Linux on Hyper-V with High Resolution

I finally managed to get a version of Linux working on Hyper-V that isn’t horribly slow. This is good, because Hyper-V does not play with VMWare Player or VirtualBox. You need to reboot and disable Hyper-V from the boot menu to run other virtual machines when the Hyper-V feature is installed, which is rather annoying, especially for Android development as you can’t run the Intel Android emulator either.

Mint 16 with Cinnamon did not work very well, but using the MATE version does for some reason. Cinnamon complained about lack of 3D video support and ran like a dog. MATE is pretty snappy.

Speaking of running like a dog… I tried XRDP for Linux. Note, to run XRDP, you also need to install a VNC server like tightvncserver. It doesn’t install as a dependency and the error message for the connection doesn’t make it obvious what the problem is. I found VNC very slow at updating the screen and terrible for video.

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Learning Microsoft Surface and Windows RT

I got a cheap deal on a Windows Surface (unfortunately without the rather pricey Type keyboard cover that costs nearly as much as what I paid for the tablet) as a present for someone and have been trying to configure it for them. Not having used a Surface before, or any tablet really, here are some things I came across.

  • Typing passwords is really annoying on the virtual keyboard, especially if they include capital letters or numbers. You can turn passwords off, or change to an image based password or a pin. This is under Charms/Settings/Change PC Settings/Accounts/Sign-in options
  • Skype for Windows RT forces you to merge a Skype login with a Microsoft email account. This means you then have to go update other devices using your Skype login to the merged Microsoft account. It also means if you or someone else want to log into a different Skype, it must have a Microsoft email account and then you are required to switch Windows RT users to use it! More Microsoft forcing you to do things.
  • You can't log out of Skype on Windows RT, but you can force the app to close. I believe this is done by dragging downwards from the top and the app windows will become movable and you drag and drop it on the bottom edge.
  • If you have a Surface running full Windows 8 (not Windows RT), you can use the Desktop version of Skype and log in and out as you please.
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013 now comes for free on Windows RT versions of the Surface (I believe not so for the more expensive full desktop capable versions). Even though it has a touch enabled option, Outlook 2013 on Windows RT runs in a cut down desktop area and doesn't seem designed with touch in mind. For example, to multi-select emails, you need to use the Shift key on the virtual keyboard and the arrow keys. I don't think there is any way to multi-select emails unless they are continuous, ie you cannot select email 1 and 4, you can only select 1 to 4.

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Decent ASP.NET Web Hosting In Australia: Studio Coast Review

I was searching for a decent ASP.NET web host in Australia for an Australian based client. The solution I was developing for them was an Umbraco CMS based website.

I found Studio Coast had a good reputation and advised the client to sign with them. During testing, Studio Coast had great support and I didn't have any problems with them over the months of using the service.

I ran into a very tricky issue regarding Umbraco and the tech support went out of their way and found a solution. From what I saw, I can recommend Studio Coast as a good choice for Australian ASP.NET web hosting.

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Cheap Hosting Comparison With Decent Reviews From WebHostingTalk

A web hosting feature matrix I used while looking for a new cheap and reliable hosting server. Not shown in any particular order. The broad requirements were shared hosting with around 10GB of storage and at least allowing 10 domains, but preferably unlimited domain hosting (the only thing I want specified as unlimited, unlimited storage and bandwidth is generally a deceitful company).

Note: $4.95Y meants $4.95 a month if paid yearly, $2.95Yx3 would mean $2.95 a month paid triannually.

Features/ CompanyPrice DS/BWeb ServerSSHCloudFlarePort 80 WebmailUnlimited Domains /DB/SubStatic IP Prices
eleven2$3.70 a month first year, normally extra discounts available Yes (free, open ticket)Yes 10 Domains on cheapest, Others unlimited$4
crocweb$4.95Y $2.95Yx3 10/100

50% discount?

$1.47Yx3

LitespeedYesYesNoYes$1.95
stablehost$5.95Litespeed + 1 Apache in each locationYes ($2.50 one time)  Yes$3
Geek StoragePro plan - $6.99Yx2LiteSpeedYesYes 3 on cheapest plan, Yes others$2m
FernGullyGraphics$5 5/60Apache + Varnish    $1.95 month/$20 per year
mddhosting$9.78Y (15%) 25% couponLitespeed     

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Domain Name Registrar Comparison

Listing of Domain Name Registrars with New Domain, Renewal and Transfer prices in no particular order. This was based on what I could find after doing some research.
New Domain or RenewalTransferWhoisIncludes ICANN FeeComments
Moniker$9.59 (special $5.99)?
Namecheap$10.69 slightly cheaper bulk to $10.29$9.69Free first year ($2.88 after)18 centsOften have coupons
GodaddyRefuse to use them after getting bad service
1and1Some bad reviews
name.com$10.99$8.25 (special $6.99 for 10, $7.99 unlimited?)$3.99Yes (at least for transfers)
namesilo$8.99 ($8.39 bulk). Possible coupons "coupon saveabuck you can get $1 off any registration or transfer"$8.39 Possible coupons "coupon saveabuck you can get $1 off any registration or transfer"FreeY (says no hidden fees and WHT mentions it)A few positive reviews on WHT. No transfer fees
internet.bs$9.28 slightly less for multi years (down to $8.77 for bulk 2000+ and wire transfer only)$9.28 (special $8.77)FreeY? (says no hidden fees)
resell.biz$9.01 (Tier 2 $8.46)Same as new domain?Free?? (says zero fees, but may be referring to being a reseller only)
dynadot.com$7.99 New, $9.99 Renew$7.99$2YesNo transfer fees
gandhi.net$15.50

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