Welcome (back) to my new (old) site

Somewhere around 2013 I was so awed by Microsoft’s Office 365 offering that I went “all-in” and moved my website to the then-nascent platform. Earlier this year the powers-that-be “sunsetted” the public-facing website portion of that product, so here we are, back in the open-source world. I’ve been stupendously lazy about my web-site over the… Continue reading Welcome (back) to my new (old) site

Simple way to test connectivity or compose OLEDB connection strings

This tip has been around a while, but I still run into developers who don’t know it, so it’s worth a post. If you ever need to test connectivity or compose a valid OLEDB connection string, try this: Create an empty text file. Rename the extension from TXT to UDL Double click this file. The Data… Continue reading Simple way to test connectivity or compose OLEDB connection strings

Windows 8 Hot-Keys

One of the best things you can do to get comfortable with a new OS is take some time to learn the keyboard shortcuts. Here are the Windows 8 Hot-Keys Windows logo key+ C Opens Charms bar Windows logo key+, Temporarily peeks at the desktop Windows logo key+. Moves the gutter to the right (snaps an… Continue reading Windows 8 Hot-Keys

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Course “Dependency Check Exception” “AuthorizationManager check failed”

Like many of us, it’s a constant struggle, er, — opportunity — for me to keep up-to-date on the latest and greatest techniques. One of the things that Microsoft and its partner ecosystem do particularly well is make plenty of materials available for self-directed study and skills renewal. If you haven’t already, check out the… Continue reading Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Course “Dependency Check Exception” “AuthorizationManager check failed”

Fixing "Unexpected error occurred. Attempted to read or write protected memory. This is often an indication that other memory is corrupt."

( If you don’t do hard-core Analysis Services, Reporting Services, or Integration Services development work with Microsoft Business Intelligence Development Studio, you can safely ignore this blog. ) On my workstation there was an incompatibility between Visual Studio and the SQL Server Binaries. Which led to this error: Symptom: Certain operations from Business Intelligence Development… Continue reading Fixing "Unexpected error occurred. Attempted to read or write protected memory. This is often an indication that other memory is corrupt."