Sometimes a quick consultation with Professor Google or Doctor Bing just doesn’t bring you any satisfaction - and you end up having to work.

Richard Dingwall suggests that when this happens, you should consider blogging about the issue, sharing your experience so that others can benefit. (In many ways, this is a capsule description of all human progress!)

Blog about your problem - and its solution if

  • It took you more than 2 hours to solve;
  • and you didn’t find the answer in Google
  • or you did find the answer by searching but it took you an hour to find it.

This is the Good Samaritan Principle - and here are some of my (often offtopic) posts.

FTP, Unicode and the inconvenient bug

Saturday, June 28 2014 good-samaritan

An interesting thing happened when I “pulled the trigger” and went live with the new version of the Niche Software web site - a good friend of mine noted that the navigation menu wasn’t working when he browsed the site using his Lumia 520 - when the responsive design collapsed into a “hamburger menu”, it was unresponsive.

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Endless loop accepting new Xbox Live Terms

Monday, December 30 2013 good-samaritan

Here’s an interesting recipe for some pain - blogged under the good Samaritan principle.

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Fixing Share to Mail App

Saturday, April 13 2013 good-samaritan

After a recent update to the Windows 8 Mail app, I found that I could no longer “share to” it from other apps.

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Of Google Calendar and my Phone

Friday, June 29 2012 good-samaritan

Like many, I live in a busy household with lots going on. With a wife, two kids and a cat, we’re probably less busy than some - but it still sometimes seems like a challenge to keep up.

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When Live Mesh fails

Saturday, November 19 2011 good-samaritan

TL;DR: If Live Mesh stops working, check the system clock on each machine is correct.

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Code Analysis failure

Friday, November 11 2011 good-samaritan

Adding a new project to an existing solution, I configured Code Analysis (fxCop) and started getting this error from my continuous integration build:

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The "Good Samaritan" Principle

Monday, October 12 2009 good-samaritan

Sometimes a quick consultation with Professor Google or Doctor Bing just doesn’t bring you any satisfaction - and you end up having to work.

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