Ticket for Craft Conf for sale at Early Bird price

It’s less than 2 weeks to this year’s Craft Conf and once again the line up looks amazing – Adrian Cockcroft, Adam Tornhill, Amir Chaudhry, Bart De Smet, Bodil Stokke, Dan North and plenty of other big names!

I really enjoyed myself at last year’s event (here are my takeaways) but unfortunately with the new job I won’t be able to make it this year. Let me know if you’re interested in going in my stead, I’m selling my ticket for the 2 session days at the early bird price I purchased at – $275, which is a good deal cheaper than the late bird tickets available right now ($699).

Slides for my introductory NoSQL talk with The Developers Group

My new PC!

It’s taken days to put my new dev machine together, but totally worth it!

My old Core2Duo had a meagre Window Experience Index (WEI) of 4.5:


The new system, with the help of a 120GB Corsair Force 3 GT SSD achieved a bumper 7.9 on both HD and RAM performance! Overall, I’m only let down by my very reasonably prized duo-DVI NVIDIA graphics card, but a WEI of 6.7 still represents a massive improvement. Visual Studio now loads in the blink of an eye! :-D


After much research and consideration, I opted for the NZXT Phantom full tower, which is a little bigger than what I’m used to (I usually go for mid-towers). It looks great on the outside and is very spacious on the inside, so plenty of room to work with..

The case has pretty good air flow (with 7-fan cooling including an optional slot for a 200mm fan on the side) and one of the really nice things I like about this case are the fan controls at the top of the case (see picture below):

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And once my LG 24" monitor arrives I will finally hit the 3-screen sweet spot as suggested by Mr Hansleman, exciting times!

Can you solve the google puzzle?

You can find the google puzzle here, it’s extremely cool and equally frustrating! That’s half an hour of my life I won’t be getting back but at the end of it well satisfied to have solved it!


An Alt to Ctrl+Alt+Del

Imagine this, you log onto your production server with remote desktop and to your surprise the dreaded explorer.exe process has died and you’re staring at a blank, lifeless, blue screen (albeit not the dark blue variant which would mean something more sinister had occurred!) and there’s absolutely nothing you can do from here..

What do I do? I need to check the log/start a service/etc., the server is running fine otherwise, and restarting it is not an option.. the tried and tested CTRL+ALT+DELETE to bring up the task manager and starting the ‘explorer.exe’ approach won’t save you either because it’s executed on your local computer! Time to recite four letter word paragraphs in your head, directed at none other than Microsoft..

Fortunately, if you’re using Windows XP or later then you’re in luck, because to perform CTRL+ALT+DELETE on a remote PC you can use an alternative key combo: CTRL+ALT+End

Whilst we’re at it, there’s some other useful shortcuts you can use in remote desktop:

ALT + Page Up – switch between programs, equivalent to ALT + Tab

ALT + Home – brings up the start menu

CTRL + ALT + +(plus) / – (minus) – plus takes a snapshot of the entire remote desktop window, minus takes a snapshot of the active window