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May 2014 Blog Posts
Visual Studio Build Error: Error to use a section registered as allowDefinition='MachineToApplication' beyond application level

I get this from time to time, and though it is commonplace to me now, I thought I’d blog it just in case I forgot.

Sometimes you try to build your web application and you get this error.  And you haven’t been doing anything with your web.config file, so you know it has nothing to do with that.

Delete the “obj” folder from your solution (it might be hidden since it isn’t technically part of the solution).  For some unknown reason, this causes this error to occur.  Deleting the folder clears the error.

Update: I’m not sure it is the only scenario, but it happens often after publishing.  FWIW.

posted @ Saturday, May 31, 2014 3:16 PM | Feedback (0)
Taking another look at Opera

The browser, not the art form.

A little while ago, some may recall that there was a bit of a brouhaha regarding Mozilla and its then CEO.  Out of all this, some people thought it would be a good idea to boycott the use of the Firefox browser.  It will come as little surprise to some of you that I think this was, not to put too fine a point on it, a truly idiotic idea on many different levels.

After the then CEO was made the no longer CEO, I then read someone who argued that it would be a good idea to boycott the use of the Firefox browser.  It will come as little surprise to some of you that I think this was, not to put too fine a point on it, if anything, an even more idiotic idea on many different levels.

However, out of all that silliness, I saw various listings of alternative browsers and was reminded of Opera.

The browser, not the art form.

I was one of the few people who ever used Opera (I used to joke that I was one of eight users), and it was almost entirely because it had the ability to save a ‘session.’

I tend to have anywhere between 8-14 browser windows open, each of which could have anywhere from 2-20 (yes, 20) tabs open.  Being able to maintain this ‘state’ across reboots, etc. is incredibly important.

Opera was the only browser that explicitly allowed you to save all open tabs.  But, at some point, other issues (mainly around memory management, that I can recall) made it harder to work with, so I switched to Firefox.

Ironically (or not), I have been increasingly annoyed at Firefox’s management (or lack thereof) of memory, the constant crashes, etc. and so I took another look at Opera.

The latest Opera does not seem to allow for the explicit saving of sessions, but overall, it is superior to Firefox for how I use it.

It should be said that the biggest problem is Adobe Flash.  It fucking sucks.  Totally fucking sucks.  A memory and CPU hog that absolutely totally fucking sucks.  It really needs to go away.

But, overall, if you want to be the 9th user of Opera, you should give it a look.

The browser, not the art form.

posted @ Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:22 PM | Feedback (0)
Tilting at windmills, spring 2014 edition : API Commons

I’m sure someone thinks this is a good idea.

posted @ Friday, May 02, 2014 10:28 AM | Feedback (0)