• 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!

  • Outlook 2013 mark email as read

    Outlook 2013 mark email as read when viewing in reading pane

    I really like using Outlook 2013 but there was one niggly little issue that was annoying me.

    Everytime I viewed an email and it displayed in the Viewing Pane the email was still marked as unread. To mark it as read I had to either right click on it to mark it as read or click onto another email.

    I didn't like either of these solutions so I went looking for an option to mark an email as read as soon as I viewed it in the reading pane.

  • is now powered by Orchard now powered by Orchard CMS

    I've been writing this blog since around 2008. Previously I was using to power my blog but lately I've been on the lookout for something a bit different.

    I love Wordpress and the ease of use that brings, especially when upgrading or installing modules. At the time of writing there is no 'one click' install option for BlogEngine and updating the blog was becoming a chore with each release.

  • Using a Macbook Air laptop as an ASP.NET development machine

    Current Development Setup

    I was using an old Macbook Air (2010) as my ASP.NET web development machine since it was released in October 2010. Since the release of Visual Studio 2012 though it was feeling it's age and things were starting to slow down. Using Visual Studio along with ReSharper was a pretty bad experience on the machine. Opening projects and pages took around 10-30 secs.

    I had a look around at actual Windows laptops to see what was on the market but nothing was really taking my fancy. The Macbook Air with it's SSD had spoilt me and the majority of PC laptops only had 256gb drive paired with 4gb RAM which was too low for my requirements.

  • New posts on the way!

    Wow, it's been ages since my last post here. I've been super busy with some new exciting work over at Dragnet Systems lately which is coming to an end shortly giving me more time to post some new articles.

    Over the coming weeks I'll post some articles explaining how to get the most from MVC3 for real world scenarios. A lot of my work at the moment focuses on MVC3 with Entity Framework Code First, Twitter's BootStrap and jQuery to build amazing web apps for businesses.

    I've also been taking the time to learn how to setup my MVC projects to use dependency injection so that my code is much neater and tidier. It took ages to get my head around it initially but it's starting to pay off now which is great.

    So there you have it. I'm still here and there will be more new posts very soon :)

  • How to stop the nslivemarkservice.js Firebug error messages appearing

    Since I've been running Firebug 1.5.x I've noticed these weird error messages from a javascript file called nslivemarkservice.js. I did a bit of digging around and it looks like this is a leak is happening for some other people as well.

    The solution to this issue is quite simple and requires you to download the latest (not fully released) version of Firebug. I'm sure once version 1.6 is given an official release this will fix the issue for all users but for those of us who would like to debug our code now without seeing these annoying error messages you can download an alpha version of 1.6 of Firebug over at the Firebug website -

  • Estuary Wholesale Suppliers goes lives on

    Estuary Wholesale Suppliers electrical equipment suppliers for trade and industry

    Dragnet Systems has launched a new website for Estuary Wholesale Suppliers who are an electrical equipment supplier based in Limerick, Ireland.

    The site itself is a very simple design with the focus very much on getting the information across in an easy, uncluttered way. The site was built by our designer Raul and the tech was handled by Sinead. I think they both did a fantastic job getting this site out the door considering that they have other projects on the go as well.

    My next project should be launching around April 20th if everything goes to plan. It's a brand new concept for booking a taxi for businesses and I can't wait until the site goes live when I can talk more about it.

  • Dragnet Systems launches a brand new micro site for Hertz Europe and Ryanair

    Dragnet Systems launches a brand new partner site for Hertz Europe and Ryanair

    It's been a long time coming but today is the day that Dragnet Systems finally launches its newest micro site for Hertz Europe: As you can tell from the screenshot above this new site was designed very much with Ryanair and Hertz in mind. The style and approach to the design also follows on from our Hertz Aerlingus project we released 6 months ago - There is a nice clean interface for selecting your cars and accessories that we think really add to the overall user experience. It is also a much faster booking process for booking your car compared to the micro site that this replaces.

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