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Several short years ago, more than I want to count, the “Big New Thing” in SQL Server and a life changer, for me at least, was SQL Server Reporting Services. I recognized it immediately as a tool that filled many gaps between the data entry and data delivery components of SQL Server. Plus, it was free (disclaimers apply), so I knew straight away that SSRS and I were going to get to know each other well, and over the ensuing years we did. Perhaps a little too well.

When you see the leader of Isis, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in Mosul announcing the creation of a caliphate – an Islamic state ruled by a religious leader – it’s easy to think that what you’re watching is a march back into the past. The horrifying savagery with which the jihadist organisation treats anyone that stands in its way seems to come from a bygone era. The fact that Isis – the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which has now changed its name to the Islamic State – claims that it wants to restore an early type of Islam, leads many of us to see it as trying to bring about a reversion to mediaeval values.

Waves and Styling

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Look Here…

grammys-smallSecond section of two-thirds within the segment. This is an automated notification from the Team Tasks database.
If you feel that you should not be receiving these notifications, please contact the database’s owner, Philip and ask to be removed from the notification list. But farmers are resisting, saving seeds in banks and barns across the world. Now they have devised a revolutionary project — the first ever, non-profit “eBay” of seed where any farmer, anywhere can source a wide variety of plants cheaper than the genetically modified seeds from chemical companies.

People and Places

When you see the leader of Isis, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in Mosul announcing the creation of a caliphate – an Islamic state ruled by a religious leader – it’s easy to think that what you’re watching is a march back into the past. The horrifying savagery with which the jihadist organisation treats anyone that stands in its way seems to come from a bygone era. The fact that Isis – the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which has now changed its name to the Islamic State – claims that it wants to restore an early type of Islam, leads many of us to see it as trying to bring about a reversion to mediaeval values.

Perhaps in Florida
I removed the second filter value and we were back working again. I tried loading the two filter values in one element using IN. No go. I tried a SPLIT function and, while that may or may not have “worked”, I stopped the report after it ran for 5 minutes without returning any results. I rolled up my sleeves and, a short period of hacking later, got it to work by using BETWEEN, but that was really only because luck was on my side; my filter values started with a “U” and a “T” and there were no other values between them.

I sat back and smiled ruefully. Much had changed, but much had stayed the same. I am going to keep at it with SSRS, because it definitely still serves a purpose for me, but this time, rather than just hacking and pressing on, I’m going to report these issues to Microsoft and hope they continue supporting and improving the tool. Heck, one day they might even incorporate Word, to provide baked-in support for rich text formatting. Now that really would make my life back in the USSRS much easier. Ring out you balalaikas!

Agri-business
The source of our planet’s food is under threat. Ten agro-chemical firms own 73% of the commercial seed market, and as many as 93% of seed varieties have gone extinct. In the US alone 85% of apple varieties have disappeared.

Monsanto and co. are privatising the genesis of nature. And this corporate takeover is decimating sustainable farming, destroying the diversity of our crops, and making them vulnerable to diseases that could threaten our food security.

Singing for it

I only knew about a few tracks that sometimes send a shiver up my spine. Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin), Song ToThe Siren (This Mortal Coil), the lead break on Vital Transformation (Mahavishnu)

Then randomly Candy Store Rock (Led Zeppelin) appears on Radio 6 Music and does it to me.

Weddings

I removed the second filter value and we were back working again. I tried loading the two filter values in one element using IN. No go. I tried a SPLIT function and, while that may or may not have “worked”, I stopped the report after it ran for 5 minutes without returning any results. I rolled up my sleeves and, a short period of hacking later, got it to work by using BETWEEN, but that was really only because luck was on my side; my filter values started with a “U” and a “T” and there were no other values between them.

Heck, one day they might even incorporate Word, to provide baked-in support for rich text formatting. Now that really would make my life back in the USSRS much easier. Ring out you balalaikas!

Bar Mitzvahs

Several short years ago, more than I want to count, the “Big New Thing” in SQL Server and a life changer, for me at least, was SQL Server Reporting Services. I recognized it immediately as a tool that filled many gaps between the data entry and data delivery components of SQL Server. Plus, it was free (disclaimers apply), so I knew straight away that SSRS and I were going to get to know each other well, and over the ensuing years we did. Perhaps a little too well.

Proms and Parties

Several short years ago, more than I want to count, the “Big New Thing” in SQL Server and a life changer, for me at least, was SQL Server Reporting Services. I recognized it immediately as a tool that filled many gaps between the data entry and data delivery components of SQL Server. Plus, it was free (disclaimers apply), so I knew straight away that SSRS and I were going to get to know each other well, and over the ensuing years we did. Perhaps a little too well.

Fun Makeover

Several short years ago, more than I want to count, the “Big New Thing” in SQL Server and a life changer, for me at least, was SQL Server Reporting Services. I recognized it immediately as a tool that filled many gaps between the data entry and data delivery components of SQL Server. Plus, it was free (disclaimers apply), so I knew straight away that SSRS and I were going to get to know each other well, and over the ensuing years we did. Perhaps a little too well.

Little Scotland

An English town dubbed ‘little Scotland’ is holding its own mock independence referendum.

Labour’s shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran will be in Corby today urging voters there to back the United Kingdom in the ballot, which is being held just over two months before Scots go to the polls to decide the country’s future on September 18.

The mock ballot is being staged as part of Corby’s annual Highland Gathering.

Corby Folk

Thousands of people in the town are of Scottish descent, after a downturn in the steel industry in the Clyde Valley saw many travel to Corby, Northamptonshire, for work after one of the largest steel workers in the UK was set up there in the 1930s.

The Yes Scotland campaign said the social union between Scotland and the rest of the UK will continue and “be enhanced” under independence.

Ms Curran urged people living in the English town to make their views known, even though they will not have a say in the independence referendum in September.

The Glasgow East MP said: “Alex Salmond wanted to turn this referendum into a debate between Scotland and England, but he has failed.