Monthly Archives: December 2013

Book Review | Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

I always find the founding stories of tech companies fascinating. More interesting though is getting a look beyond the creation myths into the often less rosy reality of starting a company.

Nick Bilton of the NYTimes has done a masterful job capturing the arc of Twitter from the early formative days at Odeo to the game of executive musical chairs culminating in founder Evan Williams ouster and Jack Dorsey’s return.

While the book goes to great pains to present all sides, it is impossible not to read Jack Dorsey as the villain. The degree to which Dorsey has been successful in presenting his revisionist history of Twitter is both simultaneously impressive and disturbing. For someone who is often compared to Steve Jobs it would appear that while Dorsey may have mastered the reality distortion field, there is still much to be learned.

It’s a good holiday break read, definitely give Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal a few hours of your time.

(Today Disney announced that Jack Dorsey would be joining their board. I can’t help but wonder if they have any idea what they are getting themselves into.)

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Troubleshooting: The installed version of SQL Server is Not Supported (SCOM 2012)

Awhile back I rebuilt one of my test environments. Post rebuild something very strange happened- I could not for the life of me get SCOM reporting to install. All the initial pre-req checks would pass, everything else would install just fine, but I would keep hitting this error.

If you mouse over the little Red X you would get the following:

If you consult the install log files in %userprofile%\AppData\Local\SCOM\LOGS I would find:

Searching for the error online returns a number of posts which while well meaning offer solutions which are unfortunately ultimately not very helpful.

I then spun up a brand new all in one test environment just to try to narrow things down and found that once again the error was present even though the installed version of SQL was a supported version.

After more troubleshooting than I would like to admit this left me with one option, there was something wrong with my SQL media I was using. At first glance it looks just like any other SQL media I have downloaded from MSDN:

But then I looked at the entire name of the media file:

Somehow in a moment of test environment building delirium I had downloaded an x86 copy of SQL 2012 Enterprise, and apparently one of the little known side effects of accidentally installing 32-bit SQL on a 64-bit Operating System is that you will get an SRS Couldn’t Check Version Exception, but everything else will install and work just fine.

I have come across a few instances of other people reporting this problem on the forums, but never actually arriving at a solution. Hopefully this post will be of some use. Once 64-bit SQL was installed on 64-bit Windows Server 2012 everything installs fine as it always has in the past.


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