Speed up your RDP connection

by Viktor 20. March 2010 08:56

For some time now I have had problems both at work and home with very slow RDP connections making it almost impossible to work with some servers (it was not affecting all servers just "some") and today I tried to find a solution for the problem and found it.

It turns out that all you have to do is run this command as administrator and your will see a very big speed difference,

netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

I have basically no understanding of what the command dose but it seems to work for me and everything else still seems to work so I guess its not that dangerous.

I found this solution here, Remote Desktop slow problem solved

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Android demo

by Viktor 17. March 2010 21:24

During the last internal tech forum (tech meeting with all developers at Dropit) I had a short demo of how to make a Android application. I'm not a Android expert so forgive me for the none expert written code :)

The goal was to make a blog application where you could write a heading, main text, take a photo with you phones camera and then send this informtion together with the GPS/Network position of the phone to EPiServer and there publish a page to create a blog post. Unfortunately my harddrive crashed before I finished the project so I never had time to do the EPiServer implementation but here you can download the Android code that I put together for this demo.

AndroidBlog.zip (1.07 mb)

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Art of zen-coding

by Herbert 20. November 2009 10:47

Now you can write HTML and CSS lightning-fast!

Zen coding is a new, shorter way of writing HTML/CSS. It's basically a collection of snippets that you use through writing simple syntaxes.

Here's an example for HTML :

 

ul#name>li.item*3

 

provides

<ul id="name">
<li class="item"></li> <li class="item"></li> <li class="item"></li> </ul>

and similary for CSS:

 

bdrz:w

 

provides

 

-webkit-border-radius:; 

 

These are just two simple examples, visit http://mondaybynoon.com/2009/08/17/the-art-of-zen-coding-bringing-snippets-to-a-new-level/ for more information.

I should mention that this is a plugin for your IDE. Currently it supports NetBeans, Coda, Texmate and Aptana. There is no official release for Visual Studio but Einar Egilsson has written his own for Visual Studio. You can find it here: http://tech.einaregilsson.com/2009/11/12/zen-coding-visual-studio-addin/

Happy front-end coding!!

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Windows 7 XP Mode is really nice

by Johan Driessen 7. May 2009 11:36

As an early adopter of everything new (meaning if it isn’t beta it is not worth installing), I recently installed Windows 7 RC on my laptop, and yesterday I also installed Windows XP Mode, or XPM. XPM is basically an extension of Virtual PC, and a new Virtual PC beta version, that allows you to run XP applications outside of the virtual machine, just like normal applications.

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This is really useful e.g. for testing things in IE6, or older versions of Firefox. The only working way of running IE6 on Vista or Win7 is in a virtual machine, but switching between the virtual machine and your normal environment is a hassle. But now I can just start “Internet Explorer (Virtual Windows XP)” from start menu in Windows 7, and get an XP/IE6 window right beside my other apps.

The only thing that bugs me is that the taskbar icon shows a virtual pc icon instead of the IE6 icon.

Wrong icon, dammit!

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Today is CSS Naked Day!

by Anders 9. April 2009 09:16
Our blog is naked today. The idea is to promote web standards and to show off your <body>! Read more about Naked '09.

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The newest EMVP: Fredrik Karlsson

by Johan Driessen 27. March 2009 13:18

On Wednesday, one of our oldest employees (as in has been working here for a long time, not really being that old) was appointed an EPiServer Most Valued Professional, or EMVP. A big congratulations to Fredrik Karlsson!

I managed to get a little chat with him about how he feels about this and how he feels about EPiServer.

Johan: So, Fredrik, congratulations on becoming an EMVP.

Fredrik: Thank you.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, how long have you been working with EPiServer?

Well, I’m 30 years old, lives in Stockholm and slowly getting a little bit fatter for each year.

I’ve been working with web development since 1997 and with EPiServer since 1998. In 2000 I started working at Dropit and here I am today.

I see, and what is your current role at Dropit?

For the last year I have been involved in the development of Extension X3… err EPiServer Composer, but since EPiServer bought it I have been working in something called Expert Services here at Dropit. You might say I’m something as a developer handyman, doing everything from error search to specialized customer integrations…

What do you think is the greatest difference in working with EPiServer today compared to when you started?

When I started with EPiServer CMS 2 is was a VBScript/asp based website with frames. You can’t really compare the products. But I can say that EPiServer CMS 3 was nice because you had the ability to change almost anything. Then in EPiServer CMS 4 I think it was a small step backwards because it was a much more system. But now in EPiServer CMS 5 I think it’s a giant leap forward. Especially with a lot more generic MS controls rather then the homebrewed ones from EPiServer. Because lets face it, EPiServer is not that good in building web controls.

What does it mean to be an EMVP?

Apart from the small perks you get from EPiServer I think the biggest difference is that you are somewhat responsible for the reputation of EPiServer. If an EMVP writes something insulting, it will reflect on EPiServer and not just the person. Especially now with EPiServer gaining a larger international market. But to be honest, the thing I look forward the most is probably the clothes J

What do you anticipate most in the next release of EPiServer?

MVC. Please, please, please EPiServer!

Why do you think EPiServer is still relevant today after so many years?

They have been rather successful in implementing new techniques and so on. But I believe the key factor is that it is very good for novice advanced beginners. Its really easy to get started witch give them an ever expanding user base. Especially with the demo templates and likewise.

What to you think is EPiServer’s greatest challenge in order to keep being relevant in the future?

To be true to its core business and not try and do something they are not that good at. But first and foremost to listen to the EPiServer user/developer community, Today this is EPiServer weakest part by far. Sure, they say they listen to us, but it’s lacking so much in information and the possibility to give to the community.

Thank you, Fredrik, for taking the time to answer my stupid questions.

No problem. Can I say hello to my colleagues??

No.

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Snapshots on this blog

by Johan Driessen 3. March 2009 14:21

Just letting everyone know that I have enabled Snapshots on this blog, which gives previews on external links. I think it’s pretty sweet, but I’d like your opinion on it as well. Do you like it? Should we keep it or remove it?

Please comment.

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Unionen.se praised on IDG

by Johan Driessen 20. January 2009 17:03

When you're working in this line of business, developing web sites, that is, you're not that used to praise. Once a web site has been launched, most of what you hear is bugs and new feature requests. But once in a while we get the praise we deserve! :-)

Today the swedish magazine internetworld published a review of the public web sites for 6 of Sweden's largest unions. The site I have been working on, unionen.se, got 9/10, and a splendid review, the title of which reads "Good looking and smart in a modern suit".

I worked on unionen.se pretty most of 2007 as a Scrum master and systems architect. It was one of our first real Scrum projects here on Dropit, and I dare say one of the most successful ones so far. One the most important reasons for that was that we had a great Product owner (Karin), but also that we were a very good and dedicated team (you know who you are!). Dropit was responsible for the whole delivery, so we worked both with the conceptual and graphical design as well as with the technical implementation. The site is based on EPiServer 4.62 and our internal framework Foundation.

We had the privilege of having the whole team sitting together with the customer, which wasn't the standard way to do it for us back then. Since then we are advocating this more and more, since the collaboration with the customer really improved. It was also a technically challenging project, as we were heaviliy dependent on the SOA infrastructure being developed simultaneously, and we even had to work on New Year's Day to make the launch. But it really paid off, and it's extra fun for this to get recognized on idg.se!

So once again, thanks to all the people that worked so hard to create unionen.se!

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Welcome

by Johan Driessen 21. November 2008 18:00

Welcome to the Dropit blog!

Here we, the people that work at Dropit, will write about stuff that interests us. For example web development, especially with .NET and EPiServer - but we'll also talk about other techniques that interest us, marketing on the web, social phenomenons, pop culture, games and software development in general.

I'll publish my first real post shortly! :-)

Until then, I'll just introduce myself. My name is Johan Driessen and I work as a consultant at Dropit, mostly as a system architect and Scrum master. I've been working with the web since 1999 or so, and with EPiServer since 2004. 

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Welcome to the Dropit blog!

Here we, the people that work at Dropit, will write about stuff that interests us. For example web development, especially with .NET and EPiServer - but we'll also talk about other techniques that interest us, marketing on the web, social phenomenons, pop culture, games and software development in general.