Monthly Archives: August 2006

Windows Vista 5536 Mini-Review

I downloaded the pre-RC1 Vista 5536 build yesterday, and since then, I’ve installed it on three different systems, with some interesting results. The install succeeded on all three systems, and the install process is much more polished and faster than … Continue reading

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How to Read Statistics IO in SQL Server 2005

The Microsoft SQL Server Query Optimization Team has a great post today about how to read the output of Statistics Profile in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).  Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I thought I would do a … Continue reading

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Windows Vista Build 5536 Pre-RC1 Available

Microsoft has released build 5536 of Vista today. If you want it, you need to be quick, since they are only allowing 100,000 downloads of this build. Supposedly, product keys from Beta 2 will work, but I have not confirmed … Continue reading

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FeedDemon Available

Nick Bradbury released the latest version of FeedDemon yesterday. It includes both performance and security improvements.

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Performance Improvement for SQL Server 2005 with Windows Server 2003 SP2

  A few weeks ago, Ward Ralston wrote on the Windows Server Division Weblog about some of the features and improvements that will be included in Windows Server 2003 SP2, which is now in private beta. One item in particular, caught my … Continue reading

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Kudos for SQL Server 2005 Database Mirroring

If you are considering using database mirroring in SQL Server 2005 instead of or in addition to fail-over clustering, I strongly recommend that you follow Microsoft’s advice and make sure that you have identical drive letters and paths to the … Continue reading

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Internet Explorer 7 RC1 Released Today

Microsoft has released RC1 for Internet Explorer 7 today. One significant change is that the installation program will automatically uninstall any previous beta version of IE7, which is pretty cool. It’s working fine for me so far. The user interface … Continue reading

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Slava Oks’s SQLOS DMV Series

Slava Oks has started what promises to be a great series on SQL Operating System (SQLOS) related dynamic management view (DMV) queries related to lower level, hardware related information about SQL Server 2005. DMVs are one of my favorite features … Continue reading

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Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals (CTP5)

On Friday, Microsoft released the latest CTP for the Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals, aka "Data Dude".  It is available for download now.  It will be a new SKU that is dependent on Visual Studio 2005, that … Continue reading

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Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at the Pepsi Center

About 15 NewsGator employees went to the RHCP concert Friday night at the Pepsi Center, courtesy of NewsGator. Before the concert, we met at the Rio Grande to get properly lubricated for the night. The Rio is justifiably famous for their margeritas, … Continue reading

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