Business and the Microsoft Platform

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It’s no secret that I’ve had my doubts about Microsoft in the past. But since becoming in charge of everything IT at the small business I helped start a couple of years ago, you could say that I’ve had something of a change of heart. At home and with any freelance work I do, it’s still all Apple/Mac OS, open source, and web-based applications, all the time – which I might talk about in a separate blog post sometime soon. But at work, we’re using practically all Microsoft based systems and software. And you know, it’s actually not that bad. Let me explain.

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Guerrilla Data Analysis using Pivot Charts in Microsoft Access 2007

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Until last Friday, it had been almost a full decade since I last launched a copy of Microsoft Access. I spent a fair amount of my undergraduate career getting familiar with it and the concepts of relational databases, and SQL, but once I started working with full-featured database servers like Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, Access just looked like a cute little toy piece of software that I had simply outgrown.

But thanks to the need for some quick and dirty data analysis at work last week, I have a new respect for Access 2007 and one of its coolest features: The Pivot Chart.

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Power Hungry

I was thinking recently about the tech companies needing huge data centers: the Googles, Microsofts, Yahoos, Limelight Networks, and Akamais of the world. These businesses depend on reliable sources of…

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