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    LoggingMode.UseParentSetting is a good idea, but... beware the connection string!

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    Because logging starts before configurations are loaded (classic chicken-egg thing, we went with chicken apparently), if you're trying to set your connection string from a parent package variable, this no workie for logging. Doh! While I wish I were smart...
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    I can try, but I’d sure like to be able to catch.

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    Integration Services is a beautiful high-speed engine. If BizTalk were that fast processing flat files... but I digress. There's a little thing that's missing in SSIS which bugs me. There's no try-catch concept in SSIS. I realize that enabling such functionality...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    What year is it? (Or, “what not to do to make your project fail.”)

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    In the immortal words of senior Microsoft consultant from EMEA who shall remain nameless, "What year is it?" The lunchtime discussion one afternoon at TechReady3 (although it doesn't seem like it was a month ago already!) had inevitably turned to the...
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    My BI thought for the day.

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    A conversation with another new addition to the crew of the mothership got me to thinking about how to succinctly describe looking for information @ Microsoft. In spite of the popular nothing-but-technology impression that the public has about Microsoft...
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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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    Installer, check thy dependencies!

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    I am starting to get concerned. A whole bunch of ISVs that rely heavily on the Windows platform for their sales do not appear to have active Vista development in progress. I've had "conversations" with half a dozen software vendors and service providers...
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    Proofreading as a Smell

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    The title of this post is dedicated to old high school buddies and a slacker class that they (we) took for the easy A. We [fondly?] referred to this class as "Drawing as a Smell." Our stone tablet transcripts officially list this course title as "Drawing...
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    My Favorite Quote from TR3

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    I got sidetracked, but I did want to put this someplace where I could find it again later. There were lots of excellent quotes (descriptions of the true nature of penguins, etc), but my favorite quote of the week was from Donald Farmer in one of the SSIS...
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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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    Thanks, Keith! KPC650 now phones home with Vista.

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    One more piece of 3rd-party software that I don't need: VZAccess Manager. Keith's excellent post got me a-werkin'. I luv my KPC650. It's certainly more reliable than any WAP I've been on this week. How many geeks does it take to overload the wireless...
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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 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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    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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    MDX Expression for TechReady

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    A large number of customers are probably wondering who beamed up all of the Microsoft consultants and account personnel... and a lot of people in Seattle seem to be wondering what we're all doing in the middle of their daily routine. It's sad to say that...
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    Requirements for Success of BI Projects: The Question

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    Since I primarily work from remote locations (the client site, the home office, Starbucks, wherever), this thread a while back over at SQLServerCentral.com about The Future of Knowledge Work got me thinking... about a definitive list of what would make...
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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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    Oooh! When can I buy one? I must have a Hyanide!

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    Occasionally, people send me cool links that aren't business intelligence or .NET software related. This has to be near the top of the Cool Vehicles that Dave Will Never Own List. If a hot motorcycle ever cheated on its sweet ATV lover with a drop-dead...
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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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    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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    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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    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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