Scripts generated from SQL Server 2005 Management Studio are incompatible with SQL Server 2000

If you ever generated scripts using SQL Server 2005 using Management Studio by right-clicking on table names, and tried executing it in SQL Server 2000 (using Query Analyzer), you would have encountered this problem… The Query Analyzer would report syntax errors. Read the rest of this entry »

President Barack Obama and Photosynth

Barack Obama OathI was watching US President Barack H. Obama‘s presidential inauguration last night on CNN, broadcast live and I was really surprised how thrilled I was despite the fact that I am not a US citizen. Largely because I am watching ‘history being made’, in another part of the world in real-time. (One can imagine the excitement of a US citizen at the ‘moment’!)

Microsoft Photosynth

Photosynth Logo Adding to the excitement was the use of Photosynth to present the ‘moment’ of the oath using a huge multi-touch screen by a CNN anchor (click here to see CNN’s Photosynth of the moment). Microsoft’s Photosynth can create an interactive 3D panorama from multiple still images. Read the rest of this entry »

Windows in nuclear submarines

When I said “Windows” I did not mean the ones that we open to breath some fresh air (or water in the case of submarines!).

The Royal Navy has begun using a modified version of Windows XP on their nuclear submarines. And about security (since these are nuclear submarines), they have mentioned that all hack-prone elements of Windows XP were fixed during the modification (wonder if anyone can buy this Windows For Nuclear Submarines!)

Take a look at this modified version of the Bliss wallpaper in flickr. It would be a perfect match for the workstations in the nuclear submarines

SkyDrive – Store in the cloud

Windows Live SkyDrive is offering 25GB of free online storage now! You heard me right 🙂

I was once an excited user of StreamLoad/MediaMax, who offered 20GB of free online storage. Those are not the only 2 names they had. They had been acquired by many, and they changed a dozen names that I don’t even remember now. I put so many GBs of my precious files in their online drives and lost everything, when they shutdown the website. They said they are free and took all our files into their drives, and when they announced they are going to close the site, they asked for money to give our files back… How rude is that! Read the rest of this entry »

New .NET logos

When I was visiting the Microsoft .NET Framework site http://www.microsoft.com/net recently, thought I typed the URL incorrectly for a second, because of the blue logo I saw at the top of the page.

Then I googled (as usual) to see whats up and got to know that the .NET logo has been changed… cool! Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft and Nokia embrace jQuery !

It was always comfortable to use features that are provided and supported by Microsoft (when it comes to Visual Studio and the like) so that we won’t be in trouble in the future, at least for me.

For this reason, I always think twice (or more) before touching anything that is open source, to be used with production code. The ASP.NET AJAX framework was so easy to use because of the pre-built controls provided by the Ajax Control Toolkit team. I had very few occasions where I needed to write some JavaScript code in the applications. Read the rest of this entry »

Free e-learning course from Microsoft!

That’s right, a FREE e-learning course from Microsoft… I was surprised to see this information in the sponsored links section in the Visual Studio Magazine site.

Go here and register with a .NET passport account, and you are good to go. Read the rest of this entry »

Infected with a Trojan

  1. Do you see one or more of the following files getting created in the root of every drive you access?:

Resetting asp.net membership password when the user has forgotton the answer for the security question!

Here is the scenario… a web application has been implemented with the standard user management features… can create new users, the admin approves the users, can recover passwords and change security question + answer bla bla bla

What happens if a user forgets the password?… simple, just goto the password recovery page and answer the security question and get the new password in the email.

But what if he/she doesn’t remember the answer for the security question??? Read the rest of this entry »

Error message doesn’t make sense? check the service packs

Just the other day, the guys told me “This is weird, the same form works in one PC and throws an exception in another”.

We thought it is something to do with the default culture set in the PC (it was dutch). But the culprit seemed to be the SQL query used. But how come the same SQL query with the same database works in one PC + SQL server and throws an exception in another PC + SQL server? (the databases are identical) Read the rest of this entry »

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