Direct URL for a Store in XMPie uStore

You can login to an XMPie uStore using a direct URL. This is just for debugging purposes. Normally an outside user will use a friendly URL that the proxy server generates. The URL for accessing a store is:

The XX is the StoreID that you can find in the uStoreAdmin site under ID beside the Store Name. Your store’s web site goes under in the URL.


How To Download Visual Studio 2015 for Offline Install

I don’t mind online installers. They’re convenient but if your installing a multi-gigabyte application, you don’t want to reinstall it this way. Visual Studio 2015 is one of those apps.

This, in my humble opinion, is the best software developer tool out there. If it had PHP, Ruby, and FTP/SSH, I could uminstall Eclipse. (To clarify, there is PHP available for VS but it’s a commercial product and the free Eclipse version is just as good and free. Did I mention that it was free?)

There used to be an option on the Microsoft site to download a VS ISO, but it seems to be unavailable now. You can still download the installation files (not the ISO) by running the online installer with a command line option.

First, download the installer. Then open a cmd.exe prompt as administrator. Then run the installer as follows:

    vs_community_ENU /layout

You will then be prompted for a download path, then the long download will proceed.

This will download the core features of Visual Studio and you’ll still need to go online to download all of the features you might need.


How to Recover a Joomla Admin Password

If you don’t login regularly to your Joomla administrator site, you may one day forget what your password is. If this unfortunate event does happen, its very easy to recover it if you have access to the database that your web site uses.

Open your database and find the table prefix_users, where prefix is the database prefix that you selected when you installed Joomla.

Open your user account for editing.

In the password field, replace the contents with


You’ve just changed your password to the word secret. Now immediately login and change your password to something more secure.

This procedure works with Joomla 2.5 and 3.x.


How to Fix Microsoft Outlook Failure to Activate License

When I upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows XP, everything worked well except Microsoft Outlook. It required me to activate its license and failed on every attempt I made at this. This may be due to it trying to write data to a folder that Windows 8’s enhanced security was blocking. Windows 7 users experience the same problem with Outlook’s license activation.

The solution is very simple. You need to run Outlook as an administrator, i.e. right click on the Outlook program icon and select “Run as administrator” from the list of options. Even though I was logged in as administrator, I still had to do this step to force Windows to run Outlook as an administrator. Outlook was then able to activate its license with Microsoft and then ran without a red title bar in the application that indicated a problem.


Redirecting ASP.NET Pages

You can redirect an ASP.NET page using one of three methods. The first method is through metatag redirection. If that fails, then it will try to redirect with JavaScript. If that fails, a URL will be displayed that the user can click on to redirect the page.

An HTML 5 only version of this redirect page can be found in the post Redirecting Pages in HTML 5.

— ASP.NET code below —

<%@ Page Language=”C#” %>

<!DOCTYPE html>

<script runat=”server”>

<head runat=”server”>
<title>Page Title</title>

<meta http-equiv=”Refresh” content=”0; url=”>

<!– If the meta tag doesn’t work, try JavaScript to redirect. –>

<script type=”text/javascript”>
window.location.href = “”

<form id=”form1″ runat=”server”>
<!– If JavaScript doesn’t work, give a link to click on to redirect. –>

<p>If you are not redirected automatically, click <a href=’’>here</a>.</p>