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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by zebulebu, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    Someone said last week that there was no hope for me after I posted some pics of my server room.

    Well, take a look at this:

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    Imagine how my wife felt when these were all stuck in the front room...

    :oops:
     
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  2. _omni_

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    Holy crap! That's...a lot of books! :eek:
     
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  3. ffreeloader

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    LOL. Looks similar to my collection, in number anyway. My books are held on 6 shelves a meter long each, with a few books left over.

    The collection of IT books I really want to see a picture of is Harry's. Now he has a collection.... You and I are rank amatuers compared to Harry.
     
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  4. zebulebu

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    Oh that ain't all of 'em!

    I haven't got a wide-angle lens to fit the rest in!

    I love seeing people's bookcases - you can tell a techie from the sheer breadth of subject coverage. I'm proud of the fact that mine has books on configuring network services for NT 3.51 alongside SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services - and has a 1200 page manual on the TCP/IP protocol suite sitting there with books on Flash & Dreamweaver!

    Harry - you got to post some pics of your bookshelves!
     
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  5. Mr.Cheeks

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    Go on Harry - show us your library... i'll even give ya a blue peter badge if you show us a pic or few...
     
  6. Boycie
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    Zeb,

    That is very impressive! Is the upgrading and repairing PC's book by Scott Muller any good?

    Si
     
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  7. zebulebu

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    I'd go so far as to say its one of the most valuable resources I have. It covers absolutely everything you could ever want to know hardware-wise. And when I say everything - I MEAN everything!

    Its second only to the TCP/IP guide from No-Starch press in comprehensiveness of its subject, written extremely well and manages to be both readable and incredibly in-depth (not an easy trick to pull off)

    The one you see on my shelf is the 14th edition - I first bought the fifth edition, then the tenth, and got given the fourteenth a couple of years ago I think as an xmas present (my family have it easy buying my presents every year!)
     
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  8. Boycie
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    Zeb,

    I thought it sounded good when looking at it before... I'll stick it on my Amazon wish list.

    Si
     
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  9. hbroomhall

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    The problem I have is that the computer bookshelves are spread out a bit - I'll have to think about how to photograph them.

    They are separate from the 2000+ set of books downstairs....

    The computer books range from very early stuff (Gem Programmers Toolkit, Prodos Tech ref) to current.

    Harry.
     
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  10. Boycie
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    Sounds like you have a <library> opposed to a shelf, Harry. :)

    Si
     
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  11. hbroomhall

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    I've always thought of it as a library. I have basicaly inherited my parent's library, which I merged into my own.

    This was after my mother sold off about 2000 books that my father had collected on his special interests (crystallography).

    Harry.
     
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  12. zebulebu

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    Wow!

    Seriously?

    I nearly studies Palaeontology at uni - I wanted to do that ever since I was a kid.

    Eventually I plan to go back when I've got enough money to retire and get my degree.

    I went to the only college in London that offered Geology as an 'A' level - and got an A in it (every single other student failed).

    Never did much crystallography beyond the standard syllabus for 'A' level - but I can bore the living pants off anyone who wants to talk about the Permian extinction, Carboniferous forests, the transition form Therapsids to Dinosaurs and the Burgess Shale!

    My main intellectual interest since I sort of 'drifted away' from palaeontology has been Cosmology - I've been fascinated ever since I read 'The Quark and the Jaguar' by Murray Gell-Mann in the mid nineties and have voraciously devoured every text on Cosmology I have found since then

    Now, I know what you're all thinking - N-E-R-D but I'd like to reassure you all with the fact that I also read modern crime fiction, Sci-Fi, some historical stuff, Tolkein and Terry Pratchett.

    ...Wait a minute - that makes me sound even more like a nerd!

    I'll shut up now :oops:
     
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  13. hbroomhall

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    Wonderful - sounds just like me!

    Both my parents were chemists. After my Dad retired he took up crystallography and gemology and after some years had aquired a very good collection, along with the books.

    That collection can now be seen at Royal Holloway and New Bedford College (my mothers old college). Some of the books went there, and the ones they didn't want my Mum sold.

    With that sort of background it is not surprising that I have covered a fair amount of ground in science generaly (but for some reason Chemistry never quite clicked).

    Harry.
     
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  14. Bluerinse
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    All that reading is straining your eyes Zeb, that's why you need such big glasses :p
     
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  15. zimbo
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    zeb take that System Analysis and Deisgn (kendall and kendall) book and burn it!:twisted: i hate that book! :biggrin ruff ruff ruff!:twisted: :twisted:

    i got like a shelf with the books im using right now and a little box with ones i will read for interest... so my *shelf* isnt work showing! :(
     
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  16. wizard

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    I don't have that many computer books at the moment, I have all other kinds of books, but no real place to put anymore :D
     
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  17. zebulebu

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    Urrrrgh - you are NOT wrong.

    How I hated that book!

    Thing is, I can't burn it cos there IS some useful stuff in there - but most of it is just pants. The normalisation coverage is almost non-existent (about seven pages in total) for any book on Systems Analysis. Since the vast majority of systems use a DB as a back-end I found it incredulous that they barely even touched on Boyce-Codd - I had to buy a totally separate DB theory book to get my head round it.

    Still - its not as bad as my mate - when he finished his Psychology 'A' level - more than half the class took part in a mass burning of their text (by an author amusingly called 'Gross') and, worse still, the text from my Sociology 'A' level (Haralambos) was so dull I thre it in the Thames after a night out on the piss with some mates...
     
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  18. zimbo
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    Hehehe good so should we start a 1:N and 1:1 conversation then??? :twisted: :twisted:

    I had to do some System Analysis and Database Management in my HND and i just hated SA but liked what DBM was all about but those relationships! OMG! I just couldnt figure them out!

    Edit: now you guys can see how im going from a Software orientated HND to a Computer Networks degree!
     
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  19. zebulebu

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    Better still - lets talk about whether the more advanced & theoretical stages of DB design (beyond 3NF) can be considered as 'real' stages or are simple a method of over-complicating the structure for the sake of simplifying the data in tables even more - specifically referring to multivalued dependencies vs functional dependencies...

    Then we could follow this up with a quick run-through of DKNF (Domain Key Normal Form - not Donna Karan NewFoundland as some humorously challenged geek suggested in one class) and whether this is truly to be considered a 'form' or simply introduces another abstraction to the normalisation process that should be dealt with by using normalisation techniques prior to getting into a semantice argument about Key Constraints and Domain constraints...

    yaaaaaaawn

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  20. zimbo
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    yeah yaaaaaaawn! im going back to 70-291 and my Windows Server 2003..... :twisted:
     
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