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…
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.
Originally posted on Waheed Rous:
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”…
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.
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!
Originally posted on WordPress.com News:
Markdown has arrived on WordPress.com! Some of you may respond with “Finally!” Others might be asking, “what’s that?” Markdown is a quick way to add formatted text without writing out any HTML. Let’s take a closer look. Here is an example of how Markdown looks while editing a post: This is…
Normally I comment out lines in a Windows batch script by prefixing them with “::”—it just looks better to me than “REM”. But today I found out the hard way (of course) that you can’t do that inside an IF block, or the script dies with… The syntax of the command is incorrect. http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=43604
I’ve often been confused and frustrated by conditionals ( … ? … : … ) in SSIS expressions. The concept is straightforward enough, but the syntax made it really hard for me to keep track in nontrivial cases. Then yesterday I had an epiphany: it’s much easier to keep them straight if you write them… Continue reading SSIS Conditional Expressions (Lightbulb:On)
When Steve Gibson talked on Security Now 398 about how few users’ Java plugins are actually up-to-date, this question hit me: Should browser plug-ins have built-in expiration dates? The problem with having all of these old Java versions running around is that attacks always get better. How much more sophisticated are the attacks of today… Continue reading Time Limits on Browser Plugins?
Yesterday’s lesson in bug hunting: don’t assume you’re an idiot. I spent a few days trying to figure out why my success callback wasn’t being called. It had been working before I updated to jQuery 1.9.0, and I didn’t think I had changed anything. After much head scratching I found out that jQuery 1.9.0 introduced… Continue reading Lessons in Bug Hunting
I launched a new intranet application today. Nothing fancy, just a simple app to address a real need in my organization. Initial feedback has been very positive. Feels good to ship!
Heads-up! In MySQL, WEEKDAY(‘2012-11-09′) = 4 (0-6 starting on Monday), but in SQL Server, DATEPART(dw,’11/09/2012′) = 6 (1-7 starting on Sunday). If you’re extracting data from MySQL to load into SQL Server, the correct translation is ((WEEKDAY(date)+1)%7)+1.
Here’s another product parody Lars and I did in college: Washingsoft UAnix. This was born out of our frustration with the way the University of Washington had—shall we say—embraced and extended standard Unix functionality.
Aaahhh, the joys of Photoshop and free time. I just stumbled on this little trip down memory lane—a parody of a Microsoft Office box that my roommate (Lars Blacken) and I did in college.
To force IE to edge mode (even on intranet sites, where IE would otherwise use compatibility mode), the server needs to send X-UA-Compatible as an HTTP header. Using a meta element in the document head doesn’t work reliably. I found the answer buried in this Stack Overflow thread. In my case, I was working on… Continue reading How to Override IE’s Compatibility View Behavior On Intranet Sites
When I wrote about my experience setting up AD Single Sign-On for Linux, I said the next step was to extend the transparent SSO experience into WordPress. The biggest reason for that—I thought—was so that the WordPress server could then impersonate the logged-in user to pull resources from our SharePoint server (using SharePoint Web Services)… Continue reading Single Sign-On Epiphany