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    Not always free or open?

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    As a once-famous comedian always said (before he slipped into late night news obscurity), "I don't mean to go off on a rant here, but..." When does free and open software stop being free and open? Novell Could Be Banned From Selling Linux: Group Claims...
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    Putting Unit Tests to Work (for the database)?

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    Our friends over at SQLServerCentral.com put up a great article this morning: Putting Unit Tests to Work . Sometimes, when I feel like a lone voice in the wilderness, it's nice to hear somebody else beating the "unit test your database" drum... Good job...
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    One good use for molecular chemistry! (Caffeinated doughnuts?!)

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    I'm usually a fan of "pure" science, but only in an esoteric, mildly-interested sort of way. Oh, we figured out how to test string theory? Neat. Now, please sit down and stop blocking my view of Gears of War because Insane difficulty really requires that...
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    Writers for The Onion moonlight at PC World?

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    Although the subject "Apple Monopoly Attacked" might seem to be the stuff of satire written at The Onion, it's not. Since today's not April Fools, I'll take the PC World blog entry at face value: Norway Outlaws iTunes . I thought the conventional wisdom...
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    Google takes aim at BN and Amazon?

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    It might not seem like a direct assault, but it's got to be in the threat matrix for the big booksellers... Catherine Holahan's coverage is peripherally interesting Google Download: No iTunes for Books (on BusinessWeek.com), but if I think Google still...
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    Immortal computing gives new meaning to the phrase long term planning

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    Is this more life immitating science fiction? E-mail from the grave? Microsoft seeks patent on 'immortal computing' Are estate planners now going to have to start moving into space previously only reserved for futurists and scifi authors? Hrm. What...
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    New Rules for Old Geeks? Amen.

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    I'm not Mr. Anderson's age yet, but the next time I turn around, I probably will be. Anyway, I'm definitely a devotee of his New Rules for Old Geeks . I've recently found many people (and places) who are definitely in need of process. Why is it that,...
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    Military to recruit Xbox players in the near future?

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    Popular Science has an interesting article about RedOwl, a military application robot, built in part on technology from Boston University’s Photonics Center. The news (to me) isn't its amazing ability to differentiate the sound of different sniper weapons...
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    Welcome aboard, Don!

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    .NET Developer's Journal has a good article about it. Microsoft Snags Don Ferguson, Former IBM Chief Architect – "Father of WebSphere" . Cool news.
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    Ubiquitous Quality Culture?

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    This BusinessWeek.com article ( Even Toyota Isn't Perfect ) caught my attention, not because I'm a Toyota owner (I own two!), but because it popped up in the Reforming Project Management blog that I scan from time to time. I agree with Hal that it's great...
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    Congratulations to Donald Farmer & the whole BI crew

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    Whatever you may think of the validity of "people's choice"-type awards*, it's always nice to know that somebody loves you... and it feels pretty good to have a relatively new contender beat out the reigning champion. SQL Server 2005 Integration Services...
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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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    No Merry Golfmas Today

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    When my wife decided that I need to do something other than play Gears of War, I don't think she had golf in mind. But what's a guy to do when it's a beautiful 75° outside? It's one of the many benefits of Houston's subtropical climate! Golf in December...
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    Halo 3 cured my Hotmail problem (really!)

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    Getting invited into the alpha playtest for a certain high profile science fiction save-the-Earth shooter that may or may not be released in 2007 finally gave me a good enough excuse to buy myself a 360... An excuse good enough to reduce the wife's complaining...
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    I'm ambivalent about Exam Insurance

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    As one of the letter people that has as many of the MCP certifications that I have time to take and as an MCT, I feel ambivalent about Exam Insurance . I stopped counting after ~15 individual Microsoft product certifications. Yeah, the tests aren't cheap...
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    Workaround for error in Configure Distribution Wizard

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    I don't know if it's me, Windows Vista or what, but the Configure Distribution Wizard fails with the default options on my Tablet PC running SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition with Service Pack 1 and the Post-SP1 Hotfix Rollup. This seems to be just like...
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    150 meteors per hour?

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    New Scientist Space has an interesting article on the Leonid meteor shower . Not as spectacular as the Big One that everybody is afraid will end life as we know it, but it should be a fun thing to let the kids stay up late for... I don't know about y...
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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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    Hey, I resemble that remark. (I have a new theme song!)

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    I am proud to announce that I have a new theme song! If you don't have one, I strongly recommend that you get one. It's almost like that goofy AIG commercial. Weird Al brings us my new theme song. Somebody has been kind enough to violate Weird Al's copyright...
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    Giving Live Writer a try...

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    Since the Word 2007 blog features can't seem to connect to my Blogger alter ego in the current build, I figured that I'd give Live Writer a try. <sarcasm> It's not like I've got anything better to do while sitting here in rainy Chicago @ O'Hare...
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    You’ve got to wonder what is so important...

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    If anybody knows Joe Barton (R, Fort Worth, Texas), please ask him to explain what possible reform at the National Institute of Health is so important that it's worth blocking the Combating Autism Act of 2006 from passage in the House of Representatives...
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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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    Possible justification(s) for... toys?

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    I think my fear of the wife's ire has just been surpassed (finally) by my need to possess Lego Mindstorms. A new Mindstorm-ready version of the LabView Toolkit is coming. Cool! My oldest kids are soon to be 7 and 8 years old, that's old enough, right...
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    Given a choice... Is there really a choice?

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    [Warning: Not Microsoft Technology-related... yet.] The elusive electric car is getting closer to a commercial reality, despite the many conspiracy theories that abound. Two that seem likely to show up in a dealership near you in the next 12 to 18 months...
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    Ask and ye shall (eventually) receive?

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    It's taken a little while to arrive, but now that it's nigh, I wonder how many *nix users (who have claimed over the years that the GUI was their primary objection to Windows) will even consider a switch to Server Core for their infrastructure servers...
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