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Step by Step: Trac on Windows, how to install a brand new SubVersion and Trac installation onto a Windows System
What is Trac and why would you want it? I have already documented in a previous blog how I restored my Trac backup from (see but given I also mentioned my use of Trac in a recent presentation at the .NET developers conference, DDD8, (see I thought it only proper to document how to install both SubVersion and Trac from scratch on a new Windows system. ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 1:46 AM

Step by step: Trac on Windows – restoring a Linux backup of Trac onto a Windows system
Introduction In September 2006 I made a major decision on my company Source Code Management (SCM) strategy and signed up with http://www.hosted-projects.... which provide a hosted solution for SubVersion, Trac and Bugzilla. A few years earlier, I’d already moved my SCM from SourceSafe to SubVersion hosted on my own server on a local network. However, I really wanted to move to a hosted provider so I could have remote access to the SCM without worrying about firewall configuration and software updates, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:38 AM

Hosted exception collection for .NET applications made easy –
I own a company, Tiger Computer Services Ltd, which is an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) providing .NET software solutions to clients in the London area. One of the most significant considerations when running a small ISV is the cost of supporting software in the field. For some clients, support is not a billable item, especially if the fault is within the software we have provided. This means that every time the telephone rings, we bleed money, and if we have to actually go on site to resolve ......

Posted On Friday, November 20, 2009 1:32 AM

3G Mobile broadband - it's here and it's good
Some months back I bought a HP 6910p laptop which included a HSDPA card, and it even came with a Vodafone SIM. I did look at the data plan from Vodafone; £15 per month for 3Gb of data, with no minimum contract. I liked the idea of a larger data allowance than the 40Mb I currently have with my T-Mobile contract. I’ve never upgraded this original Web’n’Walk contract; I get 200 minutes, free answer phone collection and 40Mb of data for £16.50 per month. If I upgraded to get 1Gb of data (with laptop ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 7, 2008 10:04 PM

Old school batch file for logging broadband connectivity
Recently the BT Broadband ADSL line at our shared office has been having problems. Slow speeds but more importantly regularly dropping out. We moved over to a second broadband connection but wanted to monitor the state of the original broadband connection so we could confirm the fault had been fixed. Should I code it in C#, thrash out some PowerShell scripts, pah! No, an old fashioned .cmd file and some batch commands will do ..... need to know the time, try a ping, and then wait for 10 seconds before ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 9, 2008 9:43 AM

Excellent example of Windows Mobile smartphone use and 3G today
I received a support call from a client today, for which I provide a moderation system for viewer text messages for broadcast on a television channel. The engineer said messages weren't getting through, and I was leaving the office within 30 minutes to travel by tube and bus to a meeting in Chelsea, West London. So here's the busy day for the TyTN II Windows Mobile 6.0 smartphone. 12:00 -12:30 Kew office Various voice calls to client and SMS gateway provider. Initial sms messages to SMS gateway provider. ......

Posted On Monday, September 8, 2008 6:29 PM

ASP.NET MVC Preview 2 (March CTP) - support for shared hosting
I've been investigating the ASP.NET MVC framework for some months, in between a major client project in January and holidays in Frebruary. In that time the ASP.NET team have been beavering away and released the MVC Preview 2 March CTP (download it here). Jeffrey Palermo has some great blog posts over at which detail some of the improvements. The big news for me was that I could finally upload any applications to my development site, which is on a shared hosting server at, ......

Posted On Monday, March 10, 2008 11:30 PM, 12 months on - now that's what I call customer service
I signed up to a SubVersion and Trac hosted service nearly 12 months ago with the aim of moving all my source code repositories from my local server onto a centrally managed system hosted by At first I was concerned about reliability of access, availability levels and the level of customer support I would receive for what is a bargain US$15 per month (with an additional US$15 per month for nightly backups). Those concerns were completely unfounded. In the past year I have had ......

Posted On Sunday, September 2, 2007 10:20 PM

Very silly bug on Microsoft forums
I'm sure there is a Microsoft exam on how to handle custom errors in ASP.NET, and even how to verify query strings before processing them. It might be in their forums,, but not at this URL, Yep, we have a Server Error in '/Communities' Application in full display with instructions on how to turn on custom error handling. Obviously no web application I've every written would do something ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 2:47 AM

CI Factory - my final setup
Here's the culmination of my research into CI Factory and how I'm not using it to develop my open source RapidDB libraries. This is a fairly personal setup, as it only has a single developer (me), two development machines (currently an office desktop PC and a roaming laptop) and a build server which is not publicly accessible via the Internet. An MSDN and Microsoft Partner Action Pack subscription are busy covering my software license requirements. Summary: Development PC 1 : Desktop, XP Pro SP2, ......

Posted On Monday, April 23, 2007 10:08 PM

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