We all know Netflix is having a hard time keeping customers happy. So I guess they got very creative in how to retain customers. Look at this:
I am creating an ASCX control for a .Net 3.5 site. I have an all white control and wanted to have a quick UI just to do a bit of testing and prototyping without having to spend too much time working on the UI piece of things. My motto is “get it to work first, and now make it look pretty”, which is not exactly what most devs do. Most devs do “get it to work, who cares about it looking pretty”.
Anyway, I created a Master page, copy pasted directly from the web and VOILA, besides an endless set of strings and multiple forms I also got the following line in my new master page.
Just delete all references to viewstate in the copy pasted text. Do the same for forms, simplify and use the new UI
for demonstration purposes only
Server Error in ‘/PaymentsWeb’ Application.
The state information is invalid for this page and might be corrupted.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.
Exception Details: System.Web.HttpException: The state information is invalid for this page and might be corrupted.
[No relevant source lines]
Source File: c:\Users\xavier\AppData\Local\Temp\Temporary ASP.NET Files\paymentsweb\8e1d30e5\5e7998b7\App_Web_smihqcyt.0.cs Line: 0
Foto tomada hoy desde el gimnasio nuevo por donde Pepe Figueres! Ya esta a punto de llegar el tren!!!!! Estoy feliz, si llega ahi entonces ya no ocupo tragarme todas las presas diarias atravesando la ciudad.
Being a loyal customer during my multiple trips to the US, I was THRILLED that finally Netflix is coming to Latin America. Until yesterday…
As soon as it became available, I signed up and went straight to my beloved Documentaries section. I am disappointed…
Netflix: will the Latin America service be equivalent to the US one? Please don’t disrespect us. Just because we live in a third world country, that does not mean that you should give us a third world service.
Also, don’t make the mistake of adding translated titles to spanish. We want the movies in their original language!
I was reading today this great article, Can you hear Apple’s iPad competitors sobbing?, and just thought to myself that instead of making a huge pile of Android devices – why don’t all these companies that built IPad look alikes and failed miserable – instead of just throwing them away they give them away for free to children in third world countries.
It is not exactly a one laptop per child, but it is a one internet-enabled-device-that-children-can-use-to-learn that could make a difference in the upbringing of many underprivileged financially minds that can also have potential for a better life.
It all makes sense to me, maybe not Nicholas Negroponte’s dream, but still it is a great way of helping the poor and not throwing a way those devices. Some of these companies might even get some good PR… you know… help the children… third world… which as we all know some big corporations would never give something away without a tax break or good PR in return. But who cares! What I care is about giving opportunity to those that don’t have one.
Am I being just too naive?
I just noticed something. I am:
– Using my Mac Book Pro (Lion? not yet) to connect via Remote Desktop Connection to
– My Dell PowerEdge Server with Windows Ultimate 7, which is next to me but I don’t change the Apple display for anything, plus I like the mobility – work from everywhere via RDC to my server – and
– In my server I am running VMWare Player to host another Windows 7 that
– I then use to VPN all the way to a server in the UK via Citrix (I use a VM as the Citrix software sometimes blue screens on 64 bit systems)
– And in the Uk I connect to another virtual machine running Windows Server 2008
… Where I can check if our software is running appropriately.
Best of all… it works!!!!
In my Mac I also run Parallels, I love it… Give it a shot, Coherence is great! (If you don’t know what Coherence is, think of it as just running both Windows and Mac OSX and feeling it is the same one.
Also, I had the PowerEdge running Windows Server 2008 with HyperV. HHHNNNNN. Gets the job “done”, but VMWare Player is far superior for what I need. Won’t run in 2k8, so that’s why I moved to W7.
XCode and Objective C are not for the faint of heart… oh well at least in some departments like web services and xml parsing. Anyway, there I go little by little learning and learning.
I came across this site last night…yes Friday night…. and I love it!
No affiliation with these people, just want to recognize when someone does something useful!
One of the most annoying things for me is how dumb the clipboard is (yet at the same time being extremely useful).
Quick scenario to demonstrate my point
– Ctrl C on an email address from a person you are going to write in the next few seconds
– You get distracted, move to a different window and copy paste a file that you need to share in a network drive (more on effective file sharing soon)
– You get back to write the email and you no longer have the text in your clipboard. Ohhhh the humanity!!!! Well, not quite a Hindenburg disaster, but still VERY annoying
Well, it is extremely simple to fix. Download CloudClipX and it will help you keep track of the most recent text’s you’ve added on your clipboard.
Just click on the icon in the task bar and select the entry you want again in your clipboard and you are good to go!