Challenge the Assumptions


Our assumptions bindand blind us. Often we believe them with no evidence, simply because everybody else does. They have no reason, no logic: they just are. Challenge assumptions and you can change the world.



There is no such thing as the business of software.Software should be free. In 1976, Bill Gates challenged this assumption. He’s done quite well out of it.



There’s no room for a new search engine. In 1999, Altavista had search sewn up. It was the unassailable king of search. Google challenged that assumption. Now the assumption is, yet again, that there is no room for a new search engine. What if that assumption is wrong?



We should work 9 to 5, and be measured by our input not our output. Historically, when we were all basket weavers or pin makers, interchangeable cogs, fixed working hours made sense. People are now challenging this. In Brazil, Ricardo Semler is experimenting in industrial democracy. Workers set their own salaries and hire and fire their managers. When somebody tries to fill in a timesheet, Semler sends them away, not knowing what to do with the information. What if we all followed this example? What if we worked when and where we wanted, and if we were judged on what we produce and not the hours we keep? What if we removed all mention of hours to be worked
from our contracts?



China is an unstoppable economic force, and that’s bad. That’s what most people are saying, but is it true?… And if it really is an unstoppable economic force, what do an extra 1.4 billion potential customers mean for you? Is that really bad news?



Software is a people-intensive craft. At the moment it is, but does it have to be? What if we’re currently in the pre-industrial revolutionary stage of software development? Or the era – only 140 years ago – before the standard screw, when a bolt from one city wouldn’t fit a nut from another? Can software development become industrialized? And will it, and should it? And how will this change your business? Already, some are pushing software factories as the next big thing.



Via [Business ofSoftware]



Sign Assembly from Command Line

Sign or Re-signan assembly from command line

SN.exe-R assembly KeyFile


SQL Server: Data Source name not found

Recently, I had a problem when SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Manager fails to register (local)database; the error message was “Data Source name not found and no default driver specified”



This was a problem with faulty installation of SQL Server or somehow ODBC/Data Access Components configurationgone bad. The solution thatworked in my case is to export and import HKLM\Software\ODBC\ODBC.INST\SQL Server registry key from a normal system with ODBC drivers installed to the faulty SQL machine’s registry


The User Interface Is the Application

For the Customer, The User Interface Is the Application



Maintaining your own methods of 1500 lines is no problem.

Attempting to maintain a method of 1700 lines written by an inexperienced and

unavailable external developer is painstakingly.


Via [Coding Horror]


Windows Task Manager problem

Task Manager was not showing the name of the process,Image Name, in the columns,
it also disappeared from the ‘select column’ list.
The fix is to remove the registry entries for task manager preferences to restore at its default settings.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\TaskManager

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Sharpen your Focus

Blinders On

Even one distraction can bring your house of cards down, so be complete about this.

This means:
Clear your desk. If you need to, clear it all off into a pile on the floor to
deal with after you are done. No internet or computer programs open that are
unnecessary for your project… No noise… No phone…Imagine that you
are in a meeting and can’t be interrupted. No email or feed reader. Just you
and your project.



One Task at a Time

multitasking saps their organization of focus, energy, and productivity. ..Focus Like a Laser



The Five More Rule

From now on, if you’re in the middle of a task and tempted to give up — just do FIVE MORE. Read
FIVE MORE pages. Finish FIVE MORE math problems. Work FIVE MORE minutes. Just
as athletes build physical stamina by pushing past the point of exhaustion, you
can build mental stamina by pushing past the point of frustration.


via Slack Manager

Calling Web Service: HTTP 404 – Page Not Found

we were getting HTTP 404 – Page Not
for a Web Service, though the pages were right there.

A not so common cause is if ASP.NET ISAPI extension is not  allowed  in  IIS  manager.

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