Installing Moodle on Windows Server 2003 with SQL Server

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

To get started, there's some excellent instructions available for download as a PDF.

Additional things I did:

I tried to set up the FastCGI extension for IIS, but after getting some weird errors, decided to leave it for another time.

This did end up taking a lot longer that I'd hoped. But at least it is working now.

Mobile browsing

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Microsoft claimed that Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile 6 was a big improvement on previous versions. That wouldn't be hard, seeing as earlier versions were roughly equivalent to most of IE3/4.

Unfortunately, IE for WM6 isn't that much better. Quite a few websites I visit render poorly on it.

I'm a big fan of Mozilla, and they've produced Minimo. This runs like a very slow dog and seems to crash more often than not. Hopefully it will improve over time, but I'm not sure that there's much (if any) further development going on.

I tried Opera's mobile browser, which looked really good. It costs money however, and I'd prefer not to pay for a web browser.

Today I came across Skyfire. It's a free browser, initially for Windows Mobile 5 & 6. It's still in Beta, and for some weird reason, while you can sign up for the beta, if you don't have a US telephone number, you can't get it at the moment. A bit strange as they do say it will work over WiFi too.

Windows Server 2008 released and Vista SP1 (almost)

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

I see that Windows Server 2008 has been released, and downloads are now on the Connect site.

Vista Service Pack 1 as also been finalised, but it appears it won't be available for download until Mid-March.

Looks like we need to be a bit more patient, unless they do make it available on the Connect site prior to the regular public Microsoft Downloads site.

What password?

Monday, 4 February 2008

Why did my phone's alarm either not go off or wake me up on time this morning?

And more importantly, when I turned it on, why was it asking me for a password? (I have a PIN on my SIM card, but this wasn't prompting me for that)

After trying every password it could possibly be, I did a reset, and fortunately, the password prompt went away.

So either there's a weird bug in Windows Mobile 6, I set a password on it in my sleep (unlikely), or someone else did this (also unlikely).

The last thing I did before I turned out the light was to confirm that the alarm was set (so there wasn't a password set then), so this is very odd.

If your 'Show Desktop' icon is missing from the Quick Launch toolbar

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

then this is how you put it back.