Scope Sneak

I came up with a new term today - scope sneak. Sneak [sneek]: verb, sneaked or snuck, sneak·ing, noun –verb (used without object) to go in a stealthy or furtive manner; slink; skulk. to act in a furtive or underhand way. British Informal. to tattle; inform. Something happened at work today when a friend highlighted that some requirements had been snuck into a requirements document he was developing from. It occurred to me that this isn't really scope creep (also seen here). Scope creep t... [More]

IE7 fails to print on Vista

I keep coming across this problem. IE7 fails to print a document, asking the user to check that the address is correct, indicating that the address is a temporary file located in C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local\Temp\Low. Sometimes changing folder permissions works, but I have previously done that and this issue has popped up again. After doing another Google search and finding this forum post, running the following in the command line fixed the problem: icacls C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Loca... [More]

Visual Studio 2005 Performance

A sure sign that I haven't blogged recently is that Windows Live Writer has dropped off my recent programs in the start menu. Anyway, I have seen this first set of content before (perhaps even blogged it), but it is worth including again as I have found another set of information for VS performance. Here are the goods: Speed up Visual Studio 2005 Make sure Visual Studio 2005 SP1 is installed. Turn off animation.Go to Tools | Options... [More]

Windows Live Direct Links

I had a bit of a rant earlier about the Windows Live unified installer. Today I came across Long's post about how the installer works and Rafael's x64 pain. Rafael's post lead me to do a search for the WLW installation name of Install_{1F973A7F-3FE4-4D11-A9A2-E869C2899A7D}.msi. This great post came up. Problem solved.

The pain and rudeness of Windows Live (Writer)

I think that [WLW] is a great product, but I suspect that the team has been forced into doing things a certain way. I'm sure the [WLW] team is not totally to blame for this, but the impact is the same regardless. Beta 3 has just been released. I'm really happy about this announcement and I head off to download it. Now this is the part I am not happy about. Here are the issues I have with the installer: It isn't a direct installer for [WLW], just a downloader I am asked to make Live Search my de... [More]

Blog != RSS

I have to admit that I have an expectation that where there is a blog, there is an RSS feed. Its a shame that MSNBC haven't got this synergy for the PhotoBlog. There is however an RSS feed for The Week in Pictures which is great.

Dynamic searching in TSQL

As I have been writing some SQL Server based software recently, I want to expose a standard way of providing searching capabilities for tables and views. The initial implementation started with a set of WHERE conditions like the following: WHERE (FieldA = @FieldAValue OR @FieldAValue IS NULL)        (FieldB = @FieldBValue OR @FieldBValue IS NULL) I now want to extend this functionality to include sorting and perhaps paging as well. I came across this article b... [More]