Password-protecting Compressed Folders in Windows XP

During a conversation today, a colleague of mine pointed out something that I didn’t know:  A Compressed Folder in Windows XP can be protected with a password.  Like many of you, I’ve been using XP for years, and yet I somehow missed this.  Therefore, I’m going to write it down! You can read all about…

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Social Bookmarks

Microsoft has launched a new web site where IT Professionals can store and share Internet bookmarks.  Each bookmark can be tagged and given a friendly name and description, which makes it pretty easy for others to search through the list of bookmarks and find the information that they need.  You can read the official FAQ…

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Running SQL Reporting Services on Vista

I recently decided to fire up SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services on my Vista laptop.  I installed SQL Server 2005 (with SP2 of course!) and made sure that I used the SQL Server User Provisioning tool to give myself full rights.  I then launched the Report Manager, and stopped dead in my tracks.  I couldn’t…

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Microsoft SQL Server Data Services

Today at MIX, Microsoft unveiled Microsoft SQL Server™ Data Services (SSDS), a Web-facing utility-based service designed for businesses and developers that need scalable, highly available, secure and easily programmable on-demand data storage with robust database query capabilities. What SSDS offers: Virtually limitless, on-demand scalability. Customers pay only for the resources actually consumed Reduced costs.  Customers…

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The data provider required to connect to the local data file cannot be found

I’ve been trying to get SQL Compact 3.5 working in Visual Studio 2008.  Since SQL Compact 3.5 ships with Visual Studio 2008, I thought that this wouldn’t be a problem.  All I needed to do was to create a new Windows Forms project and add a Local Database item.  Sadly, this didn’t work.  After added…

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