Azure Table Insert, one of the request inputs is out of range

Whilst trying to insert a new row via a TableEntity derived class I hit a strange error;

‘one of the request inputs is out of range’

Looking at my object it all seemed fine to me. The problem was that I had a DateTime property that I had not set. Although it was defaulting to the minimum date time Azure did not enjoy that. So I simply ensure that date property has a reasonable value in it and problem solved.



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Surface Phone…what if

I’ve no insight into what is in or out of the Microsoft Surface Phone or if it even exists. However, I was thinking what could it realistically do to be game changing. Well how about this. When undocked you can use UWP apps. Fine, that 1% of the apps the world wants but typically enough to read your emails and surf the odd web page. When you the dock the phone is able to run win32 apps. So you really would get a “full”, if maybe slightly underpowered,┬álaptop. That really would be a legitimate reason to own one.

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Html, CSS finally come of age?

Attended a really inspirational talk, perhaps HTML/CSS will now be about design rather than weighed down by JavaScript libraries and polyfills?

Jen Simmons CSS Grid


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SQL Server with external drives – pending recovery

When you are developing a SQL Server database you might want to use External Storage devices. Beware of a couple of slight gotchas. When you restart your machine SQL Server may start before the drives become available. If this happens SQL Server will mark the database as ‘pending recovery’. To get out of this situation just restart the SQL Server instance and select ‘refresh’ the database node in SQL Management Studio. A second, related problem, is that the drives may not be assigned the same drive letter, this will again result in ‘pending recovery’. If you cannot remember the drive letter you assigned you can run the following against the system database;

select [name], physical_name from sys.master_files

If you now have an incorrectly assigned drive letter, the best solution is to open the disk management tool where you can right-click and assign the original drive letter back.

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CTRL ALT DEL in remote desktop


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Outlook stuck with ‘Processing’?

Outlook 2016 has an all to frequent problem where it gets stuck on the splash screen saying, ‘processing’. The simplest solution is to stop outlook and Start->Run; Outlook /safe

Then after it starts, close it down and reopen and it should be fine. Seriously…I know.


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Quick way to drop all tables and schema from SQL Server

I was about to leap into sp_foreach or even uglier SQL Execute when I discovered that you can right-click on the database->generate scripts. Then in the advanced options you can select DROP only. Easy.


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