MS Security Summit

News in from Chuck Sterling about the security summit: Security Interchange bought to you by Microsoft. Maybe you’re a seasoned techie or developer. Maybe you’re just wanting to know and understand more. The Security Interchange provides an informal format for you to get your questions answered. Leading Microsoft security experts *Steve Riley, **Jesper Johansson, Jamie Sharp, Michael Kleef, Andrew Coates, Graham Elliot, Rocky Heckman and Dave Glover are touring Australia for the Microsoft Security Summit Workshops and want to help you understand a bit more about the products you use daily – and to help you understand some of the … Continue reading MS Security Summit

Code Camp Oz 2005 – Request for speakers

It’s time to get the speakers and presentations lined up for CodeCampOz – Return to Wagga. If you are keen to present this year, please send an email to with details. The main categories of presentations we’re after is listed below but if you have anything that you think others would love that doesn’t quite fit these, let us know anyway.   1. Developer productivity (particularly TFS, unit testing, source code management, agile or other development methodologies, mobility) 2. Server application development (particularly SQL Server, Biztalk, Sharepoint) 3. The business of software development (particularly consulting advice, project management, accreditation, certification) 4. … Continue reading Code Camp Oz 2005 – Request for speakers

SQL Down Under Show 11 – Dr Tom Moreau

I’m pleased to announce that show 11 of SQL Down Under featuring guest Dr Tom Moreau is now available for download from In this show, Tom discusses his experiences when starting to work with SQL Server Service Broker, how DMV’s (Distributed Management Views) have helped, Guide Dogs and Birds of Prey. Enjoy!

USB Powered Coffee

Note to self: When you unplug the USB connector from your iPod and it’s still connected to your notebook, don’t just idly toss it across the desk. It might land in your coffee cup which might still have coffee in it. That might cause your notebook to start telling you that the device attached to the USB seems to be malfunctioning and try as it might, not be able to make sense of what’s at the end of the cable. You might also be glad you purchased a serious notebook with a serious power supply (Inspiron 9100) that every one … Continue reading USB Powered Coffee

Primary Keys and GUIDs

This morning, we’ve been having a discussion on the Aus Dot Net mailing list about Primary Keys and GUIDs. Rocky asked my thoughts on this. Greg Linwood made a good post on it and my thoughts were pretty much in line with his. However, I also place significant value on the ability for the GUID values to be generated in a middle-tier. The removal of the need for a database traversal can in many cases be very beneficial to performance. But, you sure don’t want a clustered primary key that’s a GUID. The advice on what makes a good clustering … Continue reading Primary Keys and GUIDs

SQL Down Under Show 10 – Graeme Simsion – Data Modelling

Just realised I posted everywhere but here about show 10 of the SQL Down Under podcast being available. It features Graeme Simsion discussing Data Modelling. Another recent addition to the site are direct iPodder (or Juice) and iTunes links for those that want to subscribe to the shows and not have to remember to download them. Interestingly, the volume of iTunes traffic is growing rapidly. If, however, you just want to pull the shows down onto your hard drive, you’ll probably like Juice.

Two other new local MVP’s

Have to also congratulate two other local MVP’s today. Our Canberra mate Geoff Appleby didn’t like the Queensland weather recently but was still awarded 🙂 and Jeremy Boyd becomes another local (well fairly local – NZ) SQL Server MVP.

New MVPs on Staff!

Congratulations to two colleagues Rocky Heckman and Clarke Scott for joining the local MVP ranks. And great to see our mate Geoff Appleby joining the ranks too. Well done guys!