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    Is your daylight going to be saved this year?

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    I was just reading my morning blogs and email, and an internal email on this topic ( Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007 ) got me thinking about YOUR software, especially those of you who are using "free" software. Who is working on the...
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    SHIFT+TAB? How I miss thee... in IE.

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    At least on Vista, my mouse-hating keyboard reflexes have been stymied for a while. (I don't really hate mice, I just hate having to move the mouse when I shouldn't have to. I'm sorry, I'm old. I was born before computer mice were invented, and I developed...
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    Migrating off of Teradata and Business Objects onto SQL Server 2005

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    Lately, one of my missions in life has been migrating clients off of Teradata and Business Objects and onto SQL Server 2005 (database engine, Analysis Services and Reporting Services). I'm just putting a couple notes to self out here so that I don't forget...
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    Control Placement & Vocabulary as Factors in Software Brand Loyalty

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    It seems like I'm driving a completely different car almost every week... since Avis can't seem to stock the same makes and models consistently nationwide. I wonder if they're a franchisor – that might explain it. Nonetheless, it establishes my self-deprecating...
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    Sybase loves AdventureWorks2008?

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    A SQL Ranger friend of mine in the UK gave me the heads up to this yesterday. (Thanks, Ben!!) Apparently, back in December 2008, Sybase ported some of our samples to SQL Anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve got mixed feelings about Sybase porting AdventureWorks...
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    Goodbye, Outlook Tasks!

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    When I first met Peter Bregman, he was on his book tour speaking at Microsoft Research. In 2012. He tried to convince me to give up Outlook Tasks for managing all the stuff that I wasn’t doing. His logic was sound. He repeatedly pointed out that “It’s...
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    Tweeting AdventureWorks?

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    Earlier this week, the gravitational pull of Twitter got the better of me. Jimmy May emailed me that Paul Nielsen was trying to sort out the gender of the fictitious IT Manager of AdventureWorks (Jean Trenary) for the next edition of the SQL Server Bible...
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    AdventureWorks2010, anyone?

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    We’re doing planning work for SQL Server Kilimanjaro and the next SQL Server wave that follows it, which means product samples, community projects and AdventureWorks. Some people have suggested doing away with AdventureWorks in favor of something new...
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    Game on! Steve's going down...

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    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...
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    It's hard to tell.

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    Are we supposed to take them seriously? "There's a limited supply of hadrons in the universe. Do we just want to go around destroying them? What if we run out? What if the hadrons can feel pain? Will we look back at this hundreds of years from now...
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    Do you want the bad news first? Or the worse news?

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    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...
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    Alien? No way. Blade Runner was far better.

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    MSN's Cadillac of... promotion offers three choices for "best science fiction movie": Alien 2001: A Space Odyssey Blade Runner I'm not even sure why 2001 is on that list. Must be a nod to the geriatric crowd, eh? (Just kiddink!) Alien seems...
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    Building Bridges to Nowhere

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    I had to deviate from writing my originally intended post for today about migrating from Teradata and Business Objects to SQL Server 2005, because someone needs to remind Ms. Davidson @ Oracle that developers are not building bridges . Now, I agree with...
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    The one BI-ready feature that will sell the most Vista to C-level executives

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    Part of the Better Together demo this week of Vista and Office 2007 included one little gadget that I think should be a part of every BI presentation to customers between now and when Vista ships. What would that one little feature be that could leverage...
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    Vista rocks! TechReady rules!! Where the *(@#& are my Bluetooth drivers?

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    First a big thank you to all the great people who made TR3 an enormous success. As we say in Tejas, “Y'all rock!” The presenters, the staff, the convention center, the city of Seattle... all of it. I'm only sad because I have to fly home tomorrow to Houston...
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    The more over-the-top an image that a product requires, the less valuable it seems to me

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    I could be completely wrong, but I'm always suspicious when I hear the Monster Truck Announcer Voice or That Announcer Guy from the Movies in a radio spot (or booth babes pitching a technology product at a convention). So when I see a network card initially...
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    Update Your BOL & Samples

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    If you're not paying attention to the right blogs, newsgroups or email newsletters, you're probably not aware of the following for the entire SQL Server 2005 product suite: Post-SP1 Hotfix Rollup BOL Updates (July 2006) Sample Updates (July 2006...
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    Houston, we have Bluetooth on Vista! And Power ISO works nicely.

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    As the title might suggest, the very beta and very unsigned Bluetooth stack is excellent. Works like a charm. Since Daemon Tools are apparently on vacation for this build (Vista 5472 ~ something weird about not being able to start in Daemon Tools kernel...
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    Hi, I work for Bill (for a little while longer).

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    The UserFriendly from last Sunday reminded me that Bill's recent announcement leaves me feeling kind of let down. I completely understand and support his choice to engage in rewarding and effective philanthropy, but... I'll only be able to say that "I...
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    Note to Self: This means you forgot to check the package out of SourceSafe, again.

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    I don't know why, but SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) can't run a read-only package from inside BIDS. It doesn't seem to modify the file, since VSS Compare between the before and after versions says the file hasn't changed... Although the...
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    So long 32-bit. We barely knew ye...

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    As the digital millennium approaches in 2048, you are planning for your purchase of 64-bit hardware replacements right? You know, 2048, when the 32-bit universe as we know it will implode in such a spectacular way that even Dr. Hawking will be proud?...
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    RE: SSIS' 15 Faults

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    I didn't realize that there was so much pent up hostility toward Integration Services out there... especially from people who are prejudiced against insects. Heh. Goodness knows that I've complained about its warts enough in the past (with a dozen or...
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    How often do YOU press F1 and expect a real answer?

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    This isn't about the woeful help facilities in most "modern" software. That's another rant for another day. With the advent of Desktop Search as a core operating system feature for Vista, I've been asking some pointed questions. Without saying more than...
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    It's good to be the DBA!

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    It's good to be a data dude. At least if you're starting a new career as a DBA. DBAs top the list of starting salaries in the eWeek survey. Top IT Starting Salaries (eWeek) Now if we can just work on the pay scale for more senior data architects... Heh...
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    DataDude Annoyance #13: Project variables omitted from output script.

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    If you're using any software product for a non-trivial purpose, you'll find that it has flaws that will (upon occasion) drive you up a wall. It doesn't make any difference what it is or who produced it. I've even heard Mac users, upon occasion, complain...
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