Tonight on my ESXi host I noticed that I accidentally created a virtual machine with a thick-provisioned disk of 127 GB which was only using 13 GB, so I wanted to free up the 114 GB for other VMs. The following instructions were extremely useful in resolving this problem: Turn off the VM which contains … Continue reading Converting a VMware thick-provisioned disk to thin-provisioned
There's a saying that if something makes you angry you should wait before writing about it. In June 2016, I signed up my company in South Africa with Mailgun, and shortly thereafter connected a subdomain so we could send emails. We didn't need 10,000 emails. Rather, we send between 50 - 100 a month, even … Continue reading Mailgun is a terrible company and it has nothing to do with their technical ability
One of the best sites on the Internet is also one of the most toxic. No, I'm not talking about Twitter, but Stack Overflow. In previous posts I've referenced my own issues with the Stack network, and a few years ago I cancelled my account entirely due to the toxicity of some of its members … Continue reading This made my day
I've been following a site called Shady Characters, created by Keith Houston. In his own words, "Shady Characters is all about the stories behind different marks of punctuation". Recently, Keith went into some detail about the history of Emoji, which I encourage you to check out. The brief history of emoji is far more interesting … Continue reading A history of Emoji
I'm a regular user of Flipboard, the app that tells me what's happening in the world that isn't Twitter. I have a carefully curated list of interests. One of the things I do with my lovely spouse is share links using Flipboard. In the user interface on my iPhone (I don't use it elsewhere), there … Continue reading Flipboard and the case of usability that doesn’t care about you
This post is not long enough to be a fully-fleshed out post on my technical blog, so I'm putting it here. Understanding Optimizer Timeout and how Complex queries can be Affected in SQL Server by Joseph Pilov is a worthy read if you're at all interested in how query plans are built.
[Last edited 5 December 2018.] A few weeks ago I started limiting my time on Twitter significantly, although I reactivated my account a couple of weeks later and it was like I never left. One network I feel more strongly about is Facebook, a company I describe as evil without a hint of irony. I … Continue reading Wither social media?
Apple is about to release iOS 12, probably in two weeks when they have their annual phone (and watch) refresh on 12 September 2018. I've been a registered Apple developer for a long time, paying my $99 every year, and waiting for the second or third beta to put on my phone. It's true, I … Continue reading Beta software and ghost updates
Recently I reinstalled macOS, and discovered that the search feature was not working properly in Outlook 2016 for Mac. Using these instructions from Victor Sachs on this page, I was able to get it to work after Spotlight reindexed everything: sudo mdutil -i off / sudo rm -rf /.Spotlight* sudo rm -rf /.metadata_never_index restart the computer … Continue reading Repair search in Outlook 2016 for Mac