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Odd Excel error. Not sure what caused it.

I just launched Excel and picked a document from the MRU and I got “Sorry, we can’t perform this...

Author: reedme Date: 03/22/2015

Blast from the past—and still true today.

Someone sent me this link in response to a customer request, and I had to laugh. The situation...

Author: reedme Date: 03/06/2015

Goodbye, Outlook Tasks!

When I first met Peter Bregman, he was on his book tour speaking at Microsoft Research. In 2012. He...

Author: reedme Date: 07/23/2014

Thanks, Emily! My $0.02 US (unadjusted) on security.

A friend of mine just sent me a link and asked my opinion. Always a dangerous thing to do… Here you...

Author: reedme Date: 05/27/2014

Federal budget math shows up in OneDrive?

I’m not sure what to make of this, but it was amusing (to me): I was curious about why my PC...

Author: reedme Date: 04/27/2014

Interop between SharePoint Online and Family Safety

On the off chance that I’ll forget or someone else might wonder how to get these two great services...

Author: reedme Date: 04/26/2014

Free is a good price.

Everybody loves free stuff, right? Get your free ebooks!...

Author: reedme Date: 04/22/2014

I’ve been in meetings like this. Gack.

Just several this week. And it’s only Monday. What Meetings Feel Like For Engineers Yes. In the...

Author: reedme Date: 04/21/2014

Is that what THAT button was for?

Some people (who are not me) have a way with words that fit into 140 characters. Witness Aaron Levie...

Author: reedme Date: 04/17/2014

Infer this, Cortana!

I’ve needed a personal assistant for a long time, but I don’t rate one here at Microsoft. (I married...

Author: reedme Date: 04/10/2014

One last laugh for John Pinette

One of my favorite comedians passed yesterday. John Pinette was one the few contemporary comedians...

Author: reedme Date: 04/07/2014

Yes, I hate April Fools’ Day.

I don’t hate April Fools’ Day on principle. (Yes, I do.) I just hate it because you can never tell...

Author: reedme Date: 04/01/2014

The death of agile?

Mike’s got some great points about how agile goes wrong. I’ve seen them all. The skills and talents...

Author: reedme Date: 03/14/2014

I like to read ‘expert’ opinions for their comedic value.

Apparently, the Ed Bott does, too. Summary: In Silicon Valley (and in media satellites that take the...

Author: reedme Date: 03/05/2014

My life in comics.

In the ongoing saga of my life starring in Scott Adam’s imagination… I’ve had this annual review...

Author: reedme Date: 03/04/2014

Generational crusades and holding your ancestors’ grudges?

Full disclosure: I come from a long line of hillbillies. I know whereof I speak when I talk about...

Author: reedme Date: 02/24/2014

Learning under fire. Is there any other way? =P

I’m one of those folks who prefers to test the depth of a river with both feet, and this learning...

Author: reedme Date: 02/21/2014

Dinosaur engineering org structure is #dead. #yammer

This. Is. True. “People make the incorrect assumption that software engineering is writing code to a...

Author: reedme Date: 02/18/2014

Does this give Finnish police jurisdiction over the entire internet?

Wow. In Finland, organizations seeking to carry out donation drives (charities etc.) must seek...

Author: reedme Date: 02/14/2014

Dave Campbell for CEO

I've been dark for a bit, traveling to Budapest and Seattle, but... I've been thinking a lot about...

Author: David Reed - MSFT Date: 01/29/2014

5 Great Agile Suggestions And One Questionable One

I’ve long been a big fan of agile development and DevOps, but after lots of recent projects and...

Author: reedme Date: 11/30/2013

Metadata is everything

I’ve been teaching one of my customers the fundamentals of Power BI this past week, so maybe I’m...

Author: reedme Date: 11/25/2013

Alas, IE9, we knew ye well…

As we get to EOL for Windows XP, the transition to modern browsers should be well underway… Google...

Author: reedme Date: 11/07/2013

The Perils of Predictive Analytics

There was a story last year about how Target predicted that a teenage girl was pregnant, based on...

Author: reedme Date: 11/05/2013

Adventures in relocation…

You know how the most innocuous thing can become a technological mountain… under time pressure? The...

Author: reedme Date: 10/31/2013

The Real Cost of Mobile Development

I’m putting together (for my own edification) a list of tooling that folks developing for phones and...

Author: reedme Date: 10/16/2013

Who is the next dinosaur?

Maybe it’s midlife. Maybe it’s too much free time. Maybe it’s just a side effect for designing the...

Author: reedme Date: 10/02/2013

Getting Pocket to work with IE11 and Windows 8.1 (formerly colored Blue)

If you’re like I am, there are FAR more things on the webnetz that you want to read than you could...

Author: reedme Date: 10/01/2013

Consider your [data] sources...

I’m always amused by reasonable seeming statements (including my own) that are then followed by...

Author: reedme Date: 02/15/2012

It's not April Fool's Day, but...

At first blush, Tom’s Hardware has got what appears to be some pretty yellow journalism on the...

Author: reedme Date: 11/28/2011

The app that would get me to buy an iPhone...

I’m afraid to go look in the App Store, because it might be a real iPhone app and I might be kicked...

Author: reedme Date: 08/28/2009

Amen, brother. Preach it, SQL-type dude!

My pal, Steve, over @ SQL Server Central has been riffing on the DBA-train-thyself mantra again....

Author: reedme Date: 08/17/2009

Scary. But probably true.

Emphasis in the quote below is Jeff’s; I didn’t fiddle with the bold or italics. I just made it...

Author: reedme Date: 08/14/2009

Degenerate dimensions in VSTS DB edition GDR R2 (a.k.a. TSD03136)

This is a common pattern in many BI projects that I’ve been involved with in the past four or five...

Author: reedme Date: 08/07/2009

erR? TSD03006. Doh!

I’m often skeptical when I read things like this that make absolute statements: To resolve this...

Author: reedme Date: 08/06/2009

How high is your impulse buy threshold?

I think Jeff’s on to something: While there's an odd aspect of race to the bottom that I'm not sure...

Author: reedme Date: 08/06/2009

South Park mobile business model?

Microsoft Details How to Port iPhone Apps to Windows Mobile 1. Write an iPhone app. 2. ... 3....

Author: reedme Date: 08/04/2009

Tough decision. Should I share this with my son?

This summer, my oldest son (age 9) has been plowing through every book in the library on...

Author: reedme Date: 08/03/2009

This is what happens to Twits™ with weak passwords...

Whoops. Or perhaps Twitter has a feed injection bug that’s been exploited? Maybe Anna Kournikova’s...

Author: reedme Date: 07/27/2009

Vista SP2 Compatibility Mode Builds Character... on Windows 7

The kids have gotten to the age where they’re pestering us to play Dungeons & Dragons with them....

Author: reedme Date: 07/21/2009

We need to do $@#%ing research to learn this?

Speaking on behalf of all men with a workshop or a garage (which reminds me, I have a top 10 list...

Author: reedme Date: 07/13/2009

NTS: Always install the TFS Power Tools

Or you’ll wind up with: TF10139: The following check-in policies have not been satisfied. Internal...

Author: reedme Date: 07/09/2009

This explains so many things... Scott Adams explains compensation modeling?

This metaphor can probably be extended to ‘splain corporate and governmental policies of all kinds!...

Author: reedme Date: 07/09/2009

In other words, if I get promoted that means what...?

The way I read these alleged research results, a lottery is just as effective at picking people for...

Author: reedme Date: 07/08/2009

Note to Self: Label shipping containers more innocuously...

It almost reads like something from “When I am an Evil Overlord...” The arrested men had setup an...

Author: reedme Date: 07/06/2009

If you need me, I’ll be in teh garage...

Tim and I don’t see eye2eye on some things, but quite often he nails the the whole “married geek”...

Author: reedme Date: 07/03/2009

Good cryptography is built to last.

Dr. Smithline apparently lost some sleep over this cipher, but he cracked it. The overall...

Author: reedme Date: 07/02/2009

From the MSDN Flash dated 20090623: Download the Free Windows API Code Pack for Microsoft .NET...

Author: reedme Date: 06/25/2009

I would’ve blogged this yesterday, but...

I got distracted. Heh. The Brain: Stop Paying Attention: Zoning Out Is a Crucial Mental State I’m...

Author: reedme Date: 06/25/2009

Bing: there it is! My PPS setup problem(s) solved.

Obligatory bing plug. The name is growing on me... Link #1 in the search results was Nick Barclay’s...

Author: reedme Date: 06/03/2009

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