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    Bad data models can happen to good people.

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    What seems like one person's "good" natural key can make another person wish like the dickens that that somebody had used a synthetic key, eh? I was happily blogging away ( elsewhere ), when I encountered this fun little, specific (but unhelpful...
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    Geocoding semi-imaginary data points

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    As improbable (and humorous) as it may seem, this is an exercise that I recently engaged in: geocoding semi-imaginary data points. For those of you who are familiar with the original AdventureWorks database, you'll remember that there are a large number...
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    I'm sorry. I laughed. It was funny.

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    I'm sorry. I laughed. It was funny. Now I know why I was told to always keep a large, black duffel bag on-hand. And what the "no skateboarding" signs all over Redmond are for. Life At Microsoft - The Truth Revealed (Tina Wood | Channel 10) It...
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    XNA to the n-th power trumps Gears of War 2 trailer?

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    I've been a closet XNA fan for a while. I've been lurking and watching to see how they plan solve some really hard user-generated content problems... “The time has come for the games industry to open its doors to all game creators, enabling anyone...
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    {Open Source} Heroes Happen Here?

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    They certainly do. I'm glad to see initiatives like this! {Open Source} Heroes Happen Here If you want a Hero Hack Pack, you'd better ask 'em for one soon. While supplies last...
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    ETL 1TB during lunch. A short lunch...

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    Very schweet! Congratulations to the team!! SQL Server Performance : ETL World Record! An ETL standard benchmark sounds like a great idea.
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    Is BI a state of mind?

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    I know several database gurus who would say that BI is a chemically induced state of mind since... It's all too easy to get tripped up by technical, training or cultural issues. One challenge is the seemingly straightforward process of agreeing on common...
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    Role reversal: are neurotypicals the crippled ones?

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    Wow. Are people with autism trapped in their own world? Or are the rest of us just trapped in ours? The Language of Autism - Well - Tara Parker-Pope (New York Times Blog) At risk of sounding Chomsky-esque: We humans often mistake strong linguistic communication...
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    Now playing in my Zune podcasts... Escape Pod

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    After finally making time to explore the 'cast inventory in the new Zune client*, I've found a few that I'm catching up on (my politically-oriented, paid-for 'casts notwithstanding). Escape Pod is first (Ask a Ninja will be second) and I just listened...
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    If it's stupid and it works...?

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    In the immortal words of my favorite drill instructor, "If it's stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid." Scientists may one day be able to destroy viruses in the same way that opera singers presumably shatter wine glasses. New research mathematically...
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    Tracking Politicians Like Bugs?

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    The suggestion is to track politicians positions like software products and file bugs against them to determine their suitability for installation in office. Nope, not April 1st yet! Whaddya think? If a candidate takes a position I disagree with, such...
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    Are you fungible? Or are you a funge?

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    A flamewar that I've been having with Steve (over @ SQLServerCentral.com ) got me thinking about developer fungibility again. It was something that I struggled with when managing teams of developers in previous lives. (Thankfully, I don't manage anybody...
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    Charging toward CTP6 on Longhorn...

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    This weekend was going to be the one to setup Windows Home Server, but I got distracted by Windows Server 2008 when I just happened to see the x86 bits hit MSDN... which reminded me that I should covert my development VPC images over to 2008. (I've been...
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    Office is now more open?

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    Having been involved with a government archival project, I can say that format longevity is a serious concern. Particularly in the case of governments, documents may be required to be archived for hundreds of years. Indeed, many local, state, national...
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    SQL Server gurus: Find bugs. Win an Xbox 360?

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    If you don't think there are any bugs in SQL Server 2008 CTP6 -or- if you wouldn't know what to do with a shiny new Xbox 360, then this contest is not for you. For everyone else, there are enough categories and potential 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes...
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