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Archive for January, 2010

How to Mute Microphone in Windows 7

Posted by Elon B. on January 18, 2010

Occasionally I use Community Clips to create Video Tutorials for my work.  Unfortunately there is no option to mute the microphone whilst recording.

There isn’t an obvious place to mute the microphone from within Windows 7, as there is in XP and I didn’t want to have to scramble behind my machine to unplug the mic, with all the many wires connected to my machine.

Anyway, here’s how you mute the microphone in Windows 7.

  • Right Click on Speaker Icon in Taskbar Area
  • Select “Recording Devices”
  • Double click on the Active “Microphone”, or Right-Click on the active “Microphone” and select “Properties”
  • Select the Levels Tab.
  • Click on the Speaker button, to mute/unmute the microphone

Click on image below to enlarge it for a pictorial view..

Hope that helps.

Posted in Windows 7 | 1 Comment »

Top 10 Best Practices for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services

Posted by Elon B. on January 4, 2010

I was fortunate enough to attend Microsoft’s Tech-Ed event in Berlin in Nov 2009 and attended a session given by Markus Raatz, which was very informative.

Some interesting topic areas covered included:

  • Attribute Relationships
  • Dimensions
  • Measure Groups
  • ROLAP and MOLAP storage
  • Aggregations
  • User defined Hierachies
  • Partitions
  • Data Providers and
  • Error Handling

He also mentioned visiting the Project REAL site for more information:

Project REAL is a cooperative effort between Microsoft and a number of technology partners in the business intelligence (BI) industry to build on actual customer scenarios to discover best practices for creating BI applications based on SQL Server 2005. Project REAL uses authentic customer data to work through customer deployment issues and to address the full range of real-world challenges that companies face when analyzing large data sets.

His PowerPoint 2007 presentation deck can be found here.

Posted in Microsoft Related, MS Tech-Ed - Berlin (Nov 09), SSAS | 1 Comment »

 
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