November 2012 Entries

Anatomy of a Native Feeling HTML5 iOS App

The act of various people moving to native applications on iOS, away from previous implementations using HTML5 and technologies like PhoneGap got various people talking about the pros and cons of each approach. Look and feel and performance are things that often come up in this conversation, and Anatomy of a Native Feeling HTML5 iOS App is a nice little rundown of things you can do to improve both of these aspects. However, if that doesn’t interest you, then the post reads pretty well as a mini best practices guide for good development of a mobile application in...

Farewell MSN Messenger

The writing is on the wall regarding the future of ol’ faithful MSN Messenger. Its days are numbered, despite the fact that the titles of the posts heralding this were all using fairly soft language: The next chapter for the Windows Live Messenger network Talk to your Messenger Contacts on Skype Those titles all sound like positive good things, and I guess if you were using Skype 24/7 already then you’d probably be happy about having one less client/network to worry about. However I’m not really looking forward...

ASP.NET and IE10

Since upgrading to IE10 (by virtue of upgrading to Windows 8) I’ve been experiencing a few issues whilst accessing sites with IE10. I don’t use IE as my main browser, so it’s always been in the context of work, and typically while I’ve been too busy to troubleshoot the issue. This evening I took a look, and was a little surprised at what I found. The symptoms I was seeing were pretty obviously browser compatibility related: Not being able to login to pages requiring authentication, however if I immediately turned compatibility mode on then...

Link Roundup–4th of November 2012

Daily Server Porn – it’s all about the servers, not about the porn. The latest image (at time of writing this) is from Weta Digital in New Zealand. Classic Shell allows you to remove most of the Metro/Modern elements from Windows 8. I’ve been running this for a couple of weeks as otherwise Windows 8 on a multi monitor desktop simply didn’t feel right to me. Windows 8 is the new XP – take old news stories heralding the failure of XP, find/replace for Windows 8, post, win. Although  I don’t remember having any issue getting used to...