An Application Lifecycle

Posted by in Database, FoxPro on 05. May, 2020 | 1 Comment

All good things come to an end.

A FoxPro to Python Quickie

Posted by in Other on 22. Jan, 2020 | 0 Comments

[Today in the #ThatConference #ThatTrivia Slack board, there was this math question: “Identify a multi-digit number such that when each digit is raised to the power of itself, and the result of each of those is added together you get the original number.” eg: 274 = (2 ^ 2) + (7 ^ 7) + (4 […]

Southwest Fox 2019 Recap

Posted by in FoxPro on 04. Nov, 2019 | 2 Comments

I’m as surprised as anyone to be reading that headline. Yes, there’s still a conference devoted to Visual FoxPro in 2019, over a decade after Microsoft pronounced the product dead and almost 4 years since the very last shred of support from Microsoft has dissipated. Yet there we were, over 80 of us all gathered […]

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 […]

Using OneDrive to Sync Development Machines

Posted by in Blog, Programming on 06. Dec, 2017 | 0 Comments

[tl;dr : Don’t do it!] I have a laptop at work that I do most of my development work on, but I don’t take it with me everywhere. Sometimes I’ll find myself at home next to my older PC and wanting to do some work. So what’s the best way to ensure that I have […]

Southwest Fox 2017 Recap

Posted by in Other on 08. Nov, 2017 | 7 Comments

Southwest Fox 2017 is in the books. Here are my thoughts: Smaller, younger crowd When I walked into the keynote on Thursday night it was clear that this was a smaller crowd than years past. We were told to expect this because the folks at Alaska Software are taking the year off from conferences to […]

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 […]