OK this REALLY made me do a facepalm. I was wresting again with SSRS (Microsoft’s SQL Server Reporting Services), and was just trying to format the numbers in a pie chart. It seemed clear enough: right click on the little numbers in the pie chart and edit the number format. It even displays all the numbers in all the pie slices with the new format. Easy, right? No. That change only affects the first series, with no obvious way of selecting the other series values to format them… since they look like they’re already formatted! [image here…] Turns out you have to move the next series to the top position in the “Chart Data” floating tool window, and then you can modify the[…]

Recently I ended up having a workspace conflict in Team Foundation since it paired another user’s name with my machine’s name, and then when I attempted to establish a new workspace, it complained with a message like: The working folder C:\dev\MyWorkingFolder is already in use by the workspace MYMACHINENAME;otherguy on computer MYMACHINENAME. So after a fair amount of research, I did the following: Launch the command line prompt (Start Menu >> type “cmd” into the Search text box, hit Enter). Navigate to “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE”, using: CD “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE” List the other user’s workspaces using the tf workspaces command: tf workspaces /owner:otherguy Find and note the offending workspace (in this case, it’s a[…]

Really helpful tutorial about how to add a bookmarklet to your Chrome Bookmarks Bar that emails the URL to the current page open in Chrome. I needed to do this recently so this really came in handy, and it’s super easy to implement. Basically here are the steps: Open Chrome (if it’s not already…). Right-click the Bookmarks bar and select Add Page. In the Name textbox, input the word Send Link. In the URL textbox, input the following: javascript:location.href=’mailto:?SUBJECT=’+document.title+’&BODY=’+escape(location.href); Make sure that the Bookmarks bar folder is selected and click OK. Source: Google Chrome: Add a Send Link Button to the Bookmarks Bar | a Tech-Recipes Tutorial

I love my Apple Magic Trackpad, but it can be tricky to get working on a Windows machine, so I decided instead to try out the Logitech T650 Wireless Rechargeable Touchpad. So far so good. The feel is very similar to the Apple trackpad, and the gestures (even under Windows 7) are tweakable so they feel more at home. For instance, if you go into Logitech Mouse and Keyboard Settings application, you can adjust the two-finger scroll to behave like OS X’s tracking of your finger movement, effectively inverting the scroll (though the settings doesn’t word it that way…). They can be had at Amazon for under $40, and to have more of a Mac-like experience on a Windows machine,[…]