Do I R2, or Just 12?

We all know that hardware failures are not unheard of events, and – like most people – I try to cover for such eventualities. Many features of my network depend on a single server running a few Hyper-V machines, and so I have a cold-swap backup server all set up and configured to take over…

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Semantically Speaking…

So I’ve temporarily escaped from Azure to lend a hand with, as Monty Python would say, something completely different. And it’s a bit like coming home again, because I’m back with the Enterprise Library team. Some of them even remembered me from last time (though I’m not sure that’s a huge advantage). Enterprise Library has…

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Six Buttons and a Volume Knob

Probably there’s not many people who can remember when TVs had just six buttons and a volume knob. You simply tuned each of the buttons to one of the five available channels (which were helpfully numbered 1 to 5), hopefully in the correct order so you knew which channel you were watching, and tuned the…

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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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Bluetooth Made Me Un-picture My Contacts

Can software become more complicated and yet still be easy to use? It seems that, unfortunately in some cases, it can – and does so whether you like it or not. I just spent two hours trying to fix the Bluetooth connection between my wife’s phone and her car, and discovered just how unfortunate it…

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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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Call In a Specialist

In the rapidly expanding realm of computing technologies, it’s reasonable to assume that most developers have only a limited spread of knowledge. I regularly hear it said that keeping up with the welter of new frameworks, platforms, systems, and capabilities is almost impossible. Except that it’s only occasionally you actually get abruptly confronted with this…

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An Automatic Upgrade to Uncontrolled Access

How could they get it so wrong? I’ve been very happy with all the other Netgear hardware scattered across my network, including ADSL modems, switches, and the NAS box, but I’m beginning to wonder if the WNDR 4500v2 wireless router I upgraded to last year was such a great idea. Especially when a firmware update…

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The Royal We Is Working On It…

I really am trying to get used to the dumbed-down (sorry, I should say “user-friendly”) move towards simple language and a less technical description of the options and features in modern software UIs. Messages such as “We’re working on it” and “Something went wrong” feel like they would have been programmer’s jokes only a few…

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Idempotent Photographical Categorization

It’s been many years since I switched from film to digital by selling my old Pentax SLR, extensive selection of quality lenses, and bag full of assorted attachments at some ludicrously low price. Since then my photographic arsenal has included several Olympus digicams. Yet I still haven’t got the knack of successfully categorizing our ever-growing…

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