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An ancient Christmas message
This is interestingly enough a message that was delivered in about 83 B.C. to a people inhabiting the Americas. Their ancestry had left the Old World by boat in about 590 B.C., and arrived in the Americas to establish a civilization. This group revered the writings of Isaiah, and had a belief in Jesus Christ as is evidenced here: He shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers, she being a virgin, a precious and chosen vessel, who shall be overshadowed and conceive by ......

Posted On Monday, December 25, 2006 12:59 AM

Find all tables missing a primary key or that have no relationship in a SQL database
Today this question came up for a fair-sized database: Which tables don't have a primary key? Rather than click around forever in Enterprise Manager or Management Studio, I decided to write a query to quickly find all the offending tables: -- Find all tables that don't have a Primary Keyselect name FROM SysObjects WHERE xtype='U' AND id NOT IN (SELECT parent_obj FROM SysObjects WHERE xtype='PK') How does it work? SysObjects contains a row for every object in the database, including views, stored ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 3:31 PM

SideShow - It should come in watch form
Atomsk and Robert McLaws have been musing about the Zune becoming a wireless Vista SideShow appliance, and having a port on laptops where you can dock to charge it. Since SideShow requires very little power to get the job done, what about going the distance and making a SideShow-enabled watch? For awhile we were hearing about the PocketPC architecture miniaturizing into watch form, but I don't think we even need to have that much OS to have something very useful. Just having your calendar, weather ......

Posted On Monday, December 11, 2006 10:51 PM

Howto: Duplicate any Windows installation to a new hard disk using only a Vista DVD (!)
I recently bought a bigger 80 gig hard drive for my laptop, and wanted to copy the contents of my existing 30 gig disk with an XP install over to it. I didn't want to go buy any drive copying tools or anything else, I just wanted a straightforward and free way to copy everything. I could use the Backup program found in the Accessories / System Tools folder of an XP install to do a backup including the System State, but that would mean finding someplace to temporarily stash a 30 gig backup file. And ......

Posted On Thursday, December 7, 2006 9:39 AM

Now THIS is a good idea! (SkySail / BWB / Boeing X-48)
Cut fuel costs on big boats by re-introducing a big sail? I absolutely love it! But even better, put it high up where it can catch more air. And make the sail wider than a football field so it really makes a difference. That's exactly what SkySails will be doing as early as next year for large shipping barges. The assistance will probably be highly directional, but still end up being quite helpful. This is another good trick to help further downsize the "big oil" elephant that's been standing in ......

Posted On Monday, December 4, 2006 4:18 PM

Busy enough this holiday season? No? Then how about taking a free MCP exam?
What a great deal it was to get that free copy of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL 2005 a year ago during the big launch event! I've used the heck out of my copy during the past year. For those that scored this offer, did you notice that tucked in the front cover is a voucher to take a developer-oriented MCP exam for free? This is worth like $125. And it expires at the end of this month! Of course making use of this does mean a fair bit of time commitment to study and get prepared. But it's worthwhile ......

Posted On Monday, December 4, 2006 1:14 PM

Some bad news, some good news (Al Qaida and Snow)
First the "bad news". Al Qaida is attempting to thwart the financial market with viruses. Yeah, right! Do they even know that much assembly? They're just enjoying pulling our chain, and watching the more gullible part of America shudder at their every cue. Everything I've seen out of them is so very low tech that this claim gets preposterous fast.But on the up-side, the El NiƱo effect stands to deliver more snow than usual where I live out in the Southwest, and much less up North where people generally ......

Posted On Saturday, December 2, 2006 4:00 AM

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