This works quite well, but it only synchronises with other Thunderbird sessions. What I really wanted was to use the Contacts from GMail and synchronise with that. That way, whether I’m using Thunderbird, or just the GMail web interface, I’ll have the same details available for all the people in my contacts list. The problem is that Google hadn’t provided an API for accessing the Contacts data, but that all changed last month.
The good news is that Zindus are already working on a new extension for Thunderbird to synchronise with Google Contacts. I plan to try this out very soon.
Yesterday I caught Keith’s talk on new features in SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services at the monthly meeting of the Adelaide SQL Server User Group. I must say, as someone who’s only just started using the original SQL 2000 Reporting Services a few weeks ago, I was drooling at the pretty new designer. Not to mention the new features and enhancements. Very nice!
Talking with my DECS colleagues this morning, the question of renderer support arose. Specifically will 2008 natively render reports as a Word document? (I understand that to do this previously, you needed to purchase 3rd party addins)
Turns out the answer is “Yes!”. As of the February 2008 CTP, the following renderings are supported:
- Windows Forms
- Web Forms
More details of the new features (grouped by CTP release) are published on the SQL Server 2008 TechNet site.
The only time I’ve missed attending in previous years was when family commitments coincided (eg. birth of children). That’s also why I decided I wouldn’t travel to Wagga for this year’s CodeCampOz - the timing was too close to the due date for G3, and I didn’t want to risk being stuck in regional NSW should my wife suddenly go into labour!
The other big difference is that previously I had the support of my work paying for registration, travel and accommodation.
So if I did attend this year I’d have to cover the costs all by myself. $AU1,749 just for early-bird registration sounds like a lot of money, especially when it’s your own!
One thing at a time though. G3 is due next week, so by mid-June I might have a clearer idea of whether popping off to Sydney in early September is a good idea (or not!)