SQL Server BCP and Phantom CRLFs

Microsoft SQL Server comes with bcp.exe, a command-line tool that uses the Bulk Copy Program API. It allows to export data from tables and queries, import data from files into tables and it generates format files. Bcp comes with a lot of command line parameters. Find them all here. The tool is very convenient if you want a […]

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3 OS X Tips for Windows Users

If you’re rather new to OS X, coming from or still living in a world dominated by Windows just like mine, you’ve probably run into the following trivial questions: How to cut and paste (move) files in Finder? How to lock the screen? How to restore windows using Command+Tab? Here are the short answers. Cut […]

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KB982861 could not be installed

Internet Explorer 9 Language Packs are provisioned by different x86 and x64 Windows Update files, named as IE9-Windows6.1-LanguagePack-xAA-LLL.msu, where AA = architecture (86 or 64) and LLL = language code (e.g. nld for Dutch). When trying to install these language packs via wusa.exe, Windows Installer might throw the follow error: Windows update “Update for Windows (KB982861)” could […]

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GoogleCL on Synology DiskStation

Some time ago I decided I would not upgrade my SOHO server (the dearly beloved Zeus, a Windows 2003 box acting as a file/print/mail/etc server) but to move these services to the cloud. Despite my mainly Microsoft oriented professional background, I choose Google Apps rather than Microsoft Office 365. I buried the server, reluctantly concluded not to use […]

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RU #Pwned?

Hackers hack systems. Their mission: harvest accounts, credentials, e-mail addresses, passwords. It’s a very lucrative business. You don’t want your accounts to be compromised, do you? PwnedList collects hacked accounts, automatically (from known hacker groups) and manually, i.e. the two-headed team regularly imports dumps of hacked accounts found on the world wide web into their […]

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SQL Server 2008 R2 – The performance counter registry hive is corrupted.

Sequel number four (yes, 4!) of the SQL Server 2008 R2 installation woes saga. Previous posts include: Version string portion was too short or too long Error code: 1605 Version’s parameters must be greater than or equal to zero This post discusses the following error which appears in Summary_%computername%_%date%_%time%.txt, located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Setup […]

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SQL Server 2008 R2 – Version’s parameters must be greater than or equal to zero

A third (!) and hopefully final blog post on SQL Server 2008 R2 deployment woes. Previous posts include SQL Server 2008 R2 – Version string portion was too short or too long and SQL Server 2008 R2 – Error code: 1605. This time the installation problem comes with the following beauty: Exception type: System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException Message: Version’s parameters must be greater […]

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SQL Server 2008 R2 – Error code: 1605

Yet another post on SQL Server 2008 R2 deployment woes. An unattended installation of SQL Server 2008 R2 – developer/management tools on Windows XP SP3 clients in this particular case – might fail with the following error: MsiGetProductInfo failed to retrieve ProductVersion for package with Product Code = ‘{0A869A65-8C94-4F7C-A5C7-972D3C8CED9E}’. Error code: 1605. The error appears in […]

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BMI on #RunKeeper

Another suggestion for the clever girls and boys at RunKeeper: why not introduce a Body Mass Index measurement? Next to the weight and body fat (BF) measurements – which are indeed ideal quantities to report on – a private BMI ticker would be significantly interesting. This private ticker could be colored from green (value from 20 to […]

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