Monthly Archives: September 2011

OLE DB and SQL Server: History, End-Game, and some Microsoft “dirt”

Last month the Microsoft SQL Server team effectively sounded the death knell for Microsoft’s OLE DB.  I say “effectively” because while SQL Server isn’t the only implementor of OLE DB, it is (or rather was) Microsoft’s flagship for this data … Continue reading

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Good summary of Windows 8 security

Jason Garms, the Group Program Manager at Microsoft responsible for Windows 8′s security features, has written an overview of Windows 8′s added malware protection.  If you are on the techie-side then it’s a great read, but otherwise your eyes will probably … Continue reading

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Thinking about User Interface paradigms and an eventual “Humanoid UI”

(Let me apologize before you start for the length of this blog entry.  If it were a magazine article I’d spend hours more trying to edit it to perhaps half its current length.  But this is a blog, and the … Continue reading

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Think of Computers as Biological Systems

One of the things we all struggle with is why do computers have bugs?  Why do they run perfectly well for months and then slow down?  Worse, why are they slow one day and fast another?  Or why does something … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Defender

One of the end-user oriented features revealed in yesterday’s BUILD keynote that I’m particularly excited about is the expansion of Windows Defender capabilities.  Microsoft has had the limited Defender anti-malware capability built-in to Windows since Vista.  Defender, although it uses the same … Continue reading

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What does Windows 8 have to do to succeed?

Following up from my previous post on why Windows 8 is so important I wanted to speculate on what we’ll see next week, or rather what we have to see in order to believe that Microsoft can succeed.  First we’ll … Continue reading

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How important is Windows 8 to Microsoft’s future?

After a couple of years of leaks, and a few carefully selected releases of information, we’ll finally see the big reveal of Microsoft’s Windows 8 at the BUILD conference this coming week.  Make no mistake that Windows 8 is the … Continue reading

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