It started with a plane ride from hell. Already I was recovering from two straight nights of limited sleep and not-limited drinking. I sat next to an old couple from Adelaide who were quite nice and only got up twice during the 17 hour flight. I was impressed. Some lady was making a fuss and the attendants were very accommodating. If she’d been on a U.S. airline she’d have been duck taped to her chair. The pilot wasn’t touchy with the fasten seat belt sign. It was quite bumpy for a bit and he eventually turned it on. I think American airlines are too touchy- it doesn’t do anything except expand my bladder capacity. Here is a summary of the flight which began at 10:20pm after a full Wednesday:
1 – iPhone dies because of too much usage at the airport. Armrest USB charger is broken. No music.
2 – Watched Wolf of Wall Street. 9/10 – Leo always does a good job.
3 – Ate dinner even though I had eaten two hours ago.
5 – Fitful dozing.
9 – Watched Birdman. 10/10 Micheal Keaton is the best.
12 – Fitful dozing.
15 – Sacrifice my laptop’s battery in order to charge my phone.
17 – Landed (more…)
What’s new in Visual Studio 2017? My first thought was why is it so small- after logging into my.visualstudio.com and loading up the download/update manager I was surprised that “all” of visual studio would have an install size of 600MB. What!?!?! No Way. The install went off without a hitch until I tried to open up one of my solutions. It was nothing fancy- just a console application, but here is where MS dropped the bomb- it doesn’t come with .NET development out of the box… but I guess that’s my bias being a .NET developer. I had to “install missing features” which included .NET development (2GB is more like it!!!). I don’t know how big the install files were- but it was quite speedy even on my slower than a lumbering polar bear of an internet connection. And of course we get the standard restart required after this install. (more…)
Would you like some cake? Yes? You must be “still alive”.
I got some inspiration to try and create the effect from Portal, a.k.a. GLaDOS. It’s a lot of fun- there are things I could have smoothed out- but I’m satisfied with this pass. The song is Still Alive and by the great and creative Jonathan Coulton- check out his website: jonathancoulton.com
I’ve never really taken guitar lessons and am terrified to see all my bad habits face me. It’s a great instrument, but except for a few songs I’m on Piano. (So I say “I don’t play guitar… BUT I have watched a lot of Angus Young videos on youtube” ;).
Update (Final) – 2/26/17
I was able to get this resolved… by waiting. In the below e-mail my alias keeps showing up and/or I wouldn’t be able to access my subscription. My guess is that Microsoft employs some kind of caching in their identity management and it takes awhile for it to be cleared/updates to be propagated. Here were my options if the issue hadn’t spontaneously resolved (excerpt):
- Change the e-mail on your subscription to an entirely different e-mail, preferably a brand new Microsoft Account with no aliases (the latter being the fastest solution).
- Escalate this with Microsoft Account Support if you do not want to use another e-mail and believe this is not an alias issue.
Translation: We can’t fix our poor account integration and the only solution we have is to create more accounts for you. What a bunch of yahoos. Oh and I did the chat support twice and they told me they couldn’t do anything because it was a “my.visualstudio.com” specific issue. Useless. (more…)