• I almost own a house

    I almost own it and it’s almost a house

    Peering out from the overgrown buddleia and douglas fir planted distressingly close to the walls, sits a Victorian cottage in a Buckinghamshire village. We stumbled across it in the summer and despite all the warning signs fell in love. Caroline blames Kevin McCloud and George Clarke…


    Having swung from attempting to buy a new build house over the first half of 2018 and being thwarted by incompetent house builders, I’ve ended up at the other end of the scale. In a few weeks, I’ll have the keys to what, from the research we’ve done so far, is an early to mid 19th century cottage with a late 19th century extension and an old barn showing a 1692 date stone.

    Once the structural issues (!) have been handled, we’ll start the renovation process. It’s been a fascinating few months reading up on the way that old solid walled houses breathe and how the cement render on this one won’t be helping the dampness. I’m looking forward to getting it back to its former glory.

  • Self-signed certificate with Subject Alternative Name for IIS Express

    17 years after RFC 2818 deprecated the use of the commonName attribute in an SSL certificate as a means of identifying the domain name for which it’s valid, Chrome 58 has enforced it.

    Our first hint at this was when a colleague found his development environment suddenly broken. Chrome was reporting “Your connection is not private” when connecting to IIS Express.

    The security tab in the developer tools gave the next clue with an error stating “Subject Alternative Name Missing”.

    Fixing it, however, took a bit of digging. I would hope there’s an easier way to fix this, but I threw together this Powershell script that seems to do the job (run as Administrator).

  • Slack Alerts from VSO Release

    Visual Studio Online has built in support for Slack web hooks so that various events can trigger a message to a Slack channel. These events include things like code check in or build completion, but do not have any triggers for Release Management. As a work around, we hooked up our release definition manually and this post shows how.

  • ASP.Net 5 deployment with VSO Build and Release vNext

    Microsoft has documented the process for building and deploying ASP.Net 5 applications to Azure Web Apps using Visual Studio Online build, but accomplishes the deployment using a PowerShell step in the build pipeline. We want to make use of VSO Release Management vNext to be able to stage releases through different environments. This post shows how we finally got this up and running.

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