30 Nov 2011

You can download release candidate 0 (RC0) from MSDN or Microsoft.  The download link is here.

There are many new features with SQL Server 2012 as we previously covered such as AlwaysOn, better performance management, more reporting and visualization tools, Columnstore index, and FileTables. The product will come in 3 main editions: Standard, Business Intelligence and Enterprise.

With this release, Microsoft considers it "production" ready and provides several migration tools: Upgrade Advisor, Distributed Replay and SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA). This release includes features and fixes requested by some of the many users who have tested previous builds.

Some of the major enhancements Microsoft is showcasing with SQL Server 2012 include these:

  • Greater availability. Deliver the required 9s and data protection with AlwaysOn, delivering added functionality over CTP3 that allows customers to experience multiple, readable secondaries for distributed scale of reporting and backup workloads and support for FileTable and FILESTREAM which brings first-class HA to complex data types.
  • Blazing-fast performance. More effectively govern performance in multitenancy environments like private cloud. Resource Governor enhancements include support for 64 resource pools, greater CPU usage control, and resource pool affinity for partitioning of physical resources and predictable resource allocation.
  • Rapid data exploration. Empower end users with new insights through rapid data exploration and visualization. Discover new insights at the speed of thought with more feature/functionality in Power View, the highly interactive, familiar browser-based data exploration, visualization, and presentation experience for end users.
  • Credible, consistent data. In addition to CTP3 functionality delivered for Data Quality Services and Master Data Services, customers can better support heterogeneous data within Data Warehouses through new Change Data Capture (CDC) support for Oracle.
  • Optimized productivity. Optimize IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with the new SQL Server Data Tools, a unified development experience for database and business intelligence projects, and cloud-ready capabilities within SQL Server Management Studio for snapshot backups to the Windows Azure Platform. Additionally, SQL Server 2012 offers a new version of Express – LocalDB. SQL Express LocalDB is a lightweight version of Express with all its programmability features, yet runs in user mode with a fast, zero-configuration installation and short list of prerequisites.

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30 Nov 2011

Now you could simply print out or download the fully detailed map of Skyrim.  But why do this, because coming soon will be Dragon Shout.  Its an interactive map for iOS allowing for annotated markers and journal entries.  For instance, if you are at a location where there are riches to be gathered up and you can’t do it then, you could use the app to mark down the location and come and take things later. 

The company plans on adding future updates that will make it more social, allow marker sharing or party wide chats with pictures and more.  For instance, you could encourage a friend to check out a certain dungeon.

The app will be the pricey cost of free.  Watch their website here for details to come.



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30 Nov 2011

To make your wandering in realm of Skyrim more enjoyable, Gamebanshee.com has released a highly detailed printable version of Skyrim's many locations.

If you want to take the quest in printing this map, there is a zip file containing the map for printing on their site.

Happy wandering!

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30 Nov 2011

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30 Nov 2011

Columbia University researchers Ang Cui and Salvatore Stolfo have discovered a vulnerability in HP LaserJet printers that could result in hackers remotely controlling it.

Hackers could then launch cyber attacks and steal information being printed.  In particular they could program the internal components to overload until a fire occurs.

However, more recently HP has released a statement, saying the information in this study is not accurate.  They argue that there is a thermal switch in all of its LaserJet printers and it cannot be remotely disabled.  They also have said that printers made since 2009 require digital signatures on updates.  HP insists that the researchers must have had an older printer, though Stolfo and Cui say it was purchased in September from a major retailer.

Despite, this, HP has conceded there is a security issue on some LaserJet printers where a firmware could be applied remotely, but only from a PC on the same network.  They also state that a bogus update forced via a print job would only work on a Linux based OS or a Mac.  HP will fix the issue, with.. irony here.. a Firmware Update.

Source:  MSNBC

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30 Nov 2011

Skyrim is the first western game to get a perfect 40/40 score from the picky Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.  What makes it difficult to achieve is that Famitsu's scores for each game come from four different reviewers, each that can award as many as 10 points.

Among the recent winners were The Legend of Zelda: ocarina of Time and Soulcalibur.  By comparison games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Modern Warfare 2 and 3 received 39/40.

Japan will see the release of Skyrim officially on December 8th 2011.

Source:  Andriasang.com

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30 Nov 2011

As if slaying dragons and monsters wasn't enough.. It seems if you unnecessarily censor the dialogue it makes for an even better time:

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22 Nov 2011

The newest and biggest NASA mission to the Red Planet to date is about to take off.  It will be the first one to land under controlled flight.  It is going to use a multistage landing system, lowering the one-ton rover, via a tether.  NASA is hoping to use this mission as a prototype for rover landings on Mars and other locations.  See the video clip below depicting the animation of the rover landing and operation.

NASA has a window of opportunity that began November 18th and lasts three weeks, with the rover arriving at Mars in the August 2012 timeframe.

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