software, sql server

SQL Server 2008 SP1 Final Released?

We’ve had an open support ticket with Microsoft due to some bugs we’re seeing with SQL Server Reporting Services 2008.  After Microsoft saying that the Update Pack 4 for SQL Server 2008 (released back in mid-March) would fix our problems, they sent us an email this week letting us know that the final version of Service Pack 1 for SQL…

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Enabling and configuring HTTP compression in IIS6

As I mentioned in my last post, I had to figure out various ways to make my latest project’s ASP.NET application run faster.  One of the ways that I was able to get some “free” (i.e. no code changes) performance was to enable HTTP compression on our web server. While not a new concept, for some reason I really hadn’t…

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mac, software, windows

Windows 7 Beta – get yours now before it’s gone!

Microsoft is offering free downloads of Windows 7’s Beta release.  You can get your copy here.  They were originally going to keep the beta open until sometime in March I think but due to the overwhelming number of people that have signed up they’re going to be ending it very soon (actually according to the site, in the next few…

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Picasa for Mac, finally!

Google has finally released a version of their Picasa desktop application for Mac.  I have been waiting for this for a while and it couldn’t come a minute sooner. Our iPhoto library here at home is over 63GB and has almost 16,000 items (photos and movies) and gave me a big scare a few weeks ago when the library wouldn’t…

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Manage your finances with Mint

If you looking for a great program for managing your personal finances, you should check out Mint.  Not only does it have great tools to help you understand where you’re spending your money it offers you ways that it can help you save money.  It syncs up with pretty much all financial institutions and can pull in transactions from your…

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Songbird – a new iTunes rival on the block

Mozilla today released Songbird, a new cross-platform open-source media player to rival iTunes.  It’s based on the same software engine as Firefox and much like Firefox, it’s extensible via add-ons.  It was quick and easy to download and setup and looks a lot like iTunes.  You can get the free download here. You can check out a more extensive review…

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SQL Server 2008 RTM released!

Not that I think I’m breaking any news here, but SQL Server 2008 has been officially RTM (released to manufacturing).  So far I’ve been very pleased working with SQL Server 2008 and am excited to get my RC0 version updated to an official release. One thing I stumbled across was a warning users to wait for Visual Studio.NET 2008 SP1…

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2008!!

Wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted.  It was just into 2008 back in January.  Wow how time flies! Well, 2008 has brought many new versions of the tools that I use on a daily basis for my job.  Visual Studio has a 2008 version out.  Microsoft SQL Server has their 2008 version out (well, RTM will be…

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Testing email when working with no SMTP server

Happy New Year! While this tip isn’t my own, it still seems as though it will be very helpful.  I know that I do a lot of development locally where I don’t have an SMTP server setup.  This tip, courtsey of .NET Tip of the Day, really will eliminate that problem and allow you to work with email without the…

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