Monday, July 27, 2009

SQL Server - Operating System error 19(error not found)

Just spent some fruitless time trying to get a mothballed SQL Server 2005 machine working again to be repeatedly hit with the same less than useful error message in the Event Log - "Operating System error 19(error not found)" (Event ID 17053), followed by the SQL Server service coming crashing down. Google was less than helpful; apparently this error message should be self-explanatory!

Well, eventually the penny dropped when I tried to create a folder and couldn't do that either. Something about a write protect issue. So just to be clear...

"Operating System error 19(error not found)" means "your hard drive is write protected".

Right.

Don't ask why my entire E: drive was set as write protected, its a long and painful story.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Browser Wars update

Since I was on the subject of browsers (and have finally "come out" against Firefox) I thought I would have a look at my browser stats again. This is for 2009 so far...

Go Internet Explorer! Okay make that "Go Internet Explorer 7". IE8 appears to have taken the world less than fully by storm with 2.7%, and just what the hell are 42% of my hits coming from IE6 for?! Seriously, IE6 was released in 2001 and even Microsoft wouldn't have the gall to call it "secure" now. Move on. Firefox was in third place with 10% of traffic, which would presumably give Bill Gates a big smile.

And my personal favourite non-work browser, Chrome? 11th place, with less than 1% of traffic and worryingly one place below IE FIVE.

Whoa.

And whoever the two jokers trying to use the site using IE3 and Netscape 5 were should go away and think about your life choices.

Firebug

I don't like Firefox.

There, I've said it. Sue me. It seems to be just me left not using it, but I've just never got on with it. It used to be that I found the sites and tools I used worked properly (or at all) only in IE, but these days its more that Firefox is just a bit smug. Honestly, I am more of a Chrome man these days, especially since IE8 took away the great webpage compatability that was virtually IE's only strength.

But I will take my hat off to Firebug. Its a debugging add-on for Firefox and almost a reason in itself to move over.

I've heard a couple of people in the office using it to find why elements of sites were not working - image links being broken, content being served from multiple domains, that sort of thing. Not wanting to be a luddite (despite the irrational reluctance to use Firefox) I gave it a try, and not having a problem website checked out my own site. Lo and behold, I had a broken image link on my home page. The embaressment! It also told me which images took the longest to download and pointed out some of the content came from www.blogger.com, which all hardly changed my life but I was impressed by how easy it was to use and if I did actually have a problem wouldn have been invaluable. I found the "Net" tab the most useful with this information, but the HTML and CSS ones update nicely as you browse and beat the hell out of repeatedly clicking Page > View Source in IE every time you do anything and scrolling around in Notepad.

I do slightly wish I had found this when I was actually a web developer, but hey, better late than never.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

RAW disk scare

I don't like my servers to scare me, but one decided to today by pretending to lose 150gb of data. It was an NTFS drive which I moved from a Server 2003 machine to a new Windows 20008 Server. Everything seemed to be fine until I look in Disk Management and find it is "RAW" instead of "NTFS" and doesn't have a disk letter.

I do the natural thing for a calm and seasoned IT professional - assume everything is probably lost and hit Google for an answer. Luckily a colleague happened to just say as he passed "Have you actually tried giving it a drive letter?"

Well, no. I mean, is RAW, isn't it? Knackered. Except when I give it a drive letter it becomes NTFS again and starts working as if nothing ever happened.

Honestly, computers.