Joe Webb

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November 2007 Blog Posts

Think holistically about securing your systems

A recent ZDNet article highlighted an event where two United Kingdom officials demonstrated just how vulnerable a new, but not updated, Microsoft Windows system can be. It took one official from the Serious Organized Crime Agency a mere 11 minutes to discover the target computer on a wireless network, crack into it using open source tools that are commonly available on the Internet, and steal password files. Why should a database professional care about such demonstrations, especially when its stated purpose was to edify consumers and small businesses on security practices? Well, consider this. Many organizations have...

posted @ Tuesday, November 13, 2007 2:42 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ SQL Server Current Events ]

Copying and pasting rectangular blocks of code in Visual Studio and Management Studio

One of the things I really like about teaching technical classes is getting to know and talk with students, learning of the challenges they face and how they've addressed them. Frequently, I can learn from their experiences, too. So, it works out well for both student and instructor. In a custom Visual Studio/SQL Server class last week, I made a passing comment about Visual Studio being a very good text editor, but that it lacked one feature that I really like in other editors - block copy and paste. I lamented that the Visual Studio editor doesn't allow you to select a rectangular...

posted @ Tuesday, November 06, 2007 7:45 AM | Feedback (17) | Filed Under [ C# T-SQL Other Technologies SQL Server ]

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