Archive for January, 2006

Lately i’ve been playing with a number of beta’s from Microsoft. Firstly was Microsoft MAX, after watching a fairly recent cast on channel9 and installing WinFX Runtime Components September CTP, I received the following error in Outlook 2003 “Could not initialize CLR MANAGED MAPI SERVICE CATASTROPIC FAILURE, Unknown error”. After finding out that The WinFX […]


In: General

22 Jan 2006

I started writing this a while back, and I figured I might as well publish it, despite being some what incomplete… I always find that usability is a difficult topic to cover and as such, there are very limited resources that solely address this issue separate to the notion of accessibility. As the two topics […]

Lately, i’ve been reading Advanced PHP Programming, by George Schlossnagle, which I must say is an excellent book. Below is an excerpt, which I find particularly interesting on the topic of error handling. “Production Display of Errors How to notify users of errors is often a political issue. All the large clients I have worked […]

Update: I tested the script in my previous post to generate domains on an alternative server and it worked flawlessly (Not quite sure why, and I need to test further). However, one of the features that are missing from Plesk is to create aliases of domains. Through the Plesk API, you can create a redirect […]

Today I was trying to generate domains through Plesk with the RPC API, the following actually creates the domain, despite throwing the following error. Looking at the domain in plesks admin it states “Hosting (Domain has no hosting configured)”. Once configuring the domain through the “Physical hosting setup page for domain” interface page successfully […]

I was quite surprised to see my computers memory usage creep up to 811,316K with FireFox (1.07) open with two tabs, minimal graphics and no pages containing applets. I realise Firefox has many problems with memory usage and multiple tabs, (I’m not sure if thats still the case) and also with a large number of […]

Just came across an Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar. I was hoping it would have a network protocol analyzer built in, but it looks very handy any how. Regardless you can still use NETCAP, which is included in the Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools, or microsoft network monitor with windows server editions, or Ethereal, […]

Currently it is not possible to manage multiple Exchange Accounts with a single profile and it looks like it won’t be possible in Outlook 12 either. Looks like i’ll have to keep on tapping my fingers on the desk while outlook shuts down and restarts another profile. The main problem with this is that Exchange […]

Just came across this whilst creating an XML HTTP object and creating a socket to a page that doesn’t exist. I couldn’t understand what was going on when I saw that. <!– – Unfortunately, Microsoft has added a clever new – “feature” to Internet Explorer. If the text of – an error’s message is “too […]

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I have been a developer for roughly 10 years and have worked with an extensive range of technologies. Whilst working for relatively small companies, I have worked with all aspects of the development life cycle, which has given me a broad and in-depth experience.