New Windows Live Quick Apps Added

I see there have been some new additions to the Windows Live Quick Apps family – great if you want to find out more about Windows Live development or Silverlight. In particular I noticed that Tafiti (combining Windows Live Search with a Silverlight UI) has now been made available on Codeplex so you can download…


Microsoft Buys Multimap

Interesting news given my interest in Virtual Earth, Live Search Maps and Spatial Data. It’ll be very interesting to see how this plays out in terms of services and enhancements to Virtual Earth and Live Search. Technorati Tags: multimap,virtual earth,live search


Call me a lightweight if you must…

Apologies to those who signed up for coffee and Silverlight in Oxford tonight but having struggled through two events last week with almost no voice (which I don’t think was much fun for any of us) I decided that discretion was the better part of valour. Of course I did try and find someone to…


Expression Blend 2 December Preview Available

Hands-up I missed this one. Now have it installed. Has the following new features: Visual Studio 2008 support Silverlight Support Synchronized File Changes Making Controls from Existing Objects Split View and XAML Editor Improvements Storyboard Picker Storyboard and Keyframe Properties Key Spline Editor Vertex Animation Clip Path Editing and Animating Breadcrumb Bar Font Embedding Build…


Getting Spatial Data into SQL Server 2008

If you’ve attended one of our recent SQL Server 2008 events then you’ll know that SQL Server 2008 has native support for spatial datatypes (as it happens it has two types, geometry to represent planar or flat-earth data such as Ordnance Survey grid references or building plans and geography to represent round-earth or geodetic data…


ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview Released

As I mentioned at the ASP.NET 3.5 session in London last week, the ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions were due their first preview release. Well instead of Friday last week it looks like it shipped on Sunday. One interesting aspect that I hadn’t appreciated and was chewing over with MikeT earlier was that it looks like the…


I Miss Thread Compressor

With my Exchange mailbox reaching breaking point I was despondently scrolling up and down my “Folder Size” results wondering where I should start trying to recoup some much needed space when “Thread Compressor” flashed in front of my eyes. It must be at least a couple of years since I’ve had it installed but I…


SQL Server 2008 – Transparent Data Encryption

Andrew’s turning into a really useful guy. He also has a great post on TDE here. 🙂 Technorati Tags: sql server,encryption,security


SQL Server 2008 Backup Compression

As I was romping through Page and Row compression last night (while at the same time losing my voice which has now disappeared completely. Doesn’t bode well for tomorrow night’s event!) I was asked about backup compression. My colleague Andrew Fryer in our IT Pro team has a great post on the subject here. Technorati…