Apologies for not updating my blog as often as possible - I've been on vacation for the past couple of weeks and managed to lose most of my possesions when the villa was broken into! Fortunately, my wallet and passport has been recovered in Valencia last week - they were found dumped in a skip - so I'm in the process of trying to recover these from the Spanish Guardia Civil (which is not easy)!
Everything is almost sorted out and I'm finally getting back into the SQL Server world. There's a new SQL Server 2005 portal and some excellent whitepapers here: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/techinfo/default.asp
I'm currently working on a few support issues related EMPTYFILE and SQLXML - I'll post my findings once I've done some research and analysis. It's too early to add further comments at the moment :-)