Rants

.zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted

Green files and folders on Windows 7 indicate they are encrypted. Usually this is a function of a program that will make these files encrypted for a reason. Security is usually the reason. But… An interesting little bug in the process of creating a .zip file on a mac and moving it over to a Windows computer. When a .zip file is created according to standards for .zip files found here: http://www.pkware.com/documents/casestudies/APPNOTE.TXT They specify that .zip archives include a tag informing about itself to the program trying to decompress the archive. This tag information is known as the “version made by” and as the name suggest, it would tag information about the program version of .zip and the files system in use. 0 – MS-DOS and OS/2 (FAT / VFAT / FAT32 file systems) 1 – Amiga 2 – OpenVMS 3 – UNIX 4 – VM/CMS 5 – Atari ST… Read More ».zip files from Mac OS show up as green/encrypted

Microsoft–You Suck Balls!

I find it absolutely incomprehensible how hard it is to purchase a Microsoft Product and actually gain access to it. Over the years, things have always been hard, but appear to have got a lot worse. My Experience with MSDN Subscription. In December I receive notice that our existing MSDN subscription is due to expire, so I set about renewing it. Now with any other company, you would just enter a credit card number into a website some place and you would be done. But Not Microsoft. Microsoft force you to purchase through a reseller (and I get that) so we set about that path. Our previous reseller was Ingram Micro, who totally destroyed their own business by interdicting SAP some time ago, and have got nothing right since then! So we followed the Legendry Microsoft License Expert “Shane Piercy” to Dicker Data and purchased our license there. (Thanks Shane,… Read More »Microsoft–You Suck Balls!

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

Microsoft White Papers–Kill Me now!

A Microsoft Team Member Accessing one of their White Papers! Having just beaten the Microsoft CRM IFD challenge, I felt it necessary to blog about how mush I dislike the way Microsoft supply data about their own products. The image above is not too far from the truth. You read a pile of “bla bal” data, only to find that the detail about the really important and difficult part is vague and relies on prior knowledge or experience to complete. Evidence of this is the number of internal blogs, videos and instructional information that is always produced by MS team members and community members explaining the real low down on how to get their stuff to work. Want to know what a White Paper is? Google “Microsoft White Papers” Returns this: That opens to this: This gives a URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=5672 That fails to this: GO Microsoft! So their Bing steps… Read More »Microsoft White Papers–Kill Me now!

Problem With DNN Blog Module 04.01.00 – 01

We found an issue with what is the current release version of DotNetNuke Blog module 04.01.00 or 04.01.01. First up, we don’t know what the version number should actually be, as the compiled version on the download is 04.01.00 but the source code is referenced as 04.01.01. We presume there is some difference, but who knows what it is. Anyway The Problem The problem is that any forms on a page that run the blog module, will not allow form data to be validated. By validated, we are talking about ensuring a number is entered in a number field and text in a name filed etc. The cause is the blog module is using an old ASP.Net 1.0 validation function. While it should be using ASP.NET 2.0 with the updated validation behaviours as found here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/0ke7bxeh.aspx With this mistake, if you use Page.Validate on ASP.NET 2.0, page validation groups are… Read More »Problem With DNN Blog Module 04.01.00 – 01

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)

Codeplex InteractiveWebs Profile Updated

Today we updated out profile at Codeplex http://www.codeplex.com/site/users/view/InteractiveWebs mostly so that we could slam a review up for the latest dotnetnuke 5.6.2 release. The review points out that the release is not one of the worst releases of dotnetnuke, but it is buggy and caused us some problems. We are quite disappointed that this is the last 5x release, and hold little hope about the initial releases of DotNetNuke 6x. Shame for all the hype and spin that dnn corporation have been putting on themselves that they are so happy to release such junk.

Problems with Windows Closing Programs and Logging off

Microsoft Fail of the Week! – Where are they going with all this? I’m rather sick of Microsoft “fixing” things in version updates to Windows. Here is one I just love to hate. I’m RDP into a server. Doing some server work. I finish and click log off. (Windows 2008 R2) I get a confirmation about it. – YES I get another confirmation about it – YES and Force Then is just sits there forever. Now I remote check the server performance. Guess what. the server load is through the roof. And stays that way for a considerable amount of time. Remote shutdown is disabled, and failing. The machine is in some sort of Microsoft Hell. Now it may be me, but did programs not shutdown correctly for like the last 15 years of Microsoft Windows, when you logged off. As a server administrator, am I so daft that I… Read More »Problems with Windows Closing Programs and Logging off

Removing IP from AOL email Black List postmaster

I’m finding the AOL process really really annoying. We have been trying to clear up blacklist and reputation problems with a new IP range that was previously abused. AOL have some tools that pretend to help. What you need to know is this. 1. Ensure your mail server IP has a RDNS – so when you do an NS lookup on the IP address it will show a name, like smtp.interactivewebs.com 2. Setup an email account like abuse@ or postmaster@  that domain. Make sure you get that mail. 3. Ensure that you verify with AOL that you are the admin for that RDNS lookup name. That is by submitting a ticket called Feedback Loop here: http://postmaster.aol.com/SupportRequest.FBL.php 4. Wait till they verify your Feedback Loop. AKA. that you are getting mail on that domain. 6. Use this link: http://www.mxtoolbox.com/SuperTool.aspx?action=mx%3aaol.com to work out the IP of an AOL mail server. 7. Work… Read More »Removing IP from AOL email Black List postmaster

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