Ruby and Windows don't always play nice. Here's how I used WSL to solve that problem.
♫ I don't wanna wait, for the schedule to be overrrr...
Yet another way VSCode is helpful as my editor of choice.
How I make sure my code travels well.
What a year, what a year!
After 3 years of attending, I know why it's my favorite.
Grateful to be a part of a great conference.
A few setup steps and you're off and running!
A new running page on the site.
ReSharper is great, but sometimes you need to send it away for a bit.
A good blog post got my wheels turning.
Good advice leads to a great result
Back at it again for a second year!
The .NET Community needs to step up. You can help.
Itamar Syn-Hershko got me thinking.
A reference for continuous improvement and growth.
A little scripting can save a lot of wondering.
A gif is worth 1,000 PNGs.
With animated goodness!
So, so many reasons.
Who likes less test failures? I do!
Save your pages time and money by using a CDN. It's not hard at all.
It's more than not burning bridges.
A text editor and a little RegEx know-how can save a lot of time.
A quick, easy way to add events that inform (but don't annoy) your coworkers.
Delegating names allows customers to own their domain and you to work on it.
Some thoughts on helping employees and companies embrace outside work.
Get-Acl and Set-Acl have you covered.
ReSharper is just so darn useful.
UX teams, talk to your dev teams!
In which I have opinions on things.
I might be late to the game, but I had no idea you could merge only for certain rows.
Defined names are useful in Excel for things like drop-downs. But adding tables makes them even better.
A quick solution to drag and drop things in Visual Studio.
I need to calculate the MD5 and SHA hashes for a file from Windows and I’d rather not download 3rd-party GUI software that clutters my setup.
The Intel RST Community Forum is a tough club to get into!
With all my bellyaching about Backblaze lately, it only stands to reason that I should pick a better system.
Folks involved in systems administration may likely be familiar with the adage that 'Backups always work; it's the restores that fail.'
So it’s been a long day and night rebuilding a system from scratch (Motherboard issue + Hubris + Bad decisions). But on this go ‘round, I decided to install ...
Quick Tip: The "shell:" prefix in Windows 8.1 dialogs (Finding the Startup Folder in Windows 8.1 quickly and more!)
Every once in a while I’ll Google for something relatively straightforward to see if there’s a better way to do it.
This one’s mostly for my quick personal reference. It wasn’t hard by any means but figured someone else might find it useful.
I rave about a trackpad like I never thought possible.
Sometimes, for whatever reason, Intellisense will go away in Visual Studio while using ReSharper.
When you don’t have code coverage for a number of tests in a class:
After upgrading to Windows 8.1 Pro recently, I opened my Event Log to show a TON of errors from WMI.
Just signed up for the Jitbit Helpdesk support site so that I could report an issue with their product.
Problem Solved: Windows 8 Windows Update Freezes on KB2760600, "Security Update for Microsoft OneNote 2010"
Ran into this today; thought I’d document it for others.
I have a little time to kill this holiday weekend and wanted to try something fun (at least before it gets warm enough to go outside for the rest of the day)...
A great story from Tom Junod.
When attempting to run a report from Crystal Reports Server 2008, the 'processing data' wheel seems to be stuck in an infinite spin.
I was writing a Microsoft Word document and making use of cross-references, when I realized that the links to that reference would not update their text.
VMs that leave ISOs mounted cause problems. I'd like to find all the VMs that have CD-ROM drives loaded with ISOs, look over that list, and then remove them ...
I need to create a scheduled task that runs a powershell script that takes actions against my VMWare environment.
I use Google Chrome for a lot of browsing, and I’ve been getting into Delicious for archiving content that I know I might want to find again but don’t want h...
“Who am I in the midst of all this thought traffic?” -Rumi
I'm Running vCenter 5.1 and Windows Server 2008 R2. I notice a number of events in the event log with a source of 'ADWS', event ID of 1209.
I know this comes as a shock to nobody, but MD’s don’t-call-it-the-DMV “Motor Vehicle Association” isn’t the easiest to get around.
I'd like to update my MVC4 project to use Bootstrap's LESS Source and FontAwesome.
Using Visual 2012 and IIS Express, when building an MVC4 Intranet project, I get an 'Access Denied' screen on every page.
OK, technically second-hand; this story comes to us courtesy of the lovely Caroline.
I have a directory structure that contains Subversion metadata folders (folders named '.svn'). I would like to remove those folders but 'svn export' won't work.
SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) uses port 80 by default on any server it’s installed on. Ugh
I want to run several installation programs in order, and don't want them to step on each other.
I need to change the letter of a mounted drive via PowerShell.
In Maximo, I want to cancel a PM work order because the work wasn't done for that particular scheduled PM.
I'm using the Twitter Bootstrap LESS source with LessJS / MVC3 Project / IIS. When I open the site on my development or production boxes, the CSS doesn't dis...
Problem I use LESS instead of CSS in my ASP.NET MVC app. I would like it to actually work. Solution There are two steps (that I know of) to fixi...
Problem I’m using ASP.NET MVC via IIS and would like to make use of Web Fonts.
Problem I have a Crystal Report that needs to pass a list of items to a sub-report, so that the sub-report can find additional items without duplicating item...
I added a table in Excel 2010 and now I need to get rid of the table aspect and make them normal cells again.
A report I'm running gets the data for the last Month. I'd like to nicely display the name of the month and year.
When Father’s Day rolls around, for me it’s often accompanied by the fact that I’m not sure how to properly honor my Dad. I’m lucky enough to still have him ...
Problem I have a report that I’d like to be able to query the date range for. However, I’d also like to have a default value of “today” so that when I run it...
[Cross-posted on the Eidos Facebook page. I really hope they get themselves together over there.]
This is mostly a reference post for me, but I figured somebody else might find it useful.
Choosing Whether to Run as Network Service or another user This was brought up as an excellent point by Bahrep on a recent blog post of mine, and I thought i...
Adding a HDD to your VM for CI Information I find this makes it easier to keep your CI files separate, and it’s definitely a good practice in a production en...
This Time… In this round, we’re going to discuss:
Workaround: MSBuild Error MSB3644: "The reference assemblies for framework ".NETFramework,Version=v4.0" were not found" [Field Notes]
Problem When attempting to build a Continuous Integration solution with MSBuild on Windows Server 2008 R2 (With .NET Framework 4.0 installed) I receive the f...
This is a quick post for my reference. Let me know if details would be helpful and I’ll be happy to turn it into more of a tutorial style.
Problem When attempting an automated build, CruiseControl.NET (running on Server 2008 R2 with .NET Framework 4.0 Installed) gives the following error in its ...
Subject says it all.
Ed. Note: I cannot give enough praise to the Pluralsight.com Continuous Integration course it helped me put a lot of these pieces together, and this part in ...
Quick Tip: Need a User to Take Screenshots of a Problem? Try Using Win7's Built-in Tool [Tips and Tricks]
I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this before. There’s a neat tool that ships with Windows 7 called the “Problem Steps Recorder” tool (psr.exe)
A quick note for myself an anyone else who might be interested:
Welcome back! Now that we have a TLS-encrypted Apache setup with SVN, we’re going to take a look at creating the repository layout.
Alright, I just couldn’t take the guilt. I can’t abide Subversion and Apache being set up without defaulting to https and a TLS encrypted connection. We’ll r...
I am currently running the following setup on my beast of a desktop:
Ed. Note: I wrote this when I was quite annoyed, and unfortunately I left out the larger context that this is actually one of the best checking accounts I’ve...
Now we’re getting ready for some of the fun stuff. This time around, we’re going to install Apache (aka “httpd”) and Subversion (aka “svn”) and prepare to cr...
Alright, this is a little bit of a cheat post but I wanted to emphasize the simplicity of these setups.
Problem On a fresh install of server 2008, after adding IE 9 via Windows Update, the installation appears again in later updates.
A note before we begin: This post is going to run us through how get up and running with VirtualBox. For those of you already living in virtual (machine) rea...
Oftentimes I’d like to perform a task on the solution, but in Visual Studio solutions with only one project, the solution doesn’t show by default.
My desktop PC has 32 GB of RAM. It’s ridiculous in that way, by almost any standard. I assumed that when I hit full usage of memory it would be because my en...
Just a quick tip – one of the things I used to be frustrated with in Outlook was the difficulty to simply send a message to a number of people on an event. S...
I was happy to sign this petition to attempt to have the case of Trayvon Martin’s killer brought before a Florida court.
As part of my job, I have to send a lot of e-mail communications to users. I like them to be as standard and repeatable as possible.
The Problem A web application doesn’t work correctly for a user, and from the description of the issue I think it might have to do with security settings. Th...
The Problem We have a bunch of “durations” stored in Oracle as FLOAT datatypes (as day intervals, meaning they are an interval that includes days).
The Problem I needed to pull back a list of dates in a certain range for each employee, but didn’t have a common join criteria, as I wanted all the dates but...
Stopped by Giant and picked up:
Discovered an answer to a StackOverflow question I’d posted, and wanted to share.
How To: Swap Views/Tables Within the Same Database Using Crystal Reports 2008 Designer [Field Notes]
Background I have a database with a few different views. They all return the same fields in copies of the same exact report, but those fields are calculated ...
A new tradition where I keep myself honest by posting the things I buy at the grocery store.
A quick observation: on most social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.) you’ll see the option to connect with folks that you know.
Ed. Note: This is a post category I’m trying to start, as a form of public disclosure, listing items I bought at the grocery store, available publicly for yo...
Ed. Note: This is one of those weird public-disclosure blog posts. If you only come here for tech stuff, then move along; nothing to see here. :)
I just thought it up – taken from an e-mail response I just wrote to Al Franken:
[Ed. note: I’m very much aware that this is not a big deal. Just having some fun with observations.]
Fix: Crystal Reports 2008: "Default printer is not available" and/or Un-expandable Collapsed Sections [Field Notes]
Problem In Crystal Reports 2008, when opening up a report that came from elsewhere (usually another user’s machine), I see: default printer is not availab...
I recently created an account at Yanko Design (they have some neat stuff I wanted to further explore).
Problem I accidentally deleted the group name text from a section of my Crystal Report in Crystal Reports 2008, and now I would like to re-insert the text.
Problem In a Crystal Report, you would like to show or hide sections based upon whether the report contains results or not.
The Setup I have a report in Crystal Reports 2008. The report uses a few different sub-reports. The report links the subreports to the main report by ...
And this barely begins to cover it. There’s a lot beyond this, too.
UPDATE: This is entirely my fault. I leave the text below only as a reference and to shame myself. The issue is that UPS sent me an e-mail at 12:07 saying a ...
Under Construction:The language in these posts may be a little terse at first, but I’ll be fleshing it out over time – be sure to check back!]
[Ed. Note: For the record, I discovered this by accident, and don’t particularly intend to use it unless absolutely necessary.]
A brief anecdote:
Just found myself doing this again on the new setup; figured it might be worth posting.
Problem If you ever receive a #DIV/0 error in Excel that you expect to be there (i.e. calculating percentages from other data which may not have accumulated ...
Problem In a new install of SQL Server 2008, when attempting to save changes to a table in a new database, I occasionally get the following error:
Problem In VirtualBox, if you take the following steps:
Technology Involved Win7 Pro x64 VirtualBox 4.1.x CentOS 5.x
Benchmarks This is the desktop, assembled, without the enhanced airflow in the rear and with no overclocking yet.
For starters, in CR 2008, you can’t create two separate groups of data in one report (for example, all labor for a work order and then all materials for a wo...
Recently, I decided to invest in something that would meet two very important criteria – something that would help me advance my career and knowledge, and al...
Fix: Crystal Reports 2008: Database Links Happen Automatically and Cause Unnecessary Slow-down [Field Notes]
Problem In Crysal Reports, whenever adding a table from an existing data source, or adding a new datasource, when I click “OK”, Crystal automatically switche...
Problem In Windows 7, I am in a Remote Desktop Connection Full screen. I accidentally pop it down to “window” size (i.e. when it can be resized), but the win...
Problem In Crystal Reports 2008, I am attempting to add a ODBC datasource (connecting to an Oracle 11g database) so that I can change field links, etc.
Problem In Crystal Reports 2008, I create a report using an Oracle connection or an ODBC connection with name x. When I upload the report BO XI, it doesn’t w...
I recently ran into an issue where constructing a SQL query took me much longer than I would have liked. While my need to dust off some cobwebs and my lack o...
Sometimes Crystal Reports 2008 Designer does not reflect changes made to views or stored procedures, even after refreshing things within Crystal.
For anyone who has had an issue with a GMail 707 error in the browser recently, a potentially useful tip via Brad Feld over at FeldThoughts:
Dressed up nicely today for a big meeting with the head of our division at work.
Problem A long-standing Crystal Report (being run out of SAP Business Objects XI v12) suddenly started generating an error along the lines of:
The excellent folks over at Lifehacker have a tip that seemingly works to resolve iPhone 4S and iOS 5 battery level issues.
Problem I hid the Outlook envelope by accident, thinking it was temporary. Of course, it isn’t. D’oh.
I recently started a new job at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. It’s a great gig so far, but one of the pain points I hadn’t expe...
In Windows 7, using Robocopy with the /B or /ZB switches I see the error 'You do not have the Backup and Restore Files user rights'.
Dear Charles Schwab, it is 2011. Why do you have a maximum length of 8 characters on an account password?
End of an era.
I’m a lucky guy, and I’ve had by all standards a great and fantastic 25 years so far. I’ve got most things I could want in life, and everything I need.
I recently re-installed Windows 7 x64 on my laptop due to purchasing an SSD. I expected fantastic speed & performance, more productivity, etc.
I’ll try to keep this post brief or see if I can sketch it out in bullet-points.
My Company is currently in the process of moving a good deal of our documents over to the Google Docs interface from the various places within our on-line HR...
I wanted to let the world know about some great experiences I’ve had with SunTrust Bank lately. I only have an auto loan through them, but after these intera...
[Updated with some corrections from Mom.]
It appears that the shipped version of Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 (at least the server version) comes with repository server URLs that are incorrect – or at least...
Looking over a post I recently made about restricting IP access with Tomcat server, I noticed the following banner ad (highlighting is mine):
I received this e-mail from a campaign that I’m somehow subscribed to:
This one’s not exactly under-documented, but I wanted to post here as a reference and in the hopes that someone else might have to not dig around. The Proble...
After trashing Apple and making a long-anticipated switch to Android, two weeks later I was back on an iPhone 4. Why was my Android honeymoon so short-lived ...
I was featured on the Charity: Water blog!
This year, for my 24th birthday, I wanted to do something different.
[Note: I should begin this post by saying that I’m no expert on SSL or TLS encryption or the “handshakes” and negotiations that browsers and servers go throu...
Hello, everyone! Since redirecting the SeanKilleen.com domain name to WordPress, I’ve been trying to invest more time into revamping the look and content of ...