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    The Importance of Paranoia for the Technical Professional

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    I recently read a blog post from a technical professional who’s account had been hacked ( http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/all/ ) – not because he used poor passwords or unsafe practices, but because the...
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    A SQL Saturday in Cambridge – Buck Woody’s Ragtime Database Workshop

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    The SQL Server community is really engaged. They are an active bunch on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, they help each other on forums, they attend conferences. But that isn’t enough interaction – the community started a grass-roots effort...
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    Windows Azure Visio Shapes

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    Normally when I diagram a solution for a customer, I use whatever they are comfortable with. I do most of my work these days in OneNote, especially when it’s an Architecture Design Session (ADS), since I can capture notes, handwriting, drawings, web pages...
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    Universal Computer Solution Diagram

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    I think I'm going to actually submit this at some point....
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    How I Work– Working From Home

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    I work from home – and I would find it difficult to work any other way. For decades I’ve worked in traditional offices, cubicle-farms, and open-plan work areas. I find them too bright, too loud, too distracting, and in some cases, too depressing to be...
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    In the Cloud, Everything Costs Money

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    I’ve been teaching my daughter about budgeting. I’ve explained that most of the time the money coming in is from only one or two sources – and you can only change that from time to time. The money going out, however, is to many locations, and it changes...
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    Management and Monitoring Tools for Windows Azure

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    (Last updated on 01/15/2013) With such a large platform, Windows Azure has a lot of moving parts. We’ve done our best to keep the interface as simple as possible, while giving you the most control and visibility we can. However, as with most...
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    Creating a Corporate Data Hub

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    The Windows Azure Marketplace has a rich assortment of data and software offerings for you to use – a type of Software as a Service (SaaS) for IT workers, not necessarily for end-users. Among those offerings is the “Data Hub” – a  codename for a...
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    Windows Azure – Write, Run or Use Software

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    Windows Azure is a platform that has you covered, whether you need to write software, run software that is already written, or Install and use “canned” software whether you or someone else wrote it. Like any platform, it’s a set of tools...
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    Book Review (Book 12) - 20 Master Plots

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    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for a year. You can read my first book review here , and the entire list is here . The book I chose for May 2012 was: 20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias...
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    Windows Azure End to End Examples

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    I’m fascinated by the way people learn. I’m told there are several methods people use to understand new information, from reading to watching, from experiencing to exploring. Personally, I use multiple methods of learning when I encounter a new topic...
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    Windows Azure Myths

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    Windows Azure is part of the Microsoft "stack" - the suite of software and services we offer. Because we have so many products in almost every part of technology, it's hard to know everything about all parts of what we do - even for those of us who work...
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    Book Review (Book 11) - Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform

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    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here , and the entire list is here . The book I chose for April 2012 was: Applied Architecture Patterns on the...
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    BlobShare: Corporate Filesharing with Security and Control

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    We’ve all done it. We have a file we need to transfer to someone  - but it’s big. Really big. “Big”, in this case, is defined as “bigger than my corporate e-mail will let me send.” So of course we scout around, and find a free file share location...
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    Preparation is key to a successful cloud deployment

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    If you want to be wise, watch the actions and outcomes of others. Emulate the successful actions, and avoid the actions that cause failure. That’s true in life in general - and in technology projects in specific.  I’ve worked with several clients...
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    How I work: Standing Desk Update

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    <This is a non-technical post, at least mostly> Back in January I wrote a post on switching to a stand-up desk arrangement . Since then folks have asked me if I stuck with it, how it worked out, and will I go back to sitting down to work. I thought...
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    I was going to call this post “Windows Azure Best Practices” but I’m not allowed to

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    For reasons I don't completely understand, I'm not allowed to call the following advice "Best Practices" - apparently there is some liability or something there. So let's say these are "really good ideas" for developing applications...
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    Pay in the future should make you think in the present

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    Distributed Computing - and more importantly “-as-a-Service” models of computing have a different cost model. This is something that sounds obvious on the surface but it’s often forgotten during the design and coding phase of a project. In on-premises...
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    Book Review (Book 10) - The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

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    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here , and the entire list is here . The book I chose for March 2012 was: The Information: A History, a Theory...
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    “I could use a little help here” or “I can do it myself, thank you” for Cloud Projects

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    Windows Azure allows you to write code in languages within the .NET stack, you can use Java, C++, PHP, NodeJS and others. Code is code - other than keeping things stateless, using a Web or Worker Role in Azure is not all that different from working with...
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    SQL Azure and Trust Services

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    Microsoft is working on a new Windows Azure service called “Trust Services”. Trust Services takes a certificate you upload and uses it to encrypt and decrypt sensitive data in the cloud. Of course, like any security service, there’s...
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    Why do I need two Instances in Windows Azure?

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    Windows Azure as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) means that there are various components you can use in it to solve a problem: Compute “Roles” - Computers running an OS and optionally IIS - you can have more than one "Instance" of a given...
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    Java Resources for Windows Azure

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    Windows Azure is a Platform as a Service – a PaaS – that runs code you write. That code doesn’t just mean the languages on the .NET platform – you can run code from multiple languages, including Java. In fact, you can develop for...
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    SQL Azure - Requiring Encrypt=True

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    (Many thanks to Peter Gvozdjak and Dan Benediktson here at Microsoft who worked with me on this issue and provided the bulk of information for this post) Recently I had a customer inquire about some performance tuning he wanted to do for SQL Azure, and...
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    Book Review (Book 9) - Designing Data Visualizations

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    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for Feruary 2012 was: Designing Data Visualizations by Noah Iliinsky and Julie Steele...
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