Responsive Redesign

  • Luke Browning
  • February 8, 2015
  • News

Being a web developer, I use frameworks such as Bootstrap every day to build responsive websites that look great on any size screen or device. I therefore decided it was about time I updated this site to make use of a couple of those technologies… »

Windows 8.1 VPN Connection Freeze/Failure

  • Luke Browning
  • December 17, 2014
  • Windows

I had a problem recently on Windows 8.1 where trying to create a VPN connection would just cause the Windows interface to freeze and no connection made. After clicking connect, a number of different WAN Miniport adapters appear in Device manager under Network adapters (they may also be visible by clicking View > Show hidden devices) with yellow exclamation marks. They are mostly different types of VPN connections such as PPTP and L2TP. The way to fix them is to uninstall and then reinstall the devices - unfortunately, they aren't as easy to remove as normal devices and do not allow you to uninstall. These are the steps I followed to uninstall and reinstall the devices… »

Windows Server 2012 - WinRM Corrupt or Missing

  • Luke Browning
  • March 12, 2014
  • Windows

I recently had an issue with a Windows Server 2012 machine where if I ever tried to add or remove a feature I would receive the following error… »

Windows 8 to 8.1 Upgrade Breaks IIS

  • Luke Browning
  • November 20, 2013
  • Windows

After performing an upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1, my IIS server returns a 503 error for every page on every site. It turns out that the culprit is the URL Rewrite Module (v2). The fix for the issue is very easy… »

Microsoft.ApplicationServer.Caching.Client.dll Missing from AppFabric 1.1 Installation

  • Luke Browning
  • June 25, 2013
  • .net

I came across and issue today after doing a clean install of Windows and reinstalling AppFabric where the Microsoft.ApplicationServer.Caching.Client.dll was missing from the installed files. The dll is used to interact with the distributed AppFabric Cache in .net so it was important I got it working… »

Touch Screen Chromium Kiosk on the Raspberry Pi

I have recently received a new 10" touchscreen from Chalkboard Electronics and have been looking into getting a web site to run full screen on my Raspberry Pi. Based on the instructions posted here by lokir, I have got Chromium up and running under Raspbian and have added some instructions for improving touch screen support in the browser… »

Umbraco Examine Search [Part 2]: Postbacks in Razor Scripts

This second post is aimed at building the search box that will be used for sending the query to the page containing the search results. Normally this would be an easy task of just creating a form and setting the action url to your results page. Due to the way we are creating cleaner URL's, it isn't quite as straightforward… »

Umbraco 6 Custom Error Page

After upgrading my Umbraco installation from 4.9.1 to 6.0.0 I came across an issue where my custom error pages were no longer being displayed and instead the default IIS 404 page was being shown… »

Setting up Outlook.com and Hotmail Custom Domain Alias

I am currently in the process of moving over from a Linux VPS to a Windows VPS. Due to the limited resources of my current web server I am unable to run an exchange server to handle all of my email, calendar etc. I have therefore decided to make use of the relatively new Outlook.com for all of my website email addresses as it integrates well with the desktop version of Outlook. Previously, I had much more control over my email accounts compared to Outlook. This included the ability to assign multiple addresses to a single mailbox. I knew you could set up an alias for a Hotmail account so I began looking into how to set one up for my Outlook accounts… »

Umbraco Examine Search [Part 1]: URL Rewriting

  • Luke Browning
  • February 17, 2013
  • Software

One of the least documented aspects of Umbraco has to be the in-built Examine search mechanism. I'm going to do a couple of simple blog post's to go through the whole process of building search into your site one step at a time. This first post is aimed at setting up nice url's for your search page… »