Friday, August 16, 2013

Turn off Windows Default Sounds and Stop Driving Your Co-Workers Crazy!

Another year goes by and despite my best intentions I haven’t posted anything on my blog. Since it has been over a year since my last post I thought I would post something, if nothing else at least I'm consistent.

If like me you work in an open office environment you might find all the unnecessary sounds alerts of Windows irritating. This is especially true for developers as something we need to test something over and over. A popup or message box with a loud “DING!” gets old pretty fast. It’s even faster if you are a co-worker listening to the repeated “DING!” over and over. While one solution is to just mute the speakers that means other, and what I actually consider useful, sound alerts are muted, like incoming email sound alerts and Skype messages.

My solution is to disable the sounds I don’t want to hear. I’m sure everyone know how to do this but just in case.

In Windows 7
  1. Click on “Control Panel”
  2. Click on “Start”
  3. Click on “Sound”
  4. Click on the “Sounds” Tab
  5. Disable the sounds you no longer wish to hear

Here is the list of sounds l like to disable
·        Windows -> Default Beep
·        Windows -> Exclamtion
·        Windows -> Exit Windows
·        Windows -> Start Windows
·        Windows -> Logoff
·        Windows -> Logon
·        Windows Explorer -> Empty Recycle Bin
·        Windows Explorer -> Start Navigation

If you have others leave them in the comments.

Until next year, hopeful before.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

At Long Last a Side Project

It’s official, I have an active side project. What is it? A Visual Studio Plug-in to allow developer to deploy an ASP.Net website directly from SVN to a website server.

Deploying ASP.Net applications/websites to multiple server and setups is error prone because to many manual steps exist. Deploy ASP.Net from SVN aims to solve this issue by automating as many steps as possible and deploying a website in just a few clicks.

Project Description
Deploy ASP.Net from SVN is a Visual Studio Add In to allow developers to deploy as ASP.Net website from source control (initally only SVN but others may be added in the future) to a web server or web farm easily.

Project Goals
To make it easy to deploy an exact version of an ASP.Net website directly from source control.

Features will include
  • Deploy particular revision. 
  • Read deployment settings from a selected file to make deploying to development, test, stage and live servers the same process. 
  • Build a web.config file from a template. 
  • Deploy the same revision to multiple servers. 
  • Ability to exclude files in the deploy. 
  • Ability to run scripts before and after deployment. 
  • Ability to deploy code files or compiled code. 

Future Features
  • Convert the front end to WPF from winforms. 

The source code can be downloaded from github

If you feel inspired and would like to help with this project, clone the code and start coding. I’ll be more than happy to help you get things setup and merge your code back into the project.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Visual Studio 2010 "No Visual studio template information found. See application log in Event viewer for more detail" solution

Thanks to Sathya Narayanan Srinivasan for his blog post on solving this issue.

The solution is:

1. Close Visual Studio

2. Open Visual Studio Command Prompt. (Start Menu --> Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 --> Visual Studio Tools. Right-click on the Visual Studio Command Prompt shortcut, select Run as Administrator.)

3. run the command "devenv /installvstemplates"

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I've missed you, you don't write anymore!

It’s been sometime since my last blog post, you might have thought this blog was dead, but it isn’t. Since my last post I have moved to London. I decided it was time to live in the northern hemisphere for a while and explore this part of the world. As you can imagine moving to the other side of the world does take a little bit of time. It also explains why my side project hasn’t progressed any further. I’m now a happy job hunter in merry old England. I am also trying to find a good C# community group, but sadly I’m having trouble finding even one that meets on a regular basis. So if you know of one let me know about it. Once things settle down a little bit I will start to post more and work on the project will commence.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Google Wave Gadget

I think I have come up with an idea for an open source project using ASP.Net. We now have an almost infinite number of ways to communicate using the internet, with more coming online every day. The problem is that if you want to create an event you need to use at least the following servers
1. Facebook (must have)
2. Twitter (must have)
3. Google Calendar (nice to have)
4. Flickr (maybe have)
5. Blog (maybe have)
6. Google Wave (must have in the future)
In fact this may work best as a Google Wave Gadget, now to discuss the idea with the person I have teamed up with to see if he likes the idea too.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Abandoned Project, and I hadn't even started it yet

I was thinking about creating an open source product using C# ASP.Net that allows people using a web browser or mobile device (with a web browser) to connect to the iPROsoft/LEVESYS software package. After discussing this with a work colleague, I found the project would infringe on the intellectual property rights of iPROsoft/LEVESYS, so unfortunately I will have to abandon the idea. The search for a C# ASP.Net project continues.