Calculating Dell Power Consumption for Servers

We are in the process of building out a new data center. One of the items I needed to know was a rough estimate of our new, monthly electrical bill. In some cases, you may need to show a return on investment (ROI) for going to a virtualized environment using VMWare or Microsoft Hyper-V. You can calculate the number of watts your devices use by visiting http://www.dell.com/calc. If you need to calculate cost of power, you can convert watts to kilowatts (watts / 1000), then multiply that by 24 hours, 30 days, and the cost per kwh. So, if you … Continue reading Calculating Dell Power Consumption for Servers

Port your Android or iPhone apps to Windows Phone 7

Did you know that your current Android or iPhone apps can be ported to Windows Phone 7? Now, there’s no “easy” button that will automagically convert the apps for you. However, in a post on June 9th, 2011, the Windows Phone team explained how Android apps can be converted. Microsoft has provided an easy package for Android developers. The package includes: Android to Windows Phone API mapping tool Windows Phone 7 Guide for Android Application Developers white paper, 90+ pages organized in 7 chapters In April, the team released an initial post explaining how iPhone apps can be ported to … Continue reading Port your Android or iPhone apps to Windows Phone 7

Changing the Title in the Tile Icon of a Windows Phone 7 Application

If you’ve built a Windows Phone 7 application, you may have noticed that if you pin your application to the Start menu, the name of your application appears in the lower, left-hand side of the tile. You can change the text in this tile, by right-clicking on the application and going to properties. On the Application menu, modify the Tile title properties. A sample of this area is displayed below: You’ll notice that the title text is blank in my screenshot. To accomplish this, you’ll need to perform a little magic. If you wipe this out in Visual Studio 2010, … Continue reading Changing the Title in the Tile Icon of a Windows Phone 7 Application

Using Web.config Transforms in ASP.NET

One of my team members was working on an issue today within an application. The application is setup to use web.config transformations. Web.config transforms are a great way to create multiple build configurations (including, but not limited to, the debug and release build configuration that are built-in) and allow different configuration settings based on the build. For instance, you may have a database connection set to your localhost when you are debugging locally. However, you can use web.config transforms to change the server name when you publish the application using the release build configuration. This can also be used to … Continue reading Using Web.config Transforms in ASP.NET

Blog Moved to JasonGaylord.com

I’m leaving this blog up for now. However, all new blog content is being moved to JasonGaylord.com. I’m posting lots of things regarding MVC, Orchard, WP7 and other new Microsoft technologies. Be sure to check it out today at http://JasonGaylord.com.

Orchard CMS Command Line Exception

Late last week when I was at CodeStock 2011, I ran into an error with the orchard.exe command line utility. The exception generated looked similar to the following: c:\inetpub\wwwroot\Orchard\Modules\Orchard.Packaging\Services\FileBaseProjectSystem.cs(33): error CS0246: The type or namespace name ‘FrameworkName’ could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?) Exception Details: System.Web.HttpCompileException: c:\inetpub\wwwroot\Orchard\Modules\Orchard.Packaging\Services\FileBaseProjectSystem.cs(33): error CS0246: The type or namespace name ‘FrameworkName’ could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?) After talking with individuals on the Orchard team, this appears to be an open item that they hope to solve for Orchard 1.2. … Continue reading Orchard CMS Command Line Exception

Disneyland Adventures due out November 15th

Earlier today at the E3 Expo, Microsoft unveiled several new features to Xbox Live, Kinect, and announced several new games including Halo 4, Kinect Sports Season Two, and Kinect Disneyland Adventures. Kinect Disneyland Adventures is pegged to be the first Kinect game including Disney characters. I stumbled across a screenshot that appears the game will be released on November 15th this year. While additional specifics cannot be confirmed, this definitely looks to be in line for the holiday season.

The WeatherDotCom Widget for Orchard CMS

If you’ve checked out my new website recently, you may have noticed that I have included the weather on the site. Mouse over on the right-hand side and you’ll notice a “bing-like” box that will appear. I’ll talk about this a bit more in a bit, but you’ll notice that the weather pulls for my local zip code. These are the results from the Weather Channel’s weather.com. To take advantage of this service, you must first register on their website at http://www.weather.com/services/xmloap.html. During this process, you’ll be provided with a Partner ID and a License Key. Be sure to take … Continue reading The WeatherDotCom Widget for Orchard CMS

Grow Your Website using Orchard

I’m just wrapping up a trip to Eastern Tennessee’s CodeStock 2011 (in Knoxville to be precise). While I was down here, I presented on the Orchard CMS. Both the conference and talk were great and while I’m never really satisfied with any of my talks, I have recorded it. It will soon be available on the CodeStock website for all to view at a later date and time. However, I know that Michael Neel is quite busy and it may take him another day (or week) to get everything up there. So, I’ve jumped the gun and published it up … Continue reading Grow Your Website using Orchard

Preparing for CodeStock 2011

I arrived in Sevierville, TN last evening in preparation for CodeStock 2011. I’ll be presenting about the Orchard CMS tomorrow at 12:30pm in room 401. You can read more about the talk on the CodeStock site at http://codestock.org/Sessions/grow-your-website-using-orchard.aspx. I’ll be posting pictures later on after visiting various stops.