Sep 302014
 
 September 30, 2014  Posted by at 9:42 am Uncategorized, Universal Apps, WinRT, WP 2 Responses »
Video: Get Started With Optical Character Recognition with the OCR Library for Windows Runtime

A few weeks ago the OCR library for Windows Runtime was released, and I was beyond excited. While I tried it out and made a nifty little app (should be in the Store soon) I realized that this stuff is so awesome it has to be shared! Here is a very little and quick introduction [...]

Sep 272014
 
 September 27, 2014  Posted by at 10:26 am Universal Apps, WinRT No Responses »
Localizing a Universal Store App part 2

This is part 2 of a two part series on resources and assets for localization (Universal Store Apps). Part 1 can be found here Previous part Using resource strings in XAML Using resource strings in XAML for styles Using resource strings in code Covered in this part Using resource images Setting images for scaling Localizing [...]

Sep 262014
 
 September 26, 2014  Posted by at 11:30 am Universal Apps, WinRT No Responses »
Localizing a Universal Store App part 1

With 191 markets and 54 languages we really should think about the localizing our application, as well as providing images for scaling and contrast. This article shows the following: Using resource strings in XAML Using resource strings in XAML for styles Using resource strings in code Covered in part 2: (tomorrow) Using resource images Setting [...]

Sep 222014
 
 September 22, 2014  Posted by at 9:51 am DIY, Random, Uncategorized Tagged with:  No Responses »
Lenovo W540 fixes: FN & Ctrl key, black screen after sleep, missing drivers, slow boot and missing boot manager

As you probably know I have a Lenovo and as with all computers you collect some fixes to some reoccurring problems- some frequent some rare. Here as some that that I experienced lately, all after doing a fresh install and many related me not properly installing drivers. You might find some more answers in the [...]

Sep 192014
 
 September 19, 2014  Posted by at 10:13 am Databases Tagged with:  1 Response »
MongoDb BinData to Guid (UUID) options (shell, PowerShell & GUI tools: MongoVue, RoboMongo)

While double checking some new features we have been working on we had to track some documents and make sure they update correctly when we send and receive messages. The id’s where Guids stored as bindata (binary data). #Note: Guid (C#) is just Microsofts implementation of UUID (Universally Unique Identifier)- and is basically the same. [...]

Sep 172014
 
 September 17, 2014  Posted by at 11:04 am Universal Apps, WinRT, WP No Responses »
WinRT- grabbing the last file the user accessed. FutureAccessList and MostRecentlyUsedList

I have to apologize the shortness and simple posts I’ve written the past few weeks- I realized today that is has been a while since I’ve done a longer post. Currently working on a course for Pluralsight, and being somewhat overwhelmed over the learning curve at work has left me with little time. I am [...]

Sep 132014
 
 September 13, 2014  Posted by at 8:54 am Conference 2 Responses »
Speakers: session notes from Design by Ben Hall

I do some speaking, and really enjoy attending sessions by known as well as newcomers to the speaking scene as there is always something new to learn, and new people to meet. I’ve decided to share my notes from sessions as well as introduce readers to the speakers- hopefully getting more people to attend, and [...]

Aug 202014
 
 August 20, 2014  Posted by at 12:49 pm Developer At Work 8 Responses »
Dev at work: Starting at Compare the Market. Meeting the team, formalities, XP, LEAN, DDD and CQRS

A friend drove me to work on the Monday. I had been so nervous the night before I barely slept and as I was attempting to pour down an energy drink down my throat while the car navigated the tiny streets of Peterborough I felt slightly sick. It somehow reminded me of navigating through the [...]

Jul 232014
 
 July 23, 2014  Posted by at 1:51 am Azure No Responses »
The Azure Issue I had (404 on Azure Websites)

A few weeks back some kind people following me on Twitter let me know that my site was down, returning the dreaded 404. As a result of that I learned a lot of new things about Azure, and I promised to let you all know what had happened and what the fix was. I’ve waited [...]

Jul 162014
 
 July 16, 2014  Posted by at 5:23 pm C# & F#, JS & TS Tagged with: , ,  4 Responses »
Edge.js tutorial part 4: Setting up Mac OSX environment

I’ve had some hectic weeks of travel and haven’t been able to record and edit until now, so expect several Edge.js videos and posts the next couple of weeks as I empty my backlog. First post out it’s setting up your environment on a Mac. Windows was covered in the first video, and Ubuntu week [...]

Jul 142014
 
 July 14, 2014  Posted by at 11:02 am Azure, Uncategorized No Responses »
Setting up Azure alert rules

Continuing on the previous blog post that covered how to set up billing alerts (to avoid some not so fun situations with Azure that I’ll tell you more about as soon as I’m done talking with support) here is a post on setting up a simple alert rule. It’s beyond easy to setup, all you [...]

Jul 102014
 
 July 10, 2014  Posted by at 6:16 am Azure 2 Responses »
Setting up billing alert for Azure (preview)

I had a rather unpleasant experience with Azure yesterday where my site went down. I will share the full story with you later this week- but in short it was a combination of things I could have done and things ‘they’ could have done. One thing I should have done and that I didn’t know [...]

Jul 012014
 
 July 1, 2014  Posted by at 2:02 pm Azure, Hadoop, PowerShell Tagged with:  No Responses »
HDInsight and PoSh: The -Subscription parameter is deprecated, Please use Select-AzureSubscription –Current

The documentation for the cmdlets for HDInsight are not up to date, and therefore neither is the Get-Help on this one (today: July 1st 2014). I’m not sure if I’m misunderstanding something, or if the docs aren’t documented. But, If you run a simple cmdlet such as: Get-AzureHDInsightCluster -Subscription (Get-AzureSubscription -Current).SubscriptionId You will get the [...]

Jun 192014
 
 June 19, 2014  Posted by at 2:53 pm Life of Iris 7 Responses »
Replies from China

Its 4:15 AM and I should be sleeping as I’ve slept little since I came. I’ve battled a dodgy VPN connection for 3 hours to lessen the load and the painful slow RDP connection to my Azure VM (to access all blocked sites). I’ve spent the day licking my virtual wounds, mostly to my ego [...]

Jun 182014
 
 June 18, 2014  Posted by at 12:30 pm Life of Iris 13 Responses »

I broke under pressure and decided to remove the previous blog post where I asked for feedback on code I had written for a tech interview. Reasons are the following: Many expressed concerns that I was sharing content that should not be shared (although the unnamed company gave me full permission) Few bothered to read [...]