This is a handy tip if you just want to donload and install Sql Server Management Studio on a machine: Get Just The Tools: SSMS Download | Strate SQL.
you can download just the management tools through the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Express download page. Just select either SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.exe or SQLManagementStudio_x86_ENU.exe from the download options and you’ll have the full version of SSMS at your fingertips; in about a quarter the size of the full installation download.
Although I have owned a Canon EOS 5D Mark II for some time, I don’t get to use it as often as I would like; so somehow I have never got round to getting a card reader that can handle the size of Compact Flash card that I have… and many seem to recommend for uploading pictures.
Thanks to the following post by Geoff King I finally managed to install Quicken 2004 onto my Windows 8.1 computer: The steps I took to run Quicken 2004 on Windows7 Professional Solved – Windows 7 Help Forums.
It sounds like it should be trivial: Create a WCF web library and host it in IIS. Surely lots of people need to do this, and it will be easy in a fairly modern version of Visual Studio like 2012? Well, I did not find it easy despite reading a Step-by-Step book (Microsoft Windows Communication Foundation by John Sharp, 2007), lots of blog posts and MSDN articles and so on. Of course, in fairness, the book was quite old compared to my development environment, but in several respects it still seemed quite current.
There’s an awesome registry key documented in this Scott Hanselman blog below to turn off the all-caps menu headings in Visual Studio 2012:
REG_DWORD value: 1
TED Talks: What FACEBOOK And GOOGLE Are Hiding From The World – YouTube.
This is worth being aware of. People have a tendency to pay more attention to the things or ideas that confirm beliefs that they already hold (Confirmation Bias), so if you imagine your search results, or news feed, or similar being biased to show you stuff you already ‘know’, you may be happy with the results, but you may never be challenged to see other beliefs, or, in some circumstances… facts.
Have you ever changed something in your home and at work, expecting life or work to be much better afterwards, and then found yourself on a path of being forced to make several other changes – just to get the promised improvements to actually work, or to get back old functionality that mysteriously disappeared?
I have certainly experienced this myself on many occasions; but today I want to talk about one specific instance following an upgrade to new large monitors; I recently bought new monitors that support a higher resolution than I have ever used before: WQHD or 2560 x 1440. Continue reading
We normally expect and look for simplicity in the use of a product. If it is difficult to use, we might exhibit frustration, not buy it again, or similar. As a possible example, I was recently given a small pack of anti-histamines from Canada.
Initially I was baffled by the blister packs; they appeared to be strongly resistant to pressing the tablets through the foil backing. It took a moment to understand that there is an extra step necessary with these packs, which I had not previously seen with packs in the UK:
A Partially-used Blister-pack of Anti-histamine Tablets
Today I wanted to report on my latest experiment; using a dishwasher to help me clean a Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000. There are many posts on the internet about this, and after some research, I decided to give it a try, as I had just inherited my keyboard from work.
First decision was; How much should I dismantle the keyboard? Some people have tried running the whole keyboard through the dishwasher, but this typically seems to be followed by letting it dry for days afterwards, and involves some risk because the electronics get wet. Some suggest stripping the electronics out of the keyboard, and washing all the rest. I decided to prise off the key-tops and dishwash those, but leave the main frame safe and dry. Continue reading