Name changes

I am against changing the name of any city where the associated cost is unthinkably high – and the capital city of South Africa, Pretoria, is such an example. The ANC government wants to change the name to Tshwane.

In light of our oppressive past, and the significance of the name "Pretoria" as a symbol of apartheid, I understand why they want to change it, but I also feel that it should remain, if only to help people remember what we as a country have achieved.

Shakespeare said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and yet, and yet, Pretoria should remain Pretoria. Aside from the obvious cost to change every single atlas, world book, website, street sign, GPS navigation system and other things I can't even imagine to contemplate at this time of night, it shows greater tolerance and acceptance by the ANC government, in the spirit of the great Nelson Mandela, to leave Pretoria alone.


I'm currently in the process of downloading all the bits and bobs that go with the latest version of Eclipse. The original plan was to download a small chunk of it to help out one of my students, but I've decided to get it all now.

In other news, the civil ceremony is happening on Friday at 2pm. I still haven't told my mother, but that will probably happen tomorrow. She knows it's happening, because I told her we'd signed the prenup already.

Work is getting interesting, in that we have a short amount of time to deliver a lot of high-quality work. I love a challenge.

Link 64-bit SQL Server 2005 to 32-bit SQL Server 2000

For those of you battling with a 64-bit SQL Server 2005 Server linking to 32-bit SQL Server 2000 Servers, here’s a handy solution. This problem has been plaguing us for a while now, and today I made it work, thanks entirely to uber1024.

Add this to your SQL Server 2000 instance:

USE master

CREATE PROCEDURE sp_tables_info_rowset_64 (
    @table_name SYSNAME,
    @table_schema SYSNAME = NULL,
    @table_type NVARCHAR(255) = NULL)


SELECT @Result = 0
EXEC @Result = sp_tables_info_rowset


GRANT EXECUTE ON dbo.sp_tables_info_rowset_64 TO [public]



Well, I'm officially getting married now. M and I signed the antenuptual contract this week, and now it's just a formality.

We saw "Hairspray!" yesterday, which was fabulous. I highly recommend it.

What else? Hmmm … Can't think … Anyways, now you know what I've been up to.