Network Issue - Could not connect to WHS via name, only IP

by filip 15. October 2011 03:39

Just ran into a strange issue after upgrading my home network. I got a switch that all devices in my home network are connected to (dumb switch - it al hooks up to a Cisco E2000 for ips).  Anyways... after switching everything over to this new setup, I ran into two issues.

First, my gigabit network was no longer gigabit, even though all lights on the switch indicated that it was gigabit.  Network properties in connected computers also indicated gigabit speeds,  but actual file transfers were at fast ethernet speeds.

Second, I could no longer connect to my WHS via windows explorer from my Win 7 Pro machine, when typing in the computer name (eg: \\server).  It was like the computer didn't exist on the network.  However, the server would respond to pings.  I could do a nslookup, and everything worked correctly.  Also, I could type in my server ip in windows explorer, and it worked (eg: \\192.168.1.100).

I then ran into this forum: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=74&topicid=38789

The suggestion is to run the following command in the command prompt: netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

Running the command on my Win 7 Pro box fixed the issue (after a restart). I could now transfer at gigabit speeds, and the name resolved properly in windows explorer.

I guess something was wrong with my TCP/IP stack, and this fixed the issue.  I still have no clue how it got messed up in the first place, and exactly what was wrong.

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Create Custom Ringtones in Windows Phone 7

by filip 29. September 2011 14:14

The first thing you'll need to create a custom ringtone in WP7 is an MP3 file.  This file must be 40 seconds or shorter (and 1MB or smaller in size).  If your MP3 is too large, you can use a program like Audacity to crop it.

After you have your MP3 file the correct size, you'll need to open Zune and make sure that the MP3 is listed in your music collection. Find it in the collection, right click on the MP3, and click on "Edit".  This should bring up a window with the MP3 properties.  The only real important thing here is that the genre of the song must be changed to Ringtone.  See the image below. 

 

After updating the genre to Ringtone, click the OK button, and then sync the MP3 to your phone.

Finally, on the phone, go to Settings -> ringtones+sounds, and click on the Ringtone selector.  The ringtone you created should now be at the top of this list in the "Custom" section.

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Mobile

Submit and Vote on features for Windows Phone 7

by filip 28. September 2011 16:43

Microsoft has setup a website where users can submit and vote on features they'd like to see in Windows Phone 7.

I've submitted a couple features I'd like to see:

  1. Treat the phone as a USB drive when plugged in to devices which do not have Zune installed.
  2. Integrate with Ford SYNC.... I think its crazy that iPhones work with SYNC but WP7 devices do not.

You can vote on them here: http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/users/24151465-filip-stanek

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Mobile

Flash Combobox setStyle works in Test (debug) and not in Publish (swf)

by filip 25. August 2011 12:15

I tried to customize the combobox ( AS3 ), and everything was working fine by using cbo.setStyle( "embedFonts" ) and cbo.setStyle( "textFormat" ) while testing the movie.  However, when I published the SWF, the styles were no longer working.

It seems like setStyle doesn't really work properly for comboboxes for some reason.  The solution was to apply the setStyle to the textField inside the combobox, and not to the combobox itself.

For example, this doesn't work: 

 

cbo.setStyle( "embedFonts", true );
cbo.setStyle( "textFormat", tf );

 

but this works:

cbo.textField.setStyle( "embedFonts", true );
cbo.textField.setStyle( "textFormat", tf );

 

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New option for fantasy football draft software

by filip 19. August 2011 16:28

There's some pretty cool new software for fantasy football this year.  It is designed for fantasy football draft parties (for up to 20 teams) to select their players via either a snake draft, or an auction draft.

The draft software is called Prime Time Draft, and it was developed by folks at where I work. It is designed for Windows, and it really shines when you hook it up to a big TV. 

You can find it by clicking the link below:

Fantasy Football Draft Software for 2011

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About Filip Stanek

Death Note Pic I'm a developer at ACG in Cincinnati, OH. I like ASP.NET, Flash, and other web technologies, & enjoy playing chess, video games, etc.

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