Seventeen Syllable File Delete in ASP.NET

The days when I played with ASP.NET web sites all the time have, perhaps unfortunately, gone. Now my day job has me delving into grown-up stuff such as the wonderful worlds of cloud service infrastructure, design patterns, systems and software architectural, Big Data, and even open source projects named after animals. So a simple task…

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Recertified, Un-moused, and Port-holed

You can’t believe just how fast a year goes by. It seems like only yesterday I was rebooting all the Hyper-V virtual machines because the server certificate for Hyper-V had expired. And now it’s gone and done it again. The certificate is renewed automatically, but it disconnects the VMs when it does this. Which causes…

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Missing The (Access) Point…

Let’s face it, the only proper way to connect computers together is with real wire in the form of good quality Ethernet cables and switches. The current all-encompassing drive towards wireless was, I reckoned, just fad that would soon pass. At least, that’s what I though a few years ago. The reality is, of course,…

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Learning to Walk Again

This week has been an interesting combination of learning and re-acquaintance opportunities. Learning because I finally got fully switched over to Windows 8, at the same time as discovering how many parts of your body are involved in the simple act of walking. A couple of weeks ago I suffered a reoccurrence of the trapped…

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The Windows Server Update Service That Doesn’t

One of the great things about being a technology pessimist is that you don’t suffer that sinking feeling when something doesn’t work as expected. And, of course, you get to experience a nice ripple of surprised elation when stuff actually does work as it’s supposed to. This week I’ve experienced a roughly equal mixture of…

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UPS Outside Your Head

Does lateral thinking mean you need to look outside your own head instead of just accepting the most obvious solution? If so, I might as well plead guilty in terms of managing the backup power supply for my servers. Like a great many people I depend on APC UPSs to handle mains power fluctuations and…

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I Bet They Wish They’d Called It Facebooc

Some days it would be nice if things just did what you expected. Like music coming out of your MP3 player when you press the play button, or nice brown toast coming out of the toaster after the prerequisite two minutes. Or Windows Media Center quite happily recognizing that, yes, it does have a TV…

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Time to Stop Typing and Start Thinking

It’s amazing how, sometimes, things get simpler the more you fiddle with them. Or, to be more precise, something that seems to be evolving into an increasingly complicated problem turns out to be easy to resolve when you step back and look at it from another direction. I guess it’s what they call “lateral thinking”;…

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Bey0nd Th3 Fr1nge

So the Edinburgh Fringe Festival ended last week and, as usual, they announced the winners of the under twenty seconds joke category. The winner, it seems, was Nick Helm’s contribution of “I needed a website password containing eight characters, so I used SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves”. Oh dear. And second was Tim Vine with “Crime in multi-storey car…

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Hello, Server 27 Here…

The editions of my daily newspaper that I most look forward to are those when my favorite columnist, Bryony Gordon, is in attendance. As an example, in her Notebook column a couple of weeks ago she happened to mention that not only has her own cat posted a birthday greeting to her on her Facebook…

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