Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Links for April 28, 2010


Microsoft WebSiteSpark Program and Free Software. Thanks

Saw this on Scott Gu's blog.  Is this for real?  Great deal if it is!

Web developers who build applications for others, and who are either independent developers or who work for companies with less than 10 employees, can also optionally take advantage of the Microsoft WebSiteSpark program.  This program gives you three copies of Visual Studio 2010 Professional, 1 copy of Expression Studio, and 4 CPU licenses of both Windows 2008 R2 Web Server and SQL 2008 Web Edition that you can use to both develop and deploy applications with at no cost for 3 years.  At the end of the 3 years there is no obligation to buy anything.  You can sign-up for WebSiteSpark today in under 5 minutes – and immediately have access to the products to download.

Links for April 25, 2010

Attended SQL Saturday NYC yesterday and learned about all these cool things SQL 2008 R2 has.  Problem is, I can't install it.  Probably have to uninstall other versions first.  After that maybe installing from command prompt will work.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Golden Compass

I'm reading (actually listening in my car while driving to clients) Phil Pullman's Dark Materials series.  There are a lot of very interesting characters, many of whom are manipulative, powerful, and greedy.  I cannot relate to these people, probably by design since the character development of these figures are not expanded upon in depth.  However, it makes me wonder if I could act like one of these characters.  Would I be able to kill someone to get what I want?  Is there anything in the world that is worth killing for?  Nothing comes to mind, but I may not be the most ambitious person around.  I wonder if leaders of industry and state have a tinge of ruthlessness inside of them, if not darker facilities.  Perhaps, I should realign my goals.  I suppose I am a supporter of win-win situations, while the most ambitious of souls have no reservations about securing themselves on the win side of a win-lose scenario.  Kind of psychopathic, if you ask me, but maybe it is just a matter of opinion.

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