How I Work: Staying Productive Whilst Traveling

I travel a lot. Not like some folks that are gone every week, mind you, although in the last month I’ve been to: Cambridge, UK; Anchorage, AK; San Jose, CA; Copenhagen, DK, Boston, MA; and I’m currently en-route to Anaheim, CA.  While this many places in a month is a bit unusual for me, I would…

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The way to the future – Hybrid systems

I’ve written before (as have others) about the dangers of an “either/or” mentality with various technologies, including the “cloud”. Companies are starting to understand this message – I’ve been traveling a lot this year from Alaska to California, from the UK to Copenhagen, Denmark, talking with companies that are implementing Hybrid systems, and giving presentations…

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Keeping your options open in a cloud solution

In on-premises solutions we have the full range of options open for a given computing solution – but we don’t always take advantage of them, for multiple reasons. Data goes in a Relational Database Management System, files go on a share, and e-mail goes to the Exchange server. Over time, vendors (including ourselves) add in…

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The Windows Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Windows Azure Training Kit (WATK)

Windows Azure is a platform that allows you to write software, run software, or use software that we’ve already written. We provide lots of resources to help you do that – many can be found right here in this blog series. There are two primary resources you can use, and it’s important to understand what…

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Using Resources the Right Way

It’s an interesting time in computing technology. At one point there was a dearth of information available for solving a given problem, or educating ourselves on broader topics so that we can solve problems in the future. With dozens, perhaps hundreds or thousands of web sites and content available (for free, in many cases) from…

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How I Work: A Cloud Developer’s Workstation

I’ve written here a little about how I work during the day, including things like using a stand-up desk (still doing that, by the way). Inspired by a Twitter conversation yesterday, I thought I might explain how I set up my computing environment. First, a couple of important points. I work in Cloud Computing, specifically…

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Cloud Computing: Start with the problem

At one point in my life I would build my own computing system for home use. I wanted a particular video card, a certain set of drives, and a lot of memory. Not only could I not find those things in a vendor’s pre-built computer, but those were more expensive – by a lot. As…

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Windows Azure Database (SQL Azure) Development Tip

When you create something in the cloud, it’s real, and you’re charged for it. There are free offerings, and you even get free resources with your Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscription, but there are limits within those. Creating a 1 GB database – even with nothing in it – is a 1 GB Database. If…

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The Importance of Paranoia for the Technical Professional

I recently read a blog post from a technical professional who’s account had been hacked (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/all/)  – not because he used poor passwords or unsafe practices, but because the hackers used some social engineering to get around the safety he had put into place.  While I won’t focus on the particulars of his situation, the interesting…

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A SQL Saturday in Cambridge – Buck Woody’s Ragtime Database Workshop

The SQL Server community is really engaged. They are an active bunch on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, they help each other on forums, they attend conferences. But that isn’t enough interaction – the community started a grass-roots effort to hold local conferences on a Saturday. Free conferences. Odds are there’s one near you… http://www.sqlsaturday.com/default.aspx ……

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