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July 2009 Blog Posts

Playing with Google Voice

I put my name down for the Google Voice trial a few months back.  I recently received my invitation and configured my account.  The entire process was painless and it has some interesting benefits: I’m in the process of starting a new business and needed a work number.  At free, this is an attractively priced alternative.  I would like some way to have a fax number though.  Right now I’m signed up for a second service that does fax. Choosing a phone number was easy.  You tell it where you are...

posted @ Friday, July 24, 2009 6:33 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous Utilities ]

SQL Server 2008 SP1 CU3 and SQL Server 2008 RTM CU6 Released

Microsoft continues to release cumulative updates roughly every two months.  These two came right on schedule.  As always I’ve updated my build list in the SQL Server Version article on

posted @ Tuesday, July 21, 2009 10:45 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ SQL Server Stuff ]

Great Q&A with PASS presenters

At PASS we’ve been interviewing our pre-conference and post-conference speakers and publishing the interviews.  The topics revolve around the speaker’s session and what they’re going to cover.  For example, Brian Knight discussed about a common problem he sees in data warehouse implementations and how to overcome it.  We’ve also done sessions with Kalen Delaney on the transaction log and Itzik Ben-Gan on query and index tuning. We just published the interview with Paul Nielsen and Louis Davidson about their session on database design.  I’m a firm believer that passion about a subject makes for a good presentation and these...

posted @ Wednesday, July 15, 2009 8:10 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ PASS ]

Is Nothing Safe Anymore?

When I connect my laptop to Wi-Fi hotspots I’m usually pretty careful.  I look at the name of what I’m connecting to and make sure it looks reasonable.  I know it’s no guarantee but if there is only one wi-fi hotspot with the airport name there’s a pretty good chance it’s the one I’m looking for.  Apparently the new trend among cyber criminals is fake hotspots in vacation areas: Cybercriminals are targeting travelers by creating phony Wi-Fi hot spots in airports, in hotels, and even aboard airliners. Vacationers on their way to fun...

posted @ Sunday, July 12, 2009 5:05 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

Comparing Bing and Google

Until this weekend I hadn’t done much with Bing.  I looked at the pretty pictures and tried a search now and then but that’s about it.  I recently stumbled on Bing vs. Google.  You can enter your search text and it will search both of them side by side.  It also has a custom search provider you can add to FireFox.  I do most of my searching through the browser. I’ve been using this as my default search provider for a few days now and its kind of interesting.  Pages that appear high on both lists are obviously something...

posted @ Monday, July 06, 2009 7:58 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Miscellaneous ]

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