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  • Alex Barnett's blog

    How to read 1000 sites a day: RSS

    If you still haven't got the RSS religion, then listen to Robert Scoble evangelising at , or watch this RSS for beginners primer . Via All Narfed Up .
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    Five 9s uptime - how much each 9 matters

    Technology Futurist : "Since I saw Larry Borsato mention some figures in the 99.999% availability requirement-for-VoIP-networks debate, I decided it was time for me to dust off my networking theory book and implement Erlang's formula on an Excel spreadsheet...
  • Write Ahead Blog

    WAITFOR (RECEIVE ...) does not poll!

    A lot of people have been concerned about using the WAITFOR (RECEIVE ...) statement for receiving Service Broker messages from a queue. Several believe that this would poll the queue continuously until messages become available in the queue either by...
  • Write Ahead Blog

    Invalidating cached result sets using SQL Server Query Notification

    Anyone who has written a web application has probably experienced the cost of doing a database round trip for fetching a result set everytime a web user loads a page. In fact, handling a page request may involve more than one queries (imagine 20 drop...
  • Omar Shahine

    Geek Tax

    I have this term, Geek Tax, and I have to pay it every few months. Geek Tax is the amazing waste of time that you must endure when crap stops working. Today my internet stopped working. I've been troubleshooting various things for the past few hours,...
  • Harry Pierson's DevHawk Weblog

    DSL Toolkit Team Roundup

    Talk about transparency: Pretty much everyone involved in the DSL toolkit is blogging. Keith , Jack , Steve , Stuart , Gareth , Alan and Jochen . Plus, I bug these guys on email alot and they always have answers. A couple of recent items from these folks...
  • Antimail

    Too funny

    Click on the Play button there: No comment, no spoiler...
  • Rob's Speech Stuff


    Casey, I'm glad we made you smile . Alas, this version of GetPron is just for Speech Server - but trust me, if you're using Speech Server, and you have GetPron, the world is a brighter place :-)
  • Antimail

    Puzzle: solve this equation!

    You have the following false "equation", made with six toothpicks arranged on a table in the following way: XI = I You have to re-establish the equality by changing the position of a single toothpick. Common-sense rules apply: you are not allowed to bend...
  • Patterns & Practices Test

    Workload Characterization for Performance Testing

    Test Load definition is one of the steps for a performance test plan specification. It is a view account status of the most frequent use resource action against a computing system. Test Load is generated by creating virtual users, in a simulation case...
  • Windows Embedded Standard (Standard 7, Standard 2009, XPe...)

    Rawdeps, Cooking, Oh My!

    Here’s a real question from the 'windowsxp.embedded' newsgroup : “I have noticed in TD that some components have resources called "RAWDEP (819)"... How do I create such resources in Component Designer?” OK, here’s the scoop. “RAWDEP” resources...
  • Cyrus' Blather

    Choose a category

    Ok Alex, I'll take "Anime movies or series containing 'Blue'" for $200 Alex: This 1997 psychological thriller featured a pop singer turned actress' life turn nightmare when she is haunted by an obsessed fan and the shattered remains of her past Me: What...
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