Captain’s Blog, 211230.1 – That’s Why They Put The “I” in IBM

This won’t impact many readers of this blog (there AREN’T many readers of this blog), but I wanted to get it off my chest. So this morning I went to log into my IBM cloud account. My account which was created with IBM Italia. My account which specified my language as being Italian. My account… Continue reading Captain’s Blog, 211230.1 – That’s Why They Put The “I” in IBM

Captain’s Blog, 211227.1 – Upgrading To Visual Studio 2022? Not So Fast, Compadre

9 November 2021. A video appears on YouTube named “Welcome to Visual Studio 2022 – by Scott Hanselman and friends”. No, I’m not going to link to it. Why? Because I’m sick to death of insincere corporatese which refers to people who work together as “friends”, and is an order of magnitude worse when the… Continue reading Captain’s Blog, 211227.1 – Upgrading To Visual Studio 2022? Not So Fast, Compadre

Captain’s Blog, 211226.1 – Are You Stupid? (Windows 11)

No, not YOU, dear reader. Not any of the 3 humans and 1585 spammers who see these posts. No. Microsoft. Specifically the Microsoft Windows Development team. If they were standing in front of me right now, that is what I would ask them. I saw a video once where a guy described his time studying… Continue reading Captain’s Blog, 211226.1 – Are You Stupid? (Windows 11)

Captain’s Blog, 211102.1 – A Leap Through Windows Unknown

So my personal notebook says that it’s ready to upgrade to Windows 11. My desktop may never say that because the CPU, a Core i7, is a whopping 4 years old and Microsoft would have us consign such “antiques” to landfill. Apparently after you have installed Windows 11 you have a whopping 10 days to… Continue reading Captain’s Blog, 211102.1 – A Leap Through Windows Unknown

Captain’s Blog, 211029.1 – Generating Random Data

There will be times when you need to generate large blocks of randomised data for development work. In payroll system development, for example, you don’t want to expose people’s real data. This has often been a pain in the backside to generate, but I recently stumbled upon a very useful site for doing so: Random… Continue reading Captain’s Blog, 211029.1 – Generating Random Data

Captain’s Blog, 210417.1 – Will MS Ever Get Windows Update Right?

I just noticed how long it has been since I publish one of these. Not that anyone visits this site at the moment, but eventually that may change so I must be more proactive. Thankfully I don’t need the latest, most up-to-date version of Windows to do that. Previous blog entries have referred to the… Continue reading Captain’s Blog, 210417.1 – Will MS Ever Get Windows Update Right?

Captain’s Blog, 181208.1 – Thanks for the help Excel 2016/2019, but please stop thinking for me

Look, I get how well intentioned this one was. It was intended to save you from errors. But since it weaves its way unannounced in the background, it can have a toxic effect and actually introduce errors. Check out this table of values from our sister website Scuderia Quantistica: Columns B to F contain the… Continue reading Captain’s Blog, 181208.1 – Thanks for the help Excel 2016/2019, but please stop thinking for me

Captain’s Blog, 180902.1 – Disappearing Space on Your SSD Drive, and Hidden Files

Ah, September. Spring is in the air. Let’s begin with yet another tale of the exquisite skill and software craftsmanship that the brain dead idiots in the Windows Development Team have inflicted on us in the name of Windows 10 patch 1803, shall we? I have a smallish SSD (for such is their cost); 476… Continue reading Captain’s Blog, 180902.1 – Disappearing Space on Your SSD Drive, and Hidden Files

Captain’s Blog, 180716.1; The Horror Of Windows 10 Update 1803 Continues

As you may know, I am partial to the occasional game on Steam and one in particular. However after Windows Update 1803, I was unable to do anything with that on my notebook. When launching any application from Steam I would get a large white box with audio but no video. This morning I tried… Continue reading Captain’s Blog, 180716.1; The Horror Of Windows 10 Update 1803 Continues

TM1 Nybbles – Dealing With A “Frozen” Cube Viewer

Have you ever had the situation where you click on a dimension tile in TM1 Cube Viewer, nothing seems to happen, and every TM1 dialog just keeps dinging at you when you click on it? No, TM1 hasn’t locked up, isn’t frozen, hasn’t crashed, and isn’t broken. Probably. There’s a reason for this happening, and… Continue reading TM1 Nybbles – Dealing With A “Frozen” Cube Viewer