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Let’s Make a Single Statement Mode for ADO.NET

September 5th, 2022 · No Comments · .net, security, sql, Sql Server, stackoverflow

One of the issues I see often in code on Stack Overflow is SQL injection. I still typically answer multiple questions per week that include, along with the rest of answer, some form of the text, “This is scary-vulnerable to SQL injection issues.” This is a “Really Big Deal”™. It’s one of about three things […]

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SQL and Dates

July 13th, 2022 · No Comments · development, sql, Sql Server

I want to clear up a few common issues I often see related to date values in SQL. Column Types The first of these is storing dates in a string column type, like varchar or nvarchar. Schemas that do this need to be fixed, because they really are broken. When you do this, you don’t […]

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What’s up with MySql

May 4th, 2022 · No Comments · development, servers, sql

Historically, when one considers database server platforms there are four major players: Oracle, MySql, Sql Server, and Postgresql. (One could argue for Sqlite and even Access, but those are in-process engines and really belong in a different category.) Unfortunately, I question whether MySql still belongs with this group. It’s come to the point where I […]

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SQL vs NoSql

April 29th, 2022 · No Comments · development, sql, Sql Server

If you’ve heard of NoSql, maybe you wonder what it is and how it compares to a traditional SQL database. Let’s take a look. SQL databases store well-structured data using known schemas. They require rigid adherence to a set of design principles, but provide amazing power if you can learn those principles and the associated […]

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Using Flash in the Browser post-2021

January 21st, 2021 · No Comments · IT News, networking, security, Windows

Think Flash is dead? Think again. I present you a method to run Flash in a variant of Google Chrome in 2021.

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Certificate Authentication in SQL Server

November 23rd, 2020 · No Comments · development, networking, security, sql, Sql Server

I sometimes see questions asking how to do certificate authentication in SQL Server. Contrary to what you may have heard, SQL Server does indeed have support for certificate authentication. It just looks a little different from how some other database products do it. Instead, SQL Server’s equivalent option is the Integrated Security feature. It works like this…

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Tracking through Lightspeed: Complexity vs Reliability

December 18th, 2017 · No Comments · networking, non-computer, servers

If you haven’t yet seen “The Last Jedi” and don’t want part of it spoiled, you may want to give this one a pass. I’m going to focus on how a scene from the movie relates to current technology. In the “The Last Jedi”, part of the plot revolves around trying to shut down a […]

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Supporting Outlook with G Suite

May 4th, 2017 · No Comments · IT News, networking, security

Where I’m at, we use Google Apps (G Suite) for e-mail, but still rely on Active Directory for individual accounts and use MS Office rather than Google Docs most of the time. One situation to come up in the last few years is Google no longer supports MS Outlook out of the box. If you […]

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What are “Less Secure Apps” in Google?

May 4th, 2017 · No Comments · IT News, security

If you’ve tried to use Outlook or another traditional e-mail client with GMail, you may have run into this requirement to enable “Less Secure Apps”. There are other situations that may prompt you to turn this on, as well. What does that mean? Why does it matter? I think I can explain. Google, by default, […]

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The Missing DHCP snap-in for Windows 10 Remote Server Administration Tools

November 6th, 2015 · 4 Comments · .net, c#, development, networking, Powershell, servers

If you’re used to managing Windows Servers, you’re likely familiar with the Windows Server Remote Administration Tools. These tools are packaged as a download for each client (not server) version of Windows. They provide the same set of MMC snap-ins you’ll find on a server, such as Active Directory Users and Computers, DNS, or Group […]

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