Thank you, Google, for moving Chrome’s new tab button back to the right side!
Apple has a bug in a beta version of iOS that pops up an annoying message periodically, and the whole Internet lights up, and it’s fixed in a couple of days, and we all know about it the moment it’s fixed. Meanwhile, Microsoft breaks SSIS deployment in an official release of Visual Studio, and it stays broken for weeks, and when they finally release a fix, the only way I know about it is because I Googled the problem to see if anything had changed… Oh, and now it’s telling me I have to restart my PC…
For certain use cases, BIML is pure magic. The best kind of power tools!
Good grief, Samsung—this TV has power and Wi-Fi 24/7, but you have to wait to install updates when I want to watch something? Why?!?!?
This morning’s silly dad song: 🎶 “Banana ooo na na, half of my breakfast is banana ooo na na…” 🎶
Our bunny friend came out to play.
iOS 11.3 Beta 2 says battery capacity is at 87%, but it has shut down due to insufficient juice and is being throttled. So what—I’m just stuck? Even if I’d gladly pay $29 for a replacement? D’oh!
Did they just say “Azure Solution Showcase?” In an industry obsessed with TLAs, that was probably a VBI.
I just figured out that the Scroll Lock key actually does something on Windows! Made me want to scream and burn Excel to the ground, but hey—I learned something new today!
Every time you use encryption, you’re protecting someone who needs to use it to stay alive.
This is the clearest statement I’ve seen of the case for ubiquitous, on-by-default encryption.
The UK government has quietly passed new legislation that exempts GCHQ, police, and other intelligence officers from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones.
“I want this horrible, sick feeling because it means I care about what I’m doing. It means I understand that I can really screw this up, and I really don’t want to. It means I care enough to make sure I have every detail right… This gut-wrenching sick feeling that I have right now, means I am growing in some new way and doing something new and potentially amazing … and potentially terrifying and horrible, too.”
You do not need permission to do the right thing. No one can give you permission to do the wrong thing.
For me, my work and my reputation are tied together. I’m not known for social graces, being easy to work with, or having the best bed-side manner when helping others. But I am known for quality work, for pushing others to do better, and for clearing a path on which others can travel. Sometimes my technical ability makes up for my lack of empathy.
My experience exactly. I would add that as my reputation grows, I find that I get more interesting work.
This saved me a bunch of time—thanks, Waheed!
Sometimes while in the data flow you need to apply the same function on all the columns in the data flow or all columns have a specific data type, for example:
- Remove all commas and new lines from text columns before exporting them to a CSV file.
- Replace text “Null” with Null value when loading data from an excel file that has nulls as text in it.
- Check for each column if has a null value and replace it with a default value based on the data type.
- Convert all strings to upper or lower case. etc…
The easiest way to do this is to add a script component then use the approach below, here i’m converting all strings to upper case.
few notes about the code above:
- i’m skipping all columns with name ends with “_isnull” as these columns just to indicate if the original column has a null…
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I have strong opinions about the proper UI design for a microwave oven:
The number buttons should just be numbers. Pressing the 2 button should not immediately start cooking for 2 minutes. If I want 2 minutes, I’ll hit 2-0-0-Start. I should not have to find a Time Cook button, or anything like that, before I can heat my food. Continue reading “How a Microwave Should Work”
I’ve been working with a software vendor on the same support case for 15 days now, and it’s driving me crazy. It would be unprofessional to rag on the vendor here, but I will share a few thoughts on what I want from tech support that I consistently don’t get. Continue reading “What I Want From Tech Support”
I just had a terrible thought: what if WordPress lets you post in Markdown but converts it immediately to HTML and doesn’t preserve the original Markdown source. That would be a terrible shame. I’ll find out in a minute…
Oh, good—it does preserve the Markdown source. What a relief!