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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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    Get your beta on! SQL Server 2005 SP3 Beta

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    No new features. Lots of good fixes rolled up in one package. Download details: SQL Server 2005 SP3 Beta We don’t call them “service packs” inside SQL Server anymore, but it would seem that a lot of people have a Linus’ blanket reaction to the term, so...
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    We don‘t need yet another database security czar.

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    I was reading this article about recent data breaches that was recommending Yet Another Government Agency® and (no surprise) I started getting mad: A program to share best practices among agencies at all levels of government and create cybersecurity templates...
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    Does censorship work as expected?

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    Tihs g0t m3 th1nklng… Ars Technica, which reported on the patent both when Microsoft applied for it in 2004 as well as now that it has been granted, notes that the technology could be used for more than just censoring profanity, suggesting that perhaps...
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    Simplifying AdventureWorks setup

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    FYI, we’re actively working on improving the setup experience for the SQL Server 2008 sample databases (aka AdventureWorks). We’ve heard your feedback and we’re acting on it. Here are some of the salient points you’ll see for the Halloween update (Samples...
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    More AdventureWorks in the blogosphere...

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    Thanks for the plug, Stuart! Installing the AdventureWorks Sample Databases (Stuart Cox’s Tech Punch) We’re working on simplifying the setup experience for AdventureWorks in time for Halloween, but we appreciate the assist!
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    Mail Goggles? Really? Is it April Fools’ again already?

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    It’s funny enough that it pretty much speaks for itself… "It will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email," Perlow wrote. "And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems...
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    Fictional characters with autism

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    Not exactly mainstream fiction, or even mainstream scifi, but it’s based on an Xbox game published by MSGS. Mass Effect: Ascension The central character (not the protagonist) is described as having autism and several parts of the book are from her perspective...
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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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    INSERT your.own.data INTO election.spreadsheet

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    No, this isn’t a Schneier-induced rant about electronic voting machinas… Kevin just dropped a template into Office Online for those of you who would like to model your own election results. Simple Electoral College Election Predictor - Templates - Microsoft...
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    SQL Server Samples in the News and Print

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    The humorous old adage (which my friends in PR righteously deplore) is that "There's no such thing as bad press, as long as they spell your name right." SQL Server 2008: First Impressions Desperately Seeking Samples SQL Server 2008 Transact...
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    You're doing it wrong!

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    I always hear Randall's comic voice in my head now shouting "You're doing it wrong!" when I see things like this: "This is believed to be the first reported case of a space station computer getting a virus, but a Nasa spokesman said there had been previous...
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    Testing the SQL Database

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    Being a big fan of test-driven development of any kind, database or otherwise, I was honored to sit on a panel with some other much smarter people than I at TechEd*2008 entitled "Testing the SQL Database." Not only did I get to opine a bit, but I also...
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    The Next Big Gaming Platform: SQL Server?!

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    I realize that I'm normally off-topic, so it's weird for me to actually be blogging about SQL Server on my vacation... Figures.     I've blogged before about the Real Reason™ that most guys my age (at least in the USA) got into software development...
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    Searching for Mexican Food... on CodePlex?

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    Tagging is all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, right? Actually, like so-called Google-bombing, it can be pretty funny. Have you ever been guilty of surfing while hungry? It appears that somebody was pretty hungry while they were wandering around...
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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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    How to crash agile-ly?

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    Charlie and I never worked together, but after reading his account of a recent cult experience, I could swear that we had. On that project. The problems started when we tried to integrate these methods into our existing environment. First, management...
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    SQL Server 2008 RTM samples are up on CodePlex now.

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    A little snafu delayed things, but they're all signed, sealed and delivered now. I only had to skip a little of the launch party to get them out the door... Microsoft SQL Server Community & Samples - Release: SQL Server 2008 RTM Enjoy!
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    Nearly 7 billion witnesses, and nobody saw nuthin'...

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    Wow. We all need to look UP once in a while, people. "Anyone who went outside that night and looked towards the constellation of Puppis would have seen it," Saxton says. The Exploding Star That Everyone Missed (SPACE.com) Maybe everybody saw...
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    I was right: I was wrong. 15% was too much.

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    One of the shiny new features added to Management Studio for 2008 allows you to plot spatial data for any table that has geography or geometry data in the new spatial types. This comes in pretty handy for doing quick visual inspection of small spatial...
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    Another example of life imitating video games... at the zoo?

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    You know, this might be funnier if my youngest son (who's 8) wasn't currently playing Madagascar like a hyperactive, caffeine-addicted monkey. (He has autism, so the similarity between his hyperactivity and caffeine addiction is entirely superficial....
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    How do you spot tourists in Seattle?

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    When we moved to Redmond, I was told that you can always spot the tourists up here: they're the ones carrying the umbrellas. Heh. It's rarely enough of a downpour to justify the hassle, just a light mist most of the time (OK, nearly all the time except...
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    Can you tell a great architect from a bad one?

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    Since I'm going to be sitting as a panel member on an MCA review board soon, I'd like to think I can, but apparently some researchers are having trouble... Highly capable designers have an incentive to choose somewhat more difficult designs to better...
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    Watching the watchers watch with SQL Server

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    This popped up earlier this year, and I thought it was cool enough to put in the blog backlog. How Microsoft IT Uses SQL Server 2005 to Power a Global Forensic Data Security Tool (TechNet) Technical White Paper | IT Pro Webcast | TechNet Radio I'm always...
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    I think I've found my new sport... Chess Boxing.

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    Although I might hold out for MMA Chess, this still sounds like fun. I still play chess online with my Dad and brothers, but this would add a whole new combative dimension to the game... and require a whole new level of commitment. "I took a lot...
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