Wednesday, May 18, 2005

My Blood Is Boiling.

Nothing technical about this post, this makes my blood boil

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/shropshire/4559173.stm

My wife has just been done for driving 36mph in a 30, this guy drives 100%+ over the speedlimit and what happens.

Friday, May 13, 2005

One Care Couldn't Care Less

This i believe is a huge mistake http://67.19.9.2/?article=23217

Microsoft had a big chance here to provide a great value add service to its loyal customers and give them another good reason for owning Windows....

Instead if the article is to be believed, it has become a short term revenue generating excercise ! Why do i say short term, well if they were thinking medium to long term a better strategy IMHO would be to look to give customers that warm feeling of security, this would help retain current customers as other rival OS's make up ground and also give new customers that nice warm feeling of being loved.

Not impressed at all.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Never Ending Connection

We had a situation a few weeks ago when Analysis Services was not responding to any user connections. Thinking that this was perhaps a return of some of the historical problems that we have had in terms of locking, we promptly logged a call.

This particular situation was slightly unusual in that it appeared to come and go with no warning which made tracking it down very difficult.

During our investigations with MS it became apparent that something else was going on here, not only was AS affected, SQL Server was also demonstrating the same symptoms. Connections appeared to either take in excess of 50-60 seconds or else they did not work at all.

Many memory dumps later and after plenty of diagnostic work with MS it would appear that the user connection was being help up inside LSASS.EXE when talking to the primary domain controller.

After a bit of internal searching we eventually found that one user was logging onto the server with a NULL domain name, which was causing the old NT 4 PDC to broadcast to all the other domain controllers and wait for a response to see if they could validate the user. When this failed control was eventually returned to LSASS.EXE and some logons could be serviced before the user tried to connect again, and the whole vicious cycle started all over again.

I have never heard of a problem like this before, so I thought it worthwhile to share. If you need any further details on this please contact me.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Say Aye To A Pie

I decided in a sudden rush of home sickness a few weekends ago that we needed to go back to Scotland for a long weekend (not as far as Kilmarnock, before you ask me why i didn't drop in), which was probably a mistake in itself. Firstly the car broke down on a lonely Scottish road and after spending a few hours in the worst thunderstorm ever waiting for the AA to arrive i was in a fairly foul mood. However a single moment of humor was to be found next day when walking past a local butcher, there was a picture of a rather chubby little boy stuffing his face with a pie , with the slogan "say aye tae a pie" displayed proudly underneath.

And you wonder why Scotland is the heart attack capital of the world....

Let me tell your fortune....

If you were really having a bad day and you just happened to work in a fortune cookie factory what do you think you could do to cheer yourself up ? Well if your anything like me you would probably tinker with the software which produces the fortunes to emit messages based on your own evil brand of humor

You can imagine my amusement where opening a fortune cookie over the weekend i was confronted with "I hope you are not planning on driving home, because your car has been clamped".

Somebody was having a real bad day ....