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Movie Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Swedish)

I have not read any of the Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy books. I have heard plenty about them, however, as all three books have been number 1 bestsellers all over the world, including the United States. The first and third books have also received the Glass Key Award, a top literary award given in the Nordic countries. It was only natural that these books become movies in their native Sweden, with all three receiving the film treatment. It was the first of these movies, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which I saw this past weekend, and I was immediately enthralled by the story and the film.

For those of you who have not read the book, like me, the story follows Swedish investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Mikael works at Millennium magazine, for which the trilogy is named. Unfortunately for Mikael, his story begins on a low note: He is being tried for libel, having printed an expose which accuses a businessman of corrupt practices. Mikael is found guilty and sentenced to three months in prison. Mikael feels he was set up and he is not the only one. Lisbeth Salander, a quirky (to put it mildly) hacker, has been investigating Mikael on behalf of the Vanger Corporation, specifically Henrik Vanger. Henrik wants Mikael to investigate the disappearance of his niece Harriet almost 40 years ago, which Mikael agrees to do in the time before he begins his prison sentence. Lisbeth, who can’t help her hacker nature, keeps hacking into Mikael’s computer, eventually helping him in his investigation. What they experience and discover, both individually and as a team, is at times horrifying and mind blowing.

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Book Review: Microsoft Access 2010 Plain & Simple

I can thank Microsoft Access for helping me break into the IT industry. Over a decade ago, I was working as a data entry temp at a company creating a database of motorcycle parts and accessories for an online catalog they were developing. We were using Microsoft Access 2000 to enter the data. Fortunately for me, we went beyond simple tables while entering our data, creating queries which helped us remove duplicate entries and double check our work. I even wrote my first basic SQL queries in Access during this job, and my desire and ability to learn how to utilize Access to its fullest abilities was noticed by the project supervisors, leading to my first full time technology job. Access has changed a lot in the time since I first played with the toy. Fortunately, there is a great book which Access users of any skill level can turn to for help learning the ins and outs of the latest iteration of the program.