Game on! Steve’s going down…

My buddy, one of the Steves, has gotten nostalgic for his girlish figure of yore… for reasons inexplicable to me. Round is a shape, right? He’s very much in shape now! Come to think of it, so am I. *sigh* But, because he likes to lose at contests, he has challenged me to a fitness…

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Now with more open and soon with more source!

Over the holidays, the SQL Server community & samples test team in China has been migrating all of our open product samples bugs out of our internal VSTS bug tracking database and into the VSTS database which backs the CodePlex TFS system. There are some non-bug work items which will be migrated (mostly related to…

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We are sooo doomed as a species.

I bump into people now and then, even up here in the near orbit of Redmond, who either don’t have an email address or don’t check it regularly. Being a hyper-connected person (my man-portable gadgets radiate enough EM to keep me warm in the winter), these people always remind me that I don’t live on…

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Legal use of social network websites

A long time ago, in a life far, far away, I was a deputy constable and I had to physically locate people and hand them court documents (or haul them off to jail). As much fun as it was to run around with a badge and a gun, it would’ve made life much easier if…

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Self-fulfilling prophecies in computer science education?

Everybody has heroes. Bjarne is one of mine. If I have to explain why to you, then you wouldn’t understand even if I did try to ‘splain it. Heh. (That comment will be funnier later in this post, if you like irony.) I’ve done some recruiting events for Microsoft at my alma mater (the University…

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How reliable is your data source?

It seems like aeons ago (not even a decade yet) when I was @ a little start-up that was assimilating real estate data to further our digital business model and making sales to web-savvy home buyers at a discount. So many funny stories, so little time… The data from every MLS system we assimilated had…

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You’d think that this would already be available off-the-shelf…

I can think of three or four realistic first-person shooters that might already fill this niche. There are probably more… Reportedly, the army has had a great need for virtual training aids and initially wanted to get videogame training materials out to units before the money was available. Though the army has a large interest…

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Who are you and what do you want with my data?

If you’ve got data, there are probably people who want to use it, analyze it, do things with it… that you never imagined and possibly don’t want them to. “Those people” might even be government agents. Who can put you in jail. If you’re not careful with your data. Do you have a plan for…

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Do you want the bad news first? Or the worse news?

Oh noes!! "We’re interested in seeing COBOL as a first-class citizen on .NET and on the Azure cloud," [chief technology officer of application modernization at Micro Focus] said. "Wherever cloud computing is going, we want COBOL to be running there." Taking COBOL into the Cloud? (eweek) Modernization? Srsly? I’m going to censor myself and not…

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That’s not teen spirit I smell…

I’m not sure that I’m ready to smell my video games yet… Researchers in Birmingham have been developing new technology to add smells to the virtual world of video games. Firm adds smell to video games (bbc.co.uk) We’ve already got people getting nauseas from the visual input alone. I haven’t played the demo for Mirror’s…

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