SQL Agent – The step did not generate any output

For the past hour I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out why SQL Agent kept throwing an error whenever I ran a job using CMDExec.  The job ran a very simple C# Console application.

Date 2/27/2012 11:57:14 AM
Log Job History (TEST JOB NAME)

Step ID 1
Server DBServer
Job Name Active Directory Empnum Update
Step Name Call Executable
Duration 00:00:01
Sql Severity 0
Sql Message ID 0
Operator Emailed
Operator Net sent
Operator Paged
Retries Attempted 0

Executed as user: USERNAME REMOVED. The step did not generate any output. Process Exit Code -2146232576. The step failed.


The problem was that I compiled the application using a .Net Framework that we don’t have on our database server.  To fix this go to your project’s properties and change the target framework to something that is installed on your DB server.

This is a very rookie mistake so hopefully this will save you a few minutes when you do the same dumb thing.


Walking Dead Season 2.5 Spoiler

I love the walking dead.  While I’ve only started reading the 2nd hardcover comic, it varies greatly from the show.

With this knowledge I would like to make a prediction that a second group is going to force out most of the farm inhabitants.  Instead of Man Vs Zombie the world will quickly evolve into Man Vs. Zombie Vs. Man Vs. man.  What’s more dangerous than a brainless zombie with teeth?  A man with a gun that’s willing to shoot you for your food.

Furthermore this still shows that the group will most likely find a more “Defensible” place to live most likely a prison (which is inline with the comics) see the still shot below!

What’s your prediction?

Walking Dead Spoiler

Do You Know

This is the 3rd in the series of “Stuff my Dad Emails Me”.
I actually liked this one and prefer my pizza reheated in a pan with a little bit of olive oil.


DO YOU KNOW? image0011,



Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

image0033Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

image0044Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.


Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

image0055To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of
Spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream; then beat them.

image0066Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste
Of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

image0077Reheat Pizza
Heat leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove; set heat to med-low
And heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the food channel and it really works.


Easy Deviled Eggs image0088
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal; mash till they are all broken up Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy; squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done – easy clean up.

Reheating refrigerated bread
image0099To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in
A microwave next to a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food
Moist and help it reheat faster.

image01010Newspaper weeds away
Start putting torn newspaper in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers,
Put layers around the plants, overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass image01111
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.


image01212Flexible vacuum
To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.


Reducing Static Cling
Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and … Ta DA! … Static is gone.


Measuring Cups
Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water..
Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient (peanut butter, honey, etc.) and watch how easily it comes right out. ?

Foggy Windshield?image01313
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

image01414Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside,
Just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

Conditioner image01515
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair.

Goodbye Fruit Flies
image01616To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 with Apple Cider Vinegar
And 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!


Get Rid of Ants image01717
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it ‘home,’ can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don’t have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!


The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.) He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well ….. the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh – that’s what burns out the heating unit.
You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box … well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush at least every six months.
He said that increases the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?!
Learn something new every day! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I’d share!
Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when
I rinsed it … the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!



Woolly Mammoth Found

I SOOOOO want this to be real.  However some are saying…

- This is a bear with a huge fish in it’s mouth.  (However Bears have necks so I disagree)

- It’s an elephant that travelled too far North and is lost.’

The video was “Supposedly” taken by a Russian civil engineer that was surveying for a future road.

Cartoons We Can All Agree On

This is the 2nd post in my series on “Stuff My Dad Emails Me”ATT000011ATT000022ATT000033ATT000044

Salary of retired US Presidents …………..$180,000 FOR LIFE This is stupid !
Salary of House/Senate …………………………$174,000 FOR LIFE This is stupid !
Salary of Speaker of the House …………..$223,500 FOR LIFE This is stupid !
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders …$193,400 FOR LIFE This is stupid !
Average Salary of a teacher ……………… $40,065
Average Salary of Soldier deployed in Afghanistan ……….. $38,000
I think we found where the cuts should be made! If you agree… RE-POST

“You cannot get the water to clear up
Until you get the pigs out of the creek.”

How to Catch Wild Pigs

Welcome to my new series on “Stuff my Dad Emails Me”

Wild Pig


There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab, the Prof noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter.

The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: “Do you know how to catch wild pigs?”

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke.

“You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming.

When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.

They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again.

You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.
Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom.

They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught.

Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.”

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.

One should always remember two truths:

1) There is no such thing as a free lunch, someone is paying for it

2) And when you begin to think that having your government
provide for you and make your decisions is ok, realize that you’ve
also given up the freedom that goes with making your own choices.

If you see that all of this wonderful government ‘help’ is a problem confronting the future of democracy in America, you might want to send this on to your friends.

If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably delete this email.

But God help you when the gate slams shut!