[EN] Anorak’s Weekly Reading List

As many of my colleagues, bloggers, influencers between blogging, working, books reading, between projects and ideas i ofter read some articles somewhere in the world wide web. So I just start to publish my weekly summary with the interesting links splitted for to categories: life and tech. Maybe you will find something interesting for you here. Enjoy!

LIFE

  • LINK | Kinessa Johnson: Tattooed US army veteran hunts poachers in Africa
  • LINK | The scariest thing about global warming? Giant, super-fast spiders
  • LINK | The staggering diversity of pastors’ facial hair, in one graphic
  • LINK | Rosie Ruiz of St. Louis Marathon Identified
  • LINK | Thrash titans unveil new material
  • LINK | World Snooker Championship 2015 on the BBC

TECH

  • LINK | Ekskluzywny notebook Dell XPS z niesamowitym ekranem
  • LINK | Microsoft hides a Windows 10 Easter Egg in Windows 7/8.1 systems
  • LINK | New security threats rise on mobile, IoT
  • LINK | Where to find the Azure PowerShell SDK ToolKit } by Denny Cherry
  • LINK | Use PowerShell to Create Local User Accounts
  • LINK | Microsoft Updates Azure Media Services With Live Encoding, New Media Player And More
  • LINK | “Breaking” News: Don’t Install SQL Server 2014 SP1 } by Brent Ozar
  • LINK | Manage users in Azure RemoteApp based on Active Directory groups, with PowerShell!
  • LINK | 2015 Program Committee
  • LINK | More Useful MVA Training Options } by Greg Low
  • LINK | Why won’t you implement my little feature request, Microsoft? } by Jamie Thomson
  • LINK | Microsoft Unveils New Container Technologies for the Next Generation Cloud
  • LINK | Understanding Azure SQL Database and SQL Server in Azure VMs
  • LINK | Azure Premium Storage, now generally available } by Mark Russinovich
  • LINK | SharePoint Server 2016 Roadmap and Update } by Dan Holme
  • LINK | Introducing CSX skills-based cybersecurity training and performance-based certifications

NOTE: week 16 | year 2015

[EN] Neverending free-ebook-story (part6)

New post from my irregular series. Have you got/bookmark/read all books from my previous lists five parts: 1 2 3 4 5? Even if not, get the new books quickly. Today I want to share links for few new and few-almost-new books. In first part three great titles from Microsoft Press from brand new and hot Microsoft Azure Essentials series:

MAE: Fundamentals of Azure {LINK}
Michael S. Collier, Robin E. Shahan
This ebook focuses on providing essential information about the key services of Azure for developers and IT professionals who are new to cloud computing. Detailed, step-by-step demonstrations are included to help the reader understand how to get started with each of the key services. This material is useful not only for those who have no prior experience with Azure, but also for those who need a refresher and those who may be familiar with one area but not others. Each chapter is standalone; there is no requirement that you perform the hands-on demonstrations from previous chapters to understand any particular chapter.

MAE: Azure Automation {LINK}
Michael McKeown
This ebook introduces a fairly new feature of Microsoft Azure called Azure Automation. Using a highly scalable workflow execution environment, Azure Automation allows you to orchestrate frequent deployment and life cycle management tasks using runbooks based on Windows PowerShell Workflow functionality. These runbooks are stored in and backed up by Azure. By automating runbooks, you can greatly minimize the occurrence of errors when carrying out repeated tasks and more.

MAE: Azure Machine Learning {LINK}
Jeff Barnes 
Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (ML) is a service that a developer can use to build predictive analytics models (using training datasets from a variety of data sources) and then easily deploy those models for consumption as cloud web services. Azure ML Studio provides rich functionality to support many end-to-end workflow scenarios for constructing predictive models, from easy access to common data sources, rich data exploration and visualization tools, application of popular ML algorithms, and powerful model evaluation, experimentation, and web publication tooling.

All three books are available for download, but only first in all three formats (as PDF, Mobi and ePub), second and third are available only in PDF format by the Microsoft Virtual Academy

In second part are for dummies. Two short book from very popular series, however each for different audience:

Vulnerability Management for Dummies {LINK}
by Qualys Limited Edition
Inside you’ll discover how to protect your network and data—preventing attacks with a successful vulnerability management program—so you can: • Find and fix threats—with a 10-point checklist for removing vulnerabilities from your key resources • Understand key steps and essential best practices of successful vulnerability management • Select an appropriate solution—with reviews of various options including the pros and cons of each.

SharePoint RBS, Backup and Archiving for Dummies {LINK}
Ken Withee, Trevor Hellebuyck, Paul LaPorte 
The amount of content within an organization is staggering—and with SharePoint, you can enlist a number of strategies to deal it. In this Dummies Guide, you’ll explore what large content means to SharePoint and how you can use Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) and Shredded Storage options to manage large and complex content. You’ll learn: • The many ways SharePoint growth impacts performance • The danger of solely relying on Microsoft’s storage guidance .

Last, but not least in third part from O’Reilly:

Graph Databases {LINK}
Ian Robinson, Jim Webber, Emil Eifrém
Graph Databases, published by O’Reilly Media, discusses the problems that are well aligned with graph databases, with examples drawn from practical, real-world use cases. This book also looks at the ecosystem of complementary technologies, highlighting what differentiates graph databases from other database technologies, both relational and NOSQL.

And one special reissued, but new book:

Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition 2 {LINK}
Charles Petzold
This second Preview Edition ebook, now with 16 chapters, is about writing applications for Xamarin.Forms, the new mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows phones unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. Xamarin.Forms lets you write shared user-interface code in C# and XAML that maps to native controls on these three platforms..