March 2011

DotNetNuke User Login Module–Advanced Login

We have release some great new features with our Advanced Login and Registration module for DotNetNuke. The module can be downloaded from our site in a trial that works 100%. You can test and play with the module, then purchase from Snowcovered our our site if you wish to purchase.   The module allows for a fantastic user login and registration experience, with complete control over all aspects of the look and feel and the effectiveness.       We have completely redone the UI for the module: This helps make the complicated custom options really easy to understand, and helps users with the different modes of the module. Additionally we have added new features that can be viewed here: https://interactivewebs.com.au/advancedlogin/Support/VersionHistory.aspx Some of the new features include: Custom Role Registration during Signup Additional Questions / Answers during password retrieval Custom form messages for during signup and login Detection of duplication… Read More »DotNetNuke User Login Module–Advanced Login

DotNetNuke User Experience Team Cracks Me Up

Today it was drawn to my attention that the DotNetNuke Corporation has a User Experience Team. Good on DNN Corp for caring about UI, and so they should. What cracks me up about it is this. Go to the webpage and seek more information on the UI team members. First from the list is Joe Brinkman. (Not picking on you Joe, but your smile is first on the list).   Notice the *******, Ohio ********* (Funny hay) Where is my User Experience I would like to know? How can a UI team allow the details page of their team profile pictures look like that… I’m still laughing about it as I write it now. Are you serious???       This is like one of those Microsoft jokes they play on me as a system admin. They give me an error log, with a meaningless code in an event view…… Read More »DotNetNuke User Experience Team Cracks Me Up

Microsoft Publisher .pub files on a Mac

I was asked the question today. How do I open some Microsoft Publisher files with the .pub extension on my shiny new Mac. The answer is that you cannot really do this unless you have a virtual windows machine running in your Mac. This is something that a lot of people do after they convert over from Windows to Mac, because they feel lost without the BSD (Blue Screens of Death) and the constant security messages. “Would you like to open the web page that you just asked to open”. “Would you like the web page that you just acknowledged that you want to open to open.” “Do you realise that content on the web is insecure and may harm your junk Windows machine?” “Would you like to remember these settings?” Well guess what, you can’t because you don’t have the permissions as the only user on the computer to… Read More »Microsoft Publisher .pub files on a Mac

Telstra Mobile Overseas Data Charges

You need to be very careful of the data charges while roaming overseas. Not because the charges are ridiculously high at $16 per meg. But because Telstra Australia lie about the amount of data you download. I recently opened a 0.387 meg data connection while roaming in the USA. Only to be charged $92.39 for the privilege. Lets just say hypothetically that I did not know exactly how much data I was downloading, and ripped into the maximum possible data that could have been downloaded in the 1:23 (1 min 23 seconds). I could not have downloaded that amount of data on a 3 G Connection even if it was a good connection and not the CRAP T mobile service that is on offer in LA. So bottom line. They cheat you, and don’t provide you with proof or even the data downloaded in that time.

Nomination form requesting access to participate in the Dynamics CRM 2011

This cracks me up. Some time ago, someone at Microsoft decided to add our team to the “metro” early adopter program for CRM 4.0 We never did anything, asked for anything and frankly could care less what is going on with Microsoft. Like we would want to throw our lives away testing Microsoft Beta releases! Anyway, from time to time I get messages from the metro team like this: Hello, We are writing from the Metro Early Adopter Program. Thank you for your Nomination form requesting access to participate in the Dynamics CRM 2011. The Dynamics CRM 2011 early adopter program has been shipped and is no longer accepting nominations. For this reason you, “Interactivewebs.com” haven’t been approved to join this program. The Metro Early Adopter Program continues to add new programs throughout the year. Please go to the Metro Connect site (http://connect.microsoft.com/metro) if you would like to join other… Read More »Nomination form requesting access to participate in the Dynamics CRM 2011

Your WordPress.com account, is not authorized to view the stats of this blog

If you have been getting this error lately on your WordPress.org blog then don’t worry because you are not alone. This error has been a result of a new plugin introduced but the Makers of the WordPress.com Stats called Jetpack. It is very simple to solve this problem, just Follow the Step below Got to Plugins> (Click) Add New Search for the plugin called “Jetpack” Install  and activate this Plugin Now either you can got to the plugins menu and under Jetpack click on settings or under the Dashboard DropDown Click on Jetpack Connect your WordPress.com Account and Authorize it Now Don’t Click on the activate Button in the Jetpack Settings as it will give the the Following error “Module could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error. Perhaps there is a conflict with another plugin you have installed?” instead go back to your plugins menu and press… Read More »Your WordPress.com account, is not authorized to view the stats of this blog

Free Online Quote website–Quoteroller website

Today we were checking out a fellow developers online quote system. They have turned it into a free quote system that allows you to send a quote to a customer via email and the web. This is a tremendous way to communicate quotes to potential customers and look professional while doing it. Send and manage proposals online Super easy to use, Quote Roller saves you time and helps to close deals faster. You will find that creating proposals is fun and enjoyable process. Automate the process Choose a proposal template, select a client, add products and services and hit send. Several simple steps to create a professional proposal. Accept, discuss, collaborate Allow clients to instantly accept created proposals. Discuss any questions clients have directly in the system. Enable team work on proposals you create. Reuse offerings from the list Organize products, services and subscriptions into an offering base and reuse… Read More »Free Online Quote website–Quoteroller website

Configuring IIS for Silverlight Applications

KBA-01067-8Q0ZNL Purpose & Scope Microsoft® SilverlightTM is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows. In most cases, hosters do not need to perform particular deployments to support Silverlight. However, check for the following basic items that could prevent Silverlight from functioning correctly. Procedure MIME Types In Windows Server 2008 IIS 7.0 All MIME types needed to support Silverlight are implemented by default in Windows Server 2008 IIS 7.0 and Windows Vista SP1.  Windows Vista RTM customers can add mime types by running ‘IIS Manager’, clicking on ‘Mime Types’, then clicking ‘add’ and adding the following mime types:… Read More »Configuring IIS for Silverlight Applications

DotNetNuke AjaxControlToolkit, Version=3.0.30930.28736 Error

Could not load file or assembly ‘AjaxControlToolkit, Version=3.0.30930.28736, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=28f01b0e84b6d53e’ or one of its dependencies. The located assembly’s manifest definition does not match the assembly reference. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131040) We were playing today with a trial module from another developer. Received the above error. After much mucking around, we found that the very specific version of the AjaxControlToolkit.dll file that came with the module, was not installed during the normal module setup. We extracted the file into the \bin\ directory on the site, and joy to the world. Strange that a specific version is required and that the 3.5 or 4.0 version does not work. This is how they referenced a specific version. Not a good way to program.

How do I know DotNetNuke Corp is off the rails?

There are load of features and functions about DotNetNuke that tick us off. Some big, some small and some that are baseless. It never ceases to astound me why they do some features and functions so poorly. Today I had to write about a pet hate… Why when we go to the module definition page, do we see a list of “Upgrades?” with the painfully ugly Microsoft style highlighted version number. Really. Whoever built that system.. was that look the best you could come up with. It is painful enough that the stupid system does not allow third party developers to reference an RSS feed for their own updates. (Would have thought that was a no brainer). But why Microsoft Word frigging green highlight! How about something a little classier in the default look. Is this 1998? Think not! And for anyone reading this who thinks… “well you did not… Read More »How do I know DotNetNuke Corp is off the rails?

Apple or Android app development

It’s funny, that when we tell people we are now developing Apps for the iPhone and iPad, we get a response… “What about Android” They have a bigger market than Apple. While technically the Android is gaining ground fast, it would appear that owners of Android products don’t actually use them! Here is an extract of some data from Google Analytics about the use of iPhone, iPad and Android devices. on 15 March 2011. Notice that there is one category for Android devices. If you lump the iPhone and iPad devices into one, you get a massive    1345 vs 153.  or a whopping 11% for Android. Now if you were us and developing for a market. Would you go for the 11% market that Android has? So Android lovers, either get on your mobile devices and browse / buy like crazy, or accept that fact that your device is less… Read More »Apple or Android app development

xcode 4 with subversion SVN server–Tips

[gard] As newly anointed Xcode developers, and now with the release of Xcode 4. We found our team working on trying to get connected to a new subversion (svn) server at the same time we were trying to discover some new features of Xcode 4. Talk about challenging. Actually this was the first time with anything Apple we have not had a great experience. Loads of talk etc on the net about what a pain in the bum it all is. For those who don’t know. Subversion is a code storage system that allows check in / check out of developer Xcode to a server. There are services online that you can pay monthly to for the use of a SVN server. We wanted to host it on one of our own servers. The setup was not easy and required the setup of a new Linux server, then the setup… Read More »xcode 4 with subversion SVN server–Tips

Office 2010 Add-ins not working

We have seen a few instances where an Office 2010 Add-in stops working  and cannot be enabled even is deleted and reinstalled. This can effect our DotNetNuke Module – Microsoft Word Editor, as it uses the Microsoft Office Add-in feature of office. The cause of the problem lays in Microsoft (again) that have decided to make Word (and other office Add-ins) mark a plugin as “Disabled” if it is ever involved in a slow response or crash. Good concept to stop plugins crashing word, but how they do it is so unobvious it catches many people out. The plugins are added to a “Disabled” basket, and will never again be activated unless moved from that basket. Even if the add-in is uninstalled and re-installed. To fix the problem you need to remove the add-in from this list of disabled items in your office application. It does not escape comment that… Read More »Office 2010 Add-ins not working