Monthly Archives: November 2006

USMC 1979-83 Part Two

When we left off in Part 1, I was a young Private (E-1), serving as a platoon radio operator in 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1/1, in the 1st Marine Division, stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA.  My Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) … Continue reading

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Rockem-Sockem Robots Redux

Tamiya has a Boxing Fighter Battleset that is very reminiscent of the old Rockem-Sockem Robots game that I used to love as a kid.     This kit allows you to control your robots via wired remote controls.

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Data Dude to RTM on November 30

Microsoft is claiming that Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals, aka DataDude, will RTM tomorrow.  Of course, the problem is that you must have Microsoft Visual Studio Team Suite installed before you can install DataDude. Here is a … Continue reading

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Tamiya 1/35 Panzerkampfwagen III Ausf. L model completed

I completed a pretty decent example of a German Panzer III Ausf. L this weekend. It represents a vehicle from the 18th Panzer Division in Russia in late 1942. The 18th Panzer Division was basically destroyed during the Battle of Kursk in 1943. … Continue reading

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Very Annoying Prerequisite for CTP7 of DataDude

Just to show that I am not a total Microsoft fan-boy, I am going to rant a bit about a change that Microsoft made between CTP6 and CTP7 of Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals (aka DataDude). Now, … Continue reading

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Cold War Movie Marathon

Over the past four day weekend, I spent some time watching a few gems from the late Cold War era on Comcast On Demand. These included Red Dawn and Navy Seals. I remember watching Red Dawn when it was in … Continue reading

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Useful Setting in SQL Server Management Studio

If, like many DBA’s and developers, you are often called upon to run ad-hoc queries, and then save the results to Excel, here is a handy setting you might want to turn on in SSMS. It is "Include column headers … Continue reading

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Casino Royale Mini-Review

No spoilers here, since many of my co-workers have not seen the latest Bond movie. I am very impressed with Daniel Craig’s Bond. He reminds me of Sean Connery, much more physical, with less emphasis on cute one-liners and gadgets. … Continue reading

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More about Windows ReadyBoost in Vista

Microsoft’s Jim Allchin has a good post on the Windows Vista Team Blog about how Windows ReadyBoost works. Tom Archer has some screenshots of what happens when you install ReadyBoost. I like the idea of ReadyBoost, especially for the average … Continue reading

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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Plays in the Big Leagues

Microsoft is designing a 270TB, multinode data warehouse for a foreign government, and a 162TB single node database for their own internal use. This was announced at last week’s Professional Association for SQl Server (PASS) conference in Seattle. I know … Continue reading

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