Microsoft Windows Azure…

Steps l took in exploring this technology.
“Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform”  Click here for the Microsoft Website

1. Download the SDK – January 2009 CTP
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2. Download Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP
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3. Download
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5. Start Visual Studio 2008 , New project, Cloud service, Web and worker cloud service
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Working on code using the REST API Reference for Windows Azure Storage services

Also download the Azure Services Training Kit – February Update

Will update this blog soon as l make progress….

Nvidia cuda….

Wanted to take advantage of the CUDA from NVIDIA (a leading GPU manufacturer) – a system that uses GPUs for scientific computing. You also need a minimum of 256Mb Video card RAM to take advantage of CUDA. This will also increase my BOINC/SETI processing speed. My current nvidia driver for my PNY Quadro FX370 was dated 5/26/2008 release 7.15.11.6996. So l downloaded the latest driver from the nvidia website and the new driver is now dated 12/26/2008 release 7.15.11.8120
/this works okay on my Quad-core workstation and boosted my Vista index from 3.6 to 4.2
My Vista index ratings for my Processor/RAM/Hard drive was before and after the update 5.9
Graphics rating went from 3.6 to 4.2
Games graphics capability went from 4.0 to 4.6
It will be interesting to see this week what this GPU processing does to my boinc/seti ratings.
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SQL Server error

Cannot insert the value NULL into column ‘owner_sid’, table ‘msdb.dbo.sysjobs’; column does not allow nulls. INSERT fails.

If you get the above message, make sure you set the login correctly in the script you are attempting to run: For example, on my script that causes the error above,
changing
@owner_login_name=N’sa’,
to
@owner_login_name=N’stevesadminaccount’,
Obviously logging in as sa would have solved the problem, but thats not a recommended safe practise.

Ubuntu Ultimate 2.0 rocks!!!

If you love Ubuntu, you want to get this over-loaded rebuilt Ubuntu 8.1 distro with just about everything you need if you are a hard core fun loving linux fan. Heres an awesome youtube demo video (make sure your speakers are on also). I’ll be installing this on my laptop this weekend.

Big Buck Bunny

Internet Explorer 7 vs. Firefox 3?:
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Keep getting an interesting error message below while trying to download the Open source movie dvd Big Buck Bunny (2008) for my son – a movie created and finished entirely using open source software – mainly Blender. However, Internet explorer 7 keeps giving the error below on right clicking the download link for the ntsc dvd iso. I tried this from my various workstations at home. Then l tried downloading from Firefox 3 and it works on first attempt! At a download speed of 1Mbps, this 7.7Gb file download will be completed in 2 hours.
Please visit http://blender.org as well as http://www.bigbuckbunny.org for more information on this movie/3d graphics software.
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