's warped sense of humor

I'm getting some error messages from SQL 2005 when I try to run a stored procedure from an assembly I've put together (specifically a System.Security.HostProtectionException).

Sooo... I googled a line from the exception message, "The demanded resources were: SharedState" and didn't get a lot of hits. I haven't tried in a while, so I gave that a whirl. Here's a screen shot of the results:


If no one can help me with the HostProtectionException, can someone tell me what the connection is to vampires?


Successful Build

I didn't really intend to stay up late last night putting together the computer, but I did kind of get obsessed with the project. Since my previous post, I had to remove the power supply a 2nd time in order to connect some secondary cables, which were impossible to get in with the supply in it's mount (the Enermax PSU I got has modular connectors).

Installing the motherboard and CPU was considerably easier than the power supply. The pinless design of the LGA775 socket is a nice improvement. I did a double-take when I put the chip in the socket and it went snugly into place with no effort.

Removing the gigantic CPU heatsink I got is going to be a real issue if the need ever arises. Last night I was thinking it was going to be nearly impossible, because there is almost no room for me to get my fingers around two of the posts to do the quick release. But after getting (some) sleep, I realized if I remove the motherboard from the case, it will be not quite as impossible... a PIA but doable.

Next came the hard drives, DVD drive, video and sound cards, cable connections and LCD poster. I had to plug it in to see if it would boot up, and guess what... it booted the first time (woohoo!) It's actually a lot quieter than my old PC, but the real test for noise will come with a demanding game. Way too late to install the OS but I did pop in the OpenSUSE and Vista disks for fun; they started up no problem.

I probably will do the OS install tonight, though since I have class I won't have time to do much with it.

Building a new computer: power supply

I've installed the power supply, made by Enermax. The PSU has a large fan on the bottom, and the cage for the PSU is in the bottom of the case. Initally I installed it right side up, but realized that airflow to the fan was very restricted (a 1/2" high chamber open only on one side), so I yanked it out and flipped it over.

I love this case. It actually came with a manual (another first for me)... has pull-out drawers for the hard drives - see the two rings in the lower right.

Next step... the motherboard.


Building a new computer

Everything has arrived for the new computer I'm building. The components arrived in two packages... these pieces are the PC case, power supply, CPU, fanless cooler, motherboard, memory, two hard drives and video card.

My initial reaction on hefting each piece has been "wow is this heavy" or "boy is this big" (the fanless cooler is gargantuan... initially I wasn't sure if it would fit in the case but now I don't think it will be a problem).

What pushed me to build a new computer? About a month ago my hard drive kicked the bucket, taking with it my personal files, which I had not backed up in about 16 months. Rather than just buying a new hard drive, I decided to completely overhaul my system (of course I'll be backing up my files very regularly after learning my hard lesson).

The parts I decided to get are all pretty bleeding edge. The machine will be very overclockable, though I plan on running a conservative profile initially. I'm also upgrading to Vista, a move which I have to confess I'm nervous about.

I'll be posting my progress regularly.


New Installation in Madison Square Park

The sculptures constructed from steel beams has been removed, and a new installation has been put in it's place. Here are some pictures of the two 'tower walls' finished in the last week or so.