Monday, 18 August 2014

Forget about: Dear Sir or Madame, ....

Whenever I start a communication addressing someone whom I do not know, the first and easiest thing that comes to my mind is to address it to something like:

Dear Sir or Madame, ...

However, by experience and I mean it by personal experience, it is the first and easiest opening that makes the impression for the recipient that  the content is important, for the simple reason that the sender is a complete stranger who does not know the least about me whether I am a male or a female!

I can suggest that usually a very little search about the recipient will highly improve the efficiency for the communication, and in the very rare situations where the least about the recipient can not be concluded; a better alternative would be using the recipient title like:

Dear Agent,
Dear Chief....,
Dear IT specialist,

Monday, 11 August 2014

Database diagram support objects cannot be installed because this database does not have a valid owner

TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
Database diagram support objects cannot be installed because this database does not have a valid owner.  To continue, first use the Files page of the Database Properties dialog box or the ALTER AUTHORIZATION statement to set the database owner to a valid login, then add the database diagram support objects.

This error happened after an upgrade, the owner was already set as sa, so the solution was to change ownership into another login, then return it to sa.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Tip: Opening Internet Properties without opening Internet Explorer

Although the Internet Options dialogue box appears as a implicit component within the Internet Explorer, it can be called separately without the need even to open the browser. This is very helpful especially if you are using a laptop like me, and within the office you need to enable  the proxy settings and to disable it every time you are out of the office. Moreover, knowing that most other applications read from that place for the proxy settings, it appears to me as a very handy shortcut.