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A blog discussing a variety of topics related to data warehousing, business intelligence, big data, database technology and data virtualization, written by Rick van der Lans.


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The Time Is Ripe for Self-Service Data Preparation

December 19, 2014 - Implementing rules for detecting and cleansing incorrect data is almost always done by BI specialists and not by business users themselves. Is that going to change with the introduction of self-service data preparation tools? Most tools for data profiling and data cleansing are designed for BI specialists. They can be quite technical in spite of...... READ MORE

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  • We've got a Dell exclusive!!!

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    Dell announced the 1135n yesterday morning and PrinterComparison.com has an exclusive hands-on video of the 1135n in action AS WELL AS a full review of the brand spanking new 4-in-1 device!

    Be the first to check them out now!

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  • Stickers on notebooks (they are designed to torture reviewers)

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    These days when you go to purchase a notebook in a store you might notice that it is loaded with up with stickers. Generally some can be painless to remove (plastic ones) but paper stickers are by far the most annoying thing to deal with when we are in the process of getting a notebook ready to shoo…READ MORE

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  • Hello world!

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    Welcome to IT Knowledge Exchange. This is an example of your first blog post. You’ll need to delete this example blog post and the attached example comment before your blog goes live. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks. (Michael)…READ MORE

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  • The Future of Netbooks and the Next Big Thing

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    Inexpensive and lightweight netbooks have quickly become the “trend du jour” in mobile computing since they first hit the scene in late 2007. Coincidentally th…READ MORE

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  • Hello world!

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  • Microsoft Live Chat - November 12, 2009

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    Join IT Knowledge Exchange for a LIVE chat hosted by Microsoft Exchange and Unified Communication experts Ed Banti and Yesim Koman. Sign up for a reminder today and join our chat LIVE on November 12th from 11AM EST to 2PM EST.

    The experts will be available to discuss Exchange and Unified Communi…READ MORE

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  • Survival Mode

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    Over the holidays, the college kids trooped home, looked around, and wondered what had changed. At least mine did. She asked if I was working more hours and why we focused on more personal, less expensive gifts. There was the unspoken question of what had happened to my career path…had I taken …READ MORE

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  • Are You Kidding Me? And You're Shocked, WHY?

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    The United State Military chose to not encrypt the video images sent from drone aircraft.  They are surprised that enemy fighters would intercept the images, to avoid being surprised themselves.

    And we’re all shocked and incredulous. Why?  We should expect these kinds of security shortcuts.  …READ MORE

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  • Hello world!

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  • TWO_TASK... an oldie but a goodie...

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    TWO_TASK is a very useful but often forgotten environment variable. We actually just used it again the other day and we’re always scratching our head saying “ok, I remember there is this variable we can set to do that… umm… it’s… hmm, let me google and I’ll get right back to you.”

    Because i…READ MORE

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  • Google Live Chat – Get expert advice on Google Apps

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    The Google Apps Live Chat will take place on July 28, 2009 from 1PM ET to 3PM ET. Join us for this live chat to get your pressing Google Apps questions answered by the product experts. Don’t miss the chance to chat with peers from more than 1.75 million businesses that use Google Apps to save time…READ MORE

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  • Application Launching -- Softly Please

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    There have been a number of posts made commenting about a recent post on 37 Signals blog about “Why it’s wise to launch softly”.  I always love to see my thoughts in print by others, or to see approaches that I believe in being touted as “good” methods.  Such is the post I refer to, I could have w…READ MORE

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  • YouTube Says, Downloading Your Own Videos is Legal

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    Based on dozens of incoming posts about “Now Download Your YouTube Videos Legally” for last two days, I’m so confused at the first sight. Since these Flash videos on YouTube are not streaming via Real Time Messaging Protocol like Hulu, we’re always downloading these videos into our browser cache whe…READ MORE

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  • Windows Batch File to Backup Internet Explorer Favorites

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    Here is a quick batch file I wrote to copy Microsoft Internet Explorer Favorites to another location. Fill in the BACKUPPATH variable and stick it in a Group Policy logon (or logoff) script to make sure that users have a backup of the bookmarks.

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  • Are we ready for a multi-task ID card? SAS 70

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    Recently I received my credit card statement and interest rate had increased to 35%. This was not the Christmas present I was expecting. I am so glad Congress has enacted new rules to prevent this type of customer service from happening to you.
     
    As the government continues to provide bailo…READ MORE

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  • HP QuickTest Pro 10 Beta: Antediluvian

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    Mondays are frequently “One of Those Days”, where I start off by questioning myself over and over “Why did I get into this business of test automation? What was I thinking??” Then I hear the dire financial news, look at my personal slice of the national debt, and realize that it’s too late in my lif…READ MORE

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  • Technology Can't Solve Everything

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    Last week there was quite an uproar over an Ad Agency HR executive accidentally sending out an e-mail to their entire staff divulging news of upcoming layoffs. It’s an excellent example of how an honest mistake can cause a tremendous amount of pain, but it’s also an excellent example of how techno…READ MORE

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  • The Hello World Collection

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    The Hello World Collection
    “Hello World” is the first program one usually writes when learning a new programming language. The first Hello World program appeared in chapter 1.1 of the first edition of Kernighan & Ritchie’s original book about C, “The C Programming Language”, in 1978 and read …READ MORE

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