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I recently had the task of creating wedding invites I wanted to do something a bit more unique though. Everyone is using QR codes these days. I bet I could make an application for filling handling the RSVPs and give people a fancy unique link and QR code. Unfortunately, I’m very busy these days and it seemed like far-fetched dream. Fortunately, someone else already had the idea and did the […]

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Words[Aspose]

I’ve generated a report or two in my day. My usual tools of choice have been C# and a 3rd party (free) Excel library. Some notable 3rd party libraries are EPPlus and NPOI. I’ve used this approach because I usually had more time than money. This means time to deal with the gaps that are common in free 3rd party libraries instead of paying the money for a professional library. […]

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Words[4]

It’s been a while since I’ve written. It’s partially because I think most of my thoughts are only amusing to me, but mostly because I’ve been incredibly busy. A while ago I was talking to my friend Mike about words, and how we need to invent a new one related to “will” as in “will do”. My thought at the time was about how there are different “degrees” of meaning […]

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Harbin

Harbin I recently went to Harbin, China to check out the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival and other attractions. I think snowy & icy landscapes are beautiful and Harbin delivered! I went for about 3 days. I left Dalian by train on a Friday at 9 AM, arrived in Harbin at 1 PM; returned from Harbin by train on Sunday at 2 PM and arrived in Dalian at 5:30 […]

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Majestic

This is a small excerpt from a trip I recently took to Harbin. It was a great trip and during it I got to see lots of tigers. While playing with my camera I discovered I could make gates disappear by adjusting the focal length. MIND BLOWN! I really had fun making the gate disappear and got a few more angles. I managed to snap these majestic pictures, and then […]

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Fortnite

Spoiler: don’t waste your time or money on this game. The developers clearly aren’t interested in supporting anything other than what they consider to be the first priority – which for now is giving away free content while their founder members deal with a buggy game. I’ve recently had the … experience … of playing Fortnite. Initially, I would have said it is great fun to play. Now, I would […]

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McAfee LiveSafe Uninstall Fails

Here’s another one for the “Just Wrong” department. It also makes me think I should add “what is the tech world coming to” tag. Why has it become acceptable for the default state of things to be broken? Buy a new Lenovo Try to uninstall the McAfee Live Safe bloatware that comes with it Fail It’s OK though, you can go to McAfee’s site for help. They have it written right […]

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Technological Inertia

Everyone probably remembers Sir Newton’s 1st law – Inertia.  An object at rest stays at rest, an object in motion stays in motion. There must be an outside force to deviate from either of these patterns. I find this exactly parallels the state of many technologies today – specifically security. For many years, tech companies threw security by the wayside. Their products had lots of security inertia because they were […]

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VirtualBox + Windows Server 2016 + Network Adapter Issues

I’m writing this because I found ~10 articles on Google with a similar question and I didn’t feel like signing up for 10 accounts just to help someone out. The issue: My Windows Server 2016 guest machine suddenly couldn’t recognize the network connection. I logged in and also saw that it was running some patches – so obviously the network connection worked while downloading the patches. I assume that part […]

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