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Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know. - Daniel J Boorstin

On my day job I maintain a large database application for a growing Edinburgh-based travel search company. Every day I learn more about development and administration in the trenches, including how to cope with legacy worst practices and how to benefit from SQL Server best practices.

Studying part-time at Dundee University for an MSc in Business Intelligence.


Aug
11
awarded  Notable Question
May
27
comment How do I edit text files in the Windows Command Prompt?
Doesn't seem to work with psexec. Tried to edit my hosts file with copy con hosts but ^Z doesn't save and ^C doesn't cancel! Had to close the cmd window to get out. The file was unchanged.
Apr
27
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
21
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
14
awarded  Popular Question
Dec
12
comment Print screen with cursor in Windows 7
@Dennis When you press ALT + PrintScr to capture the window, the tooltip disappears just before the capture (ALT changes the window state). Work around the issue by pressing PrintScr to capture the whole screen and crop with the built-in editor.
Dec
6
comment Why does `psql --file` misinterpret tilde?
Since I discovered that psql accepts spaces instead of equals, I always use spaces. It's simpler that way. Thanks for the well-researched answer!
Dec
6
accepted Why does `psql --file` misinterpret tilde?
Nov
22
revised Why does `psql --file` misinterpret tilde?
Also tried using a space instead of an equals.
Nov
22
comment Can't install pg gem on mac os x Lion
Did you find a solution for this? It might be worth asking a moderator to migrate this to Stack Overflow. SO has many more Ruby experts.
Nov
22
asked Why does `psql --file` misinterpret tilde?
Nov
15
comment Why does restarting a computer fix things?
MinWin appears to be Microsoft's push in the same direction. Robert McLaws on Windows Server Core: "Microsoft started to chart out the entire Windows dependency graph. And as they saw things that started calling up the stack when they weren’t supposed to, they rearranged the APIs to create a clean separation in the OS. MinWin is the result of that work. It is not a complete rewrite of the kernel, but a reorganization of the APIs, so that components only call down the stack, and not up it."
Nov
15
revised What's causing this boot freeze?
Added a link to the filterd log.
Nov
15
comment What's causing this boot freeze?
@techie007 Added my event log analysis. It's the best lead I have. I also performed a memory test, a hard disk test, and an optical boot test. If you think the results would help, I'll add them as well.
Nov
15
revised What's causing this boot freeze?
Added event log analysis.
Nov
13
comment How to diagnose computer freezing problem
+1 for the LiveCD idea.
Nov
13
asked What's causing this boot freeze?
Oct
5
comment How to check which timezone in Linux?
On Precise Pangolin echo $TZ returns nothing for me.
Oct
5
comment Print screen with cursor in Windows 7
What a hidden gem. Unfortunately it draws a big green border around the active window, which obscures any tooltip that lies partially outside the window area. For example, you can't use it to cleanly capture Firefox's Open Containing Folder tooltip.
Sep
28
comment Why does restarting a computer fix things?
Thanks for the link to Raymond Chen's article. I don't think your summary accurately reflects the author's views. He doesn't say it should be this way. He concludes: "So it's not that Windows has to restart after replacing a file that is in use. It's just that it would rather not deal with the complexity that results if it doesn't. Engineering is a set of trade-offs." It makes me wonder: What trade-offs did the Linux developers choose? (Linux is noted for requiring a restart less frequently.) Do they deal with the complexity, or do they just break things?