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bio website leostableford.blogspot.com
location Nottingham, United Kingdom
age 39
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seen Aug 22 '11 at 13:55

Stack Overflow and Other Computer Stacks

I have been using SO since it started. I was unregistered for a long while and am rather annoyed that I have lost all the information that went with my unregistered login (I assume it's kept in a cookie which I accidentally wiped trying to get my unregistered account registered).

I code in C# mostly but have dabbled with Python, Ruby, Lisp and PHP. I'm nowhere near an expert with anything. I'm pretty good with SQL for SQL Server.

I know a hawk from a handsaw but only when the wind is southerly.

This is also me: http://stackoverflow.com/users/261178/bert

But I have no way to prove that.

Writing, Role Playing and Board Games

I started out writing when I was about ten and a teacher gave me an exercise book to direct my overactive imagination and hopefully tame my awful calligraphic skills. One out of two, I suppose, isn't bad. My imagination has been directed but my handwriting remains appalling to this day quarter of a century hence.

At first I wrote what people write, genre novels, trying to make something I would be proud of, a dark fantasy novel to capture the imagination filled with relatable characters and new ideas. After producing a heap of badly written generic tripe with wooden characters, appalling dialogue and wonky plotted garbage I finally fixed the dialogue in the first novel I wrote that doesn't make me blush with shame Hidden Predators, Dangerous Prey.

After that I noodled around trying to make something a publishing house might want to publish before realising my chances of a satisfying career as a writer were about as good as my chances of winning the lottery four weeks straight.

Thereafter I got involved in the murky world of self-publishing and it was a short leap from there to the design of RPGs and other such ephemera.

Check out my work (and that of our team) at www.nodicerpg.com and my creative blog at leostableford.blogspot.com


Dec
10
comment Why isn't my Scheduled Task running a batch script?
Thanks to all but as the KB fix suggested was simple to test I tried it and it worked a treat. So specific thanks go to Evan. Lifesaver.
Dec
8
comment Force screensaver lockout for multiple users on one Windows 7 PC
In the end it turned out that SteadyState was interfering in the policy settings.
Dec
8
comment Zip archiving tool for auto backup of random files
Oh, sorry, Windows Server 2003
Dec
7
comment Backup Strategy ideas needed for awkward setup
1) Not a great deal as it goes. Currently about 15 gigs max but growing. 2) No, it's a server that exists for taking backups. If the server died we'd have to restore a new server from the back up, not just switch a switch. 3) We sublet space from an external software shop that sublets space from a hosting provider that rents space from a ginormous data warehousing specialist. We are lucky if we can get someone to go and punch the on off switch on one of the boxes.
Dec
2
comment Force screensaver lockout for multiple users on one Windows 7 PC
Yes, thank you, managed to get a better overview of this now. I appreciate the effort but several secure network policies (the paper kind) prevent me running any of this software on the box and from what I gather Win7 is not an operating system covered by these executables anyway. Also it seems like a lot of trouble to get a screensaver to lock out and the idea of having to take several other security lockout features along with the screensaver lock out feature doesn't really appeal on principle.
Dec
1
comment Force screensaver lockout for multiple users on one Windows 7 PC
Thank you. However the link to NIST goes to a 404 so I can't see what all the policies would be easily. Also, and I realise I haven't downloaded this yet, we really want to apply only the policy described in my question not necessarily a list of other policies, although if I could at least see what they were we could take a view on that. Thanks.
Dec
1
comment Force screensaver lockout for multiple users on one Windows 7 PC
No no actual domain. The set up is, rather ridiculously, a single PC on its own network completely isolated from all other machines in the office plugged into a behemoth of a firewall and thence attached to its own dedicated link to the outside world. In a way it is its own domain but only in a semantic sense not in a technical one.
Nov
25
comment With regards to Windows Updates, just how screwed are we?
If I had enough rep currently to +1 you I would that is handy to know!
Nov
25
comment With regards to Windows Updates, just how screwed are we?
On the other side of the firewall, as far as PCI is concerned, isn't on the network. We do have an "unsecure" (by PCI standards) network that has many boxes available. The wonder of PCI.
Nov
25
comment With regards to Windows Updates, just how screwed are we?
Hi, yes, I wondered why this got no votes. I think this one's a goer. Well it would be if the company's solution wasn't: buy a different firewall.
Nov
5
comment What are the minimum permissions a McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Scheduled Scan needs to run?
@Trozz: I went to McAfee's knowledge base. The answer may be squirreled away somewhere in there but most articles I read referred only to "a user with suitable permissions" without being explicit about what suitable permissions were. Thanks for the suggestion though, I will look into it!
Nov
4
comment How do I configure my Reporting Services User correctly?
Hi, I had to add the user to that group when I first configured RS. Thanks for trying though!