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New Patches Cause BSoD for Some Windows XP Users

February 12th, 2010 No comments

If you use Windows XP and haven’t yet updated your system with the applicable security updates that Microsoft issued Tuesday, you might want to hold off for a bit. Turns out, a non-trivial number of XP users are reporting that their systems suffer from the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) and fall into an interminable reboot loop after installing the latest batch of patches from Redmond.

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Time bomb coding

February 11th, 2010 No comments

I come accross a great artical by David Poole on SQLServercentral about Time Bomb Coding

Well worth the read

At some point in your career you will be asked to get involved in diagnosing performance problems with a database application. Sometimes the diagnosis is simple but in other cases the causes of poor performance are subtle. From my own experience I have noticed that subtle performance bugbears conform to a pattern and I refer to this pattern as “Time Bomb Coding”. The pattern I am referring to has the following properties

  • The system is well established
  • There has been no significant alterations to the system for some considerable time
  • Statistics and indexes are kept up-to-date
  • Execution plans appear reasonable at first glance
  • The database design appears to be simple and clean
  • Traffic has not changed much over time

Despite this the system performance has been steadily degrading!

If this seems familiar to you then you are probably a victim of time bomb coding. In this article I should like to give a few of the many examples of this phenomenon I have come across.


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How to create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive

December 14th, 2009 No comments

If you’re looking for a quicker way to install Windows 7 than via DVD, try installing it from a USB drive. This guide describes two ways to make a bootable Windows 7 USB drive.


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Massive drop in price of Microsoft cloud offerings – what does it mean?

November 4th, 2009 No comments
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