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Jeff Scranton .Net and other programming blather... January 2007 Entries
SQL Server Integration Services - Marketing speak for CRAP replacement of DTS
Dear SQL Server team, I'm using the latest version of your product and in Visual Studio 2005 you can setup Intergration Services Projects and on the surface it looks rather cool. Trouble is, you didn't finish the toolset did you? My gripe here has to do with the "Advanced Editor for SQL Server Destination" dialog. If you have issues with data conversion from the source to the destination that's great and easy enough to deal with, at least that's what one would think but is NOT the case. If you have ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 24, 2007 1:30 PM

nVida, Vista, and SLi
Hey NVIDIA, I for one have put a TON of money into my machine here at home, you know staying current has its price. I have a super nice Asus SLi motherboard, dual eVGA video cards that were rediculously expensive (they still are come to think of it), loads of memory and freakin' fast hard drives and all of this for what? So I can run Vista. When are you going to deliver on your promise and release drivers for SLi on Vista (x86 of 64-bit, doesn't matter)? I'm a developer and understand that it takes ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 23, 2007 11:06 PM

The Great Ice Storm of 2007 - What a wild ride it was
Saturday, January 20 Eight days after the ice starting falling, the electric service was restored to my neighborhood. Eight long days and nights of freezing temperatures, frozen plumbing, and other dangerous situations. Three of my neighbors had plumbing freeze and pipes rupture while others had their generators stolen. The sadest thing that happened came at the very end of it all. Even though power had been restored a neighbor who had their plumbing freeze decided that it would be a good thing to ......

Posted On Monday, January 22, 2007 12:01 PM

Power Outage Update
At about 11:30 PM last night our neighbors who had power suddenly lost it with a bright flash and a large boom. After seeing how quickly City Utilities moved in to fix the problem I wondered why it was that our street, the one right down the middle of the rapidly repaired area, was still in the dark. One would assume that since they were out there "working in your area" as they tell you on the phone anytime you call them, they would, while they were at it, get the power back on. Reluctantly, I called ......

Posted On Friday, January 19, 2007 7:15 AM

Where is the National Guard, the mayor, and FEMA?
Late in the day on Friday, January 12 it started raining here in Springfield, Missouri. As we have been in desperate need of rainfall in our area for some time this was welcome on one hand but a greater curse on the other. The problem with the rain that fell non-stop for 2 days was that it was freezing rain; it was 33 degrees and it just kept coming down. All of us prayed that the rain would switch over to snow but it never did and by the end of it we had accumulated 1/2" to 1" of ice on every outdoor ......

Posted On Thursday, January 18, 2007 9:50 AM


Dear Microsoft,

Please send me a free Zune. As a married man with children I cannot afford to buy one; the wife simply refuses to entertain the idea. Furthermore, since I am an :uber-geek C# programmer, I would like to be able to show the iPodders in my office just how cool the Zune is.

I look forward to hearing from you,


Posted On Wednesday, January 10, 2007 12:33 PM

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