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Multiple Vendors Combine to Solve Problems

It Takes a Village... or in this case, a County.

Don Gingold 0 2342 Article rating: No rating

Some web developers are hackers (we mean that in the nicest way). They hand-code the website to meet the custom need. We applaud that; more power to them. But we're integrators and we like it when several standard, well-supported components can be artfully combined to solve the problem. Here's a great example.

Internet Explorer 10 causes menu problems

Thank Goodness we use DotNetNuke!

Don Gingold 2 7011 Article rating: No rating

We found some of our menus missing. What's worse: they were missing on some of our client's websites. The culprit?Microsoft! Internet Explorer version 10 interprets some HTML and Javascript differently than its previous versions and for that matter differently than any other browser (what else is new?) including some code necessary to display the menu systems of some of our clients. This news would have been devastating to other web developers who code pages by hand or use older technology, but we use DotNetNuke. It didn't eliminate the problem, but it certainly minimized it.

A client whose site exhibited the symptoms of the Microsoft problem asked why DNN didn't protect her from it. I was able to sing DNN's praises to her ...

Keeping up with DotNetNuke and DNN module upgrades

It can be a full time job!

James Nagy 1 11604 Article rating: 5.0

Like a lot of small businesses, Sprocket Websites sometimes suffers from the “Shoemaker’s kids have no shoes” syndrome. We spend a great deal of time working on our customer’s websites. From building new sites, to updating existing sites with new looks or functionality, to creating and posting new content and social media updates. It keeps us busy to say the least and sometimes we go a while working in the business before we can get back to working on the business a bit. Well a new module update spawned a whole bunch of work for me on our own website.

SQL Server 2005 Database Log File

Microsoft SQL Server

James Nagy 0 4848 Article rating: No rating

At 11:00pm last night I was notified that one of my servers was having a problem. I run a couple of site monitoring tools and Simon was the one that picked up the problem first. I got online and started a remote desktop session to the server and it connected, which normally when one of my servers isn’t running properly a RDC will fail. However, it connected and presented me with the “I’ve just had an unexpected reboot problem screen” and wanted me to tell it what happened. Well at this point I had no idea and thought about the irony of that particular screen as I filled in “unknown” into the restart reason box.

Struggles with a Hard Drive failure - 2011

Why a good backup strategy is important.

James Nagy 0 5264 Article rating: No rating

I would like to think that I run a fairly well organized reliable configuration for my main production machine and for the last four years things have been mostly stable.  Sure I had a blow out of my video card a couple of years ago, but I wasn’t really worried about my data then.  I run a nice Mac Pro configuration that I have updated over the years.  A 240Gb SSD boot drive that makes things nice and quick.  A 1Tb main hard drive that just held my user folder and a 250Gb time machine disk that kept my important stuff backed up.  I am a Dropbox user so all of my documents are really stored in the cloud and I use IMAP email so they are stored in the cloud as well.  Yea cloud…

So there it was the dreaded spinning beach ball…

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