What I tweeted last week..... brought to you this week, Feb 28 2015 edition

Here is all the stuff I tweeted the past week. Was quite busy this past week so not too many tweets

 

If you are storing important info in Evernote, think twice

Four days back my OS X Evernote app crashed. Boom. Everything down the drain. 

I assumed this was probably due to some shutdown corruption (though I rarely hit those in OS X). It just wouldn’t come back up and showed me some font error. And for the first time in a very very long time I logged into the web console.
You see, I use Evernote as a note app to just backup. I sleep in the comfort that my notes are somewhere safe in the “cloud”.

 

DataMetrics - New Success in the Making

My friend SQL Server MVP Ted Krueger decided to start his own consulting company

 

Proving that Android’s, Java’s and Python’s sorting algorithm is broken (and showing how to fix it)

Tim Peters developed the Timsort hybrid sorting algorithm in 2002. It is a clever combination of ideas from merge sort and insertion sort, and designed to perform well on real world data. TimSort was first developed for Python, but later ported to Java (where it appears as java.util.Collections.sort and java.util.Arrays.sort) 

Fast forward to 2015. After we had successfully verified Counting and Radix sort implementations in Java (J. Autom. Reasoning 53(2), 129-139) with a formal verification tool called KeY, we were looking for a new challenge.  TimSort seemed to fit the bill, as it is rather complex and widely used. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to prove its correctness. A closer analysis showed that this was, quite simply, because TimSort was broken and our theoretical considerations finally led us to a path towards finding the bug (interestingly, that bug appears already in the Python implementation). This blog post shows how we did it.

 

Intel forges ahead to 10nm, will move away from silicon at 7nm

 

This week at the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), Intel will provide an update on its new 10nm manufacturing process and new research on how it's maintaining the march of Moore's law to 7nm and beyond. The first chips based on Intel's new 10nm process are expected in late 2016/early 2017, and the company says it's hoping to avoid the delays that haunted the belabored release of 14nm Broadwell. To hit 7nm, Intel says new materials will be required—as in, it looks like 10nm will finally be the end of the road for silicon. The most likely replacement for silicon is a III-V semiconductor such as indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs), though Intel hasn't provided any specific details yet.

 

Looking for a SQL Server DBA Job? Brent Ozar Unlimited is hiring, details here..Now Hiring: SQL Server Consultants

tl;dr – Brent Ozar unlimited is looking for SQL Server database administrators who want to make the jump into consulting from home.

Some of the perks

 

  • You can work remotely from home during normal business hours, with no on-call requirements, and a max of 1 week of travel per 2 months
  • You get to blog and present about your work
  • You and your significant other will join us at our awesome annual retreat (in August 2015, it’s a week at a beach house on the Oregon coast)
  • You get 6 weeks paid vacation per year
  • You’ll be covered with a great health insurance plan at very low costs ($28.50 per person, per pay period)
  • You’ll get your IRA matched up to 3% of your salary
  • You’ll attend an annual training conference of your choosing, plus if you’re a Microsoft MVP, we pay for your travel and time for the MVP Summit each year
  • You get your certification test attempts paid whether you pass or fail
  • You’ll get home Internet, VOIP, and cell phone paid, plus a $3,000 biennial budget for hardware and software

 

Tweeted the following awesome sunrise I took in Manhattan

Icy east river in New York City this morning.. #NYC #brooklyn #manhattan #skyline #river #sunrise

A photo posted by Denis Gobo (@denisgobo) on

 

 

Solving a slow running query issue with UNION

That’s right! I will solve a performance issue by adding a UNION into the query. Interested? Read on!

 

A break from the past: the birth of Microsoft's new web rendering engine

As we announced last month, Project Spartan will be the new browser across all Windows 10 devices, from phones to tablets, PCs and beyond. You’ll hear about the new browser’s features in the coming months but in this post, we want to tell you more about what motivated us to build a new rendering engine focused on interoperability with other modern browsers ― all in the name of making the Web “just work” for our customers. This new rendering engine was designed with Project Spartan in mind, but will also be available in Internet Explorer on Windows 10 for enterprises and other customers who require legacy extensibility support.

 

UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Draw results

Here are the results after the draw, these are going to be some interesting games

 

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

 

Generalfeldmarschall von Mackensen had the best hat ever

Anton Ludwig August von Mackensen (6 December 1849 – 8 November 1945), born August Mackensen, was a German soldier and field marshal.[3] He commanded with success during the First World War and became one of the German Empire's most prominent military leaders. After the Armistice, Mackensen was interned for a year. He retired from the army in 1920 and was made a Prussian state councillor in 1933 by Hermann Göring. During the Nazi era, Mackensen remained a committed monarchistand sometimes appeared at official functions in his First World War uniform. He was suspected of disloyalty to the Third Reich, although nothing was proved against him at this time

Mackensen died on November 8, 1945 at the age of 95, his life having spanned the Kingdom of Prussia, the North German Confederation, the German Empire, the Weimar RepublicNazi Germany, and the post-war Allied occupation of Germany.

 

That is all for this week, I won't ask you what color a certain dress is  :-)

Hardcore History with Dan Carlin, something everyone should listen to

We talked about history a little during a meeting at work and I mentioned the Hardcore History podcast, seems nobody knew about this, I wanted to give a shout-out to a wider audience

I highly recommend that you subscribe to this podcast in iTunes/Sticher/Zune/yadayada

Website link is here http://www.dancarlin.com/hardcore-history-series/ 

All the episodes listed on that page are free, when he adds a new episode (one every quarter) he removes the oldest one… so don’t start with the latest one  

I suggest you start with  The Wrath of the Khans  http://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-43-wrath-of-the-khans-i/   this is a 5 part series running about 1-2 hours each (this is when a long commute is actually beneficial) This deals with the history of the Mongols (Genghis Khan & Co)

Here is a blurb about each episode

Episode I

In one of the most violent outbursts in history a little-known tribe of Eurasian nomads breaks upon the great societies of the Old World like a human tsunami. It may have ushered in the modern era, but at what cost?

Episode II

The Mongol leader Genghis Khan displays an unmatched level of strategic genius while moving against both Northern China and the Eastern Islamic world. Both civilizations are left stunned and millions are slaughtered

Episode III

The expansion of Genghis Khan's conquests continue, with locations as far apart as Europe and China feeling the bloody effects of Mongol warfare and retribution. Can anything halt the carnage?

Episode IV

The death of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire, should have slowed the momentum of Mongol conquests, but instead it accelerated it. This time though, all of Europe is on the Mongol hit list

Episode V

Succession issues weaken the Mongol Empire as the grandchildren of Genghis Khan fight over their imperial inheritance. This doesn't stop them from dealing out pain, suffering, and ironically good governance while doing so.

 

Once you are done with the Wrath of the Khans..start on the World War I series named Blueprint for Armageddonhttp://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-50-blueprint-for-armageddon-i/  

Now is a nice time to revisit WW I, it started 100 years ago last summer and you will learn lots of stuff( fascinating things)

Here is a blurb about each episode

Episode I

The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora's Box of violence engulfs the planet.

Episode II

The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has ever seen. Millions of men in dozens of armies vie in the most deadly and complex opening moves of any conflict in world history.

Episode III

The war of maneuver that was supposed to be over quickly instead turns into a lingering bloody stalemate. Trench warfare begins, and with it, all the murderous efforts on both sides to overcome the static defenses.

Episode IV

Machine guns, barbed wire and millions upon millions of artillery shells create industrialized meat grinders at Verdun and the Somme. There's never been a human experience like it and it changes a generation.

Episode V

Politics, diplomacy, revolution and mutiny take center stage at the start of this episode, but mud, blood, shells and tragedy drown all by the end.

 

 

Warning…once you start listening to one of these…it’s kind of though not to want to immediately listen to a whole set…but since we have a 3 day weekend…that should be fine  

I will let you go with some links to this podcast

Feed link is here http://feeds.feedburner.com/dancarlin/history?format=xml

Stitcher link: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/dan-carlins-hardcore-history-30606

iTunes Link should be this otherwise do a search https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/dan-carlins-hardcore-history/id173001861?mt=2

Or you can search for hardcore history with Dan Carlin in your favorite podcast tool

 

Enjoy

What I tweeted last week..... brought to you this week, Feb 21 2015 edition

Here is all the stuff I tweeted the past week. I decided to take a different approach this week instead of publishing the post on Saturday. I will just publish the post after the first tweet. I will then update the post each day with all the stuff I have tweeted about

 

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Time and Gave Rise to the Modern Tyranny of the Clock

That Galileo was daydreaming about time and rhythm shouldn’t surprise us: his father was a music theorist and played the lute. In the middle of the sixteenth century, playing music would have been one of the most temporally precise activities in everyday culture. (The musical term “tempo” comes from the Italian word for time.) But machines that could keep a reliable beat didn’t exist in Galileo’s age; the metronome wouldn’t be invented for another few centuries. So watching the altar lamp sway back and forth with such regularity planted the seed of an idea in Galileo’s young mind. As is so often the case, however, it would take decades before the seed would blossom into something useful.

U.S. poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol in diet

The nation's top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.

The group's finding that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a "nutrient of concern" stands in contrast to the committee's findings five years ago, the last time it convened. During those proceedings, as in previous years, the panel deemed the issue of "excess dietary cholesterol" a public health concern. The most current finding was discussed at the group's last meeting.

 

You Don't Know JS (book series)

This is a series of books diving deep into the core mechanisms of the JavaScript language.You can read the books for free at this site as well as purchase ebook and print versions from the links that are provided. Currently this is available

 

The Shape of Things to Come. Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple

This article is about Jony Ive, it is looooong but interesting, here is a short blurb:

During the visit, Ive said, Jobs “became more and more confident, and got really excited about our ability to work together.” That day, according to Ive, they started collaborating on what became the iMac. Soon afterward, Apple launched its “Think Different” campaign, and Ive took it as a reminder of the importance of “not being apologetic, not defining a way of being in response to what Dell just did.” He went on, “My intuition’s good, but my ability to articulate what I feel was not very good—and remains not very good, frustratingly. And that’s what’s hard, with Steve not being here now.” (At Jobs’s memorial, Ive called him “my closest and my most loyal friend.”)

 

Microsoft adopts first international cloud privacy standard

Microsoft is the first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s first international standard ISO/IEC 27018

Adherence to ISO 27018 assures enterprise customers that privacy will be protected in several distinct ways:

  • You are in control of your data. Our adherence to the standard ensures that we only process personally identifiable information according to the instructions that you provide to us as our customer.
  • You know what’s happening with your data. Adherence to the standard ensures transparency about our policies regarding the return, transfer, and deletion of personal information you store in our data centers. We’ll not only let you know where your data is, but if we work with other companies who need to access your data, we’ll let you know who we’re working with. In addition, if there is unauthorized access to personally identifiable information or processing equipment or facilities resulting in the loss, disclosure or alteration of this information, we’ll let you know about this.
  • We provide strong security protection for your data. Adherence to ISO 27018 provides a number of important security safeguards. It ensures that there are defined restrictions on how we handle personally identifiable information, including restrictions on its transmission over public networks, storage on transportable media, and proper processes for data recovery and restoration efforts. In addition, the standard ensures that all of the people, including our own employees, who process personally identifiable information must be subject to a confidentiality obligation.
  • Your data won’t be used for advertising. Enterprise customers are increasingly expressing concerns about cloud service providers using their data for advertising purposes without consent. The adoption of this standard reaffirms our longstanding commitment not to use enterprise customer data for advertising purposes.
  • We inform you about government access to data. The standard requires that law enforcement requests for disclosure of personally identifiable data must be disclosed to you as an enterprise customer, unless this disclosure is prohibited by law. We’ve already adhered to this approach (and more), and adoption of the standard reinforces this commitment.

 

 

History, Sugar and Sex: Why Mixed Drinks Were Terrible for 30 Years

If you live in a reasonably large metropolis, your watering-hole options might include: the artisanal cocktail emporium where the staff display a fondness for arm garters and moustache wax; a beer at the arrested development palace touting its vintage arcade games and Skee-Ball; or, say, a shotgun wedding between sushi and tequila (more Google results than you might think!).

Now imagine that you have none of those options. What you have is T.G.I. Friday’s. You can get a mudslide at Friday’s, or a frozen strawberry Daiquiri. Remember those sickly sweet, vomit-inducing staples of your college days, the shots with raunchy names like Slippery Nipple, Sex on the Beach or Redheaded Slut? You can have as many of those that you like. But everything else—from that Boulevardier made with local vermouth to everything on that fish-paired, artisanal-agave-spirits list—is gone.

Welcome to the Dark Ages of the American cocktail.

 

How we built the new BBC Homepage

We chose to move away from the Forge platform (a web application development platform that is hosted on physical servers using a recommended set of technologies such as PHP and Java) to a cloud infrastructure. This allows us to respond to demand by adding servers and save costs in quiet times by removing servers.

 

My Love-Hate Relationship with Stack Overflow: Arthur S., Arthur T., and the Soup Nazi

I joined Stack Overflow a few months after the site opened as a public beta. At the time — and this is going to be prone to revisionist history, because I didn’t take good notes every step of the way; sorry — I was an embedded hardware and software engineer, trying to port some small PC software tools I had been working on, from the hell of C++/COM/Windows to Java. Learning the Java language was a breath of fresh air; no more worries about IDL or memory management or CComPtr<ISomethingOrOther>. But I had only been programming in Java for a few months, and still had lots of questions. Somehow I stumbled on Stack Overflow, probably through a Google search.

 

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

The weirdest book I have ever read

One part of this book is about a house which is always changing and somehow the measurements inside are larger  than the outside measurements. There is are video recordings of what happens inside the house to the Navidson family as well as some people who are trying to help. The other part of this book is about Johnny Truant who discovers the manuscript written by Zampanò about the videos mentioned earlier, the Navidson record. I don't want to give you more info about the story, this way I won't spoil anything for you

This book has pages with text in circles, braille, upside down text, mirrored text and much more. Here is also a short video with some of the weirder pages of the book

There are also hidden messages in the book, the word house is always colored blue, some of the references are real, some are made up

 

Microsoft embraces Python, Linux in new big data tools

And

Azure: Machine Learning Service, Hadoop Storm, Cluster Scaling, Linux Support, Site Recovery and More

Today we released a number of great enhancements to Microsoft Azure. These include:

  • Machine Learning: General Availability of the Azure Machine Learning Service
  • Hadoop: General Availability of Apache Storm Support, Hadoop 2.6 support, Cluster Scaling, Node Size Selection and preview of next Linux OS support
  • Site Recovery: General Availability of DR capabilities with SAN arrays

I've also included details in this blog post of other great Azure features that went live earlier this month:

  • SQL Database: General Availability of SQL Database (V12)
  • Web Sites: Support for Slot Settings
  • API Management: New Premium Tier
  • DocumentDB: New Asia and US Regions, SQL Parameterization and Increased Account Limits
  • Search: Portal Enhancements, Suggestions & Scoring, New Regions
  • Media: General Availability of Content Protection Service for Azure Media Services
  • Management: General Availability of the Azure Resource Manager

All of these improvements are now available to use immediately (note that some features are still in preview).

 

US Marshals announce March 5 auction for 50K bitcoins seized from Ross Ulbricht, worth about $11.85M

The US Marshals service has announced it will auction off 50,000 BTC, worth $11.85m at press time, to the public on 5th March.

The auction will take place from 8:00 EST to 14:00 EST, with bids being accepted only by pre-registered participants. Bidders must complete the registrationprocess by 2nd March to be eligible, while winning bidders will be notified 6th March.

 

Microsoft announces asm.js optimizations

And

Bringing asm.js to the Chakra JavaScript engine in Windows 10

IE will get asm.js

Earlier today, we flipped asm.js to “In Development” at status.modern.ie. Support for asm.js has been one of the top 10 most-requested items at the IE Suggestion Box on UserVoice since we launched it in December.

Delivering an interoperable & spec compliant JavaScript engine with the capabilities and performance for modern experiences has been a key goal for us since the inception of Chakra. Bringing near-native performance for JavaScript code execution is a part of the same. We recently shared the details of some of the work we’ve done in Windows 10 to boost JavaScript execution speed in the Chakra engine

 

Bundling with the RequireJS Optimizer

When we build sites using an AMD library like RequireJS, we will have a long list of files that need to be downloaded when someone uses the site. More files means more trips to the server and more download time. Minifying files and using gzip can speed up the download times, but neither affects the Round Trip Time (RTT) that even a cache validation incurs, clogging up a request pipeline just to ask the server if an ETag or last modified date is still valid.

So let’s see one way we can improve things, with small (14 requests) and larger (194 requests) page loads as an example.

 

SQL Cruise Caribbean 2015: More Than A Cruise With Classes. Much More.

I had the opportunity to attend (and be a technical lead for!) SQL Cruise Caribbean 2015 in February 2015. This was my second SQL Cruise – my first was as an attendee on SQL Cruise Alaska 2012. I loved the first event, so my expectations were fairly high – and they were completely exceeded.

 

The Billion Dollar Startup Club

The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource are tracking venture-backed private companies valued at $1 billion or more

 

The Superfish certificate has been cracked, exposing Lenovo users to attack

Lenovo doing idiotic things  Oops

The bug has come under fire for breaking fundamental web security protocols, routing all encryption through a single password-protected certificate authority owned by a third-party adware company that makes Superfish. Anyone with the password that unlocks that certificate authority would be able to completely bypass the computer's web encryption.

This morning, researchers found and published that password, turning a security flaw into an active vector for attack. According to a post by Errata Security's Robert David Graham, the password was stored in the Superfish software's active memory and was trivial to extract.

 

Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft

Sure looks like it

Google is letting the basics slip:

  • The once lean Chrome browser remains a memory-hogging mess
  • Chrome OS lacks direction (the Pixel hasn’t been updated in two years)
  • Chromecast is 18 months old without an update and muddied by Android TV
  • Android roll-out times are getting longer and less transparent
  • Android Wear’s release was rushed and subsequent evolution is slow
  • Google+ is a ghost town
  • Google Wallet completely dropped the ball

 

Knockout rounds of FIFA World Cups 1986-2010

The knockout rounds of the world cups shown in nice graphics, here is the 2010 one, you can see all of them by clicking on the link above


That is it for this week, come back next week for more interesting stuff.

What I tweeted last week..... brought to you this week, Feb 14 2015 edition

Here are all the things I tweeted last week with a short little blurb about each one. These are things that I found interesting, hopefully you will find them interesting as well

$500k of Azure credit for YC startups

Microsoft will be giving $500,000 of free Azure hosting credit to YC startups in our Winter 2015 batch and future batches

PASS Summit 2015 Call for Speakers: February 18 - March 15

Get your abstracts ready! The 2015 PASS Summit Call for Speakers will be open from February 18 to March 15, 2015. New this year will be the option of submitting a 2-5 minute YouTube video link of yourself presenting or introducing yourself and your abstract

 

27 Beautiful Infographics that teach you how to cook

A collection of infographics that show you how to  cook, make a vinaigrette, use spices etc etc etc

 

Turkey Investigating Minecraft for Being ‘Too Violent’

Haha attacked of the pixels, this headline made me laugh....

Popular computer game Minecraft is facing an investigation in Turkey following allegations that it’s too violent. The country’s family and social policies minister, Aysenur Islam, voiced concern about Minecraft’s content after speaking with press outside Turkish parliament on Friday when a reporter suggested that it depicts violence against women and could promote aggression by awarding points for killing characters in the game. However, gaming experts say the investigation is unfounded.

 

Programming Languages on GitHub

Nice charts that show the most popular languages on GitHub, the rise of Swift is incredible

 

Restoring the Old Way of Warming: Heating People, not Places

Makes sense when you think about it.

These days, we provide thermal comfort in winter by heating the entire volume of air in a room or building. In earlier times, our forebear's concept of heating was more localized: heating people, not places. They used radiant heat sources that warmed only certain parts of a room, creating micro-climates of comfort

 

A Crypto Trick That Makes Software Nearly Impossible to Reverse-Engineer

At the SyScan conference next month in Singapore, security researcher Jacob Torrey plans to present a new scheme he calls Hardened Anti-Reverse Engineering System, or HARES. Torrey’s method encrypts software code such that it’s only decrypted by the computer’s processor at the last possible moment before the code is executed. This prevents reverse engineering tools from reading the decrypted code as it’s being run

 

Fifty Shades of Grey: Firefighters braced for calls over bondage mishaps

LOL

Firefighters today warned the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey film could cause a spike in callouts from over-zealous lovers having bondage mishaps.

The London Fire Brigade said it is called at least once every day to "compromising" situations - including stubborn penis rings and a man with his genitals stuck in a vacuum cleaner

 

Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions

What will happen because of this is that the free stuff will disappear

Advocates for the deaf on Thursday filed federal lawsuits against Harvard and M.I.T., saying both universities violated antidiscrimination laws by failing to provide closed captioning in their online lectures, courses, podcasts and other educational materials.

 

This new Tesla battery will power your home, and maybe the electric grid too

The utilities should be scared...very scared

Tesla is working on a battery that can power your home and even help large-scale utilities store energy more efficiently, according to company chief executive Elon Musk.

On an investor call Wednesday, Musk said the designs for a home or business battery are already complete and will likely be unveiled to the public "in the next month or two." Production could be as little as six months away, he added.

 

A regular expression to check for prime numbers

Pretty cool that you can use such condensed code

Regular expressions are extremely powerful. This is something I read at least once or twice every day while reading articles and blogs on the Web.

While browsing today, I found this page which thoroughly describes the use of theregular expression /^1?$|^(11+?)\1+$/ in Perl to check if a number is prime or not!!!

 

 

There you have it, all the stuff I linked to from twitter last week...brought to you this week...enjoy

The first 10 books I will read in 2015

In 2014, I have read 34 books, I finished the Dark Tower books by Stephen King and read only 2 technical books, you can find the whole list here: https://www.pinterest.com/denisgobo/books-i-read-in-2014/

There are a bunch of books that I want to read this year, here are the first 10 that I will read.

  1. To the last man
  2. The confident speaker
  3. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 internals
  4. World War I The definitive visual history
  5. Lightroom 5 for digital photographers
  6. Pro SQL Server Internals
  7. Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches
  8. A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) 
  9. How to Win Friends & Influence People
  10. House of Leaves

As you can see, I already have more technical books in this list than I have read last year.

Some of these books I have in digital format and some make more sense to have as hardcopy

Here are the 10 books again, this time I included the author(s) as well as a link to Amazon so that you can check out the reviews

To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War by Jeff Shaara 

This is a World War I book and it was recommended to me by my brother in law. I like to read history books and since World War I started a hundred years ago last year, it is a good time to revisit the Great War


The Confident Speaker: Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation by Harrison Monarth 

This book was given to me after I became a member of the APEX group at my job. Haven't heard anything about this but I will let you know what I think of it


Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Internals by Kalen Delaney, Bob Beauchemin, Conor Cunningham, Jonathan Kehayias, Paul S. Randal and Benjamin Nevarez 

I have read every edition of this book since SQL Server 7, I have this book already in my possession for a while, I just never got to it.


World War I The Definitive Visual History by R. G. Grant 

This is a book I received as a gift for Christmas and it looks really nice with a lot of photographs. Some of the pictures are really interesting for example the soldier and horse both wearing a gas mask


The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby

This book will (hopefully) teach me how to use Adobe Lightroom 5


Pro SQL Server Internals by Dmitri Korotkevitch

Don't know much about this book, but I saw it at the PASS Conference book store, I decided to check it out


Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches by Don Jones and Jeffery Hicks

I am doing some Dev Integration DB builds at my job by using Powershell, this book will help me increase my Powershell knowledge (at least I hope it does)


A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)  by George R.R. Martin

I read this book already once but since season 5 is around the corner, I wanted to read it again before the show is aired on HBO. This is my least favorite book out of the whole series


How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I have heard some good things about this book from several people and podcasts


House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski 

Recommended by a co-worker, supposedly this is a really weird book

 

This year I beat the Dow and the S&P 500 by more than 10%

This has been a good year for me in my trading account. I have beaten most of the indexes. Here is a pic where you can see how I compare to the market

So far this year I am up almost 26%. That is not bad when you look at last year when I was up over 30%. The best performer in my portfolio was Apple, I have 732.456 shares so that was a nice gain. I also sold Exxon Mobile right before OPEC decided not to cut production output. After I sold XOM I picked up Ambarella (AMABA) and Skyworks Solutions (SWKS). Both are up over 10% in less than 4 weeks. I also get nice didvidends, this year it was over $6,000 and I reinvest them so the gains are compounded

 

 

 

Looks like I walked the entire length of Africa

Just got this in an email from fitbit

Staggering!

You've earned the Africa badge

It's a jungle out there, but that's not stopping you—because at 5,000 lifetime miles, you've walked the entire length of Africa! If that's not a reason to go bananas, we don't know what is.

 

I seemed to have walked/run 5000 miles since I got my fitbit in May of last year. When you put that in perspective, it is the whole continent of Africa..it seems pretty impressive... but then again..anyone could walk that in a 18 months

Anyway, if you use fitbit and need some more motivation, feel free to add me, here is my public profile link https://www.fitbit.com/user/25JWMV