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Randy Pausch and "the last lecture"
Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science andhuman-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: "3 to 6 months of good health left". He gave an upbeat lecture titled "The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.
Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.
Faceted Search Solutions
Of course best of breed solution is Microsoft's Enterprise Search which was formerly known as FAST Search
SolrSharp is a library that interacts with the Solr search engine. Solr (http://lucene.apache.com/solr) provides an operational framework around the Lucene search engine and runs on both Windows & Linux. SolrSharp provides an easy way to interoperate with any solr server implementation on any platform.
The Battle of Jericho
The Battle of Jericho - Moses Hogan - The National Lutheran Choir
Info about the song
DNA computer 'calculates square roots'
Enzyme-Free Nucleic Acid Logic Circuits
Windows Phone "Mango"
"Mango Helps Microsoft Make Inroads in Mobile Market",
"Mango is an evolutionary release. Multitasking and the addition of a better browser in the form of IE9 add functionality that was sorely lacking in the initial release of Windows Phone," said Will Croft, an analyst with Wireless Intelligence. "Arguably, these were always table stakes given the maturity of the current smartphone OS market, so elements of catch-up are in play here."
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 'Mango' update to get IE Mobile 9
Windows Phone Mango: Microsoft shows off update
What is De jure and what is De facto?
De Jure means as by law and De Facto means as in fact, as there are situations when the legal position does not correspond to the actual situation. The best example is where there is a revolution or a coup d etat in a country. To overthrow a government by force is illegal. Therefore the new regime is de jure invalid but is still the de facto government. Other governments have to decide whether to recognise the new government and, when they do, the new government becomes de jure.
A typical example would be the Military Coup in Portugal in 1974. It is obviously against the constitution of any country for the armed forces to seize power but in this case it was the only way to free the country from oppression and hence all governments recognised the new state. Thus the de facto government by virtue of being recognised bacame de jure...
Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 R2 - Release Candidate was released.
You may download the RC by clicking this link.
As Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 R2 Release Candidate was released, let's have a quick look at what issues were resolved.
978466 Error message when you use the Commerce Server Staging service in Commerce Server 2007
979172 Site terms are imported incorrectly into the Commerce Server Data Warehouse
968757 A hotfix is available that enables the Commerce Server Data Warehouse analysis reporting feature to support SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services
980075 Marketing searches that use the CampaignItemManager.Search method take a long time when the Contains member is specified for the ExplicitComparisionOperator enumeration in Commerce Server 2009
980074 A Commerce Server 2009 site responds slowly when you use the PrimaryParentCategory parameter in a product query
979528 You receive a System.Configuration.ConfigurationErrorsException exception when you browse a Commerce Server SharePoint Web site
2319603 Error message when you run a website that executes the Advertising pipeline on a server that is running Commerce Server 2007 or Commerce Server 2009: "HttpContext.Current is null"
968758 You cannot target advertisements or discounts to specified page groups by using the Discount Ad Web Part in Commerce Server 2009
969372 The Commerce Server 2009 SharePoint Commerce Services Configuration Wizard cannot create Web application when both the IIS Web site and the Extended IIS Web site are configured to use host headers and port 80
969877 Commerce Server 2007 Staging Services does not replicate modifications or deletions of multiple choice catalog property definitions
969768 In Commerce Server 2007 and in Commerce Server 2009, the decimal type value for a variant property is saved incorrectly in Catalog Manager if the decimal separator for the computer uses a period (.)
971188 You cannot use the Foundation API to manipulate data in a database column that has a weakly typed property in Orders System of Microsoft Commerce Server 2009.
971377 The Commerce Server 2009 Product Provider Web Part does not include all product relationships
971763 Site users are not identified as registered users in the RegisteredUser table after you import the Web server log into the Commerce Server 2007 data warehouse if you use the CommerceDataWarehouseAuthenticationModule class in your Web site
975116 You obtain unexpected rows when you run a query against a virtual catalog in Commerce Server 2007
973970 Error message when you export a virtual catalog in Commerce Server 2007: "Line 0: Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint 'PK__#Relationships____<string>'. Cannot insert duplicate key in object 'dbo.#Relationships'"
975553 You cannot import product catalog data into a data warehouse in Commerce Server 2007 SP2 or in Commerce Server 2009
975117 The variant rank is reset to the default value after you perform a base catalog incremental import operation if the catalog XML file does not include a variant rank attribute in Commerce Server 2007
974321 You cannot disapprove a campaign or a campaign item in Marketing Manager in Commerce Server 2007 or Commerce Server 2009
975086 You cannot retrieve the latest inventory data by using Commerce Server APIs for the Inventory System in Commerce Server 2007
975603 Error message when you open a Commerce Server 2009 Web site that is integrated into SharePoint when the SQL Server and the Commerce Server are installed on different computers: "Server Error in '/' Application"
975859 Error message when you access a Commerce Server site that is hosted on a computer that has hyper-threading enabled on two quad-core processors: "There are too many processors on this computer"
975996 In Commerce Server 2007 SP2 or in Commerce Server 2009, the Web Server Log Import DTS task shows all log files that you import and does not exclude log files that you have imported already
976555 You receive an error message when you log on to or log off from a Commerce Server 2007 SP2 site
976753 Results take a long time to be returned when you query a category for a product list by using the Foundation API in Commerce Server 2009
976815 You intermittently receive an error when you visit a Microsoft Commerce Server Web site that runs the Basket pipeline
957596 The sequencing information is not exported when you export a virtual catalog from Commerce Server 2007 Catalog Manager
961178 The product rank is overwritten as "0" after you perform the base catalog incremental import operation even though the catalog xml file does not include a product rank attribute in Commerce Server 2007
962913 Commerce Server 2007 product relationships may not be visible in Commerce Server Catalog Manager if the "Display Out of Stock Items" value is set to zero on the inventory resource
968534 Catalog import operations into Commerce Server 2007 Product Catalog by using an XML file fail when you transact the import process
976523 An update is available that updates the user-agent reference data to generate accurate site user reporting in Commerce Server 2007 and in Commerce Server 2009
977980 You receive a System.AccessViolationException exception in the Commerce Server Profile Service when you visit a Commerce Server 2007 SP2 or Commerce Server 2009 Web site
977779 You cannot create products by using a product definition that contains many multilingual product properties in Commerce Server 2007 or in Commerce Server 2009
2396957 A deadlock error may occur when you use Commerce Server Staging or BizTalk Adapter for Commerce Server Catalog to try to import catalog data in Commerce Server 2007 or in Commerce Server 2009
2280532 Virtual catalog search issues occur when you use the CatalogSearch class in Commerce Server 2009
970717 Error message when you try to import a virtual catalog in Commerce Server 2007 and in Commerce Server 2009: "You should create the category before using it as a parent category"
982554 An MSCSProfile cookie is not assigned to client computers that visit a Commerce Server 2007 site
2380266 Catalog caching is not used when you use the CategoryConfiguration class together with the CategoryConfiguration.ChildProducts.SqlWhereClause property in Commerce Server 2009
2161566 You cannot remove line items from the basket on a Commerce Server 2009 website
2492805 Line Item ordering may not work correctly when you use the UpdatePurchaseOrderProperties method to partly update an order in Commerce Server 2009
2421670 The configuration data is lost for Commerce Splitter pipeline component after you add a pipeline component to Total.pcf by using 64-bit Commerce Server Pipeline Editor
2484543 The DateModified property of a catalog product is not updated when you update the category associations for the product in Commerce Server 2007 or in Commerce Server 2009
2421688 Error message when you use Microsoft SharePoint Commerce Services Configuration Wizard to create a site: "The job creating the profile encryption key has timed out"
2448145 Pup.exe does not add Web services when you run the tool at a command prompt in Commerce Server 2009
2452528 You cannot use pipeline components to retrieve credit card numbers in a Commerce Server 2009 environment
2479846 Multilingual product properties for a product variant are not updated after you perform a base catalog incremental import operation in Commerce Server 2007 SP2 and in Commerce Server 2009
932395 How to update Commerce Server 2007 and Commerce Server 2009 for the changes to daylight saving time
2492466 Performance decreases on a Commerce Server 2007 SP2 or Commerce Server 2009 site when you periodically run a Transaction Data Import DTS task
2492964 Invalid URL when you use the EncryptionHelper class to encrypt a URL that is displayed on the Discount Ad Web Part on a Commerce Server 2009 website
2498781 Error when you search multiple products in Commerce Server 2009 if the SearchCriteria.CategoriesClause property is configured for multiple category searches
2503997 "Object reference not set to an instance of an object" error message when you use Commerce Server adapters for BizTalk Server from Commerce Server 2007 to receive orders
2513798 It takes a long time to import a catalog file by using the Replace import type if there is an existing catalog in Commerce Server
2519830 You receive a "Timeout" or "exceeds the maximum" error message when you try to import or export a product catalog in Commerce Server 2009
2516181 Values in the ChannelConfiguration.config file are lost after you deactivate the Commerce Server Channel Configuration feature on a Commerce Server 2009 website
2532193 The list price of a newly added variant product is set to the original list price of the product after you perform a catalog import and a category association change in Commerce Server 2009
2423489 An update for Commerce Server 2009 is available to fix a potential cross-site scripting (XSS) issue in Commerce Server 2009
2528973 You cannot stage marketing in Commerce Server 2007 or in Commerce Server 2009 if lots of marketing data exists