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Stop viewing all databases in SSMS

I’ve got a setup on a server where I’ve got multiple users, each with their own database – a 1 to 1 mapping. By default, a login can see all databases in SQL Server Management Studio, even if they don’t have permissions to access them. Users are part of the public group so if you run the command:

USE MASTER
GO
DENY VIEW ANY DATABASE TO PUBLIC
GO

Then users will only be able to see the database(s) for which they are an owner. I’m putting…

Error 800401F3 with ASP, Server.createObject(“MSWC.AdRotator”) and IIS 7+

I’ve recently been migrating a load of stuff from an old IIS 6, Windows Server 2003 to a brand new box running Windows Server 2012 and IIS 8.5+. One if the things to migrate was an app running using an Access database. Aside from the usual Access permissions problem I also ran across this error: 800401F3 “Server.createObject failed” on the line Server.createObject(“MSWC.AdRotator”).

I had no idea what this meant but after a bit of searching, I found this answer on StackOverflow: http://stackoverflow.com/a/20692585/486434. Which involves…

Position:fixed not working in Chrome/webkit?

I’ve been doing a lot of front end development recently. This means a lot of responsive sites, which in turn means progressive enhancement, graceful degradation and performance optimisation for mobile devices.

When you hear ‘performance optimisation’ for mobile devices, people often think of fewer HTTP requests because of higher latency across mobile networks. For example using image sprites for background images and combining and minifying CSS and Javascript. That is alongside thinking of other things like gzipping or deflating content, compressing…

Native overflow scrolling with momentum in iOS 5+

Since the flood of touch devices into the market following the launch of the iPhone, users have had to learn and get used to a whole new set of interactions. These feel natural – simple things like swipe and pinch zoom are a given across every device and everyone from ages 1-101 can swipe. But there are also more custom/device specific interactions that have become ubiquitous. For example “pull down to refresh”, “five finger pinch” to get back to the homescreen…

NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 with Windows 8 on an old Sony Vaio

The man drawer. We’ve all got one. Full of wires, gadgets and old tech that you just can’t bring yourself to throw out in the case you need it. Mine hadn’t been sorted for a good couple of years so as part of my recent move from London to Manchester, I sorted it out. Amongst the obscure connectors, chargers and wires I dug out my old Sony Vaio VGN-SZ4XWN.

This was a lovely laptop back in the day and had a…