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The more I use Windows Azure, the more I like it. We’re developing a health care app, and HIPAA imposes quite a few requirements around the security of protected health information (PHI). Azure makes many, but not all, of those requirements easy to do. SQL Azure Auditing simplifies many of the auditing requirements. The disaster recovery features of ......

In the hardware world, much of the communication still happens over RS232 or RS485 serial ports. Unit testing this can be a challenge. To help with that, I’ve created a custom SerialPort wrapper, which, among other things, helps with multiple threads trying to hit the serial port at the same time. When you’re iterating over actors, this is a key bit ......

I spent the day today writing unit tests for code I wrote yesterday. No, I’m not a big fan of TDD. I am, however, a big fan of high (as close to 100% as practical) code coverage. The device I’m working on is very multi-threaded. As a matter of fact, a key principle is DON’T BLOCK! Because of this, there are quite a few Task’s, lots of awaiting, and ......

Let’s face it, EntityFramework is a pain to mock. With few interfaces, testing things that use it can be a real pain. Here’s a few things I’ve found to make it easier: Make sure that you have an interface for your DbContext object so that it can easily be mocked. If you’re doing Database First, be aware that EF 7 will eliminate EDMX support, so welcome ......

I’m working on a hardware project that involves software controlling motors, grippers and the like. I can’t go into details on the project, but it’s quite a bit of fun. I’ve learned a really important design principle for hardware interaction. I’m sure some of you that have more hardware experience than I do will simply say, “duh”, but I had to learn ......

For years, I’ve been using the “Remote Desktops” mmc plugin to manage servers in our infrastructure. I’ve upgraded to Windows 8 and Remote Desktops is nowhere to be found! I search and searched and came across a forum listing saying “Why don’t you just use Remove Desktop Connection Manager?” I downloaded it and started using it and its WAY better than ......

We’re using federated security with Office 365 and everything was running swimmingly and then I started getting the following error when trying to synchronize security information: “An unknown error occurred with the Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant. Contact Technical Support.” Great. Very descriptive. In the event viewer, you get a bit more ......

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Sep 12

“Introducing Windows ME, reimagined as iOS6 and by Apple!”

Remember, it just works, and when it doesn’t, you’re holding it wrong.



NOTE: BY FOLLOWING THE STEPS HERE YOU WILL PERMENENTLY AND IRREVOCABLY DELETE USERS AND THEIR DATA!!! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BACKUPS (PST’S)! Ugh. First, I want everyone know know that this was a self-inflicted problem. I thought I knew what I was doing, but really didn’t know. I do wish that there were warnings letting you know you were about to ruin your ......

Sometimes as developers we’re spoiled by third parties that do a lot of the heavy lifting for us. However, sometimes we’re NOT spoiled and we have to get our hands dirty. Today, I spent much of the day getting my hands dirty. I’m working on a project that uses a MagTek credit card swiper and all MagTek provides you in terms of dlls is a c++ dll and ......

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