Dead MacBook or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Surface Pro 3
September 29, 2014
For about three weeks, I’ve carried around the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as my “daily driver” laptop. I’ve written plenty of reviews about new machines, but what makes this “test” a little different is that I didn’t have a backup laptop. Under normal circumstances, anything I test is just a temporary thing. I may carry around a new device with me and use it as my primary computing platform for a week or so, but I always have the security blanket of my main machine. For the last couple of years, that primary machine has been a MacBook Air (well, really several MBAs). However, just after I got the Surface Pro 3 (SP3), I killed the LCD display driver (the physical component) during a meeting. I was in a rush so I grabbed the Surface Pro 3 which I had toyed with… and it became the aforementioned daily driver.
Google Apps Migration for Exchange – Tips, Tricks, and other Notes
April 12, 2012
Earlier this year I engineered a move of email services from Exchange to Google Apps. Any change of email provider can be quite tricky, but thankfully Google provides a tool to assist in the migration. That tool is “Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange” (GAMME). When I ran through this process I learned a lot of useful bits that I hadn’t seen documented elsewhere. Some seem to be obvious and some are more tricky. The key to remember is that the core of this migration is actually being done by Outlook — not some specialty tool.
Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange (GAMME) crashes on migration start
January 10, 2012
I was trying to test Google Apps Migration for Microsoft Exchange (GAMME) for our company and it kept crashing on me. GAMME launched and let me fill in the configuration information, but the instant I pressed the “start” button, it crashed.
Converting to an Xbox Live Family Pack
October 11, 2011
I’ve been an Xbox Live Gold member for the last few years now, and other than the first time I bought a Gold Membership (through the Xbox), I have always bought my memberships via cards that were on sale (usually through Amazon or eBay’s daily deal). As a result, my subscription had well over 20 months left on it.
document.getElementById not working in IE8
February 14, 2011
The title is a bit misleading. document.getElementById actually does work in IE8, it just works differently than it did in previous versions. Previously (in IE8 Compatibility Mode and earlier), getElementById actually searched based on name and id. This means that lazy or ignorant developers might have gotten used to using name when they meant id. This would have worked fine for the last several years, but with IE8 came Standards! The real crux of the problem is that when there are colons (:) in the id of the property (which is generally also the name), they get converted to underscores (_).
Kinect is fun!
November 8, 2010
Last week the Xbox Kinect was released… and I got one. I ended up getting the Xbox 360 S 250 GB with Kinect bundle because I’ve been gunning for a new Xbox for a while (Editor’s note: Basically, since I got my Xbox Elite with HDMI a couple years ago). As soon as the new Xbox 360 S was announced, I pre-ordered one, but canceled it because I just didn’t need a new Xbox. Later, I also pre-ordered the Xbox 360 S Reach bundle, but again canceled that one because it seemed like overkill and I wasn’t too sure how Reach would turn out. Finally, the Kinect arrives, and I figured it was about time.
WebDAV Client – Windows 7
August 26, 2010
Since I’ve already got Linux & OSX talking to my LDAP/WebDAV enabled Apache, I needed to finish my trifecta… Windows. Specifically, Windows 7. I had heard that it is possible to map WebDAV shares as network drives, just like you would with Samba. Of course, what you hear, what you hope for, and what Windows actually lets you do aren’t always the same (and usually ends with pain).
Error: SQL1159 Initialization error with DB2 .NET Data Provider, reason code 10, tokens 0.0.0, 9.7.0
July 20, 2010
This past weekend I spent way too much time with Jon while trying to get our new work machines setup. Normally most of the time is spent waiting for Visual Studio to install (seriously that thing takes forever), but not so this time. DB2 kept refusing to work and play well with others. Specifically the driver that .NET uses to communicate with, and thus began several hours of googling and downloading and installing.