Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

Microsoft Expression Web: Editing PHP Files

December 9th, 2009 No comments

Ever tried editing php file with Microsoft Expression? I thought I would give Microsoft Expression Web a go recently and was using it to edit some PHP files. Big mistake! I suddenly started getting PHP error messages that the headers had already been sent out, such as:

Cannot send session cache limiter – headers already sent


Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by

Very annoying! I couldn’t spot anything wrong with the files in Notepad or Dreamweaver. I was very confused. So I decided to open the files in my web hosts online text editor. Lo and behold, Expression Web had put some odd characters before the opening PHP tags on a couple of files! I removed the characters in the text editor and now everything is working fine again.

Moral of the story? Microsoft is rubbish!

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Network Search

October 6th, 2009 No comments

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about search at work recently. Search rules the on-line world. You only need to look at the size of Google and also the $100 million marketing campaign Microsoft just launched for Bing to see that. And I think that one of the reasons the Internet has been such a massive success, is the ability to type a few words into a search engine, and have a wealth of knowledge and information in front of you. Can you imagine trying to find the information you needed if you had to type in the correct web address every time? Impossible. I use Google to find everything on the Internet, even websites I know the address of, and I know I’m not the only one.

Another example is that of web mail. One of the reasons GMail is so popular (and one of my favourite things about it), is its fantastic search capabilities (if you’ve ever used Outlook without Instant Search enabled you’ll know why this is so important).

Despite the success of on-line search, desktop search has been very slow to catch up. It’s still not common even now. (I know there are a lot of solutions around now but this isn’t the focus of this post). Which brings me around to network search. Or lack thereof. Both companies I have been a network admin for have no network search solution whatsoever. None.

When you really stop and think about that, it’s incredible. How on earth does anyone ever find anything? With great difficulty I’m guessing. The problem is that it’s rather costly to get a search server. Google sell one, and I bet it’s amazing, but it costs a bomb too. Microsoft sell their own Search Server software, which is also included in Sharepoint Server.

Microsoft also do a Search Server Express. Now this is free, which is always good, all you need is a Windows server with enough free resources to run it. It works as a Intranet site and actually looks pretty nice. I haven’t been able to install it and try it out yet but I’m definately going to. When I have, I’ll be sure to post about it here.

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NetMeeting Ports

September 23rd, 2009 No comments

NetMeeting is a brilliant piece of software. We use it at work all the time, for connecting to computers across the world or showing users in other countries how to do stuff. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t think so, because I just tried to run it in Windows 7 only to find it isn’t included. Apparently it wasn’t included in Vista either, but was available for download after people complained. Hopefully the same will happen with 7.

Anyway, I’m posting because if like us, and pretty much everybody else, you have a firewall, you’ll need to open the following ports to accept incoming connections:

TCP: 389, 522, 1503, 1720 and 1731.
UDP: 1024-65535.

If you don’t believe me, it says so here: