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Using reCAPTCHA in your ASP.NET MVC app

The Internet is full of bots. There’s no denying it, bots have been created to perform tasks on the Internet for many purposes, a good example is Ticketmaster, who have calculated that approximately 60% of all bookings are made by bots (src nyt). One of the most common practices for fighting back against bots is by adding what is known as a ‘...

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ASP.NET MVC4 AuthorizeAttribute throughout app

If you’re developing a website where there should only be a couple of publicly accessible pages in ASP.NET MVC, then at first you may try to go through all your controllers decorating them with the AuthorizeAttribute. Although you will still want to allow anonymous users access to the login page otherwise anonymous users can never become logged ...

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Google Now: A Review

What is Google Now Google Now is an app that Google has had available for a couple months now, while there have been a lot of reviews out quickly about the list of features that are available I’ve left it for a bit to be able to try it out and use it properly for myself. The tagline that Google have given this new service is “The right informat...

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Acer Aspire S7-391: New shininess

Recently my old laptop started making some rather worrying noises like a chainsaw, now admittedly it was just the fan needing replacing but due to age I decided to retire the old gal. Before a recent trip abroad I spent some time in the terminal waiting for my flight during which I decided to have a look at some of the shiny laptops in one of th...

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VPN on your Android

When this is posted I shall be travelling around Europe (I’ve set up delayed publish), while I’m away I will be getting my fix of the Internet through public wireless networks and networks in hostels. As any security conscious person will know public wireless networks are dangerous territory where unless your connections are secured it is possib...

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Free coffee: Keep it joined up

I admit it I go to Starbucks for coffee occasionally, I know I am a terrible person and I’m going to hell but it’s in my building and just so convenient when I am getting into work at 07:30 or something. On a more serious note, one of the things that I like about Starbucks is their Android app, which is basically the combination of a gift card a...

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Google Calendar events in Microsoft Outlook

I recently bought Microsoft Office 2013 Professional for use at home, while I am not a fan of the hefty price tag associated with Microsoft Office I got a really good deal on it through the company I work for. I am quite a fan of Microsoft Outlook and despite looking there is no free alternative which matches it (sorry Mozilla Thunderbird fans b...

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Developer humour

One of the great things that I love about being a developer is the in-jokes, the jokes which as a developer you laugh at because it’s sad how true they are. Things like XKCD and Dilbert always make me smile, everyone has seen XKCD (if not then you have my permission to stop reading and go spend a couple hours on the website, you can thank me lat...

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