Shane Bartholomeusz

Technical Solutions Consultant

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“We cannot discover your Chromecast on the network”

Problem

While recently setting up a Google Chromecast (2nd generation) I was unable to successfully complete the setup process.

My Chromecast could not be detected on the network by my devices even though it had successfully connected to my wireless network and I could cast to it through the Youtube Android app.

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Topshelf – Windows Services Done Right

What is Topshelf?

Many of you probably have experienced the pain of debugging Windows Service applications. A nice alternative is Topshelf Windows Services.

Topshelf allows developers to write Windows Services which can operate as regular Console applications. This is a great open source product that deserves more recognition in the community and that's why I decided to write a quick post about it. It makes the overall development experience a much, much better one!

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Loopback Network Adapters

Why use one?There's no place like 127.0.0.1

In my case I was installing an Oracle database within a self-contained virtual machine environment. I didn't necessarily want to expose it to my local network, though needed to bind it to the local server IP address.

I created a local loopback network adapter on the local machine.  This adapter provided an IP address for the local server even though it wasn't connected to the local network (much like the 127.0.0.1 address).

 

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Microsoft 70-486 Exam Study Guide

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Hooray, I passed the Microsoft 70-486 exam!

To help others out there I thought I'd share my thoughts and experiences in this blog post.

To be honest … this is probably the most challenging Microsoft exam I've sat so far. I spent a lot of time preparing for the exam (probably because I had limited real-world experience at the time).

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Billion 7300N Modem / Router – Wireless Problem

 

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Wireless Access Point Not Working

Recently the wireless access point on my Billion 7300N modem / router failed.

Having checked and verified that the wireless settings in the router config were correct. I turned to Google….

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How to Promote Yourself

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A little while ago I started listening to the  .Net Rocks Podcast. For those of you .Net devs not already familiar with it, go check it out now!

Anyway, I was listening to episode 980 with John Sonmez on how to manage your career. John is the founder of simpleprogrammer.com.

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Microsoft Exam 70-480 Study Guide

Having recently passed the Microsoft 70-480 (Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3) exam I wanted to share my experience and provide some tips to those that are soon planning to sit this exam.

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Overview

The 70-480 exam forms part of the MCSD: App Builder certification. The achieve the certification you must pass the following exams.

  • 70-357 – Developing Mobile Apps
  • 70-486 – Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
  • 70-487 – Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services

The content covered in the 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 exam is as follows. Before attempting to complete the exam you should ensure you have knowledge in these key areas.

Implement and Manipulate Document Structures and Objects (20-25%)
> Create the document structure by using HTML
> Write code that interacts with UI controls
> Apply styling to HTML elements programmatically
> Implement HTML5 APIs
> Establish the scope of objects and variables
> Create and implement objects and methods

Implement Program Flow (25-30%)
> Implement program flow
> Raise and handle an event
> Implement exception handling
> Implement asynchronous programming
> Create a web worker process

Access and Secure Data (25-30%)
> Validate user input by using HTML5 elements
> Validate user input by using JavaScript
> Consume data
> Serialize, deserialize, and transmit data

Use CSS3 in Applications (25-30%)
> Style HTML text properties
> Style HTML box properties
> Create a flexible content layout
> Create an animated and adaptive UI
> Find elements by using CSS selectors and JQuery
> Structure a CSS file by using CSS selectors

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GovHack – Indigenous War Heroes

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Whoa! what a weekend! The GovHack 2015 hacking weekend is over.

I worked alongside fellow colleagues from Ajilon in team HackToTheFuture. Our submission is called Indigenous War Heroes which highlights the contribution made by indigenous soldiers during World War I and II.

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GovHack 2015 is coming!

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Just a quick post to remind people about the upcoming GovHack 2015. I'll be attending the event as an entrant.

 

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Setup VPN Client on Synology NAS (DSM 5.1)

In this article I'll show you how you can configure you Synology NAS to use a VPN. In this case I'm using DSM 5.1.

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Why use a VPN client?

A VPN client will help mask your activities online by tunneling your traffic through an intermediary proxy.

Why would you want to configure your Synology NAS to use a VPN … well lets just say this might especially be of interest to those using Synology Download Station 😉

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