Registration Open for Spring 2009 IT Pro Tiki Hut Tour

I’ve got to say, the title of this post isn’t a sentence I ever saw myself typing..  but that’s before I got Blain Barton’s email today and followed the link.. Blain’s got all the details, including registration links, but you’re basically invited to join your colleague for Hawaiian pizza (one of my personal favorites back…


Second Shot with a Side of Career Assist: Just What the Doctor Ordered

In light of the current state of the economy (not to mention recent news in my own back yard (I can still call it that since we continue, against our deeply held wishes, to own a house in Redmond)), I make it a point to count my blessings every day.  A loving and supportive family…


Just What *is* the Current SQL Server Patch Level, Anyway?

Courtesy of Ben Lam’s question and Arvind Shyamsundar’s answer comes the following list of resources for keeping up with SQL Server product update releases: You can sign up for security bulletin-related email alerts from Microsoft here (Windows Live ID and Windows Live Alerts account required).  Be aware, though, that there are no product-related filters on…


Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable Tomorrow!

A note passed through my inbox this morning that may be of interest.. Tomorrow, September 24, at 9am PST, Mark Russinovich will lead a virtual roundtable exploring top of mind performance issues, common misconfigurations, and tips on how to fix them.  From boot times and applets to disk performance and battery life, this is a…


Yet Another Blog You Should Check Out

The comment space for yesterday’s rant about the web site that’s charging for access to MSDN and TechNet blog content is busier than any has been for awhile.  I also got this email via the contact mechanism on the blog: I was just about to ask you where I should send you your money! ha…


SQL Server 2005 SP2 and Windows Vista

I can’t believe I neglected to mention this in Monday’s post on SQL Server 2005 SP2.. Among the many features of SP2 is support for the Windows Vista security model.  SP2 is the first release of SQL Server to offer this support.  I’ve been running this configuration on my laptop (HP nc8430 w/2gB RAM) for awhile…


Oh, Yeah.. There’s Some Operating System News Today, Too..

Lest I be accused of myopia in the wake of the SQL Server 2005 SP2 CTP announcement, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Windows Vista was released to manufacturing today! Head on over to the Vista team’s blog for direct links to some very happy, very tired people.  As Jim Allchin himself said…..


Technical News: Windows Vista September EDW Now Available

I spent my lunch hour today upgrading my laptop from Windows Vista RC1 to the latest EDW (External Developer Workstation) build, build 5728. You can get the new build in the following languages: English German Japanese I’ve been running it for a couple of hours now, and it continues to look pretty sweet.  I’ll keep…


Windows Vista RC1 Has Arrived!

Last week I mentioned that I’d installed Beta 2 of Windows Vista on my new laptop.  Well, last Friday came the internal announcement the RC1 was ready, so I pointed the new PC at the download bits just as fast as I could. RC1 will be available for public download soon at the Windows Vista website,…


Approaching A New Vista

It’s a red letter day for me..  After more than seven years with Microsoft, the company has at long last purchased a laptop for my business use. Not only does this mean that my “personal” laptop will now be passed to my exceptionally patient spouse, it gives me a platform from which to test the…