DotNetNuke User Login Module–Advanced Login

Description: http://images01.interactivewebs.com/portals/62/dnn_login_css.pngWe have release some great new features with our Advanced Login and Registration module for DotNetNuke.

The module can be downloaded from our site in a trial that works 100%. You can test and play with the module, then purchase from Snowcovered our our site if you wish to purchase.

 

The module allows for a fantastic user login and registration experience, with complete control over all aspects of the look and feel and the effectiveness.

 

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We have completely redone the UI for the module:

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This helps make the complicated custom options really easy to understand, and helps users with the different modes of the module.

Additionally we have added new features that can be viewed here: http://interactivewebs.com.au/advancedlogin/Support/VersionHistory.aspx

Some of the new features include:

  1. Custom Role Registration during Signup
  2. Additional Questions / Answers during password retrieval
  3. Custom form messages for during signup and login
  4. Detection of duplication of user accounts during signup
  5. UI Improvements mentioned above
  6. Updates to the extensive user manual

Download the trial module here.

DotNetNuke User Experience Team Cracks Me Up

Today it was drawn to my attention that the DotNetNuke Corporation has a User Experience Team. Good on DNN Corp for caring about UI, and so they should.

What cracks me up about it is this.

Go to the webpage and seek more information on the UI team members. First from the list is Joe Brinkman. (Not picking on you Joe, but your smile is first on the list).

 

imageNotice the *******, Ohio ********* (Funny hay)

Where is my User Experience I would like to know? How can a UI team allow the details page of their team profile pictures look like that… I’m still laughing about it as I write it now.

Are you serious???

 

 

 

This is like one of those Microsoft jokes they play on me as a system admin. They give me an error log, with a meaningless code in an event view… then for a joke they give me a link to a support site that has NO SUPPORT.

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They even call the link a help and support link. Yet every link has exactly NO help.image

Now I am sure that there is a big counter on the wall in Microsoft land, with a big number ticking over for every time a users clicks a help link and gest NO HELP! They are sitting there watching and laughing so hard that they did not see apple dominating their market for the last 5 years.

I wonder if the DNN UI team has something similar… something that at least gives them a laugh each time a user clicks for more information about the team, and finds not only… absolutely NO INFORMATION, but NO INFORMATION DELIVERED WITH THE WORST UI POSSIBLE!

Microsoft Publisher .pub files on a Mac

I was asked the question today. How do I open some Microsoft Publisher files with the .pub extension on my shiny new Mac. The answer is that you cannot really do this unless you have a virtual windows machine running in your Mac.

This is something that a lot of people do after they convert over from Windows to Mac, because they feel lost without the BSD (Blue Screens of Death) and the constant security messages.

“Would you like to open the web page that you just asked to open”. “Would you like the web page that you just acknowledged that you want to open to open.” “Do you realise that content on the web is insecure and may harm your junk Windows machine?” “Would you like to remember these settings?” Well guess what, you can’t because you don’t have the permissions as the only user on the computer to change these settings!”

Anyway, most Mac users soon get used to the fact that you can do everything a Windows machine does, just a lot easier. So they soon blow away the virtual machine.

Unfortunately .pub files cannot be run natively on any Mac software. But there is a solution.

Instructions

o 1

Point your Web browser to pdfonline.com/convert-pdf. This is an online resource that will convert many different file formats to PDFs.

o 2

Click "Choose File" and select the PUB file you would like to convert and view. Your operating system’s file manager open so you can find your file.

o 3

Type your output file name in the appropriate text box.

o 4

Type your email address in the appropriate text box. Make sure you are using an email client that allows for attached files.

o 5

Click "Convert to PDF" button located on the bottom of the screen. It should take only a few minutes for your file to arrive in your email inbox.

o 6

Open your email client and locate the email from Doc2PDF Online.

o 7

Download the file from your email client and open it with a PDF viewer. Your PUB file should be viewable as a PDF with all of the original file formatting.

Read more: How to Open a Pub File on a Mac | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4924781_open-pub-file-mac.html#ixzz1HaQFUZXY

Telstra Mobile Overseas Data Charges

imageYou need to be very careful of the data charges while roaming overseas. Not because the charges are ridiculously high at $16 per meg. But because Telstra Australia lie about the amount of data you download.

I recently opened a 0.387 meg data connection while roaming in the USA. Only to be charged $92.39 for the privilege.

Lets just say hypothetically that I did not know exactly how much data I was downloading, and ripped into the maximum possible data that could have been downloaded in the 1:23 (1 min 23 seconds). I could not have downloaded that amount of data on a 3 G Connection even if it was a good connection and not the CRAP T mobile service that is on offer in LA.

So bottom line. They cheat you, and don’t provide you with proof or even the data downloaded in that time.

Nomination form requesting access to participate in the Dynamics CRM 2011

This cracks me up.

Some time ago, someone at Microsoft decided to add our team to the “metro” early adopter program for CRM 4.0

We never did anything, asked for anything and frankly could care less what is going on with Microsoft. Like we would want to throw our lives away testing Microsoft Beta releases!

Anyway, from time to time I get messages from the metro team like this:

Hello,

We are writing from the Metro Early Adopter Program.

Thank you for your Nomination form requesting access to participate in the Dynamics CRM 2011.

The Dynamics CRM 2011 early adopter program has been shipped and is no longer accepting nominations. For this reason you, Interactivewebs.comhaven’t been approved to join this program.

The Metro Early Adopter Program continues to add new programs throughout the year. Please go to the Metro Connect site (http://connect.microsoft.com/metro) if you would like to join other programs.

Thank you for your interest in theDynamics CRM 2011 and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to send an email to metrohlp@microsoft.com

Kind regards,

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Now having never actually requested anything in relation to CRM 2011. Never having contacted them or requesting access to the early release, we find that we are indeed not been accepted. Well Ain’t that a surprise, being that we never filled in a “nomination form”!

Actually we have a message for the Metro team.

Dear Metro team,

Thank you for not filling in a user registration form at http://www.interactivewebs.com

Because you did not fill in a request for registration, we have not granted you status: Verified User”.

InteractiveWebs continues to add users to our site at InteractiveWebs.com and you are not one of them. If you would like to join the program. You are not invited!

Thank you for your interest in InteractiveWebs if you have any questions, then don’t ask as.

Love… the team that have had enough of your junk!

 

It’s funny… someone in the office just suggested to me it is like running down the road and knocking on the door. When the strangers answer… just say to them… “I just wanted to tell you that you are NOT invited to our house party tomorrow!” If some how you could deliver that in a very average looking email template, then you might be able to snag a job with Microsoft.

Gold!

Your WordPress.com account, is not authorized to view the stats of this blog

imageIf you have been getting this error lately on your WordPress.org blog then don’t worry because you are not alone. This error has been a result of a new plugin introduced but the Makers of the WordPress.com Stats called Jetpack. It is very simple to solve this problem, just Follow the Step below

  1. Got to Plugins> (Click) Add New
  2. Search for the plugin called “Jetpack”
  3. Install  and activate this Plugin
  4. Now either you can got to the plugins menu and under Jetpack click on settings or under the Dashboard DropDown Click on Jetpack
  5. Connect your WordPress.com Account and Authorize it
  6. Now Don’t Click on the activate Button in the Jetpack Settings as it will give the the Following error “Module could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error. Perhaps there is a conflict with another plugin you have installed?” instead go back to your plugins menu and press Activate under “wordpress.com Stats” (as it Jetpack Automatically Deactivates this plugin)
  7. Go back to your dashboard and your stats will there as normal.

Notes


  • If you have had unisntalled and deleted the wordpress.com stats then install it before installing Jetpack and start from Step 1.
  • If you have Deleted wordpress.com Stats and Installed and Activated the the Jetpack then Deactivate and delete Jetpack then install and Activate WordPress.com stats and then Start From Step 1

If you have any Questions you can ask in the Comments Section Below. and I will be more than happy to help.

Free Online Quote website–Quoteroller website

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Today we were checking out a fellow developers online quote system. They have turned it into a free quote system that allows you to send a quote to a customer via email and the web.

This is a tremendous way to communicate quotes to potential customers and look professional while doing it.

  • Send and manage proposals online

    Super easy to use, Quote Roller saves you time and helps to close deals faster. You will find that creating proposals is fun and enjoyable process.

  • Automate the process

    Choose a proposal template, select a client, add products and services and hit send. Several simple steps to create a professional proposal.

  • Accept, discuss, collaborate

    Allow clients to instantly accept created proposals. Discuss any questions clients have directly in the system. Enable team work on proposals you create.

  • Reuse offerings from the list

    Organize products, services and subscriptions into an offering base and reuse items from the base in your proposal. Didn’t think creating a pricing table was so simple?

  • Use proposal templates

    Having difficulties drawing up a proposal? Find a proposal template in our extensive community library. Share your templates with others in one click.

  • Stay informed

    Track clients’ activity, get instant notifications and react immediately. Quote Roller will help you to convert your leads into orders.

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They have an easy to use dashboard that steps you through the creation process.

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An easy to use dashboard of all the interface send and reply messages you have.

Check out the free online quote system.

Configuring IIS for Silverlight Applications

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Purpose & Scope

Microsoft® SilverlightTM is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows.

In most cases, hosters do not need to perform particular deployments to support Silverlight. However, check for the following basic items that could prevent Silverlight from functioning correctly.

Procedure

MIME Types

In Windows Server 2008 IIS 7.0

All MIME types needed to support Silverlight are implemented by default in Windows Server 2008 IIS 7.0 and Windows Vista SP1.  Windows Vista RTM customers can add mime types by running ‘IIS Manager’, clicking on ‘Mime Types’, then clicking ‘add’ and adding the following mime types:

  • .xap     application/x-silverlight-app
  • .xaml    application/xaml+xml
  • .xbap    application/x-ms-xbap

Alternatively, you can add the following mime types to your %windir%\system32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config file in the <staticContent> section.

<mimeMap fileExtension=’.xaml’ mimeType=’application/xaml+xml’ />
<mimeMap fileExtension=’.xap’ mimeType=’application/x-silverlight-app’ />
<mimeMap fileExtension=’.xbap’ mimeType=’application/x-ms-xbap’ />

In Windows Server 2003 IIS 6.0

To enable IIS 6.0 in Windows Server 2003 or IIS7 in Windows Vista RTM with the appropriate MIME Types, add:

  • .xap     application/x-silverlight-app
  • .xaml    application/xaml+xml
  • .xbap    application/x-ms-xbap

Here is a VBS script you could run to enable each of these types:

Const ADS_PROPERTY_UPDATE = 2  

if WScript.Arguments.Count < 2 then
WScript.Echo ‘Usage: ‘ + WScript.ScriptName + ‘ extension mimetype’
WScript.Quit
end if 

‘Get the mimemap object.  
Set MimeMapObj = GetObject(‘IIS://LocalHost/MimeMap’)  

‘Get the mappings from the MimeMap property.  
aMimeMap = MimeMapObj.GetEx(‘MimeMap’)  

‘ Add a new mapping.  
i = UBound(aMimeMap) + 1  
Redim Preserve aMimeMap(i)  
Set aMimeMap(i) = CreateObject(‘MimeMap’)  
aMimeMap(i).Extension = WScript.Arguments(0)  
aMimeMap(i).MimeType = WScript.Arguments(1)  
MimeMapObj.PutEx ADS_PROPERTY_UPDATE, ‘MimeMap’, aMimeMap  
MimeMapObj.SetInfo  

WScript.Echo ‘MimeMap successfully added: ‘
WScript.Echo ‘    Extension: ‘ + WScript.Arguments(0)
WScript.Echo ‘    Type:      ‘ + WScript.Arguments(1)

If you copy and paste the code above into a VBS file and save it as ADDMIMETYPE.VBS the syntax to add each type would be:

ADDMIMETYPE.VBS  .xap  application/x-silverlight-app ADDMIMETYPE.VBS  .xaml application/xaml+xmlADDMIMETYPE.VBS  .xbap application/x-ms-xbap

Using the IIS Manager User Interface in Windows Server 2003 IIS 6.0

1. Go to Start\Administrative Tools and run IIS Manager, see figure below:

2. Right click on the server name and select ‘Properties’, see figure below:

3. In the Properties Dialog, click on the ‘MIME Types’ button, see figure below:

4. In the ‘MIME Types’ Dialog, click the ‘New’ button, see figure below:

5. In the ‘MIME Type’ Dialog enter one MIME Type at the time:

  • .xap     application/x-silverlight-app
  • .xaml    application/xaml+xml
  • .xbap    application/x-ms-xbap

    see figure below:

    For detailed information on Silverlight, visit http://silverlight.net/.

  • DotNetNuke AjaxControlToolkit, Version=3.0.30930.28736 Error

    Could not load file or assembly ‘AjaxControlToolkit, Version=3.0.30930.28736, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=28f01b0e84b6d53e’ or one of its dependencies. The located assembly’s manifest definition does not match the assembly reference. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131040)

    We were playing today with a trial module from another developer. Received the above error. After much mucking around, we found that the very specific version of the

    • AjaxControlToolkit.dll

    file that came with the module, was not installed during the normal module setup.

    We extracted the file into the \bin\ directory on the site, and joy to the world.

    Strange that a specific version is required and that the 3.5 or 4.0 version does not work. This is how they referenced a specific version. Not a good way to program.

    How do I know DotNetNuke Corp is off the rails?

    There are load of features and functions about DotNetNuke that tick us off. Some big, some small and some that are baseless. It never ceases to astound me why they do some features and functions so poorly.

    Today I had to write about a pet hate…

    Why when we go to the module definition page, do we see a list of “Upgrades?” with the painfully ugly Microsoft style highlighted version number.

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    Really. Whoever built that system.. was that look the best you could come up with. It is painful enough that the stupid system does not allow third party developers to reference an RSS feed for their own updates. (Would have thought that was a no brainer). But why Microsoft Word frigging green highlight!

    How about something a little classier in the default look. Is this 1998? Think not!

    And for anyone reading this who thinks… “well you did not develop it.” That’s only because is is not an open source platform. One of the biggest problems with DotNetNuke is that it is not open source. They claim yes… but just because you call something by a name, does not make it accurate!

    There… I said it!

    Now back to work.