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September 2007 Entries
Notes From Computers 2K7 Radio Show! (September 23rd, 2007)

"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K7 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began last Sunday's show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website.

Here a a few links to some of the stories I reported on and/or topics we discussed inspired by our callers.

Microsoft Sysinternals

In response to a story I mentioned about old hard drives still having plenty of sensitive information on them, we got on the topic of utilities for wiping a drive clean and other system utilities. Chris Love called the show and mentioned one of his favorite sites for free utilities is the Microsoft Sysinternals site. Check it out, there are plenty of utilities there to keep you busy.

What system utilities do you rely on? Shoot me some feedback and I'll relay it on to our audience on this weekend's show.

Have you heard of Woot??

I hadn't until this past week. I stumbled upon WOOT.COM and was quite amused by their business model. They are an on-line store that only sells ONE ITEM per day. Once it sells out, they don't sell anything else that day and no, you can't order what they had on sale previously. You get it that day or you don't get it at all! Prices are VERY attractive but you've got to move fast if you want the item of the day.

Happy 25th Birthday to the 'Smiley' Emoticon!

I couldn't help but report on this story since I use them all the time! :-)

Western Digital Adds Three New Additions to My Book External Drive Product Line

My Book Essential, My Book Home, and My Book Office editions come in sizes ranging from 320GB to 1TB! The Office edition offers remote access to the drive across the Internet and comes with automatic, continuous backup software. The Home also comes with the backup software and a capacity gauge to tell you how much space is left. The Essential edition offers USB 2.0 connectivity only and does NOT come with the backup software. Read more about them here.

 

As usual, we had a caller or two ask about anti-virus software and we're currently recommending the free version from AVG and for spyware we recommend users download Microsoft Defender.

Have a day.  :-|

Posted On Tuesday, September 25, 2007 1:39 PM | Comments (0)
ASP.NET 2.0 Your Visual Blueprint by Chris Love

I was fortunate to work with ASP.NET wizard Chris Love as the Technical Editor for his soon-to-be-release book ASP.NET 2.0 Your Visual Blueprint.  I could go on and on about the book but I'll let Chris handle that in this blog entry.

I've seen Chris present at user group meetings (TRINUG) and code camps and have always been impressed with his in-depth knowledge of ASP.NET. Being a part of this project just reinforced that perception. Good job Chris.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Monday, September 24, 2007 4:57 PM | Comments (0)
How to List All Tables and Their Rowcount in SQL Server

Just wanted to pass along my thanks to fellow Microsoft MVP Brian Knight for his Quickly Retrieving the Row Count for All Tables blog post.  I needed to list all the tables in a database and their rowcount. He posted code that does exactly that. Thanks Brian!

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Saturday, September 22, 2007 12:10 PM | Comments (10)
Notes From Computers 2K7 Radio Show! (September 16th, 2007)

Ok, yes I know I'm a weeee bit late getting this posted but I've had several inquiries from listeners asking for links to some of the stories I covered on the last show.

"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K7 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began last Sunday's show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website.

 

Microsoft Office Ultimate for $59.95!

Of course that sounds too good to be true but from one of the most requested stories I covered this week, Microsoft is offering Office Ultimate for $59.95 for college students.  This isn't the Office 2007 Home and Student edition, but full blown Office Ultimate 2007. There are restrictions of course like having to provide documentation that you're actually attending a college or university but if you are, what a deal!

64GB Solid State Hard Drives!

The days of solid-state drives becoming more mainstream is right around the corner... Samsung is shipping a 64GB solid state hard drive to Dell for use in Dell and Alienware laptops. Price?? $920 for the Dell upgeade and $1,100 on the Alienware box.

From the "It's About Time Someone Got It Right" Department

It seems that presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign headquarters were burglarized a couple weekends ago. The thieves made off with multiple notebook computers among other things. The good news is that each machine was password enabled AND the hard drives are encrypted. Pay attention corporate America, financial institutions and other organization with individuals running around with sensitive information on their laptops!

Say Cheese!!

If you want to be sure that you only capture photos of people smiling than Sony has the camera for you. Check out this PC Magazine article titled "Sony Cameras Add 'Smile Check' Tech"

As usual, we had a caller or two ask about anti-virus software and we're currently reccomending the free version from AVG.

Posted On Friday, September 21, 2007 5:28 PM | Comments (0)
Congratulations Rod Paddock on being named an INETA Speaker!

Well it's about time... my good friend and software development partner Rod Paddock has been added to the INETA speakers bureau. Rod is a fantastic presenter and one of, if the the best developer that I know.  You won't go wrong having him present at your next user group meeting!

 

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Friday, September 14, 2007 11:53 AM | Comments (1)