Thursday, December 31, 2015

Sand Won’t Save You This Time | In the Pipeline

Sand Won’t Save You This Time | In the Pipeline:

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The Sequel to SQL

The Sequel to SQL:

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

O&O ShutUp10: download free antispy tool for Windows 10

O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far.
Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.
O&O ShutUp10 is entirely free and does not have to be installed – it can be simply run directly and immediately on your PC. And it will not install or download retrospectively unwanted or unnecessary software, like so many other programs do these days!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Classes and Objects (in C#) with Example ~ Crystal Tenn

Interesting way to view C#..

A program is made of pieces that all interact with each other to make a functional program. Think of a human body. We have organs that each have their own function, but ideally, they will all work together to keep us alive. These small parts will be individual programs and have their own purpose and function, but to make a bigger product. Our class would be "organ". Every organ is made up of cells (attribute), and every organ uses energy (method).

Friday, December 11, 2015

Blizzard reveals the hardware behind World of Warcraft | TechCrunch

Blizzard reveals the hardware behind World of Warcraft | TechCrunch: "While it has seemed at times like it’s running on a old TRS-80, Blizzard is using some very cutting-edge equipment to keep us entertained. Apparently, in order for you to be able to log in whenever you want, it takes roughly 20,000 computer systems, over a petabyte of storage, and over 4600 people. Using multiple data centers around the world, this works out to a total of 13,250 server blades, 75,000 CPU cores, and 112.5 terabytes of blade RAM. They even monitor the weather in the areas where the data centers are, just to ensure that the servers don’t go down in the middle of that Naxx raid."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Free POS Software / Free Cash Register Program.

Free POS Software / Free Cash Register Program.:

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An Inconceivable Scale snippet from SQLServerCentral 12/9/2015

Here's a snippet from an email they sent me:


An Inconceivable Scale

One of the talks I give on SQL Server deals with unstructured data. I start out this talk looking at the scales of data we deal with and was been amazed by the research I did about how much data we humans have created. What's even more interesting is that the growth is outracing predictions made just a few years ago.

When I started working with computers, we talked about kb of data, thousands of characters. That's an amount of data we humans can easily comprehend. In fact, we used to talk about floppy disks and the number of average sized books that could be stored in kb, or single digits of MBs. As humans, we can comprehend that scale. Most of us have seen hundreds or thousands of books in a library.

When we move to GB, things get harder, though at 4GB for a DVD, many of us can conceive what multiple GBs can mean. However terabytes? Can we conceive the scale of data? Sure. A TB is about 40 Blu-ray disks. While we might not appreciate how much data that is, we can picture physically that scale of information.

A PB? That's 41,000 Blu-ray disks. I can't even conceive of what that looks like, much less imagine the billion MB sized pictures.  That's a scale that has no reference. However as humans, we will create multiple exabytes (EB) of data this year, an order of magnitude beyond the PB. As individuals working with data, very few of us will ever work with EB in our organizations, but some of us will. I read recently that Paypal processes 1.1PB of data regularly. That's regularly processes, not just maintains in cold storage.

We have zettabytes and yottabytes, but who could possibly conceive of what those mean? There's no frame of reference I can imagine to picture that much data, though that may change. Just as I expect that we will view PBs at some point just like we see TBs right now. A TB is no big deal, with many of us having that much storage in a desktop or laptop. In fact, I really think I'll see a TB on my phone sometime before the end of this decade.

Steve Jones from

The Voice of the DBA Podcast

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

James Newton-King - Writing JSON to a file using Json.NET

Person person = GetPerson();
using (FileStream fs = File.Open(@"c:\person.json", FileMode.CreateNew))
using (StreamWriter sw = new StreamWriter(fs))
using (JsonWriter jw = new JsonTextWriter(sw))
  jw.Formatting = Formatting.Indented;
  JsonSerializer serializer = new JsonSerializer();
  serializer.Serialize(jw, person);