Category Archives: tools

Coolest. Tool. Ever.

I’m struggling with how to best start this post. Here are a few possibilities: I like to think that I’m a hard person to impress. But… I swear at my computer many times a day, but usually in anger and … Continue reading

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Loving Windows 7

I installed the public Windows 7 beta on one of my laptops early this week. This is a laptop that I use all the time when I’m at home (I love the keyboard, so I sit at this one and … Continue reading

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Better File Rename

This is just a random tool recommendation – I’ve been meaning to post it for months, but have never made the time. Well, a meeting just finished early, so the time made itself. I’ve love this tool: Better File Rename … Continue reading

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Connection Strings

This is just a little reminder for myself as much as for anyone else. There’s a great resource online at that lists the syntax for hundreds of different types of data sources (SQL Server, Oracle, Excel, Active Directory, etc.) … Continue reading

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ThinkPad Keyboard Madness

I own lots of laptops. After being an independent software development and BI consultant for many years, I’ve assembled quite the collection. I have Dells and Toshibas[1] and have had Gateways and HPs as well. My little home office is … Continue reading

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SQL Server Sample Install Epiphany

(Warning – this post has turned into a long drawn-out rant. If you want to skip to just the useful stuff, scroll down to the third and final bulleted list way down there at the bottom. I won’t mind, I … Continue reading

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BIDS Helper 1.3 Release

Just a quick update on this hectic weekend day: The long-awaited 1.3 release of the best and most important add-in for Microsoft BI developers – BIDS Helper – has been released. It has a plethora of new features and supports … Continue reading

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