Enabling Pinging in Windows 2008 R2

For the life of me I couldn’t find an easy option to enable pinging, an ICMP Type 8 or Echo Request response, through my Windows 2008 R2 firewall.  Every hit on Google told me to follow some steps through the GUI that ended up not being in R2…

Entity Framework Repository Pattern

This is my first attempt at an Entity Framework (EF) based Repository Pattern.  I took a stab at this while working on a new project, and I am really liking the ease of use this is providing me.  So I thought I would share… Before I get started…

Searching Stack Overflow The Easy Way (Another Reason To Use Google Chrome)

If you already didn’t have enough reasons to use Google Chrome, I found out that it now has brought the goodness of a one textbox search solution to all sites that support the opensearch specification, including Stack Overflow, not just the one currently registered with the browser, which by…

Timing The Execution Time Of Your MVC Actions

I recently had the need to find out how much time elapsed during the execution of just my action, so I created a handy little action filter based on System.Diagnostics.Stopwatch.  This action filter adds the elapsed time to an HTTP header, appropriately named, X-Stopwatch.  I choose…

How To: Send SMTP Email Through GoDaddy

Note I cannot endorse the SocketLabs service anymore. Everything below works with any SMTP service. If you would like great alternatives please give the people at: Postmark a try for transaction email or if you need to send bulk email please try out SendGrid So you have a GoDaddy server…

To Go Native Or Not To Go Native… That Is The Question

Over the past couple of weeks I  have been slowly planning and revamping my iPhone app to address user concerns, bugs, and problems.  And as part of the rework I decided to support other platforms, in addition to the iPhone, such as the iPad, Android, and Windows Phone 7.  However…