Author Archives: Peter Meinl

About Peter Meinl

Perpetual Traveller, IT Consultant

Using Native VHD Boot

Windows 7  and Server 2008 support booting a physical machine from a virtual hard disk (VHD). This post describes the easiest way to create a multi-boot system using native VHD boot and how to use the VHD on multiple machines. … Continue reading

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My Advice for Successful Projects

Provide a benefit to (end) users! This is the ultimate project goal. Do not let any short sighted manager fool you into behaving as software was only about money. Yes: “If they don’t pay you, don’t solve their problem”. But, … Continue reading

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Have Passion for Your Work

“You’re a human being. Don’t let mediocre monsters get you; they are just a diversion. Check in. Bring your whole self to the job, including your emotional self. After all, that’s the source of your creativity. Your creativity is bundled … Continue reading

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.NET Database Access Options

Database access options in .NET: Plain ADO.NET and DataSets See The SQLCommandBuilder is way Better than its Reputation. Create a custom simple ADO.NET data access wrapper Provider independent using System.Data.Common Microsoft Enterprise Library, Data Access Application Block (DAAB) Can be used … Continue reading

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My Advice for .NET Application Architecture and Design

This post summarizes my general architecture and design guidelines for developing applications and points to some interesting NET technologies. Reading this post will not make anyone an architect, but working through it should give you a good foundation for understanding … Continue reading

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Advanced Search with Internet Search Engines

Here some tips for finding things faster: Internet search: Google search basics Unofficial Google Advanced Search Bing search options Bing advanced search keywords Windows search: Hidden Powers of Windows 7 Search

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Why I Dislike IE 9

I mainly use web browsers to do research with the internet. Doing research is more than just finding a site: it is about switching between different search engines, refining searches and saving search result links and snippets for later reference … Continue reading

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Configure your Kindle for better Readability

You can configure your Kindle to display better readable text and more text per page while keeping your preferred font size. Her a side-by-side comparison of the same page with different settings: Standard Typeface: condensed, Line Spacing: small You can … Continue reading

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About Opinions and Assumptions

There are two ways to do anything: The wrong way and my way 🙂 There are different types of questions[1]: Questions of faith, such as “Does God exist?”. Questions of opinion, such as “Who is the greatest baseball player of … Continue reading

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How to Configure MS SQL Server for Testing with Visual Studio

When setting up MS SQL Server for test projects with Visual Studio I generally  stumble across the following problems only: Use SQL Server Express or Developer Edition? Enabling remote access What are the default database instance names With Oracle I … Continue reading

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