Wednesday, April 27, 2016
I love the internet

At the opening of each half in the Man City – Real Madrid Champions League match, the fans were singing “Hey Jude.”

Why would this be?  The internet says that it was released in 1968, and that was the year that City won their first League title.

Or something like that.  Immediate answers to questions that may or may not be true and that you probably won’t remember.

posted @ Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:46 AM | Feedback (0)
Monday, April 25, 2016
Keep your Bluetooth mouse and keyboard from disconnecting in Windows 10

This applies to earlier versions as well.

Go into Device Manager, find whatever your main Bluetooth Adapter is under Bluetooth, right click to get its properties, choose power management, and make sure to uncheck the option to allow it to disconnect devices to save power.

posted @ Monday, April 25, 2016 8:36 PM | Feedback (0)
I love the internet

It’s a shame that Steph Curry got suspended 4 games for cheating on Beyoncé.

posted @ Monday, April 25, 2016 4:04 PM | Feedback (0)
Friday, April 08, 2016
Browser Power User or Dumbass?

Right now, I have approximately 34 browser windows open, each with 3-12 tabs open.

10 Chrome windows – these tend to be current task related

10 Waterfox windows – these are business/financial related

8 Slimjet windows – these are viticulture/enology related

6 Opera windows – these are news/sports/social related

I have got to get a better handle on this.  Or a machine with more memory, as even 16 GB on a Surface Book tends to get tight, once you factor in the 2-6 Visual Studio windows open at any given time.  Not to mention the Excel and Word windows.

Perhaps I could focus a bit.

posted @ Friday, April 08, 2016 10:32 PM | Feedback (0)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Visual Studio 15 Preview: The DotNet tooling SDK does not appear to be installed on this computure. Please install it and then close and reopen the solution.

The brilliantly named Visual Studio 15 preview (Visual Studio 2016 would have been too hard?) throws this error when trying to open property pages of an Asp.Net MVC 6 project, and won’t build them.  Or clean them even.  And don’t even think about debugging it.

“Daddy, what’s a computure?”  “I don’t know sweetie.”

It took two runs of the installer to get it to install, and even on the second run, there were two popup errors (with obscure messages preventing any insight into what actually failed).

It does not, however, seem to hork up running it from Visual Studio 2015 (not 15…2015) in anyway, so it does seem to be truly side by side.

Ok.  Next release maybe.

posted @ Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:53 PM | Feedback (0)
Friday, March 25, 2016
The given value of type String from the data source cannot be converted to type nvarchar of the specified target column

I ran into this error in one of my bulk insert method calls after updating an EF model, where I added some columns, changed the name of one, etc. in the underlying data source. 

This error can occur if you mess up datatypes in such a way as to cause truncation, but I knew that wasn’t it (since I didn’t change any datatypes).

After sleeping on it, I simply deleted the offending entity from my EF model and pulled it down again.  Voila.

Gotta love black magic and secret sauce.

posted @ Friday, March 25, 2016 10:22 AM | Feedback (0)
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Tay, Microsoft’s chatbot, learns to be racist, taken offline

There’s a lesson in there, somewhere.

posted @ Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:58 AM | Feedback (0)
Friday, March 18, 2016
Never have lives less lived been more chronicled

Dennis Miller, on the Dan Le Batard Show, regarding Twitter.

posted @ Friday, March 18, 2016 11:57 AM | Feedback (0)
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Windows 10: What the hell happened to my taskbar?

It’s a little hard to see but:


Those are ‘scroll bars’ surrounding my notification area, and that big square on the right is just empty space.  Essentially, it is as if my taskbar got a portion on the right sliced off.

This is on one computer (unfortunately my Surface Book) out of 4 I have running Windows 10.  It is running a preview build but so are others and this doesn’t happen.

Google-fu fails on this and I can’t reset it by dragging it around the screen.


posted @ Thursday, March 10, 2016 3:35 AM | Feedback (0)
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Visual Studio 2015 Extensions and Updates Install ‘Bug’

You need to open Visual Studio 2015 in order to get to Extensions and Updates, to update any updated extensions or updates.

37% (unscientifically made up number) of the time, it tells you that you have to shut down Visual Studio in order to continue.  Not ‘you may need to restart Visual Studio afterwards for the update to take effect’ (which does happen sometimes as well), but that you have to.  This, of course, makes no sense.

Especially if the Extension only applies to Visual Studio 2015, and it says you have to close down any open instances of Visual Studio 2013, etc.   I think it just searches for devenv.exe processes or something.

posted @ Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:32 AM | Feedback (0)