Author Archives: The Illusive Man

Some things that have been annoying me

I’ve had a bee in my bonnet about a few things just lately. I’ve been meaning to find the time to write up about each once, but frankly I couldn’t be bothered. I still mostly can’t so here they all are on one post instead. Real people don’t need encryption This statement was uttered by […]

Windows and long file names

Users can be a pain in the arse at times, especially when it comes to managing their file shares. We’ve had everything from users removing administrator groups and SYSTEM from the permissions list, stopping us from supporting them when they have issues and even backing up their files, to somehow creating file and folder structures […]

BizTalk 2016 Installer Crash

Had another weird one today while installing BizTalk Server 2016 on Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016. When applying the configuring to the server the installer crashed out while applying the BAM Portal settings. The event viewer had nothing useful to offer, only highlighting the particular DLL in question that had caused the error. The […]

SQL Server SSPI Errors

Wow. Its been a while since an update has appeared here, huh? Well, I had an interesting problem at work the other day and I thought I’d share the solution. A new application is being installed and tested which uses an MSSQL database for its internal information management. Integrated security is used based on a […]

The Ballad of Chaviano Gateway

The Ballad of Chaviano Gateway (10th October 3401. Chaviano Gateway. A young trader asks an old man about the Battle of Mapor) At Chaviano Gateway Hall There is a plaque upon the wall. What is it for, this marble mount? Listen to me, and I’ll recount. The stories that I heard that night Here long […]

Thought for the week

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. […]

Elite Dangerous: I need a break

It is with a heavy heart I have to announce that CMDR Galen Shepard will be remaining in dock for the foreseeable future. For some time now I have been feeling disengaged with the game as a whole. I have joined various community groups on Facebook and tried to participate in community activities, even going […]

Gaming: Things I’d like to see

Greetings everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but with a lot new game content on titles I play extensively coming out now, I thought I’d take the opportunity to waffle on for several paragraphs about things I like, things I don’t like and things I’d like to see more or […]

Elite Dangerous: Hyperspace Route Planning

The route planner in Elite Dangerous is one of the best features that has been added to the game. It allows you plot a route from your current location out to a range of 1000 Ly. It works well enough out in the galactic rim where stellar density is low, however in the core regions […]

Elite: Dangerous – Engineers Beta, First Impressions

Well, participating in beta testing can always be a bit of a rocky road, and so it started with the new beta of the next update to Elite: Dangerous. The update, called Engineers, had some issues being delivered to those members of the community that should have had access to it, myself included. People reported […]