Archive for September, 2006

Another .NET spammer

There used to be a time when spamming was limited to mass sales articles. Viagra and things like that have an immense marketing potential, and at least I could convince myself to believe that the spam-based sales originated from less advanced home users who didn't realize the global impact of the economy they were feeding. […]

September 27, 2006 В· Jouni Heikniemi В· Comments Closed
Posted in: General

Refactorability is not an excuse for bad code

According to Wikipedia, "Refactoring is the process of rewriting a computer program or other material to improve its structure or readability, while explicitly preserving its meaning or behavior". Since the agile culture emphasizes refactoring of the code as necessary, it does set a new stage for code quality demands: How relevant is the initial quality of […]

September 20, 2006 В· Jouni Heikniemi В· Comments Closed
Posted in: Misc. programming

"An error occurred accessing the website application data folder" in Virtual Server 2005 R2

I had a pretty grueling duel with a fresh installation of Virtual Server 2005 R2. The error message mentioned above popped up on the administration web site even though the installation was completed flawlessly. I also had "You do not have permission to access the event viewer" on the same page. All Google matches returned […]

September 18, 2006 В· Jouni Heikniemi В· 7 Comments
Posted in: Windows IT

"The handle is invalid" from an ASP.NET app

Some time ago we encountered a really strange problem with ASP.NET. A site that had worked properly under ASP.NET 1.1  suddenly freaked out. .NET 2.0 was installed on the server, but no settings were changed. At approximately this time the site suddenly broke down with a "The handle is invalid" error message. It was none of […]

September 13, 2006 В· Jouni Heikniemi В· One Comment
Posted in: .NET