• This Is My App

    There's nothing like actually having it run on an actual phone...five weeks of hard work are paying big dividends! Going to run it all day tomorrow to see if I can spot some more usability holes. As for the Windows Phone 7 device itself, I'm not entirely sure how much I can say about it considering it is a developer phone and not one that will ever reach the market - however, my impression of … more

  • Dinosaur Club Is Reviewed

    Check out this pretty accurate review of our EP on Under the Radar. Once the Commonwealth Games are over and David gets back from ridiculous midnight shifts, fingers crossed we'll be able to jump back into it! And by it, I mean the music industry and the music game and playin gigs and practices and random flat dinners. And just because I can, here are some shameless plugs: on iTunes: http:// … more

  • Windows Phone 7 - Hide Software Keyboard Programmatically

    When a user clicks into a TextBox in WP7, the software keyboard automatically slides up from the bottom of the screen (if you don't have a hardware keyboard, at least). Once the TextBox loses focus (such as when the user clicks on the page itself), the keyboard slides out of view. Therefore, if you want to hide the keyboard in response to, say, the enter key being pressed on the keyboard, you … more

  • Don't Microwave Bananas

    Or grapes. Or a Wendy's burger with the tinfoil still on. The StackExchange family of websites is one I use pretty often, if not on a daily basis, as part of my job - StackOverflow in particular is a goldmine of useful programming tips and answers, and to its great merit it feels almost as indispensable as Google at times. I honestly think that if this was ten years ago, I would not be a very … more

  • Why Is A Jedi Running For Auckland Councillor

    Surely if you were a Jedi, you would have better things to do; such as hunting down Sith Lords, flying spaceships at great speeds in very tight spaces, and convincing people that these aren't the droids you are looking for. But no. There is actually a Jedi running for Auckland Super City leadership. I have been told it isn't a joke. I don't know how to feel. I quote: My name is Craig Thomas, I … more

  • Cropping Images in Windows Phone 7

    Recently I had to do some work in cropping an image programmatically through Windows Phone 7, and while it's not hard, it wasn't immediately obvious how to do it, so I thought I would share. While the Clip property does seem to crop images, the image still remains its original size, making it not a true "crop". Instead, we'll use the WriteableBitmap class found as part of Silverlight. … more

  • Dinosaur Club Is Famous

    So, the band I play in (Dinosaur Club) has had one of its songs as the backing for a news piece on Stuff.co.nz. It's kind of weird watching it, because it's like...it's like a whole new context. None of this probably would have happened without twitter - NZStuff put out a request for music, and I just happened to follow them on twitter, and sent the details on, and voila there you go - all … more

  • How To Get Me To Not Vote For You

    Step 1: Somehow obtain a list of previous people who have lived at my current address. Step 2: Find the most bizarre combination of our names, and put it into a letter. Step 3: Send me that letter. If you can't run your mail merge program, I'm pretty sure you can't run Auckland. more

  • Windows Phone 7 ListBoxItem Full Horizontal Fill

    Dear Windows Phone 7, Why is it not enough to set the HorizontalContentAlignment to Stretch on ListBox.ItemContainerStyle in order to allow my ListBoxItems stretch and fill the available space? It apparently works with Silverlight 3. <ListBox.ItemContainerStyle> <Style TargetType="ListBoxItem"> <Setter Property="HorizontalContentAlignment" Value="Stretch"/> < … more

  • Sometimes I Wish I Was An Art Historian

    Though it's not very often. An awesome quote from Donald Rumsfeld, former Defense Secretary, on why American troops were not dispatched to stop the looting of Baghdad museums: The images you are seeing on television you are seeing over, and over, and over, and it's the same picture of some person walking out of some building with a vase, and you see it 20 times, and you think, "My goodness, … more

  • Zune 4.0

    For a product from one of the world's greatest hardware and software designers, iTunes is an exceedingly ugly program that is really beginning to show its age. From the decidedly QuickTime inspired now playing display block at the top of the screen, to the highly overrated coverflow visuals, iTunes is really not as good looking as it deserves to be, especially considering how good the rest of the … more

  • Search Results For Anonymous Users in Sharepoint 2010

    If you're using SharePoint for any public facing websites and are integrating search and are wondering why search results are not coming up when you're not logged in to the site, you aren't alone! Try performing the following simple steps: In your Sharepoint site, head to Site Settings --> Site Administration --> Search and Offline Availability, and change the Indexing ASPX Page Content … more

  • Meet The Spartans: F-

    I made the horrifying mistake of attempting to watch this movie the other night. I know for a fact that spoof/parody films have gone decidedly downhill in quality since the heyday of Scary Movie, but I wasn't quite prepared for just how bad things had gotten. With a lovely 2% on RottenTomatoes, it's a serious contender for the worst movie I've ever seen; no other movie has managed to make me … more

  • Windows Phone 7 - Isolated Storage and Persistance

    Recently, I've added persistence / data storage to my Windows Phone 7 application, making it infinitely more useful and it wasn't as hard as I expected. In Windows Phone 7, there's two kinds of storage. Firstly, there's the State property bag which you can access from PhoneApplicationService.Current.State. However, as far as I know, this State bag is not saved when the phone is turned off, so … more

  • Persona 3 Portable

    It's been a while since I've actually played anything seriously on my PSP (Dissidia has been the default "five minutes to kill while waiting for the bus/train/rehearsal" game), but I started playing Persona 3 Portable a couple of days ago, and I must admit - I am totally hooked. Acting as a weird hybrid between a simulation game (a genre which seems to never have gotten very far outside of Japan) … more

  • I Love The Internet

    Or more specifically, Youtube. Where else can you see a (very hilarious) video of a man arguing with a ... goat? And if you didn't like that, how about something to make you feel smarter, or to warn you about the danger of leaving your children unattended, or a yoga instructional video? I think my brain died a little in the last ten minutes. But if it didn't, it definitely did after I saw this. more

  • Flash content in Sharepoint Document Libraries

    Today I was working on a site migration from a proprietary CMS into Sharepoint for a client. Their existing site has a flash banner component which I thought would be easy to migrate - however, it turns out that when I package up the file in a module and deploy it as per normal to a Document Library (in this case, the Style Library), linking to the Flash component with <embed> no longer … more

  • Happy Days

    “Well I thought that the most dreadful thing that could happen to anybody, would be not to be allowed to sleep so that just as you’re dropping off there’s be a ‘Dong’ and you’d have to keep awake; you’re sinking into the ground alive and it’s full of ants; and the sun is shining endlessly day and night and there is not a tree … there’s no shade, nothing, and that bell wakes you up all the time … more

  • Custom Sharepoint 2010 Ribbon Markup Styles

    If you're doing any sort of custom theming for Sharepoint 2010, and have been wondering how to modify the out-of-the-box styles provided by the "Markup Styles" button in the ribbon, take a look at this really useful blog post I came across today: http://mosshowto.blogspot.com/2009/12/sharepoint-2010-wiki-styles.html If you Firebug / View Source HTML'd the content, you would probably have worked … more

  • Windows Phone 7 Application Bar and Commanding

    I just spent an hour reading about MVVM, which is making my head hurt (I think I have it down now though; View -> View Model -> Model), but now it turns out that because the Application Bar isn't a native Silverlight control, you can't do commanding and I can't use some of that delicious goodness I just read about. Awesome! more