Archive for May, 2006

Ultramon – Indespensible tool for running multiple monitors

I’ve recently upgraded my office computer through the addition of an addition display — a 19″ LCD — to compliment my 19″ Trinitron CRT monitor.  My video card has both a DVI and VGA output, so I can  use both monitors simultaneously to have more working space.  I’ve used dual monitors before, but only where the primary monitor was a laptop / tablet, and then I hooked in an external monitor to use as a secondary display.  I’ve really been enjoying the added real estate, but one thing really frustrated me — that the secondary display doesn’t get its own More >

Compression in IIS6

I ran across a great article today that gives a thorough step-by-step tutorial on how to turn on compression of ASP.NET files in IIS6:Enabling HTTP Compression in IIS 6.0

I was actually really surprised that this was not as simple as clicking a checkbox.  The IIS Manager does have a checkbox for enabling compression on application and static files (makes sense), but the problem is that the .ASPX extension is not listed in the IIS Metabase as an application file, so it doesn’t get compressed.  So after enabling the checkbox, you have to do a little bit of XML tweaking to More >


Camtasia is one of those products that you see a lot of people using, but for some reason takes a long time to justify purchasing.  If you don’t know what Camtasia is, it’s a program that lets you create screen recordings, optionally along with voice, and then edit them to create great presentations or training videos.  Screencasts can then be published in a number of formats, including Flash.  The best part about the software is that it’s just SO easy to use!

Ease of use really is the key here.  The software is quick and easy to use, so you can create More >

Getting ready to go live on a new project

It is an exciting week here at Info et Cetera, as we’re getting ready to go live with a big project — a new version of an online vehicle auctioning system to replace an older classic ASP version that we created years ago.  The new site is powered by ASP.NET 2.0 with a SQL Server back-end, and really represents a leap forward in web application design.

From a design standpoint, we were able to streamline the site layout through the use of a standardized design (using ASP.NET 2.0 master pages), so all pages have a consistent login box / status and More >

Getting ready for Microsoft Tech Ed 2006

I have spent my spare time this week getting ready for Microsoft Tech Ed 2006, in Boston June 11 – 16.  This is the ultimate conference for anyone who works in the Microsoft technology space — 6 days of 7AM – 10PM learning, where technologists can meet with Microsoft employees and industry experts, while networking with other individuals and companies.

Needless to say, Microsoft has a great online tool for scheduling your sessions.  I spent some time this morning finalizing my schedule and downloading it into Microsoft Outlook (of course you can download your schedule directly into Outlook; would you expect anything More >

VNC Vulnerability

On Friday, a vulnerability was announced in VNC that allows anyone to connect to a machine running VNC without specifying a password.  Apparently, during the handshaking between the VNC server and client, the server tells the client a list of authentication mechanisms that it can accept.  The client is then supposed to answer with a password using one of the specified mechanisms.  Unfortunately, the server was not properly checking the client’s mechanism to make sure it was an accepted type, and apparently “Anonymous” is one of the methods.  This means that with one simple change of code to the client, More >

Applying a FormatString to a column in a GridView

I ran across a very frustrating problem today when working on a project for a client.  I was placing a GridView onto a page, into which went a number of fields, one of which is a dollar amount.  I did a quick search and discovered that the BoundColumn has a property called DataFormatString.  Sounds good, I say.  So into this field I put the old familiar “{0:c}”, only to discover that my grid was still showing numbers like “1.0000” or “0.9900”.  After a lot of head scratching, some MSDN reading, and a lot of Googling, I finally found the answer…

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