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Dan J Archer

If you see SID, tell him

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As a small addendum to my previous blog on the subject of authenticating users, and checking for administrator privileges, under Windows 2000, XP and Vista, I should add this little note. It turns out, thanks to the sort of heavily industrious testing that’s par for the course here at Red Gate, that LogonUser / SSPI […]

17 March 2008 1:29 pm by
Dan J Archer

SID. Vicious?

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Some activities on any operating system fall into that category of “should be extraordinarily simple, and yet is full of the sort of pitfalls that cause headaches, confusion and (at least in my case) bouts of cursing and ranting”.  My favourite of the moment is a simple security task: authenticating credentials provided by the user […]

17 March 2008 1:27 pm by
Dan J Archer

Step up to Red Alert!

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“Step up to Red Alert!”“Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb…”                                                                — Red Dwarf    Computers are stupid. This is a well established fact, which has been en-harped on by much greater and perspicacious authorities than I. They, that is, computers, tend to blindly and relentlessly do what they’re told. Given […]

5 February 2008 1:12 pm by
Dan J Archer

Strong Naming + Remoting = Noth’g but ye liveliest Awfulness

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“What you sente, did not Worke, whether because of Any Thing miss’g, or because ye Wordes were not Righte from my Speak’g or yr Copy’g. I alone am at a Loss…Certainely, there was Noth’g but ye liveliest Awfulness in that which H. rais’d upp from What he cou’d gather onlie a part of.”   —  H […]

30 August 2007 11:51 am by
Dan J Archer

The timeout period elapsed prior to obtaining a connection from the pool.

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As I believe I have already opined, dealing with databases is not one of my all time favourite activities. It’s not right up there with drinking, skiing and World of Warcraft, for example. For someone in my position, dealing with databases is naturally an occupational hazard; but I do attempt to minimise the amount of […]

15 March 2007 9:27 am by
Dan J Archer

Transforming parrots

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Whilst I agree with luminaries such as Paul Graham on a reasonable number of points he makes about our industry and profession, I generally disagree with him on the subject of typing. He doesn’t believe in compiler-enforced strong types, whereas I do. On this occasion though, I find myself leaning towards a slightly more permissive […]

12 October 2006 12:11 pm by
Dan J Archer

Exceptional service

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A constant niggle in the arena of computing is the way in which nobody takes responsibility. If your computer crashes whilst you’re, say, playing an online game, and you call the manufacturer, they’ll explain it’s probably a software problem, perhaps a driver you, the user, stupidly installed. If you call the driver vendor, they’ll explain […]

28 July 2006 10:54 am by
Dan J Archer

Hoop jumping

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Although this may come as a surprise to some, as I work at a company which happens to produce simple tools for database professionals, I am not the world’s biggest fan of databases. “Don’t get me wrong”, as the poet said: they are extraordinarily powerful and highly necessary. Many splendid online games, in which I […]

14 July 2006 9:56 am by
Dan J Archer

1mL Adrenaline, stat

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It is a balmy summer evening in a suburb of Cambridge, England. Young gentlemen play cricket on the village green. Young ladies walk the country paths, shielded from the sun’s rays with fashionable parasols. An iced cream vendor perambulates the streets with a cheery smile. And a young couple sit before their computers, beating the […]

12 June 2006 7:40 am by
Dan J Archer

The game’s afoot

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I’d like to squeeze in another reference to the Killing Game Show, or other Amiga classics, at this point. I really must wind up the emulator and dig out the ADFs I made of my old games, at some point. Sadly I lost the original machine when I sold a house, neglecting to clear out […]

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