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Migration from WordPress to Octopress Complete

July 10, 2013 · 1 min read
In case anyone was watching, I switched the blog from a generic WordPress with a slightly customized theme to octopress. I'm using the excellent Octoflat theme with a few notable tweaks. I reintroduced the search and feed buttons as well as expanded the navigation to allow nested menus. The theme allows for nested menu elements and while 2 levels deep is highly acceptable, I happen to use 3. I'm writing this post using the excellent MarkPad which serves all of my needs perfectly. You don't need a markdown editor, but having one with live-preview that rei ...

ASP.NET MVC hosting lesson: Elmah and SQL Server 2000

April 3, 2010 · 2 min read
Background Technically this isn't specific to ASP.NET MVC at all, that just happens to be how I use Elmah. I started work on an ASP.NET MVC project with certain erroneous preconceived notions. I originally started the database with SQL 2008 in mind because I run Windows 7. An easily accessible staging server used SQL 2005 and it was here that I ran into my first compatibility snag. A database project may be set for an earlier revision but you can't transplant those .bak files and expect them to restore. This is generally 101 level stuff but something I ...

Using jQuery to Simulate the <Blink> tag

March 15, 2010 · 2 min read
While this post actually has nothing to do with ASP.NET MVC directly, the only common denominator is that I came up with this technique while working on the platform. To be a true 1:1 copy of the previous website I would be converting to ASP.NET MVC, I had to come up with a way to reintroduce the <blink> tag to XHTML. While you are perfectly able to use <blink> it doesn't actually do any blinking in IE8 or Firefox. To show that properly, jQuery comes to the rescue. The technique is really pretty simple: Define your element with an arbitrary id ...

Moving...

February 1, 2010 · 1 min read
I'm still in the process of moving but managed to move the computer + desk. I've moved to a much smaller room but the group of friends is a little more in sync compared to the other living arrangement. I still need to share living with other people which tends to suck in certain directions. I'll reiterate the obvious: moving sucks. I'm sore. I haven't slept much but I'm thankfully about 80% done. Cleanup is going to suck and thankfully I can take trash to where I am now then dump it at work periodically where they have a bigger trash collector. The only ...

Going "dark"

January 23, 2010 · 1 min read
I'm currently in the process of moving so from the weekend of January 23rd through as fast as I can move, I'll have limited internet access. I'll use the free time to create a proper sample project to include all the ideas stirred in the outline I made here: Upcoming ASP.NET MVC posts. I'll try to write up as much as I can from various wifi spots with the intention of getting the bulk of it out within the next week. I'm tired of this being on my To-Do list but moving does have the higher priority at the moment. Let the withdrawal begin.