Windows Process Explorer

Windows Process Explorer is a free diagnostic utility developed by  Sysinternals, a Microsoft subsidiary.  It provides much more information than the standard Windows Task Manager, and can be downloaded from download.sysinternals.com/files/ProcessExplorer.zip, or run directly from live.sysinternals.com/procexp.exe.

This is part of the Sysinternals Suite of utilities including Process Monitor, etc.   These are generally for Windows Vista/Windows Server 2008 and later versions.

 

 

Revive older computers with CloudReady OS by Neverware

Neverware has worked with Google to develop CloudReady, a Chrome-based operating system that improves web browser performance on older laptops and desktops. This includes both Windows and Mac computers and replaces the entire operating system in order to only run web applications. CloudReady is downloaded onto a 16GB or 8GB USB drive and is free for home use.

Some general hardware recommendations for CloudReady (including dual-boot option):

  • 2 GB or more of RAM
  • 16 GB or more of disk space
  • Components made in 2007 and after
  • Full administrative access

A full list of compatible devices can be found here.

SQLSaturday – Free Training for SQL Server Professionals

SQLSaturdays are free in-person SQL Server training events held in various locations around the world. These events are organized by the
Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).

Register for an upcoming SQLSaturday event at
http://www.sqlsaturday.com/.

PASS also has webinars, podcasts, and other training available at
http://www.pass.org/Learning.aspx.

Visual Studio 2017 will be released on March 7th 2017

Microsoft will release Visual Studio 2017 on March 7th 2017. This also marks the 20th anniversary of Visual Studio. Microsoft had announced the release of Visual Studio 97 back on January 28, 1997.

Register for in-person Microsoft launch events at various locations around the world at https://launch.visualstudio.com/local-events/.

Online training and web sessions on March 7th and 8th can be found at https://mva.microsoft.com/colleges/visual-studio-2017-launch.