Mesh up your Data on Live Mesh

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Consider this: You are working on a document from the past few days on different machines and now realize that you have different versions of the document on different devices. Its a fractious task to keep a coherent copy of your work while working on multiple systems. Wouldn't it be great if there was a service which could automatically synchronize the files on all your devices.

Live Mesh is a new service which provides you a virtual desktop and enables individuals and organizations to access, manage and share data and applications seamlessly through the web. It allows you to connect all your devices and synchronize the data. It gives you 5GB space to store your data in the "cloud" (data centers on the internet). You can access your data anytime, anywhere on a simple web browser. So, resume your work from where you left it.

If you think thats awesome, well there are many more features in Live Mesh to be explored. It allows you to remotely access any of the device on your Mesh via the web. You can also share folders on your Live Desktop with your friends or family. Live Mesh updates you about the changes made in your folders. It also facilitates online collaboration through chat and posting messages in a folder.

Live Mesh has been developed by Microsft on the 'software-and-services' platform. It is currently under Limited Technology Preview and an invitation is required to preview this service. A developer SDK will also accompany this service, which would allow application developers to extend their applications using the amazing features of Live Mesh.

Reset Identity Field in MS-SQL

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

There are a lot of occasions when you would need to reset an 'Identity' field in the database table. For doing this in MS-SQL, you just need to execute this statement:


This statement will RESEED the identity field to current maximum value in the column. You may also give a custom reseed value to the column:


Specify an integer number in place of the new_value. For example, to reset the identity column in 'tblA' to the value 20, use:


BioFuel Debate

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The scant of fossil fuels has almost led to an energy crisis in the world. Prices of petroleum products are already sky-rocketing, with crude oil costing almost $100/barrel. Scientists world-over are working to produce alternate sources of energy using natural products.

Biofuel, the kind of fuel produced from organic matter, is one of the best alternative being considered to replace the use of petroleum gas. There is a great on going debate on the efficient use of this fuel. The biofuel debate forum is community for people interested to discuss on the subject of alternate fuels. It provides a platform for scientists, academia, researchers, clubs or even newcomers who are interested in sharing knowledge and providing opinion for the effective use of biofuel.

There are many types of biofuels which are being experimented for use in vehicles. These include biogas, bioethanol, biobutanol, biodiesel, straight vegetable oil, and wood gas generator. Among these, biodiesel's use and production are increasing rapidly. Fueling stations make biodiesel readily available to consumers across Europe, and increasingly in the USA and Canada, and a growing number of transport fleets use it as an additive in their fuel. The biodiesel forum provides more insights about this efficient fuel.

Biofuel is considered by some as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy security by providing an alternative to fossil fuels. It is considered to be an eco-friendly fuel. But, there may be some adverse impacts about biofuel too. Use of biofuel may lead to increase in food prices used to make these fuel. They may also lead to deforestation, soil erosion and may effect the water resources. There are many such issues being discussed at the Biofuel impact forum. Participate in this forum and share how does biofuel effects the world.

If you would like to learn more about biofuels and alternative energy, do join the Biofuel Debate Forum (sponsor of this post). Its an active and freely available discussion forum. You can even host your public or private forum free of charge by contacting one of the webmasters.