Google Chrome OS Will Apparently Make All Your Problems Disappear

Reading the blog entry here about Google Chrome OS had me until the final paragraph where they really queued the music and went over the top.  My favorite quote is “People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up” .  I get this for a netbook as most users understand this is a simple device.  Stating that this will be stretched to the desktop experience is quite another thing.  It will be interesting to see how they straddle the line of instant on with competitive features.  Most users have come to expect more than “it starts fast”.

At least we know the future won’t be boring. :)


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Posted on: 7/8/2009 at 1:15 AM
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Are you ready for a world without SQL?

There is a rather active anti-database movement afoot these days.  I initially chalked this up to the same “XML is going to replace databases” craziness that I heard back in the 90s but you can’t argue with the successes that some Web 2.0 companies have had going off traditional RDBMS architectures.  I still think it’s far too early in the game to declare SQL dead, or really even in trouble, but it’s an interesting topic to keep in the back of your mind if you make your living in relation to SQL.


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Want To Read This Blog On Your Kindle? Now You Can!

I was recently accepted into the Amazon Kindle store in their blog section.  If you are interested you can add it through the web here.  I haven?t looked for it on a Kindle but I?m pretty sure a name search would work.  Enjoy!


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Posted on: 5/23/2009 at 2:38 PM
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Here comes Windows 7 RC

Several outlets reporting that Windows 7 RC will be available on April 30th to MSDN/Technet subscribers and May 5th for general public.  I’m just happy this is dropping before I go on vacation.  :)

My word, I’m such as geek…back to SQLSaturday prep.


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Posted on: 4/25/2009 at 10:04 PM
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The Consulting Type List

Not much I can add to James’ post other than to say he constantly makes me smile at work.  Check it out and leave him a comment if we missed one…


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Posted on: 4/1/2009 at 10:17 PM
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I love you Live Mesh

Over the weekend I had a terrible experience with the external hard drive I use.  The drive completely crapped out leaving me no options other than banging it on my head.  This drive held everything in my day to day work at Magenic, so a lot of content.  And I know, the irony of the data guy being burned by not having a recent backup is truly fabulous.  Fortunately, I started using Live Mesh several months ago and had all project folders from Visual Studio and SSMS pointed there.  As painful as it was to lose several weeks worth of client documents and some presentation slide decks the code survives.  At the end of the day that makes Live Mesh my favorite Microsoft product and I would strongly recommend it to anyone that cares about keeping code or other content.


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Posted on: 3/23/2009 at 10:19 PM
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A tentative start to Twittering

I’m so out of touch with Twitter than I’m not completely sure that I used the proper wording for the title…at any rate James Ashley has shamed several of us in the Atlanta office into taking the Twitter plunge.  You can follow me at http://twitter.com/WhitneyWeaver.


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Posted on: 3/19/2009 at 10:20 PM
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And the SDS debating begins…

Paul Nielsen posted about a rather provocative statement a few days back regarding SQL in the cloud.  The post itself raised my eyebrows and led to some conversation with my Magenic co-workers.  In referencing the post I started keeping up with the rather lengthy debate in the comments.  A fascinating read if you have a moment.

As I said to one of my co-workers, Paul knows a hell of a lot more than I do but I have to disagree with his timelines.  The bandwidth penetration in our country is but on of the massive hurdles that need to be removed before cloud data storage is a real option.


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OT: Photosynth goes to Washington

I read a post on the Photosynth blog today that really got me excited.  It’s not necessarily SQL related, but stick with me on the topic…

The Photosynth team is partnering with CNN to cover tomorrow’s inauguration in a way that could change large scale events.  Basically, you have the opportunity to send in a photo taken from the event that will be included in one massive Photosynth.  The detail available of this event is pretty mind-blowing.  Instead of the flat, single perspective photos I remember from history classes my daughter (all 16 months of her) will be able to look back on this event and get a 360 degree view of the day. 

Want to know who was in the third row, 15th seat?  That’s available.  Want to see what’s in someone’s teeth while they are smiling, you’ll get that too (hey, not all advances are good ones).  The way someone can take in an event will be very much changed, and for the better I believe.  While it’s not jet-packs or flying cars the future has to excite any lover of technology.


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Posted on: 1/19/2009 at 10:30 PM
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More hidden treasure in Windows 7 beta

I’m running the new beta as my main OS and am loving life.  The 64-bit version has been really solid with no problems to speak of.

I came across Tim Sneath’s post today of secrets and tips for Windows 7.  It’s got 30 items covered in significant detail, not your typical “there’s a new taskbar” fluff you will find on other sites.

One item I can personally corroborate is installing Windows 7 on a netbook via USB flash drive.  I bought a Dell Mini 9 over the Christmas break and put 7 on it last week.  The install went faster than on my Magenic laptop and runs like a champ.

I have to say this is the best beta experience I’ve ever had from a Microsoft OS.  Now if they can just get it out to the door to coincide with my company’s Q3 laptop refresh I will be super happy.


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