Saasu

Saturday, 27 June 2009

(or two things I remember from this month's SQL Server user group meeting)

This month, Rob presented on "SQL in the cloud". It was an interesting talk, if nothing else for the interesting direction(s) that Microsoft have taken trying to get this whole "cloud database" concept up and running.

Rob's joke turned out to be quite good (considering the context of a SQL Server User Group - "A man walks into a bar, sees two TABLEs and says 'Can I JOIN you?"

The other thing which he mentioned as part of a discussion on cloud computing was Saasu – an online accounting site. Think MYOB or Quicken but entirely online. This attracted my interest as I've been using MYOB Business Basics to track Narelle's scrapbooking business for a few years, and I've come to discover that particular product isn't really suited to a reseller type business.

Saasu is free to join and if you keep below 15 transactions a month it is free to use. Following the familiar service model, once you start using it more often than that you need to pay a small amount each month. That cost would probably be less than having to buy an upgrade for MYOB each year, so it is quite competitive. Even though it's a global site, they have facilities for handling Australian accounting and tax requirements (eg. GST and BAS).

So far, I'm quite impressed, especially considering they support handling inventory (something Business Basics couldn't even do).

Tracing and logging WPF

Monday, 22 June 2009

Whilst researching unit testing WPF applications I came across Bob King's answer to this question on StackOverflow.

WPF DataBinding can appear to be a bit of a mysterious black box, but I now know that you can enable diagnostic trace sources to see what's happening under the covers. Mike Hillberg shows some examples in this post.

42% discount from Manning

Saturday, 20 June 2009

I saw today on Jeffery Palermo's blog that Manning are offering a limited time discount on "Alt.Net" books if you use the discount code "alt42" before June 25th. I've taken up the offer and ordered the following:

Some good reading, and just in time to claim for a tax deduction too.

Error message of the day – "Something has went wrong"

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

And I think I was probably the one who was responsible – a bit said for someone who normally does take the time to correct grammar and spelling errors :-)

Thankfully not something end-users get to see, but it does seem quite appropriate for an error (in an ironic kind of way).

David and Fiona Meier

Sunday, 14 June 2009

It’s not every day that your sister gets married, but it was yesterday!

My sister Fiona married her fiancé David Meier at The Corner Uniting Church.

The service was lovely and it was great to see lot of family and friends there. Following an afternoon tea at the church, we joined the bridal party for photos, then after leaving the kids with a babysitter headed off to the reception at Belair Park Country Club (situated in the grounds of Belair National Park).

The reception was very enjoyable, with musical entertainment provided by Heidy De Ruyter. Some really good speeches were given by the best man, bridesmaids and both fathers of the groom and bride.

My mum (the mother of the bride) came out of retirement to make possibly her last wedding cake, and she did a fantastic job.

Sometime you hear of weddings that don’t go to plan, have awkward moments or end up with the bride (and others) distressed and embarrassed. Maybe you’ve even attended one? I’m pleased to report that yesterday it was nothing like that! Everyone (especially the bride and groom) had a great time, enjoyed themselves immensely and went home knowing that David and Fiona are going to be very happy together.

Fiona and David chose Meg Hansen as their professional photographer (I took the ones you see here!) and Pete Dobré as videographer (who when he’s not videoing wedding can be found taking spectacular photos of Australian landscapes)