May 2011

Understanding SMTP in DotNetNuke

DNN SMTP Settings DNN Websites have the ability to configure in the host settings an SMTP server. When a DNN email is generated from the DNN website, it will attempt to send mail through this SMTP server. In order that your DNN website can successfully send the email, the SMTP server must allow the email message to be received. Typically this is done in one of four ways. The SMTP server is configured for Open Relay (This should NEVER be done unless you have an external firewall blocking all external… Read MoreUnderstanding SMTP in DotNetNuke »

Installing The Module

Note: Your Download Package Needs to be unziped before you start the install process. The file that is installed to the DNN site as a module is named with a “xxx” 1. Login to your DNN site as a system HOST 2. Under the host menu, select MODULE DEFINITIONS 3. From the Module Definitions menu, select INSTALL NEW MODULE 4. BROWSE and select the Feedback Designer xx.xx.xx PA.ZIP file for uplad. Then select SAVE FILE.  Note that in some cases you may need to extract this PA files from… Read MoreInstalling The Module »

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.

Using a Hex (html) color code as a UIColor

We had a requirement to read from a plist a hex color code eg. #168240 and translate that to update a navigation controller’s navigation bar background color. Below are two ways that were presented.   First (not the best) was this method using a macro, but this wasn’t obvious to us how to use it with an NSString value for the color code (we couldn’t hard code it). //RGB color macro #define UIColorFromRGB(rgbValue) [UIColor \ colorWithRed:((float)((rgbValue & 0xFF0000) >> 16))/255.0 \ green:((float)((rgbValue & 0xFF00) >> 8))/255.0 \ blue:((float)(rgbValue & 0xFF))/255.0… Read MoreUsing a Hex (html) color code as a UIColor »

Event Woodfired Pizza Catering Service Melbourne

Today we launched a new website for Event Woodfired Pizza a Melbourne based catering service that provides services throughout Melbourne and Victoria. The company provides a range of woodfired pizza options, and is a terrific option of catering of parties and public events. They have two domains:  and Both sites will point to their website If you are looking for: Catering for parties functions or events anywhere and anytime; Catering for 50 to 500 people; Over 20 different gourmet pizzas to choose from; Market Fresh Ingredients; Try our… Read MoreEvent Woodfired Pizza Catering Service Melbourne »

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… Read MoreProblems with Windows Closing Programs and Logging off »

Alternatives to SVN Subversion for xCode Development

Do you need SVN or is there another way to manage code? We use and manage an SVN server dedicated to our xCode development, but mostly because we can, not because we need to. We have the servers, knowledge and experience to do this so we did. I thought I would suggest another way to share code among multiple developers, and still keep thorough backups of all the things you need. There are a few exceptions and we will list them first. 1. Technically SVN allows for two people to… Read MoreAlternatives to SVN Subversion for xCode Development »

xCode 4 and SVN subversion server IP address change

Recently we needed to change IP addresses on our SVN subversion server. We have blogged before about the SVN xCode Tips here. What we did now though was to change the IP address of the SVN subversion server after we had already configured the connection to the server on our Mac computers. The change process was surprising to us, and here is why. 1. We fully expected to have to much around with the entire connection thing. We were ready to refer to our above blog and re-establish connections. 2.… Read MorexCode 4 and SVN subversion server IP address change »

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 2. Setup an email account like abuse@ or postmaster@  that domain. Make sure you get that mail. 3. Ensure… Read MoreRemoving IP from AOL email Black List postmaster »

Now Auto Tweet Plugin to our WordPress Blog Auto Twitter Poster

We have been using the Feed2Tweet plugin on our WordPress blog site at: We found that in recent weeks, it has stopped posting data when we blogged with the Windows Live Writer plugin that we normally use. So we decided to find a new plugin to take care of the auto tweeting. We came across the “ Auto Twitter Poster” plugin. That from all accounts should work well, if only a little delayed. The post system configures with a Twitter API registration (normal for this sort of thing), and… Read MoreNow Auto Tweet Plugin to our WordPress Blog Auto Twitter Poster »