The app that would get me to buy an iPhone…

I’m afraid to go look in the App Store, because it might be a real iPhone app and I might be kicked out of the ninja camp for talking like a pirate all the time. Doh! Although, it probably wouldn’t be too hard to write one for Windows Mobile. I’ll add it to the long,…

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Amen, brother. Preach it, SQL-type dude!

My pal, Steve, over @ SQL Server Central has been riffing on the DBA-train-thyself mantra again. Bizactly!! Too many people seem to believe that everything about their career should be paid for by their current employer… despite the fact that they usually went to school on their own nickel in the first place and probably…

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Scary. But probably true.

Emphasis in the quote below is Jeff’s; I didn’t fiddle with the bold or italics. I just made it blue, because blue is good, right? Pretty soon, all programming will be web programming. If you don’t think that’s a cause for celebration for the average working programmer, then maybe you should find another profession. Coding…

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Degenerate dimensions in VSTS DB edition GDR R2 (a.k.a. TSD03136)

This is a common pattern in many BI projects that I’ve been involved with in the past four or five years for deriving degenerate dimensions without expending the effort to build and maintain star schema or snowflake tables in a data mart or data warehouse. (I’m not passing judgment, just making an observation. I’m ambivalent…

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erR? TSD03006. Doh!

I’m often skeptical when I read things like this that make absolute statements: To resolve this problem, upgrade to Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR R2. FIX: When you access a table source in a referenced project by using an alias in VSTS 2008 Database Edition GDR, if you refer to the…

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How high is your impulse buy threshold?

I think Jeff’s on to something: While there’s an odd aspect of race to the bottom that I’m not sure is entirely healthy for the iPhone app ecosystem, the idea that software should be priced low enough to pass the average user’s "why not" threshold is a powerful one. Coding Horror: Software Pricing: Are We…

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South Park mobile business model?

Microsoft Details How to Port iPhone Apps to Windows Mobile 1. Write an iPhone app. 2. … 3. Profit! Heh. I’ll read this later when the mobile app store opens and I come up with a killer mobile app to fund my retirement. Or I stop waiting for Windows 7 phones to street and take…

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Tough decision. Should I share this with my son?

This summer, my oldest son (age 9) has been plowing through every book in the library on electronics, robotics and astronomy that he can convince the public library to check out to him. His current fixation is BattleBots, because he hasn’t solved the “Earth orbit is a long way up” problem, yet. For the amount…

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This is what happens to Twits™ with weak passwords…

Whoops. Or perhaps Twitter has a feed injection bug that’s been exploited? Maybe Anna Kournikova’s eponymous worm has a new Twitter-focused incarnation? Who knows? Maybe the good folks @ the Code Project really do want to help out on the biological front? Heh.

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Vista SP2 Compatibility Mode Builds Character… on Windows 7

The kids have gotten to the age where they’re pestering us to play Dungeons & Dragons with them. Well, my oldest son is and he’s dragging his sister along (kicking and screaming, metaphorically-speaking). Heh. Unfortunately, this isn’t his Grandpa’s D&D anymore (or his Dad’s). We didn’t have none o’ them crazy software gadgets when we…

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