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Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House? Paperback – December 14, 2007
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Tom O'Connor, PhD., LMFT, has devoted his therapy practice to helping families grow and change as the world changes ever so swiftly around them. He first gained prominence in the '80s with his pioneering work on electric pencil sharpeners in the home. "Mommy" is his eighty-seventh book.
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So, with that clearly understood, let's review the book. I found it to be very funny, and my kids loved it. I work for Microsoft and while I am not in an IT role the book helped me explain to my very young kids some of what Daddy does at work.
The writing is clever and clearly articulates what the product does. If you are in IT and watch your kids eyes glaze over when you explain what you do, then buy them a copy and have fun!
As a children's book it will not win any awards for literary excellence or social commentary, but as a fun and educational book for your kids that can be had for the price of a nice cup of copy, it is perfect!
This is a well done and very funny story about Servers. Who would have thought a sentence like that would ever exist?
My daddy takes a lot of business trips - sometimes he goes away for weeks and other times he takes short trips. I always love it when he goes away and comes back with neat presents. Once he brought me a plastic yo-yo with "VMware" emblazoned on it. Another time, he brought home this really cool whistle that someone named "HP" gave him. First my mom would only let me blow the whistle in my bedroom with the door closed, but then the whistle disappeared! I looked everywhere but couldn't find it. My mom says she has no idea where it went. I'm not sure I believe her though because she wouldn't look at me when she said that.
Another time, my daddy went up to Seattle to visit a guy named Bill. My mom said that since this Bill person has more money than God she expected some better swag than this silly book. But I love all the cool things my dad brings me back and I think this book is pretty funny.
Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House is a story about a "stay-at-home" server. The book says that most big people have servers at their office (just in case you don't know, an office is boring place where big people go to do boring things and say bad words) and not usually at home. But when a daddy loves a mommy a whole lot he gives her a home server as a gift. I was confused when I read this because my mom said that if my dad ever bought her a server as a gift he'd have to find another place to live. My dad just shook his head and said my mom is high-maintenance.
Anyway, the book says that a dad can easily install the server himself and once he does, all the computers in the house will be connected and you can share things like pictures, music, and files. The funny thing is that my daddy couldn't set our server up. It took a whole team of people and they had tools and ladders and tons of cables. (I'm pretty sure he doesn't want anyone to know he couldn't install the server by himself so please don't tell anyone.)
My favorite part of the book was when the doggy went potty on the computer and it blew up! I think anything to do with potty is pretty funny. Lucky for the doggy the stay-at-home server was backing things up so no files were lost. Otherwise he would have been in BIG trouble.
The book says that some people think servers should only be in an office so sometimes kids might make fun of you for having one at home! Kids are mean. But that's just because they are jealous and they wish their daddies would buy them a stay-at-home server so they too could have a giant black box in the laundry room with tons of blinking lights.
I'm sure that you wish you could have a copy of this great book. Guess what? You can! Even if your daddy isn't friends with Bill and Melinda you can pay $5.95 plus shipping and buy this from amazon.com. My mom couldn't believe it either. You should order them fast though because I'm sure this book will probably sell out soon.
Well I hope you liked my second book review. I have to go now...I'm going to go push some buttons on our stay-at-home server, just to get some attention. It makes my daddy real mad but surprisingly, my mom just thinks its funny.
See you next time!
P.S. I received no promotional consideration from Microsoft for this review.
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From the moment you open it's pumpkin hued glossiness, it grabs you and simple won't let go. And I could completely relate with those poor souls trapped in cubicle hell! It allowed me to see that those shameful bad words that literally jump from my lips, well, they just aren't mine. It is such a liberating experience to know that it was the servers at work that caused the behavior.
I cannot wait to show my son the love I have from him with my new Home Server. It practically brings me to tears every time I check the UPS tracking website.
Stop what you are doing right this minute. Go and order the book, and then order the Home server. Pay it forward for our children, and we will make this world a better place, one Home Server at a time.
I am sofa king we Todd did.
That said, this book is part of a very clever $10 million ad campaign for the Windows Home Server made by HP. The book, by a fictitious psychologist, can be read in its entirely at stayathomeserver com. The site uses fake news clips and the book to promote the idea that servers aren't just office equipment, but make sense in a home that features multiple computers, Xboxes, and other networked technology.