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  • Microsoft Edge browser problem fixed

    Seriously? The router?

    Hummm... I thought the Edge browser was a complete fail. Almost every site I tried failed. Never occurred to me the problem might be elsewhere...

    Any further details? (I'll Google this later when I have time).

    Thanks for the heads-up.

  • Annoying "Get W10" updates

    , TheTraveler wrote

    @Ray7: I believe this thread is about Elmers domain joined pc's

    Perhaps but "The real question is why do I need a controlled deployment set up just to avoid intrusive marketing." seems valid and relevant.

    My present client has large Windows powered displays in all our conference rooms. The incessant "Get Windows 10" messages that must actively be dismissed - over and over again - grows, very, very old. Give it a rest already...

    Yes! Yes! I know! There are a 1/2 dozen ways the client could ameliorate this. I get it. Do you?

  • Real Programmers write their own tools ... ?

    Frequently but, mostly scripting...

    • PS Utility to condense two disparate but similar web sites into a unified site. Accessed SCC, ran configurable (RegEx) conversions (by type Source/SQL/etc.). I've reused/re-purposed this gem many times, e.g. to rip through Wiki content making desired uniform changes.
    • PS Utility to exercise thrid-party Web Service to extract and transform data that was too painful to acquire via the product's UI.
    • PS Utility to create/restore SQL Server DBs - respecting the server's configured file locations (transforming the embedded .bak file's locations).
    • Sh/Bash scripts to extract, transform, and load data into Oracle DBs.
    • Excel/VBA utility to exercise third-party (Office) plugin to extract and transform data that was too painful to acquire via the plugin's Excel interface.
    • Delphi (Pascal) utility to reverse source into a Rational Rose Model - before such a thing was readily available in the marketplace. Later tossed in favor of a superior commercial product (Rose/Delphi Link - I think).
    • ... and many I've used, tossed, and forgotten :)

    (Edit: And, countless build/deploy and Backup type utilities/scripts.)

  • Announcing SQL Server on Linux

    , figuerres wrote


    ...there are a lot of tech folks who do not want windows servers and if they see a way to dump them they will push for that.

    Amen brother!

    I have some AWS EC2 Windows Server 2012 instances I manage remotely. Sometimes the "Windows key" works but all too often I am relegated to trying to precisely position my mouse pointer in the lower right-hand corner... there... just right... NOPE! Got the !@#$@!# Server Manager again! What a colossally bad UX. I know I can fiddle with Remote Desktop settings but they don't seem to persist :-/

  • Announcing SQL Server on Linux

    Nice! Love it. Thanks for highlighting it.

  • bing vs google search, google wins

    , figuerres wrote

    Wow over the last few months I have been trying to use bing.

    Result, google is better at many really simple searches for keywords.

    Bing fails.

    @figuerres: Anecdotally, I must concur. I gave up on Bing some time ago. When I tried to use it routinely, ~2 years ago, far too often it gave results that simply did not help. Google by contrast - perhaps because of my familiarity with its search syntax - nearly always had exactly what I was seeking within the first 5 or fewer results. Google's search is somehow intuitive while found it difficult to dial in my search with Bing.

    FWIW: This IS coffee house. Anecdotes are fine - IMHO.

    EDIT This may explain my experience: kettch wrote:

    Another thing to take into account is that these search engines learn a lot about you and the types of results you might be interested in.

  • Retro-​Encabulator


    I swear I've had to sit through this product demo - multiple times ;)

  • MS buying Xamarin


    ...with a try catch just in case that's an integer overflow ;)

  • On the subject of Desktop Development

    On just cursory review, looks compelling. However, I get so little call these days for native/desktop applications. Seems everyone wants Web now (In Sacramento, CA, USA).

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Finally! An end to the Win10 upgrade nagging.

    Finally! While I've switched to Linux I still support Windows and this was a BIG deal.

    I can not understand why MS so often engenders such bad blood before ultimately backing down. Significant loss of good will among many I support. Very very strange to me...