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The Ten Cannots

March 18th, 2014

  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  2.  You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  5.  You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
~The Rev. William John Henry Boetcker,  Presbyterian minister and notable public speaker

SQL Coalesce “Duh”

February 10th, 2014

As some may know, the SQL COALESCE statement will replace any nulls it finds with some other value. This function is a rock and staple of coding in SQL. It is similar to the ISNULL SQL function except it returns the non-null value instead of a boolean without having to write an “if” statement, and is extremely useful in “SELECT” statements.
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SQL Joins

January 10th, 2014

Here is a picture that one of my buds sent me. It explains SQL joins to me better than just about anything I’ve seen in the textbooks. Hope it helps.

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Modifing The Default Visual Studio Template files

December 27th, 2013

public class MyClassExample
    #region members

    private bool isValid = false;
    private string myString = string.Empty;
    private string anotherString = “Another string”;


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The Serenity Prayer

December 21st, 2013

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
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Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living A Good Life

December 1st, 2013

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens AKA Mark Twain


You may know Samuel Langhorne Clemens also known as Mark Twain, for his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer, a humorist, a satirist and a lecturer.

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1U, 2U, 3U Rack Mount Heights – Just What Are “U” Talking About?

August 29th, 2013
Blank Rack Mount Panels

Blank Rack Mount Panels

Just what does the “U” mean when talking about rack equipment?

As you can see from my Ham Radio console, it is setup using rack mount cabinets. I am using the older rack cabinets that use round holes instead of the newer ‘rectangle” holes. But, whichever style cabinet you are using, the equipment that mounts in there will be pretty much the same as far as the mounting sizes. Most all standard rack mount gear and even blank rack panels are 19 inches wide. There are some other “standard” widths out there, but most you will find, today, will mostly be the garden variety 19″ racks. This is especially true in today’s server racks and Ethernet hubs and switch racks. Continue Reading…

Oklahoma Weatherman Mike Morgan Criticized

June 9th, 2013
KFOR-TV Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan

KFOR-TV Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan

I’m sure that being vilified, criticized, and being called irresponsible was the last thing Mike Morgan, Chief Meteorologist for television station KFOR in Oklahoma City, thought of as he was picking out his tie for the days series of broadcasts on that fateful Friday May 31st, 2013. I’m sure, in his mind, he was keenly aware that the stage was set for more possible outbreaks of severe weather as he had forecast just the day before. What he probably wasn’t aware of was the imperfect storm coming to devastate his character, integrity and abilities. Yes…he was blindsided by the aftermath I’d say. An EF5 of criticism grinding away at him from people, many of which have never stood in his place. From all the sites I’ve read, It appears to be with the full intent to level his credibility down to the utter slab. Continue Reading…

How to Delete a Flash Drive Partition

May 8th, 2013

I broke down and bought a Raspberry Pi and was playing with it. I admit I’m not a Linux guy and never before had a Pi. So, you could say, that in just about all respects, I’m what you could say, a “newbie.” Continue Reading…

Microsoft Report Viewer Problem

May 8th, 2013
MS Report Viewer Error

MS Report Viewer Error

One of my pet peeve’s in software development is Microsoft’s Reports. The other day I was minding my own business and up popped this error while I was moving some files around on the server. Continue Reading…