Archive for February, 2010

Software patents here again: Amazon paying Microsoft for use of Linux

As published yesterday, Amazon has agreed to pay Microsoft for the right to use the technology that their Linux servers (and Kindle) allegedly contain. You might go “What?”, but sometimes the real world just surpasses parody plays in terms of absurdity. Of course, we still have little information on whether Microsoft’s patent claims against Linux […]

February 24, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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"Denali" to finally ship Oslo?

So, SQL Server vNext finally has a name. It’s Denali, and that’s a mountain in Alaska. But will Oslo finally be there? PDC 2009 revealed us something about Oslo: It’s far less than it once was, and perhaps that’s exactly the way to mature a product from a visionary cloud to a usable state. It’s […]

February 15, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
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PowerShell Basics #4: Matching and capturing with regular expressions

Using regular expressions on Windows hasn’t been particularly easy, as the standard command-line tools have provided very little support to these powerful beasts. On the other hand, various spawns of Unix have had loads of support for regexes on the command line, including classic tools such as grep, sed and awk. PowerShell changes things here. […]

February 13, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · 3 Comments
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Check out SharePoint Blues!

A brief advertisement: The SharePoint Team in our company (Sininen Meteoriitti) has started their own blog, SharePoint Blues. Go check it out! These guys already have a batch of posts, ranging from topics like breadcrumb navigation all the way to an installation pitfall checklist. And more is coming… So if you’re into SharePoint, take a […]

February 10, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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PowerShell Basics #3: Manipulating data in text files

To continue my series of PowerShell Basics posts, I’ll cover some basic features around manipulating text file data. First off, the problem is really two separate problems: Handling text file IO and manipulating the contents. PowerShell provides decent tools for both, and since everything is just .NET objects, you can run any .NET string manipulations […]

February 5, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
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