October 2007 Entries

Notes performance tuning

An excellent tip for all Notes/Domino developers. Indeed. Yeah. Uhm. Sweet. Tags: IBM, Lotus, Notes, Domino, Godzilla

Project Quad Core

 Anyone who reads my sites knows that I'm a sucker for dropping too much cash on computer kit. However, only people who know me well are aware that I have incredibly bad luck with hardware. Stuff just goes wrong more often than it should. So when I was planning the latest upgrade, my good friend Spksh offered to take time out from documenting New Zealand's descent into 4GW mayhem and to build the system for me. He's one of those people who loves playing with hardware, and he's damn good at it. With him building the rig, my hardware curse was bound to be...

It wasn't Cortana

As is often the way, writing the previous post put me in the mood to have another shot at fixing the problem. One of the things missing from the previous post was me mentioning I'd temporarily switched the Xbox 360 over to a fixed IP address. The Xbox live network recommendations require a couple of ports to be forwarded, which means the router needs to know where they go to! I'd put the MAC Address for the 360 into my DHCP server but simply hadn't got around to switching the config on the Xbox over from manual to automatic. I...

Weird Xbox live connectivity issue

I'm having a weird connectivity issue with Xbox live, as the post title implies! I recently updated my router (Cisco 857) so that it adheres to the Xbox live list for open ports. The aim being for maximum connectivity as far as XBL is concerned. All fine, groovy etc. However recently it's failing to automatically connect to XBL. After it fails to connect, it prompts me to test my connection. If I test the connection, everything checks out fine across the board. The weird part is that after I've tested the connection, I can sign in to XBL without any issues...

LLBLGenProDataSource2 v2.5 and hosted environments

A while back I mentioned that I was playing about with LLBLGenPro's ObjectDataSource in conjunction with ASP.NET GridViews in order to deliver a simple user interface allowing basic CRUD type operations in little or no development time. I hit a slight snag the other week when I upgraded to release 2.5 of LLBLGenPro. Everything was looking fine until I deployed the solution up to my hosting provider - at which point every page containing a LLBLGenProDataSource2 control started throwing security exceptions. It's always fun debugging issues with a hosted environment. The provider's setup is always something of a black box,...

Call me pedantic..

..but the first thing I thought when I saw this was whether or not the apostrophe is valid in the context "AB'S". Tags: Rugby

IE7 now available to non valid Windows users

In an interesting move, Internet Explorer 7 is now available to users not running a genuine copy of Windows. Previously IE7 required the Windows Genuine Advantage validation process be completed before download. This could easily be a strategy tactic in the ongoing browser wars. Having a single (larger) number for one browser is going to look a lot healthier than having 2 smaller numbers. It could also be something that Microsoft are doing for the general good of the Internet community, which is certainly the tone that the blog post tries to convey - however you can make your...

SQL Command Visualizer for Visual Studio 2005

SQL Command Visualizer for Visual Studio 2005 will give you a visual representation of a SQL Command object, allowing you to work with the connection details, parameters, properties, and values. I can't remember the last time I actually worked with ADO.NET at this level, but still this could be very useful for anyone who still needs to work with SQL Commands.   Tags: Visual Studio, ADO.NET

More real world LLBLGenPro code

I love working with LLBLGenPro. However sometimes I go through a process of adapting what I want to do into LLBL speak. I'm still pretty new to using the tool, so I figured I'd throw up some of the more useful chunks of code relating to real world problems just in case someone else finds them useful. The Problem You have a list of entities, lets call them "Categories". You're dynamically creating a total related to these categories, lets say "the number of images in each category". Finally, you want to filter your result set (using LLBLGenPro -...

Keeping with the Rugby theme

Congratulations to Auckland, who beat Taranaki last night at Eden Park to advance to the next round of the Air New Zealand Cup. Although it wasn't an overly convincing victory, it'll do.. I had moments early on where I really thought Taranaki were going to beat us. It'd definitely be interesting if the remaining teams all get their All Black's back for the final games of the competition. Either way, good luck Auckland for the rest of the competition. Don't get discouraged by the pathetic crowd turn out, there are still some latte drinkers who want to...

Post RWC musings

  Although this site has a category for Rugby posts, it's not a category I use very often. However, now feels like a time to use it. Firstly, the All Blacks really didn't play their best game against the French - they didn't deserve to win based on that performance alone, however they didn't really deserve to lose either. At the risk of sounding like a sore loser, the level of influence that a referee has over a game really needs to be looked into. The binning of McAlister in the second half had all of the commentators stunned (although to be...