Archives / 2007 / February
  • Using Encrypted Authentication

    If you use the built-in authentication in ASP.NET, its a good idea to use Hashed or Encrypted passwords. The issue with using Hashed passwords is that you cannot use the built-in password retrieval methods for retrieving the passwords. If you use Encrypted passwords, you'll need to configure a machineKey node in the web.config (MSDN How To). The reason being, you'll receive the following message: "You must specify a non-autogenerated machine key to store passwords in the encrypted format. Either specify a different passwordFormat, or change the machineKey configuration to use a non-autogenerated decryption key". Be sure to follow the MSDN How To that I linked to above to generate your keys.

  • Snow Storm in Northeastern Pennsylvania 2

    Well, as promised, I have posted some additional photos. I haven’t received any photos from others, but I pulled a few of the “better” photos off of the WNEP website as well. You can see my additional photo library at In addition, you can visit my old posting at

    At the current time Interstate 81 is closed from Wilkes-Barre to Indiantown Gap, a stretch of highway over 75 miles. Interstate 80 and Interstate 78 are still closed in spots. You can check out the latest online at

  • Snow Storm in Northeastern Pennsylvania

    I've been trying to keep this blog strictly to .NET. However, this I just had to post about. If you haven't hear already (I'm assuming you have), the Northeastern part of the US was hammered with a "Valentine's Day Winter Storm." This winter has been completely mild as didn't have our first inch of snow until the latter part of January and coming into this snow storm only had a total of 7 inches. However, this storm dumped 15.5" of snow (including 2" of ice) in less than 24 hours.

  • Repeating A Details Section Using Crystal Reports

    This year I created a 1099 reporting module for our accounting system. One issue I came across occurred when I was pulling the information from Microsoft SQL into a Crystal Report. I couldn't find a nice, clean way to print two 1099s per page. Then it hit me. I could have two detailed sections. The first section would contain the fields necessary to display the data. The second section would act as a buffer and add white space to the report so I could print both 1099s on one page. I then came across the issue that every other page was blank. So, this is what I did:

  • System.Web.AspNetHostingPermission when Accessing Network or Intranet Projects using Visual Studio 2005

    I rebuilt one of my development machines recently and attempted to access a project that I had out on a network share. I continually received project messages about the project not being trusted. I remembered that I had to change something but couldn't remember what it was until I found an old note I left in Outlook. The message I would receive in Visual Studio 2005 was: ASP.NET runtime error: Request for the permission of type 'System.Web.AspNetHostingPermission, System, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089' failed.

  • Vista and Office 2007 Demo at Circuit City

    Last weekend (February 3, 2007), I presented a bunch of demonstrations about Windows Vista and the Office System 2007. The turn out was fairly good. Most of the visitors had the impression that Microsoft released a very buggy operating system. I waited to post about this until today to see how the first two weeks have gone. Luckily for MS, they've been good. I grabbed a photo of my demo machine. Click the photo for a larger image:

  • Welcome to the New .NET Valley

    The .NET Valley User Group has released a new User Group website at The website places an emphasis on developers and IT professionals in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Since the group's inception in April 2003, .NET Valley has continued to grow and to support the communities of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

    The new website features many enhancements:

    • Richer Content - .NET Valley now provides a list of events and news as well as news from other sources such as MSDN and eWeek. By subscribing to .NET Valley's RSS feeds, you can stay up to date with the latest news and events. In addition, .NET Valley has established a better means for delivering newsletters and event notifications.

    • Feedback - You can now submit feedback to .NET Valley using our feedback form. You can submit any type of feedback from website suggestions, event suggestions, or potential news articles.

    • Enhanced Searching - Search results are provided for either the User Group site or for the World Wide Web. Use our search bar above to get the results you need.

    • Enhanced Event Listing - You've asked for it and we've delivered it. You can now download event notifications from the event details page for all user group events. In addition, you can access speaker biographies and session listings, download speaker presentations and/or examples after the session has been completed, and get customized directions from the event location listing provided by Microsoft's Virtual Earth.
    Of course our enhancements don't stop there. You'll see lots of improvements over the next few months including job listings, member blogs, a local user group map, and more!

    As we mentioned earlier, your feedback is more than welcome. We're preparing to have a great year as a user group. Be sure to stop by our website today and visit the various sections.

    Thursday, February 01, 2007