Cable cards coming soon to Media Center

For those of you who, like me, use Windows XP Media Center Edition to watch and record television and who, like me, also rely on a set-top box, relief is coming. With the current version of MCE, you’re forced to use an IR blaster to allow MCE to control your STB via infrared commands. This…


My little experiment

Early last month, I wanted to see what it would be like to blog everyday.  I wanted to see how it would work into my schedule, and I wanted to see whether it would be a positive thing in the community and something that would help people.  So, starting in early October, I blogged every…


We’re hiring!

If you have deep coding and problem solving skills, live in the DFW area, love SQL Server, and would like a shot at working for Microsoft, contact me via the email link on this page.  I can’t get into too many details here on the blog, so if you’re interested please email me.


Max worker threads

Saw an article online the other day that compelled me to respond.  The author was suggesting that SQL Server instances with high numbers of user connections would benefit from having their max worker threads setting increased.  He tossed around several UMS-specific terms, and newbies might actually think his contention was right, but as I read…


Know your enemy

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu said, “If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” But, he went on to warn, “If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.”  It’s for this reason that…


A trip down memory lane

I’ve always found the story of the early days of the PC industry to be extremely interesting.  One reason for this is that I experienced those early days myself.  I have my own memories of them.  Another is that the PC’s eventual rise to prominence is the stuff of movies.  When the PC was first…


Tee time

I’ve always felt that proficiency in the command language of an OS was an essential part of being able to write code for it.  I suppose it’s possible to write code in a high-level language all day without knowing anything about writing batch files, but I wouldn’t feel very good about my skills as a…


More about self-reproducing T-SQL

In yesterday’s entry, I talked about self-replicating programs and how educational it can be to construct them.  Commonly known in hacking parlance as quines, these self-reproducing programs force us to think about how our language works and are a good way to pass the time when your employer thinks you should be working. I posed…


T-SQL coding challenge

This is an oldie, but a goodie.  It’s an article by Ken Thompson about, among other things, writing self-replicating programs.  Thompson is one of my heroes and someone who’s had a profound impact on the industry.  His list of accomplishments is too long to get into here, but let me summarize it by saying that he…


Poem over on my personal blog

For those interested in such things, there’s a poem over on my personal blog having to do with history, politics, and religion.  Enough of my friends have been stumped by it that I thought I’d post it publicly to see how many could figure out who it was about.  You’ll find the entry here.