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Hello, my name is Rod Bergren

Who am Who am I?  I am a geek/programmer/webmaster/manager for the bestest company.  I write applications for Web Services and Windows.  I also do on the side contract programming as my time allows (which is not very much).


Monday, July 14, 2014

Hiding from online is probably useless. But misinformation might be the way to go.
We have all heard the stories about things being stolen online.  My name, My birthday, my phone number.  WE have also all probably read the stories about how to hide from Google, NSA, Facebook.  I have friends that are not on Facebook just because they worry about them having too much information.  I agree with them.  I do not like Google or Facebook and especially anyone I am supposed to "trust".  But hiding from them is nearly impossible.

You cannot hide,  You seriously cannot hide.  Even if your not on Facebook or Google Plus.  Your Friends probably are.  And they are probably posting pictures of you when your at the backyard bbq.  You don't even know it.  And you have probably purchased something at either Target or Michael's, and well now your information has been stolen and is out on the web in some Torrent somewhere.  So I recommend another course of action.

Join them,  Yeppers,  But with one twist.  Don't you ever post any full truths.  My friend just asked me today why my brithday on facebook was a few days off my real birthday.  Because I don't trust Facebook.  My main reason for being on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus?  It is honestly to keep in touch with friends or to give friends another avenue to contact me.  But my secondary reason?  Is to keep tabs on everything that is being said about me and my family.  And to counteract all that information with miss-information. Seriously one of the best things we could all do is make the information that is collected about us, totally meaningless.

Think about it.  If everyone on their social networks or anywhere it doesn't really matter, just put in parts of your name or address when they ask for it(or someone else's, I lived in Gus, Iowa for a bit NOT!).  Put your birthday a year or even 10 off your real birthday.  Heck according to Facebook I should retire pretty soon here (I still have 20 years to go).  But heck I go a step further. Anywhere I can (except employment and banking) I never ever put in the same information.  I also post about my vacations a week after, or months before.  My purpose is to make any information collected about me totally meaningless.

For that reason I also search for shopping things once in awhile just to be weird.  I also let the kids use my lappy to search things on Amazon.  :)  I didn't know I wanted a new horse corral.  Did you?  That is the latest thing that Google pushed into my gmail feed the other day.  I would say at this point I have the online merchandisers a little confused.  And that is just where I want them.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Colors Men and Women
By now most of you have seen this?

or some variation of that.  I agree when it comes to painting the walls in my house, or selecting a shirt color or some such thing as that.  I can only see about 10 colors.  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black, White, Grey(Gray).  That is about it.  I only see Pink or say the name pink under duress.

I have two shoe colors,  Brown and Black.  I have at most 6 pairs of shoes.

I agree in most circumstances that men cannot name the colors that women can.  We can see the difffering shades but the difference between Mauve and Violet are just lost on me. They are both pink.  Shades of pink but pink none the less.  And Pink isn't really a color.  It is just red with white added to it.  I only know of pink after marriage and after having had 2 daughters.  I know pink.  But in my mind Pink isn't a color it is just a shade of red.

Now onto a more important discussion.  Men do actually have names for colors.  I "knew" this but only this week did it hit me in the face.  We were discussing the color of a car.  Gray said a couple of women.  "EXCUSE ME"  That car is not merely Gray.  IT is metallic grey with overtones of brown.  Bam! Wall.  Did I just say that?  Really me a man.  Did I just go there?

So with that let me propose the following color chart for men and women in regards to car colors.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Trip to Denver.
My slow motion video post of our trip to Denver.  It was scary at points.  The Rain and Hail on the way out.  The wreck of the bicycles on Pikes Peak.  You really need to watch this to the end.  The helicopters coming in in front of the storm with the lightening.  It was craziness.

We had alot of fun.  But awesome. Daphne tried out for the voice. David played in the junior Olympics in racquetball. We visited pikes peak. That is one scary drive. Spent time with my wonderful cousin and her awesome family. Ate really awesome food. Drank a drink or four. Enjoyed Denver a lot. Drove allot. 

All in all a great vacation

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Monday, May 26, 2014

SW Iowa Storm rolling in.
SW Iowa, we were driving towards the storm.  Is that a good idea????

it was pretty.

Friday, May 02, 2014

I know it rained all week and it was dreary
and the sun didn't shine and it was cloudy and everyone was in a bad mood because of the rain for 6 days straight.

But I got some great pictures.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Keep together doesn't work in SSRS from 2005, 2008 and 2012
Referencing this known issue (feature) from Microsoft. 

so I had a report with 4 detail lines,  One with a subreport and 3 that were basically header information for it to be formatted for the end user (consumer) of the data.  

It was breaking wherever it felt like in the report data lines.   Any which way.  and We had to leave it set up so they could enter as much text in their discussion points as they might want to enter.   So there was no way to force the issue for the users.  

Fun fun.  Right?  No so much.  

And Microsoft has known about this for like 5 years and has still not addressed the issue.  

So anyway.  I put a "hidden" group header on one of the fields.  It didn't really matter which one.  Then I set the group header to "keep together" and had it be white text on a white background and wow it worked.   Set the height down to 1pixel and the width to 1 pixel and set can grow to false.  Works like a charm.  kind of hokey though.  

Your welcome.

Friday, April 04, 2014

SSRS - Get the quarter from a Date String.
kind of really really easy.  But sometimes you get the easy ones.  It is almost like SSRS or Microsoft needs a return quarter of date in the date object.  But I cannot seem to find one.  Anyhoo,  I needed to return the current Quarter of the date.  Fairly easy to write actually.
    Function GetQuarterStr(ByVal theDate As String) As String
        Dim theNow As Date
        Dim astr As String
        theNow = CDate(theDate)
        Select Case Month(theNow)
            Case 1, 2, 3
                astr = "Q1"
            Case 4, 5, 6
                astr = "Q2"
            Case 7, 8, 9
                astr = "Q3"
            Case Else
                astr = "Q4"
        End Select
        Return astr
    End Function

Call it with.  Code.GetQuarterStr(thestringdate) 

Works wonderfully.


The Crew

  More pictures are here.

From Ariea

Papa's concert.


Other stuff of interest to people possibly.

Trip to Tahiti.

Belize is nice as well