Handling Orphaned Database Users

This isn't the first time I've had to deal with orphaned users in SQL Server, and probably won't be the last but today I found myself investigating why it happens and how to resolve the issue it causes. I guess before I start on that I should explain what an orphaned user is. The best way is probably to illustrate with a c... More

Firefox Certificate Problem

If you are using Firefox 3 (and many people are now beginning to), you will notice that if FF does not like the site's certificate it will stop you dead in your tracks. You can get past this page with about 4 steps but this would easily scare or confuse most web users. I'm not going to go into any detail about the whys an... More

DNS-less Website Relocation

This article was inspired by an idea in a blog entry by Omar Al Zabir. I found when implementing the idea that it needed some fleshing out and clarification, and so I decided to write my own version. There comes a time when for some reason or another, you will want to move an internet website to another server. It could be... More

Work Environments

I’ve been thinking about this for some time now – ever since I started contracting in fact and the number of work environments I’ve been in has led me to have a bit of experience on the things that can make or break what many companies boast is a ‘great place to work’ or one of the 'top places ... More