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I spent some time troubleshooting a Subversion failure. I created a new repository using CreateSvnRepo.ps1 and successfully fetched the contents using TortoiseSVN. I added some files and then tried to commit the changes, but I got this highly cryptic error message: Error: Commit failed (details follow):  Error: Authorization failed  The causes of this generic error […]

Having done this a few times before and always ending up scouring the documentation regarding exactly how to enable the options I need, I’m hereby committing it to long-term memory… Subversion 1.4.0 and later support running Subversion directly as a Windows Service. This allows you to access your repository via TortoiseSVN, svn.exe, etc. using: svn://server/RepoName […]

Kenny Kerr has released Window Clippings 2.0, complete with its own website. I’ve been using Window Clippings for a few years now and it continues to be my favourite screen capture tool. Simple, efficient, elegant, and (mostly) free. He has been continuing to update it and it includes cool features like: Support alpha transparency, both […]

Source control is a must when it comes to development. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a large team of developers or if you’re the only one. You need to set up source control. For my own pet projects, I use Subversion. Simple to set up and simple to use, especially with TortoiseSVN. I’m not […]

Ever had the trial version of an application run just fine, but fail horribly when you register a license key? I’ve had this happen with two different and completely unrelated software products – FLStudio (awesome music authoring application) and FinalBuilder (a NAnt/MSBuild replacement). In both cases, the cause was a Data Execution Prevention (DEP) violation. (DEP is on […]

For those of you who noticed, my site was down for the past week due to hardware and DNS issues. To avoid similar problems in the future, I’ve moved my hosting to During the move, I encountered some “technical difficulties” – namely DasBlog not running in a medium trust hosting environment. (Running ASP.NET in […]

Congratulations to Jean-Paul Boodhoo on his well-deserved Microsoft MVP award! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy and more awesome dev. Welcome to the club, Jean-Paul.

Well, Bil Simser has tagged me, which means that I’m it. The basic gist of this blog game/chain letter is that I have to tell you five things that you probably wouldn’t know about me. As a reward, I get to pick five other hapless blogging souls who must then do the same. I am a long-time vegan and […]

A few months ago, Joanne Cummings of Redmond Magazine interviewed me regarding my thoughts on Microsoft Virtual PC and how it compares to VMWare Workstation. The article was recently published and you can find it here. Joanne did a good job capturing my thoughts on the overall advantages and disadvantages of the two products. While […]

I must bid a fond farewell to a fellow plumber, Dan Sellers. Today was Dan’s last day in the Big House. He is stepping into a well-deserved, early retirement. Dan and I have worked together many times over the years especially on Plumbers @ Work and more recently on the Canadian Developer Security Virtual Team. […]