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  • Blog Post: A Rendezvous With Destiny: PASS 2009 (#sqlpass)

    Rendezvous With Destiny Forty-five years ago, Ronald Reagan aka Ronaldus Magnus spoke to Americans of our rendezvous with destiny . In a few short days the SQL Community will rendezvous in Seattle for the PASS 2009 Summit . This time last year, eager & anxious, I was preparing for my very first...
  • Blog Post: SQLIOSim Parser by Jens Suessmeyer & Yours Truly

    New! Improved! v.3.3.0 Now Available on CodePlex ! Preamble SQLIOSim Parser shreds the results of SQLIOSim.log.xml in seconds, allowing easier & more accurate interpretation of the output of SQLIOSim. SQLIOSim is a tool written by CSS Engineer Bob Dorr. Many of you know Bob from the excellent...
  • Blog Post: xPerf: Once I Was Blind and Now I See

    I’ve been aware of the buzz around xPerf for quite some time.  I flagged emails from Microsoft Premier Field Engineers Clint Huffman (author of PAL ) & Shane Creamer (author of Vital Signs ) who in internal DLs both cited the tool way back in 2008. Robert Smith is also a Microsoft PFE. ...
  • Blog Post: A World Without Google

    If you’re reading this, you survived last week’s Google glitch. Learn more here about the events of Thursday morning, May 14, 2009: Frustration, distress over Google outage Verne Kopytoff, San Francisco Chronicle For the record, I interrogated the Internets to cite this article using live...
  • Blog Post: A Language for Software Architecture by JD Meier in The Architecture Journal

    J.D. Meier is a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices team.  He’s a great writer & a clear thinker.  J.D.’s Sources of Insight is devoted to getting results & balancing life. His latest-&-greatest publication is available now: A Language for Software...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Blog Box Beefed Up and SProcs Tweaked For New! Improved! User Experience

    A few weeks ago Cindy Gross brought this tweet to my attention from SQL Server MVP Jason Massie : statisticsio : I should pdf the essential posts from @ aspiringgeek and sqlcat because everytime I really need them blogs.msdn.com is crawling. http://twitter.com/statisticsio/statuses/1377928792 ...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 SP1: Available Now at an Internet Near You

    The long-awaited SQL Server 2008 SP1 was just released, available at an Internet near you right NOW : SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 The SP includes CUs 1, 2, & 3 (not 4), including “Key improvements in SP1 include Slipstream, Service Pack Uninstall and Report Builder 2.0 click-once deployment...
  • Blog Post: Office Outlook 2007 CU/HotFix f/u: "Best version of Outlook ever" per MS VP Will Kennedy

    This is a follow-up to last week's post in which I shared the fantastic perf enhancements in the latest-&-greatest Outlook 2007 Cumulative Update / HotFix. My post prompted a reply from Will Kennedy, Microsoft Corporate VP of Outlook & InfoPath. Will shared the following: I’m glad you...
  • Blog Post: Perception, Reality, & Incrementally Tuning World-Class Applications

    Performance & the 20% Rule I was reading the post from Ed Glas , Make Your Performance Work Count: The 20% Rule . He shared the words of computer science professor & billionaire entrepreneur David Cheriton: If it is fast and ugly, they will use it and curse you; if it is slow, they...
  • Blog Post: Is Twitter the YouTube of 2008?

    Always in pursuit of the elusive creature known as Work/Life Balance, I discard activities which monopolize my scarce bandwidth. I even struggled with tagging this post under "Productivity". Yet it struck me that Twitter was reaching critical mass, so I thought I ought to see what all the buzz was about...
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