How To: View Facefook events in Outlook

by Damiaan Peeters 21. December 2011 08:05

Open up your facebook profile. Then go to “View All”. 


At the bottom you will have a link: “export events” as shown on the screenshot below.  Click this link.


A dialog window will open. 


Click the link, and your outlook will contain now also your facebook events.

Why Umbraco is not a CMS

by Damiaan Peeters 13. December 2011 15:59

We are working with Umbraco for some time now. The more I use it, the more I like it. 

If you look at Umbraco for the first time, you might be dissappointed.  It has not as much plugin’s as other CMS’s.  (That is until now of course.) In contradiction to what everyone says, my believe is that we cannot call Umbraco a “Web Content Management System”.  Or in short CMS.  I know, they call it a CMS, it looks like a CMS, it smells like a CMS, but it is NOT a CMS. 

Let me look up the definition of a Web Content Management System.

Web content management system is a bundled or stand-alone application used to create, manage, store and deploy content on Web pages. Web content types can include text, graphics and photos, video or audio, and application code that renders other content or interacts with the visitor. WCM may also catalog or index content, select or assemble content at runtime, or deliver content to specific visitors in a personalized way or in different languages. (from wikipedia)

An application you say?

Umbraco is not just an application.  Although, it can be used pretty good as a stand-alone application, it always need some customization.  It contains a very brought base to start from.  That’s why everyone loves it so much.  It can be used as a starting point to build a web application.

Web pages and web content?

Umbraco can be to create, manage, store and deploy a lot more than only web pages.  You can use it as a back-end system for you CRM software.  That has nothing to do anymore with web pages.  If you think about Hive provider in Jupiter (umbraco v5), it’s not too hard to imagine you have a project without a real website but only use the back-end to manage the database.

Index, select and assemble!

That is true.  Umbraco has no difference in this part.  It is a monster in indexing and selecting.  It masters assembling new information very good thanks to Razor, XSLT and Deep .Net integration.  It handles multiple languages.  And you have even packages which help you in personalizing information.  And it goes much further than many other CMS’s with the caching policies, /Base extentions, Events, usercontrols, …)

So what is Umbraco

It has a framework which helps you to DRY (don’t repeat yourself).  It has lots of help what enables to do funky stuff with it. It’s something you use to build web applications on.  I agree, mostly websites.

I call it a Web Platform.

Remove Service Pack on Windows Server 2008 R2 (Compcln)

by Damiaan Peeters 4. December 2011 00:15

So you need to clean some valuble space on your harddrive.  One directory is probably the C:\Windows\winsxs directory which size is very big.  The SxS stands for Side by Side and keeps all dll’s for each version of each program.  (Or something like that…)

If you found on the net already that you need to use the compcln command on your windows 7 or windows 2008.  You are close – but no sigar.  On windows 2008 R2 the tool can not be found because it is part of Windows 2008 SP2. To clean you WinSxS direcory (or at least remove the service pack from the WinSxS) you can use the DISM command instead of complcln.

DISM stands for Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool.  Normally it is used to manage your WIM image, but you can use it on your current windows installation. 

Take care.  You will not be able to uninstall the service pack after you run this command!  It takes some time, so be patient.  I managed to recover 4,5 GB from my WinSxS folder.

C:\Windows\system32>dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded /hidesp


I found this forum post on TechCenter to be pretty usefull in search of information on this problem.

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