Category: Mini How-Tos


Windows Server 2008 Hangs During Startup After Installing SSL Certificate

Recently I installed a SSL certificate on a Windows Server 2008 computer for the purpose of securing Terminal Services and Terminal Services Gateway (TSG). The certificate was created on a computer running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) using OpenSSL. The certificate was signed by my own certificate authority.

I had no problem installing the SSL certificate on Windows Server 2008 and it worked well. However, when I rebooted the server, all hell broke loose. Continue reading » Windows Server 2008 Hangs During Startup After Installing SSL Certificate

How to Use Default Parameters in User Defined Functions in SQL Server 2005

Yesterday I had to add a much needed parameter to a SQL Server 2005 user-defined function (or UDF). The catch was that the current version of the UDF (i.e. the version without the parameter) was already being used in production by a few SQL queries. Not wanting to break those existing queries, I decided to assign a sensible default value to the new parameter. With a default value I figured I could add the parameter to the UDF without having to modify existing calls to the UDF.

Boy was I wrong. Continue reading » How to Use Default Parameters in User Defined Functions in SQL Server 2005

Visible Whitespace in Visual Studio

Of late, I have been coding in C# using Visual Studio 2005.  One day while merrily going about my way, I must have accidentally hit the Control key and some keys.  A little known “feature” was discovered.  All my spaces turned to “dots”.  Apparently, this is called the visible whitespace feature.  I’ve seen (and used) it in Word, but have never seen it in a code editor.

Unfortunately, my code became highly unreadable in this format.  I tried looking through the dialogs to see if I could find ways to turn it off to no avail.  Finally, I found this article to be of much help:

http://aspadvice.com/blogs/name/archive/2006/09/15/Visible-Whitespace-in-Visual-Studio.aspx

Ctrl-E-S does the trick apparently.  It turns on and off this feature.

How to Play Streaming Videos on a Sony Bravia KDL-46W5100 TV


On Boxing Day I finally gave into a long held desire; I purchased a big, flat-panel TV. After checking the thickness of my wallet (or rather, the lack thereof) and doing some online research, I settled upon the Sony Bravia KDL-46W5100 LCD TV.

I won’t review the TV in this post. If you’re interested, check out CNET’s review or the Future Shop’s customer reviews. Needless to say, I’m very happy with my KDL-46W5100, especially considering the low price I paid on Boxing Day.

The real purpose of this post is to show you how to stream videos to a KDL-46W5100. Continue reading » How to Play Streaming Videos on a Sony Bravia KDL-46W5100 TV

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