The Stuff of Nightmares, Part 2

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

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 | 0 Comments

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?

Southwest Fox 2010 Recap

Posted by in Community Relations, Database, FoxPro, Other on 25. Oct, 2010 | 1 Comment

Southwest Fox 2010 has come and gone. Here’s my take.

VFPXTab is not multi-user friendly

Posted by in FoxPro on 29. Sep, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you use VFPXTab to calculate cross-tabs in VFP, you have to modify it to make it work properly in a  multi-user environment. We have a client with West-Wind Web Connection on their server, and one of their dashboard widgets used a cross-tab of some data.  Periodically an error would get automatically emailed to us  […]

The Upgrade Trail from Visual FoxPro to Silverlight is Getting Blazed

Posted by in C#, Database, FoxPro, Other, Web on 23. Aug, 2010 | 1 Comment

If you’re interested in upgrading to Silverlight, Southwest Fox Conference is the place to go.