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    Getting Pocket to work with IE11 and Windows 8.1 (formerly colored Blue)

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    If you’re like I am, there are FAR more things on the webnetz that you want to read than you could possibly have time for. Even during copious coffee/whatever breaks… and you’re probably using a “read it later” service, like I do. Pocket is the one that...
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    Consider your [data] sources...

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    I’m always amused by reasonable seeming statements (including my own) that are then followed by prodigious leaps of non sequitur. Consider the following from Bob Tekiela: One way to find out what skills will be in highest demand this year is to look at...
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    It's not April Fool's Day, but...

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    At first blush, Tom’s Hardware has got what appears to be some pretty yellow journalism on the subject of a new IBM patent, but I don’t think that they are actually misinterpreting the patented process which describes programmatically degrading the quality...
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    The app that would get me to buy an iPhone...

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    I’m afraid to go look in the App Store, because it might be a real iPhone app and I might be kicked out of the ninja camp for talking like a pirate all the time. Doh! Although, it probably wouldn’t be too hard to write one for Windows Mobile. I’ll add...
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    Amen, brother. Preach it, SQL-type dude!

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    My pal, Steve, over @ SQL Server Central has been riffing on the DBA-train-thyself mantra again. Bizactly!! Too many people seem to believe that everything about their career should be paid for by their current employer... despite the fact that they usually...
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    Scary. But probably true.

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    Emphasis in the quote below is Jeff’s; I didn’t fiddle with the bold or italics. I just made it blue, because blue is good, right? Pretty soon, all programming will be web programming. If you don't think that's a cause for celebration for the average...
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    Degenerate dimensions in VSTS DB edition GDR R2 (a.k.a. TSD03136)

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    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...
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    erR? TSD03006. Doh!

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    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...
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    How high is your impulse buy threshold?

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    I think Jeff’s on to something: While there's an odd aspect of race to the bottom that I'm not sure is entirely healthy for the iPhone app ecosystem, the idea that software should be priced low enough to pass the average user's "why not" threshold...
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    South Park mobile business model?

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    Microsoft Details How to Port iPhone Apps to Windows Mobile 1. Write an iPhone app. 2. ... 3. Profit! Heh. I’ll read this later when the mobile app store opens and I come up with a killer mobile app to fund my retirement. Or I stop waiting for Windows...
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    Tough decision. Should I share this with my son?

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    This summer, my oldest son (age 9) has been plowing through every book in the library on electronics, robotics and astronomy that he can convince the public library to check out to him. His current fixation is BattleBots, because he hasn’t solved the...
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    This is what happens to Twits™ with weak passwords...

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    Whoops. Or perhaps Twitter has a feed injection bug that’s been exploited? Maybe Anna Kournikova’s eponymous worm has a new Twitter-focused incarnation? Who knows? Maybe the good folks @ the Code Project really do want to help out on the biological front...
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    Vista SP2 Compatibility Mode Builds Character... on Windows 7

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

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    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...
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    NTS: Always install the TFS Power Tools

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    Or you’ll wind up with: TF10139: The following check-in policies have not been satisfied. Internal error in Changeset Comments Policy Well, you will whenever somebody else installs them on the TFS server and enables the Changeset Comments Policy... See...
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    This explains so many things... Scott Adams explains compensation modeling?

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    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...
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    In other words, if I get promoted that means what...?

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    The way I read these alleged research results, a lottery is just as effective at picking people for promotions as what we’ve been doing for years? But is there a better way of choosing individuals for promotion? It turns out that there is, say Pluchino...
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    Note to Self: Label shipping containers more innocuously...

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    It almost reads like something from “When I am an Evil Overlord...” The arrested men had setup an elaborate surveillance operation of the prison that involved a camouflaged tent, powerful binoculars, telephoto lenses, and motion detection sensors. But...
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    If you need me, I’ll be in teh garage...

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    Tim and I don’t see eye2eye on some things, but quite often he nails the the whole “married geek” thing. It’ll definitely be funny to watch Tim’s comix grow and change when they have kids. A lot like my own father enjoys watching the slow-motion train...
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    Good cryptography is built to last.

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    Dr. Smithline apparently lost some sleep over this cipher, but he cracked it. The overall calculations necessary to solve the puzzle were fewer than 100,000, which Dr. Smithline says would be "tedious in the 19th century, but doable." Two Centuries...
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    Two links I want to save for l8r: WM6.5 DTK and Windows API Code Pack for .NET 3.5

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    From the MSDN Flash dated 20090623: Download the Free Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET Framework The Code Pack is a source-code library that provides access to the new Windows 7 features (and some related Windows Vista features) from managed code...
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    I would’ve blogged this yesterday, but...

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    I got distracted. Heh. The Brain: Stop Paying Attention: Zoning Out Is a Crucial Mental State I’m not sure I buy the “inebriated zone out less” theory, though. Oh, if I read more carefully, it looks like the researchers agree: But when we are drunk, that...
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    Bing: there it is! My PPS setup problem(s) solved.

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    Obligatory bing plug. The name is growing on me... Link #1 in the search results was Nick Barclay’s great post on sorting out PPS setup issues with SQL Server 2008: "System.Web.Extensions" performancepoint "configuration error" - Bing...
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    Whoops. Got to uninstall all the .NET 4.x bits or Server Manager breaks...

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    Fiddling around with TFS 2010 (x64) got me into a little trouble: "MMC could not create the snap-in. The snap-in might not have been installed correctly. CLSID: FX:{18ea3f92-d6aa-41d9-a205-2023400c8fbb}" Doh. Fortunately, there were just two...
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    If you finish reading the entire article...

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    If you actually manage to read all the way through the entire article (the first time): The Benefits of Distraction and Overstimulation -- New York Magazine My hypothesis is that: You need more caffeine in your diet. You need a [new] job. A life. All...
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