Settings Plus App for Windows Phone

Today I created my first windows application, Settings Plus. As a Windows Phone user myself, I did not see any applications out there that provides quick access to phone settings, especially to put the phone in silent mode (ringer and vibrate off). I really wanted this, so I dove in and started coding myself. I ended up creating a nice first application that lets the user pin Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Cellular and Airplane mode directly to their Start. Unfortunately,  the SDK does not provide resources to modify the vibrate settings. Hopefully this will come in the future. Download and Rate Today! Version 1.5 Added: Tile Continue reading

Poor Man’s Nokia Lumia 900 Dock

After seeing the Lego dock, but in possession of no Legos, I figured I could 1UP, err down, that masterpiece. Behold, the box that it came in, dock! With Instructions. 1. Get your At&t box it came in. 2. Cut a small hole in the top cradle area, just above the recycle logo. 3. cut a smaller hole in the inside of the cradle area. Making sure to line up with usb port. 4. Push the usb through both holes. 5. Fold down flap and tuck back in. 6. Tap box flap back and wrap cords around. 7. Place on Continue reading

Import contacts in CSV format to Windows Hotmail

Now-a-days everyone is linking accounts and data, rather than keeping them in sync. So if you have multiple accounts with an addressbook or contact list, it makes it hard to keep them up-to-date, especially once you unlink them. 1. First export your contacts from your program or web app of choice. For me it was Google’s Gmail. 2. Then from Hotmail, click on Contacts, Manage, then Import. 3. Remember, clicking on an app will link the contacts, not sync. We must choose ‘Outlook’, which will take you to an upload form. 4. Browse and attach your csv and upload. 5. Continue reading

Windows Home Server Behind NGINX Reverse Proxy

I recently install WHS 2011 on my ESXI machine. All web traffic goes through a NGINX server to reverse proxy all my domains hosted another server. WHS requires SSL and therefore a records needs to be set within the nginx conf file. First thing to do is install WHS 2011. To help things along, I configured my router to send all traffic to WHS so I can easily setup the remote access and domain name. During this process, a ssl cert is generated and installed into IIS. We will need to export this cert and key and load it onto Continue reading

Upgrading Redmine 1.2.1 to 1.3.0 fails on Windows, Mongrel

I previously upgraded my Redmine install from 1.1.0 to 1.2.1 an needed to supply a mongrel.rb file in the config/initialization folder. This was needed because of special requirements for use with Mongrel 1.1.5. After upgrading to 1.3.0, I copied my normal configuration.yml and database.yml to the config folder following the upgrade instructions, as well as the mongrel.rb to the config/initialization folder. I also updated Rails per the requirements for Redmine 1.3.0 to 2.3.14 I restarted the Redmine service and got a blank white screen. After doing a little digging, I realized that the mongrel.rb was missing the entry for Rails Continue reading