Moved to the Cloud With Windows Azure

While I do realize that “the cloud” is really just a buzzword for “hosted on the internet”, I’m still proud to announce that my personal WordPress sites are now all hosted on Windows Azure.

Windows Azure-ified!

I’ve been really impressed with the overall simplicity of getting a WordPress multisite up-and-running, as well as how the performance has been compared to my last host. As an added bonus (if I calculated correctly), I’ll be saving $5 a month in hosting fees by using Azure (Windows Azure Web Sites, Blob Storage, and ClearDb).

If you’re currently running a WordPress site on a shared host, I’d highly recommend looking into Azure. Besides a decent price and good performance, their git-based deployment setup is stellar. Seriously, check it out!

Create Custom Photo Backdrop Backers for Easy Hanging

For the past year, Joy and I have been putting together a small collection of photo backdrops for indoor portrait work. While backdrops are extremely convenient for changing the scene of a photo while indoors, unless you have a proper setup they can be difficult to work with. Over the weekend, I put together a small lifehack to make handling backdrops easier. Continue reading…

Knockout, Internet Explorer, and Object Tags

Today I ran into an interesting problem. I was dynamically changing an object tag’s source (the data attribute) to load a different Flash file based on a user’s selection. This was working beautifully in Chrome; however, in Internet Explorer it would load initially, but would never change with a user’s new selection. Apparently, the data attribute cannot be changed after it’s been initially set. Continue reading…

Easily Create Facebook Cover Photo Collages in Lightroom

If you use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in your photography workflow, you’re probably publishing photos to Facebook in some fashion. Here’s an awesome post on how to create custom Facebook Cover Photo collages right in Lightroom’s Print module: Lightroom 4 Print Templates: Facebook Cover Photo Layouts | 27ShutterClicks Blog. Continue reading…

Import Large SQL Scripts Into SQL Server

Today’s quick tip is brought to you by the following error message:

Cannot Execute Script

I received that when trying to import a 31,000 line SQL file via SQL Server Management Studio. If you’re just trying to run a single script, you can drop into a command line and use sqlcmd:

sqlcmd -S myServer\instanceName -i C:\myScript.sql -o C:\EmpAdds.txt

Via Microsoft Technet: Run Transact-SQL Script Files Using sqlcmd.

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