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  • Blog Post: Yes, I hate April Fools’ Day.

    I don’t hate April Fools’ Day on principle. (Yes, I do.) I just hate it because you can never tell whether the unexpected is a prank, or something more serious. Also, some people don’t seem to know where the line is between prank and something more serious. $149 Prank: Not a prank: Today just doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: It's not April Fool's Day, but...

    At first blush, Tom’s Hardware has got what appears to be some pretty yellow journalism on the subject of a new IBM patent, but I don’t think that they are actually misinterpreting the patented process which describes programmatically degrading the quality of digital documents. On purpose. Huh. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Mail Goggles? Really? Is it April Fools’ again already?

    It’s funny enough that it pretty much speaks for itself… "It will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email," Perlow wrote. "And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News! AdventureWorks abandoned for Katmai in favor of Northwind, pubs and...

    In a striking change of direction, I'm happy to announce that AdventureWorks is being deprecated and abandoned for SQL Server 2008 samples in favor of long-time favorite databases of simple-minded data modelers: Northwind and pubs. Also, I can gleefully announce, in the spirit of oversimplification,...
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