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Innovative or confusing UI?

I am not impressed at all.
I would have to try it in order to get a better opinion.

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This is something that I am frequently being asked about, so I decided to post the simple solution.

For SQL Server table columns that have the IDENTITY property enabled, their respected values are being auto-incremented according to the IDENTITY’s incremental value.

The seed value is the value that is used for the very first row inserted into the table.
Therefore, if at some point all table records are cleared, there might be the need to reset the seed value back to zero or some other value.

Here is how we can reset the IDENTITY value with a simple SQL statement:

DBCC CHECKIDENT ('table-name', RESEED, new-value)

It has to be mentioned that the next value that will be inserted on the table would be the value of ‘new-value’ + 1. So for example if the new-value is 0, the next row value will be 1.

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Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

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Yesterday, I have been browsing my Google Reader feeds, and I stumbled upon a  post from the Chromium blog. The actual title was “Introducing Google Chrome Frame“. Since that was something I have never heard before about, I just had to read it.

Well, it turned out that “Google Chrome Frame” is a plugin for Internet Explorer (IE) browsers.
What does it do? It brings the Google Chrome’s web and javascript engine into the IE browser. Therefore you might be using IE’s user interface but under the hood you are running Google Chrome.

Google Chrome’s engine gives you all modern browser advantages, support for HTML5, full support for all Web Standards (100% on Acid3 test), exceptional javascript performance etc.

You can directly install the Google Chrome Frame plugin on Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.

Now, let’s see Google Chrome pwning IE in action:

The plugin is installed on an IE7, XP SP3 machine.

We are going to create a simple HTML file, which is showing the browser’s version (in Javascript terms, the User Agent string).

Here is the exact code:


<html>
<head>
	<title>Google Chrome Frame test!</title>
</head>
<body>
	<a href="javascript:alert(navigator.userAgent)">User Agent</a>
</body>
</html>

The HTML page is displaying a simple link, which upon click it pop-ups a Javascript window displaying the browser version.

Let’s see what it does by default in IE7:

google_chrome_frame_1
It is the default IE7 rendering engine.

Now, we are going to add a simple string in front of the http:// part of the page’s url, i.e. the result would be cf:http://&#8230;

The “cf:” triggers the Google Chrome Frame to be enabled for any site on the Web.
And the result is:

google_chrome_frame_2

Yeap, this is it, Google Chrome engine powering the poor old IE.

Another way to automatically trigger the Google Chrome Frame is the presence of a special “meta” tag. Of course this is something that the Web developer has to add on a page.

So let’s go and that meta tag on our previous code:


<html>
<head>
	<title>Google Chrome Frame test!</title>
	<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">
</head>
<body>
	<a href="javascript:alert(navigator.userAgent)">User Agent</a>
</body>
</html>

And now without including the cf: url prefix, the result is:

google_chrome_frame_3

Chrome, or Google,  did it again!

Now start adding the Chrome meta tag on your Web pages 😉

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Movie Maker requires Windows Vista or Windows 7; it is not supported on Windows XP.

– Import photos and videos from your PC, camera or camcorder
– AutoMovie
– Post to YouTube
– Easy transitions and effects
– Add and edit audio
– Titles, captions, and credits
– Burn movies to DVD
– Go High Def

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Service Pack 2, the latest service pack for both Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, supports new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards, includes all of the updates that have been delivered since SP1, and simplifies deployment, for consumers, developers, and IT professionals.

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The 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 RC are available in five languages: English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish.

The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010.

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