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Grid Computing on Windows,1759,1770348,00.asp

Grid computing has largely been in the realm of Unix and Linux, but some developers are looking to bring Microsoft Corp. into the mix.

GridIron Software Inc., of Ottawa, last week entered into an agreement with Microsoft to develop grid technology. Microsoft and GridIron have been working to make GridIron's tools available for high-definition, real-time encoding solutions on Windows XP, said GridIron officials.

Want to see what Full-Text Search Filters are currently running on Sql Server 2005?

Call the sproc sp_help_fulltext_extensions.  You will get a list of the file types and the location of the filter along with some additional information.


Full-Text Indexing a PDF file with Sql Server 2005 December CTP (aka Yukon)

I just got finished installing and setting up the full-text indexing of a pdf file for Sql Server 2005 December CTP Build.  Here are the steps to getting it working (assuming you have a functioning table to store BLOB data).

  1. Remember that your table must have a BLOB field, such as a varbinary(max), and a column to specify the file type to the full-text index create index commands or the full-text index wizard in Sql Server Management Studio.
  2. Download and install the Adobe Acrobate PDF Filter.  It is available at
  3. Execute the following commands against your Sql Server 2005 instance.
    • sp_fulltext_service 'load_os_resources',1.  This command tells the Microsoft Search Service to load OS specific wordbreakers, stemmers, and such.
    • sp_fulltext_service 'verify_signature', 0.  Do not verify that the binaries are signed.
  4. Bounce the Sql Server Service and MSFTESQL.
  5. Create your full-text index.
  6. Issue the necessary command(s) to (re)index.


Throwing good money after bad

Intel will on Tuesday offer a further glimpse into the future of its Itanium processor family, shining the spotlight on a new model code-named Poulson, CNET has learned.

Pat Gelsinger, Intel's former chief technology officer and now one of two chiefs of the company's Digital Enterprise Group, is expected to discuss Poulson briefly at Intel's Developer Forum in San Francisco, sources familiar with the situation said.

Poulson is scheduled to succeed Tukwila, an Itanium processor due in 2007 that had previously been code-named Tanglewood. Intel declined to comment for this story.

Ok, let's think about this for a second.

  • Intel has a CPU family called Itanium.
  • Itanium, when running x86 software, requires the use of an emulator that is so slow as to be unusable.
  • Itanium requires a significant investment in all of the supporting chips.
  • Itanium will not be I/O compatible with Xeon until 2007.
  • Itanium is a no show in the white-box area.
  • Itanium systems are not for sale at CompUSA or Best Buy.
  • There is a commodity 64 bit platform that is referred to as x64.
  • There will be no new version of WinXP for Itanium.

I don't think that Itanium will be a good investment for Intel assuming that they want to drive the CPU into the volume/commodity area.



Posted: Feb 28 2005, 04:31 PM by Wallym | with 2 comment(s)
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Coach Dad finishes 4-4
We won our last game 33-25 to finish the year 4-4.  We had two big surprises.  One of our girls who has typically gotten about a basket a game got 10 points.  Another girl got her first basket of the year.  I think it was the first time in years that I jumped and got more than 6 inches off the ground.  This same girl later got a free throw.  The good news is we won to finish at 4-4.
Microsoft's x64 bit apps

It appears that MS is working hard on x64 versions of their applications.  Obviously they are working on the x64 versions of the client and the server and are currently at the state of RC2.  Along with the Operating Systems, they are working on Sql Server 2005, .NET Framework Whidbey, and other applications due to ship in 2005 according to this article.  There are two interesting applications.

  • Sql Server 2000.  While not listed in the roadmap, I have heard that Sql Server 2000 sp4 will allow the 32 bit Sql Server to run on Windows for x64 operating systems through the WOW layer.
  • .NET Whidbey.  There are two 64 bit versions of the .NET 2.0 Framework. One for x64 and one for Itanium. 
  • VPC 2004 SP2.  According to the roadmap, there is a consideration to get VPC to support 32 bits under the WOW64 layer.  It appears that later editions of VPC will support x64.,1995,1770386,00.asp

The interesting thing is the lack of support for Intel's Itanium IA64 architecture as shown in the roadmap graphic.


Posted: Feb 26 2005, 05:46 AM by Wallym | with 2 comment(s)
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IBM is dropping Itanium support

Citing tepid market demand, the world's largest server seller has for the time being ceased development of an electronics package called a chipset that's at the heart of Big Blue's Itanium servers.

Yeah, I know that IBM has the Power family of RISC processors.  However, I think that this is significant that a company like IBM is stating that they don't see a marketplace for Itanium, yet they are designing their new chipsets to to work with x64.


Posted: Feb 25 2005, 10:05 AM by Wallym | with no comments
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SQL Server Workgroup Edition

Interesting info about Microsoft's creating Sql Server Workgroup Edition.  If I read the info correctly, it will support 2 CPUs, 2 gigs of ram, and unlimited database size..  Wow, that is going to work well for a lot of places.,1759,1769452,00.asp


Update: Its 2 gigs of ram for Sql 2k and 3 gigs of ram for sql 2k5.

Intel is set to show dual-processor stuff

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker will provide details about a host of processors at the three-day Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. On tap: a discussion of chips for servers, notebooks and desktops coming out later this year that will contain two computing cores instead of just one. Adding cores lets computers handle multiple applications simultaneously and complete time-consuming tasks more rapidly.


ASP.NET Pro March, 2005 Issue

Wow, I just got my March, 2005 issue of ASP.NET Pro Magazine.  It is, without a doubt, my favorite magazine.  Don't lelt the title confuse you.  While it has a lot of info on ASP.NET, it also has a lot of information for other pieces of .NET framework.  Just to summerize some of the great things in this issue:

  • Different idea for searching a DataSet, including performance analysis of these different ways.
  • ASP.NET Validation Controls.
  • NUnitASP.
  • ASP.NET 2.0 Callbacks.
  • Other really good articles.

I don't care for most magazines as I find them too specific and not general enough for things that I am doing, I find this magazine doing a good job of presenting items that I can actually use.


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