May 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Dear Lord .. how does this happen?
I am sure, through a convoluted series of posts and ‘accepts’ that it does.
Let’s not let THAT happen again.
Michael Coates – Pragmatic Evangelist
April 4, 2013 Leave a comment
Here’s what I know:
Beyond that, I also know:
For (my) whimsy, I’d add:
So .. where does that put me? Where does it put you?
March 2, 2013 Leave a comment
It’s been a while since I posted a geeky article .. so, it’s well over time.
I have the pleasure of working with a talented data warehouse architect on my current project, and the need to connect Excel 2010 to SSAS became a reality this past week. The instructions to do so are easy enough:
Click “Next”, and here’s where it gets dodgy:
Now the fun starts:
Your .odc file should now be set up properly; save your Excel sheet and re-open, you may see the “transport layer” error again, but after this, you’ll be prompted to re-enter your system password.
February 15, 2013 Leave a comment
.. confirmed (or, at least firmly postulated) by a herd of American and European researchers.
This bunch have tested (and re-tested) debris from the Chicxulub impact crater off the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Their findings include a timeline that spans 11,000 years for the impact, almost simultaneous with the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction. From the article:
When dealing with geological timescales, a range of 11,000 years is about as accurate as you can get. As the research paper puts it, though, “the Chicxulub impact likely triggered a state shift of ecosystems already under near-critical stress.”
Not a bad timeline after all. Please see: Finally confirmed: An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs | ExtremeTech
Now. If we can only solve the chicken or the egg question.
February 10, 2013 Leave a comment
Just a little. Someone mentioned SugarSync to me the other day .. may have to take a peek at it.
With the loss of Live Mesh (see Live Mesh.. We Barely Knew Ye), I’ve had to do a few things a little differently. Besides reliable sync, local storage and pinpoint sharing accuracy, two of the nice features of Live Mesh included were Email Signature and Favorites sync. with Mesh, you could simply click a property box, and those items get synced across any of the systems in the Mesh. From the looks of it, these are not support as easily In SkyDrive.
I haven’t solved the Email signature sync, but here’s how I resolved the Favorites sync:
Your IE Favorites are stored in a personal directory called Favorites in the \Users folder of your system. The simple way to ensure you can access your favorites would be to sync this folder. Under Mesh, the folder was left in place and connected into the Mesh. With SkyDrive, it’s a bit different .. instead of moving to the mountain, we move the mountain to us, In Windows Explorer (not IE):
In a few moments, SkyDrive will obligingly copy your Favorites folder, making it available to other systems. The process is the same on the other system .. navigate to the folder as above and point to the Favorites folder beneath the SkyDrive root. You might see some duplicates of system- or OEM-created shortcuts, so replace with care.
I’ll keep looking for a way to sync Email signatures and advise. For the moment, I keep them in a SkyDrive-synced folder in a Word document, which works well enough.
February 5, 2013 1 Comment
That’s actually not true .. but it was so catchy.
I’ve been using Windows Live Mesh since it first came out in Technology Preview in 2008. Originally the brainchild of Ray Ozzie (some would say the master of sync), Microsoft has made the decision to discontinue the service in favor of SkyDrive, another product with similar synchronization functionality.
Live Mesh offered folder synchronization with Mesh Synced Storage (under several other names, but essentially an early version of SkyDrive), and the capability to connect multiple machines into your provide synch network (a “device mesh” in 2008 terminology). Mesh or SkyDrive, synchronization has some great features:
If you’re a user of multiple PCs or other devices, synchronization gives you the ability to drop files into synched folders:
I’ll follow the masses to SkyDrive and give it a good shakeout .. will be interesting to see if it will satisfy my use cases:
So, join the crowd and grab SkyDrive. Navigate to http://skydrive.live.com, log in with your LiveID and set up some folders to sync or share. While you’re there, investigate the SkyDrive apps for various devices and applications (including a SkyDrive-synchronized OneNote). There is also a SkyDrive Pro version (call it SkyDrive’s bigger brother) with more capacity (and a price tag).
February 1, 2013 Leave a comment
.. certainly a leading statement: all you need to do is look about and you’ll see LOTS of funny things at LAX ..
.. at SEA as well .. remember Moonies?
.. but I digress.
There was this trip .. I had just finished a few days with my favorite customer in Santa Monica and had made my way back to the airport along Route 9. On time, had even negotiated security .. even received the TSA-mandated ‘massage’ (yes: even I get patted down now and again).
Sitting in the waiting area, 40 minutes before the flight, and the overhead says:
Welcome to Alaska Airlines flight 485. We are ready for pre-boarding. As we have no small children and no identified individuals who require additional time to board, would Michael Coates please approach the podium?
I almost didn’t get up. However, curiosity absolutely overwhelmed me. I got up.
In reality, the flight was severely under-booked .. only a few seats from cancellation (there are several LAX-SEA flights a day, the next departing a mere 40 minutes later) .. but close enough to fly (this is all per the agent).
I was the only Gold (the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan) on the entire flight .. the gate agents thought they should give me a special thrill .. which they did.
Just wait until I get to the Million Miler. Not long now.
January 27, 2013 Leave a comment
Some exciting news for Hunter this past week: he was chosen by the Shoreline Directed Studies Department as the “Highlander of the Month” for February.
The honor comes with a certificate, school recognition and a ceremony held last Friday.
We received a letter from his principal; the snaps below are from the ceremony.
Way to go Hunter!
January 24, 2013 Leave a comment
There is a point at which we all want to ‘do our jobs’.
Note that a visionary without execution is .. well .. not as valuable. Our visionaries need to get their hands dirty now and then; by themselves, or by proxy. Engage a Tiger Team .. a group who can close the loop.
The business goes on, though .. it is critical that we avoid being the bottleneck to others’ success.