Another .Text enhancement

.Text Comments

I'm using the .Text web administrator for writing my postings. Unfortunately, there's no link provided to get from the administrator section to the public view. Either you have to edit the address line, click on a favourite link, or logout. Neither of them is very comfortable. I admit I never log out Blushing.

Therefore, once again I patched .Text and added another link to the header of the administrator section:

.Text administration with Home link

I've simply added

| <a href="<%= dottext.framework.config.instance(context).fullyqualifiedurl="" %>">Home</a>

to the start of line 19 in \admin\Resources\PageTemplate.ascx. This link directs you to the homepage of your blog (in my case

I can think of others who are missing this too. Scott, how about adding this to the official .Text distribution?


Update: Doh Do you see the "Thoemmi.NET" text? In fact, that's the link back to the main page. I didn't notice that. Thanks to Scott, Bryant Likes, and Shannon J Hager for opening my eyes.

Emoticons within .Text

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Some days back I've started to implement support for emoticons in .Text. It was expected to replace any textual emoticons such as 😃 into the graphical representation such as Smiley.

However, today I notived that ScottW is already adding this into .Text. At least I found it when synchronizing my home installation with the published sources. Unfortunately, the file containing the replacement table is missing up to now. But since Scott uses the same algorithm as ASP.NET Forums do, I took their file (emoticons.txt, that is).

Anyway, the graphics Scott envisioned to use are not my favourites. Therefore, I'm using the same as CodeProject does. Finally, here's my substitution table:

Input Renders as
[:)] Smiley
[:-D] Big Smile
[=:O] Scared
[P] Tongue out
[;)] Smiley
[:(] Sad
[:~] Perplexed
[:|] Expressionless
[:'(] Crying
[:}] Blushing
[8)] Cool
[>:<] Mad
[0:)] Rolleyes
[X(] Dead
[doh] Doh
[eek] Eek
[omg] OMG
[sigh] sigh
[zzz] Zzz
[wtf] WTF
[unsure] Unsure

Update: Of course I asked Chris (heart and soul of CodeProject) for permission to use the depicted graphics. Therefore as promised: Credits for the emoticons go to Chris and CodeProject.

Windows Server 2003 Password Manager and XP

Software Comments

Are you working with Windows Server 2003? Maybe you have noticed that Stored User Names and Passwords control panel applet:

Stored User Names and Passwords

No more net use /user:. I wish Microsoft would have included it in XP already.

But wait... Maybe we can use that applet on Windows XP as well. In fact, the control panel applet's executable is %SystemRoot%\System32\keymgr.cpl. So if you have access to a Windows Server 2003 installation, just copy that file to your Windows XP box and open your control panel. Viola.

FeedValidator does not like me

Site news, Internet Comments

It seemed as Feed Validator didn't like me. When I checked it said it can't validate my RSS feed. However, loading my feed within a web browser looked ok. Therefore, I wrote an email to Mark and Sam this morning. I've got following reply:

Yeah, that's a known bug.  It's not your fault at all.  It's a server configuration issue on the new server, and Sam and I are actively working on a fix.  (It affects his feed too.)

Thanks for the report.  We'll announce at when we have a fix.


Thanks in advance, Mark.

PS: BTW, I cannot find a RSS feed for the Feed Validator News WTF