* Posts by B4PJS

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Hey, Microsoft, why don't you grab a beer with us?

B4PJS

Not so for the SQL Community

The MS SQL community has regular free events around the world and I have loads of help through Twitter from both MVP's and also some of the core architects of the SQL engine.

I think the problem the author is seeing is that there is no one MS group because the core technologies are so different. I personally don't want to go near Exchange or learn about it as it is outside my area of expertise. Whereas with VMware, I assume, everything within the VMware sphere is close enough that it makes sense to have just the one community.

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

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Brilliant

>ca-click<

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New tool jailbreaks Microsoft Surface slabs in 20 SECONDS

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Re: Win 8 RT rooted

And the recharge speed is phenomenal!

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N. Joseph Woodland, inventor of the barcode, dies at 91

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Re: Circular bar codes

I think the idea was to actually use a linear scanning line as it works now, it can just be read at any angle. My thought as to why they are not used now is they were probably too big for a lot of packaging.

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Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price

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Re: Think of it as...

It does come with a mouse (well trackpad). Bloody useful for navigating those annoying websites that use onMouseOver events that are fucking impossible to use on a touch only device. And even then some mouseover sites are damn near impossible to use WITH a mouse (Bugzilla I'm looking at you)

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Should Microsoft merge Office into Windows - or snap it off?

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Re: Not really

Sorry, had to downvote you for using the dreaded "A" word.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset review

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Re: Yet its still not ready...

@ShelLuser

He wasn't actually referring to local scout, he was referring to Nokia Transport. Read The Sodding Review before making an incorrect comment.

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Right now in Phones4U (If they haven't sold out already)

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Re: Notifications

@Kristian:

I would actually posit that Google exist to sell you to other companies to make money

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Microsoft rolls out always-on Skype for Windows Phone 8

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Re: ...always-on Skype...

Data packages. Refer to EE pricing for more information...

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iPad Mini's quite a handful

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: "Apple's iPad Mini is not easy to hold in one hand"

damn you own me a new keyboard, I really didn't expect to read that!

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Re: portrait holding

The extremely thin bezel they had to use to keep their 4:3 aspect ratio down to a respectable width like the width of a competing 16:9 7 incher.

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Debenhams cafes ban outré terms like 'espresso' and 'cappuccino'

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WTF?

Damn it, as I was walking to the station the other day, I was thinking of calling my cappucino a frothy coffee for a laugh. Didn't realise that the mind readers thought I was serious!

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Dry martini, shaken not stirred: Cracking the physics of Bond's martini

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Re: Damn, where to start

So basically what it is saying is that 4 Martinis are incapacitating...

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Re: How about the obvious "Windows Touch"

Can't use TUI, it is the name of a very large Travel group.

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Ballmer bets 'all in' on Phone 8 and Windows

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Clove will have the 920 SIM free early november :)

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Xbox SmartGlass hits Android ahead of schedule

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FAIL

Not sure why you say android gets to enjoiy it before Microsoft's mobile customers. It is available on WP7 you know. MS mobile customers don't start withy WP8 you know...

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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Re: @Psyx ...In a positive an unbiased manner." I agree. There was not a snide bone......

But the fact that one punter said "There should have been a tutorial" and THERE IS A TUTORIAL shows what complete and utter bollocks the test was.

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Re: TIFKAM tiles and colours?

On WP, you choose the colour of the tiles when selecting a theme (At least untill a dev decides to ignore the theme colour and substitute their own colour). On W8 it seems fairly random.

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Re: Charm bar thing....

First login to a new account

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Re: @Psyx ...In a positive an unbiased manner." I agree. There was not a snide bone......

There is a tutorial when you login with a new account for the first time that describes the edge/corner system perfectly. It was actually a travesty that ElReg decided not to show this to the punters.

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Better luck next time Blofeld! Five Bond plot myths busted

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Re: This report worth reading...

Should really be written as TWOC (Taken Without Owners Consent)

/pedant

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Microsoft really is watching us from above

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Re: The whole concept is off-putting

BING Is Not Google

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Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

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FAIL

It's not just the lens that is stabalised, but the whole damn caboodle. If every gadget leak photographer used this there would be a lot less Mr BlurryCam pics :-)

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Re: Another Flop

"As an aside the Samsung WP8 phone also has a 8MP camera. Is this the maximum that WP8 allows in software and therefore Nokia were forced design around software limitations with hardware?"

Nope, one of the HTC's you mentioned has a 16MP cam, the HTC Titan II

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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Actual real life video from the launch day kicking about somewhere where you actually see the Nokia rep shaking the camera about with and without stabiliisation. Works really well :-)

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Got tethering on my L800. Not sure why you never got that update

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Listen up, Nokia: Get Lumia show-offs in pubs or it's game over

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Re: I'd hold off on commenting on the quality of the Nokia camera

Check out The Verge. They have picture samples from the real hardware.

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Oh no, sysadmins! VMware touts data centre that runs itself

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Stop

Bugger off

It is bad enough that my DB servers have had to be virtualised, they can take my dedicated disks away from me out of my cold, lifeless hands.

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Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

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Coat

Sounds Effects

Surely the power off command should be accompanied by the dulcet tones of a Dalek screaming "EXTERMINAAAATE"

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Can YOU crack the Gauss uber-virus encryption?

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Re: diyf

After scanning through reams of code looking for differences, I use the good old method of looking for where the spaces don't line up.

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'$199' Surface tablets: So crazy it might work, or just crazy?

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FAIL

Incorrect Statement in article

IIRC, only the Surface Pro will have the stylus. Not the Surface RT.

Just found this: http://www.microsoft.com/global/surface/en/us/renderingassets/surfacespecsheet.pdf

States that only the Pro will have a pen with palm block.

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Microsoft reveals Windows RT OEMs

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Re: Officially baffled...

What train do you get that has a decent enough connection for Skype?

Anyway, MS is looking at making Skype work in the browser.

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Re: Er, that gesture graphic...

Nipples to all my mates.

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Snap suggests Apple out to 'screw' hardware hackers

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Re: Time for a new law

Similar to a Torx, but has a spike in the middle of the screw makes them "Tamper Proof" http://www.toolspot.co.uk/product/7pc-precision-torx-screwdrivers-in-case

I guess it stops the old "Use a flat blade" trick.

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Facebook touts gambling to 'responsible' Brits

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Re: Risk

You generally need to have registered a British card first to make a deposit to your account.

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Amazon exploited by hacker in scribe's epic Apple iCloud pwn

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Re: tl;dr

Dont use ActiveSync on iOS or Android. They suffer from MiTM attacks unlike WinPho http://wmpoweruser.com/ios-android-devices-vulnerable-to-remote-wipe-with-false-certificate-windows-phone-not/

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'We asked firms if they were looking at Windows 8, most laughed'

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Re: Windows 8 - quoi ?

You really should upgrade SQL to at least 2K8R2 if not go to 2012. There is so much improved between the way 2k5 and 2k8 that it doesn't make sense not to.

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WinPho to eke out 4% of US smartphone biz

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Re: There isn't even a decent torch app in the WinPho app store

Maybe because the camera function that controls the LED is part of the media libraries, seeing as how tightly combined the camera is to the pictures hub...

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Microsoft picks October 26 for Windows 8 launch

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Yup, looking forward to it as well. Really liking Office 2013 too. Now they just need to announce WP8 release date and I am set for my winter spending spree :-)

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Apple silences mute kids' speech app in patent blowup

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Wierdly interested in the weather

She must have British genes...

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Brit judge orders Facebook to rip masks from anonymous cowards

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Re: Facebook has a real name culture

But surely the cats real name is on the account...

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Re: flash baked in? so adverts unavoidable?

I think you meant

"Firefox will be able to work in Desktop mode on Windows 8 for x86, but won't work on Windows 8 for ARM"

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Re: flash baked in? so adverts unavoidable?

If you actually cared to do a little research my dear chap, before prattling on like a fool, you would realise that it is a cut down version of flash that only allows certain whitelisted sites play flash content. I am certain that this list does not include advertisers.

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Nokia Lumia 900 WinPho 7 smartphone

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Re: so

Custom Alarm tone:

So that wasn't a custom alarm tone that woke me up this morning then. Odd.

You can actually set any ringtone as an alarm tone - currently I have Dizzy Rascal - Bonkers for weekdays, and Andy Williams - Moon River as my weekend alarm.

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BYOD sync 'n share

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Re: SkyDrive

You can actually just map a network drive to skydrive...

Anyway, I use live mesh to sync my documents between my computers, any files that dont fit in the 5GB cap for the cloud can sync directly to each other (just remember not to put DB backups in your synced directory, can consume lots of bandwith :-p)

I think MS are merging Mesh and Skydrive, which will be awesome :)

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It never ends: TV exposé tags new Android privacy howler

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Re: windows phone

I tend to get SQL server ads, just waiting for the ads on SSAS/MDX to come through as that is what all my latest searches through Bing are on!

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41-megapixel MONSTER mobe shutters Nokia knockers

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Re: No WP7 for a reason

Wrong, HTC Titan II has a 12MP camera. Just sayin'

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Second Nokia Lumia update inbound

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Got this today

To early to tell what the difference is yet though.

The new version of the diagnostics app (accessed by dialling ##634#) has some cool new updates too :)

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Microsoft raises 'state of the art' son of NTFS

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Win XP

I always thought it stood for Windows eXtra Problems, just like Win ME was Windows Multiple Errors...

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