Why I am migrating * AWAY * from Jungle Disk

DISCLAIMER: I have been a Jungle Disk customer since 2008, and this is my story of watching their fall from fame.

I have used Jungle Disk for years, and have been very satisfied with the pricing and the software up until recently. I became a Lifetime member of the Desktop Edition when it was offered for sale as soon as possible, and used it up until this week. However I have opted to leave the service for many KEY reasons:

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Using PowerShell to Clean Up an Xml File

Sometimes you are given an Xml file, either handmade or machine generated, to work with. Many times, this Xml file can be a mess, with indentation all wrong or every single node on a single line or two. Within PowerShell, I have created a simple function which accepts just a single input of the file path, and attempts to locate the Xml file and “prettify” for easier reading. This function is only 19 lines long (for a total of 31 when including the documentation) and is a great tool to add to your PowerShell profile!

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Urda’s PGP Public Key (RCHS)

Here is a copy of my PGP public key for verification and encryption purposes. This one is used for River City Health Services related communication.

This key can be used for signature verification and encryption purposes.

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Urda’s PGP Public Key

Here is a copy of my PGP public key for verification and encryption purposes.

This key can be used for signature verification and encryption purposes.

My public key has the following properties, and can be found on key servers:

Key ID:
9CED75CD

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STOP SOPA AND PIPA

SOPA and PIPA cripple the free and open internet. They put the onus on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the blocking of entire sites, even if the links are not to infringing material. Small sites (such as this one that provides amazing C# material and more) will not have the sufficient resources to mount a legal challenge. Without opposition, large media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for small competing foreign sites, even if big media are wrong. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won’t show up in major search engines.

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Using PowerShell to Delete Files Not Written to in ‘X’ Days

If you have ever had any type of program or application that keeps logs or fouls up the \temp\ directory in your system you know the frustration that comes from wasted disk space with old, unused files. Luckily, you can create a very basic PowerShell script to check a given folder and delete files that are older than a set number of days.

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Happy Holidays!

I just want to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thank you all for reading my articles and tutorials! Be sure to eat a ton of food and enjoy the precious time you spend with your friend and family. Also, I hope you got some pretty rad gifts!

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Just a Pause in the Grand Journey

Today represents my last day here at Mercer for my second co-op. It sure has been a wild ride since I started in the early fall. I have met a ton of new people who all play important and critical roles here at Mercer, and have made even more friendships and relationships with my team members. There is so much on my mind, so in this post I want to share some of my thoughts with you.

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GUID, UUID, and You!

So let’s say you have a bunch of objects. Yeah, a bunch of random objects completely unrelated to each other. You need a simple system that will take the information about these objects and shove them into a database. Do you just create a simple int identification value? If you do that then how do you control the indexing across multiple database servers? A surefire way to do this is instead use some method to generate a unique ID no matter the instance. This is where a GUID/UUID will come in handy!

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Handling NULL Values in MSSQL Queries

When working with a given set of data in a Microsoft SQL server, you may have rows that contain one more NULL values for a given column. This may or may not impact your queries against the database, so it is important to understand how the database handles these values and how your queries should be designed around this consideration.

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