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… »

New Website Launched!

  • Luke Browning
  • February 17, 2013
  • News

Today I have launched my new site built on top of the popular .net CMS, Umbraco… »

Event Viewer Logging in C#

  • Luke Browning
  • September 19, 2012
  • .net

I spent the morning writing a Transport Agent for Exchange 2010 (another story!) to log some emails to disk. As it was on a remote server and remote debugging wasn't possible, I decided to log some details to the event log. Now this must be the first time I've had to write the logging mechanism myself because I've never come across this before. When you try to use the EventLog.WriteEntry method you need to pass the source of the message (i.e the application name). So when I did this I get the following exception… »

Changing the Selected Item Colour in Ubuntu

  • Luke Browning
  • June 12, 2012
  • Linux

First of all, this is more of a reminder for myself as to how to change the selected item colour on Ubuntu (12.04). The steps are very simple and are as follows… »