Two Minutes to RTM

A long time ago in a Digital World Far FAR away I was a “Friday Funny Guy” and had a VERY bad habit of rewriting lyrics to some pretty cool tunes

I don’t know HOW this got into my head today but…. Iron Maiden will come out and get me for this one.

Sing this to “Two Minutes to Midnite” if you’re feeling Geeky, Mischievous or have actually sat down to drink a “Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster”

It’s all the same, no matter name
An oversold solution
We run about, Hands shake and shout
Hope for a resolution

The Clients seek not one more week
Release it for their reason
The Budget’s gone and no more fun
It’s a bloody buggy Hell

[Chorus]
The Compiler’s freed oh a Hellish Creed
Of Glitches, of Garbage, our bane
Make it run today, maybe go to play
We contractually tied evermore

Two minutes to RTM
The code that falls apart so soon
Two minutes to RTM
The app will soon become our doom

The clients they yell, “It’s all to Hell
What will you do? Appease us!”
Marketing came, to save the name
And told them more freaking lies yeah

Oh yon digital beast laps away at us
Patch a line and fix it away
But the zeros and ones, cry foul again
And take our sleep away

[Chorus]
The Compiler’s freed a Hellish Creed
Of Glitches, of Garbage, our bane
Make it run today, maybe go to play
We contractually tied evermore

Two minutes to RTM
The code that falls apart so soon
Two minutes to RTM
The app will soon become our doom

As the lines add up and bugs they dup
Its purpose gone a strew
The moans and whine in the forums wind
point the fingers right at you

As Sales and Marketing pour
on Wine and sing what’s so untrue
To tune of unsold features
To make that version number 2

[Chorus]
The Compiler’s freed a Hellish Creed
Of Glitches, of Garbage, our bane
Make it run today, maybe go to play
We contractually tied evermore

Two minutes to RTM
The code that falls apart so soon
Two minutes to RTM
The app will soon become our doom

Release IT, Release IT, Release IT, It sorta works
Release IT, Release IT, Release IT, It sorta works
Release IT
It Sorta Works!

Use the Azure Authenticator App for Office 365 Multi Factor Authentication

If you have enabled Office 365 MultiFactor Authentication and saw a reference to an app but glanced over it, you’re missing the best (and most seamless part)

It’s called the “Azure Authenticator” and it’s an App for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

When MFA is enabled in Office 365 you will have a few ways of verifying or receiving the PIN

  • Telephone Call (Microsoft computers call you up to confirm)
  • A PIN code (Secret pin is texted to your Cell via SMS)
  • Confirmation is sent / received via an App

The App method I find is actually pretty cool and seamless.  If you’ve ever used the “Authenticator” app for your Hotmail Account it’s pretty similiar in it’s use.

But where do you get it?  I’ll save you the search time

Windows Phone 8/8.1/10

iPhone / iPad (iOS 8 and later)

Android 4.0 and higher

The app works pretty simply too, there is pairing process with Microsoft to get your phone matched up with Azure Active Directory of course. 

But once done when you choose to use the App as your second level of Authentication, all you’ll get on your phone (after of course you enter your password is a little prompt from the App saying “Hey, is this ok to happen?”

It’s a nice seamless way I personally find to use the MFA feature.   If you haven’t tried it out I recommend giving it a shot.  It’s far cheaper than buying up an RSA appliance Smile

Cheers!

Sean
The Energized Tech

A solution to a Murphy’s law fail in Visio

I’m not blaming Visio here.  In fact I blame that sneaky Murphy.  I know for a fact he’s behind this.

I hand spent a good 30 minutes drawing up a Flowchart in Visio.  I was quite happy with it.  File.  Save.  Filename.

…and then Visio aborted and went into a nasty crash (which normally doesn’t scare me in Office 2016 because it usually recovers VERY well)

…….But this time it didn’t.

I stared at the screen.   I blinked.   I muttered some “Magic Words”.   That of course didn’t help at all (except for the looks from a very surprised Squirrel peering into my Window)

So… what to do?  Restarting Visio and Office did not trigger an autorecover.  But I though to myself, often there is something stored in the TEMP folder.  I seem to remember finding bits of files there before. 

Into the Shell I ran to look.  

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Now if double clicked or tried to launch this file…. *BOOM* … bad things.

However I DID remember that sometimes in Office if things fail it keeps trying to fix that exact file.   If the fixing process is “Borked” as the Swedish Chef would say, it keeps repeating over and over and over….

So the trick would be to convince Office this was NOT the same file as before by…oh I don’t know….. Give it a DIFFERENT name?

Copy Item .\VSOE54A.vsdm $Home\Documents\PleaseWork.vsdx

Moments later I got lucky and was able to open the file.   Mind you I should have stuck with rule 1…. Save Early and Save Often.

But in case you’re ever stuck, this might just save you or your client’s bacon some day.

Sean
The Energized Tech