November 2006 Archives

I just heard from a Microsoft support person who told me that it's "normal" for Windows Defender to consume 100% of the CPU during startup (from standby) or reboot. MS has taken about 6 weeks to come to this conclusion. They said that this is "by design" and won't be fixed.

I can see how scanning for nasty stuff is necessary during a tuneup or during idle time when the user (who is the most important factor here) is NOT using the system, but to slow down the boot process for 5-10 minutes each and every time the system boots or resumes is unacceptable.

I'm afraid Microsoft's arrogance has reached a new height. What makes them think they have the right to take over my system whenever they please?

I got back from Vegas Thursday night--tired but it was worth it. I don't know if my new book Hitchhker's Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server was the best seller, but it was close. They sold about 45 copies and I must have signed most of them. My hand is still sore. Thanks to each and every person that walked up to me to congratuate me on the new book or to tell me how much I had helped them over the years. It's ordinary people like this that keep me going. Of course, Vegas is "interesting" as well. It's not that often that I get to walk through a casino on the way to work. I did, however, trip over someone as I was gawking at a waitress...

I finally got the RC1 to install on my Thinkpad T40. No, it's not that fast (certainly not any faster than XP), and no, many (okay most) of the IBM utilities don't work, but at least the LAN and Wireless NICs work. That's a big step forward AFAIC.

So, Microsoft has gone and done it. They’ve released RC1 of their latest reincarnation of SQL Server Mobile/SqlCE. No, it’s not SQL Server Everywhere as we were first told and how it was named (and documented in the CTPs); it’s now (officially) “Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition”. And no, they have not agreed on an official acronym but I like SqlCE—kinda like the namespace, so unofficially that’s what I’ll call it until told otherwise. And no, it's not really SQL Server either. SqlCE is an experienced DBMS engine originally created to provide a DBMS for PDAs and (I expect) settop boxes. It's designed to provide an application with a light (small footprint) DBMS that supports a healthy (albeit more limited) SQL syntax and enough datatypes to permit a wide range of data storage options. It can be registered as a merge replication subscriber as well as be protected via full encryption.

November 6th is going to be a big day for me. That’s when my latest Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Studio and SQL Server (7th Edition) and my first EBook Hitchhiker’s Guide to SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition hit the streets. I expect to get my first copy here in Redmond tomorrow (Friday November 3rd). Addison Wesley tells me that the bookstore at the Connections conference in Vegas will have the first copies. They also plan to have copies at TechEd Barcelona that same week and at PASS here in Seattle the following week.

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