Archive for the ‘General’ Category

What’s up?

Long-time colleague Ian McGowan asked the following in Slack today: “Tony, what is the non-MV work you’re doing? How did that transition go? What’s the story? I’m asking for, uh, a friend that’s been a PICK programmer since 1987. ” I thought I’d post the answer here.

System Maintenance – a quick note

I’m often called to remedy one-off issues in D3 environments, and to look at systems for family/friends when things start running slow. Most home/business environments share these common traits: Huge logs which degrade performance, and Windows Event Logs showing a large number of application, system, and security issues.

Google Groups extra signature

This is for people who administer Google Groups in the MV community and elsewhere. I’ve been noticing over the last few months that emails I get from forums have two “unsubscribe” notifications. In the case of the MVDBMS group which I manage, I know I didn’t cause that, so something else did. Here’s how you [...]

Three Jeers for Google Groups

I haven’t written here for a while but I thought I’d take a moment for something not related to development. Google “improved” Groups, and now everyone’s email addresses are exposed. Sigh.

About this blog, taking a brief step back

I want to make sure that the content in this blog is helpful, accurate, and in some respect entertaining. This entry sums up my overall goals. Comment would be greatly appreciated.

Stuff free to good home

I’m cleaning house here and boxing up a lot of old books and software. In some ways I feel like I’m closing a door on a former lifetime. Weird.

Don’t click the link

A public service announcement, and experiment with the human psyche. I repeat: Do not click the link!

Fair price for consulting services?

My friend and colleague Kevin Powick recently posted a help wanted ad for consulting work: 30-40 hours per week at $35/hour over a period of about six months. One way to look at this is that for someone who doesn’t have a job that’s over $25,000 that they didn’t have before. Some people who charge [...]

When we’re gone

On a somber note, we all know what a living will is, or a last will for distributing our worldly goods, but how many people have a will that helps those who come into our office to pick up the pieces when we’re gone?

Grandma, didn’t you read the manual?

I need to set this up briefly. I don’t just hang around in MV forums, I hang around in a lot of different forums. My latest venture was to the usenet forum microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general where people go to get advice with problems with IE. The mentality of the people providing responses there has just floored me. [...]

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