Recovering files from broken Raspberry Pi – Part 1

December 5, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 which serves solely as a MySQL server. It does have an important (production-esque) purpose but despite that… I didn’t have it backed up properly. Oops. So when it spectacularly died the other day, and, um… production things… stopped productioning… I worried a little. Well […]

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Chaining Powershell commands – now with email alerts

December 5, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

I recently talked about some simple functionality to chain Powershell commands together so that you can time long-running processes. I decided to take this concept a little further so that Powershell will send email messages at start and finish so I don’t need to keep checking for when a long-running […]

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Ad irony

November 29, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

Just saw an ad offering to help me block ads. There’s something prophetic about this. The ‘zero sum’ from the Matrix, if you will.

Is Facebook Messenger tracking me?

November 29, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

Conversation with my wife: Me: Have you got ads showing up in your Facebook Messenger conversations? Wife: No. Why? Me: Well, I’ve got one here… “Jan’s fitness studio” Wife (what she should have said): Well you could do with losing a few pounds. Wife (what she actually said): Well, you […]

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Phew – a Microsoft recommendation, not a hard limit

November 29, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

I was talking the other day about routes to splitting a large SharePoint content database in to multiple chunks. I was aghast to find that my route – to restore a content DB, clear out unneeded stuff, then backup-SPSite the site collection and then restore-SPsite it to the target location […]

Quick tip: chaining powershell commands

November 28, 2017 Matt Thornton 0

Let’s say, for example, that you’re doing something that takes a freaking age. You need a long-running process and want to fire and forget, but for analysis purposes, want to know how long it took (without sitting there for hours watching and waiting for it to complete.) The answer is […]