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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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    If I were in sales and Steve Jones were my customer...

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    First of all, fortunately for our shareholders (myself included!), I'm not in sales, technical or otherwise. Heh. Second, I consider Steve Jones (of SQLServerCentral.com fame) a good friend. So with the good sense of humor that one expects of such friends...
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    I’ve had data days like that...

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    Brian Walker has a good pair of articles on Thou Shalt Nots™: I had the chance to examine three business databases in five weeks and I'm still staggered by what I found. These are SQL Server databases serving as critical business foundations for companies...
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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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    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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    erR? TSD03006. Doh!

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    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...
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    The death of agile?

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    Mike’s got some great points about how agile goes wrong. I’ve seen them all. The skills and talents of individual programmers are the main determinant of software quality. No amount of management, methodology, or high-level architecture astronautism can...
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    Whoops. Got to uninstall all the .NET 4.x bits or Server Manager breaks...

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    Fiddling around with TFS 2010 (x64) got me into a little trouble: "MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in might not have been installed correctly. CLSID: FX:{18ea3f92-d6aa-41d9-a205-2023400c8fbb}" Doh. Fortunately, there were just two...
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    Use the OleDbConnection, Luke! (in Integration Services)

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    I've consulted in more than my fair share of Integration Services (SSIS) engagements over the last year or so since Yukon hit the streets. (Don't get me wrong, I love SSIS! But... I'd like to write some MDX every once in a while, if you know what I mean...
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    NTS: Always install the TFS Power Tools

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    Or you’ll wind up with: TF10139: The following check-in policies have not been satisfied. Internal error in Changeset Comments Policy Well, you will whenever somebody else installs them on the TFS server and enables the Changeset Comments Policy... See...
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    Log Shipping + Database Snapshots == Bummer, dude!!

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    So, like most funny stories (involving me), this one starts with “Yesterday, I had this bright idea...” and goes downhill from there. Database mirroring is great. Full stop. But there’s this one little catch: it can only have a single mirror copy of the...
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    If you absolutely must call a WCF service from inside your database, here’s how you do it...

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    When I was an operations DBA, this would probably fall into the category of “just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should”: Call a WCF Service from SQLCLR (by Niels Berglund) However, there are probably a couple of good scenarios where...
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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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    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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    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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    I would’ve blogged this yesterday, but...

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    I got distracted. Heh. The Brain: Stop Paying Attention: Zoning Out Is a Crucial Mental State I’m not sure I buy the “inebriated zone out less” theory, though. Oh, if I read more carefully, it looks like the researchers agree: But when we are drunk, that...
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    If you finish reading the entire article...

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    If you actually manage to read all the way through the entire article (the first time): The Benefits of Distraction and Overstimulation -- New York Magazine My hypothesis is that: You need more caffeine in your diet. You need a [new] job. A life. All...
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    McAfee ASAP collision with old version of Daemon Tools fixed with new version?

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    This doesn't seem to be clearly documented anywhere, but the new version of Daemon Tools 4.0.6 seems to have fixed a collision that it had back with version 4.0.3. The bug was exhibited by a blue screen PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA in mfehidk.sys. The...
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    How many of these do you violate?

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    Of course, I'm talking about bad UI design conventions . In the strictest sense, you should be violating them all! Don't you love grammatical algebra? Double negatives (and triple negatives) give most people trouble with the imagined ambiguity, but since...
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    Do inexpensive SD cards make ReadyBoost more attractive?

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    I'm planning to coerce the otherwise appendix-like SD card slot on my Tablet PC into being the ReadyBoost engine that Vista promises it to be. My 4GB Apacer USB Flash stick is doing an admirable job, but it's kind of long and in the way. With an SD card...
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    For want of a chainsaw, the trip was lost...

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    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...
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    Installing BSM: Custom counters file view is out of memory

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    Since I've made a commitment to myself to try to post *something* BI-related at least as often as once every Thursday, here's today's bit o' trivia. I was onsite recently with a client who was installing the BSM 2005 CR for the first time on their development...
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    When SharePoint Services go AWOL...

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    I don't know what I did to anger the SharePoint gods, but somehow my VPC image of Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise with SharePoint Services 2.0, Business Scorecard Manager 2005 CR, ProClarity Analytics Server, ProClarity Dashboard, etc, got sideways...
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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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    Setting FastParse programmatically for SSIS Packages

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    I've been otherwise occupied for a bit, but there are lots of little things about programmatically generating SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) packages that I don't want to forget... so this is a good place to remember them. Heh. This is also...
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