Tips to help improve Evernote desktop performance

tips to help improve Evernote desktop performance

I use Evernote every day in work. I'd be lost without it. The ability to quickly search for answers for my day to day tasks or to write down some development ideas for later use makes it one of my daily 'go to' tools.

There are of course loads of other note taking apps out there, many of them free too, but for me Evernote wins out because of how my data is organized and the quality of the search results. Some of the features I rely on are paid features but I use the app literally every hour of my working day so can easily justify the cost/benefit.

Compared to some users out there I would have what would be termed a 'small' collection of notes. At present it's around 500 individual items - mostly text but some of these will have images or screenshots. I noticed that every now and then Evernote will slow down and a little spring cleaning is in order to help it out.

I've found that running the steps below can really help out with the performance of Evernote. If you ever find yourself starting at the app while it's not responding when you do a simple search or if the app is freezing for a few seconds when opening notes these tips could come in useful.

Allow Chrome to view blocked page due to cert error

Allow Chrome to view previously blocked page due to a cert error

If you're using Chrome to develop locally over https but your site cert is invalid you might have come across an issue where Chrome will block access to your website.

UIsually you can click on the 'Process to site' link that Chrome gives you but if you don't see that link you might have to delete any previously saved security policy information you had saved.

Web Developer Monthly June 2017

Web Developer Monthly launching June 2017

Issue 01

Welcome to the first issue of Web Developer Monthly. In this month's issue we take a look over the past 30 days to see what has been happening in the world of front-end web development. As this is the first issue, I suspect the format and type of news being covered could vary but lets see how this goes. If you have any comments, good or bad, let me know! relaunched for the new year

Richard Reddy personal website relaunched for 2016

I finally got some time together to do a bit of an online spring clean and updated my personal website to give it a more modern look.

This new site is mobile friendly and built using Bootstrap and .Net and hosted on Azure. Rather than using loads of sample projects I tried to focus more on the technical expertise I've built up over the years. 

My next mini project will be a website for Code Pixel Studios which I've been meaning to get around to for close to 2 years now.

How to fix ASP.NET 3.5 websites not running on Windows Server 2012

ASP.NET 3.5 websites not running on a newly setup Windows Server 2008

I had an issue the other day where a new Windows Server 2012 installation was not running my older ASP.NET 3.5 web sites. Everytime I would try to navigate to a .net 3.5 website I would see a '404: page not found' error message.

If I manually typed in a path containing a '.html' file this would load without any issues for me but '.aspx' files would not load. I noticed that the Mapping Handler was missing settings for older code - everything was 4.0. This explained why .html files were ok but .aspx files were returning a 404. The server just didn't know what to do with .aspx files for older .net sites.

I opened the Add Roles and Features Wizard (go to Control Panel, Turn Windows features on or off) and drilled into the IIS web server to ensure that 3.5 was installed but noticed that only ASP.NET 4.0 was installed on the server. To fix this I simply had to tick the checkbox for .Net Extensibility 3.5 and ASP.NET 3.5. You can find these checkboxes by drilling into the following tree menu:

  • Web Server (IIS) (installed)

    • Web Server (Installed)

      • Application Development (Installed)

        • .Net Extensibility 3.5
        • ASP.NET 3.5

If you get asked about restarting the server you can leave that checkbox unchecked as this install won't require a server reboot. Remember to restart IIS or recycle the app pool and website before you try and browse to your .net 3.5 website for the new settings to take effect.

How to fix MS Teams continuously trying to log in after you update your PC password

fix for MS Teams login loop issue

We use MS Teams in work and after using it for close to 12 months it really has won us over from Skype. It did take a little bit to get used to the idea of 'conversation threads' and not just random chats but once you get used to it, you'll never go back

However, there is one issue that a few of us have run into where Teams would just keep showing the 'Logging you in' modal when starting up after we change our system passwords. This would happen even if you logged out of the current Windows session or rebooted the PC.

Mouse cursor disappearing over text fields when using Remote Desktop Connection

Mouse pointer hidden over text fields

I recently had an issue where my mouse cursor was disappearing over text fields when I would you a remote connection. When hovering over browser address bars, the body of an email or text editors if would just vanish.

This was initially annoying but after a few minutes of trying to work like this I knew I'd need to seek out a solution.

Luckily it's a very quick fix. I'm still not sure why this happened but to resolve it simply follow these steps:

  • Click on Start and go to the Control Panel
  • Select Mouse and this should open a new dialog box for you.
  • Select the Pointers tab and under the Scheme dropdown, choose 'Windows Black (system scheme)'

The cursor might not look the best compared with what you had previously but I'd take a nasty looking cursor over an invisible one any day!

Web Developer Monthly - Starting June 2017

Web Developer Monthly launching June 2017

Over the last 3 years I've been working as a senior .net contractor which has meant that I haven't been blogging as much as I'd have liked. To try and fix this and to encourage myself to blog more I'm going to try something a little different and create a monthly blog series that will highlight some of the of the best web design and web development news that has caught my eye over the last 30 days or so.

There are already tons of great daily and weekly web tech feeds out there but sometimes it can feel a bit like information overload. To set myself apart from these feeds I'm not going to list every single news item from the last month. Instead I'm going to pick the 'best bits' from the last few weeks and highlight what I feel are the big hitters. This could include news about, some JS framework news, TypeScript updates, GIT hints and tips, links or even just some funky UX techniques I've stumbled upon.

Hopefully you'll find it useful. The first issue will drop next month so keep an eye out on Twitter for #WebDevMonthly. If you've spotted anything interesting recently be sure to reach out to me on Twitter to let me know: @RichardReddy

Error when sending email using Office 2016

fix email not sending error Office 2016

I recently decided to upgrade my Microsoft Office from 2013 to the newly released 2016 version. The update itself was quite painless and once installed everything continued to work as before, with one exception.

I noticed that for some reason Outlook was not sending any of my emails. Initially I thought that my SMTP username/password for one of my email accounts was wrong but I have a number of accounts setup in Outlook and none of them were sending emails.

Every time I would attempt to send an email I would get the error:

Unknown error occurred, error code: 0x800cce05

To fix this error, I ran the system file checker repair tool. To do this open the command prompt and type sfc /scannow and press Enter. The scan will take a while to do depending on the type of hard drive you have and the size of it. My 256GB SSD drive took around 20mins to complete the scan. Once the scan had completed I fired up Outlook and tried to send a test email and it worked perfectly - just like before. 

I'm not sure why I had to do this but if it's happening for you at least you know a simple scan should resolve the issue and allow you to continue sending emails with Outlook again.

How to compress SVG in IIS

how to compress svg mimetypes in IIS

Most people know about turning on compression in IIS. In recent versions of IIS it's been a simple case of ticking a checkbox to turn it on. I noticed the other day that svg files on one of my sites were not being compressed by default.

If you use Bootstrap or one of the other well known frameworks, or you're designing your site for mobile, chances are that you'll be using svg file format for your some of your fonts. By default IIS does not compress this file mimetype. Doing so could help save on bandwidth and help speed up your site for your end users.

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