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Telstra have just reduce the cost and increased the data allowances on their Post-Paid Data Packs. The good thing about these data plans is that you can purchase a new data plan at any time during your billing cycle to avoid having to pay any excess usage fees. As you can see below based on the cents per MB costing, the two sweet spots are either the 500mb or 3gb plans.
If you already have a data pack on your existing Telstra plan then you will need to call them to update your phone plan to take advantage of the new rates.
Microsoft have just release another free eBook called “Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner!”. This is a good sign that SQL Server 2008 R2 is also getting very close to RTM…
The book contains 10 chapters and 216 pages, like so:
PART I Database Administration
CHAPTER 1 SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements CHAPTER 2 Multi-Server Administration CHAPTER 3 Data-Tier Applications CHAPTER 4 High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements CHAPTER 5 Consolidation and Monitoring
PART II Business Intelligence Development
CHAPTER 6 Scalable Data Warehousing CHAPTER 7 Master Data Services CHAPTER 8 Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight CHAPTER 9 Reporting Services Enhancements CHAPTER 10 Self-Service Analysis with PowerPivot
As myself am an IT Pro but I have not used SQL Server since SQL 2005 however but the Part 1 of this book looks like it will be brilliant for me to get up-to speed on the new features of SQL Server 2008 R2.