Number three due in December

A few months ago, after almost an eight year gap, we decided to try for a third child. Now we only have about six months until the new baby arrives. It’s very cool – we’re just hoping that the baby is born before Christmas.


At school my son is looking at polyhedra (that’s the proper word for polyhedrons – like cubes, tetrahedrons, etc).   The other day he came home with pictures of a dodecahedron (that’s the one with 12 pentagon sides) and an icosahedron (20 triangle sides). The icosahedron is really neat. Each point has 5 edges hitting it, and … Continue reading Isoccerhedron

No File Conversion in Windows Mobile Device Center?

In the days of ActiveSync (which means before I upgraded to Vista), I could connect my mobile device to my laptop, and copy files across from one device to another. This hasn’t changed. But ActiveSync didn’t just COPY the files. It would CONVERT them as well (something WMDC doesn’t do). ActiveSync would convert Pocket Word files … Continue reading No File Conversion in Windows Mobile Device Center?

DATE and TIME data types in SQL Server 2008

Sick of using DATETIME to store values which are always going to be the date-part only? Yeah, me too. This is why SQL Server 2008 has new data types called DATE and TIME, which store just the DATE or TIME component of a DATETIME, respectively. Half the size, and much more appropriate if that’s all you need. … Continue reading DATE and TIME data types in SQL Server 2008

Documents in SQL Server 2008

One of my favourite aspects of SQL Server 2008 is the fact that you can store documents (well, files) in the database. Annoyingly, this doesn’t seem to be implemented in the June 2007 CTP. There has long been an argument about whether images should be stored in the database or in the file system. The same argument … Continue reading Documents in SQL Server 2008


Debbie Timmins, who I met through the ACS, asked to interview me. If you’re interested to know what she asked, and how I responded, then check out Deb has been involved with the Young IT side of the ACS recently, and we’ve had quite a few conversations about various things. It’s good to have … Continue reading Interviewed

Download SQL Server 2008

Katmai is now called SQL Server 2008, and there is a Preview (CTP) available for download now at There are quite a lot of really cool new features (I will try to list some of them over the next few weeks), and it’s definitely worth downloading and giving a try.