Blast from the past—and still true today.

Someone sent me this link in response to a customer request, and I had to laugh. The situation itself isn’t funny, especially for the customer, but sometimes if you don’t laugh, you’ll ______. You fill in the blank. My colleague [name doesn’t really matter] frequently gets requests from customers for documentation that explicitly says that…

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Adventures in relocation…

You know how the most innocuous thing can become a technological mountain… under time pressure? The fact that I seem to still have unreasonable expectations about similarities between Windows 8.1 [Codename Blue] and Windows RT 8.1 [Codename Blue] turned into a crisis this morning, but I’ll come back to that in a minute… [Sung to…

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Degenerate dimensions in VSTS DB edition GDR R2 (a.k.a. TSD03136)

This is a common pattern in many BI projects that I’ve been involved with in the past four or five years for deriving degenerate dimensions without expending the effort to build and maintain star schema or snowflake tables in a data mart or data warehouse. (I’m not passing judgment, just making an observation. I’m ambivalent…

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erR? TSD03006. Doh!

I’m often skeptical when I read things like this that make absolute statements: To resolve this problem, upgrade to Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition GDR R2. FIX: When you access a table source in a referenced project by using an alias in VSTS 2008 Database Edition GDR, if you refer to the…

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Vista SP2 Compatibility Mode Builds Character… on Windows 7

The kids have gotten to the age where they’re pestering us to play Dungeons & Dragons with them. Well, my oldest son is and he’s dragging his sister along (kicking and screaming, metaphorically-speaking). Heh. Unfortunately, this isn’t his Grandpa’s D&D anymore (or his Dad’s). We didn’t have none o’ them crazy software gadgets when we…

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We need to do $@#%ing research to learn this?

Speaking on behalf of all men with a workshop or a garage (which reminds me, I have a top 10 list that I need to post somewhere from a couple weekends back), this research is a big “Duh!” Why do people get paid to do research like this? How can I get paid to do…

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This explains so many things… Scott Adams explains compensation modeling?

This metaphor can probably be extended to ‘splain corporate and governmental policies of all kinds! Of course, it would actually be worse (at least for me) if compensation was tied to the performance of friends and family. Heh! For the record, I used to work there… and I still ain’t laffing.

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For want of a chainsaw, the trip was lost…

About two or three weekends back, we took the Sequoia up toward the Glacier Peak Wilderness loaded with the family (wife, kids, me) and various pieces of what-if back country gear: important stuff like MREs, bonus water, rope and rappelling stuff, tire repair bits, etc. Of course, by now, you’ve figured out that I “forgot”…

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Log Shipping + Database Snapshots == Bummer, dude!!

So, like most funny stories (involving me), this one starts with “Yesterday, I had this bright idea…” and goes downhill from there. Database mirroring is great. Full stop. But there’s this one little catch: it can only have a single mirror copy of the principal. Awesome for HA, but not so good for scale out….

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Ooops. Better luck next time!

Another Tunguska might’ve been fun! Space rock gives Earth a close shave Of course, a mass extinction might have been less fun, so let’s not and say we did?

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