D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

January 2006 Entries

A different side of Cowher

Anyone who's watched the Pittsburgh Steelers over the years has grown used to seeing their coach, Bill Cowher, standing on the sidelines looking serious...intense..focussed... frankly scary. But there's another side to Cowher that totally blew me away...did not see it coming. Check out the video below of what was caught on tape after their AFC championship game win. http://www.youtube.com/w/St... D ......

Life After a Youth All Nighter

So I help in forming the minds of the youth that come to our church, and that sometimes involves partaking in youth events. This past Friday was our second all-nighter event, and it went really really well. It's amazing how you can push yourself to do things you'd normally not think were possible, but I think part of that involves what the activity actually is too. The night started at 8:00 with a few rounds of games-in-the-dark, then it moved to free time and the Risk game began (I started with ......

In Defense of A Million Little Pieces

Oprah is on the rampage. She feels “embarrassed” that she promoted the memoir “A Million Little Pieces” after auther, James Frey, was found to have altered facts about his life in the book (most notably about the amount of time he spent in jail). At issue is Oprah defending him on Larry King Live after the revelation was made on The Smoking Gun website. After calling in to Larry King to defend the book, her website was blasted by angry viewers who felt betrayed that a book ......

Post VS.NET Community Launch Event

We had our community launch event for visual studio last night. It went really well actually (from the comments people gave anyway). I ditched the pre-canned stuff and opted to show off my own presentation. I focussed on Winform development, PPC development, and VSTO (which is AWESOME in 2005...definatley check it out). Now, every user group will be different, but here are some things that we noticed that you might want to consider for your group: No Powerpoints PleaseOur group is definately there ......

INETA History Lesson

A previous post of mine ranted about the current state of user groups and the level of support that many groups are feeling is declining due to increased pressure from sponsors to justify further support. I gave the impression in that post that INETA was created out of Microsoft's drive to push marketing within the development communities. Julie Lerman corrected me on this on her blog (the INETA egg came before the MS marketing juggernaut chicken). Thanks for sharing a bit of the history behind the ......

Creating Visio from SQL 2005...

Make sure that if you're trying to output your database schema in visio form that you have Visio for Enterprise Architects installed...Visio 2003 won't do it.

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The World's Third Worst Joke...

Brian Lanham posted the world's second worst joke, and I thought that I'd post the third:

Disney was originally going to call it “Piglet and the Blustery Day”...but it didn't work out so they went with their #2 guy.

And laughter ensues...

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SQL 2005 DTS Project?

Looking for some help here...

I'm want to play around with the dts project within the SQL 2005 BI Dev Studio, but I don't see the DTS project listed as an option.

Am I missing something? Did they move it from the beta?

To take it a step further, I have a SQL 2005 database, and I want to take a snapshot of some tables and dump them into a SQL Mobile database (.sdf) file....just in case anyone has experience with that.

;)

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Community Launch Event Next Week

Next week is our community launch event for VS.NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 to the user group. It was originally going to be another member doing it, but he had a family issue to take care of so the torch got passed to me. I was aware that we'd have to come up with our own method of handing out the discs, and I knew that we weren't getting any money for food/drinks (the materials and training were it)....which is fine...but then I find out that the examples we're supposed to present are the same ......

The State of the User Group Union...

Flash back a few years to when .NET was an emerging technology. Microsoft put their marketing muscle behind the promotion and creation of user group communities: groups of geeks getting together to talk about CLR goodness. Their plan worked to perfection, and user groups sprung up all over the world! An organization (which I'm a membership manager for), INETA - The International .NET Association, was created and helped bolster the user groups by providing guidance, speakers, and support. Here in ......

June 30 is D-Day for Win98/WinME

Microsoft is finally ending support for Windows 98 and ME this June. This probably wouldn't be a big deal for most people if not for the fact no new security patches will be released. Guess its time for all those 98 users (or those unlucky enough to have bought ME) to upgrade to XP.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/support/endofsupport.mspx

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SQL 2005: Connection Issues

When using SQL 2005, you may encounter an error message when trying to connect from Visio or from the SQL Management Studio with an error number 28: Server doesn't support protocol. This happened to me, and the fix was to re-enable the TCP/IP and Named Pipe protocols. Now, I'm not sure why they were disabled in the first place (something happened while working on it yesterday to flip the switch), but it happened. D ......

Seahawks vs Pittsburgh: You heard it here first!

Good on Pittsburgh for overcoming a HORRIBLE call overturning what should have been an interception as well as Jerome Bettis' HORRIBLE fumble on the two yard line, and earning a spot in the AFC divisional playoff game. I honestly don't think Denver has a chance with this, but hopefully they make somewhat of a game out of it. Seattle “should” win over the Panthers, but man...the Panthers could be that homely girl that no one thinks will show up to the prom, but comes anyway....kind of ......

Thoughts from being up at 2:00 AM...

Some random stuff... This came accross my blog aggregator today...and its weird. You've all seen preachers trying to get people to donate on TV where they'll receive a “special gift” of a book or something. Well this pastor is taking the whole “sword of the spirit” a little too literally. Obviously trying to play to the D&D crowd of unsaved heathens, check out the “Sword of the King”. My buddy Matt Ranlett has reminded us all that its only one month to Valentine's ......

Thoughts from Ottawa Airport...

So I’m writing this at 5:47 AM in the Ottawa airport. I’d be actually entering this straight into the blog, but the oh-so-wonderful pay-for-service wireless provider seems to be having problems…and now I just can’t justify paying $10 when they’re going to start boarding us in the next 10 minutes. (Note: I'm posting this at 1:34AM on Saturday...crazy day!) Why don’t airports just add another little tax on (Lord knows they already do for other things) and make wireless ......

Thoughts from an Ottawa Travelodge...

What a long day...I'm exhausted... The FlightRemember how I mentioned I don't like flying? Well all was good until we came in for a landing. The buildings get bigger...bigger...there's the runway...wait...are we climbing again?! And why are the buildings getting smaller...smaller...turns out that the pilot decided they weren't able to land for whatever reason so we just circled and came in again. All good, and I applaud the pilot for not just risking it...just one small glitch in what was a pretty ......

Thoughts from Winnipeg Airport

I hate flying. I have this weird fear that my death will occur in an aircraft, even though the statistics are much greater for driving a car, taking a bus, or even just walking accross the street. I've gotten better over the years, but its still not my preferred method of travel. I'm off to Ottawa for my Uncle Richard's funeral. The viewing is today and the funeral is tomorrow. He was in his early 60's, a new grandfather, and one of THE nicest guys you would ever meet. Apparantly he went in to get ......

How to get famous on the net

Wanna be famous online? Just run blindly into a room full of monsters and have your entire party get killed! Then you'll get websites made like this one. And ThinkGeek will sell t-shirts about you like this one.I still don't get the chicken thing. D ......

World Junior Hockey Tournament: Final Standings

Canada: Gold
Russia: Silver
Finland: Bronze

USA: Nuthin'

I'm just sayin'...

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Mobile Datagrid 2.0 and World Junior Hockey

I'm starting on a new project at work where we're developing for the Windows Mobile 2003 platform using VB.NET 2005. I was really pumped to see all the new controls, especially the editable datagrid becaue they HAD to put one in this time around! But to my shock and horror...the datagrid is STILL not editable! I couldn't believe it! How could Microsoft let me down?! Well, they didn't...sort of. By using all the nifty drag and drop abilities of VS.NET 2005, the IDE will actually create the datagrid ......