Visual Studio 2015 .suo File Corrupt

I recently had a problem with one of my projects in Visual Studio 2015. The symptoms seemed to indicate a corrupted .suo file, but I was unable to locate it anywhere I have normally found *.suo files previously.

One of the symptoms was this error message several times during the loading of my project:

Unable to load one or more breakpoints

Microsoft Visual Studio error message – Unable to load one or more breakpoints.

I naturally went looking for the .suo file to clean it up, but it wasn’t anywhere I could find it. Thankfully, I used the Search feature in Windows Explorer to find it. The ultimate location?

[Project Folder]\.vs\[Solution Name]\v14\.suo

Note the .vs folder is hidden and the solution file is just named “.suo”.

Once I deleted this and all .user files in the solution directory structure, the errors went away and I was again able to save user-specific settings like startup project, break points, etc.

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Why is Trump so popular?

I’ve heard many theories on why voters are flocking to candidates like Donald Trump, and a few of them ring true, at least in part.

I believe that the media and the political machine would do well to consider other reasons; I have one.

Trump and other similarly non-politic candidates attract people who are just plain tired. Tired of politics in general and politicians specifically. I know because I’m one of them. I’m so disillusioned I was recently mistaken for the patron saint of the perpetually apathetic.

So why are some people so tired of politics that they are considering candidates of such seemingly low moral and ethical character? Simple; because they aren’t politicians.
I’m sure every generation tires of hearing about corruptness in government. The back-handed deals, the pork-laden bills passed only because the sponsors are willing to sell yet another piece of our country to some asshole in order to further their own career and line their own grubby pockets, the wholesale abolishment of our privacy in exchange for yet another level of Security Theater, etc.

There are many other factors that add to my personal malaise; campuses squashing free speech so students can go around un-micro-aggressed and un-triggered (and conversely, students who have somehow developed the belief that they have a right to not be offended), a trough of ho-hum presidential candidates seemingly better suited as late-night comedy fodder than representing people in government, the list goes on and on, really.

And yet government just continues to get bigger and bigger, handing out yet more of a pie we long ago ran out of and can never possibly hope to replace. And politicians get more tenured and indoctrinated and even the ones who really go into politics with good intentions seem to end up sequestered into some quiet committee with little or no power and unless you frequent CSPAN, you never hear from them again.

So when a guy comes along and mouths off to politicians in a public forum, making them look stupid and embarrassing them, we enjoy it a little. We feel justified that they get some exposure and feel they should answer us as to why they’ve sold our country down the river for a fast buck.

I know that I personally shovel a lot of the shit I hate about our country on the shoulders of politicians, warranted or not.

So when Trump opens up in a debate and gets in a few good jabs he becomes our surrogate in the political story. He’s us up there, lambasting easy targets, which is a euphemism for politicians, for being the reason our country seems bent on spending all our money, relieving us of all our freedoms and ultimately selling us to the highest bidder. He’s a surrogate for everyone in the country that for any reason wants to tell politicians to shove it sideways.

It doesn’t seem to matter how many people he offends or how many statistics he makes up to support his bid because we can relate to him. He’s pissed and he acts like it. We’re pissed too!

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Windows 10 Installation Woes: “couldn’t update the system reserved partition”

Windows 10 Upgrade Woes: “couldn’t update the system reserved partition”

I’ve been prompted several times over the last week or so to upgrade the family computer to Windows 10, but every time I tell it to go ahead, I get an error message stating “couldn’t update the system reserved partition”. Frustrating, and I haven’t had the time to sit and figure it out; until earlier today, being Saturday August 8th.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t disseminate a few bits of information about said computer first, as an introduction to the basis of my frustration.

  • This is a Dell purchase, however not A Dell-branded machine, it’s an Alienware gaming machine.
  • It originally came with dual-512GB mechanical 7200 RPM drives in a RAID and a secondary drive for storage, running Windows 7. I have since upgraded both the hard drive system and operating system (OS) several times. It is currently running a 512GB SSD as a system partition and Windows 8.1.

As another piece of backstory, I seem to be statistically incapable of purchasing a Dell machine without it being a massive pile of shit. Even this non-Dell-branded machine has a problem, seemingly because it’s distributed by Dell. The problem is I cannot reboot this machine and have it boot into Windows successfully; it always locks up on a reboot. No “most of the time” or anything like that, it just simply will lock up if you reboot the machine.

‘That doesn’t seem like a big problem,’ you may be thinking to yourself. I did too at one point. However, where it becomes a real pain in the ass is when you’re installing an OS, which as previously stated, I have done on this machine several times.

See, when an OS installs, it begins by doing a bunch of preliminary work and then it reboots the computer to release locked OS files so it can overwrite/move them. When that reboot fails, there is logic in the install that believes the install is at fault and therefore failed. This for me means anytime I install anything major, especially an OS or OS update, I have to babysit the damn thing. Anytime it has to reboot, I have to turn the machine off when it restarts the hardware and then wait a few seconds and turn the machine back on, to simulate a reboot. It works most of the time.

It works exactly zero percent of the time when I get up and walk away from the computer during an install, say to help my wife take wind chimes down from the rooms upstairs.

At any rate, in order to even get to a point where the OS would install, I had to do a little digging, and find out how to fix my problem.

Thankfully, as is usually the case, someone else beat me to the solution and thankfully posted it online for all to read. I had to dig through a few sites to find the correct solution for Windows 10, which you can find here.

For your convenience, here are the instructions. Please note that the command in the middle is “icaCLs”, not “icaLCs”, which my fingers automatically typed in an effort to cause me to fling items across the room.

Press win+r and type diskmgmt.msc
Click on your C: drive

Below the list of drives there will be a partition map, the first partition will be Data or some such, listed at 100MB, right click on it and go to change drive letters and paths -> add -> now choose Y: for the drive letter

Right click the CMD.EXE start menu icon and choose ‘Run as Administrator’. Or, to open an admin cmd prompt, in win8 you can press win+x and choose command prompt (admin), in win7 you have to create a shortcut for cmd.exe, then go to compatibility in the shortcut properties, and choose run as admin.

**Type: Y: <enter> in the cmd window**

Run these commands:

takeown /f . /r /d y
icacls . /grant administrators:F /t <see note below>
attrib -h -s -r bootmgr

NOTE: for the icacls command you can use your username instead of administrators, to find out your username type ‘whoami’

Now open explorer (win+e) go to the Y: drive under computer, Make sure hidden files and system files are visible through folder options. Then go into the Boot folder, and delete all languages other than en-US. Languages are in the form xx-XX. Make sure to shift+delete and not just delete so they don’t go to the recycle bin. Empty the recycle bin afterwards just in case.

Now go back to the admin command prompt, and type this command:

chkdsk Y: /F /X /sdcleanup /L:5000

This truncates the NTFS log to 5MB, it can be very very big, not leaving enough space for the install. At the end of the output it should tell you that you have at least 50MB of free space on the partition. Proceed with the windows 8.1 10 installation

Once booted into 10 and set up, you can go back into diskmgmt.msc and remove the drive letter for the boot partition.

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git push hangs when windows git client pushes to TeamFoundation Git Server

I ran into this problem with Git 1.9.5. Downloading the 2.4.x version fixed my problem, although I had to copy my .bashrc file over to .profile. I also had to aim my ConEmu at the “Program Files” version of Git as it moved from the “Program Files (x86)” folder (I downloaded the 64-bit version).

Pedro Liska

Look at the bottom of this blog post for the solution to this issue.

I’m using the regular Windows git client (1.9.5.msysgit.1 downloaded from to push a repository with a 46KB file to a remote repository that is a Team Foundation Server Git repository.

When I do “git push” the console hangs for about 5 minutes (sometimes more) and then gives me a 401 error:

I know my credentials are correct. When I enter wrong credentials I get an immediate error and don’t even see the first line from git push (the “Counting Objects” line).

I have been able to get this to work when

  1. (smaller file) The only file in the repo is 20KB in size, OR
  2. (use MS client and server) Instead of using the regular git client (1.9.5.msysgit.1), I use Visual Studio 2013, OR
  3. (use non-MS client and server) I push to a github remote (like this…

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All The Scarlet Letters

I don’t often read AccordingToHoyt and think, “I’ve got to reblog this”. Mostly because she writes on a level far above my capability to understand. That said, this is excellent commentary on the Sad Puppies 3 campaign specifically and on people who believe they have a right to tell you how to have fun in general. Excellent.

According To Hoyt

One of the most interesting things – and by interesting I mean scary – about the reaction to Sad Puppies 3 is that many people who are anti-puppy (always wanted to write that) were mad at Brad for “not telling people you were putting them on the slate.”

Okay. The accusation is not true. Brad actually told people, except for a couple he legitimately forgot to contact.

But let’s not defend Brad on that front, because when we are defending him on that front, we’re already swallowing whole a pretty bizarre assumption of the other side.

Instead, let’s step back and take a deep breath.

What are the Hugos?

They’re awards, right? They’re awards given, supposedly, for the best science fiction and fantasy of the year, right?

In theory, theoretically as it were, who is supposed to nominate: why, Lord love a duck, right? Any reader of science fiction who…

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The Social Justice Warrior Racist Reading Challenge, A Fisking.

This is one of the most thoughtful, relevant answers to SJW that I’ve read. It really does tear back the skin and reveal the ugly underneath of the SJW movement; that they’re a bunch of truly racist, self-flagellating “people” who need to show you how you’re having fun wrong.

Monster Hunter Nation

I’ve got work to do. I’ve got to finish the rough draft of a novel for a gaming IP by the end of February, and then I’ve got two short stories due the first part of March, but Monday morning I see this nonsense. How could I not take a minute to fisk it?

As usual, the original is italics and my comments are in bold.

I Challenge You To Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors For One Year

Bold headline. Short answer? No.

I thought: what if I only read stories by a certain type of author?

On purpose? Then you’d probably be a racist.

K. Tempest Bradford

Pick any whackadoo Social Justice Warrior controversy in sci-fi/fantasy publishing over the last few years and you’ll find K. Tempest Bradford in the middle of it.  She is perpetually outraged that someone may be out there, right now, having…

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Why I don’t like Social Justice Warriors

So well written, and some very good writing advice contained therein.

Monster Hunter Nation

After my post about the Social Justice Warrior’s cannibal feeding frenzy, I’ve had a few people ask me why I bother writing about these people. That’s a good question. The short answer is that I can’t tolerate bullies.  The long answer is complicated.

I read Sarah’s post this morning,  She is also talking about the SJW blogger getting caught being a total asshole scumbag jerk face, but to the SJWs the problem wasn’t that she was doing these horrible things, it was that she was doing these horrible things to the wrong people. Because when these horrible things are done to people like me or Sarah, then they are double plus good.

But one of her commenters said something that really struck me, and I want to quote it here.

Synova – Some of the comments by people who had been subject to the full treatment just made…

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