Archives: December 2009
It’s done, though I’m nervous about my laptop repair. The last entry on the machine prior to shipping is “repl hdd""
It’s not the end of the world, but I had already replaced the HDD with a larger one, I could read the one in there and backed up most… Read more
The Denver Tech Trifecta is set for February 27, 2010 at Metro State College in downtown Denver. If you are going to be in the area, make plans to attend. You can register here.
This event was put on last year through a combination of the Windows, SQL Server,… Read more
The CIO’s Voice, a blog written by Arun Manansingh, has been mentioned in a number of articles I’ve seen as a good blog to read. I had glanced at it a few times, but wasn’t until recently that I subscribed and added it to my reader. I found a number… Read more
It must be picking up again, despite the lack of a sharp rise in energy prices, I am seeing more news about wind projects coming online. The latest one is a Rhode Island project from Deepwater Wind, to build an offshore wind farm.
I don’t think wind is the… Read more
I wrote an editorial last summer asking people what type of protection they had for their home setup. I got all kinds of answers, including a few I hadn’t thought of about online backup. Having a backup at home is good, but a fire could wipe out everything. It’s worth… Read more
I note these for Database Weekly, but I haven’t blogged about them. A mistake on my part.
The December patches from Microsoft have come out. You can see the overview here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms09-dec.mspx They are Windows and Office related this month, no SQL Server ones, which is good. However there are… Read more
We've had the ASK SQLServerCentral site up for a couple months now and while I see traffic continuing over there, it seems that most of our questions and answers are still taking place on the traditional forums. That's good since I prefer our forums, though I do try to get… Read more
It surprises me how often I see people posting questions about what type of encryption to implement for credit card data. If you are processing credit cards yourself, and storing the data, you need to comply with the PIC regulations that exist. Here's a good place to get started: https://www. Read more
According to this C|Net report, New York state wants someone to build wind farms in the great lakes and purchase all the power if they’re built. That’s nice to hear, but it’s not a great PR move after their attempt to build them off Long Island generated so much… Read more
My laptop died recently, actually died completely, unable to boot. The hard drive was fine, and I managed to stick it in my desktop and recover my files. The critical stuff (writing) was backed up with Live Mesh and had moved to the desktop already, but hadn’t been on the… Read more
I haven’t had to write a Question of the Day in a few months now and I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand it’s a nice break to not have to come up with things to ask. On the other hand I have to check and edit questions… Read more
From a Forrester blog: Ten eReader and eBook predictions for 2010.
It’s an interesting read, and I tend to agree with things. Once there are alternatives to e-Ink, I think we’ll have an explosion of devices, and the inclusion of the e-paper in other devices. I also think Amazon… Read more
I traveled quite a bit in 2009, hitting 3 SQL Saturdays, 5 user groups and a few other events during the year. It made for a busy home life with my wife flying 25,000+ miles for her job and taking a few horse trips. Add in about 7 or 8… Read more
Those were the first words out of my wife’s mouth when I told her my laptop had died. She walked away I think to specifically do that one afternoon as I struggled to diagnose the issues with my Toshiba Qosmio. It wouldn’t come out of suspend on vacation and I… Read more
I’m glad I called Toshiba last night. When my laptop died on Sunday, and never came back Monday, I wasn’t sure what to do. I searched through all my folders, but couldn’t find a warranty item and when I checked the Toshiba site, it said I was out of warranty. Read more
I found a nice post from a friend, Roy Ernest, on an effective way to learn. He notes that one of the best ways he’s found is to write an article on a topic. It forces you to research, double check yourself, and explain things clearly.
Not… Read more
I saw this report that a good percentage of online social media users (27%) find that their offline relationships benefit from online interaction. I think that’s true, and I bet that the SQL Server people I follow would agree. I think the online posts among us leading up the… Read more