Archive for the 'work' Category


Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

While I was sorting through my various pictures the other day I came across a screen shot I had sent a friend before my pc died. I noticed the font I was using, it was a font I had installed days previously, and had yet to store in my must-have box. I searched fairly hard […]

Maintaining Thread Identites

Monday, April 4th, 2005

We were having some weird threading issues with database access. Turns out that the new threads were not acquiring the impersonated identity of the parent thread, but in fact the original identity. After quite a lot of digging using reflector, I checked the web for thoughts: khanna suggests re-impersonating in the new thread, which is […]

How to set WPFX’s preferred editor

Friday, April 1st, 2005

In XP double-clicking on any image file loads up Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, how usefull. After installing The GIMP I thought it would be usefull to have it load images instead. Unfortunatly unless you are running The GIMP at the time it takes a while to load (damn annoying if it’s just an email […]

transparent desktops

Friday, April 1st, 2005

I came across transparent desktop backgrounds the other day. Today I found some free time and had a go at making my own: I should have read the How-To first, it explains a fool proof method of making them perfect :-), i just need to find a tripod…

Drag and Drop blog publishing from Outlook 2003

Monday, March 21st, 2005

OutlookMT (MagicFolder) is a utility that monitors a designated Outlook 2003 folder for items. An item placed in the “magic folder” will be posted to the weblog specified in the settings. It works pretty well. I think it’s expecting word based emails, and I have set outlook to HTML emails only. Kunal has done a […]

upside down, inside out

Friday, January 14th, 2005

Seems like here in Cape Town (South Africa), that the world is creating its own little natural disasters for us. Yesterday a fire got badly out of hand. Pictures taken from our office and surrounding areas say quite a lot. Also featured on IOL, and news24. It took us about 15 minutes to strip the […]

quick sql script to generate ip address range

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

I’ve had this lying around for a while, it’s basically a sql script to generate a list of ip addresses from nothing using only temporary tables. It can very quickly create huge amounts of data, and is much quicker than doing nested loops in code to insert the data a line at a time.

the west strikes again!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

After my previous post about dead disks, one of server’s disks (surprise surprise the same WD make) stopped working after a reboot this morning. Lucky it was only a development server and all the databases had been backed up last night. yay for backups, and just another reminder why I won’t buy WD disks.

xslt transformations

Monday, June 14th, 2004

xslt rocks, it is ‘da bomb’. If you’ve never used it before then when you have 2 weeks spare, do yourself a favour and learn it. The syntax is horrible, the patterns are complex, but the investment is worth it. a few odd resources to get you going: – Generate .NET Code With XSLT – […]

moving exchange

Monday, June 14th, 2004

We’ve just installed a new Exchange 2003 server at work, and we’ve been busy migrating mailboxes and public folders from the old server to the new one. Something to note is MS’s article on how to do this if you plan to remove the old server when you are finished. One thing to note that […]