Flash Builder: When Things Go Pear-Shaped

by Colin Cochrane 4/20/2011 8:05:00 AM

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Humour | Web Development

The Problem With StackOverflow

by Colin Cochrane 4/8/2009 4:52:00 PM



Back in Business

by Colin Cochrane 8/12/2008 6:38:00 PM
My apologies for the downtime for the past couple of weeks. My server decided to kick the bucket, and I have been incredibly busy since then, so I didn't get an opportunity to sort out new hosting until today.

On the plus side I have a lot to write about as I have been juggling a new sharepoint application, SQL 2008, and deploying a brand-spankin' new Active Directory infrastructure, among other things, so stay tuned! [More]



Colin Cochrane Steals Google Algorithm From Matt Cutts

by Colin Cochrane 6/6/2008 2:14:18 PM
In a feat of incredible cunning, Colin Cochrane stole the Google Algorithm from Matt Cutts, the popular Googler who recently was promoted to moral compass at the search giant. The following pictures show the daring feat as it happened at the SEOmoz party following SMX Advanced in Seattle this week. [More]


Google | Humour | SMX

Search Friendly Development On The Microsoft Stack Presentation

by Colin Cochrane 6/5/2008 11:32:00 AM
As promised, I have made my presentation from SMX Advanced available for download for those who are interested.

Thanks again to all those who attended, and special thanks to the organizers of SMX Advanced who put on a fantastic conference, and to Vanessa Fox for inviting me to come and speak. Developer Day was a great success, and I can't wait to see what happens next year. [More]


ASP.NET | Microsoft | SMX

The Broiled Laptop And My Lack of Recent Posts

by Colin Cochrane 4/19/2008 10:41:00 AM

I just wanted to give a quick update explaining the lack of posts here for the past couple of weeks. Basically my trusty Compaq V3030CA laptop bit the dust about a week and a half ago, after a series of increasingly serious problems finally took their toll. After a bit of research, I discovered that there were several lines of HP and Compaq laptops that had an issue with the default BIOS, and HP was offering a "Limited Warranty Service Enhancement" that essentially offers an extension of the manufacturers warranty.

It turns out that the default BIOS for these particular laptops were configured to turn on the case fan when the processer (an AMD Turion x64 in my case) reached a temperature of 55° Celsius; a perfectly acceptable temperature for that chip. Unfortunately the rest of the components in these laptops depended on that fan for cooling, and by the time the Turion chip reached 55° (which takes a while because the chip runs quite cool) the rest of the components in the machine were literally cooking themselves into premature failure...


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IIS 7 Site Won't Start After Upgrading to Vista Service Pack 1

by Colin Cochrane 3/25/2008 9:08:09 AM
After letting Service Pack 1 install overnight, I logged in to my machine this morning looking forward to exploring some of the new features added to IIS 7.0. Unfortunately there was a small problem with one of the local web applications that I host from my machine.Simply put, the application refused to start in IIS, and each attempt to start it resulted in a modal pop-up informing me that the process was in use. I quick peek at the error log showed the following... [More]

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ASP.NET | Microsoft

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1: First Impressions

by Colin Cochrane 3/12/2008 8:54:00 PM
Since the IE development team releasing the first beta version of Internet Explorer 8 for developers last week, I've had the chance to play around with this latest incarnation of the Internet Explorer family. While most of the focus has been on the improved support for web standards, which is immediately evident even in this early beta, there are many more new features and enhancements that are making IE8 look like its shaping up into a solid browser. [More]

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Internet Explorer | Microsoft

.NET Code Tips: Converting A UNIX Timestamp To System.DateTime

by Colin Cochrane 3/7/2008 7:58:00 PM
After having to deal with UNIX timestamps in an application I am currently developing, I realized that there's probably a few people out there who are wondering how to convert a UNIX timestamp into a useable System.DateTime in a .NET application.
Well the good news is that it's quite simple. All a UNIX timestamp represents is the number of seconds since January 1st, 1970 12:00:00 AM... [More]

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Visual Basic | Code Tips | C#

del.icio.us Bans Search Engine Spiders

by Colin Cochrane 2/16/2008 10:06:00 PM
It appears that within the past 2-3 days the popular social book-marking site del.icio.us has started blocking the major search engine spiders from crawling their site. This isn't a simple robots.txt exclusion, but rather a 404 response that is now being served based on the requesting User-Agent.

This raises some questions as to the intentions of del.icio.us, and perhaps Yahoo! With Yahoo! recently integrating del.icio.us bookmarks into its search results this could an attempt to enhance the effectiveness of that new feature by preventing competing search engines from indexing content from del.icio.us. [More]

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Search | Yahoo

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