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Valve is giving away the new Alien Swarm game for free!

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What else is there to say...its a 4 player co-op alien shooter and Valve is giving it away free starting Monday July 19.  More information on the Steam website here.  Video of the game below.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 July 2010 19:30
 

Another Free Tool To Clean Up Crapware From Your PC

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IObitUninstallerIObit, The company which brought you Game Booster, has another great free tool available for your PC.  Advanced Uninstaller is a free application that doesn't even require an install! Just download the program file and run it to:

  • Remove browser toolbars
  • Uninstall several applications with just one click
  • Scan registry and hard drive for any application "left overs"
  • Help remove applications that aren't even listed in Windows Add/Remove Programs

If your Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 PC has junk you want to remove (and it probably does), you can get Advanced Uninstaller here

 

 

How to add Simple Error Alerting to an SSIS package

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If you using SSIS to move data around, you may have jobs where error notifications can't wait until the next day.  It is extremely simple to add email/paging/text alerts to your SSIS package.  Here is how to add simple error alerting to your SSIS package.  Note this process is detailed for the MS SQL 2005 version of SSIS.

1.  Click in the open space in the Control Flow designer.

 2.  Click the Event Handlers tab in your SSIS package.

 SSIS_Alert_1

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 19:31 Read more...
 

How to add Simple Logging to an SSIS Package

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If you using SSIS to move data around, you will probably want to log package start/stop times and any errors that occur. This is much easier to setup than you might.  The first time you run a package with logging enable, SSIS will even create the log table for you! It just requires create table permission in the database you choose.  So without further ado, here is how to add simple logging to your SSIS package.  Note this process is detailed for the MS SQL 2005 version of SSIS.

1) Open package and right-click in the open space of the Control Flow tab.  Click Logging…

 SSIS_Logging_1

Last Updated on Monday, 12 July 2010 17:38 Read more...
 

Valve is Giving Away Portal until May 24th

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headerTo celebrate the launch of thier Steam platform on Mac, Valve is giving away the game Portal (that runs on both Mac and PC) for free!  But hurry, they are only giving it away until 5/24/2010.  If you already have a Steam account, you can get the game directly from the store.  If you don't already have a Steam account, you can get the game you can access it here
If you are not familiar with Portal, here is a description from the SteamPowered website:

Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life® 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation.

Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.

 


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