Norad Santa

My favorite thing to do on Christmas eve – the Norad Santa Tracker. They put up cool videos as Santa visits different countries. This year they have a printable map of the earth so you can track Santa yourself. I love the scientific explainations. For example…   "The moment our radar tells us that Santa… Continue reading Norad Santa

Oracle’s DB Sales Disappoint – due to Microsoft SQL Server 2005

I can remember when Oracle wouldn’t even acknowledge Microsoft had a database product. It hasn’t been that long ago. What a change. Oracle has been taking a beating because newer open-source competitors such as MySQL, and other larger competitors such as Microsoft and IBM, are aggressively targeting the market. “Mostly, the biggest competitor is Microsoft,… Continue reading Oracle’s DB Sales Disappoint – due to Microsoft SQL Server 2005


For WinFS’s Beta 1 / Sql Server 2005 RTM, work took Aubrey and I to Whistler. They put us up at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, very nice. I got a little snowboarding in and Aubrey got a very nice pedicure. Every time I go there, I’m overwhelmed by how large the mountains are. It spent… Continue reading Whistler


I know this is very late in coming, but better late than never, right? We spent Thanksgiving at my parents in Gridley and had a wonderful time. Some highlights: Grace, Luke, Brian buildling graham cracker "gingerbread" houses. Going to the mountains and getting a Christmas Tree – very cold, but Grace and Luke loved it.… Continue reading Thanksgiving

Mr. LUA Goes to Washington

LUA, Least-priveleged user account – another term for running your account in the User security group rather than the Administrator group, is getting press from eweek. Looks like Microsoft is trying to help developer learn to write LUA aware code. Includes a link to a website with lot’s of information on running as non-admin. Please,… Continue reading Mr. LUA Goes to Washington

Russian Spiderman

This "russian climbing" video is amazing! He’s doing stuff I’ve only seen in movies or video games and didn’t think were possible.