Maintaining the Security-Worthlessness of Java is Oracle’s Priority

Maintaining the Security-Worthlessness of Java is Oracle’s Priority

Nandini Ramani, leader of Oracle’s Java development, wrote an interesting blog post last week here on all the security vulnerabilities that have been plaguing Java here recently. Actually it was more of a defense of “Hey, it’s hard writing software and we have to follow these procedures that are REALLY complicated”. Let’s look at some […]

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How Microsoft’s Business Jujitsu is Winning the Mobile War

How Microsoft’s Business Jujitsu is Winning the Mobile War

Steve Ballmer may just be a mad genius at how he is navigating Microsoft through the ongoing mobile device war that is raging. It’s been fairly entertaining to say the least watching Apple and Samsung go back and forth. Meanwhile, I have been listening to friends and colleagues talk about why I am wasting my […]

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SSIS Row Comparison By Checksum

SSIS Row Comparison By Checksum

I recently ran across an SSIS package that needed to be rewritten that included the Checksum Transformation from SQLIS.com . The main reason was that they wanted the removal of the component because they were using it to compare rows instead of using something like a Slowly Changing Dimension Transformation (SCD). While their process seemed […]

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@MaxCDN: The Proper Way to Handle a Hack

It’s not often that I give out praise for how a company handles a security breach, especially one that could contains usernames and passwords. Normally, the scenario is as follows: Deny Deny Stall Cover-up Fess-up Ask for forgiveness and promise to never, ever, do it again   This was not the case today when I […]

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Windows 8, Is It Really DOA?

Issues or Not? Over the past couple of days I have read some very interesting posts by people having issues with Windows 8 or the perception that Windows 8 doesn’t have something when it actually does. In particular, this post on Softpedia here and this one on Binary Passion here kind of illustrate my point. […]

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The Future of Bitcoin?

A lot of press has been made of Bitcoin in the last few years, but what exactly is the phenomenon and how could or would it affect the way that we handle transactions? Background For the uninitiated. Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency … or more plainly stated, it’s a form of digital currency that […]

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A New Direction

My blog has gone through SEVERAL iterations over the past several years, mainly depending on what mood I am in at a particular time or what technology I am using. I have basically tried them all… big platform content management systems and open source projects. For the longest time, as this blog grew in popularity […]

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Warning! Latest Windows 8 updates and SSD Acceleration!

So last night upon returning home, I found one of my super machines wanting to be restarted so that it could start to apply a batch of Windows 8 updates to it. This particular machine is one of the Z series motherboards which uses an SSD card as a cache drive for the primary drive […]

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SSIS Execute SQL Task : Mapping Parameters And Result Sets

A very common scenario in an ETL process is one in which you need to call out to some configuration tables to figure out some values that it needs to use somewhere downstream in the process. Quite often you also want to pass in some parameters as well. So in this article I will be […]

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Capitalism Works! Even for Hackers?

InfoWorld is finally reporting on a rather disheartening trend that I have watched over the past year or so, which is the rise of the consumer black markets for malware. That’s right, just when you thought that those wily hackers couldn’t get any worse, they have finally figured out that it isn’t really nearly as […]

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Use Your Azure Settings!

A lot of times you are used to creating your connection strings and important app settings in your web.config file. However, what happens when you are creating a worker process that you don’t necessarily have a config file for? What if you wanted to update a value without have to repost the code to your […]

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Microsoft Announces New Pricing for Azure SQL Reporting Services

Microsoft announced earlier this month that they were changing the way Azure SQL Reporting was being charged. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2013/02/01/sql-reporting-services-pricing-update.aspx   I believe this is due in large part to a lot of pressure from the general public that they were  just not going to use it at the current pricing levels. Simply put it just did […]

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