#WebMatrix3 is out, it’s pretty decent for basic stuff. Check it out: http://ow.ly/kP7Y4
This is not a super techy post, but hey, it’s relevant.
So recently I installed Microsoft Office 2013 and loved it. I was setting up my e-mail to use for IMAP and everything was running smoothly, until (queue the mystery sound – duh duh duh) I tried to send an e-mail. No sooner than pressing the send button every single time Outlook 2013 crashed. Reason? APPCRASH…Hmm ok. Let’s go back a few months – A few months ago I had an issue with Visual Studio opening and throwing immediate errors then crashing, the problem I found was related to an outdated plugin that I was using - the IDE ran perfect in safe mode (which disables all plugins), long story short, I found the plugin, updated it, and everything worked out ok, huray! Alright, time to apply what we previously learned.
Let’s check our Outlook 2013 plugins.
I fired up Outlook 2013, clicked on File and then Options. When the Options dialog window appeared I clicked no Add-Ins in the left navigation pane. The thing you want to be looking at here is the “Active Application Add-Ins” list located at the top of list view. It’s been my experience that it’s best to disable things you definitely know that you’re not using. So I immediately disabled the exchange plugin and the social connector plugin, still had problems. Let’s cut to the chase – my problem was with my antivirus. I use avast! and to be completely honest I’ve been a supporter of the product for a few years now (irrelevant, I know). In any case, and without any more delays, disabling the avast plugin fixed my problem, my client was able to send and receive e-mail again with ease.
It’s worth nothing that you may not be using avast but it’s worth disabling whatever AV plugin you are using if you’re having this problem and testing your application from there, you may have the same successful results as I have.
Happy mailing my friends.
Recently a client asked me to do a small popup menu over one of their main navigation links. Sure, no problem. I only ever really test and support as far as back as IE8 because like any web developer, I too have the painstaking ordeal of supporting Internet Explorer and to limit my pain and suffering I decided to only back as far as IE8 – if you ever have the choice, go for it, why not? I did. Anyway, I did what any normal person would do, I hid a div inside of the main navigation element and used the jQuery mouse events mouseenter and mouseleave. On the mouseenter of the item I modified the display of the sub menu so that it appeared, setting the style attribute to some quick and dirty css, on mouseleave I reset the style attribute (I didn’t use css class names, bah, I could’ve) back to nill, nothing, nada, zilch, blank.
$(‘#sub-menu’).attr(‘style’,’ ‘); // <— notice there’s a space in the set value of the attribute.
Anyway, I hope this helps for anybody experiencing the same issue.
Recently my visual studio started freezing when opening a local website for development. When I ran visual studio in safe mode ( /safeMode ) it worked fine. I discovered this question on StackOverflow luckily:
It was good advice! Once I started my visual studio in safe mode ( /safeMode ) and launched the Extension Manager I was able to start disabling some of my extensions which helped me identify “visual studio codemap” as the culprit. After disabling visual studio codemap my visual studio is now fully functional and allowing me to open all projects once again.
It’s probably a good practice to start checking your extensions at least once a month for updates and updating as necessary, just in case there are updates to perform, that’s just my opinion on the matter though.
So game maker Zynga (Words With Friends, Farmville, Etc) apparently just laid off 100+ employees giving them a whopping 2 hours to vacate. What could be worse than that? They did it strategically during the Apple event so that people weren’t paying attention. This is a classic “look what’s that over there!!!” trick that is only used by the shadiest of corporations, terrible. #IWillNotSupportYourProductsAnymore, forget about Zynga, like they did their employees, withn 2 hours we should all uninstall their products to show them their process of employee handling.
Up until now IMO there really hasn’t been a true competitor for Safari on iOS. Google as of yesterday has officially launched it’s Google Chrome browser on iPhone’s, iPad’s, iPod’s, yeah…all iDevices . If you’re using Google Chrome now take yourself on over to http://www.html5test.com and see the difference between Chrome and other browsers on your computer, or if you follow the html5 progress then this is probably not news to you heh. Anyway, with Chrome officially launched on apples iDevices and Chrome being webkit based as well one might ask why Safari is even necessary anymore other than the fact that it comes with your iOS and OSX installs (erhm, similar to Microsoft and the infamous Internet Explorer).
Taking a brief look at Chrome on iOS though I can honestly say that I already like it. The same functionality in terms of searching and being able to do it direct from the address bar as it’s desktop version vs searching via the search bar provided by iOS Safari. The tab browsing was changed up from Safari’s full blown page preview, Chrome allowing you to scaffold your tabs and look for the tab that you’d like to browse most or for faster switching between tabs (which is nice!). The fact that you can sync your bookmarks between devices just by signing with your Google Account without having to use any additional synchronization software like kippt or more notably iCloud is also handy.
In terms of html5 spec and mobile browsing though, as of right now Safari and Chrome on mobile score the same in terms of html5 (according to html5test.com anyway) so in my opinion at it’s current state this will probably come down to preference of users for mobile browsing. I will say this though, I like it and google has a good reputation of improving their more popular and pushed products, for proof of that just fire up the Google+ mobile app, leagues ahead of where it was a year ago!