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May 2013 Blog Posts
Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 RC2 Gotcha

As a general rule, I am no longer as ‘carefree’ as I was in my younger days, just installing updates willy nilly on my development machine and hoping for the best, but if an update as a ‘Go Live’ license and a clearly stated “we support upgrading from the RC to RTM” policy, I’m good to go.

So, I was concerned when I installed this and found that I could not load some projects due to a “You do not have rights to access the IIS metabase” error.  Ok, that could be a problem.

But, in this case, the solution was simple.  Even though the installer launches a UAC prompt, it apparently doesn’t run under full admin rights, or something, so when the update was done, and I clicked on ‘Launch’, there was some restriction.

Simply closing Visual Studio and reopening it using my taskbar “Run as Administrator” icon cleared that up.

posted @ Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:14 PM | Feedback (0)
Fripp in Italy

In a previous post, I talked about my enjoyment of a performance of Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists.

As he does, he has posted his daily thoughts about the week, both leading up to and after the performance, which can be found here:

Sunday, April 14th

Monday, April 15th

Tuesday, April 16th

Wednesday, April 17th

Thursday, April 18th

Performance day, Friday, April 19th

Saturday, April 20th

Sunday, April 21st

The setting, the circumstances, and the company made it an event that I will long remember.

posted @ Saturday, May 25, 2013 7:09 AM | Feedback (0)
DRY is for Martini

I liked the quotation from this post:

“code duplication is OVER *FUCKING* RATED. DRY is for Martini. Yes, I'm exaggerating”

I was thinking about this because I found myself recently bemoaning my terrible code, where I was doing the exact same thing in two different places, and getting bitten when fixing the code in one place and not the other.

Except the entire point is that it only happened to be the exact same thing, at that time.  When it needed to change in only the one place, and not the other, I remembered that sometimes DRY means doing the same thing in two places, because you might need to do a slightly different thing in one calling method versus the other down the road.

But that’s a longer story.

posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 12:01 AM | Feedback (0)