January 2014 Entries

Useful IIS Rewrite Rules

Even with the plethora of routing options available in ASP.NET, there are still times when you want to manipulate a URL and would prefer to do it outside of code. When that’s the case, your best bet is most likely going to be to use IIS’s Rewrite Module. Why can it be useful to keep rewrites/redirects out of code? Being able to push various URL transformations out of code and into config can give you the flexibility to do a few things in a much cleaner and easier way: Perform transformations that you’d only ever want to happen in...

Secure networking does not involve Java

Like most people who work in IT I have many VPN connections into various client environments. As I work with multiple customers, I have multiple sets of VPN software installed (5 at last count). Some of the software is better than others, but all of them seem to have something which annoys me. For example, the Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect client insists on always running, and as it’s a service there’s no way to quit / load it when needed. However, that’s nothing compared to this:   What the actual fuck? It’s 2014, and given...

Why not fix your own @*#&@*&# computer?

In my previous post I talked about my neighbour asking for help with a locked Android device. When I returned it unlocked, he was pretty amazed that I’d done it, whereas I knew that all I’d done was a few Google searches and then followed the advice I read. It was pretty simple, it works for 99% of all computer issues, and anyone can do it. So why don’t they? Maybe not for the big things, but given the number of devices in the lives of people in the western world, combined with the number of intelligent people...

Factory Reset an Acer Iconica A700/A701 tablet

My neighbour asked me for help with his Acer Iconica tablet, which had been locked by his granddaughter, who had of course forgotten the lock code. If you search for information about this you’ll find a real mixed bag of posts. Some suggest that if you’ve forgotten the code then you’re screwed, while others list key combinations to perform a factory reset which don’t work (or at least they didn’t for my neighbour’s tablet). A number of posts were obsessed with flicking the hardware lock/unlock switch up and down a few times, which I think might work for an...