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If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. [Henry Ford]

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 12:01 PM

Microsoft Application Insights

Microsoft Application Insights lets you monitor your live application for:

  • Availability - Test your URLs every few minutes from around the world.
  • Performance - Detect and diagnose perf issues and exceptions.
  • Usage - Find out what users are doing with your app, so that you can make it better for them.

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 12:20 PM

Background Thread for better UI performance

System.Threading.Thread backgroundThread;

private void SomeMethod()
backgroundThread = new System.Threading.Thread(() => DoSomething(SomeParameter));
backgroundThread.IsBackground = true;

private void DoSomething(string SomeParameter)

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014 1:18 PM

Capture USB Camera Video and Image

After trying various scenarios and having thread deadlock issues, I was able to use Aforge Controls & DirectShow to successfully capture live video and then an image.

private VideoSourcePlayer videoPlayer = new VideoSourcePlayer();
private VideoCaptureDevice videoDevice;

var videoDevices = new FilterInfoCollection(FilterCategory.VideoInputDevice);
videoDevice = new VideoCaptureDevice(videoDevices[0].MonikerString);

//0 = 640x480
//1 = 320x240
//2 = 800x600
//3 = 1024x768
//4 = 1280x1024
//5 = 1600x1200
videoDevice.VideoResolution = videoDevice.VideoCapabilities[3];

videoPlayer.NewFrame += new VideoSourcePlayer.NewFrameHandler(this.videoPlayer_NewFrame);
videoPlayer.VideoSource = videoDevice;
videoPlayer.VideoSource = null;
videoPlayer.NewFrame -= this.videoPlayer_NewFrame;

Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 10:54 AM

Convert Image to PDF using iTextSharp

var img = iTextSharp.text.Image.GetInstance(image);
iTextSharp.text.Document document = new iTextSharp.text.Document();
PdfWriter.GetInstance(document, new FileStream(string.Format("{0}\{1}", ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["OrderFormImagePath"], string.Format("{0}.pdf", fileName)), FileMode.Create));

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 2:53 PM

Infinite Scrolling

Code to detect end pf page for infinite scrolling

<script type="text/javascript">
                    if  ($(window).scrollTop() == $(document).height() - $(window).height()){
                          // run our call for pagination

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 8:48 AM

Tour de Tonka 2014

I signed up for the Tour de Tonka 100 mile route.  Since I havent been on alot of long rides this should be a challenge.  Riding with Kelly Fitz (Starkey).

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:22 AM




A fast, unified and integrated replacement for WCF, WebAPI and MVC
  • Holistically constructed to reduce artificial complexity. Services are designed for maximum re-use
  • Develop with idiomatic code-first C#, features naturally bind to and empowers your existing models
  • POCO models can be used in all libraries as-is - offering un-precedent levels of re-use unseen in .NET
  • Easy-to-use.

ServiceStack Client does not work with Windows Phone 8.

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 2:18 PM

Kinect audio through speakers

To play Kinect audio though speakers - Control Panel - Sound - Recording tab - Listen tab - check the box "Listen To This Device".

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 9:34 AM

Presentation Tips from James Wittaker

  • “The only time people will ever give you their attention – where you don’t have to earn it, they just give it to you – is the first 30 seconds of a presentation.”
  • “Every six minutes, include something of high interest. That’s the length of the average human attention span.”
  • “People connect with speakers who have passion – who are really in love with their subject. You inherit some of that love from them.”
  • “Albert Einstein said, ‘Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.’ Quote powerful people. You can assume some of the power of those you quote.”
  • “Avoid long and tiresome summaries.”
How to change the way people think in four easy steps

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:23 PM