Mat Stephen's SQL Server WebLog

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Letter from America 1

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I'm in Seattle this week at Microsoft's first TechReady conference. What's more I'm totally mobile; I didn't bring my laptop. Instead I'm relying on my iPaq with built in wireless and bluetooth.1 To help me type I'm trialing a software keyboard I downloaded from It's not bad I have to say, it enables typing with thumbs instead of using the pen. I think I will now go over to using the transcriber. It is all a bit slow I have to say.. Heard Bill this morning. During his presentation he introduced office 12, which was awesome. Office is getting a major overhaul, not least in the area of BI. I haven't learned much about SQL as yet, but I'm sure there's lots to come. One thing I do want to mention is a follow up to a previous post mentioning SQL2005 migration. Tony Rogerson, of the UK SQL group, has informed that a livemeeting recording of a recent presentation Euan Garden, from the product team, did on the subject of migration at a recent user group, is now available at Well this missive has taken ages to type; my learning from this experience is that, for me at least, the fastest way to input into this device is the keyboard and pen, which is almost acceptable. Heaven only knows what it will look like when its entered.
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    bluetooth keyboard!!!

    Nip down the Frys in Renton while you are in town.

  • Thanks Euan - I think I'll pay them a visit.

    However, my experiment with my iPaq has so far been an endevour to travel around the conference with as little 'clober' as possible - just how mobile can one survive?

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