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Tractatus Logico Philosophicus (Unabridged Start Publishing LLC)
Tractatus Logico Philosophicus (Unabridged Start Publishing LLC)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable translation., March 30, 2015
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The introduction by Bertrand Russell is good considered in context. No translation is really good but even in the original, meaning must be must be pried out - "the meaning is the use".


The Method R Guide to MASTERING ORACLE TRACE DATA
The Method R Guide to MASTERING ORACLE TRACE DATA
by Mr. Cary V Millsap
Edition: Paperback
Price: $25.16
25 used & new from $21.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Follow this method and you'll get to the problem quickly., March 10, 2015
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I have been reading Cary Millsap's papers for years since he was head of the performance group at Oracle. Use this as your core troubleshooting strategy and broaden out from there.


Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud
Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud
by Brendan Gregg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $49.11
61 used & new from $37.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro, but then you need to get specific. This is a wide field., March 10, 2015
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Very good, textbook-style, covers multiple systems. Broad and not in-depth on specific systems.


SharkTap Network Sniffer
SharkTap Network Sniffer
Offered by midBit Technologies, LLC
Price: $69.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great security tool, March 10, 2015
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Use for security monitoring. The tap is one-way so it is invisible to the network and the other network can be air-gapped for security monitoring. Wrap each one of these with a Raspberry Pi, there are monitoring tools for the Pi, use MySQL and Python to do local monitoring and aggregation then transmit to your air-gapped central security analysis machine.


Newer Technology iSesamo: Ultra-thin steel pry tool for opening iPods, iPhones, iPads and more.
Newer Technology iSesamo: Ultra-thin steel pry tool for opening iPods, iPhones, iPads and more.
Offered by Newer Galaxy Distribution Company, LLC
Price: $6.00
5 used & new from $5.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Goes in your electronics toolkit., March 10, 2015
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Used with Apple products


Retractable Ice and Snow Spike Tip for Canes and Crutches - Medium
Retractable Ice and Snow Spike Tip for Canes and Crutches - Medium
Offered by The Wright Stuff, Inc.
Price: $14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job in the Wisconsin winter, March 10, 2015
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The little spike flips down and digs into ice. Flip it up when you go indoors. Even if you ordinarily don't use a can, you can get a good looking one and look like an English gentlemen while staying upright (gentlemen don't fall on their faces).


Rutin 250mg - Kal - 60 - Tablet
Rutin 250mg - Kal - 60 - Tablet
Offered by VNet vitamin store
Price: $6.14
5 used & new from $1.03

5.0 out of 5 stars This was used on my cat, March 10, 2015
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For some cat ailment in which a fatty liquid gets into the chest cavity, this stuff, given in massive doses makes the animal look and feel better but apparently only postpones the inevitable.


Hemingway & Gellhorn [HD]
Hemingway & Gellhorn [HD]
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4.0 out of 5 stars The relatively unknown Gellhorn shows off, March 10, 2015
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Very good, close to bone: NAZIs back the fascist Nationalists, Soviets are backing the democratically elected Republicans. The Americans won't back the Republicans because the Russians are, except of course for the American volunteer Lincoln Brigade. Russians are their typical political types, like a big corporation except instead of firing you they shoot you and no one is really sure. Communists scare the hell out of the Americans, the Americans miss their chance to see what they will be facing and NAZIs get a chance to work the bugs out of their latest weapons and develop their tactical skills before they move on to the rest of Europe. Hemingway doesn't dominate the show but gets some good lines in, like when writing early in the morning (and always standing up) "Writing is like Mass, if you don't show up God gets mad." The Gellhorn (and Hemingway) get to go to the front lines, report what they see is the truth and shoot back if they feel like it. This is no work of art like Guernica, but tells a good story.


The Book of General Ignorance
The Book of General Ignorance
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a general "stuff you thought was true but isn't", February 28, 2015
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However there are a couple entries however that qualify themselves as "the author thinks they're true but they're not". But there are only a couple. There are a couple well known ones such as "You only use 10% of your brain" which most people already know is baloney. It's great for preparing for going to parties, weddings and nights at the bar where you're likely to hear the hooey. The "10% of your brain" B.S. has been the basis of two movies in the last few years: "Limitless" and "Lucy".


The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties (History of Imperial China)
The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties (History of Imperial China)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Period, February 15, 2015
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Good series covering an immense subject. It is interesting that government jobs required an exam, a good idea for the US. It starts with the Yuan Empire which was Mongols led by Kublai Khan ruling China. The Silk Road was busy and past Samarkand there were Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Zoroastrians and many other religions. There were people from India, Bactria, Persia, Greece, Rome and goods of all kinds from silk to golden apples (oranges). But trade had been going on since the bronze age. The Yuan was followed the Ming Dynasty with more interesting things. There's an alleged curse “May you live in interesting times".


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