Dirk Strauss

Sad Facebook Reality For Many People

On 19 October, 2015 00:11:16, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss
How Facebook Influences People

Sad Facebook is sad and it wants you to be happy…. well perhaps not, but it sounded cool saying that. I have come across very few people that don’t use Facebook. Some might not have their own account, but they invariably use their spouse’s Facebook account. Then you get the John and Jane Smith accounts. You know, those husband and wife accounts one seems to find more often these days. A very cool video uploaded by Higton Bros illustrates exactly what I believe many experience in some small way or another.

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Visual Studio Solution Explorer Tips

On 15 October, 2015 22:38:12, in Programming, by Dirk Strauss
Visual Studio Solution Explorer Tips

The Visual Studio Solution Explorer is the one part of the IDE that I’m betting most developers use so often, it tends to melt away in the background of ‘doing one’s job’. But yet, there it is, an indispensable tool of sheer brilliance waiting to be discovered. There is much more to the Visual Studio Solution Explorer than meets the eye. Let’s take a closer look.

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Being Almost Blind

On 14 October, 2015 23:02:10, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss

Being Almost Blind – Some of you might have noticed that the updates to this blog have been a little sparse the past two weeks. There is however a good explanation for this. On Friday, October 2nd I woke up and noticed that I could no longer see properly. I saw everything around me, but when I looked directly at something (especially on a computer screen), all I saw was a white mist. The reality of my situation quickly began to sink in.

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CloudBerry Backup Desktop Edition by CloudBerry Lab

On 24 September, 2015 16:57:04, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss
CloudBerry Backup

There is one thing in this world that many people fail to do. That is maintain regular backups of important files and documents. I often wonder why this is? I have come to the conclusion that many people don’t do it because it is a hassle. We often don’t have the time to make regular backups or we get so entrenched in everyday life, that making backups is the last thing on our mind. CloudBerry Backup definitely has a solution for you.

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A while ago I wrote an article on Debugging Lambda Expressions In Visual Studio 2015. The folks over at Webucator were gracious enough to use the article in one of their tutorial videos (see below).

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iTunes Installation Error

On 19 September, 2015 23:04:02, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss

iTunes Installation Error – It seems as though some users have had issues installing iTunes 12.3 (among other Apple software *cough*iOS9*cough*). The error description is also not very helpful either.

There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.

That error message was about as helpful as a spoon in a pogo stick contest.

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Hey Siri, give us a hint – September Apple Event

On 9 September, 2015 16:18:35, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss
Hey Siri

For those of you who are excited for the Apple event today, here is a little gem. If you ask Siri “Hey Siri, give us a hint”, Siri will respond with various funny replies. Here is my favorite reply:

Hey Siri

It seems like Apple has some exciting goodies in store for us today as well as a great sense of humor.

Apple Watch – The Not So Essential List Of Apps

On 8 September, 2015 00:05:36, in Technology, by Dirk Strauss

Apple Watch – Well it has happened. I gave in and bought myself an Apple Watch. I initially got one for my wife for her birthday, but I couldn’t resist in getting one for myself too. You might be thinking why would I be writing about it here? To tell you the truth, I am quite impressed with it, especially as a first version. But what is it about the Apple Watch that makes it worthwhile for me?

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BgInfo Working For You In Windows 10

On 14 August, 2015 00:44:26, in Windows 10, by Dirk Strauss

BgInfo – I am a great fan of the SysInternals tool BgInfo. I use it all over the place, especially in Virtual Machines. I also apply it to my development machine to display useful info about my system. Apart from the standard info tags that ship with BgInfo, you can define some custom ones. Here is my take on defining a custom info tag for BgInfo to display the state of a Windows Service, in my case SQL Server.

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