Exactly The Wrong Way

Why are Republicans in secret negotiations with President Obama? Actually, I should rephrase that: why is John Boehner (seemingly alone) in secret negotiations with President Obama? Secret negotiations are a fool's game here. Republicans should be forthright and open in discussion, given the importance of this issue and the fact that they tend to get…

Scripting SSIS Deployments

Chad Miller shows us how to script SSIS deployments via Powershell.  One of the two depressing things about integrating SSIS packages into an automated build process was just how difficult it was to automate deployment (the other was that source control is effectively meaningless when it comes to determining changes).  Chad's solution is a pretty…

Certification Exam #1 Completed

I have taken my first certification exam in my current plan.  The result is that I now have my first Microsoft-related certification. From here, my eight-month plan is pretty hectic but fairly well filled-out: November through January:  study for LPIC-1 101.  It doesn't directly relate to my job, but I'd like to get some Linux certifications in…

A Bogus Class-Action Suit

Hopefully this gets thrown out quickly enough that the lawyers don't get paid megabucks. Blizzard does not force you to buy a token.  Blizzard allows you to do stupid things with your password and allows you not to use two-factor authentication. The only thing that would be legit in the suit is that Blizzard was…

The Results Of Socialized Medicine

Another round of notes regarding socialized medicine: Job loss in the medical innovation field. Job loss in general.  Even if you keep your job, because Obamacare considers 30 hours a week to be full-time, expect to see a lot more 29-hour workers and people with two jobs to allow companies to get around increasing health…