Sunday, July 12, 2015
How not to create a universal app remote desktop tool

Um, what if I have multiple accounts with the same name?  Am I missing something here?

It isn’t as bad as creating Universal apps that play music which stop playing when you minimize them, but what the hell? 

Universal apps can be really good, but there’s a problem when you use the same lifecycle for a phone on a non-phone device.  It’s called ‘sucking.’

posted @ Sunday, July 12, 2015 2:15 PM | Feedback (0)
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Windows 10 Preview 10162 Install Bug

Though I upgraded Windows 10 preview 10158 and 10159 with no issues, I ran into a problem with 10162 where it would fail at 40% with the always obscure message about their being a problem installing Windows components.

Hacking through the various install logs, I was able to guess that it had something to do with WCF Http Activation, and so I turned it off for .NET 3.5 and 4.6 inside of Control Panel –> Programs Features –> Turn Windows Features On and Off, and sure enough, it proceeded past that place on the install.

posted @ Thursday, July 02, 2015 10:28 PM | Feedback (0)
Microsoft broke Outlook 2016 POP access setting?

It’s hard to figure out what happened here, running various combinations of Office 2016 preview, Windows 10 Preview, and Windows 10 Mobile, but I’ve run into an issue with Outlook and I don’t know what the problem is exactly.

I have a POP email account, been using it for 15 years.  I leave messages on the server for 7-14 days, as I access it from many different places.  Suddenly, over the weekend, after various updates of all of the above, it no longer functions as it should.  It will download the messages no matter what the ‘after X days’ setting is at.  At first, I thought someone had hacked the account or something. 

As a workaround, I unchecked it, and just leave messages on the server (I can then manually manage from there if I need to).  Except Outlook now sees random messages as being ‘new’ even though they’ve already been downloaded, so I can end up with 2-6 copies of the same emails repeatedly.


The ‘remove from server after’ should be checked, but then it pulls all of them and so I can’t access from multiple devices, etc.

posted @ Thursday, July 02, 2015 9:16 AM | Feedback (0)
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Blend for Visual Studio 2015: Update required, one or more projects require a platform SDK fix

Downloaded some samples involving Windows 10 and all the new Universal Application goodness, but couldn’t open the projects.  They kept saying this sort of thing when I opened a solution.

The way to resolve this is to download the platform SDK, and if it happens not to be the version the project wants, you need to manually edit the project file and adjust these lines:


Since I’m running a more recent SDK, I changed to this:


After saving project file, I could reopen just fine.

There were other issues, but that’s a different story.

posted @ Wednesday, July 01, 2015 3:28 PM | Feedback (0)
Friday, June 19, 2015
Windows 10 Phone 10136 on a Lumia 1520 slightly less of a train wreck than 10080

But Lordy, it ain’t good.

Improving over the previous build, you can at least use it.  The start screen will appear and stay ‘appeared’, so it is functional.

But there is a tremendous lack of functionality, or broken functionality, or semi-randomly working functionality.

In no particular order:

  • There is a lag of 1-2 seconds between when you tap on a tile and when it then ‘flips’ with a particularly useless animation that indicates the app is launching.
  • If you are lucky, it will launch.  Sometimes, you need to tap, watch it flip, come back to the start screen after the app crashes (either visibly or silently), tap it again, watch it flip, and then be able to use the app.
  • Sometimes, you will have to reboot it.
  • When tapping on a link in email, sometimes it will launch Spartan.  And sometimes, it will then load the page in question.  Other times, you need to copy the URL to something like Opera or UC Browser to view it.
  • When an email is listed in the notification screen and you tap it, sometimes it will open Outlook to the message.  Sometimes, it will crash and go back to the start screen.
  • Sometimes, you can update an app.  Othertimes, you have to let the update fail, then uninstall the app, then try the update again, and then it will work.
  • Sometimes, it will tell you to close the app to update, even though it isn’t open, so you have to reboot.
  • You will lose many, if not most, of the content on MSN (or Bing or Microsoft or whatever the fuck the branding is this week) tiles, largely limiting the most basic important functionality of the start screen.

Those are just the ‘highlights.’

This thing has a loooooonnnnggggg way to go.

posted @ Friday, June 19, 2015 9:20 AM | Feedback (0)
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Could not load file or assembly … The parameter is incorrect

The link talks about Newtonsoft, my issue referenced Antlr3, but the general picture is that if you have a memory crash, it can cause this.  I’m not sure why.

Anyway, go clear out all of your temporary folders (especially Temporary Asp.NET ones), clean and rebuild, and it may help you out.

posted @ Thursday, June 18, 2015 9:03 AM | Feedback (0)
Thursday, June 11, 2015
A good set of problems to have

If you find yourself in this situation, you should consider yourself very lucky and be grateful.

posted @ Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:06 AM | Feedback (0)
Saturday, June 06, 2015
A reason why I hate Angular, I mean Javascript

So, I was working on this to learn how to get WebAPI to work with Angular.

No matter how I answered questions, it always came back incorrect, even when I verified that it was correct.  I was debugging in VS 2015 RC against Google Chrome, and it wasn’t stepping into the javascript.  I don’t know why.  I don’t care.

I finally (for the hell of it) switched to IE.  Suddenly, I could step in.  That was good.

Here’s the javascript in question:

$scope.correctAnswer = (data === "true");

Can you figure out the error? You don’t need to know what the WebAPI controller returns. I mean, you do, but if you look at it, you can figure it out.

That’s right. data === “true” is significantly different from data === true.

Now, once I stepped in, I could figure it out in a second (or three).  But a compile time error would have been nice (yes, I know, I’m old).

Does Typescript work with Angular?

posted @ Saturday, June 06, 2015 1:56 AM | Feedback (0)
Friday, June 05, 2015
How not to use a computer

Does make for an interesting read, though.

posted @ Friday, June 05, 2015 12:32 PM | Feedback (0)
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Google Webmaster Tools API – Forget those search queries

So, Google killed off ClientLogin, and wanted everyone to move to OAuth2, because it is so much more secure yada yada yada.

Except, you apparently can no longer get your search queries programmatically like you used to.  In other words, it doesn’t work.


posted @ Wednesday, June 03, 2015 12:51 AM | Feedback (0)