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June 2015 Blog Posts
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)
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)
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)
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)
How not to use a computer

Does make for an interesting read, though.

posted @ Friday, June 05, 2015 12:32 PM | Feedback (0)
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.

Awesome.

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