Category: Software

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Chrome, Java, and 64-bit Windows

So, the Java updater said that there was a new version available. I said “fine, go ahead and install it.” When it finished, it launched the obligatory “check to make sure Java is working in...

Google Inbox App 2

Dear Google…

Dear Google, I love INBOX. Love it! You’ve done a great job rethinking how we should use email, and you’ve nailed it. Mostly. There are but three things that I hope to see changed:...

Index all tables in one shot 0

Index all tables in one shot

Here’s a nice little snippet of T-SQL code that will reindex all tables in the database with one line of code: EXEC sp_msForEachTable @COMMAND1= ‘DBCC DBREINDEX ( “?”)’ Keep in mind that the DBCC...

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Amazon Route 53

Amazon announced their new Route 53 DNS service a few days ago.  Never one to let a gizmo go untested, I immediately signed up and I’m now hosting DNS for eal.us through Route 53.  Looks...

Weird SQL Server Management Studio Problem 0

Weird SQL Server Management Studio Problem

For the supremely geeky among us… Recently, my copy of SQL Server 2008 Management Studio began failing with this error message: Unable to cast COM object of type ‘System.__ComObject’ to interface type ‘Microsoft.VisualStudio.OLE.Interop.IServiceProvider’.  This...

Outlook cannot start 0

Outlook cannot start

After applying updates, I was unable to launch Microsoft Outlook 2007. Every time I tried, it would open the frame of the main window, then fail with a modal dialog box: Cannot start Microsoft...

Cool Video Tools 0

Cool Video Tools

I had a client ask me today to help with converting a bunch of WMV video files (Windows Media – Video) so that he could store them on his T-Mobile G1 and watch them....

Homing Pigeons Faster than Broadband! 0

Homing Pigeons Faster than Broadband!

This is wonderful!  A company in South Africa is going to begin using homing pigeons to transfer data between its two offices, which are roughly 50 miles apart.  Currently they use broadband to transfer...

A Little Chrome is a Good Thing 1

A Little Chrome is a Good Thing

Google released their own browser a couple of days ago, and it’s fantastic.  As with all things Google, it’s sparse and simple, but hides lots of sophisticated capabilities underneath it all.  I’ve been running...

Another Great Tool! 0

Another Great Tool!

If you manage lots of Windows servers like I do, then you’ve doubtless found Microsoft’s very nice “Remote Desktops” utility.  This one isn’t the built-in “Remote Desktop Connection” tool which allows you to connect...