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2009 March


John Magnabosco

Your Digital Footprint

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In the energy circles there is a common reference to what is called the "carbon footprint". This is an individual’s or business’s direct contribution to climate change resulting in greenhouse gases. In the environmentalist circles there is the "ecological footprint". This measures the amount of land and sea that is used by an activity or […]

31 March 2009 6:55 pm by
Tony Davis

Multi-core Mania

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When the market is slack, nothing succeeds better at tightening it up than promoting serial group-panic within the community. As an example of this, a wave of multi-core panic spread across the Internet about 18 months ago. IT organizations, it was said, urgently had to improve application performance by an order of magnitude in order […]

31 March 2009 11:02 am by
Phil Factor

Knowing when your website is attacked.

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When you make your house secure, you might want to do the obvious things such as putting good locks on the doors, and fasteners on the windows, but you are still interested on peeping through the curtains to watch for suspicious activity in the street. If people in balaclavas are carrying ladders and eyeing up […]

30 March 2009 7:37 am by
Roger Hart

When to be quiet: does video need audio?

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Yesterday I gave a rather bumbling presentation to the Cambridge ISTC group on video for user assistance. The first thing I did was apologise to anybody who had read my previous blog, since the talk repeated most of it. Reciprocally: if you went to the talk, sorry. This blog recapitulates some of yesterday’s discussion and […]

27 March 2009 7:21 am by
Roger Hart

Video for user assistance, a few questions

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Working on SQL Compare 8, I spent some time thinking about video. It’s a bit different, it’s fun, and it’s a good excuse to watch things on YouTube and call it “research”. As a way we communicate (technically) with our users, it’s also an area that rather interests the Technical Communications team. Surprising, that. We’re […]

24 March 2009 5:03 am by
John Magnabosco

Keys and Passwords

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Recently my video titled "Create an Asymmetric Key in SQL Server 2005 / 2008" was featured on JumpstartTV. A superb feature of JumpstartTV is that the viewers of the videos can leave feedback and questions in which the author of the video can utilize to further the learning. Among the feedback of this specific video […]

23 March 2009 7:38 pm by
Bart Read

A new Visual Studio hosted debugging technology based on .NET Reflector

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We’ve all been there. You’re trying to debug a problem in your code and you step over a line only to realise that that’s the line where it all goes pear-shaped… the problem is that it’s a call to a method that isn’t your code, and you don’t know why it’s misbehaving. Curses. You could […]

22 March 2009 8:00 pm by
Laila Lotfi

Has Microsoft seen the Silverlight?

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Clearly, Microsoft is putting a lot of energy into Silverlight. The product, best described as a cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework, is growing up. It gives the appearance of having been produced by a more progressive and less process-bound company than Microsoft: The excitement is still there. The scope of the product has […]

20 March 2009 3:58 pm by
Phil Factor

The Escape from Developer Hell

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“C’mon Phil! You can’t blame developers all the time! You must have encountered a really bad DBA at least once in your working life!” The developer flushed angrily as I rambled on, recounting some of the hilarious mistakes that developers make when tackling databases. Somehow, my SQL horror stories didn’t strike him as amusing. “Well, […]

20 March 2009 2:36 pm by
Alex Davies

So if you’re not going to use design patterns?

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I realised my last post was a bit negative, so I thought I’d do a quick one with my 2c about what you should do instead of following patterns. There obviously needs to be a way by which you can judge how good code is, a “design principle” if you like.In my world, there is […]

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