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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software April 2005 Entries
KC .NET UG - April
Yesterday's KC .NET UG meeting was good, especially considering the speaker wasn't there! Jeff Julian and another guy (sorry, I don't know your name. If you read this, please let me know your blog address) talked about using RSS and blogs to get information and drive traffic to your website. Jim Erwin and Doug Butscher sat behind me and we had a good discussion about paired development, I'd like to see EnGraph try that sometime, but deadlines are already tight. Kyle Archer came along and he had a ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 27, 2005 4:10 PM

Connect to VPN in .net
To connect to a VPN connection inside .net without using any api's do the following 1) Create a VPN connection using the Windows new connection wizard 2) Follow steps 1-4 in this post 3) Create a shortcut to that VPN somewhere, preferably somewhere the client can't find, like All User\Application Data 4) Use Process.Start(the .lnk file) inside your application to shell the VPN connection When you execute this code, the VPN will connect silently without any prompts to the user ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 27, 2005 3:36 PM

Launching VPN at startup
If you need to connect to a Virtual Private Network at windows startup, and you don't want to have the user push connect or enter the password do the following: 1) On the VPN Connect screen, check "Save this user name and password for the following users" 2) Select the "Anyone who uses this computer" radio button 3) Click "Properties" on the VPN Connect screen 4) On the "Options" tab, uncheck: -"Display progress while connecting" -"Prompt for name and password, certificate,etc." 5) In Windows Explorer, ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 27, 2005 3:30 PM

Are you downloading it yet? I am

Beta 2 - 41 % downloaded...more information and proper installation instructions here. Via Brian Goldfarb.

Posted On Sunday, April 17, 2005 9:38 PM

Best bandwidth monitor

I have been using NetMeter for years to monitor network activity. It simple, lightweight and it shows everything you need. And it's free!

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2005 10:23 AM

Sprint getting closer to MMS

As of today, Sprint PCS customers can receive emails to youruserid@pm.sprint.com with a picture attachment and it will show up on your handset as a picture mail. This means that soon *hopefully* we will have true MMS. More information at SprintUsers

Posted On Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:46 PM

It's good to know your roots

This is the one where Kyle Archer talks about how EnGraph became a company.

Posted On Wednesday, April 13, 2005 8:18 PM

ThreeDegrees is amazing
Check them out with the new MSN Messenger. You can listen to the same music as your friends at the same time and a bunch of other cool peer to peer features. The initial setup can a bit painful if your router is older. The easiest way is to expose your computer as DMZ (demilitarized zone) on your router. You only want to do this if you have a firewall on the computer as this circumvents the router firewall. Threedegrees also has a good networking troubleshooter available here ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 13, 2005 2:49 PM

Google mobile local - not with Sanyo

$400 phone and I can't use the new Google mobile local search...that's crap. The message says "Sorry the browser on your phone is unable to display Google Mobile Local Search."

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 6:47 PM

Happy Birthday

Not that he would ever see this, but Happy Birthday to Nick Hexum of 311

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 6:32 PM

More on SEHException
I blogged a couple weeks ago about a SEHException we were getting in our Public Sub Main due to Application.EnableVisualSty... Basically the solution was to insert an Application.DoEvents after the EnableVisualStyles call. Well, that has been working until today (which happens to be the day I have to demo this to our owner). So I made EnableVisualStyles an option in the application. So now the code looks like this: If AppOptions.EnableVisualStyles = True Then Application.EnableVisualSty... End ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 6:18 PM

Nasty spyware - www.searchforit.com
I had to reinstall Microsoft Anti-Spyware last night (fantastic product by the way), because it didn't quite install right the first time. Anyways, after I clicked "Approve" on the script prompt for the "Validate Windows" ActiveX component, another anti-spyware prompt popped up for a change to my host file. I clicked "Approve" on this one too, because it popped up so quickly, I guess I subconsciously thought I didn't click the "Validate Windows" one good enough or something. This nasty little bugger ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 5:58 PM

Listbox or ArrayList functionality limit
We have a logging component that is based on an arraylist, the arraylist is then bound to the datasource of a listbox. The component exports the log to xml and stores data between sessions in xml and all that. It's actually pretty cool and I would like to make it part of a public EnGraph Components package someday...anyways, we've found that at about 2000 records, it starts to slow down significantly. A task that would normally take 2-3 seconds, runs for 15-17 seconds. We're pretty sure it is the ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2005 5:47 PM

ATTI & EnGraph follow up
Following up on a previous post...here is some more information about our GPS solutions. The whole suite is really starting to take shape. We have a little more tweaking to do on our end of the software, and then we deliver it to a client in New Jersey in a couple of weeks...its very exciting ......

Posted On Friday, April 8, 2005 12:25 PM

EnGraph is Kansas Existing Business of the Year!

We are officially a 2004 Existing Business of the Year winner! We went to a ceremony a couple weeks ago in Topeka. More pictures and information is available here and here. It really helps a small company like us when we get recognition here and there.

Posted On Friday, April 8, 2005 12:20 PM

Compaq standby again
I posted a while back about having trouble with my Compaq Presario 2585US laptop not returning correctly from standby. I thought I found a fix, and it worked for a while, but then it started acting up again. I *think* it had something to do with installing XP SP2. I saw an article about it somewhere, but I don't know the link. Anyways, it turns out to be a BIOS upgrade and more information can be found here. Once I ran the upgrade, it returns from standby just as expected ......

Posted On Thursday, April 7, 2005 10:32 AM

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