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, […]

New (Old) Phone Number

Posted by in Other on 03. Jan, 2016 | 0 Comments

What a way to start the new year. I managed to break not one but TWO Samsung Galaxy phones over the weekend. The glass on my S5 was becoming unglued so I bought a replacement kit on Amazon and tried replacing it. I have done this successfully on two phones already, so I liked my […]

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, […]

SBT Flashback

Posted by in Other on 05. Mar, 2014 | 31 Comments

I got a call yesterday from another tech support guy who was at a place that was having trouble with their custom-written application. He had figured out that it was a problem with a FoxPro table, but not knowing how to fix those he searched “Madison FoxPro” and found my name. (Thank You, All in […]

Testing the “Duplicated Shuffle” Odds in SQL Server

Posted by in Other on 06. Jan, 2014 | 0 Comments

I recently became aware of the (kinda mind-blowing) fact that the odds are essentially zero that the order of the deck of cards you just shuffled has ever occurred before in the history of Earth (we’ll discard other planets for now as that variable is not quite yet known). According to this fascinating thread on […]

Good Riddance 2013

Posted by in Other on 02. Jan, 2014 | 1 Comment

I haven’t blogged in a while. In fact I haven’t done much of anything that can be considered creative or original for quite a while which is kind of a problem when you write code for a living! I’ve been pondering this post’s possibility for a few months, and finally having been inspired by other […]

The Way of .Net – A Parody Song for Southwest Fox

Posted by in Other on 19. Oct, 2012 | 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago Tuvia Vinitsky shot me a copy of a parody song he wrote and wanted to perform at the Southwest Fox conference. “Hey,” I thought, “we used to do a lot of parody songs back in high school. [Sorry, Big Smitty] I could totally do this.” So I took a few […]

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 […]

I’m Speaking at Southwest Fox 2011

Posted by in Community Relations, FoxPro, Other on 13. Sep, 2011 | 2 Comments

It occurs to me that I’ve neglected to blog about the fact that I’m speaking at Southwest Fox 2011. For those unfamiliar, Southwest Fox is the premiere Visual FoxPro Developer’s Conference. It’s at a fantastic resort in Gilbert (Phoenix suburb) AZ, and like all conferences the people are fantastic. I was invited to speak there […]

Salty Dog Solutions, LLC Merges with Geeks and Gurus, Inc.

Posted by in Blog, Other on 24. Jun, 2011 | 1 Comment

(Today, I sent this letter to my clients) I am very excited to tell you that Salty Dog Solutions, LLC, is being acquired by Geeks and Gurus, Inc.. Before you panic, let me assure you that from your perspective nothing will change except the name. I will still be the person you call when you […]