New rss feeds

by Sander Gerz February 29, 2004 17:39

Recently I added two rss feeds on the DevTips.NET website. For those who haven't heard of DevTips.NET, it's a Dutch website on .NET technology. Will this be considered a shameless plug? Oh well, this is my blog and I'll post what I want to...

Anyway, the rss feeds contain the 10 most recent articles published and the 10 most recent news items posted.

The first one is already listed on vsnetfr.com, thanks to Nix, webmaster of this site (and many others, like vbfrance.com) and a friend of mine. 

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Check out our latest password policy

by Sander Gerz February 20, 2004 21:50

Security is important... but you can get carried away sometimes:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;nl;276304

And I didn't know that they understood the feelings of our system administrator so well:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=281923

 

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How's the weather....

by Sander Gerz February 20, 2004 21:45

The WeatherPixie

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When is an InvalidCastException not an InvalidCastException?

by Sander Gerz February 19, 2004 16:56

Strange things occur sometimes. Like this error message I get when running my project under development:

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details:
System.InvalidCastException: Cast from type 'DBNull' to type 'Integer' is not valid.

Source Error:


Line 1348:            Get
Line 1349:                Try 
Line 1350:                    Return CType(Me(Me.tableCP_P_WEBMODULES.WEBMODULE_IDColumn),Integer)
Line 1351:                Catch e As InvalidCastException
Line 1352:                    Throw New StrongTypingException("Cannot get value because it is DBNull.", e)

So the faulty code is in enclosed in a Try-Catch statement. The Catch-block catches an InvalidCastException. However, when that actual type of exception is thrown, it's not handled.

Surely, I can make sure that this code never throws an exception by checking the datatype before calling the method. But that doesn't explain why the exception is not caught right here. Ideas anyone?

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ASP.NET Resource Kit is now available

by Sander Gerz February 19, 2004 08:02

It must have been 9 days ago that Microsoft made the ASP.NET Resource Kit available. And then they pulled it off the MSDN site immediately. I don't know what the issue was, but the kit is now ready for download.

You can find the kit right here: ASP.NET Resource Kit.

You need to be aware that it's a 130MB package. Well, we all have >2MB/sec bandwith nowadays don't we?

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Vault 2.0 Released

by Sander Gerz February 14, 2004 10:24

This is good news Vault 2.0 is now free for a single user. Courtesy of Eric.Weblog().

 

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A call for Dutch .NET developer bloggers

by Sander Gerz February 06, 2004 22:49

Paul Gielens is trying to put together an OPML for Dutch .NET bloggers. I signed up for it... how about you?

Check out his posting.

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Update: what's up with Google

by Sander Gerz February 04, 2004 23:04

Well, it wasn't only Google, but also Yahoo. I got rid of it eventually. It turned out to be spyware after all, and not the simplest kind. See this thread: The Most Complex Google Spoof Ever.

The CWShredder tool didn't work for me either, but the HijackThis.exe tool showed a few suspicious Browser Helper Objects (BHO). After I had them removed, my searches returned to normal. Nice IE-feature those BHO's, but with this type of spyware they're more trouble than they're worth.

 

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What's up with Google?

by Sander Gerz February 03, 2004 23:04

Google does not seem to work properly anymore. I've been running a couple of queries, i.e. “dataset webservices”, “vb.net articles” and “C# encryption”. Just some random (well not quite) searches.

The first urls in the result list are more or less adequate, but on each of the first result pages, at least four results lead to other searchengines:


Find Results for C# ENCRYPTION Fast on Crawler.comdefender.veloz.com - Similar pages

Search At Seek99.com For C# ENCRYPTION
Try Seek99.com relevlant and intelligent search engine. Free email address, PPC
affiliate program. Lots more...
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Search 15 engines for C# encryption with one click on Crawler.com.
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Let WebSearch.com Help You Find Results for C# ENCRYPTION
WebSearch.com has C# encryption results you are looking for with one click.
Let WebSearch find it for you.
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What the f... If I enter the exact same query in Mozilla Firebird, all results appear normal. How can this be?  Even when I copy google's query-url in Firebird all results are what they are supposed to be, no stupid links to other search-sites. It doesn't seem to be adware, since Spybot Search&Destroy doesn't find anything. Is it the update of Google's index? If so, than some part of their index is dirty.

If someone can explain this to me, I'd be grateful.

 

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New server

by Sander Gerz February 01, 2004 15:10

Yesterday I finished installing a new server at home. Here are some pictures. It's a Pentium 2.6 Ghz machine with 120GB of mirrored harddisk space. With 1 GB of RAM it suits most of my, ehm our, needs.

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