Finding iPhone Serial Number (Even if it’s locked)

Posted by in Hardware on 27. Feb, 2019 | 1 Comment

I sit here with 30 iPhones that need to be responsibly disposed of (recycled). They’re unlabeled, and have tiny IMEI numbers on the back that have no correlation to the serial number we (may, but sometimes don’t) have in our inventory of them. They’re no longer under MDM, so I need to inspect each of […]

Quick Utility to Compare DBF Schemas

Posted by in Other on 25. Feb, 2019 | 0 Comments

I recently revisited a project that I had dropped about 6 months ago. The client sent me an updated batch of data to work with, and I remembered the first thing I needed to do was massage the new data to get it back to where I could work with it again. The problem was, […]

Eric’s Completely Unironic Best Practices for Password Management

Posted by in Other on 22. Jan, 2019 | 0 Comments

Based on Real World Examples I’ve Seen. Seriously. Write your passwords on post-its and leave them on your monitor. Share your passwords with everyone on your commute. Then if you forget you can ask almost anybody and they can remind you. Use your firstborn’s entire first name, not just their nickname, as your password. Use […]

The Stuff of Nightmares, Part 2

Posted by in Hardware on 30. Aug, 2016 | 3 Comments

Things are looking very grim, and I appear to have lost over 40 hours of work due to a perfect storm (as described in Part 1). I feel physically ill. When I log back in I see a notification on my toolbar that says “HP SimpleSave is running”. Oh…that’s right I have this utility that’s […]

The Stuff of Nightmares

Posted by in Hardware on 30. Aug, 2016 | 1 Comment

Last night I finished (as much as one can ever say anything is “finished”) my Southwest Fox 2016 Whitepapers. Southwest Fox is unique in that speakers must also write whitepapers to accompany their sessions, which is fantastic for attendees as they walk away with hundreds of well-written pages about all of the topics rather than […]

Windows Update and the 0x8024401F Error

Posted by in Other, Web on 12. Aug, 2016 | 1 Comment

I’ve just spent quite a bit of team sifting and winnowing through the internet trying to get to the bottom of a Windows Update error that I’ve been getting for the last few weeks. StackOverflow.com, my preferred answer site, had nothing. If you’ve ever had to try to navigate the awful awful answers.microsoft.com, technet.com, spiceworks, […]

String.Format for Visual FoxPro

Posted by in C#, FoxPro on 03. Nov, 2015 | 3 Comments

[Originally Published in FoxRockX, September 2010] If you haven’t used C#’s String.Format() method, it’s a real treat. There’s nothing natively like it in VFP, but we can certainly roll our own equivalent. This will make our code easier to read and maintain. This article will show why you want to do that, and how to […]

How to Hack a Database

Posted by in Other on 08. Jun, 2015 | 0 Comments

Do you ever hear about a database hack and think “Wow, whoever pulled this off must be some super-smart hacker type with access to advanced technology and supercomputers?” Well in reality nothing could be further from the truth. Database hacks are accomplished with a combination of readily available tools, a dash of readily available know-how, […]

Telerik Reporting Review

Posted by in Database, Other, Programming on 25. Jun, 2012 | 5 Comments

When it comes to using a Report Writer in my applications, I had heard talk for years that I should avoid Crystal Reports if possible. “It’s a behemoth.” Some said. “It’s more that you need.” “It’s frustrating.” Well up until recently I was able to remain happily ignorant of the power and fury that is […]

14 Things I Learned at FoxCon 2011

Posted by in C#, Database, FoxPro on 31. Jan, 2011 | 2 Comments

Another great conference for Visual FoxPro Developers, although this one didn’t focus solely on Visual FoxPro. What did I learn there?