2012 Query Performance Tuning.  Bottom line: Go get it! Author: Grant Fritchey (Twitter, blog) 532 pages Publisher: Apress (June 2012) Buy on Amazon: Paperback (Update: The Amazon printing errors have been fixed!*) ITBookworm Score: TBD You may remember author and MVP Grant Fritchey from such outstanding books as SQL Server 2008...
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Quick Review: Logitech Trackball

Quick Review: Logitech Trackball

Quick Review: Logitech Wireless Trackball M570 Score (so far): 4.5/5 Trackball mice are out of favor with the majority of IT folk, which is a little ironic…considering they’re supposed to help ease the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, a very common IT handicap.  I personally found that after just a few minutes of using...
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