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  • Blog Post: Degenerate dimensions in VSTS DB edition GDR R2 (a.k.a. TSD03136)

    This is a common pattern in many BI projects that I’ve been involved with in the past four or five years for deriving degenerate dimensions without expending the effort to build and maintain star schema or snowflake tables in a data mart or data warehouse. (I’m not passing judgment, just making an observation...
  • Blog Post: erR? TSD03006. Doh!

    I’m often skeptical when I read things like this that make absolute statements: To resolve this problem, upgrade to Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR R2. FIX: When you access a table source in a referenced project by using an alias in VSTS 2008 Database Edition GDR, if you...
  • Blog Post: Vista SP2 Compatibility Mode Builds Character... on Windows 7

    The kids have gotten to the age where they’re pestering us to play Dungeons & Dragons with them. Well, my oldest son is and he’s dragging his sister along (kicking and screaming, metaphorically-speaking). Heh. Unfortunately, this isn’t his Grandpa’s D&D anymore (or his Dad’s). We didn’t have...
  • Blog Post: This explains so many things... Scott Adams explains compensation modeling?

    This metaphor can probably be extended to ‘splain corporate and governmental policies of all kinds! Of course, it would actually be worse (at least for me) if compensation was tied to the performance of friends and family. Heh! For the record, I used to work there... and I still ain’t laffing.
  • Blog Post: For want of a chainsaw, the trip was lost...

    About two or three weekends back, we took the Sequoia up toward the Glacier Peak Wilderness loaded with the family (wife, kids, me) and various pieces of what-if back country gear: important stuff like MREs, bonus water, rope and rappelling stuff, tire repair bits, etc. Of course, by now, you’ve figured...
  • Blog Post: PFT 1: Me 0 (belated January 2009 Update)

    My fitness duel with Steve is ongoing, but I’m saddened by my progress to date. Nonetheless, the January-ish test (actually done on 2/2/2009) of my progress has hardened my resolve. I did manage to drop ~15# in January, but since I’ve still got another ~50# to drop in order to hit my goal weight by the...
  • Blog Post: Now that's funny! Air Force RoE for Blogging?

    My tax dollars at work. Trust the military to "document" something that's already available from any reputable PR agent. Heh. I guess not everybody gets to be an astronaut, fighter pilot or superhacker in the Air Force. The Air Force’s Rules of Engagement for Blogging (GlobalNerdy.com...
  • Blog Post: Game on! Steve's going down...

    My buddy, one of the Steves, has gotten nostalgic for his girlish figure of yore... for reasons inexplicable to me. Round is a shape, right? He's very much in shape now! Come to think of it, so am I. *sigh* But, because he likes to lose at contests, he has challenged me to a fitness duel: Seriously,...
  • Blog Post: We are sooo doomed as a species.

    I bump into people now and then, even up here in the near orbit of Redmond, who either don’t have an email address or don’t check it regularly. Being a hyper-connected person (my man-portable gadgets radiate enough EM to keep me warm in the winter), these people always remind me that I don’t live on...
  • Blog Post: Do you want the bad news first? Or the worse news?

    Oh noes!! "We're interested in seeing COBOL as a first-class citizen on .NET and on the Azure cloud," [chief technology officer of application modernization at Micro Focus] said. "Wherever cloud computing is going, we want COBOL to be running there." Taking COBOL into the Cloud? ...
  • Blog Post: Does censorship work as expected?

    Tihs g0t m3 th1nklng… Ars Technica, which reported on the patent both when Microsoft applied for it in 2004 as well as now that it has been granted, notes that the technology could be used for more than just censoring profanity, suggesting that perhaps China or another government would want it employed...
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