No Merry Golfmas Today

When my wife decided that I need to do something other than play Gears of War, I don’t think she had golf in mind. But what’s a guy to do when it’s a beautiful 75° outside? It’s one of the many benefits of Houston’s subtropical climate! Golf in December makes up for the baking we suffer…

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Halo 3 cured my Hotmail problem (really!)

Getting invited into the alpha playtest for a certain high profile science fiction save-the-Earth shooter that may or may not be released in 2007 finally gave me a good enough excuse to buy myself a 360… An excuse good enough to reduce the wife’s complaining to an ignorable level anyway. “Honey, it’s for work. Honest!” Heh. I’m…

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I’m ambivalent about Exam Insurance

As one of the letter people that has as many of the MCP certifications that I have time to take and as an MCT, I feel ambivalent about Exam Insurance. I stopped counting after ~15 individual Microsoft product certifications. Yeah, the tests aren’t cheap, but they’re not as expensive as most other IT reputable vendors’ exams. A CCIE…

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Workaround for error in Configure Distribution Wizard

I don’t know if it’s me, Windows Vista or what, but the Configure Distribution Wizard fails with the default options on my Tablet PC running SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition with Service Pack 1 and the Post-SP1 Hotfix Rollup. This seems to be just like BUG #: 422648 (SQLBUDT): “You may receive error messages when you use the Configure Distribution…

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150 meteors per hour?

New Scientist Space has an interesting article on the Leonid meteor shower. Not as spectacular as the Big One that everybody is afraid will end life as we know it, but it should be a fun thing to let the kids stay up late for… I don’t know about y’all, but I certainly have enough wishes saved…

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Setting FastParse programmatically for SSIS Packages

I’ve been otherwise occupied for a bit, but there are lots of little things about programmatically generating SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) packages that I don’t want to forget… so this is a good place to remember them. Heh. This is also a good opportunity to try out the code formatter plugin for Live Writer….

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Hey, I resemble that remark. (I have a new theme song!)

I am proud to announce that I have a new theme song! If you don’t have one, I strongly recommend that you get one. It’s almost like that goofy AIG commercial. Weird Al brings us my new theme song. Somebody has been kind enough to violate Weird Al’s copyright and post the entire music video to…

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Giving Live Writer a try…

Since the Word 2007 blog features can’t seem to connect to my Blogger alter ego in the current build, I figured that I’d give Live Writer a try. <sarcasm>It’s not like I’ve got anything better to do while sitting here in rainy Chicago @ O’Hare waiting for a delayed plane to rainy Houston. At least…

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You’ve got to wonder what is so important…

If anybody knows Joe Barton (R, Fort Worth, Texas), please ask him to explain what possible reform at the National Institute of Health is so important that it’s worth blocking the Combating Autism Act of 2006 from passage in the House of Representatives. I’ve seen his bullet points and I don’t see anything that can’t…

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McAfee ASAP collision with old version of Daemon Tools fixed with new version?

This doesn’t seem to be clearly documented anywhere, but the new version of Daemon Tools 4.0.6 seems to have fixed a collision that it had back with version 4.0.3. The bug was exhibited by a blue screen PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA in mfehidk.sys. The blue screen was so terminal that one of the apps had to go on…

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