August 2007 Entries

LLBLGenPro v2.5 Released

This falls into the "oh crap I have a bit of reading to do" category. The 2.5 release (which is a free upgrade for existing 2.0 customers) has a couple of interesting sounding major features such as auditing and  authorization, as well as a lot of other improvements (such as improved prefetch paths, field exclusion for fields containing large amounts of data, and support for even more database types). Link: LLBLGen Pro v2.5   Tags: ASP.NET, LLBLGenPro

Dell 3007fpw

I've been looking at the Dell 3007fpw. Well, technically speaking I was looking at 2, but that's another story. There are a few screenshots out and about which make the mouth water: That's a 24" Dell on the right, with the 30" next to it. Damn. 2560*1600 isn't exactly the worlds most practical resolution if you don't have a high powered rig, especially for gaming - but the 3007fpw solves this by having a "2nd native mode" of 1280*800 allowing you to run demanding games in a slightly more sane mode. It's a nice touch, and it sounds...

New feed link

It seems I accidentally left the URL for the RSS feed pointing to a test URL. Anyone who got in there early and updated might be using the wrong address (which will work, for now, but I'll eventually move it). The correct link is: http://rosshawkins.net/Rss.aspx Also for those of you who clicked on the home page after a failed google search, check the "Popular Content" bar to the side - as if you came here looking for my info on subjects such as Troubleshooting WebResource.axd, or the infamous Ajax "Sys.Debug is null or not an object" error, and got a 404...

Now running Subtext!

The observant among you will notice that the site has changed. I'm no longer running on Domino, and hence I'm no longer running on Blogo. The site is now fully powered by ASP.NET, and is running the excellent Open Source Subtext. Thanks go out to Ferdy for all the time he's spent writing and maintaining Blogo - if you're in the market for an open source Domino blogging engine then check it out, it's well worth it. Why Subtext? I can't really say. I played with a few .NET solutions out there, and decided that I really liked quite a few...

A quick random tech tip..

If you're anything like me, and you're using your FreeBSD box to run samba as well as a squid cache.. actually, I don't think there's any sort of an intro which is going to make this tech tip sound like it's at home. I was trying to use Robocopy with /MIR in order to sync up some files between a samba share and my main box. My first copy worked fine and all files/directories were copied over as expected. However, the second copy also attempted to copy everything again. My google search was interesting - a lot of...

On Notes, Domino, and New Zealand

Overview I recently threw a couple of quick tounge in cheek comments up in response to this post by Alan Lepofsky on Ed Brill's site. My original comment was posted with a large dose of sarcasm, but the discussion has sort of ballooned out a wee bit. So I'm going to take my tounge out of my cheek and expand a little for anyone who's interested. About me First, a little about me. I'm no longer involved with Notes/Domino, but I used to be. I've worked with it since release 3, and have 11+ years of solid experience across multiple countries. I'm an IBM...

Have you seen Notes 8?

"Have you seen Notes 8? Wow! Seriously, wow," he says. That's what I said when I saw the lack of speed and the excessive RAM consumption too! Link: Some generic piece of PR bullshit Link: A vacuous link to a generic piece of PR bullshit Technorati tags: IBM, Lotus, Notes

Not just a software geek..

Most of the time on this site I write about coding, or moan about trains, but there's more to me than that - sometimes I like to play with hardware too! That's not entirely true. No one likes to play with hardware, but they do generally like the results as long as all goes well. This week promises to be a bit of a hardware/networking week. I've just ripped out my twin SLI'ed 7800 GTs to replace them with a single Asus GeForce 8800 GTS, 320MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, TV out, DVI, HDTV, SLI ready etc. It's...

Writing about being too busy to write

The last couple of months have been pretty busy, and the updates to this site have suffered as a result of that. When I'm not working I'm in the middle of migrating all of my personal data (including this site) off Domino. I've got most of the work done towards migrating over to SubText, but I'm having trouble finalising a site design. The fact that I'm pretty average when it comes to designing layouts is a bit of a hindrance. I'm finding SubText pretty nice to work with from a skinning perspective - however I'm pretty easily sold...

A couple of quick fixes to the AjaxControlToolkit CalendarExtender

The AjaxControlToolkit CalendarExtender is one of the more usable and useful controls in the kit. However there are a couple of things you might want to do to it in order to increase it's usefulness: First, the default behavior is to hide the calendar when the textbox you're extending loses focus. This might be ok for some people, but I wanted it to disappear when a date was selected. Simply add a hideCalendar function, which you can either do in static JavaScript or via RegisterClientScript block depending on your application: Page.ClientScript.RegisterClientScriptBlock(this.GetType(), "hideCalendar", @"function hideCalendar(cb) { cb.hide();...

Forehead slapping with DateTime.AddDays()

A little note to remember when working with DateTime.AddDays(). Luckily I only spent a few minutes with my code stuck in an infinite loop before googling, but still.. Technorati tags: C#