SQL 2008 beta exams

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Gerry O’Brien mentions that two beta exams for SQL 2008 are available until 31st July.

I’m not sure if I want to try these or not. I don’t mind doing beta exams (especially as they’re free), but I’m not that confident I’d do that well with the 2008 stuff yet.

New updates from Red Gate

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

I’ve had a couple of correspondences from Red Gate about some updates for some of their applications that I’ve mentioned previously here – SQL Compare and ANTS Profiler.

Richard Collins wrote to say that SQL Compare v7 is being released this month, and will include SQL Server 2008 compatibility as well as being able to compare against backups.

Regarding my comments about version control for database schemas, he said the following:

“I just thought I might mention that v.6 of SQL Compare also includes the ability to compare with a folder of sql scripts under source control (optionally via an add-in called SQL Changeset) which

I believe will help with your problem of updating from multiple possible versions.”

Stephen Chambers also dropped me a line to mention that they’re working on ANTS Profiler v4. Pre-release builds are free and can be downloaded via their support forum.

Passed 70-547

Monday, 30 June 2008

What a nice way to start the day! I passed the Designing and Developing Web-Based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework exam scoring 825.

So I’m now a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer: Web Developer :-)

Standby power in the home

Saturday, 28 June 2008

A few months ago I was visiting our local library, when I noticed some interesting kits behind the the desk. They turned out to be "Home Energy Action Toolkits" (which has an acronym of HEAT!). I put my name down on the list, and finally last week it was my turn to borrow one of the kits.

They include the following items:

I was primarily interesting in using the power meter to gauge how much power various appliances use in our home.

Here's what I discovered:

Appliance Standby (Watts) On (Watts)
DVD Player 2.1 12
VCR 5.6 16
CRT TV n/a 56
2400 W Heater 1.3 960/1370/2210 (low/med/high)
CD Cassette Radio 1 5.3 8.5/6.5/6.3 (Cd/Tape/Radio)
CD Cassette Radio 2 4.0 5.9/5.3 (Tape/Radio)
Computer + CRT Monitor 8.5 160
Computer speakers 2 3.6
Small CRT TV n/a 44
1000 W Heater n/a 960
Camera battery charger 0.4  
Automatic garage roller door 10.4 100
Mobile phone charger 0.2  
Microwave oven 5.4 1550
ADSL Modem n/a 8.3
VoIP ATA n/a 2.9

Two other appliances were also measured, using a feature of the power meter which calculates running costs by allowing you to enter in the cost per kilowatt hour (I used 17.99 cents). The results were very interesting:

Dishwasher 14.44 cents per standard cycle
Bread machine 8.3 cents to make 1.25Kg loaf

So it probably is cheaper to make your own bread after all.

As a family we’re not too bad at turning off things that we’re not using. We’ve also started the move to compact fluorescent lights, and I intend to make use of a service like Envirosaver, which will come out and replace all your incandescent bulbs with CF ones for free.

CodeCampSA 2008

Saturday, 28 June 2008

CodeCampSA is on again, over the weekend of July 12-13th.

The speaker list looks impressive:

(Yes, I've put up my hand again!)

The event is free, but to assist organisers you're encouraged to register your interest. There's also a dinner at Marcellina's in Hindley St on the Saturday night which sounds great.

I'm definitely going on Saturday - will have to see about Sunday though.

Updated Jason’s surname, and added links to speaker blogs – let me know if I’ve missed someone.