Shortcut to stsadm.exe

I’m kind of a shortcut nut – and the constant looking for stsadm utility has been driven me nuts.  You can’t create a shortcut directly to it.  And once you do get past, "where is it again… common?", I keep finding myself asking "what was that command again?".  So, I decided to rid myself of…


IIS 6.0 and Flash streaming (FLV)

We recently acquired an app that streams flash – but it was not working on our web servers (Winows 2003, Standard).  It was pretty aggravating to get up and running (*Opens arms for Silverlight*). The site has .swf files that stream a flash video (.flv).  The SWF works just fine, but the FLV won’t stream. …


Enable JavaScript in a browser

Internet Explorer (6.0) Select ‘Tools’ from the top menu Choose ‘Internet Options’ Click on the ‘Security’ tab Click on ‘Custom Level’ Scroll down until you see section labled ‘Scripting’ Under ‘Active Scripting’, select ‘Enable’ and click OK Netscape Navigator (4.8) Select ‘Edit’ from the top menu Choose ‘Preferences’ Choose ‘Advanced’ Choose ‘Scripts & Plugins’ Select…


How do you write that connection string again?

Ever forget the syntax for a connection string, or do you just need to test a connection to a db? Use a UDL for that forgetful memory. On your desktop, right-click and select new text document. Rename it to something.udl. Double click the new UDL file on your desktop. Choose your Provider, and Connection (be…


Activating ActiveX Controls

Since Microsoft has released their new security around ActiveX Controls, you may have noticed that Internet Explorer isn’t too friendly torwards Flash anymore. For more detailed information on the new security and how Control Activation works here, Activating ActiveX Controls. Here is a quick example of how you can load a flash file ‘externally’ so…


Different Credit Card Formats

Found a great page that details all of the different credit card number formats. http://www.apacs.org.uk/payment_options/plastic_cards_3.html


Convert VB to C#

Ever find a tutorial or code sample that will resolve your current issue…. and Argh!  It’s in VB.  It’s happened to me a thousand times. This experimental web app can convert that foreign language for you:  http://www.developerfusion.co.uk/utilities/convertvbtocsharp.aspx. I’ve had some good success with it – and sometimes not so good. But for the most part,…


Clear Read Only Attributes

I was recently working on a project at work where the actual development was being outsourced.  When the 3rd Party sent their builds over for deployment – the code never worked.  The constant complaint was that there were files set to Read Only, and needed to be written to (such as config files, etc). Yes,…