By XeroCube on November 21, 2016
At the office, we needed to add some larger attachments to our workitems in Team Foundation Server. It’s pretty simple to change the maximum file size allowed.
According to MSDN:
- You’ll need to be a member of the TFS Administrators group.
- Login to the Team Foundation Server
- Open the following URL: http://localhost:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection/WorkItemTracking/v1.0/ConfigurationSettingsService.asmx?op=SetMaxAttachmentSize
Note: Replace “DefaultCollection” to your Team Project name, if necessary.
- Change the SetMaxAttachmentSize to whatever value you need and click “Invoke”.
By XeroCube on November 11, 2016
Brandy asked me to make her a cocktail this evening, using whatever mixers we had on-hand. I found some pineapple juice and grenadine. We decided to make the El Presidente Cocktail No. 1.
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tsp Pineapple Juice
- 1 tsp Grenadine
- 1 1/2 oz Light Rum
Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass.
Brandy enjoyed hers so much, that I made one for myself, subbing the light rum for Mango Rum.
Pretty simple to make. Enjoy!
By XeroCube on November 10, 2016
The National Museum of Play has inducted three new toys to the National Toy Hall of Fame. For 2016, the inductees were:
I find it interesting that Dungeons and Dragons made the list, as I would not normally consider it a “toy”, given the nature of the game. However, there is no doubt the influence this game has had in gaming and pop culture over the past 40+ years. Having dabbled in the game (and it’s variants and imitators) off and on over the years, I’m happy to see it get some love. It now joins the ranks of other inductees like: Scrabble, View-Master, Kite, and the ever-present ball.
By XeroCube on November 7, 2016
I had the opportunity to watch “Doctor Strange” over the weekend. As with many of the Marvel movies, I was excited about a new entry to the MCU.
There are spoilers in this review, so consider yourself warned.
This movie is another origin story, this time for Dr Steven Strange. In brief, he’s an egotistical, genius neurosurgeon who’s the best at his position. He meets tragedy when he loses control of his car, careening off road and sustaining massive injuries, including crushing his hands. This starts his journey of trying to restore his body and career back to its peak.
When modern medicine fails, he turns to Alternative medicine, which leads him to the Ancient One, who teaches him quickly that there is more to reality than what he can see. Strange learns the mystical ways, determines there is a villain, Kaecilius, who wants to turn the world over to the darkness. From there, the story moves on to its inevitable conclusion.
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By XeroCube on October 31, 2016
It appears that Amazon.com will start collecting sales tax for online sales to Alabama residents starting November 1st, 2016.
According to TaxRates.com:
Amazon is going to comply with Alabama’s Simplified Seller Use Tax Remittance Act, which enables “eligible sellers to … collect, report and remit a flat eight percent (8%) sellers use tax on all sales made into Alabama” (rather than varying rates due to local taxes).
Some additional articles:
Many people I have spoken with weren’t aware of this, so I thought I would share.
By XeroCube on October 30, 2016
By XeroCube on October 29, 2016
Why is it that my children, whom have to be dragged out of bed on any given school day, are up before the sunrise every Saturday? Did I do this to my parents when I was younger? Is this my penance?
Additionally, this morning, I am startled awake by my eldest just staring at us in the doorway like the girl from “The Ring”. I just don’t understand.
For what it is worth, I’d like to apologize to my parents for any instance of freaking them out on a random Saturday morning at some point in the 80’s.
By XeroCube on October 27, 2016
We had a pumpkin decorating contest at the office this week. My team decided to go with a bit of a horror theme. We created “Punkenstein”, complete with gelatin brain, neck bolts, strobe lighting, and laboratory diorama. I think it turned out great!
By XeroCube on July 26, 2016
We have recently upgraded to Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 2, which includes the new Release Management feature. In testing this new feature, we encountered the following error:
TF50309: The following account does not have sufficient permissions to complete the operation:[*****]\Project Collection Service Accounts. The following permission is needed to perform this operation:View Project-level Information
After wasting several hours researching this issue and modifying user/role permissions, I finally found the resolution in a stray comment on this StackOverflow page.
To resolve the issue, simply add the TFS Group “Project Collection Service Accounts” to the “Release Administrators” TFS Group.
By XeroCube on October 10, 2013
In a recent internal C# web project, I needed to accept a URL parameter and use that value to select an item value, if it exists, within a DropDownList control. I have provided the code, along with some commentary, to use as a refresher for myself and a base for others.
This code was implemented within my page’s Page_Load event outside of an IsPostBack check.
//Check for URL Parameters
if (Request.QueryString.Count > 0)
// If TestPlan parameter is not null, attempt to find the value in the release filter dropdown
if (DropDownListbox.Items.FindByText(Uri.UnescapeDataString(Request.QueryString[“Value”].ToString())) != null)
// Found the item in the release filter dropdown. Select it and load the filtered data.
DropDownListbox.Items.FindByText(Uri.UnescapeDataString(Request.QueryString[“Value”].ToString())).Selected = true;
// Continue processing
// Could not find the value in the release filter dropdown.
//do something else