O2 Business Fibre Broadband and Non-Standard Routers

clive All, Tech Tip, Uncategorized

We had fun setting up a Draytek 2860 router to talk to O2’s Business Broadband Fibre service today; there is no documentation, and support staff, well meaning though they are, cannot tell the appropriate settings for a router either. This is largely because O2’s Fibre Business Broadband offerings are outsourced to Daisy Internet. The following procedure should work on routers with …

Stopping Microsoft Bouncing Email as Spam

clive Uncategorized

Microsoft public email servers (e.g. hotmail.co.uk/live.co.uk/outlook.com) seem to assume that any new SMTP server on the internet is a spammer unless you tell it otherwise. If you get lots of emails bouncing back from those domains (and similar), but nowhere else, that look like this: This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification. Delivery to the following recipients failed.   …

Fast SQL Server Inserting Data from .NET

clive All, ASP.Net, Development, Microsoft, Rectangle Red, Tech Tip, Uncategorized, VB.Net

Today we needed to insert a large amount (250,000 rows) of automatically generated data into a SQL Server database. Generating the data was very fast, but inserting each line with a SQL Insert statement, painfully slow, even if logging is in Simple Mode in the SQL database. So… we investigated the SQLBulkCopy function in .NET, but this is usually used …

Software Development Job in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes

clive ASP.Net, Development, Jobs, Microsoft, Milton Keynes, Rectangle Red, Stony Stratford, Uncategorized

Rectangle Red are recruiting as of March 2014 – we are looking for another talented developer to join our growing team. Click here to see the main job specification and advert here and apply. If you’re a prospective job candidate, hello, and welcome! Please look at the main advert above for lots of details about skills we’re looking for, but …

How Strong is Your Password?

clive Rectangle Red, Stony Stratford, Tech Tip, Uncategorized

Here’s a rather neat online tool which you can use to measure the strength of your passwords, which is directly related to how long the password is, and what character set you’ve used (a to z, or symbols, etc). https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm Give it a password… or rather something that is like your passwords, but not your actual password (!), and see …

Announcing Rectangle Red’s First iOS App

clive Development, iOS, Milton Keynes, Rectangle Red, Stony Stratford, Uncategorized

Here it is – we’ve finished the app we’d been working on in our spare time; a melodeon simulator for the iPad and iPhone! What’s a melodeon? A form of button accordion, which is played in many different styles around the world – see www.melodeon.net for more (much more) info! Does the world need a new melodeon app? Of course …

Monotouch – Calling the App Store Review Page

clive Development, iOS, Tech Tip, Uncategorized

A quick tip today for Monotouch developers wanting to invoke the App Store’s review page from within their app; UIApplication.SharedApplication.OpenUrl (new NSUrl (“itms-apps://ax.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewContentsUserReviews?type=Purple+Software&id=609326726”)); And that’s it. Change ‘id’ to the id of your application. Leave type=Purple+Software alone; this is *not* a company name; it’s a magic string that has to be set to exactly this value – Project Purple was …

Monotouch and Testing iOS Apps in Testflight

clive Development, iOS, Tech Tip, Uncategorized

When developing iOS apps in monotouch, you can distribute beta versions to your testers. They get installed on your user’s iOS devices over the air, bypassing the app store. But getting monotouch apps to work correctly with testflight is quite an art. You will need to work in: Monotouch www.testflightapp.com The Apple iOS Developer Center XCode … all at the …