Monthly Archives: August 2012

Enabling .Net 4.0 on Web server

Not being an active ‘web’ developer for some time I stumble across an issue to make a small .Net 4.0 web application to work on a new Windows 2008 R2 server. After copying the application files to the local server (inetpub) and even creating the application in IIS (with no warnings or indications of a problem) I tried to test the application from the local machine.

That’s when I got the ‘HTTP Error 404.2’ error with further details ‘The page you are requesting cannot be served because of the ISAPI and CGI Restriction list settings on the Web server.’. As usual I did not read the whole page again and went on to find an answer on Google which did not really help too much – but it did point me in the right direction. Eventually I went back and read the full error/warning page that actually list the solution…

The solution is to enable .Net 4.0 for IIS (this is a 64-bit machine) doing the following:

  1. Open the IIS Manager and navigate to the server level.
  2. In the Features view, double-click ISAPI and CGI Restrictions to verify that the Web service extension is set to Allowed.

At least next time I will know better (or find it quicker) 😉

One small step

With the passing of ‘Neil Armstrong’ I can’t help thinking that we must give more attention things that really make an [positive] impact on us all – especially the exploration of outer space.

As a small tribute to Mr Armstrong I always thought of him as a true gentleman, an example of what a true hero should be. He never let ‘fame’ get to him and did not exploit his position to achieve more than he should – but he did what had to be done and nothing less.

The famous quote ‘One small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind’ is just the beginning. It should be continued with something like “which is only the start of the next [small] step towards infinity!”. Both ‘Buzz’es’ would have been proud of that (Aldrin and Lightyear) 😉

I really hope we [as humanity] would set foot again on the moon and will continue to the planets and eventually the stars. Sadly, as things look now we are still to caught up with out petty little differences (as always) and too jealous of each other to allow good to happen to even our ‘own’ neighbor, never mind the possible rivals somewhere. Ironically, the only reason we [they] reached the moon was for a political statement which in the end meant nothing as it wasn’t continued.

Going into space isn’t easy. But it is worth it. If only we can realize that ‘space’ can also be a solution to a lot of our ‘imaginative’ problems here on Earth. I still believe one of our most fundamental problems is that there are only ‘so much’ Earth’ we can share and having too much pressure on its resources is what is driving most [if not all] of our struggles. If we can only learn how to live in space [since there is so much of it] it surely will help.

RIP Mr Armstrong.

Windows 8 – Down with Metro

No, I haven’t managed to get the latest build or RTM of it yet and neither am I going to rush out to get it. I played with the Developer preview and then again with the Consumer preview plus I’ve been following online all the ‘progress’ (or lack thereof) and thoughts of other people and reviewers.

In recent news two ‘Gaming’ companies gave Windows 8 a thumb down for their own reasons. They probably also have alternative motives which I don’t even know about right now – and don’t care about. My ‘beef’ with it is more on the productivity and corporate fronts.

Let me try to explain a bit more.

The vast majority of ‘users’ I know use the desktop in Windows like a… {drumroll} real desktop with Icons cluttered all over the show. Some may say that is untidy and unproductive but most people (me included I admit) ‘know’ exactly where I left stuff in that mess (yes and my wife also hates that… hehe ). It all forms part of my thought or work processes as I may not be done with something yet and want to go on or repeat that action or process at some time again. Sounds familiar? That is why I create custom shortcuts or leave some files on my desktop. Lots, if not the majority of users do that.

Now, Retro (cough I mean… Metro) was probably (in part) made to help clean up that messy practice – but here is the problem – just like when my wife (or maid or whoever) go an clean or pack away stuff that I left there where I know about it, Microsoft went and try to ‘fix’ something that ain’t broken. I absolutely hate this! If they have to ‘fix’ Metro to do this it will become just another ‘desktop’, duhhh.

Further, Metro looks more like a toddler interface meant for babies or (cough) idiots. Yeh, I know, it is intended for the more ‘mobile’ space like tablets but I’m using a ‘desktop’ computer so why must I also be forced feed this ugly interface? I admit, it has its advantages but I can happily live without most of them for my purposes.

The ideal would simply have been that we still had the option to make the ‘classical’ desktop the default upon starting Windows. It can be system setting that you can choose either during set-up or through control panel or whatever system configuration tool they use. I have a suspicion that somewhere down the line they (MS) will be forced to implement this – mark my words!

Until then, Windows 8 will not see any of my computers where I have a say about it.

Update: Well, apparently the name ‘Metro’ itself has become almost poison to Microsoft themselves -due to trademark issues with a German retailer (Metro AG).