Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Dynamics CRM – Business Action World Tour
So I’ m doing a world tour (well a tour of Asia) running some ‘training’ events around Microsoft CRM. I call them ‘training’ events because it’s not really possible to train people to do much in a half day event- what they’re really about is exciting people about the potential of building line of business applications on top of Microsoft CRM.
I did a bunch of Intergen Twilights on this very topic last year but the BAWT events are a full half day looking at everything from WPF to Silverlight to UC/OCS and even Windows Azure. We’ll be following these up with a cool two day training course in April and May so if you’re not already involved in the Metro program for CRM you best be signing up!
I’m currently in Bangalore, flying out to Hong Kong tonight where we are running the event Friday morning, then Singapore on Monday, Sydney on Wednesday and Auckland on Friday.
If you’re based in Shanghai or Beijing then Jian Sun, one of my colleagues at Intergen, will be presenting the course in Mandarin Chinese in these cities in early March.
Looking at my tripit stats I’ve done 13 cities in 7 countries so far this year.
Travel|Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:19:17 PM UTC||
Windows 7 Beta – Wireless networking Fails When You Resume from Sleep Mode
So this has been REALLY frustrating me. Any time my machine sleeps the Wifi doesn’t work on resume and I have to reboot.
Given the propensity of Windows 7 to sleep given any chance whatsoever (power saving madness!) this became quite infuriating. It' seemed to happen on both my machine, an HP and a Lenovo- with different drivers on each.
In the end I’ve traced it to the Virtual Machine Network Services feature on the WiFi adapter:
Disable this and everything works really well again. These get installed with Virtual PC 2007
Hopefully this helps and has sufficiently GoogleJuicy keywords in the title!
Windows 7even|Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:07:14 PM UTC||
Friday, February 13, 2009
Saturday, February 07, 2009
New Cattle Stops on the Skyline Walkway
So one cool thing I’ve noticed on my morning walks/runs is they’ve started putting biciyle compatible cattle stops on the Skyline walkway. These allow bikes to pass, but stop stock moving between paddocks. Thus far I’ve seen one on the actual Skyline track and one where the track drops down into Karori Cemetary via the new track that’s been built.
Adventure Sports|Saturday, February 07, 2009 1:48:26 AM UTC||
Getting the MC8775 mini-PCI HSDPA Card working in Windows 7 x64
So I’ve ‘gone native’ with Windows 7 and it’s now my primary OS.
If you want the answer without reading all the crap I went through- scroll down to the heading.
I got my Thinkpad x61t up and running with most of the drivers just using the Lenovo Updater utility.
The ones I’ve struggled with are the UMTS Cellular card and my fingerprint scanner. This post is about how I solved the UMTS card issue.
Toy Box | Windows 7|Saturday, February 07, 2009 1:12:05 AM UTC||
- Unpack the MSI file you download from Lenovo at C:\DRIVERS\WIN\WWANUMTS\Driver\MC877xx.msi by using something like
msiexec /a MC87xx.msi /qb TARGETDIR="c:\temp"
- Ensure that all your other drivers are up to date: I needed to install the various Intel AMT drivers from here first because it just wasn’t even detecting that I had a mini PCI card without these.
- Browse to the Minicard device in Other Devices in Device Manager, right click, update driver software and browse to the Vista x64 folder that you unpacked in step one.
- You may need to go back to Other Devices a few times to install the Modem Driver, Serial Port Driver(s) and Network Adapter Driver in that order
- Eventually you’ll be able to open the Sierra Wireless 3G Watcher and get a signal for your carrier
- From there it’s plain sailing
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Singlehandedly Destroying Our Carbon Footprint
So I’ve done about 43,000km of travel so far this year….. YIKES! probably another 30,000 this month too.
I’ve decided to use Tripit to track my travel stats this year.
Travel|Tuesday, February 03, 2009 11:34:03 PM UTC||
Wear Your Helmet Children
So I watched a few Snowsports videos while I was skiing in Banff last week. There is an increasing focus on avalanche education which is a good thing I think. I watched the Biography flick on Craig Kelly called Let it Ride and The Fine Line which is a sort of Hybrid action+education flick on Avalanches in the back country.
All go through the big three avy safety tools you should never be without:
- Beacon/Transceiver. With fresh batteries and a user who knows how to use it. I’ve got one of the older model Barryvox beacons.
- A probe- that’s long enough for the sort of locations you’re hitting. I have a 300cm G3 probe.
- A shovel. I’m personally not a big fan of polycarbonate shovels, they may be lighter, but the wet snow here in NZ is just too likely to break them… You want a nice big alloy shovel for digging your friends out pronto like!
Something that a bunch of them missed was helmets. Back when I was a ‘grom’ skier Helmets were totally ‘uncool’… but that’s all changed, I wouldn’t be without mine. Several of the case studies in The Fine Line talked about severe head and facial injuries so a good Helmet is number 4 for me.
Check out this email that the guys from Shred Ready received about how one of their helmets helped in an avalanche situation.
Adventure Sports|Tuesday, February 03, 2009 10:53:44 PM UTC||
Monday, February 02, 2009
Xero Error handling. Errors in your pages are bad. Errors in your Error pages are REALLY bad.
Whoops! Got to Xero this morning and got this.
Looking at the address bar it appears that it’s sent me to the custom error page. And then the custom error page has thrown an unhandled exception which has been bubbled to the default error handler.
If ever there was a case for using ‘On Error Resume Next’ then Custom ASP.NET Error pages are it . Throwing an unhandled exceptin from your nice Custom Error page gives bad UX.
On the plus side, the Xero support people are just super and the actual application really rocks too.
.NET|Monday, February 02, 2009 10:32:23 PM UTC||
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Windows Azure Development Fabric and IP v6 Issues
So you may find yourself having issues calling into the development fabric web roles. The error message will be something like ‘te server actively refused the connection’. There are some issues with IPv6. The development fabric will only listen on open host and I think what was happening is that the requests appear to be coming from the IPv6 address rather than the IPv4 one3.
Anyway, I disabled IPv6 and commented the IPv6 localhost entry from the *.hosts file. All worked after this.
Windows Azure|Sunday, January 25, 2009 1:01:35 AM UTC||
Saturday, January 24, 2009