Category Archives: Work

When cleanup fails and tells me that I need to run cleanup

Huh? Normally I wouldn’t write a post like this because I don’t have a solution. But this one is just too funny in its own stupid way. Yesterday I needed to commit a simple change to a project, and we … Continue reading

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I hate you, Windows Update!

I have a deadline today, and as of last night, this computer froze midway when rebooting after a Windows Update. Now my SQL Server doesn’t start any more. This error is in the event log: Cannot recover the master database. … Continue reading

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Failed to establish a backside connection

We get this error occasionally when using a bank’s web service for AVS-R. (Real-time bank account validation.) Maybe I’m weird but I laugh every time I see that error. I read it as “Cannot find anus.”

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Two ways to change the default backup directory for SQL Server

This has driven me nuts for years. I always change the default data directory in SQL Server Management Studio. That’s easy to do and the feature to do so is easily discoverable. Just right-click the server instance in the Object … Continue reading

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A nice way of handling timesheets

I mentioned a while back that I have started using Toggl for my time sheets… What I did this month, which was the first month I sent the Toggl-based report to my boss, was export a detailed report, then remove … Continue reading

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I finally found a good timesheet system

Not that I ever looked for one before, but never mind. One thing I have never been able to get right is timesheets. Never. This has caused some problems for me at work… Lately I have to submit my timesheets … Continue reading

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Memory gates checking failed because the free memory (n bytes) is less than 5% of total memory.

Ever had this horrendous error? WebHost failed to process a request. Sender Information: System.ServiceModel.ServiceHostingEnvironment+HostingManager/45653674 Exception: System.ServiceModel.ServiceActivationException: The service ‘/YourServiceName.svc’ cannot be activated due to an exception during compilation. The exception message is: Memory gates checking failed because the free memory … Continue reading

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1366×768 is not a resolution you should be using (or targeting), and some ASPxDashboadViewer hackery

Just a rant today… My screen resolution on my work laptop is 1920×1080, but my boss uses 1366×768. That’s a crap resolution. Since he demos the web applications we work on, on his machine, that frequently means that we have … Continue reading

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How to exclude files from a FOR loop in a batch file

The other day, my colleague ran into an interesting problem… he needed to process a bunch of files in a directory using a batch file, and one by one, archive them and send them somewhere by FTP. The files were … Continue reading

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Gumby: Brain Specialist

I found this a while back, but can’t seem to stop myself from watching it… and watching it… and watching it again.   I’ve even resorted to quoting it, in the context of mocking a tester (who is no longer … Continue reading

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The dark side of SCRUM: Two more things not to say to testers

I had a new year’s resolution to be nice to people, but sadly it didn’t last quite as long as I wanted. Some context: I’ve been working on a debit order system, where files with the banking details and so … Continue reading

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Stupid Computer Talents

Raymond Chen wrote about his carrier-screaming talent from his university days… It’s the second time he’s written about it. The first is here. In the original post, he asks his readers to submit their “stupid computer talents” too. The comments … Continue reading

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Bad Day At The Office

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The last chapter about our ex Scrum-Master

Remember the posts I wrote about our ex Scrum-Master, who was with us in the first month of this job? I thought I’d never hear about him again, but he turned up for the last chapter last week, so I … Continue reading

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This environment is driving me mad

It’s more than a month now and I still haven’t written one line of code. This place – it leads to madness! Really. A team of all new people are put into one office, and we are expected to find … Continue reading

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Everyone loves a scandal?

Besides my post on this blog that explains how to extract images from PDF files in c#, which remains my most popular post (and was since before I started this blog, since I wrote it on the other blog originally), … Continue reading

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Team rules

Penalty for late-comers: Crucifixion in the open-plan area of the office. Nobody seems to agree with me on this one…

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Picking up the pieces

It’s chaos around here. Absolute chaos! I hate to harp on about the situation, but wow, I don’t know how bad it would be by now if we hadn’t gotten rid of the guy. The situation was clearly worse than … Continue reading

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The impediment is on his way out

I feel sad for him though. All this was so unnecessary… Actually that’s an understatement – Bizarre is more like it! There is no way I could even manage to describe all the little things that added up to the … Continue reading

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