DSCN0019 After answering questions about media, messaging and what he thought about diversity in tech at the Code conference in Southern California today (spoiler alert: he didn’t reveal much), Snapchat* CEO Evan Spiegel was asked whether, in all its efforts, Snapchat had plans for an upcoming Apple Watch app. He said no. “We ended up waiting to do Snapchat on the watch. Why would you look at… Read More


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Community Spotlight: Luan Moreno Medeiros Maciel, The Pythian Group

May 25, 2015

In honor of the upcoming PASS Business Analytics conference, we wanted to take some time to spotlight the great work happening in the SQL and BI communities across the world. The conference is focused on business analytics, but PASS offers many great community activities for SQL Server and beyond. Learn about the various local and […]

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Senate votes down USA Freedom Act

May 24, 2015

In a midnight session, the Senate has voted down the USA Freedom Act, putting one of the legal bedrocks of the NSA’s bulk surveillance programs into jeopardy. The Patriot Act is set to expire at the end of the month, and the USA Freedom Act would have extended large portions of the act in modified […]

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The Bitcoin Blocksize Blackjack Mining Blues

May 23, 2015

 Bitcoin: it’s at a crucially important crossroads; it’s approaching a crisis that threatens its very existence; it has never been more likely to erupt into enormous global importance. Which? Don’t be ridiculous. It is all those things at once, of course, as usual. I only wish I was joking. If you’re dumb enough to judge […]

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Q&A With John Tsai, V.P. of Marketing at Thecus

May 21, 2015

Hi Folks – If you’ve been following this blog, then you already know that Thecus is now shipping 2-bay, 4-bay, and 5-bay NAS devices running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials. This is a new edition of Windows Storage Server that we created to enable affordable, easy-to-use, cloud-connected storage for small businesses and small office/home […]

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Big data needs a big cloud

May 21, 2015

Brian Mitchell, Microsoft Senior Business Program Manager, took the stage at Ignite two weeks ago to discuss Planning Your Big Data Architecture on Azure. “Big Data” requires big scale. Mitchell covered how this is accomplished through storage strategies, partitioning, fault tolerance, and the right architecture to scale to the extremes of big data. If you […]

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Patching and servicing of Windows and Linux – survey and email contact

May 21, 2015

HI folks, Ned here again. We are studying customer patching pain points and behaviors within Linux and Windows Server environments across operating systems and applications. If you are a stakeholder in the patching/updating process for your company and would like to share your thoughts and feedback, please take a few minutes to fill out the […]

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AMD: Nvidia GameWorks “sabotaged” Witcher 3 performance

May 21, 2015

While AMD seems to have made up with Slightly Mad Studios, at least if this tweet from Taylor is anything to go by, the company is facing yet another supposedly GameWorks-related struggle with CD Projekt Red’s freshly released RPG The Witcher 3. The game makes use of several GameWorks technologies, most notably HBAO+ and HairWorks. […]

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An in-depth look at the Registry settings that control Microsoft DPM 2012

May 20, 2015

~ Mike Jacquet | Senior Support Escalation Engineer Hello everyone, Mike Jacquet here from the DPM support team at Microsoft. I would like to share some registry settings that you may not be aware of that can alter the behavior of DPM, enable features, eliminate uncommon errors, and help with troubleshooting. Many of these registry […]

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Tech Giants Press Senate On NSA Reform

May 20, 2015

 The NSA reform bill passed by the House has an uncertain future in the Senate. The USA FREEDOM Act will receive a vote in the upper chamber, likely later this week, but whether it has the 60 votes required to pass isn’t clear. Tech giants want it to pass. The assembled market cap behind Reform Government Surveillance […]

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