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Rumors on Vista's Server Pack 1 Launch Date
Though just rumors at the moment, there has been some talk in some computer journals that they are hearing that Vista's Service Pack 1 is going to be released in the next few weeks. One reported that Microsoft is aiming for February 15th for the *much anticipated* release. I, myself, have seen these rumblings in both Wired and Computer World magazines. Though the RC1 build has been out for some time, I have always been rather wary of installing a beta or an RC build of a service pack. I really worry ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 30, 2008 12:51 PM

WROX Giveaway!
UPDATE: THIS DEAL HAS EXPIRED IT SEEMS. SORRY. Almost - but really I consider this a giveaway. Amazon is selling the Wrox Box for $30 USD! That is incredible really. There are four books in this box and there are some really good ones that I have on my shelf! These books and content include: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Professional C# 2005 Professional .NET Framework 2.0 Professional .NET 2.0 Generics CD-ROM with more than 700 pages of bonus chapters from 10 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server(TM) 2005 Wrox ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 5:13 PM

Book: Professional ASP.NET 3.5 : in C# and VB
Scott Hanselman beat me to the punch, but come Feb 14th, our latest and greatest edition of the Professional ASP.NET book is coming out. The book has a ton of new content and was exciting to put together - but man, did it take some serious time to do (especially when all three of us have real jobs, kids, newborns, animals, etc to deal with). The book is big ... really BIG - 1728 pages, so it can serve many other useful purposes after you are done reading it! :) The book description from the ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 15, 2008 4:25 PM

New Version of ODP.NET Released
Oracle just released its latest version of ODP.NET. This version, for Oracle 11g, provides enhancements and the much anticipated Instant Client and User Defined Types (UTDs). One big issue in the past when you were working with ODP.NET for your ASP.NET applications was that you had to install a tremendously large Oracle client application that took some time. Now with the instant client, you simply XCopy your client to the server you want it at. Very easy. UDTs was also another feature that allows ......

Posted On Thursday, January 10, 2008 11:58 PM

REVIEW: Zune 2.0 - the best player on the market!
I got one of the first Zune players when it came out. There were things that I liked/disliked about it. The worse thing about it was the software that it came with. It was clunky and not to practical so I really didn't end up using it that often. Though, with that said, Microsoft recently released the new 2.0 version of the Zune software which was basically a complete new software package. With the new software and the changes to the firmware that was made to the Zune player along with the client ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 8:50 PM

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