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Chester Devs Presentation and source code – ‘Event Store - an introduction to a DSD for event sourcing and notifications’
Thank you everyone at Chester Devs Thanks to Fran Hoey and all the people from Chester Devs. It was a hard drive up and back but the enthusiasm of the audience, with some great questions does make it worthwhile. Presentation and source code My presentation, source code, Event Store runners and text files containing the various command line parameters used for curl is now available on GitHub; Don’t worry if you don’t have a GitHub account, you don’t ......

Posted On Monday, November 11, 2013 10:15 AM

Upgrading Windows 8 boot to VHD to Windows 8.1–Step by step guide
UPDATE : I believe (I have not tested this scenario yet) you can use your existing Windows 8 partition to create a recovery USB drive that can be used to do the repair without the ISO, see and here is how to mount that USB as a drive for Hyper-V to see, Boot to VHD – dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 8 became easy When Windows 8 arrived, ......

Posted On Saturday, October 19, 2013 8:56 AM

Adobe Acrobat Reader Updates – how to save them locally for repeated use, a step by step guide
As a developer I have several machines, some of which are virtual machines which may be isolated from the general internet. I used to get annoyed with Adobe not providing direct downloads for updates which means you have to download updates for each machine separately. I realise there may be good reasons for this, differentiating between different versions of operating system. However, I do like to have the ability to rebuild a system to a known state from scratch without relying on online updates. ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 5:57 AM

Virtualised networking issues? Sometimes it's the most obvious thing, Doh!
I just provided some help to a friend setting up a small virtualisation network on single machine, for demonstrating a new software technology at user groups and conferences. A few tweets and e-mails went back and forth as we discussed virtual networking options, static IP configurations and using NEWSISID to enable imaging VMs from a initial 'gold' image. Getting the machines to talk to each other on an isolated virtual network was proving to be way more difficult than it should have been. At this ......

Posted On Sunday, October 4, 2009 2:41 PM

Hyper-V for Developers - presentation from DevEvening 13 August 2009
Thanks to Alex and Matt for organising another top DevEvening user group in Woking and for everyone who attended my talk on Hyper-V for Developers. Apologies for over running and hope it didn't stop you from enjoying your meals. I think I achieved a good warm up for Sebastien Lambla's talk on best practices in MVC. For those who weren't there last night, the presentation provides an overview of Hyper-V Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 running Hyper-V, tools that you can install to help you out, ......

Posted On Friday, August 14, 2009 3:01 AM

Review: DisplayLink USB to DVI adapter, adding an external display to a laptop or desktop
DisplayLink USB Last week I wrote a review of a Kensington USB docking station which included DisplayLink technology to allow an external display to be added to a laptop via a USB 2.0 port. I described how I used this docking station to enable the holy grail of three external screens on my laptop. You can read about it here, Declaring an interest On publishing, I promoted the blog post via Twitter where recently someone had bemoaned ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 9, 2009 10:04 AM

Review: Three external screens from a single laptop with help from DisplayLink
As a developer I’ve become used to multiple monitors to increase my productivity. Debugging applications is much easier when one monitor is running Visual Studio and a second monitor is displaying the application being debugged, or SQL Management Studio, or your Locals window. When I plugged my latest HP 6910p laptop into the docking station I was amazed to find that it supported dual external displays; both the DVI and analogue VGA ports can be active simultaneously. It’s a real advantage to get ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 3, 2009 11:07 AM

BSI Role of Virtualisation in Green IT - presentation now available
For all who were at the BSI Green IT conference on 19th May, here is my presentation for download, in PowerPoint PPT format

Posted On Tuesday, May 19, 2009 3:18 PM

Thanks to NxtGenUG Birmingham for a great evening out
Thanks to everyone who turned out for the NxtGenUG Birmingham meeting. Obviously so good, one of the guys from the Oxford meeting last week turned up again - ah, the lure of free pizza. You can download the updated PowerPoint slidedeck here, most of the important stuff is in the speaker notes; Also, thanks as well to Guy Smith-Ferrier for giving me a lift back to New Street station, and for joining forces to create ......

Posted On Thursday, February 12, 2009 10:39 PM

TOP 25 Most Dangerous Programming Errors
A useful reminder of what not to do when you are creating software...

Posted On Tuesday, January 13, 2009 9:11 AM

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