Product Reviews: DevToys

Three-Word Review Get it. Now. More Than Three Word Review DevToys is a Windows app which provides a series of helpful tools for developers. We know they're helpful because in many cases, there are popular websites which provide these tools. For example, there is a built-in PNG/JPEG compression tool, similar to what TinyPNG offers us.…

Upping My Audio Quality Game

A few months ago, Anthony Nocentino discussed his Pluralsight setup. I decided that this was a good time to take advantage of a friend's knowledge and upgrade my system. Obligatory Warnings Before I get into the setup, I have to lay out some warnings. You get two classes of obligatory warning here: first, that I…

Update: PolyBase Revealed

I jumped the gun with the Cyber 5 sale, but PolyBase Revealed is available for pre-order. You can pre-order the paperback edition on Amazon for $27.99, get the Kindle edition on Amazon for $24.99, or buy the eBook directly from Apress for $19.99. When I originally spec'd out the book, I estimated that it would…

OneNote And Onetastic

I am just a little bit late with this, but I wanted to talk about some things I picked up at a talk Ricardo Wilkins (t) gave at DogFoodCon last year on OneNote. I use OneNote a lot to keep track of what I'm doing, what I'm supposed to do, and generally what I need…

ChuWi Vi10 Thoughts

About a month or so ago, I purchased a ChuWi Vi10 tablet.  Now that I’ve had the device for a bit, here are my thoughts on the tablet. First of all, dual booting is not a joke nor is it a novelty.  It really runs Windows, and it runs Windows pretty dog-gone well, even with…

SSMS Tools: SSMSBoost

I've historically been a huge fan of Mladen Prajdic's SSMS Tools Pack.  It's a full-featured tool kit which solves a lot of problems and I highly recommend it to anybody who uses SSMS.  I'm not averse to spending money---after all, the other two products on my list are paid tools---but I wanted to see what…