Tuesday, April 22, 2014 #

Virtual PC VHD resize

This just shows I'm not an infrastructure specialist.  I was very proud when I hooked up my old Intel Core 2 Quad computer with 4 SATA drives, then put up my 2 virtual machines with 3 VHD using 3 separate drives.  The performance was OK, but then my drives started dying and I had to start moving VHD back to the OS drive.  The performance quickly deteriorated.  As a rule, all my virtual machines have undo-disk turned on, and I decided having 6 files running at the same time (3 to read and 3 to read/write) is insane for my hard drive to keep up, so I found a VHD resizer to put everything back into one.  The first one was done last night and it now runs much better.  Hopefully the second one will be done tonight and perform just as well.

http://vhd-resizer.softpile.com/

Posted On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:46 AM | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 #

SQL Cast versus Convert: CAST should be first choice

I've always been a fan of CONVERT because of datetime CONVERT takes in a style argument and allows me to format the string quickly.  I have since learned that CAST is the standard SQL, and should be first choice of use.

Once I read through the entire article here on MSDN, it's pretty clear that's the rule, but seem to be an unwritten one.  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187928.aspx

Posted On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:32 PM | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 20, 2014 #

Very happy with my Windows Phone so far

I got a HTC 8XT windows phone from Sprint a month ago.  So far I've been very happy.  The list of app is certainly disappointing, and that's on Microsoft to have to incentivize developers and companies to put out apps, because they certainly wouldn't do it now based on current market share.

However, the UI is clean, and I can completely customize it to give me the level of notifications I want.  I can bypass most of the apps that I need by using the mobile website from the company, so I haven't lost much functionality.  The email side needs some getting used to because of the dark background and white text, but it only took about 2 weeks.

OneNote online is awesome, but not much different from Google Doc.  The predictive typing is much easier to use than iPhone, and I am no longer ambushed by the space key (iPhone users should know what I mean).  The suite of Bing apps are awesome; they have been excellent personal productivity tool.  Skype is still horrible (OK, not horrible, but not very good).  Podcasts are so horrible that I went back to Zune; iPhone is actually better than Windows phone on that front.

Performance has been great, and this is a huge improvement from the Windows 6.5 phone I used to own, even though I didn't get top-of-the-line version.

Kids corner is the most separating feature than anything else.  My wife and I are both comfortable giving the phones to our kids to play for a bit without worrying about them making calls and deleting stuff.

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:01 AM | Comments (3)

Very honored to be referenced by MSSQLTIPS

I am very honored that one of my blogs is being referenced by MSSQLTips as exam material help.  I started this blog a while ago because I got frustrated with forgetting some cool stuff I've done before, and I am very glad that it not only helped me, but help some in the community.  Microsoft developer community has been so great, I'm happy to do my part.

http://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/2862/exam-material-for-implementing-a-data-warehouse-with-microsoft-sql-server-2012-exam-70463/

My blog being referred to:

http://geekswithblogs.net/LifeLongTechie/archive/2012/11/14/time-to-stop-using-ldquoexecute-package-taskrdquondash-a-way-to.aspx

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

Very honored to be referenced by MSSQLTIPS

I am very honored that one of my blogs is being referenced by MSSQLTips as exam material help.  I started this blog a while ago because I got frustrated with forgetting some cool stuff I've done before, and I am very glad that it not only helped me, but help some in the community.  Microsoft developer community has been so great, I'm happy to do my part.

http://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/2862/exam-material-for-implementing-a-data-warehouse-with-microsoft-sql-server-2012-exam-70463/

My blog being referred to:

http://geekswithblogs.net/LifeLongTechie/archive/2012/11/14/time-to-stop-using-ldquoexecute-package-taskrdquondash-a-way-to.aspx

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:28 AM | Comments (0)

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