SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 arrives

  

 

The anticipated initial service pack for Microsoft’s SQL Server 2008 database will be available imminently, Microsoft said Tuesday.

Many SQL Server 2000 and 2005 shops have been waiting for the pack before upgrading to the 2008 edition, as it contains all the cumulative updates and fixes issued since SQL Server 2008 was released to manufacturing in August, resulting in an overall more stable application.

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Microsoft releases more code under an open-source license

            

Microsoft is continuing to parcel out products and technologies which it is willing to license under an approved open-source license.

The newest addition to Microsoft’s open-source-licensed family is ASP.Net MVC (Model View Controller) Version 1.0. Microsoft is making the source code for the product available under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) Continue reading

Who cares if XP support is ending?

 

I wish I could agree with fellow ZDNet blogger, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, that the April 14th demise of free XP support from Microsoft would help bring people into the open source fold and encourage them to look at Linux when 7 still isn’t widely available and Vista is still a sad little OS. Unfortunately, I just don’t think it matters at all.

XP still dominates here in Ed Tech. Sure, we have lots of Macs and Linux has made some inroads in our market, but we all know where the lion’s share of the market sits. And in some ways, why not? XP is easy, there is a huge install base, it keeps most of our users happy with no training (assuming we can keep the malware at bay), all of our software runs on it, and it’s been around long enough that most of our students can support it, let alone IT staff. Continue reading

Windows 7 release schedule

                        

A page accidentally published on TechNet earlier today leaked some interesting information about the Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate).

Note: As you might expect, the page is no longer available.

What we have here is:

  • A publish date (set to may 2009)
  • An expiry date of June 1, 2010
  • System requirements

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Serv-U Corporate Edition v8.0.0.1 FTP Server

Serv-U is a powerful and easy-to-use File Server. Serv-U supports the FTP, HTTP, and SFTP (via SSH2) protocols to ensure maximum compatibility with the widest range of transfer client software. With support for industry-standard SSL encryption, Serv-U protects your data while it’s in transit. A powerful Web-based interface allows administrators to remotely access and configure the File Server from any Internet connection in the world using their Web browser. Serv-U also includes a built-in transfer client allowing users to upload and download files from their Web browser. Combined with advanced photo sharing capabilities, Serv-U is an excellent solution for sharing images with friends, family, and colleagues. By licensing FTP Voyager JV with Serv-U, a full-featured transfer client becomes available to all users with no extra installation required. Because FTP Voyager JV is written using Java technology, it’s a cross-platform solution for enterprises. Continue reading

Microsoft Announces Home Server Power Pack 2

      
Microsoft plans to release Power Pack 2 for Windows Home Server on Tuesday, tying the server more closely to Windows Media Center and extenders like the Xbox 360.

 

This coming Monday, Microsoft will also add WHS to its MSDN subscription, allowing professional developers to download and play with the software package, and hopefully develop it as a platform, a Microsoft WHS executive said. In January, the WHS platform had 70 or so add-in pieces of software; now it has over 100. Continue reading

Virtual DJ Software 5.2

VirtualDJ is the DJ software used by many big brands such as Numark or Hercules, and is used around the world by bedroom DJs and professional superstars alike. With its breakthrough BeatLock engine, your songs will always stay on the beat, and you can work your mixes incredibly faster than any other DJ. The automatic seamless loop engine and the synchronized sampler will let you perform astounding remixes on the fly. The video engine lets you mix and scratch music videos as easily as audio. You can also use a special timecode vinyl and scratch MP3s or videos directly on a real turntable. Add to that customizable interfaces to suit both beginners and professionals; A visual beat display; An infinite number of cues; VST, freeframe and proprietary beat-synced effects; Karaoke; Internet broadcast; Recording and burning; CDs, vinyls and DVDs ripping; Automatic playlist mixing; DRM compatibility; Headphones and external mixer modes, and compatibility with many existing DJ devices.

Version 5.2 includes new smart play and smart cue options, new interface, and new compatible controllers.

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