As part of our IQA training, we would like to offer the students some useful queries they can take back to the office. Please submit any ideas you may have. Provide a brief description and the criteria, such as joins and parameters. Thanks.
Welcome to the 2006 Innovations Conference!
Believe it or not 2006 is the 15th anniversary for ASI and iMIS! Yes that little membership screen that I first saw in the spring of 1990 on Don and Eddie’s garage deck has carried us all the way to 2006! And you know I think it is going to be like the Everready battery! It will keep on going and going and going!
Here is a quick status report on progress on iMIS Community.
First, some statistics.
As of May 25, 2006:
There were 163 registered users on iMIS Community. That's about 100 ASIers and 60 partners and customers. I estimate 100 users are active.
This is another informational item to make life a little easier and more productive.
Do you avoid full justification in Word because it sometimes results in huge gaps between the words on a line? This happens because Word only adds spaces between words for justification. WordPerfect, on the other hand, narrows spaces between words to get a similar result. You can get Word to do full justification like WordPerfect by choosing Tools/Options/Compatibility and checking the box next to "Do full justification like WordPerfect 6.x for Windows"
Joke of the day
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why does my disk have free space?
Red Gate Software has made their SQL Prompt software, which adds Intellisense code completion to SQL queries, available for free download until September 1. The free download version is not timebombed or limited in any way.
From the Product information page:
SQL Prompt simply sits behind the scenes and provides unobtrusive help when you press Ctrl-Space or when you type "." after a table/view/alias name.
This is another informational item to make life a little easier and more productive. Some days there is even a joke.
Microsoft never finished the clipboard. They stopped when computers still ran off of floppy disks and so when you copy a second item, the first one disappears. Come on, we have a huge powerful computer here with billions of bytes of storage – how can it not have room to remember the previous clip? So, there are many clipboard extenders on the market to fill that gap. I use ClipMate from (of course) www.clipmate.com. It grabs everything put on the clipboard and saves it in a searchable SQL database. It pops up a list of the most recent clips and lets you double click on one to paste it into the current spot. It does a lot more too (such as clearing out all those >> in e-mails and doing a spell check).
Sometimes, for some reason, VS 2005 seems to lose or corrupt source control bindings for projects. In those cases the project will appear not to be under source control; you may also receive error dialogs about source control providers not being available, etc.
The process for reassociating a project with its TFS binding is as follows:
- Open the project in VS 2005, and dismiss any error dialogs.
1 box German chocolate cake mix
½ cup canola oil
1 teaspoon almond extract
½ package toffee chips (heath bar type)
Mix all in a bowl, roll into balls, bake at 350* for 7-9 minutes on parchment-lined sheets.
Experiment with time; shorter baking means chewier cookie. Be careful, they are easy to burn.
This is the first in a series of informational items to make life a little easier and more productive. Some days there is even a joke.
Today it is about a new plug-in for Internet Explorer and Fox Fire that identifies malicious sites. It is free from www.siteadvisor.com that was recently purchased by MacAfee. They use bots to download software from 700,000 sites to see if they are malicious. They have looked at even more sites for pishing and excessive popups. They have signed up at hundreds of thousands of sites and measured the number of e-mails they get. They have analyzed the links to and from these sites to see if they link to bad sites.
I am back from iNNOVATIONS feeling exhausted but also invigorated as well. I was thinking on the plane back about how great it was to see, meet and put faces to names finally…in the era of remote office, face to face meetings are treasures. iNNOVATIONS for me reinforced my belief in the power of connectedness as a positive agent for change as well. I want to be connected to other like minded individuals. That’s what I saw in Austin - an ecosystem working to achieve harmony – where each individual has a specialized part to play but the acts of each individual work in conjunction and harmony with others for the greater good. That’s what I felt in Austin – we’re all on the same page and the hive is humming. Social and organizational networks are fascinating.