Taking truly amazing photos with a consumer camera

June 11, 2008
I've seen those amazing high speed camera shots of bullets going through apples, water drops exploding on the surface of a pool of water and time-lapse movies of skyscrapers being built. However, the specialized equipment necessary to produce these images has been out of the reach of normal folks -- up until a dedicated group of programmers came up with software to extend the functionality of the Canon Power Sho
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TechEd Update: Hiveware for Word

June 10, 2008
For small businesses (and large enterprises), figuring out how to let employees collaborate with one another is a huge challenge. Microsoft is using its SharePoint server and clients to enable collaboration, but that's a big, strong tool -- too big for most small businesses. Since most collaborations take place in the form of a Word document, something that just let multiple folks work on a single document would
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From TechEd: Micro-blogging goes multi-media

June 10, 2008
It's interesting to see products on the exhibitor floor that compete with, enhance, or complete Microsoft's own offerings. One of the cooler products I've seen so far is from TechSmith, the company that's behind Camtasia and SnagIT. The Jing Project is to screen-casting what Twitter is to blogging: a simple way to do short, off-the-cuff messages that are built around either static or video screen captures. It's
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TechEd Notes: Tricks of the Vista masters

June 10, 2008
One of the sessions I most wanted to attend was "Tricks of the Vista Masters." Let me be honest here: I wasn't looking for things that would make Vista do lots of new tricks, but rather things that would simply let Vista run a little (or, in a perfect world, a lot) better. Peter Bruzzese, the speaker in the session, seems quite thoroughly knowledgeable, but most of the presentation has been on teaching Vista new
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Getting started at Microsoft TechEd Professional

June 10, 2008
I'm here in Orlando, diving into Microsoft's TechEd Professional. TechEd Developer was last week, but this year the software giant has split developer and professional user conferences into separate weeks, so here I am... Things are just getting started on a large scale, with Bob Muglia's keynote speech ending a short while ago (more on it later in the day), and people scurrying along the miles and miles of Oran
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Flex 3 Cookook

June 04, 2008
O'Reilly's Flex 3 Cookbook seeks to help developers put their arms around the massive Flex development environment that is touted to help web developers embed flash tools without the pain of learning to develop in native Flash. Designed to complement both open source and commercial development tools the cookbook seeks to address the common pain points of the Flex environment. Flex 3 Cookbook Code-Recipes, Tips,
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Oracle Database 11g Advanced Compression testbed, methodology, and results

June 04, 2008
Available as a separately licensed option for Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition, Advanced Compression is a way of writing data to disk so that it takes up less space
DBMS
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SMB system management SaaS-style with Paglo

June 02, 2008
Another day and another conversation with an interesting company offering large-company services to a small-business market. I've already written about Splunk, and there will be more to come soon, but Paglo is doing the same sort of thing through a SaaS model. I'm working on a review of Paglo (OK, and we're working on a review of Splunk, too) but I thought it would be interesting to share some of the conversatio
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VoIP for SMB: A conversation with Speakeasy

May 19, 2008
My conversations with vendors, suppliers, and partners continues with a telephone call (a traditional POTS telephone, in my case) with Bruce Chatterley, CEO of Speakeasy. VoIP, either on its own or as a key component of unified communications, is an important technology for many SMBs, so I thought it would be interesting to talk with a company that specializes in providing service for smaller companies. I've bee
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Dell and HP workstation performance and power consumption

May 19, 2008
In the world of quad-core workstations, the high end truly reflects no compromises -- price included. These systems are so capable, many use cases will be perfectly satisfied with the high value low end.
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