24 Hours of PASS – March 15-16 2011

The 24 Hours of PASS is returning March 15th-16th 2011, and they’re looking for feedback on which sessions to include! If you’d like to participate, the link to the survey can be found here. I chose the ones I’d like to see, be sure to stop by and make your selections for your favorites! I’m looking forward to another great set of informative sessions! If you haven’t done the 24 Hours of PASS yet, it’s definitely worth attending! If you forward this link, be sure to include the tags #24HOP, #PASS.

Eric

Eric Oszakiewski is a professional software developer based in Scottsdale, AZ with over 35 years of IT experience, and 19 years Native American Gaming experience. He is currently working as a Sr .Net/SharePoint Developer for General Motors, and also as a consultant.

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Office Communicator custom presence in R2

I upgraded my Office Communicator 2007 to R2 last week, and my custom presence stopped working. Turns out R2 will assume default security for transport, which is set to High, and then requires your custom presence XML file to be an HTTPS URL. Even if you set your registry entry to be an https path it still won’t work. The link to the articles that did help can be found here:

Defining custom presence states for Office Communicator 2007 R2
Communicator R2 custom presence not working?

Basically, you just need to create a .reg file and load it with this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftCommunicator]
@=””
“CustomStateURL”=”C:Program FilesMicrosoft Office CommunicatorPresence.xml”
“EnableSIPHighSecurityMode”=dword:00000000

Just replace the path in CustomStateURL with the path to your local XML file with custom presence info, run the .reg file and restart Communicator. Enjoy!

Eric

Eric Oszakiewski is a professional software developer based in Scottsdale, AZ with over 35 years of IT experience, and 19 years Native American Gaming experience. He is currently working as a Sr .Net/SharePoint Developer for General Motors, and also as a consultant.

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USB to 5VDC wiring diagram

I can never remember what the pinout is to get 5VDC from a male USB-A connector, and being color-blind having a true wiring diagram helps a lot. Sure I could Google and Wikipedia search it, and combine the results, but hey, why not use my blog as a repository of stuff I’ve learned, right?

Here is a link to a PDF document including pictures and data polarity/voltages. Basically, you want pins 1 and 4. Looking at the male connector head-on, pin 1 is the far right, and pin 4 is far left. Pin 1 is your 5VDC (VCC) and the associated wire should be red, and pin 4 is GND and the associated wire should be black.

Now, gonna go make my girlfriend a USB-power cable for her new digital picture frame (it can only be powered by 5VDC power supply, no battery or USB…you believe that?)

Eric

Eric Oszakiewski is a professional software developer based in Scottsdale, AZ with over 35 years of IT experience, and 19 years Native American Gaming experience. He is currently working as a Sr .Net/SharePoint Developer for General Motors, and also as a consultant.

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