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I had a question this morning from a junior working in another department for whom I have become the de-facto mentor. He's learning SQL and dabbling in the dark arts of Crystal Reports and the benevolent power of SSRS. He asked me this: "I’m wondering if there is any way…

Digital Privacy

Commenting on an interesting article So I was reading this amusing story about these neighbours in the Northern Territory of Australia. This one young guy likes doing burnouts up and down his street, which let's be fair, at 23 is not all that uncommon. Young men like to take risks…

Advice for building a good gaming PC

  [caption id="attachment_208" align="alignright" width="326"] Inside a gaming PC, massive heatsink/fan on the CPU and dual graphics cards linked in SLI mode[/caption] A colleague at work was telling me about their 14YO son who is saving money and building their own gaming PC. I think that's great, I've been building…

Querying Active Directory (LDAP) from SQL Server

LDAP LDAP, the "lightweight directory access protocol" is a strange beast. It's technically a protocol for accessing network directories (directories as in phone directories, not folders), but it sort of qualifies as a no-SQL database because its distributed addressing mechanism doesn't consist of relations like a RDBMS, it has entries…