Posts Tagged ‘MSDN’

Developer’s ADHD – Encryption

March 31st, 2013 Comments off

So I started by working on a blog post about reasonably secure passwords which led to me wanting to bang out some more AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption in C#.

Instead of opening some older code I have I decided to dig back in and see what’s new on the interwebs.  First stop was Microsoft’s MSDN to check the .NET 4.5 System.Security.Cryptography namespace.  I also stopped off at a discussion of the differences in Rijndael and AES standard.


Win8 & iTunes 11.02 Installation Opportunities

February 21st, 2013 Comments off

PREFACE:  The issue described herein is most likely a product of what’s installed on my computer is because of my profession as a computer consultant.  This post isn’t meant to disparage Apple or Microsoft‘s hardware, software or support options.  It’s merely intended to recount my experiences.


I’m two hours into something that I wish would “just work” but because of the vagaries of what I install on my computer to support my career path I don’t fit some assumptions about users.


My goal:


Azure DB Connection errors

February 16th, 2013 1 comment

I was working through a training and ran into an issue that occurs often with technology.  Examples and expectations of someone presenting seem to consistently diverge from real world experience.  It’s not the presenter’s fault; it’s the nature of the material.

In my example I was studying about Microsoft ASP.NET applications and the presenter made course material available but PluralSight charges $49/month (or $499/year) to get that and I’m trying to stick with the $29/month (or $299/year) model.  That means that to follow along I have to do whatever it takes to reproduce the same kind of environment.  Since I didn’t have the database available but I have access to Windows Azure development platforms from my corporate MSDN license (thanks, work) I thought a good option would be to host an SQL database on Azure and use that for my training.