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Understanding Web-Safe Fonts / Web Friendly Fonts

We have often receive lots of questions about Web-safe fonts, or web friendly fonts. We have products that work with technologies like Microsoft Word, and publish back to websites like DotNetNuke. (DNN Word Editor) The issue is that not all fonts will work on all browsers on all computers. Here is the reason why. Web-Safe Fonts There are an awful lot of fonts in the world! For years, no doubt, you’ve been using a ton of them in word processing documents, party invitations, banners, etc. But have you ever noticed how few of them are used on the web? There’s a really good reason for this. When a web page loads, the browser is told to write text onto the screen using a specified font—one that is stored on the computer that the browser is running on. Therefore, if the web page’s code is calling for a font that a… Read More »Understanding Web-Safe Fonts / Web Friendly Fonts

Bing Ajax Control over HTTPS or HTTP Secure SSL

Today we updated some code in our Contact Details module for DotNetNuke. The module makes it easy to add your contact details to a page in DNN. There is a map control function that uses Bing Maps that can be seen in the demo here: http://www.interactivewebs.com/contactdetails/Demo.aspx We have updated the module today to support the use of SSL or https connections to the page that contains the module. How we did this So here are the two ways to add the Bing Ajax control to your page in HTTP or HTTPS: HTTP: <script src=”http://ecn.dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=6.3” type="text/javascript"></script> HTTPS: <script src=”https://ecn.dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=6.3&s=1” type="text/javascript"></script> Now on the HTTPS version notice I changed the URL to start with HTTPS, this is what pulls from the secure site over at the good Bing folks. Also notice I added the “s” parameter and set it to 1, default is 0, this tells the Bing API to get the… Read More »Bing Ajax Control over HTTPS or HTTP Secure SSL

Captivate SCORM reporting completed but not passed

Captivate SCORM Problems We have been playing in depth lately with some some of the Captivate SCORM outputs in an effort to better understand the SCORM Compliance and where Captivate falls down in this area. What we have found is very interesting and needs to be explained in detail to understand. The Problem Until recently, anyone who wanted to author SCORM-compliant content had few choices. Not many authoring programs existed and the technical knowledge to create compliant content was and, in fact, still is beyond the reach of most training developers. Now there are many affordable, easy to use content authoring programs to create SCORM-compliant content that can be deployed to learning management systems (LMS). Adobe, a leader in the multimedia authoring and programming industry, has recently thrown their hat into the ring and released Adobe Captivate – a SCORM-compliant authoring tool that includes screen capture, simulation, automated testing and… Read More »Captivate SCORM reporting completed but not passed

Chrome–An additional plug-in is required to display some elements on this page–Solved

Install Plug-in If you are receiving this error in Chrome, and finding that installing the plugin does absolutely nothing. And clicking the": Takes you to a Windows media and Java error page. http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95697&topic=14687&hl=en-US Which if you bother to follow the instructions will not help you at all. The cause Almost certainly the cause of this problem is going to be a recent update by Skype. One could posture that it did not take long after the Microsoft purchase for Skype to become annoying, but I am saddened to say that I thin they have buggered it up without needing to call anyone from the Vista development team. The most recent update of Skype 5.6.0.8.442 adds a little feature to your browsers (without asking you) that reads numbers that look like phone numbers and allows you to click and call them in Skype. It also adds a little blue Skype thing… Read More »Chrome–An additional plug-in is required to display some elements on this page–Solved

Outlook Hangs (stops responding) Opening Email Messages Sent from PayPal

[gard] Outlook hangs caused by PayPal messages template fault In just the last few days, I have started experiencing some issues with Outlook when opening messages sent from PayPal. This is happening with the recent versions of Outlook, including Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007. Some of the indications of the problem include. Outlook taking longer than normal to open. Outlook with “Reading Pane” on Outlook Stops Responding when clicking on an email from PayPal. If you wait a long time, it will come good, and even show the email message. If you are impatient and cancel out of outlook, your reading pane is gone when you next open it. When loading Outlook you receive a message about and address: Contacting: \\102.112.207.net\b\ss\paypalglobal\1\G.4-NS Background information It appears that the cause of this is some malformed tracking cookies being sent from PayPal. While it could be argued that Outlook should handle this invalid… Read More »Outlook Hangs (stops responding) Opening Email Messages Sent from PayPal

How to stop – Only secure content is displayed in IE9 message

If you use IE9, you must be familiar with this message: “Only secure content is displayed.” This kind of messages are implemented by Microsoft because they want to inform you that you are about to access some unsecured content on a website. This is actually a security purpose message. Unfortunately, this kind of messages are more often annoying or unnecessary than useful. Internet explorer show this message when the same website page contain both secured and unsecured content: in this way, some unsecured scripts may have access to secured data on that page. Same thing happens when you play a game (unsecured scripts) on Facebook and want to publish that game information on your wall (secured action). 1. Launch Internet Explorer. 2. Go to Tools -> Internet Options. Then, navigate to Security tab. 3. Click on “Custom level” button. 4. Search for “Display mixed content” under Miscellaneous section. Change it… Read More »How to stop – Only secure content is displayed in IE9 message

Mac OSX Lion Upgrade Problems

Today, like a kid in a candy store, I upgraded to the new Mac OSX Lion from the Mac App store. It can’t go without noting that it has been a long time since I was excited about the prospect of a new release software download. Today gave me glimpses of the days long gone when Microsoft would release new and innovative software. Those days are “dust in the rear-view mirror”. True geek like I know… but hay! You are the one reading this! So How Did it Go? Generally it went exceptionally well. The download was way faster than I expected. I had imagined that the apple servers would be getting hammered all day, but that was not the case. The 4 GB package came down in around 30 min on a Telstra Australia cable connection. The initial install and reboot was fast. Around 1 minute and a MacBook… Read More »Mac OSX Lion Upgrade Problems

Should I Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

They Say They say the best technology is the technology you don’t notice. This is most definitely true for a lot of truly revolutionary technologies. Take the fuel management system on the Airbus A380. Constantly moving and controlling distribution of fuels around multiple systems, taking into account best distribution for weight and balance, safety, economy, possible errors and general automation of management. A truly great example of technology that is unnoticed, and just goes about doing what it was designed to do well. Then there is Windows 7 SP1 Before installing the update, you have to realise that Windows 7 is actually the in house patched (fixed up) version of the off shore experiment that went so terribly wrong for Microsoft. Windows Vista. With almost no new features in Windows 7, you could really call it the true SP1 to that junk they called Vista. That in effect makes this… Read More »Should I Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

reCcaptcha in DotNetNuke Login and Registration

Recaptcha is the Google service that provides protection against machine entry to your website forms and services. Our Advanced Login Module for DotNetNuke allows the use of recaptcha in your website login and registration process. However until our latest release, we did not allow that recaptcha field to be customized according to the recommended settings of themes explained in the Google Labs setup. With our latest release, you can now customize the recaptcha service to meet the look and feel you require for your DotNetNuke website.

View Message Headers Source Exchange OWA Webmail 2003

We wanted to allow the viewing of message headers in Exchange server 2003 webmail or OWA (Outlook Web Access). What we were chasing was a users persistent spam problem, even though we are routing their mail through an advanced online filter. What we suspected was that they have a malware virus and were sending the spam to themselves via a connected client. The easy way for us to view the headers was to login to the webmail as the client, and view message headers to check out this theory. Only Exchange server 2003 does not normally allow the access of viewing message headers. We found a solution that linked to the download of a JS file that is controlling message view options on exchange. The solution was provided by  Copyright (c) Siegfried Weber. However all the links to his file: http://www.asaris.de/sites/playground/Downloads/ViewMessageSource.zip failed to load. Being the smart boys we are..… Read More »View Message Headers Source Exchange OWA Webmail 2003

Windows 2008 File Content Search resx files–Solution

Today I was trying to achieve something that was simple in Windows 3.1. Searching a directory in Windows, and checking the content of files for the search term. In this instance, I was searching something from the content of a Web Server directory that contained some resx files. These files are used in a DotNetNuke website to deliver language content to a module. In every version of Windows up until the "Mac Version” (that is the version that makes you get a mac… i.e. Vista). the ability to search was easy. Now, in Windows 2008 server, they have replicated the crap that they call search in Windows 7. So basically no one know how to resolve some strange results. I search the net and found many solutions, but non worked for me. This appears to be one solution: (but who knows) Open Server Manager and select Roles in the left… Read More »Windows 2008 File Content Search resx files–Solution