Oracle commits the future of MySQL

Oracle Corporation will increase its investment in the open-source MySQL database it acquired with its purchase of Sun Microsystems, and it has already begun to make improvements to the software. So said Oracle’s chief software architect, Edward Screven, during his “State the Dolphin” keynote address at the annual MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, Calif., this week.

“We are going to continue to develop, promote and support MySQL,” he said, adding, “It’s worth it to Oracle to invest in MySQL, and we’re making it better. Not at some abstract point in the future, but today.

Screven pointed to the beta of MySQL 5.5, which he claimed improves performance by more than 200 percent and improves recovery times by more than a factor of 10. He added that semi-synch replication and more partitioning will be integrated in MySQL 5.5, and he assured the crowd that Oracle will maintain MySQL Server’s pluggable storage engine architecture — the enterprise and community editions will ship with the same code.

Oracle also announced the release of MySQL Cluster 7.1 at the show, and Screven cited Oracle’s investment in that release, as well as MySQL Workbench 5.2 and MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.2, as further proof of the company’s commitment.

Visual Studio (VS) 2010 Operating System Support

Visual Studio 2010 will run under the following, so please check your OS before giving it a shot..

  • Windows XP (x86) with Service Pack 3 – all editions except Starter Edition
  • Windows XP (x64) with Service Pack 2 – all editions except Starter Edition
  • Windows Vista (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 1 – all editions except Starter Edition
  • Windows 7 (x86 & x64)
  • Windows Server 2003 (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (x86 & x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 (x86 & x64) with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

What are Windows 7 Libraries?

Windows 7 introduces a new concept of Libraries as the new entry point for users’ data. Where users can find and organize their data as collections of items that may span multiple locations across computers. Libraries supersede the functionality of previous Windows versions’ known folders (for example, Documents, Pictures, Music) and replace them as the main “storage” destination. The Library API gives applications a straightforward method for interacting with libraries programmatically. Applications can create, interact with, and support libraries as first-class items in their environments.

With Windows 7, the concept of Libraries tries to address the problem of users storing content all over their PC by allowing them to have full control over their Documents Library folder structure. In other words, in Windows 7 users can define which folders to include in the Documents Library. We can say that Libraries are user-defined collections of folders that are logical representations of user content. By including folders in Libraries, the user is telling Windows where his or her important data is located. The system will index these folders, enabling faster searching and much richer viewing arrangement capabilities in Windows Explorer based on the file properties and metadata.

In previous versions of Windows, each application had its own proprietary library. For example, Windows Media Player had a different set of scopes than iTunes, and neither was consistent with the Music folder. With the Library API, applications can define and consume a consistent set of user-defined scopes.

Libraries may also contain network folders. This enables a better user experience at work and at home. Whenever users open a common file dialog, they get an aggregated view of all of the library locations that are available.

Libraries may also contain network folders. This enables a better user experience at work and at home. Whenever users open a common file dialog, they get an aggregated view of all of the library locations that are available.

Windows 7, Bitlocker to Go

Today, USB drives are probably the most preferred medium of porting and backing Data from a location to another. I don’t think so that highlighting their benefits is required over here, everyone of us knows that as everyone of us have them… Now what happens if someone you know takes your USB w/o permission or someone you don’t know takes w/o permission.. if the person who has taken the USB is a known one, you will get it back else case you will report it stolen or lost.. So what’s the worst that’s going to happen you loose your asset of few dollars?? obviously NOT!!! EVERY ONE OF US IS CONCERNED MORE WITH OUR DATA RATHER THEN THE PORTABLE DRIVE, is true always in the case of a Business!

To me a data always has a cost associated to it and you have to pay if someone else get’s it..

Windows 7 Enterprise comes with a feature known as BitLocker to Go helps you to protect your USB Drivers and System Drives (Protecting System Drives was even possible with BitLocker in Windows Vista Ultimate, now in Windows 7 Enterprise you can also secure your USBs alongwith Hard Drives) with Password or through Smart Card so even if you by chance someone get’s hold of your USB they are not able to use it unless providing the Password or Inserting the particular Smart Card.

So Now, How does that Happens….

1) Insert a USB drive, right-click on it and select the Turn on BitLocker

2) BitLocker To Go will begin initializing your USB drive

3) Once the initialization process is complete, BitLocker To Go will prompt you to set up a password that you will use to unlock the drive. If you have a smart card, you can use its PIN to unlock the drive

4) After you set up a password or use a smart card, BitLocker To Go will prompt you to store a recovery key. You can use the recovery key to unlock your drive in the event that you forget the password or lose your smart card.

5) When you create the password and save your recovery key, you’ll be prompted to begin the encryption process

6) During the encryption process, you’ll see a standard progress monitor that will keep you apprised of the operation. The amount of time that it will take to complete the process will depend on how large the drive is. As you can see, there is a Pause button that will allow you to temporarily halt the process should you need to perform another task.

7) Once the encryption is complete, BitLocker To Go displays a confirmation dialog box and changes the icon associated with the encrypted drive

Now when you plug-in this encrypted drive to any Windows 7 PC it will allow you to access data after providing the password.. however on Windows XP or Vista, this program will take control of the USB drive and you have to launch it and enter the password and then you will be able to see the data in read only mode and you can copy files from the USB and can paste it to the target machine..