How to enable Outlook’s Query Builder for precise, advanced search

Some of you may not be aware of a powerful tool available in Outlook called Query Builder

Changing default date/time format in ASP.NET web application

You may come across the need to change default date/time format in your ASP.NET application, for example when you want to host it on a server with different localization settings than in your application. This is a very simple and straightforward solution:

  • Open Web.config file in your project
  • Within system.web section add following code (changing the culture to the desired one):
<system.web>
<globalization culture="pl-PL" uiCulture="pl-PL"/>
</system.web>

For detailed information about the globalization tag please refer to documentation at MSDN .

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Firefox constantly reports certificates errors when visiting HTTPS sites

Hi there!

I’ve decided to write a short article about this annoying issue, because I’ve stumbled upon it twice during last month.
The user informed me that he’s unable to visit popular web sites like Google, because an warning message pops up on the screen informing him about certificates errors. Sometimes he could just add the page to the exception list, but sometimes he couldn’t do anything about the problem and just leave the page he was trying to access.

Enable Active Directory user authentication mechanism in Bugzilla

I was struggling some time to configure Bugzilla to use my Active Directory server, so let me share with you my experiences in this topic.

Installation of Net::SSLeay Perl module fails with “openssl/err.h: No such file or directory” error

For the purpose of connecting Bugzilla installation with SSL-enabled Active Directory server I needed to compile NET::SSLeay.

Bugzilla reports errors in bugs_fulltext table during comment submission

It may happen that Bugzilla will tell you that bugs_fulltext table is corrupted when you try to submit new comment to the database. I was trying to find a solution to this problem and finished up with pretty straightforward fix.

Sharing USB devices over TCP/IP network

Hi guys!

Lately I’ve tried to share some USB devices over TCP/IP network in Windows environment. It wouldn’t be a big problem at all, because there’re many commercial solutions for doing this which probably are doing their job just perfect, but because I needed a stable and free application, preferably a GPL one, I had to find some other solution to this problem.

Short guide to C#/WPF application cracking

As a software developer I know that it’s almost impossible to keep your application secured from reverse engineering. You can take many approaches to keep it safe like checking CRC’s, preventing application from running if it finds debugger/disassembler settled in the system etc, but no matter what you’ll try to do, you should always end with checking if your methods are good enough. Probably the best way to check if your application is secured in a right way is to try to crack it on your own and see what will happen.
In the following few steps I’ll show you how to crack basic protection in a C# application. Please note that the same will apply also to WPF applications.
THIS GUIDE IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. REVERSE ENGINEERING IS MOST OFTEN FORBIDDEN BY SOFTWARE LICENSES AND BY DOING THIS YOU MAY BREAK THE LAW. I’M NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THIS GUIDE NEITHER FOR ANY ILLEGAL PURPOSES FOR WHICH THIS GUIDE MAY BE USED. YOU’RE DOING EVERYTHING MENTIONED IN THIS TUTORIAL ON YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY WITHOUT ANY RIGHT TO BLAME ME. IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH THESE RULES YOU CAN STOP READING THIS POST. THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING.

Enable Database Mail in SQL Server 2008 Express Edition

SQL Server Express Edition (EE) is great for users who want to run small- and medium-sized corporate applications with solid database background without the need to spend money for full SQL Server package, however for me this free version had some lacks which made it less functional in some specific cases. One of the most important features which I missed was the ability to send e-mails directly from SQL Server EE so I googled a bit and found a solution for this problem.

Black screen with white stripes in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS clear install

You may find some problems with displaying terminal information in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It seems that Ubuntu 12 doesn’t like CRT monitors and “corrupt” the graphics in console (e.g. TTY1) as well as on startup/shutdown screens displaying all services startup/shutdown results. Now I know that it’s easy to repair this issue, but I’ve spent over one day on looking for some solution, so now I’ll tell you exactly what to do :) .
First of all open file /etc/default/grub/ with some text editor as root (I prefer nano, so it goes like this: sudo nano /etc/default/grub). Next locate line with #GRUB_GFXMODE=WxH where W and H will be some resolution setup. First of all uncomment this line and set some resolution which is supported by your CRT monitor, e.g. GRUB_GFXMODE=1024×768, then add one new line in this config file as follows:
GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=1024x768
Save the file and execute update-grub command (you need to be root!) and restart your system. Voila! Your console messages look normal again ;) !