Geek Bits

Shell Overlay Icons – The Space Wars
For some of us there has been a quiet war raging inside the Windows registry. The fight is over your shell overlay icons and their priority. I fought back! [...]
.NET Geographic Searches
I recently had to implement a localised search mechanism on an API.  Maths and Trigonometry aren’t my strengths it has to be said.  So I [...]
Docker Gotcha
I’ve just had my first Docker gotcha moment.  I was happily working away using the setup detailed in my first Docker article.  All was [...]
Password Sensibilities
I’ve lost count of the number of organisations I’ve worked for that have adhered to the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) [...]
PlasticSCM – Just Don’t
If you’re considering this source control tool.  Stop.  If you’re considering this for your development team, have mercy on them and [...]
Docker + Windows + WordPress + MySQL + PHPMyAdmin = Nirvana
The last time I did any WordPress development was over a year ago so I no longer have PHP and MySQL installed.  I started marching off down my well [...]
The State of Login in 2017 – LastPass to the Rescue!!
I’ve been putting this off for far, far too long.  I knew migrating to a password manager was going to be a long boring task and now I’ve [...]
SQLite Extensions for .NetStandard NuGet
I just created a couple of NuGet packages for helping to consume SQLite in .NetStandard1.5 applications.  Includes all the nice Async stuff [...]
Oh Dear, Borked Your Registry Key Permissions?
I recently got so fed up with DropBox trouncing all over my shell icon overlays that I decided to attempt a drastic action.  Remove the write access [...]
Windows 10 UWP – Emulator- The Revenge
I’ll tell you why UWP is suffering.  The UWP flavour of XAML is a mere shadow of WPF and the emulator is shockingly hard to get working or [...]
MacBook Prolapse
Apple, seriously … you fucked up. Are you seriously telling your MacBook Pro & iPhone users that they’ll have to buy a dongle to connect [...]
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Windows 7 Updates Roll-up
There’s really no doubt that Windows 7 updates have become a bit of a nightmare.  Microsoft have been aggressively pushing Windows 10.  Some of the [...]
Bookmarks Toolbar in FireFox Full-Screen Mode
This is a neat trick that I use in FireFox.  I like to use FireFox in full-screen mode and I use the bookmarks toolbar a lot.  The trouble begins when [...]
Apple Music – A Disaster for Users
This is the worst thing I’ve ever read regarding an online service.  Apple Music service hijacks ALL your content – even your own created works [...]
The Dangers of Self Build Web Site Platforms
This might at first appear like a form of scare mongering, or a thinly veiled sales pitch on my part but I can assure you it isn’t.  I have too much [...]
ReSharper 10 Speed Woes
I love ReSharper, I really do feel slightly lost when using Visual Studio and hitting Alt+Enter doesn’t offer the same code sugar rush I’ve [...]
App Store App Submission – Continual Failure and Obfuscation
The App Store has to be one of the flakiest “services” I’ve ever had the displeasure of having forced on me.  App submissions seem to [...]
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My Life With a MacBook Pro – 3 Years In
Hmm  … where to start? I had to buy a MacBook, I need to write and compile apps for iPhones and iPads.  I would have preferred to spend the [...]
TeamCity – Sharing Build Properties
Sharing parameters and properties can be a bit confusing for new users of TeamCity.  Lets use a simple example to illustrate how you can do this. For sake [...]