Archives: August 2009
Microsoft has finally officially announced the long rumored price cuts for the XBox 360 Elite, which will go down from $399 to $299. This was one of the worst kept secrets in the tech world, but now it is finally official. I have been waiting for this price drop, and… Read more
NewsGator’s marketing department put up a nice post yesterday mentioning myself and Dan Larson, who are both Microsoft MVPs. I do think that it is interesting and unusual to have two MVPs working at a relatively small company like NewsGator.
According to Gizmodo, Intel is due to launch the next generation Centrino mobile platform, known as Calpella at the end of September. This will support the mobile version of the Core i7 processor. They mention three different new processors, including the Core i7 7200M, Core i7 8200M, and Core… Read more
Microsoft has published a good whitepaper that explains the new functionality in SQL Server 2008 R2 that will allow you to more easily manage multiple servers with Managed Server Groups and to deploy and maintain databases with Data Tier Applications. This whitepaper is packed with good information, including multiple diagrams… Read more
Microsoft has released the July 2009 standalone version of Books Online (BOL) for SQL Server 2008, which you can get here. BOL is a great resource, with lots of good sample code and examples. Even though the online version is updated more frequently, I still like to keep the… Read more
Microsoft has released the latest Cumulative Update for SQL Server 2005 SP3, which is Build 4230. They also released a Cumulative Update for SQL Server 2005 SP2, but I really think you should have moved to the SP3 branch by now.
I took the final, non-BI Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Certification Exam on Friday, so now I have finished all of the Developer and Administrator exams for SQL Server 2008. I am debating whether I want to go back and take a couple of the SQL Server 2005 exams that I… Read more
Well-known Indian SQL MVP Pinal Dave has posted a short interview he did with me recently. Pinal is the founder of SQLAuthority.com, where he posts very useful how-to information about SQL Server nearly every day. His blog is in my reading list.
Quite a few SQL MVPs are active… Read more
Microsoft has a new KB article describing a problem where the MAXDOP setting that you specify (whether at the instance level with sp_configure or at the query level) is ignored by SQL Server 2008, unless you set it to 1.
The MAXDOP setting controls whether and how SQL Server may… Read more