25 February 2009

Very good articles on Telerik and Custom skins. The key to use custom or modified skin is to set EnableEmbeddedSkins property to false. Without this setting Telerik will always use the skin files embedded in the Telerik.Web.UI.dll.

How Skin Works - http://www.telerik.com/help/aspnet-ajax/howskinswork.html

Modifying built-in skins - http://www.telerik.com/help/aspnet-ajax/modifyingexistingskins.html

Creating a custom skin - http://www.telerik.com/help/aspnet-ajax/createcustomskin.html

Register Skin on your page (Register the CSS file in your page) - http://www.telerik.com/help/aspnet-ajax/skinregistration.html.

You can also use ASP.NET 2.x Theme mechanism by coping your custom skin folder in the App_Theme folder. In this case you don't need to manually register the CSS file of your custom skin when you are using ASP.NET themes. The framework will automatically register any CSS files found in the current theme folder (~/App_Themes/MyTheme).

18 February 2009

Vedic Taekwondo test for Yellow Belt. He like the running part. We all enjoyed.
Video from my Silverlight account. More details on free Silverlight streaming account - http://blog.laksha.net/2008/07/microsoft-silverlight-streaming.html

13 February 2009

With the Handipoints Parent Portal you can keep track of your kids’ Tasks, Goals and progress while helping them learn responsible, healthy habits. Work with your kids to add Tasks and Goals that fit your life and your family.

Handipoints Parent Portal - http://www.handipoints.com/parents.php

Complete Error Message: “Failed to generate a user instance of SQL Server due to a failure in starting the process for the user instance. The connection will be closed”

I found a solution at: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sqldatabaseengine/thread/f5eb164d-9774-4864-ae05-cac99740949b/ 
Check comment by “Scott J Baldwin - Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2006 8:28:58 PM”.

Main points from his reply:

  • Delete C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Data\SQLEXPRESS.

    Remember to replace USERNAME with your username.
  • Also check if the SQL service account has the necessary permissions.
  • It is possible to attach to databases in the traditional by edit the connection string and delete the "user Instance=true". User Instances just make it easier (when it does work) to work with databases as though they were files.

Thanks Scott J Baldwin.