Outlook 2013 social connector does not works with linkedin

It is a couple of days that Outlook 2013 cannot connect with linkedin anymore, I’ve tried to remove and readd again my account but it fails telling me that Password is not valid.

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After a brief lookup in the internet I’ve found the reason, the certificate that outlook uses to connect to linkedin is expired (check this on https://outlook.linkedinlabs.com/ ) so we need to wait until linkedin updates the certificate.

If you are in a hurry and really want outlook to connect back again to linkedin you can use a dirty developer trick. Just launch fiddler, a web debugging proxy that is used by developer to intercept traffic of web application. In tools-> Options menu you can instruct fiddler to intercept HTTPS traffic and decrypt it

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This is usually a security hole, but it is the only way a developer can inspect HTTPS traffic of web application. The good side effect of this options, is that outlook now connect to Linkedin through fiddler, and since I’ve told him to ignore server certificate errors, outlook can connect to linkedin.

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Clearly as soon as you close fiddler connection get lost, but it can be useful if you need to retrieve some information from linkedin (new contact, etc), then you can simply close fiddler.

Do not remember to remove interception certificate once the problem will be corrected with a new official certificate.

Gian Maria.

My blog moved to Windows Azure

Actually it is a few days I’ve moved my blog to Windows Azure using Web Sites, still in Preview, but really stable. The only problem with my WordPress Site, is that I’m not able to use the automatic update of plugins, due to some problem in writing on the virtual file system, but apart from this little problem (I updated my plugin with standard FTP) I’m really satisfied of azure.

Thank to the fact that I have a MSDN subscription I have a certain amount of resources available for free, because they are included in the base MSDN subscription, you can read details here.

Moving to azure was really simple, just activated a new Web Site in reserved or shared mode, upload all site content with FTP, then restore MySql database to a linked MySql database (you have 20MB of MySql actually available for Web Sites), and finally switched my dns, and the blog is now running on Azure.

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Actually if you have a MSDN subscription, Azure is a really appealing hosting solution. PHP support is good, you can also use the WinCache as cache backend for your W3 Total Cache plugin and everything runs smooth.

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Happy New Year to everyone :).

Gian Maria

I do not like Git, if you want blame me for this

I did not like Git, it is a really personal opinion, but I work a really limited time on github project with some friend of mine and I always find surprise using git, surprises that never happened with other SCS (Hg, Subversion, TFS, etc).

Today I modified a file in my working copy, but after some code I want to revert to the original version, so I issue the revert command with tortoise Git.

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Figure 1: Revert screenshot from tortoise Git

Now I press Ok, I got this nice confirmation dialog

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Figure 2: Confirmation dialog that confirm me that the file was reverted.

Now I reopen the solution in Visual Studio but the file is still modified and if I right click on the repo folder and choose again Revert from TortoiseGit I got the very same situation in Figure 1, Tortoise Git is telling me again that the file is modified and it can be reverted.

Then I issue a git reset –hard command but it does not work.

I know that I have a really little knowledge of git because I used it 10 times in a year, but I never find another source control that tells me “hey your file is reverted” but in reality nothing happened.

Gian Maria.

New Blog theme

I’m working on a new blog theme, but I’m surely not a good designer :), but thanks to metro design it is quite simple to create a readable style for the site.

Here is a screenshot of the work in process.

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I think that it will improve the readability of the blog, at least I hope :).

Have a great weekend.

Alk.

The real price of hardware

I bought a Vertex 3 240GB SSD drive for 270€ VAT included and some of my friend told that this is an expensive drive and they do not want to spend so much money for a Drive. The problem is how you use your hardware, in my life I work as a software consultant, and I spent most of the time in front of a computer compiling and programming and if spending 270€ can make my work more productive it worth the money I spent, because I can work faster.

The main reason that makes me bough a new SSD is that I work a lot with virtual machine and the difference of performance of a VM machine when run from a SSD or from my RAID of 2 velociraptor was outragous, but with my single 120 GB SSD I have trouble to make enough room to run my VM so I decided to buy a new drive. When it was time to decide what to buy I opted for a 240 GB SSD, so I could remove the RAID, all the fan dedicated to the two velociraptor (they are really hot :)) but to be honest I did not expect a great increase in overall performances. But I was wrong.

Just to give you some number, before installing the Vertex 3 drive, I took a big project of one of my customer, that has a Continuous Integration build script in MSBuild+NANT that does lots of stuff, I launched it a couple of time, and I got 132 sec the first run and 117 sec the second run (due to cache of filesystem)

Today I launch the script on the Vertex 3 drive and got 73 sec in the first run and 68 sec in the second run, this means that with my new SSD build time is really faster and I really feel my Visual Studio quicker on compilation. When you move from a standard disk to SSD you really feel different, but I assure you that you can have a similar sensation when you move from an old generation SSD to a new generation one, my Vertex 3 really outperform my old Intel X-25M.

Reading these results makes me feel that I spent my money for a good reason.

Gian Maria.