Installshield sucks. Thanks Microsoft.

Adding an installation project to my solution in vs2010, i notice an “installshield le” option for installation projects. ok, whats this? I do some research and apparently microsoft is abandoning their own installation projects, and will be moving everyone to use this “light edition” of installshield in the future. I’ve used installshield in the past. … Continue reading “Installshield sucks. Thanks Microsoft.”

How does ChatRoulette work – the RTMFP protocol

Disclaimer – I’ve never used chatlroulette and have no intention of starting. But I was curious about the technology under it. Has Flash finally enabled some way of direct peer-to-peer streaming of data? And it appears that this is the case. The RTMFP protocol is a version of Adobe’s earlier streaming protocol called RTMP. RTMFP … Continue reading “How does ChatRoulette work – the RTMFP protocol”

Async javascript loading for reduced page load time

Many of my websites have the standard addins for integrating with the rest of the world- the addthis.com gadget, the facebook like button, etc. A number of them also use google maps. Each of these includes a javascript file from a remote source, which normally will slow down the load time of your pages. Google … Continue reading “Async javascript loading for reduced page load time”

Orchard multitenancy configuration

Am now successfully running multiple sites on a single instance of Orchard (this one). Can’t really divulge what they are, but I will comment on the configuration- when making a new tenant, make sure you have no spaced in the name. It doesn’t fail immediately, but does a few steps later. The solution requires – … Continue reading “Orchard multitenancy configuration”

torsion bar valve springs

When I’m running, I get lots of weird ideas. Today, I thought, why not use torsion bars for valve springs in engines, instead of the usual coil spring? Benefits should include- less moving mass, adjustable pre-load, and… well that’s all. So, this falls into the “new-old” ideas category – apparently was done as far back … Continue reading “torsion bar valve springs”