Microsoft releases Lync for iPhone

I’m a pretty big fan of OneNote, and although I have debated switching to EverNote I always come back to it. I’ve been using it on the iPhone with some success and now Microsoft has released Lync shortly after porting OneNote over to the iPad and add SkyDrive functionality (limited) to the iPhone. IMHO, this opens the floodgates on what a business can do with iPhones and iPads as laptop replacements. I’m currently working on getting an iPad to use in this format so hopefully I can have plenty of test cases to write about. Maybe they will port Management Studio over so that we can use it as well. That’s going on the wish list.

I’m still waiting to get an iDevice on the domain to test with, but if you happen to try Lync on an apple device let me know how it is working out for you as I will hopefully be doing the same thing pretty soon.

Comments { 0 } Posted on December 20, 2011 in Education, GTD, iPhone, Productivity, SSMS, Tech

Don’t sit up straight at your desk

Going in a slightly different direction than a previous post on “The downside to being in IT”, I saw a post by Michael Hyatt (Blog|Twitter) recently that had an infographic about why sitting down so much is killing  us. The biggest part about the graph for me was sitting at a reclined angle was actually less strain on  your back than sitting upright.  I guess you could argue that sitting that far back is going to put more strain on your eyes, neck, and other important body parts so maybe it’s a wash. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you do to help your body handle all this “desk stress” that we put on it in the office.

image courtesy of visual.ly

Comments { 1 } Posted on December 8, 2011 in Education, General, Life, Productivity, Tech

Change Connection on Same Query

Ever so often you have one of those moments where you know that you should have known something and been using it daily, because it would have shaved seconds off of your time to perform a certain task. I believe this one even constitutes creating a new category just for this sort of thing.

Change Connections in SSMS

I found myself playing with a Solution someone had put together in SSMS that had Connections and Queries but I needed to change the connection. That lead me to this wonderful technet article that should have already been something I’ve used. This means that this whole time that I’ve had a query open in a window, I could have just right-clicked and hit the Connection –> Change Connection option.

I did find one negative aspect to this pretty quickly because the new connection will not show up in your object explorer window and I’m used to looking at that so that I know where I have been touching things. If you are careful you could end up forgetting which server you are connected to when you run that query.

 

Comments { 2 } Posted on December 5, 2011 in SQL, SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication, SSMS

SSMS Tools Pack 2.0 is out!

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What's in your toolbox?

I know I’m a little late on mentioning that this great resource has been updated. Hopefully I can do a series on “tools in your SQL Toolbox” someday, but for now I’m just letting you know that there’s an update and it’s pretty cool. Two of the biggest new features are Tab Sessions and Execution Plan Analyzer. If you are not already using it for all of the other cool features that it has, now would be as good a time as any to go and check it out.

SSMS Tools Pack Download

Comments { 0 } Posted on September 27, 2011 in SQL, SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication

24 Hours of SQLPass means free SQL training

Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
Karl Marx

I guess if you are only in it for the money you wouldn’t want to tell your friends about an excellent opportunity to improve, but I bet you aren’t that selfish. Why don’t you go ahead and pass on the word about a great chance to learn how to do things in SQL Server you’ve only heard others blog about.

So start off on the preview page to register or get a little more info.

Here’s a download of the calendar in your time zone without registering, but if you register then you’ll have your own shiny reminders and you’ll need that info to view the sessions anyway.

my calendar

Click the image for the CST quick glance.

 

Comments { 0 } Posted on September 6, 2011 in Education, Networking, SQL, SQL General, SQLPass, SQLServer, SQLServerPedia Syndication