Gmail Back.

Gmail is available once again. After being mildly annoyed at the "Please try back in a couple of minutes" message, I viewed source and found a hidden link to "Classic View". Classic View worked for me, the Enhanced Ajax UI did not.

Parenthetically speaking, using the "Classic View" reminds me why I invest so much time in AJAX and FLEX. "Classic View" is so 1990.

Gmail Down?

Gmail is acting very strange lately.

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1Server Error
3We're sorry, but Gmail is temporarily unavailable. We're currently working to fix the problem -- please try logging in to your account in a few minutes.

Are others having problems with Gmail as well?

Some Links might point to null posts.

I remembered the time on my server was off and when I was SSH'd in for a bit of maintenance, I corrected the server time. I then logged into the BlogCFC administration and changed the offset setting to match. Now having the correct time in both places, I thought no more about it.

What I didn't know was the links to all of my posts would be invalidated. Apparently, the posttime is used in the post URL. Changing the server time and the offset had the unfortunate side effect of rendering existing links to my posts inoperable. I did what I could to fix all of these and checked against other places on the web where I am linked. If I have missed one or two, please leave a comment and I'll fix it.

Import MDB into SQL Server gives acquireConnection method call to the connection manager error

Here is an annoying MSSQL server problem I just ran into. I am doing a data conversion for a client and I was given an Access DB and as an intermediary step, needed to get it into SQL server. There is a handy (snicker) import tool for doing just that. What should have been a few mouse clicks turned into a few hours of dueling.

As the import routine ran, it would consistantly fail at 'Prepare to Execute'. The error message was:

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1- Prepare for Execute (Error)
3Error 0xc0202009: {3EF444DD-70C9-4473-8294-BA4FFDD26927}: An OLE DB error has occurred. Error code: 0x80004005.
4An OLE DB record is available. Source: "Microsoft JET Database Engine" Hresult: 0x80004005 Description: "Unspecified error".
5 (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)
7Error 0xc020801c: Data Flow Task: The AcquireConnection method call to the connection manager "SourceConnectionOLEDB" failed with error code 0xC0202009.
8 (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)
10Error 0xc004701a: Data Flow Task: component "Source 64 - Person_Medical_Practice_Pref" (4918) failed the pre-execute phase and returned error code 0xC020801C.
11 (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

No problem, it seems to be a connection problem. I'll just verify the connection and run it again.

Failed again? Maybe I need to set a DB password and that will fix it

Ok, I can't set a password unless I close the Access DB, open it again, select Open Exclusive, and Open. No problem, let me just do that and set the password. Verify the connection again... Verified. Perfect, now let me import the tables again...


Same error

Maybe if I yell at it a few times it will work. Ok, maybe yelling doesn't help... same error.

A few pages into a google search I find out there is a 64 table limit on importing.. Thank you guys/girls at SQL Junkies!

So, apart from the catharsis of writing this post, i'll feel a lot better if posting this on the net helps someone else.

P.S. I am still scratching my head at the arbitrary 64 table limit.

I'm warning you Vongo


Ok. What is Vongo? More importantly, who do these Vongo people think they are? Check out the site to learn about and share stories about Vongo.

I bought a new HP laptop a few weeks ago. It is quite a nice laptop with some very well laid out features. The laptop model is HP dv5000 series. It has some fun features, like the integrated 6 in 1 card reader, which have come in real handy as well as It has a 15.4" widescreen display, DVD writer, an Intel Core Duo processor, Windows XP Pro and preloaded with 1.5 GB of Ram. It was exactly what I was looking for. Not to mention when was the last time you saw a laptop from the factory with 1.5GB of RAM? Seems like an odd number, doesn't it? I think that kept rolling around in my head (1.5 GB? 1.5GB? ) until I bought it just to keep the noise from rattling around my corpus collosum any further.


My Lucky Day

Wow, this is exciting.

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1All ten winning Addresses were randomly
3from a batch of
4fifty thousand international Emails. Your email address emerged
5alongside nine
7as category two Winners
8in this year's Annual luckyday Lotto Draw.
9Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
105oo,ooo.oo(five hundred thousand euros) only.

Normally, I would RUSH to email these guys so I can make sure I get my half a million euros. In this case I have a feeling that Macintosh will pull their sponsorship once they notice the mispelling 'Mackintosh'.

Of course, the clowns probably mean Apple - makers of the Macintosh computer.

---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: To: Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 10:38:39 +0100 (GMT+01:00) Subject: L D L Dear Winner,

(Batch # UML010/C2) (Ref. # 428/77/UML)

We are pleased to announce you as one of the ten lucky winners in the luckyday Lotto draw held yesterday 15-09-2006.All ten winning Addresses were randomly selected from a batch of fifty thousand international Emails. Your email address emerged alongside nine others as category two Winners in this year's Annual luckyday Lotto Draw. Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of 5oo,ooo.oo(five hundred thousand euros) only.

Contact the under listed claim officer via email as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings.

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Complete Solutions Ltd


NB: Your ref and batch number is the key to your winning.Please keep it safe and handy as you make conact to claim your prize

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