When you stare into the void, the void stares back; but if you cast into the void, you get a type conversion error. --Charles Stross

My new Chile Roaster

I just bought a chile roaster from They made me a left-handed chile roaster and I am a right handed individual. Ken Kaufman @ PuebloChileRoasters has graciously decided to allow me to return my chile roaster and exchange it for  a right-handed model. The left-handed model has the handle and gas control on the right side. The right-handed model has the handle and gas control on the left side. For an illustration, see this video od Ken using his right-handed model. <iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> 

Do Not Buy A Colibri Lighter!

They are crap. I smoke about three cigars a month, and probably the same number of pipe bowls. About two years ago I bought a Colibri pipe lighter at the local tobacconist shop. I want to say I spent about $60 for it. Here's a picture... The lighter NEVER held gas for more than ten minutes. I'd fill it up and then smoke a cigar or pipe. Then a week or so later, I'd try to light another cigar or pipe, and it'd be out of gas. I'd fill it up and light my smoke. [More]

Downsides to SQL Server Mirroring

I have been designing and developing applications targeting Microsoft SQL Server for about 14 years. I moved from Clipper and BTrieve to SQLServer '97 at Hewlett-Packard back in about 1998. Today I am a senior solution architect with a large consulting firm, and am on a team that is migrating a large organization from physical hardware to VMWare. My job is to evaluate each of their more than fifty applications, determine if they can be be made SQL Server mirroring aware with no (or minor) code changes, and craft a migration plan for these applications. As part of my investigation, I have learned a lot about SQL Server Mirroring. One of the big differences between Mirroring and Clustering, is that mirroring is done on a database by d... [More]