Developing on Staxmanade

Networking Brain Fart.

This one was just too funny to not write down. The epitome of a Brain Fart.

There sure seem to be quote a few posts lately talking about the Software (Crafts-Man/Woman/person/whatever); I may have many many more years of Craft practicum to study up on before I can truly consider myself a Craftsman. However, it’s humbling to screw up and remember that we are human. Below is one such story. Luckily there was no software, business value, or puppies hurt in the process.


I work from home part time. Where I usually just remote desktop into my 64bit, quad-core, 12 gig of ram, supercomputer desktop at work. (I’m sure I’ll read this post in the future and go what? supercomputer? you have no idea young man.) I choose the RDP network latency over not being able to compile (in under XXX_too_much_time_XXX) on my laptop at home. (It’s part time one day a week and not worth the investment to beef up the home setup. -- yet) Point is: I’m working from home and via remote desktop on my computer at the office.

So I’m working on this project and…let’s just say I somehow got into a position where I thought my best option was to take my solution offline from TFS. (long story I don’t want to overshadow the “Brain Fart” part of this post)

This is where I got into trouble…

How do I take my solution offline from TFS?

I searched for how to take my solution offline and found this great post “Force Visual Studio to think TFS is offline” which outlines several options…

Option 1 – Use the ‘tfpt tweakui’ utility

Option 2 – Yank the network cable before starting Visual Studio

Option 3 – Set a registry key

Option 1: I didn’t think I had TFS Power Tools installed (turns out I did, just didn’t spend the 2 seconds to figure it out - doh).

Option 3: I couldn’t seem to get the registry key version to work (for some reason???) & wasn’t interested in wasting the day to figure it out.

--- So what was left?

Option 2: “Yank the network cable before starting Visual Studio”. I didn’t yank the cord because clearly I’m not at the office so how could I do that????, but tried the next best thing. I disabled my network connection (so I could open the solution and have it NOT find TFS).

If you missed the detail earlier in the post – I said that I was working through RDP.

Huh - Not anymore… Sigh!

Some days it may just be safer to work from home (disconnected from the world).


P.S. thanks to a co-worker for getting me back online :)


I know there is (supposed to be this button) but for some reason whenever I'm on a machine with Visual Studio & TFS It's never there... :)
What's even worse is that there's a little button on the top of the Solution Explorer when you have a project that's associated with TFS and you just click it ;)
if you're gonna do it, do it right. next time give me a call and I'll yank the cable for real :-P