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Friday, July 19, 2013

Asp Dropdown list of states

I was updating an older application with some changes.  I typically use C# MVC for my current projects, however this was a web forms app using the 2.0 framework.    I had to make a few minor edits.  

One in particular was to add a State dropdown list.   I realized that I did not want to type in all that information.  So I did the quick Google for State Dropdown.  I found a few, but then realized that using a DropDownList in .net would result in doing some editing.     Again google helped me.   I want to say thank you to Dusty Reagan for posting a quick and easy dropdownlist for US states.


I sometimes wonder if I should keep things like this in my snipits, or if there should be global snipits.


Posted On Friday, July 19, 2013 8:11 AM | Comments (0) | Filed Under [ dropdownlist states ]

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mobile Detection Script

If you are in need of a great way to detect if a mobile or tablet is viewing your site I suggest looking at the MobileESP project.  SITE Link - MobileESP

You can read more about how I used this at http://jimiz.net/2013/02/mobile-detect-script/

The project has both downloadable scripts for most languages and also a rich API that can be used.  The API allows for the ablity to have new devices be added without re-compiling or addressing code. 

Thank you to the MOBILEesp team.

Posted On Sunday, February 3, 2013 11:10 AM | Comments (0) |

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Example Privacy Policy for Windows 8 Store application

After publishing two apps to the Windows Store (GUID Generator) and (IPaddress Info) I learned a lot about the publishing process.   I had error messages with both apps in certification regarding the "Privacy Policy".

When publishing I received the "Your app doesn’t meet requirement 4.1." message.  The issue was that I did have a privacy policy but it was not in the Charm setting.  This was also in the message back from the Testers.

Notes from Testers:
.C:: The app has declared access to network capabilities and no privacy statement was provided in the Windows Settings Charm.

Read more: http://jimiz.net/blog/2012/12/privacy-policy-windows-store-apps

This basically says that my application does not have a valid privacy policy.  After doing some searches I never found a great example to help overcome this.  So I build a sample app that just has the privacy policy and allows people to see a method to get past this issue.




Posted On Saturday, January 19, 2013 2:57 PM | Comments (0) |

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Windows 8 App - GUID Generator

New release of a windows 8 store app.  This app was built with C# / XAML.   It allows you to generate a number of GUIDs and then copy / past or email them to yourself.


Free application.   It was a good experience adding this application to the App store.  I'll do a follow up post regarding the issues of privacy policy, which caused a certification issue in the submission to the store.

Guid Generator

Posted On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:36 AM | Comments (5) |

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Magento - Debug and file location

Magento Debugging

Posted On Saturday, November 3, 2012 2:08 PM | Comments (0) |

Friday, February 13, 2009

Oomph Examples

I have been working with the oomph tool kit and see how this can be a valuable tool.  It can work well for corporate sites and areas where people need to share contact and events.   It really does make the process of posting an event easy and allowing for a great way for people to add these events to their calendars (multiple types). 

It also makes adding a contact to your contact list simple.

Take a look at these examples:

Contact Example:   www.tilde32.com/contact.aspx

Event Example: Blog:  http://jimiz.net/blog

The Oomph icon or microformat icon 2009-02-13_1037[1] will show in the upper left of a site that contains microformat information.

There is a codeplex project for oomph: http://codeplex.com/oomph

Also some information on Mix Labs: http://visitmix.com/Lab/Oomph

Posted On Friday, February 13, 2009 12:59 PM | Comments (1) |

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Keywords and spending (useful site)

I stumbled upon this site that is pretty interesting.  It shows some detail that I was looking for on how sites market keywords and some possible spending trends.  It is somewhat accurate.  I was able to benchmark the site against a few of the clients that I have done work with. 

(Keyword spy) http://www.keywordspy.com/overview/domain.aspx?q=jimiz.net

I put a link to look at my blog.  You will notice that I don't pay for any keywords for this blog (ha ha), that is because I don't make money off this blog.    But it does a good job of showing some competitors, though I would laugh that none of the referenced sites I could do any kind of competition with.   But for a public facing site or an ecommerce site this is a pretty valuable tool.

Posted On Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:33 AM | Comments (0) |

Monday, February 2, 2009

Windows 7 Backup

I had the chance to try out the built in backup from windows 7.   Not bad, I may have to start using that instead of the scripts and tools I currently use.   I was impressed with what I saw, so I setup the backup and will try it for a few weeks.

Here is a great article showing all the steps.  I found it was pretty straight forward to use with my network share.

http://lifehacker.com/5144757/first-look-at-windows-7s-backup-and-restore-center

Posted On Monday, February 2, 2009 10:20 PM | Comments (2) |

Friday, January 30, 2009

What sites do you visit? Directly.

I realized after a discussion at work today that I don't view news and information sites in a browser that often.  I find that I use an RSS reader more than actually going to the sites.  I did not think about this too much until a co-worker was discussing Twitter as a service does not get that much direct traffic (people going to their site) most twitter users use a 3rd party software or tool to tweet or follow people.  I realized how true this was when I realized that I had not gone to www.twitter.com for a long time.    I use my Iphone, digsby, or outtwit instead of going in a browser to twitter.

The same is true for most of the other sites I like.  I use my RSS reader Google Reader to view most of my daily reading.  I will post the blogs and sites I follow in another post.  Today, I am interested in what people view in their browser. 

I found that I enjoy a few sites directly (even though I may follow their blog):

  • Lifehacker (www.lifehacker.com)
  • Digg (www.digg.com)
  • woodtv (www.woodtv.com) - Local news - can't get school closings in RSS
  • news.google.com - for some reason I'd rather use this site than reader.

Other than those sites I use Google Reader to get info.  Now don't get me wrong,  I do search for sites, research, code and purchase on sites directly.  However, I don't really view news or info other than in a reader.

So what sites do you browse to?

Posted On Friday, January 30, 2009 10:30 PM | Comments (0) |

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

IIS 7 - Web application installer

I love the new version of IIS.  One of the great elements of Server 2008 is that it has IIS7 installed.  A great aspect of the new IIS is that you can now run very common applications (wordpress, and photo gallery) on Windows. These applications are PHP based and typically are hosted on Linux Servers.  IIS 7 allows for you to host these applications on Windows with some great performance

A new tool from Microsoft allows you to install all of these applications with little or no configuration.
(Web Application Installer) http://www.microsoft.com/web/channel/products/WebApplicationInstaller.aspx

Applications: DotNetNuke, Drupal, Gallery, Graffiti CMS, osCommerce, phpBB, WordPress

Give it a try. Works on Vista sp1 and Server 2008

Posted On Wednesday, January 28, 2009 12:33 PM | Comments (0) |

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ring Tones

I am not a big fan of ring tones.  My cell phone is normally the old fashion ring of the 50's and on vibrate.  I was reading some blogs this morning and came across this url http://www.makeownringtone.com/ and gave it a try.  I'm not sure I'll use the ring tone I made but, it was fun and would be a better alternative than purchasing the 4 dollar ring tones from the carriers.

Posted On Saturday, January 24, 2009 8:39 AM | Comments (0) |

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Windows 7 - Migration

I finally made the full migration over to windows 7.  It is fast and uses less memory than Vista.   I now am running it on my primary machine.  I was on Vista x64 and I have found Windows 7 x64 to be more responsive.

To make the migration work I used a drive image software and a spare hard drive.  I first installed Win 7 on a smaller 60 gig drive to make sure that my base applications worked (Visual studio 2008, SSH, IM, and other tools). 

Once I was happy I made an image of that drive using Macrium Reflect (http://www.macrium.com/) The free version.  This was a very easy program to use.  I’ll post more on this later.

Once I had a valid image of the Win 7 build.  I made an image of my larger drive 120gig vista drive and saved it to my USB drive.  I then took the boot CD for Reflect and restored the Win7 image onto the 120 gig drive.  

This was a painless process that I did over 2 days.  I had a day where I was unable to do any work on the migration and had to use my Vista disk.   So I am now a happy Win7 user.

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Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2009 7:37 PM | Comments (2) |

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Win form vs web client

The current project I am starting we are debating using a win form client vs a web client. I feel like I have done this argument (discussion) many times. In the past I have always felt that you had more control with a winform. Now with new tools such as ajax,jquery, and css, we are able to make our web applications seem like win forms. Which do you prefer? I realize that requirements drive decisions, but I would love to hear stories or thoughts?

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2009 11:13 PM | Comments (4) |

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

SQL Server Embedded Edition

Recently had a client have issues with their WSS site and needed to restore the content DB.  I took a look at their server and could not find the DB's.  After a little investigation we discovered that they had attached to the Embedded Edition of sql instead of the Standard edition that was installed.  

What was strange about this is the way the embedded edition works.  I could not attach to it in the SQL manager.  After some searching I found this method of attaching to it.

\\.\pipe\mssql$microsoft##ssee\sql\query

If you put this into the ServerName area it will connect.  If you use the actual instance name for server name it will not work.  If anyone knows some more about the above connection / server name it would be great if you could explain it.

On the same topic, it appears that WSS can run on the Embedded edition. However, I would not recommend it.  To correct the situation we stopped the service.  Grabbed the .mdf files and attached them to the standers SQL 2005 server instance and then ported WSS to use that Database instance.

Also, the instance name is listed as SERVERNAME\MICROSOFT##SSEE

Posted On Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:27 AM | Comments (2) |

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

IIS Administration - Online Tools

I was recently asked what tools do I use on a regular basis.  As I thought about the question I realized that I have a heavy load of links, apps, and tools that I use frequently for administration of my sites.  I decided I would put a list of these tools together for other administrators.   My next series will contain downloadable tools

Online tools - Tools that are available online to help with the administration of IIS and web servers.  Please add comments or additional tools that I may have missed:

Netcraft - (www.netcraft.com) - allows you to see web server surveys and check popularity and uptime.  Very useful when checking to see your sites uptime and also other sites technology and server

DnsStuff - (www.dnsstuff.com) - Great site for looking up your DNS information and WHOIS.  Test and configure you DNS to see if it is running and functioning.   Invaluable when setting up email systems and backup email systems.

Domaintools – (www.domaintools.com) – See what your site has to say.  Check domain names, and information around your domain.  SEO information and keywords.

Alexa – (www.alexa.com) – Site ranking and traffic usage.  Very good for an administrator to see what traffic and usage is in comparison to other sites.

Google apps – (www.google.com/a) – One of the best ways to provide email for smaller clients

Google analytics – (www.google.com/analytics) – You can’t beat the price (free) a great stats and web analytics program.

Montastic - (www.montastic.com) – A free online tool that will monitor uptime and notify you when site is unavailable

Google Webmaster tools – (www.google.com/webmasters/tools) – Submit your site, find out stats on when your site is crawled.

Webmaster tools – (www.iwebtool.com/tools/) – Great listing of tools for a webmaster to use.

Port80 Software – (www.port80software.com/tools/testyoursite.asp) – Check your site (IIS) for compression and cache.

Posted On Wednesday, August 1, 2007 1:37 PM | Comments (3) |

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