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Development schtuff, SQL Server & other random geekness. Now with more [fill in the blank]!
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    ETL 1TB during lunch. A short lunch...

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    Very schweet! Congratulations to the team!! SQL Server Performance : ETL World Record! An ETL standard benchmark sounds like a great idea.
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    {Open Source} Heroes Happen Here?

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    They certainly do. I'm glad to see initiatives like this! {Open Source} Heroes Happen Here If you want a Hero Hack Pack, you'd better ask 'em for one soon. While supplies last...
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    Bad data models can happen to good people.

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    What seems like one person's "good" natural key can make another person wish like the dickens that that somebody had used a synthetic key, eh? I was happily blogging away ( elsewhere ), when I encountered this fun little, specific (but unhelpful...
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    XNA to the n-th power trumps Gears of War 2 trailer?

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    I've been a closet XNA fan for a while. I've been lurking and watching to see how they plan solve some really hard user-generated content problems... “The time has come for the games industry to open its doors to all game creators, enabling anyone...
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    SQL Server gurus: Find bugs. Win an Xbox 360?

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    If you don't think there are any bugs in SQL Server 2008 CTP6 -or- if you wouldn't know what to do with a shiny new Xbox 360, then this contest is not for you. For everyone else, there are enough categories and potential 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes...
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    I'm sorry. I laughed. It was funny.

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    I'm sorry. I laughed. It was funny. Now I know why I was told to always keep a large, black duffel bag on-hand. And what the "no skateboarding" signs all over Redmond are for. Life At Microsoft - The Truth Revealed (Tina Wood | Channel 10) It...
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    Geocoding semi-imaginary data points

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    As improbable (and humorous) as it may seem, this is an exercise that I recently engaged in: geocoding semi-imaginary data points. For those of you who are familiar with the original AdventureWorks database, you'll remember that there are a large number...
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    Office is now more open?

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    Having been involved with a government archival project, I can say that format longevity is a serious concern. Particularly in the case of governments, documents may be required to be archived for hundreds of years. Indeed, many local, state, national...
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    Charging toward CTP6 on Longhorn...

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    This weekend was going to be the one to setup Windows Home Server, but I got distracted by Windows Server 2008 when I just happened to see the x86 bits hit MSDN... which reminded me that I should covert my development VPC images over to 2008. (I've been...
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    Are you fungible? Or are you a funge?

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    A flamewar that I've been having with Steve (over @ SQLServerCentral.com ) got me thinking about developer fungibility again. It was something that I struggled with when managing teams of developers in previous lives. (Thankfully, I don't manage anybody...
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    Tracking Politicians Like Bugs?

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    The suggestion is to track politicians positions like software products and file bugs against them to determine their suitability for installation in office. Nope, not April 1st yet! Whaddya think? If a candidate takes a position I disagree with, such...
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    If it's stupid and it works...?

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    In the immortal words of my favorite drill instructor, "If it's stupid, but it works, it ain't stupid." Scientists may one day be able to destroy viruses in the same way that opera singers presumably shatter wine glasses. New research mathematically...
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    Now playing in my Zune podcasts... Escape Pod

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    After finally making time to explore the 'cast inventory in the new Zune client*, I've found a few that I'm catching up on (my politically-oriented, paid-for 'casts notwithstanding). Escape Pod is first (Ask a Ninja will be second) and I just listened...
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    Not quite a chocolate factory, but...

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (either version, since I skipped the remake) was never really my speed: no big explosions, no massive firefights or lightsaber duels, no well-choreographed martial arts scenes, nothing but the illusion of candy to keep...
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    How do I use Feature X in SQL Server?

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    Buck's got a great point about how SQL Server's development themes are managed from the top down: It isn't a matter of thinking up single features or changes to the product, it's a cohesive direction we all want to go. Carpe Datum : Why on earth are you...
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    Internet vigilante justice?

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    I'm not advocating mob justice generally; however, this is the *only* case in which I can remember the media even coming close to a retraction of it's horribly biased, agenda-based drivel. "They" put up unresearched stories full of unnecessary...
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    Hi, Mom! (And everybody else.)

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    "So, what do you do?" It's a common enough question, right? Usually immediately subsequent to "Where do you work?" People ask it to break the ice. They ask it because they're interested. They ask it because they can't believe somebody...
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    64-bit Zune player! Nice.

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    Have to see if the Mass Effect soundtrack sounds any better through x64 goodness... Shiny! Zune Software - Download (Zune.net) Notice how I ignored the Valentine's Day tie-in ? After ~16 years of marriage, who needs that aggravation? The Master Chief...
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    A cool DP sample that couldn't make it into the out of the box for some reason...

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    Although we've been putting the SQL Server product samples in CodePlex for quite a while, I'm not sure why this one didn't wind up "in the (out of the) box" space. Go figure. Sending BLOB Data to SQL SERVER Using IROWSETFASTLOAD and ISEQUENTIALSTREAM...
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    FILESTREAM, Windows Vista and you.

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    I won't complain about yet-another-configuration-stored-procedure, since I hold out hope that managing FILESTREAM's status at the server level will be rolled into sp_configure or DDL before RTM... but this is me not holding my breath. *sigh* Anyway, if...
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    LCD Panels are sooo yesterday...

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    Since I had lasik done, I haven't missed my contacts a bit... but I might be willing to put them back in my eyes if it means better resolution, image quality and portability than this enormous pair of LCD panels on my desk. Adding displays directly onto...
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    Connected Home's 3-part Series on WHS and more...

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    Got my copy of WHS last week and I'm hoping to make time to stand it up this week; I'm sure that I'll want to remember these links later when that happens. Heh. Coming Home to Windows Home Server, Part 1 A new column begins, focusing on Microsoft's highly...
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    SQL Server gurus! Get connected to CodePlex.

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    First off, CodePlex is looking for developers. That seems like the best way to get plugged in. Heh. I have a vested interest in seeing you top-notch coders working on CodePlex. I know several great coders out there; you know who you are, so apply! More...
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    More upcoming webcasts

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    If you're intrigued by data mining or wonder how your SQL Server certifications will be affected, these are for you: TechNet Webcast: Mastering Time Series Prediction with SQL Server 2008 Data Mining (Level 300) , Thursday, Jan. 24, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Pacific...
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    Hi-ho, hi-ho... I knew something was different this morning.

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    This would explain the animated characters in the hallway this morning... Microsoft Corp. announced today that it has hired The Walt Disney Co.'s top IT executive to fill its open CIO position, a move that continues the software vendor's recent string...
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