Visual Studio 2008 Bug

A little while back my Visual Studio 2008 on my work PC started giving me hassles where it just decided to stop tracking the active file I’m working on in the Solution Explorer.

I just ignored it up until now but it’s been bugging me again so I wanted to know what was up. Some people were saying it was a Vista and VS2008 SP1 issue but I’m almost certain it wasn’t always acting like this.

It seems there’s a little checkbox that just needs to be checked again to rectify this.

With the Visual Studio 2008 IDE open go to Tools -> Options and click on the Projects and Solutions node in the tree list.


Then simply make sure the “Track Active Item in Solution Explorer” checkbox is ticked and click OK – et voila, your solution explorer is working like it should be again.


Most expensive pizza order ever

We had friends over for pizza and poker last night which was a blast. Red wine, poker, pizza and good friends is always a good combination.

So after everyone arrived, we decided on what pizzas to order and after about 40 minutes drove around the corner to go and pick them up. I checked the order and paid for them. They were great pizzas, the wine was very good, and so was the company.

Only the next morning however, did I happen to glance down at the table where the till-slip was still lying and thought something looked odd. Normally, in South Africa, till slip amounts are prefixed with the R (Rand) symbol to denote the currency.

Now I know that times are tough in our current economic climate and business need to make a profit but charging customers in South Africa in dollars is maybe a little excessive?


Luckily it was only a regional setting issue on the till and not that I was being charged R3010 ($388) for 6 pizzas!

RIP Snowy

Woke up this morning to prepare Melissa for Sunday school classes and as I looked out the back-door window I noticed one of our two rabbits lying on the grass. But something looked out of place, she was lying on her side as opposed to on her stomach or curled up. And they never slept out in the open in winter, only in their hutch.

I went outside to pick her up but only felt a lifeless, yet still somewhat warm, body of Snowey. She didn’t appear to have any broken limbs or any lacerations. There wasn’t any blood anywhere which, to my untrained eye, lead me to believe she probably died of natural causes or a heart-attack maybe, although she was only a little over 3 years old (we got them just before Rebecca was born, so that Melissa wouldn’t feel too left out since mommy was about to have a baby). Snowy had a set of 7 babies about 6 month after we got them and we had the male, Spikey, fixed shortly thereafter. Both rabbits have been healthy up until now and there’s been no change in their diet or health.

So upon Melissa’s request this morning we had an impromptu burial, hand-made cross and all for Snowy. RIP.

Big Picture: Total eclipse, of the sun!

Simply stunning! [via Big Picture]

Earlier today, the moon passed directly in front of the sun, causing a total solar eclipse that crossed nearly half the Earth – through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. Today’s was the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting as much as 6 minutes and 39 seconds in a few areas. Despite cloudy skies in many of the populated areas in the path, millions of people gathered outside to gaze up and view this rare event. Collected here are a few images of the eclipse, and those people who came out to watch. (33 photos total)


Much of the sun's corona becomes visible as the moon passes between the sun and the earth during a total solar eclipse, seen above Varanasi, India, Wednesday, July 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

One year of blogging

Wow! A whole year has just about flown by. I can’t believe it was already a year ago today, that I posted my first blog post, sharing my thoughts with the world wide web.

So much has happened since then. I was on two weeks leave between jobs, my kids had just had their birthdays, I was thinking about the changes in my life and where my career was heading. And at the same time, thinking, how would I be able to get more than a handfull (at best) of people to read my blog, you know that “hello, is this thing on?“, microphone test.

It wasn’t easy I’ll tell you that – anyone that thinks it’s easy to start a blog, on their own at that, is very much mistaken, especially if you don’t only intend on using it purely as a sounding board for your thoughts, but also a place people will want to come back to. A place to use as a point of reference, be it for something technical, like code or an application review or info about a hidden/hard-to-find feature but maybe just about something you too might find funny (which I hope I got right with my various posts about funny pictures, videos) and even those that brought a tear to your eye, or made you think a little deeper about something.

I can not only see by the number of posts each month (which up until a few months ago, averaged a post a day) but by the daily and weekly stats of visitors just finding my blog posts via various searches and linked posts/websites that I’ve not been giving it my all lately. I’ve tried though – but it’s tough, to find the time to juggle everything in life, and find the time to blog too. Thank you to my loyal friends who keep reading and commenting on the odd blog post or too, and to those I don’t know but do come back again and again to read my ramblings and share their thoughts too, I really do appreciate it. I now know, my voice out there, in the massively tangled  up web, is actually heard, or read – so thanks! I’ll try and keep it up and let’s look back where we are in a year from now – yup, that’s a challenge.

VOTD: Ukraine's Got Talent

It’s not only America or Britain that has Got Talent. In 2007, Terry Fator won America’s Got Talent and instantly became well known around the world as a singing ventriloquist. This year, millions watched as Jamie Pugh and Susan Boyle became instant celebrities with their surprising singing talents.

This year the Ukraine is no different in showing that they too have talented people. The winner of this year’s Ukraine’s Got Talent is not a singer but an equally talented performer, Kseniya Simonova, with Sand Animation. Just take a look at the video below and you’ll see why she was chosen as the country’s winner.

Part 1

Part 2

Money Wasted – Part Deux

Actually the part two just means it’s my second rant about money being wasted there are actually many of these types of stories this one just made my blood boil.

So previously a heated discussion started around last time of money being wasted when millions of tax payer’s money was spent to upgrade the Independant Electoral Commission’s website to make it all browser/platform compliant, yet it looked like crap and shouldn’t have cost so much in the first place.

Today I saw an article about our Communications Minister spending over R2.1 million rand on not one, but two cars. So what you might say. Well it’s not this part that got my blood boiling:

His reply also reveals the cars are fitted with R148,400 worth of extras, including, in the Pretoria-based vehicle, a R23 400 “rear-seat entertainment” system and a R5 600 “high-gloss satin chrome” paint job.

These include a R35 800 “innovation’s package inclusive of… rear view camera, ceramic surround for controls, ambient interior lighting, adaptive headlights, high beam assist, lane departure warning [and] lane change warning”. – source MyBroadband

After all someone involved in technology (sic) should have some of the latest gadgets and toys at their disposal, otherwise they might lose touch with the latest trending gadgets and technology.

Actually, this next part got my blood boiling:

Nyanda said the existing official vehicles available for him had either done more than 120 000km, or were more than five years old, and in terms of the Cabinet-approved Ministerial Handbook he was entitled to new ones.

“The vehicle for use in Cape Town was nine years old, and had reached 115 072km. The vehicle for use in Pretoria was four years old, and had reached 137 194km,” he said. – source MyBroadband

Firstly, whichever cabinet wrote that ministerial handbook, and then keeps aproving it, should be hung, drawn and quartered! Secondly, just because a vehicle is over 4 years old or has over 100,000 km on the clock doesn’t mean it needs replacing. If you’re a monkey and you’re driving like one it might be understandable, just maybe.

My car, a trusty 1.3 litre Toyota Tazz (yeah the Japanese actually do build very reliable and efficient vehicles) is almost 10 years old and just the other day ticked over the 200,000 km mark. And I’ve personally put over 160,000 of those kilometers on the clock. It’s still runs like a dream and it’s still in a very good condition. Why? Because I look after it. And before you start, no, I don’t drive like a granny. In fact, a friend was driving with us the other day and wouldn’t believe me that it was only a 1.3 litre as it was performing like a 1.4 or 1.6. No, I don’t need to replace the tyres or the brakes or the clutch every 5,000 km, I drive properly.

But I digress.

The other thing that ticks me off, especially so in our current economic climate is the fact that SO much was spent on not one, but TWO vehicles. Oh he’s a minister, he travels so he needs vehicles in both major cities. All this while the people that vote for these people barely live adequately or on the streets with hardly enough money to put food on the table or a roof (or a sheet of carboard) over their head. Not to mention the number of people losing their jobs.

This crap has got to stop!

Finally some better weather!

The last few weeks we’ve been having some bitterly cold weather in Cape Town. With loads of heavy rains whic Baldricman and Seth shared with us here, here and here. It’s been crazy.

And this morning is no different temperature wise,  but it’s clear skies outside and just look at this outlook for the next few days (remember, it’s the middle of winter here in Cape Town).


How awesome is that? Four days of sunshine and low twenties. Yes, that big four at the top means it’s 4 degrees (that’s 41F) here right now as I type this.

Okay, off to work for a training session this morning at 9am. Have a great weekend!