Sharing the Love

Just a few blog posts that you ought to go and read. First up, Tom LaRock maintains a listing of SQL bloggers split up into various cleverly named groups to show you where to go to get good information. This really is an excellent collection of bloggers. It’s the people I go to when I […]

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HDInsight: Trying again

And I thought this would be so easy. Latest attempt. I just did an uninstall of HDInsight. Then I found all the Hadoop folders on the drive and removed them. I validated that there were no services left running or anything else that might interfere with a fresh install. Then, I rebooted the server (have […]

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HDInsight: First Pass

I installed HDInsight with no errors. The install is so brain-dead, I couldn’t see how there could be errors. But, I decided to fire up the service to start playing with it. That’s when I hit the errors. First up, I was getting logon errors for the Hadoop service itself. I tried resolving them manually, […]

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Treat Yourself to Knowledge

There’s a one day sale going on at Apress today, 11/26/12. All their eBooks are $15. This means you can start learning about query performance tuning, or get started as a DBA, or explore a whole range of topics by different authors presenting some of the best in the business knowledge. Yes, these are all […]

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Final 2012 Learning Opportunity

There’s still a little time left in the year. I know some businesses have allocated training budgets and if they don’t spend the money, they lose it from their budget. So a few of you might still be looking for opportunities to get your learn on. I’ve got one more big one before the end […]

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Living with the Surface, Maybe

No major updates at the moment. I still haven’t played with remoting through PowerShell. I’m just living with it. Had an interesting problem start today. You can swipe from the sides to get different behaviors. Swipe in from the top or bottom and you get menu choices in the app you’re in. Swipe in from […]

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HDInsight and Buggy Whips

I sat the through the big announcements at the 2011 PASS Summit about the partnership between Microsoft and Hadoop. I recognized it as… interesting, but not necessarily earth shattering. I was aware of the NoSQL movement and understood that it answered a pain point that structured data couldn’t really adequately answer, but that was rea...

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Remote Desktop and Surface

The Windows RT operating system is not the same as Windows. After all the talk about the upcoming OS and hardware, this should not be a shock to anyone. This means that there are going to be some apps that just won’t run on your RT device. OK, not a problem. Because you can always […]

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Surface Problems With Azure

I’ve been posting about the Surface over the last couple of weeks and I’ve tried really hard to be positive about it. But there are some serious problems with the device. I’ve already made a stink about the apps, but this time, I want to talk about the Microsoft ecosystem. I’m working more and more […]

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Purpose of the Surface RT

I’m a little over two weeks with the Surface at this point. I’ve been travelling all of that time, so I have been using the Surface quite a lot, as I used to my (beloved) Android tablet. It took a little while to get functional enough, upgrading the dysfunctional Office that came installed, figuring out […]

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