Monthly Archives: February 2010

.NET web.config WCF Settings

I love the way the .NET web.config file allows the appSettings and connectionStrings sections to reference another file. It provides easy support for differing deployment environments as the settings for each environment are kept in their own files and can … Continue reading

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OziExplorer Tracklog File Format

I searched around the web high and low and could only find limited information on the OziExplorer tracklog file format that is stored in the .plt files.

OziExplorer has PC and Windows Mobile versions making it a great tool for tracking/logging and planning your travels. Tracklogs save your tracks as you travel: saving on your portable mobile device saves space in your vehicle (or even in your pocket!) and allows you to copy the tracklog files to your PC for viewing on the big screen later.

On our recent trip around Australia, we saved all of our treks using OziExplorer.

My analysis has determined the following from two versions v2.1 and v2.0
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Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations

Anyone that knows me well will know that I am a scuba diver, so this little gem really pleased me.

The Courier Mail reports about Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) that have been deployed on the Great Barrier Reef to bring live video to viewers. This one was a little short lived when a tiger shark decides it’d make a great meal after spitting out a sea snake.

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Ten things to do with your new friend PALRO

Here’s my official order for next Xmas…

Ten things to do with your new friend PALRO.

I wonder if I can get it to write software, was the car, sweep the floors?

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Specifying/changing the database when using Web Parts in an ASP.NET application

When using Web Parts in an ASP.NET application, if personalization is enabled (which is the best reason for using Web Parts), the personalization is stored in a SQL database.

This article details the steps to set this up or to change the default location. The default is the sql express instance on a development machine – my preference is for the SQL 2008 database on my network, but you will also need to specify the database to use when deploying your application.

The database used by the WebPart, or more precisely the WebPartManager, is the same one used by the membership and role providers. To create the database on either SQL2005 or SQL2008, run aspnet_regsql from the C:WindowsMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv2.0.50727 folder. This will run a wizard allowing you to specify where you would like the database created – you will need an instance of SQL Server 2005 or 2008 installed before doing this.
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