Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Reporting Services: Index was Outside the Bounds of the Array

You'll see this error if you try to cache a report which uses a shared data source and requires windows Authentication to run.

Report Caching in Reporting Services

Reporting Services Error

An error has occurred during report processing. (rsProcessingAborted) Get Online Help
Index was outside the bounds of the array.

Microsoft Reporting Services

File Under: Technology,

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Power Outages in Auckland

We've been hit with a big cold front this morning. Winds have been up to 120k, the news this morning was showing harbor waves breaking over the motorway. We've had power cuts here in the CBD but things seem to be ok on the generators now. No power problems at home on the North Shore apparently. Hopefully the high winds won't close the harbor bridge before I head home.

Power Blackout Causes Chaos in Auckland

"A Vector spokeswoman said the cause of the Auckland blackout was a fault on the Transpower network. She said: "An earth wire has snapped and fallen across the 110 kv feeder from the Otahuhu substation.

'All efforts are focused on restoring power as soon as possible.'

Transpower's Chris Roberts said 1000 megawatts of supply had been lost and at this time on a winter's morning, close to 2000 megawatts would normally be used.

Transpower presumed the power failure was weather related but could not rule out a maintenance-related problem, he said."

File Under: New Zealand,

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Race on Saturday

Finally doing something outdoors this weekend! There is a big (100+ teams) orienteering race out in Piha, in the Waitakeri Ranges. I'm doing the 3 hour event with a random partner I picked up at the prerace meeting. Should be a good time. The forecast is looking better than it was yesterday.

Lactic Turkey - Piha Rogaine

File Under: Adventure Racing,

Monday, June 05, 2006

Down with Pennies and Nickles!

New Zealand took 1-cent coins out of circulation a while ago. Prices are just marked at the nearest 5 cents.

Now they've announced that they're taking the 5-cent coin out of circulation and replacing their HUMONGOUS 50-cent and 20-cent coins with smaller lighter versions! Sweet!

Coin Changeover

File Under: New Zealand,

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Email to txt on Vodafone

Turns out that there is a gateway to do this, but it's not free. They want a $199 "set up fee" for access. Pass.

File Under: Technology,

When did Google Eat Everything?

Before I left the states, I'd picked up a new laptop. Since I was leaving my nice sheltered existance in the big corporate world, I thought I'd start checking into some of the open source and freeware alternatives to the big ticket software I've had free access to via MSDN for all these years. So I was installing Open Office, GIMP, Mozilla, etc.

I've definitely become a Firefox convert, but out of everything I tried, the stuff I liked the most were all the new "Web 2.0" applications online. It's nice to be able to keep links, calendars, contacts, etc. in one universally accessible location (some even accessible by mobile phone browser). It's especially nice now that I'm contracting and could be at multiple client sites and multiple computers in a day. Anyway, before I left, here's what I was using:

Del.icio.us - bookmarks.
backpackit.com - task lists, project tracking (mostly trying not to drop the ball on moving and immigration stuff)
Hipcal.com - calendar - with scheduled iCal export to Mozilla Sunbird and Sunbird Tray notifier.
eSnips.com and Evernote - web clipping.
SiteMeter - blog web statistics.
Bloglines.com - RSS Feeds
Flickr - photos

I've only been offline for two months, but while I was gone, Google grabbed a good chunk of that space.

First was Google Analytics. SiteMeter is good, but the free account has limitations. Google Analytics is completely free, and has some really nice functionality. I think I'll still keep SiteMeter for the individual hit drilldown, but I use GA more now.

Next came Google Calendar. It does everything Hipcal does, plus it has nice integration with GMail. You can't beat the one-click "Add to Calendar" from webmail. Now I just need to figure out how to get SMS reminders working here on the NZ Vodafone network.

After those two, I thought I'd better take a look at the Google labs page and see what they were up to. Sure enough, Google Notebook takes the place of the "scrap book" application I'd been after for months. If you haven't seen Google Notebook or eSnips, check them out. They're a perfect place to store all those critical little things you run across that are gone the next time you need them. Like the forum post on how to get your Uncle Wiggley TV Tuner card to work with GB-PVR or the email address to use to send an SMS message to a Vodafone NZ customer (still looking).

Bloglines seems to be safe for the moment, I can't stand the Google Reader UI. ;-)

Anyway, I'm not complaining, I like most of the Google stuff (blogspot), I'm just hoping they don't get big, fat and complacent (at least not until the next generation of cool stuff comes along).

File Under: Technology,

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Back Online! !

I finally have broadband again! I don't think I'd been without it for this long since Craig and I had the ISDN line run into our place in Roseville.

Over here, it's pretty much self-setup. I ordered service, then went to the store to shop for ADSL modems. I picked up a nice Netgear combination ADSL Modem, Firewall, 4 port Ethernet hub and 801.2g Access Point. I'm pretty sure there's a bottle opener on there somewhere too. ;-)

I unpacked the thing, read the setup guide, and parked the box next to the phone jack. I was expecting to get a phone call telling me that I needed to hang around the apartment for some 4 hour window for Telecom to drop by and fiddle with something.

Instead, two weeks went by and we didn't heard anything, just for the hell of it I thought I'd unpack the modem and plug it in. Sure enough, green light!! After a bit of twiddling with the ADSL settings, we've got wireless internet connectivity! Excellent! Time to fire up Warcraft. :-)

File Under: Technology,