DWWTWT?: September 30

After yesterday’s milestone, the month and quarter conclude with a telecommute (green commute #501): Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 266 Walked 218 Walked to the Bus 17 Drove 200 None (did not compete) 165 Other Transportation Employed Airline Segments Flown 13 Here are your bonus charts.. …

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DWWTWT?: September 28-29

The week starts out with a couple of telecommuting days: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 265 Walked 218 Walked to the Bus 17 Drove 200 None (did not compete) 165 Other Transportation Employed Airline Segments Flown 13 Why am I breaking the patterns of these posts…

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Mark Your Calendar: Windows 7 Readiness Webcast on October 6

The following description of a pending webcast arrived in my inbox earlier this week; I thought it might be of interest to some of you as you prepare for the launch of Windows 7: Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 7? October 6, 2009 12:00 PM Eastern / 9:00 a.m. Pacific (60 minutes) Event Details…

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A Gift From Jens and Jimmy

Two Microsoft folks frequently featured in this space, Microsoft Certified Masters Jimmy May and Jens Suessmeyer, have joined forces to bring to the world SQLIOSimParser, a tool to parse and interpret the XML output of the Bob Dorr’s SQLIOSim testing tool. Jimmy says Jens did most of the heavy lifting, but most of the heavy…

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SQL Server 2008 R2 August CTP Available for Download

If you’re interested in the next release of SQL Server, the BI-focused SQL Server 2008 R2, you’ll be pleased to know that the August CTP is available for download here for MSDN and TechNet members. Here’s the skinny from the download page: SQL Server 2008 R2 expands on the value delivered in SQL Server 2008…

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DWWTWT?: September 14-25

These last two weeks have been spent diligently telecommuting from the woods of central Florida: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 263 Walked 218 Walked to the Bus 17 Drove 200 None (did not compete) 165 Other Transportation Employed Airline Segments Flown 13 Have a great weekend!…

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DWWTWT?: September 7-11

After Monday’s Labor Day holiday, the remainder of the week was spent telecommuting from the woods of central Florida: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 253 Walked 218 Walked to the Bus 17 Drove 200 None (did not compete) 165 Other Transportation Employed Airline Segments Flown 13…

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Pond’s Twelfth Law: In Your Pursuit of Five Nines, Don’t Practice in Front of the CIO

After a long hiatus, Pond’s Laws of System Design (or, How to Be a Competent Professional in an Irrational World) returns.  Thanks to Jimmy May for a kick-in-the-pants on this topic several months ago; I hope he’ll understand why I just had to wait until right now to publish this post (the clue lies in…

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Database Programming: A New String Concatenation Contender for SQL Server 2008

UPDATED 11:11p 7 September 2009: Based on my latest exchange with Adam (see the comments for this post), compound operators should be avoided for string concatenation due to the ORDER BY bug discused in KB 287515.  The XML variant below is the preferred approach for string concatenation, but the compound operator remains a viable alternative in other scenarios….

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DWWTWT?: September 1-4

The month begins and the week proceeds with an uninterrupted telecommuting stretch: Commuting Options Selected since 12 June 2006 Mode of Transport Number of Invocations Telecommuted 249 Walked 218 Walked to the Bus 17 Drove 200 None (did not compete) 164 Other Transportation Employed Airline Segments Flown 13 Have a great weekend!      -wp

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