Search an MS-SQL database for a specific named column

Need to find a column in a database? The following SQL will return the tables, and columns, that contain a wildcard value

SELECT AS ColumnName, AS TableName
FROM sys.columns c
JOIN sys.tables t
 ON c.object_id = t.object_id
WHERE LIKE '%column_name%'
ORDER BY TableName,

Windows PC not auto-booting?

Since I installed the “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”, build 16299, the desktop has stopped auto-starting, to it’s BIOS configured schedule. It’s scheduled for a 5:01am start, but every morning I’ve come into the room, since the update, it’s sitting there switched off.

A couple of Google’s later and here’s the answer, well I hope it is as I haven’t verified it yet, something for tomorrow morning. So the suggestion is to disable Windows “fast startup” mode, details on doing that can be found over at, and a more detailed explaination of why is at

29th October 2017: Seems to have resolved the issue.

Cannot synchronise MLAT with Piaware?

Possibly an issue with Pi firmware of 4.9.x, find out your version by using this command

uname -a

If so then issue these commands, the first installs the firmware updater the second the 4.4.50 version of the firmware.

sudo apt-get install rpi-update
sudo rpi-update 52241088c1da59a359110d39c1875cda56496764

If you can’t install the firmware because you have a “custom” kernel then you’ll have to get the latest version of Raspbian and install that, then run the above two commands.

Transact SQL – (Global) script variables


When running a SQL script using the command sqlcmd tool if you switch context to another database, by using the “use database” command, then any variables defined before this are lost. A similar thing happens if you use the “go” command to group, or batch, commands in the script.

Solution 1:

Create a temporary table, e.g

CREATE TABLE #GlobalVariables (variableOne varchar(30), variableTwo int)
INSERT INTO #GlobalVariables (variableOne, variableTwo) VALUES ('ABCdef', 222222)

Solution 2:

Use script variables

:setvar variableOne "ABCdef"
:setvar variableTwo 222222

To access these in your SQL code you would do the following:

UPDATE #GlobalVariables SET variableOne = '$(variableOne)', variableTwo = $(variableTwo)

Setting update proxy in Notepad++

Having problems setting, and retaining, the Updater Proxy in the Notepad++ UI?

Then resort to the command line. Open a cmd prompt, with administrator privileges.
At the prompt go to the Notepad++ updater directory, the following works for default installations:

cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\updater

From here run this command:

gup -options

This brings up the same dialog as the UI but this time the values you enter will be saved.