Six Unusual Blogs I Like

I subscribe to and read over 100 SQL Server blogs every day.  I link to posts that I think are interesting.  I also read a fair number of non-SQL Server blogs.  Here are a few that I think are interesting. danah boyd. She is a researcher with Microsoft and writes…

Experimenting with other search engines

I’ve been a Google user so long I can hardly remember what I used before it.  Alta Vista maybe?  Or Yahoo.  I’ve tried Bing off and on but it never really stuck.  I probably care more about search engines than your average user because of their impact on…

Top 10 Linked Blogs of 2010

Each week I send out a SQL Server newsletter and include links to interesting blog posts.  I’ve linked to over 500 blog posts so far in 2010.  Late last year I started storing those links in a database so I could do a little reporting.  I tend to link…

Visiting China

This summer I had the chance to visit China.  My brother and his wife are living in China and teaching English.  I spent a little over two weeks in Shanghai, Suzhou and Yancheng.  During that time I wrote some detailed updates for family and a few close friends on the…

The Facebook Reunion

Over the last year I’ve watched my usage of Facebook change.  A party in my hometown really capped off the change.  When I started out on Facebook all my friends were technology people.  Facebook hadn’t invaded my hometown yet. I grew up in Baldwin City, Kansas about 50…

Bing's Visual Search is pretty cool

Bing just announced a visual search feature.  I mostly clicked on it because I enjoy bright, shiny things.  Wow!  I just spent 30 minutes filtering NFL players in all sort of weird ways.  I don’t know how that helps my fantasy team yet.  But it was interesting.  Definitely worth…

Playing with Google Voice

I put my name down for the Google Voice trial a few months back.  I recently received my invitation and configured my account.  The entire process was painless and it has some interesting benefits: I’m in the process of starting a new business and needed a work number.  At…

Is Nothing Safe Anymore?

When I connect my laptop to Wi-Fi hotspots I’m usually pretty careful.  I look at the name of what I’m connecting to and make sure it looks reasonable.  I know it’s no guarantee but if there is only one wi-fi hotspot with the airport name there’s…

Comparing Bing and Google

Until this weekend I hadn’t done much with Bing.  I looked at the pretty pictures and tried a search now and then but that’s about it.  I recently stumbled on Bing vs. Google.  You can enter your search text and it will search both of them side by…

Storage in the Cloud

I wrote earlier on ways I’m storing some of my files offsite. Since then I’ve made a small change. Previously I used JungleDisk to copy shared folders on my HP Windows Home Server to Amazon S3.  The newer HP MediaSmart’s come with special HP software that performs…