Kilic.netLatest blog postsuuid:0549f965-efbf-45d1-9eaa-455d3d14997b;id=3082014-04-25T04:57:42Zhttp://weblog.kilic.net/post/goodbye-five-simple-stepsGoodbye Five Simple Steps2014-04-18T13:31:59Zskadmin<p>Sad to see these guys fold up shop, I've enjoyed several of their titles throughout the years and was looking forward to Bolton's grid book.</p><p>Their <a href="http://www.fivesimplesteps.com/">farewell statement.</a></p>http://weblog.kilic.net/post/dell-m3800Dell M38002014-03-08T05:10:34ZskadminA few of us at work got to renew our laptops and we've all gone for the latest Dell M3800.<br /><br />Sporting a 3200x1800 (touch) display, 16GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD this is a beast of a machine to work with. Scott's post about <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/LivingAHighDPIDesktopLifestyleCanBePainful.aspx">High-DPI displays</a> couldn't have come at a better time, there's plenty of well written apps (Visual Studio 2013) and not some great ones.<br /><br />Being 15" inches it's larger than what I would prefer but it tips the scale just a bit over 2kg - so it's going to be much more practical lugging it home each night.<br /><br />Since Microsoft removed the <a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-81-preview-removes-windows-experience-index">windows experience index</a> from 8.1 there's no scoring of this unit, but the screen is really bright and startup times are one of the best I've seen.<br />http://weblog.kilic.net/post/getting-the-new-york-times-app-working-in-windows-8Getting the New York Times app working in Windows 82013-12-31T06:03:56Z<p>I recently re-subscribed to the New York Times after offering a 12-week access for only USD$0.99, can’t beat that – I’ll decide later if I’ll keep my subscription at the end of the program. However for those NY Times readers who live outside of the US and running Windows 8/8.1 you might have a hard time getting the app to launch.</p> <p>Installation is quick and straightforward from the app store but upon launching the app you’ll be greeted with the following splash screen along with the rotating progress bar (which doesn’t get captured using the print screen button).</p> <p><img title="nytimes-loading" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="nytimes-loading" src="http://kilic.net/images/2013/12/nytimes-loading.png"></p> <p>So I fired up Fiddler 2 to see what’s going on behind the scenes and found this little nugget. Notice that the url contains the region and language code that’s set for my PC.</p> <p><img title="nytimes-404" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="nytimes-404" src="http://kilic.net/images/2013/12/nytimes-404.png"></p> <p>I then grabbed the URL and modified the region-language to be <em>en-us</em> and sure enough I got a valid JSON response in return.</p> <p>Now to get this working without some URL hack one needs to simply change the home location via region settings to be US. Of course you may not want to do this as it may affect other sites but as a quick measure to grab your news this little hack seems to get around the problem.</p> <p><img title="region-nytimes-location-us" style="border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; padding-right: 0px" border="0" alt="region-nytimes-location-us" src="http://kilic.net/images/2013/12/region-nytimes-location-us.png"></p>http://weblog.kilic.net/post/lenovo-miix-2Lenovo Miix 22013-12-30T10:28:13Zskadmin<p>Whilst waiting on the mrs for I popped in to the local JB Hi Fi stored to have a look at the new Lenovo Miix 2 8" Windows tablet (say that ten times fast!). After reading great reviews about this device I really thought this might fill the lack of a similarly speced Surface tablet.</p><p>Unfortunately, what most reviews fail to state is that there's only 9GB of user storage space left (on a 32 GB device), and this is without Office 2013 installed! I had a look to see if there was any bloat ware that could be removed and there isn't much space that can be saved on this device - so they're running pretty lean already.</p><p>So if you are in the market for a Windows tablet before you swipe that credit card have a quick peek at what storage space is actually available. You may be surprised.</p>http://weblog.kilic.net/post/cyclingCycling2013-12-14T01:42:52Z<p>Professional cycling has it’s work cut out to improve its image that’s been tarnished through rampant drug and illegal supplement abuse. Not a day goes by as I sift through my <a href="http://www.cyclingnews.com/">Cycling News</a> feed that there isn’t some mention of a pro cyclist that is coming off probation, . Lance, personally, was a huge disappointment.</p> <p>I still enjoy cycling as a sport and will continue to keep up with the pro-cycling races albeit with a slight scepticism when the winners step up to the podium.</p> <p>My Trek Madone that was <a href="http://weblog.kilic.net/previously/2010/07/24/stolen_-_trek_madone_45_-_glenwood_nsw_area">stolen-then-recovered</a> is destined for a complete make-over, new wheels, new parts – this is going to be a side-project of mine to completely rebuild it. Should be fun!</p>http://weblog.kilic.net/post/microsoft-sculpt-ergonomic-desktopMicrosoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop2013-12-13T12:24:11Z<p>When my original keyboard loss some functionality (it had a missing key on the number pad and both Windows keys stopped working) after being in the hands of my 3 year old, it was time to search for a replacement. <p>I came across <a href="http://www.istartedsomething.com/20131012/microsoft-sculpt-ergonomic-desktop-falling-in-love-with-ergonomics-again/">Long Zheng's article</a> about the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/sculpt-ergonomic-desktop">Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop</a>, I thought it looked pretty cool, and having been a previous owner of a Microsoft ergo keyboard I thought I'd give it another try. <p>The desktop consists of the keyboard, mouse, an external number pad, and a "raiser" that makes the keyboard sit a bit higher. All input devices come with Duracell batteries. Oddly, the keyboard takes two AAA batteries whilst the mouse takes two AA batteries - I thought it would have been the other way around as this makes the mouse a bit heavier on the desk and thus restricts movement. <p>The standout of the package is most definitely the keyboard, after using my Razer Lycos with the soft rubber keys, it's going to take some time to get use to the more typical finish on the Sculpt keyboard. The travel is pretty short on the keys but it feels really good and responsive, my favourite keyboard still being the one on my Lenovo X1 Carbon. They sure know how to put a great keyboard on their laptops! <p>The mouse is a different story, whilst the movement is precise its physical size is massive - my current breed of mice is the Logitech Anywhere MX which is quite small so it's a big difference to the Sculpt mouse. After about 30 minutes of use my wrist started to hurt, and apparently there's a right way to hold it as depicted in one of the booklets you get with it. I'm going to need to give it more time to get comfortable with it. Here’s a <a title="Logitech Anywhere MX vs Microsoft Ergonomic Sculpt by Serdar Kilic, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/serdar/11351801796">size comparison</a> between the two mice. <p>I inserted the USB receiver (yep, it's not Bluetooth, it's <em>Bluetrack</em>!) to the back USB port on my PC that sits below my desk, and both mouse and keyboard had absolutely no problems finding it to get them working. Great stuff! <p>Finally, would I recommend this? Absolutely - but give the mouse a try to see if it is to your liking, especially if you're not use to larger mice.</p>http://weblog.kilic.net/post/on-bloggingOn Blogging2013-11-28T11:05:19Z<p>It goes without saying that I really haven't been keeping this site updated as frequently as I would have hoped to but here's some tidbits on what's new around here. </p> <p>For the last six years I've been hosting this site and others with Media Temple (mt) and after hearing that they've been acquired by GoDaddy I decided that it's time to move my site. I had previously migrated domains over to Hover (I use NetRegistry for .au domains) from GoDaddy. See a theme here? </p> <p>The website move is slightly more involved as I was also using Media Temple to host my DNS records. I ended up moving my DNS to Amazon Route 53, whilst not free, it has some great tools and it really isn't that expensive - unless this domain gets a ridiculous amount of DNS queries. </p> <p>By day I'm a .NET developer but I've actually never hosted my own sites on .NET, this had to change! After visiting TechEd this year I decided to learn more about Windows Azure. The blogs of <a href="http://www.hanselman.com/blog/">Scott Hanselman</a> and <a href="http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/">Scott Guthrie</a> were great to get up to speed on the how and what things need to be done. That said, if you use Visual Studio it's surprisingly easy to publish a site straight from the IDE - things get even easier if you're using Visual Studio 2013! </p> <p>A few hoops later I had migrated my sites and emails over to Azure - actually, I'm using a hosted Exchange service for my emails that's linked to my Azure Active Directory. Of course this all meant that I had to swap out blog engines but I'll save that for a future post. </p>http://weblog.kilic.net/post/windows-azure-migrationWindows Azure Migration2013-11-28T10:24:06ZWith any luck and having the stars aligned this post should appear on my blog hosted at Windows Azure.