Adam Singer

Veni, vidi, expertus sum- I came, I saw, I tested

Olympic Cold

A few of my coworkers and I were discussing the Olympic controversy regarding the ages of the female gymnasts. After much thoughtful discussion, we came up with several possible rational explanations for the discrepancies. Time travel – perhaps the gymnasts were sent back a year so both the old and new official records are correct…. Read more

Measuring up

I just had a somewhat random thought. Throughout the history of computing, we’ve come up with one syllable abbreviations for collections of bits. First there were “bytes”, then “k”, followed by “megs” and now “gigs”. How will we shorten “terabytes” to a single syllable? I’ve come up with a few options but none really sound… Read more

Hyper-V: They’ve gone plaid!

The title is a reference to “Spaceballs”, of course. Recently, I’ve been doing all of my development on a machine that doesn’t exist. This both amuses me greatly and increases my productivity. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m using a Hyper-V guest OS as a development machine with the host running Windows… Read more

More machine than man now

The other day, someone not in the computer related fields asked me an interesting question. He wanted to know what I think the difference is between the human brain and a computer. Now, it’s been a long time since I took biology, but I believe I remember most of it. The first thing that jumped… Read more

On msiproperty.ini

Recently, in part because of such interesting capabilities as Sudhir mentions in his post on Analysis Services Flexibility, we had an e-mail discussion about the msiproperty.ini file. As such discussions are wont to do, this one became somewhat humorous. I decided to reply back at one point with famous quotes, replacing key words with others related… Read more

No ‘I’ in ‘Team’

I’ve had this brewing in my head for awhile now and wanted to share it with you, my fellow netizens.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” /> This stems in part from a philosophy course I took back during my undergraduate days called “Freedom and Responsibility”. The basic question in the course was “do we… Read more

Now We Are Five

Having been tagged at least twice, I felt I should take the time to write a little something about myself. I’m engaged to be married to the most beautiful, caring woman in the world this coming October. Her coworkers are jealous of the fact that I bake cookies. My music collection contains Nine Inch Nails, Dave Matthew’s… Read more

Truth in advertizing

I’m an avid fan of Battlestar Galactica, as is only appropriate for a former Trekkie who only saw only the first two Matrix movies and was not impressed by the second. Therefore, when I saw the advertisement Visual Studio 2005 had on the SciFi web site for the show, I was definitely drinking the kool-aid…. Read more


Around this time of year, you see plenty of folks trying to make predictions about what’s going to happen over the next year. Not one to be left out, I have a few surefire predictions about what we can expect to happen: Customers will purchase Windows Vista and Office 2007. There will be both praise… Read more

Must be Monday

Steps to have an interesting Monday morning: Arrive at work to find that your coworker‘s door has been locked from the inside Realize that nobody in the office has keys Push up the ceiling tiles in an attempt to drop a book over the door through the ceiling to knock the door handle Realize that the… Read more