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  • Engine Watch

    [sql 2005] Q: How do we verify page checksum in a database to make sure I have no hardware problem?

    DBCC CHECKDB will do just what you want. The PHYSICAL_ONLY option is probably the fastest way to get the checksums validated.
  • Engine Watch

    [SQL 2005] Q: How to find out how much space is used in database ?

    Somebody asked me this question. So here it is: SQL 2005 still supports the following three ways to report data and log space usage for a database: DBCC SQLPERF ( LOGSPACE ) can tell you the log size and used size. sp_spaceused for space...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    Invented conflicts

    Love this post by Adobe's John Nack , regarding some recent articles claiming Microsoft's Acrylic is a Photoshop/Flash/Illustrator/FreeHand/Fireworks/etc killer. "If I were Microsoft, I'd be deflecting these assertions like crazy. Why? Because ...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Privateer II under Virtual PC

    Privateer II builds on the concepts used in the original Privateer, but really is a separate new game rather than a typical sequel. It has a new game engine, new universe, new characters, and well you are probably getting the picture. Privateer II is...
  • Darryl Burling @ Work

    Tech Ed - come to the lounge!

    We've been busy over the last few weeks getting ready for Tech Ed. Nigel has been particularly busy organizaing the venue, speakers and content and has just posted what may be his last update before Tech Ed... We are going to have a MSDN Connection...
  • Okoboji: a lake, a mythical university, Kevin Moore's blog

    Technorati and T-shirts

    So if I'm doing this right, adding this link ( Technorati Profile ) should wire up my blog to Technorati. On a work-related note, I've been working on a side project to get WPF t-shirts and posters for the PDC. How did I design the t-shirts...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    Gartner conclusion on RSS - wrong.

    According to Gartner's report, Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies , RSS will be useful for content that is 'nice to know' rather than 'need to know' (via Silicon Republic ). The report is described as an IT buzzword hype scorecard which assesses...
  • VSIDE's WebLog

    Tab frustrations?

    Hi, my name is Jonathan Effrat, and I'm a PM with VS Core IDE currently redesigning the tab model used to switch between all your open files (that row of tabs which sits above the editor, including the little dropdown list and close buttons). I really...
  • BCL Team Blog

    Hello from an intern [Marek Olszewski]

    I just thought I would say hi to the outside world. I’m an SDE intern here in the BCL working on two new features for all to enjoy: Pipe Streams and Memory Mapped Files (that’s right, I do more than just get people coffee [;)] ). The plan is to release...
  • Nick on Silverlight and WPF

    Attached properties

    Attached properties were probably the very first technology we invented for WPF. Back in late 2000, before WPF/avalon even existed, Jeff Bogdan and I were doing some prototyping, and we ran into a problem -- every layout had a set of properties that it...
  • Marley Gray's WebLog

    Financial Services Desktop Architecture...

    We are currently working on an architecture for the desktop that is re-usable in many contexts within Financial Services companies including, Broker-Trader Desktops, Call Center and branch banking/insurance needs. Our work is largely based on the Composite...
  • Nigel Parker's Outside Line

    TechEd is upon us... let me tell you the place's to be!

    Hi there... guess why I've been so "dark" for the last couple of weeks? All the fun begins with Student Day TOMORROW! Betsy is here and preparing and the final of the AUT robotics competition is all ready to go... we have podcasts on the go....
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