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SQL Server Reporting Services - Interface issues, part 2
I ranted a but a few weeks ago and I'm just wondering if anyone else is running into these issues. First, SSRS is amazing. You can do things on the back end that are incredible, deployment is taken care of and all you can say about it is WOW. The front end is a very different matter. It reminds me of this article on Lotus Notes, where 95% of the user think it sucks, and why it survives (Finding the link to the guardian article had me come across this rebuff which is just as interesting) Anyway, this ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 3:40 AM

Are you "a business owner" or "the owner of a job"?
I've met a lot of self-employed people who insist that they are business owners. They incensed when I patiently explain, that well, yes it is technically true, you do own the business, it's more true that you own a job (the IRS calls this "being self-employed"). In the long run, there is more power in looking at yourself as self-employed than as a business owner. There is a quick little test to help someone determine whether they are self-employed, or truly a business owner. Go to the Bahamas for ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2006 2:56 AM

Finally, a *real* desktop computer

I think I'm hyperventalating when I say, “oh my god I want one“

Someone once said that the computer will never replace paper, as long as my “desktop“ is smaller than my desk's desktop.


Once more.  Wow, and I'm talking, Return of the Fellowship of the Two Towers “Wow“ here.



Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 4:15 AM

SQL Server Reporting Services Frustrations
A year and a half ago, I saw a demo of Microsoft’s Reporting Services and said, “Crystal Reports will be a memory in 10 years”, and I still think I'm going to be correct. *However* Crystal doesn't have much in the way of worries right now. For the last couple of weeks, I'm working with SSRS for the first time, and WOW does it suck. Don't get me wrong, the infrastructure is fantastic. Moving a report from drawing board to server is simply a right click and a “deploy“ ......

Posted On Sunday, February 12, 2006 9:33 AM

Programmers are more artists than business
I'm off to work, but wanted to post first. I'm having problems coming up with a business idea. I had thought that I was going to find a niche teaching programmers how to make more money by focusing on complimentary skills, but I'm discovering that programmers, by and large, are artists. They want to program for the sake of programming, and they're really not all that interested in learning how to make the maximum amount of money for their skill set. I'd like to that there are still programmers out ......

Posted On Sunday, February 5, 2006 12:07 PM

Thank you Peter
I had the privilege to meet and interact with Peter Provost during my 6 months tour at Microsoft and today while I was looking for the solution to an interesting NUnit issue, I re-discovered his blog. One of the things I found on his blog was this announcement for Waterfall 2006. Waterfall 2006 – The only conference by and for waterfall lovers. Don’t miss my favorite session, “Introduction to Dogmatic Programming” by Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas. Register while there are still ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 9:38 AM

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