DataDude Annoyance #13: Project variables omitted from output script.

If you’re using any software product for a non-trivial purpose, you’ll find that it has flaws that will (upon occasion) drive you up a wall. It doesn’t make any difference what it is or who produced it. I’ve even heard Mac users, upon occasion, complain about bugs in their toys. But sometimes these little annoyances…

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Mr. Jobs, welcome to the slightly bigger time…

Not a whole lot here to say, just entertainment value. After all the Mac v. PC commercials, I will laugh my considerable posterior off if Apple winds up creating a UAC-style prompt to warn their customers that an application is attempting to access critical system components… Apple declined to discuss specific steps it was taking…

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It’s been real and it’s been fun… Now here’s The Quiz.

This month (on top of all the other excitement), I’ve been the facilitator for the MVP Academy course "Designing Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Databases." (Calling me the instructor would be like putting lipstick on a pig — with apologies to the pig.) If you’re not an MVP or if you’ve ever wondered what goes on…

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The geekiest instant message that I’ve sent (in a while)…

As I’m getting ready to roll off the current engagement, I’ve been having conversations with the next vic-, er, person in line to "Assume the Position"® who was lamenting the lack of Rules of Engagement. Statement of purpose. Or even general direction. When the conversation reached the point of ambiguity that the role doesn’t even…

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I quit!

Well, not exactly. This post title is just my nod to the yellow journalism that pervades the media these days… Where have all the reporters gone? Long time ago? (Sorry, that song is stuck in my head this morning.) I’m making the leap. Taking the plunge. Leaving Microsoft Services… But I’m not going far, figuratively…

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I’ve read some Dumb Science in my life, but…

This takes the cake… "The intriguing question is this," Prof Krauss told the Telegraph. "If we attempt to apply quantum mechanics to the universe as a whole, and if our present state is unstable, then what sets the clock that governs decay? Once we determine our current state by observations, have we reset the clock?…

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I think they’re eventually going to have to give it away for free…

Just my guess… Even if they priced ebooks under dead tree books (they’re not right now), it would still take a lot of ebooks to amortize the $400 reader cost to a justifiable level. Amazon sells own gadget to boost e-books (Yahoo! News)

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Need to Renumber All Your Packages?

If you do quasi-template driven development for Integration Services packages, you might find yourself in a situation where you suspect that your problems stem from concurrently executing packages that share the same GUID value for package ID. When that’s the case, you’ll probably want an automated means to do this instead of manually cracking them…

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If you have to look it up more than once, blog it.

The corollary of "if you have to do it more than once, automate it" is "if you have to look it up more than once, blog it." So I’m blogging the Data Dude links (so I don’t have to look ’em up again later). Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals Add-on for Visual…

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Data mining from casinos to counterterrorism…

I guess DHS has figured out that bad guys are bad guys and existing expertise and technology probably will translate from fraud prevention to terrorism prevention. Casinos have tried to use facial-recognition software to identify known cheats in real time, but with little success. Casino lighting is often dim, and a player who wants to…

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