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Introducing SQLCheck

Idera’s SQLcheck quickly investigates, organizes and explains critical information about your server’s hardware, operating system and SQL Server. With SQLcheck’s performance dashboard, you can quickly view detailed explanations and receive recovery suggestions. Get the information you need to efficiently manage your SQL Server environment.
Via Stefano.

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Aliparvaresh.com and Other Down Times

As you Iranians might have noticed, there was a major down time in most of Iranian web sites yesterday. Cirrus Hosting, an Iranian managed hosting company based on Canada, was changing its customers’ IP addresses so many of Iranian hosts went down as well as AliParvaresh.com. The funny thing about my web site is that, www.aliparvaresh.com functions correctly, but aliparvaresh.com, which is more critical for .Text rather than www., has been down without even word out of mouth of the hosting company. Just we noticed after the down time that they have announced the down time on their web site, but when it comes to SPAM, they send you 3-4 emails a day concerning a discount or an special sale, but when it comes to down time, there is no talk on it. Isn’t it funny?

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The Magic “N”

N has become the most magic letter for me. We don’t have any problem using UTF-8 characters in MS SQL database when using nchar, nvarchar, ntext or what so ever only with “N” at the beginning of data type. Now I noticed that if you add a N’ to your INSERT INTO command, there will be no problem for Arabic letters either. Like Arabic numbers. I know using Adapter and Datasets, automatically solves these all issues, but we had to use SPROC yesterday for some parts of our new project, so there was a need of INSERT INTO command running from ASP.NET and I noticed everything is being inserted ok other than Arabic numbers and it was solved with The Magic “N”.

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Interview with The Planet’s President

Peter Pathos, president of The Planet, our data center which we moved to 4 months ago, has been interviewed by Rich Miller on netcraft. Some highlight:
“The Planet has experienced a monthly growth rate of 20-percent plus in both January and February, after selling 1,500 dedicated servers in December.”
“In the last two months, more than 37,000 hostnames have moved to The Planet from other hosting companies, a net gain of more 31,500 hostnames.”
Why I like them: “Being an engineer myself, The Planet has always been a very technology driven company. To date, we have taken the monies most companies spend on advertising and invested in our network, datacenter infrastructure and hardware.”
Here is their network at a glance.

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Issue Tracker Starter Kit Beta

The Issue Tracker enables project teams to keep track of outstanding issues, assigned owners, history and related issues through a Web-based interface.
Create Projects
Define project name and description
Create issue categories and custom fields
Add project members and permissions
Create and Track Issues
Assign issue owners and add notes
Track issue status, related issues and history
Query and sort issues using a boolean search
Technologies and Design Approaches Demonstrated:
Best practices for building applications in preparation for ASP.NET 2.0 Mobile web application development

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