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Development schtuff, SQL Server & other random geekness. Now with more [fill in the blank]!
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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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    Pirates are customers, too?

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    Leave it to Valve to find the sunny side of piracy. "We take all of our games day-and-date to Russia," Holtman said. "The reason people pirated things in Russia is because Russians are reading magazines and watching television. They say...
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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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    I needz a squeegee.

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    Me and the bike in my driveway @ home after enjoying the fine Irish riding weather in the vicinity of Redmond last Wednesday on the Ninja... These early evening sunsets are still weird. Despite the lack o’ sqeegee, I learned that I already haz two buckets...
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    How do I make a Mobile Tag for /dev/null?

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    I’m not going to say that the fact I broke down and joined Twitter in a moment of weakness today made me think of /dev/null... it’s probably just a coincidence. Meh. A new tagging system? I wonder how much visual appeal had to the need for this instead...
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    Thank you, Captain Obvious! (@ NASA this time.)

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    If there’s not already a medal for stating the obvious, I should start a foundation to present one. Why should the Darwin Awards have all the fun? There is "something new and interesting going on in the universe," said Alan Kogut of NASA's Goddard...
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    DTLoggedExec updated for the new year (and more).

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    Davide describes it best in his own words: What is DTLoggedExec? If I were a full-time ETL developer or an operations DBA, this is definitely a tool I’d be using every day. Grab yours today from CodePlex: http://www.codeplex.com/DTLoggedExec/
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    Bike update (January ‘09)

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    When we moved from Redmond to Kirkland in December, it put me outside the “reasonable commute distance” for the Mongoose mountain bike... which may or may not have been all a part of my nefarious plan to “convince” Mrs. Reed to “permit” me to buy a motorcycle...
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    Now that's funny! Air Force RoE for Blogging?

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    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...
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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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    Now with more open and soon with more source!

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    Over the holidays, the SQL Server community & samples test team in China has been migrating all of our open product samples bugs out of our internal VSTS bug tracking database and into the VSTS database which backs the CodePlex TFS system. There are...
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    We are sooo doomed as a species.

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    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...
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    Legal use of social network websites

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    A long time ago, in a life far, far away, I was a deputy constable and I had to physically locate people and hand them court documents (or haul them off to jail). As much fun as it was to run around with a badge and a gun, it would’ve made life much easier...
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    Self-fulfilling prophecies in computer science education?

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    Everybody has heroes. Bjarne is one of mine. If I have to explain why to you, then you wouldn’t understand even if I did try to ‘splain it. Heh. (That comment will be funnier later in this post, if you like irony.) I’ve done some recruiting events for...
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    How reliable is your data source?

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    It seems like aeons ago (not even a decade yet) when I was @ a little start-up that was assimilating real estate data to further our digital business model and making sales to web-savvy home buyers at a discount. So many funny stories, so little time...
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    You’d think that this would already be available off-the-shelf...

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    I can think of three or four realistic first-person shooters that might already fill this niche. There are probably more... Reportedly, the army has had a great need for virtual training aids and initially wanted to get videogame training materials out...
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    Who are you and what do you want with my data?

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    If you’ve got data, there are probably people who want to use it, analyze it, do things with it... that you never imagined and possibly don’t want them to. “Those people” might even be government agents. Who can put you in jail. If you’re not careful...
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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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    That’s not teen spirit I smell…

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    I’m not sure that I’m ready to smell my video games yet… Researchers in Birmingham have been developing new technology to add smells to the virtual world of video games. Firm adds smell to video games (bbc.co.uk) We’ve already got people getting nauseas...
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    Voice Command: FORMAT C: [ENTER]

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    Well, that’s how the joke used to go about Vista voice command... Apparently somebody thought it would be fun to actually implement something similar in their mobile o/s. On purpose or not. Heh. The bug can hardly be called a security problem, given it...
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    Michael Crichton: RIP. We’ll miss you.

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    Loved the books, Michael. We’ll miss all the ones that you didn’t to write. The novelist passed away in Los Angeles after a private battle with cancer. His family said the death was unexpected. Author Michael Crichton Dead at 66 (foxnews.com) Catch up...
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    Voting in R’lyeh?

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    I’m pretty sure that Lovecraft would know how to interpret these “mysterious massive waves”, especially since the last time that New England (home to Arkham and other scary places in ‘20s pulp fiction) saw this kind of big wave was in the ‘20s... Our...
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    Developers MERGE thyselves?

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    I was reading this CIO.com article a while back and wondering if “database developers” and “regular developers” agree. As Microsoft sees it, the roles of the database-centric developer and "regular" developer are less distinct than they once...
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    Meet the Reedz on Xbox Live

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    It’s always interesting to see how other people see themselves. Or want to be seen. Maybe it’s the latent social scientist training from decades gone by in graduate school. Who knows? Giving them no specific directions besides “make an avatar for yourself...
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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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