Will somebody please write a tool that dumps a SQL script that not only creates a SQL Server database, but recreates its content as well? I spent hours yesterday writing a similar tool, but it works with one specific database, not ANY database. It’s a pain in the neck writing a SQL script that initializes image fields with big long hex strings representing images. I’m surprised that after all these years, neither Enterprise Manager nor Query Analyzer will do it.… Read more
John Robbins and I were chatting the other day and agreed that it’s not just spammers and virus writers that are threatening to render e-mail unusable these days: it’s also the network admins who configure mail servers to send bounce-back messages informing senders that their e-mail was rejected. Don’t these folks know that viruses and spammers use bogus From headers in their e-mails? One of my fellow writers at MSDN Magazine recently changed the e-mail address he had used for years because some spammer hijacked it and my pal suddenly got deluged with bounce-back messages.
I refuse to give in and change my e-mail address. It’s a matter of principle. Virus filtering on our company’s mail server and Outlook 2003’s excellent built-in spam filter (the best on the planet, IMHO) have restored some sanity to my e-mail, but I still wade through way too much junk every day. To top if off, John Robbins has tried those enlargment pills three times. They don’t work!
I’m stoked because tonight is the premiere of Amazing Race 5. I like reality TV because it’s mindless, and I need something mindless after working all day. Amazing Race is fun because of all the cool places they visit.
Richter doesn’t know it, but I sent an application with his name on it to CBS for the next Survivor. I wonder how a computer geek would fare stuck on an island for 39 days with people who have no idea what a mutex is? Cross your fingers and maybe we’ll find out.
I didn’t know Jeffrey was such a Rush fan. One of my favorite albums of all time is Rush 2112. I still have a vinyl copy of it I bought in high school. It’s one of the few albums or CDs that I like every song on. Another is Michelle Branch’s The Spirit Room.
Rush’s drummer may be the best of all time: Neil Peart. I used to bang around on drums and try to sound like Neil. Sorta like Richard Simmons trying to be like Derek Jeter.… Read more
I received the RTM bits for the upcoming Whidbey beta yesterday and installed them last night. This morning I installed the documentation. Save for a glitch that required me to modify the docs’ Setup.ini file, the install went smoothly.
The build process that Microsoft uses to produce Whidbey drops is very complicated. The doc folks and platform folks often get out of sync, with the result that the docs won’t install or won’t run after they install. If the bits that go out to the public require the same Setup.ini modification that my bits required, I’ll post instructions here.… Read more
I’m in crunch mode right now writing a 3-day ASP.NET Whidbey course for Microsoft. The due date is less than three weeks away, and while I’ve written a ton of content over the past two months, a lot of work remains to be done. It doesn’t help that I’m shooting at a moving target, but that’s par for the course when a product isn’t even in beta yet.
That means I’m pretty much sitting at my desk 12-14 hours a day right now, with little time for play. It’s like being in book mode. But I’m having a blast, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the respite from travel. I’ve been home with my kids for most of the summer. The carrot that’s keeping me going is a family beach and scuba vacation coming up the first week of August. My 11-year-old daughter is getting her scuba certification later this month, so that’ll make four certified divers in the family. Her first ocean dive will be in Cozumel, which is one of my favorite dive locales.
The bad news is that the travel resumes again in late August. In addition to traveling to do teaching and consulting, I’ve committed to speak at eight .NET user group meetings and three conferences this fall, not to mention December’s Geek Cruise.… Read more
Like a lot of folks, I hate spam and despise the low-lifes who send it. I sometimes fantasize about getting my hands on one of the people who flood my in-box with junk mail. Read about what happened to one gentleman who had a run-in with one of the country’s most notorious spammers. If you’re not easily offended by profanity, be sure to listen to the MP3s of the threatening phone messages he received.… Read more
Blogging is so popular these days that it’s hardly news when someone starts a new blog. John Robbins, Jeffrey Richter, and I have resisted blogging because 1) everybody’s doing it, and 2) it seems more than a little vain to assume that others will care what you have to say. Yet people ask us all the time if we have blogs, implying that if we had them, they would read them. So we decided to find out.
Rather than do individual blogs, we decided to start a joint blog called Wintellog. John, Jeffrey, and I will be contributing to it, as will others at Wintellect. We’ll be talking a lot about .NET–especially the upcoming Whidbey release–and probably a lot about other things, too.
I’ve blogged once before. When I wrote my most recent book, I blogged the experience here. I’ll have to admit that I found taking periodic breaks from work to jot down blog entries therapeutic. In fact, once I finished the book and closed the blog, I sort of missed blogging. So here’s to a fresh start, and to finding out if anyone really does care what we have to say…… Read more