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In the EDI components of my work we are frequently exchanging data with customers that is perhaps not the best of quality. In particular there are cases where we get non-ASCII data in our transfers. In truth we probably should be able to handle these data values but today we cannot - mostly because there is nothing above ASCII 127 that we need to make use of.  So... we need a solution to clean this data before we inject it into our process. In a five minute search of the Google I couldn't come up with anything that solved this problem so here is what we are presently using - perhaps i...


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Have you ever wanted to send a text message or maybe even make a telephone call from a command prompt of a Windows machine? If you have no idea what I am talking about this this is probably not the article for you. If however you hear this and you immediately think of alerts or processes they happen that you need to know about as a text message or maybe a telephone call then you may want to read on. There is a service on the webs of thought called Twilio. These guys have put together a set of web based APIs that use simple communication methods to enable some powerful stuff at very cost eff...


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Ok so a few days ago I posted about my frustrations with my PogoPlug device and for the record I still believe this to be a problem. I did however come up with something that will work as a work around for my problem. Be advised this is not for the noob but it also isn't so complicated that only an engineer can figure it out. Here is the basic problem. Most file backup or copy tools have some sort of mechanism to figure out what needs to be copied from source to destination. Many of these, in my experience, use file size or modified date as their key mechanism. They...


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Announcing a mechanism to connect @twilio with SQL server to place telephone calls and text messages in a single line of code through a simple .net library and supplied UDFs! Have you ever had a need to make your Microsoft SQL Server do some things that maybe it was not designed to do? I know in my experience I have used SQL server to control all sorts of business processes that technically were probably not the core function of a relational database system. Why would I do this? Because it is easy to do... there is a built in job controller and through creative scripting most anything can b...


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I was recently approached by a colleague of mine with a question: "Is there an easy way to move a bunch of pictures into a structure that is organized based on when I took the picture?" A quick scan of Google didn't turn up anything so I decided I would tackle this problem and see if I could figure it out.  The end result is a little tool released by themindsetgroup.com called EXIF FileMover. The tool is a command line utility coded in vb.net and while I make no promises of its functionality, it is free and was a fun project to work on.
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