April 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM
The other day I was helping a friend setup a new website. He wanted to use DNN for his content management and had settled on GoDaddy for hosting as this is where his domain was registered. I had him setup his Windows Shared Hosting account and I set out to install DNN. This is where the problems began. I will show you how to get it working though. More...
November 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
On Thursday I headed down to a local Verizon Wireless store and picked up my HTC 8X. I've been using and customizing it heavily for a couple of days now and I wanted to share my initial thoughts. So far it's been a solid device and I absolutely love it. I'll give you the lowdown from my purchase experience and use. More...
April 23, 2012 at 8:57 AM
I have successfully published my first Windows Phone 7 application and wanted to quickly share my first impressions. The idea for the application came from my wife. She asked if I could create a daily reminding application to take her birth control pill, so that's what I set out to do. I create a quick and simple application that allows the user to specify a time to receive the daily reminder. Tapping the reminding takes you to an entry page where you can specify whether or not you took your pill for that day. Another page with a calendar control color codes the days to show which days you've taken the pill, which you haven't, and which have nothing entered. All colors are taken from the current selected Windows Phone 7 theme so they vary based on the user. You can see my app here: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/apps/01d893fb-59f1-40e9-af27-416080ec72ea. And here are my first impressions of the development and the marketplace: More...
April 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM
If you're using Google Apps for your email you may want to send email through a Google Apps account from your website. This is a process I've found to be poorly documented (the documentation can be difficult to find) and there are several examples of different implementations, some of which work and some do not. You need to make sure you're using the correct outbound server, the correct port, and setting up the authentication credentials properly. Here I'm going to show you how to make it work. More...
April 3, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I love to get involved with a variety of technologies. Recently I became interested in the .NET Micro Framework. My knowledge of electronics is very basic at most but I'm interested in what types of home automation I can potentially accomplish with a micro controller. Having a .NET background, I figured the .NET Micro Framework was a great place to start, so I picked up a Netduino Plus and dove in. I found the basic "Turn on the built in LED" projects to be too simple for my taste so I'm going to show you my first project. More...
March 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM
March 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I'm working on re-theming my blog using a new Metro style theme. I have quite a bit of work to do still and will be revamping the color scheme but I thought I'd go ahead and make the current test version of the template live. I'm aware of the majority of the display issues and this is just meant as a test so far, so let me know what you think.
February 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Lately I've been toying around with the idea of incorporating Metro style elements into web designs. It seems to be a trendy thing to do lately and a lot of sites have been doing it so I started experimenting with using jQuery to achieve some of the effects. There are already several Metro plugins for jQuery and jQuery UI but I wanted to write my own code and see what kind of effects I could achieve. I've setup a demo site that I'm using my my Metro UI playground.
I have several demos setup already. The live tiles use setInterval and run on a constant loop currently but I will be modifying them to use a setTimeout and make them "pausable" and allow the animations to be changed and removed as well, and hopefully a more solid base of animations. I'll also be working on compatibility with touch screen devices. Here is a list of the currently available demos:
February 7, 2012 at 9:48 PM
I'm a big fan of website statistics. I examine my own daily and very carefully to see how people are finding my blog. The vast majority of my traffic is from organic search and is relevant to articles I have, however, the last couple of weeks I've noticed multiple searches similar to "ajax mvc3 rating system". Given that someone really wants to find an AJAX ready rating system I decided to write one as a jquery plugin. More...
January 31, 2012 at 4:36 PM
A common need when writing insert queries is to return the last Id that was generated when inserting your record. There is more than one way to retrieve this value and it can come back to bite you if you're not careful. In simple applications it's fine and simple to just append Select @@Identity to the end of your query. If you manage the database and know the structure will never change this isn't a problem. In larger scale applications, a DBA can make a simple change that can have major implications. I'm going to demonstrate the problem and show you how to avoid this pitfall. More...