@Tom - Thank you for your understanding, support and kind words.
@Pat - I am sorry to hear about the frustration the several downtime incidents have caused you. I completely understand your concerns and I want to assure you that we are actively working on resolving the server problem. We have not been offline for the entire two days, but rather several episodes of a couple of minutes during this period. Even if the total downtime has been 15 minutes a day we have still been online for 99.9% of the day and even more if we consider a larger timeframe.
@Martin - the local examples come with all needed databases, you may only need to adjust the connection strings to match the named instance of your SQLEXPRESS. Also note that they are created with its 2008 version, so they can be opened only with 2008 and higher. This requirement is listed in the information tooltip next to the download link.
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