• Need to do a word count from a Word, Excel, HTML, XML or PDF file?

    Count Anything

    I had to send on a word count to a customer recently. Nothing new there. Client's ask for word counts all the time, especially if they are getting content translated. Usually I copy the text into Word document and do a word count from there but this was proving too time consuming.

    A quick search online and I stumbled onto a small program called 'Count Anything'. It's a free program for Windows users that allows you to drag any supported file onto it and it lets you know the number of words and characters in the document. Very handy!

    I love finding programs like this. If you know of any other neat little programs you use day to day let me know.

  • A little Spring cleaning! gets a new lick of paint.

    richard reddy .net web developer

    I've been very busy over the last few weeks working on some interesting MVC 3 projects but one of the things I was meaning to get around to was redoing my own website. I had let the domain just sit there for about 12months but thankfully I had some time over the weekend to get a simple 'CV' style site up and running.

    I will be launching another 2 personal sites very soon to highlight my mobile work. I've been having a great time developing for Windows Phone and I'm hoping to make some more apps for the phone very soon so having a website/portal showcasing my work makes sense. All going well these should be live before the end of March.

  • 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 fix WebResource.axd JavaScript errors appearing when using routing

    I had an issue with one of our 4.0 websites recently. The site was using web forms, routing and had .net validation controls in use. Everything worked great until I used the validation controls and discovered that I was getting 2 JavaScript errors on every page that used these controls.

  • NETGEAR WNDR3700 dropping wifi issues using Eircom broadband modem

    [Feb 14, 2011] No soon had I posted about having wonderful hassle free internet then the blasted thing gave me all sorts of trouble again! This time I have a solution but you're not going to like it :) I bought a second hand netgear adsl2+ modem to use instead of the Eircom router. I noticed on the eircom router that it was dropping access to the attached Netgear router. I reckon I had a dodgy unit as using this new netgear router is amazing. No dropped wifi. No issues loading pages. Just smooth fast broadband! For those wondering about setting up a different router on Eircom you will need to use the User: eircom and Password: broadband1 to access the service. Most modern routers will auto detect all the other techno bits. Phew, it's been a long journey but it's definitely worth it.

  • HTML5 and CSS3 round up for February on

    showcase of latest html5 and css3 demos on

    Just a quick note to say that I have a new post up on featuring a round up of some great HTML5 and CSS3 examples for February 2011. If you want to checkout what other people are getting up to with this new tech go check it out.

    If you're working on your own cool HTML5 or CSS3 demo please let me know and I'll include you in next months post.

  • is now live and ready to inspire you

    I've been really busy over the last few months planning some really cool new projects that I'd like to launch during the year. As a side effect my own blog hasn't been updated as much as I'd have liked. Fear not though as I have some new posts that I'm currently working on that should be online shortly (fingers crossed!).

    One new side project I have just launched is, a website dedicated to bringing you the best web resources and inspiration for web designers from around the interwebs. Rebecca FitzGerald-Smith is co-owner with me on this site.

    Go check it out and if you have any design ideas or showcases be sure to let us know!

  • handmade and designer pearl jewellery site launches website launches. Lovingly handmade jewellery for sale worldwide.

    Well it's been a long time coming but has finally launched! For the past two years my über talented girlfriend, Rebecca FitzGerald Smith, has been busy sourcing and making handmade pearl jewellery. Last Christmas she was selling to friends and families but this year she wanted to go all out and setup an online store.

    Rebecca works with me in Dragnet Systems and even though we make online stores for a living it was interesting to see how much work and effort goes into making a store when it's for yourself. To say that you can be your own worst critic would be an understatement! Rebecca has poured her heart and soul into this project and I think the end results are outstanding.

    Everything from the website design to the store technology was handled by Rebecca. Attention to detail was given to everything on the site, from the logo down to the little basket icons. I know I'm going to be biased when I say that it is a fantastic website but I'm really proud of all her hard work and just wanted to wish her all the best with this new venture.

    With Christmas just around the corner perhaps you could find the perfect gift over on the store for someone you know. Even though shipping on the site is for UK and Ireland initially, will ship worldwide upon request.

  • get's a new update offering even more choice for customers is relaunching in over 26 countries very soon

    I've been extremely busy the past few months working on a new version of that will be rolling out to all European countries very soon. This new version of the website includes many new additions including:

    • New Hertz Advantage branded area
    • Dual Hertz/Advantage pricing screen
    • Updated languages for Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Dutch and Swedish
    • Improved admin area with charting controls, export to excel options, full control over when to display dual pricing, etc.

    I'm also very excited about this project because it is the first project that I've worked on which sits on multiple servers for both the web servers and database servers. The raw power of the server setup is huge and I am very curious to see how it handles all of the traffic from launching in 26 countries.

    The work never stops though and once this project is finished and live there are some new exciting changes coming to our online store software that will be launching in the early part of next year for customers so stay tuned!

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