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  • A really bad bug, A really stupid bug, An easy fix with some crazy attempts

    I just fixed what has apparently ( and sadly) been a longstanding bug in Community Credit having to do with logging in.  In a nutshell, if you enter your username and password when logging in and hit enter, you will see the profile of Karl Shifflett.  Sounds pretty crazy, eh?  Don't get me wrong, Karl is a highly accomplished individual and I am happy to show off his profile to anybody who asks.  Heck, I even nominated him for an MVP which he was just awarded, in fact.  However, you shouldn't really see his profile as a result of trying to login.   Although this bug is rather simple, it is pretty bad from a perception standpoint.  It makes the site appear to be badly broken, IMHO.  Since I am in the habit of clicking on the login button, it is something that I never encountered.

    After chatting with Chris Williams, last night, he mentioned that if he types in his UserName and hits enter, he sees Karl's Profile.  I tried it and sure enough I was able to reproduce it.  At this point, I said to myself, the bad news is that this bug exists, but the good news is that I can reproduce it very easily.

    What could cause such strange behavior you may be wondering? I know I was.  Believe it or not, it had to do with the fact that if you hit enter when logging in, it doesn't trigger the Submit Button on the login control, but rather the Enter key must bubble up to the next active element, which in this case was the first Profile display icon. As a result, you see the profile of the first person in the list.

    So, how to solve it (or not to solve it)...  Well, start by looking at this discussion thread (57 replies).  If you haven't clawed your eyes out yet, keep reading.   These are some pretty convoluded attempts which I am sure may have worked, but I just couldn't bring myself to do them.  Although I did convert the login control to a template, going through some of the other steps just felt so wrong....so did the javascript solution and a few others that I read. 

    The Solution? 
    The solution was on the page, though, and was the post by Benazir Mandli which was essentially to set the default button on the form to the login button.  Simple as that.  Problem solved.

    Page.Form.DefaultButton = btnSubmit.UniqueID;

    It is nice to have such a bad bug fixed.

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  • Community Credit Prizes for April 2008

    Note: As always, our prize list can be found on our "Stupid Prizes Page"Check it out to see past prizes and contest winners.

    The items below show the prizes that you can win at Community-Credit this month(April 2008 ). You can have a chance at earning one of these prizes by contributing to the development community this month.  Simply log your contributions (points awarded for over 100 types of contributions) and the geeks with the most points at the end of April 2008 Contest will win one of the prizes shown below. You can also see the past winners and prizes on our Stupid Prize Page.


    But first... a word from our Sponsor: StupidCubicle.com
    This month we are happy to have a brand new sponsor. It is our sister site, StupidCubicle.com . The site only has a few products right now, but they are cool products. Be sure to give them some love.  Drop us an email and let us know what you think.




    Onto this Month's Prizes...
    Grand Prize: 4-GB Halo 3 Master Chief USB Drive

    In celebration of the ultimate shooter, Halo 3, our Grand Prize this month is the 4GB Halo mimobot® Series 1 Designer USB Flash Drives! Not only will you have the most badass USB Drive around, but it arrives preloaded with tons of Halo content, including the mimobot soundByte™ application, artwork, excerpts from the upcoming Halo novel, and a special episode of "This Spartan Life."

    Note: If you are not a Halo 3 fan, you can select a different MimoBot design here They have some truly amazing designs.



    1st Prize: Palmsize Battle Tanks

    Office disputes can be handled in a most diplomatic manner. As standard procedure, the offending parties are teleported to the surface of Vulcan where they duel to the death to resolve their differences. However due to the high employee turnover rate we have revised the policy to declare a victor based on Palmzsize Battle Tank warfare. These detailed diminutive r/c tanks feature authentic tank sounds and IR based "laser tag" action with realistic recoil. A hit momentarily disables your opponent. Get enough hits and take control of your enemy's tank. Each set contains two-tanks, but buy an extra set and up to four tanks can battle at once to solve those more complicated office disagreements



    2nd Prize: Space Warp Desktop

    You know those desk-based toys of yore where five balls hang from strings and clink back and forth in different patterns? Well slap that old desk gadget in a Delorean at 88 Mph and you'll get the futuristic Space Warp Desktop. Imported from Japan, this mesmerizing desk toy features either chromed ball bearings or glowing orbs perpetually rotating on a clear track. Flip a switch on the back to choose which type of balls you prefer, while the ones you don't want are automatically sorted and stored in the base. The glowing balls are powered by a built in UV light in the base which charges them up, causing them to glow as they roll down the track only to be charged up again at the end of the run. It's Japanese efficiency at its finest served up for your desk-based enjoyment.



    3rd Prize: Tengu

    There is a philosophy in Japan with regards to electronics that a new bit of gadgetry doesn't exactly have to be practical to be useful. One only has to look at their total embrace of household robotics to see the truth of it. Their approach to gadgetry is to develop the product first, then create the need for it.

    For example - here we have a cute little white plastic brick with a face made of LEDs. The tiny microphone in the base picks up sounds in the room, whether it's music, or your loudmouth boss, and makes his mouth move in time. It's like he's lip synching to the song! Kinda like Britney, only much much smaller, and probably smells better.

    He's USB powered, so plug him in to any powered USB port, set him near your favorite sound-source, and your little buddy will perform for you all day long!





    4th Prize: GX-10 Interactive Gaming Cam

    Web cameras have revolutionized the way people communicate. Board meetings can be held across the planet, parents can monitor their kids in school, you can even monitor your jerk neighbor as he sneaks into your yard and steals your tomatoes. Webcams extend your vision by huge distances, but did you know that webcams can actually inject you into your videogames?

    No, it's not quite as sinister as it was in Tron. There's no Master-Control-Program to force you to play. No Sark demanding you join with the MCP or die in the games. Still, these games can be so addictive and fun, you may never want to leave the world of the games!

    Three games, Kung Fu, Super Knight, and Funny Stair will have you fending off Ninja attackers, running jumping and avoiding falling deadly spikes, and shooting down rocket-powered mutants by swinging your arms up down, left and right. The camera and the sophisticated software included, interprets your movement, and makes your on-screen doppelganger fire devastating lasers or issuing the virtual smackdown to flying martial assassins.





    5th Prize: Mr. Burns USB Webcam

    Charles Montgomery Burns, the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, believes in productivity. "A well oiled machine", he is often found saying, "is made up of one part human resources, two parts quality equipment, and three parts soul-crushing surveillance." He is known to have his long skinny fingers in every pie in Springfield and the surrounding boroughs.

    "A good worker", he elaborates, "is a monitored worker. Also non-unionized mind-controlled automatons do a fine job." So, until he perfects his R&D's department's work in cybernetically enhanced capuchin helper-monkeys, he'll have to settle for keeping a close eye on his employees.

    "Those nincompoops think I'm giving them a nifty doo-dad that lets them communicate with acquaintances over the Internet-o-phone," he says conspiratorially, "but really I'm watching their every move." His finger, then, wavers precariously over a button marked, "Hounds."

    A high-quality webcam shaped like Monty Burns at his desk includes a large clip that allows it to be attached to your flat-panel monitor or laptop screen.





    6th Prize: Broken Image Necklace

    Green circles, red triangles, and blue squares. No, these are not the the latest polygons in the Lucky Charms lineup. They're your friendly "broken image" icon component parts, er, well, maybe not yours. Depending on your browser, YBIIMV (Your Broken Image Icon May Vary).

    Hang the broken image symbol around your neck, and voila. Your necklace has failed to load. It's a freaking clever idea we couldn't resist. The necklace is on a 17" leather cord closed with a sterling silver clasp. The pendant itself is lightweight, made from non-toxic shrink plastic (with a protective coating) and measures about 1 inch square. These are handmade by the artist in California, so expect some slight variation which betrays they were not made by a robot. At least, not so far as we know, but we didn't do a Turing test on her





    7th Prize: Mini Business Card File Cabinet

    You've collected hundreds of business cards since that last conference. Now, they're scattered between stacks on your desk, stuffed into files, mixed into papers, and wrinkling in your back pocket. That's hardly the way to maintain a proper business relationship.

    This little file cabinet looks like a shrunken version of the real thing, but holds up to eight hundred business cards. Two drawers pull out, letting you shuffle through your entire collection. We've even included lettered-tabs to help keep everything organized.



    8th Prize: Phantom Keystroker

    In a new era of sophisticated office pranks sure to drive your co-workers bonkers while you snicker silently at your desk, the next advanced level in stealthy office joke electronics is ready for your enjoyment. The Phantom Keystroker may look like a harmless circuit board, but it's actually a devious contraption of unlimited office-based torture. Simply discreetly attach the Phantom Keystroker to any extra USB port on your victim's computer, no drivers needed. The Keystroker emulates a keyboard and mouse and periodically makes random mouse movements and types out odd garbage text and phrases. A simple jumper setting allows you to choose between either keyboard garbage typing, annoying mouse movements or both. An adjustment pot sets the duration between "events". We recommend you don't set it too frequently so as to extend the agony. Your hapless co-worker pal will think his computer has been possessed or infected by a destructive virus. As he writhes in anger and furiously dials tech support you can rest easy with a job well done



    9th Prize: Plush Mario Sound Bops

    Think about re-configuring your office like a Super Mario Brothers Level. Desks become platforms, leftover donuts become mushrooms and the office dogs get really really confused. With these Plush Mario Sound Bops peppering the course when we squint our eyes we can almost envision being in a real video game. Hit the plush Brick Block on the bottom and you get a coin sound from the game. Jump on the plush Goomba (or simply bop him on the head) and he makes the defeated Goomba sound... unless you bop him one too many and you get the "game over" noise.



    10th Prize: Star Trek Classic Communicator

    Captain Kirk is known for many things; one thing is being prepared for anything. Whenever Captain Kirk left the Enterprise, there were always three things he made sure he was equipped with. His Phaser, a tear-away shirt, and his Communicator. The Phaser we already sell. The shirt you'll have to make yourself. And the Communicator . . . has finally arrived.

     Now you too can talk to the Enterprise no matter where you are. Just flip up the grill, and you'll be greeted with the lights and sounds you've come to know and love. But not content with mere beeps, the UFP has packed this replica with voice clips from the actual series. Delight as you hear Mr. Spock ask you if you want an armed party beamed down and thrill as you call the Enterprise and hear Bridge here, Captain. So equip yourself with the Communicator that futuristically prognosticated the invention of the cell phone, and get ready for a communication . . . from the stars.





    11th Prize: Super Mario DX Vinyl & Fabric Figure

    Mario loves to party. Some evidence of this is the game Super Mario Party (and all its many sequels). He loves the new friends he meets, he loves showing off his dance moves. But more than everything else, Mario loves showing off his new clothes... especially while reclining on your desk. The Super Mario DX Vinyl & Fabric Figure has a detailed vinyl head hands and feet, while his body and clothing are made from plush fabric. We recommend you keep him next to your mouse to ward off any marauding goombas out to kidnap your princess.



    12th Prize: RTFM Mug

    This is a Very Fine Mug, you might even call it a VFM. And if you can understand/relate to the following paragraph, then just perhaps this VFM is for you.

    "AFAIK, I'm a BOFH for continually bashing you with a clue-by-four. OTOH, if you would just RTFM every once in a while, my life would suck *much* less."

    10 ounce black mug with bold white "RTFM" design on front.





    13th Prize: Dissolvo Spy Paper - Water Soluble Security Paper

    Dissolvo® is an extraordinary paper that, when placed in or flushed with water or steam completely dissolves, along with anything printed or written on it. Dissolvo looks, feels and tears like ordinary paper. You can write on it, photocopy onto it, coat, emboss, and print on it - just like any paper. Our Dissolvo paper provides top security for classified or confidential documents.

    Developed and used extensively by government agencies, this special water sensitive Spy Paper makes the need for shredders virtually obsolete. Dissolvo is nontoxic, biodegradable and 100% recyclable.




    14th Prize: Inanimate Character Stickers

    We do it every day, though mostly without thinking about it - we get angry at the stapler that mangled our presentation, or the phone when it can't get a signal. We say we "love this coffee mug," and sometimes we even imagine a face on the clock on the wall. It's called anthropomorphizing, and it's where we imbue human characteristics to inanimate objects.

    But are they really inanimate? Certain mythologies suggest that the more we use and include these objects in our daily lives, the more connected they become with our lives, thoughts and feelings. They are pleased when we use them, and are sad when they're discarded. Think back to that stuffed monkey doll you had when you were a kid. You threw him away one day, and there he sits - vacuously staring at rotting garbage in a landfill for all eternity. Not very nice at all!

    So some of these objects can be construed as to have a personality. Why not make it official? Stick a couple of googly eyes, and a goofy grin on a coffee mug, and hey-presto! Your happy smilin' coffee-buddy is happy to let you drink from his skull! That letter-scale looks a little like Domokun, doesn't he? I think that tape dispenser has something evil on his mind… Hmm…





    15th Prize: Extreme Office Crafts

    There’s a good reason Dilbert and The Office are so popular: today’s most popular sport is mocking life on the job. After all, the average work environment is filled with undesirable people, unpleasant situations, and hours of clock-watching boredom. So what’s a person to do but get this subversively funny gift book? It’s a sanity-salvaging guide for someone on the fast track to burnout. Waiting for the copy machine? Stuck in a claustrophobic cubicle? Then pillage the supply closet, and make the most of a bad situation by creating projects that range from the ridiculous to the sublime.

    Relieve cubicle hell with sticky note mosaics or a privacy “curtain” made from key rings and ID tags. Deem yourself Employee of the Month, and craft a glittering crown embellished with colored paper clips and highlighters. Help pass the afternoon with a game of “Boss Phrase Bingo.” From beauty pickups (a correction fluid manicure) to novel ways to get even with an evil co-worker, Extreme Office Crafts is full of fabulous activities that could be considered brilliant exercises of whimsy (or grounds for termination). Tongue-in-cheek, on-location office photography will have readers lol-ing . . . out loud.







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  • Community Credit Uber Geeks Recognized in April 2008

    Let's see which Uber Geeks were recognized in April 2008 ...
    Note: As always, our prize list with all of the past winners can be found on our "Stupid Prizes Page"

    The folks listed in this category were participating in the Uber Geek category, which conists of the Participants that below have truly exceeded in their contributions to the development community and have been rewarded with some really geeky prizes. How did they win? They simply went above and beyond in their contributions to the development community and logged their contributions here and the geeks with the most points at the end of April 2008 Contest won one of the prizes shown below. 


    But first... a word from our Sponsor: StupidCubicle.com
    This month we are happy to have a brand new sponsor. It is our sister site, StupidCubicle.com . The site only has a few products right now, but they are cool products. Be sure to give them some love.  Drop us an email and let us know what you think.


    And now, onto the winners
    Grand Prize Winner: Emanuele Mattei with 116,462 Points points won a USB Missile Launcher



    1st Prize Winner: Shawn Wildermuth with 35,425 Points points won a Animated Retro Pong Shirt



    2nd Prize Winner: Keyvan Nayyeri with 34,980 Points points won a Location Earth Dog Tags





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  • Community Credit Winners Recognized in April 2008

    Let's see who was recognized with geeky gifts in April 2008 ...
    Note: As always, our prize list with all of the past winners can be found on our "Stupid Prizes Page"

    The folks listed below have truly exceeded in their contributions to the development community and have been rewarded with some really geeky prizes. How did they win? They simply went above and beyond in their contributions to the development community and logged their contributions here and the geeks with the most points at the end of April 2008 Contest won one of the prizes shown below. 


    But first... a word from our Sponsor: StupidCubicle.com
    This month we are happy to have a brand new sponsor. It is our sister site, StupidCubicle.com . The site only has a few products right now, but they are cool products. Be sure to give them some love.  Drop us an email and let us know what you think.


    And now, onto the winners
    Grand Prize Winner:Chris Williams with 100,075 Points points won a The Rear View Mirror Bluetooth Speakerphone.



    1st Prize Winner:Pete O'Hanlon with 61,975 Points points won a nuclear war USB hub



    2nd Prize Winner:Deepak Kumar Vasudevan with 29,700 Points points won a Family Guy Stewie USB Toy



    3rd Prize Winner:Marlon Grech with 29,000 Points points won a The 40-Foot Marshmallow Blaster



    4th Prize Winner:Karl Shifflett with 26,150 Points points won a Simpsons USB Mouse/Mouse Pad Set



    5th Prize Winner:Randy Walker with 24,500 Points points won a Star Wars PC Speaker Set



    6th Prize Winner:Laurent Bugnion with 21,500 Points points won a Digital Dog



    7th Prize Winner:Jacob Sanford with 21,000 Points points won a Glow Brick



    8th Prize Winner:Chris Love with 19,500 Points points won a The Finger Drum Mousepad



    9th Prize Winner:D'Arcy Lussier with 19,000 Points points won a 8-bit Tie



    10th Prize Winner:Jeff Kwak with 17,000 Points points won a Desktop Repeater Rubber Band Gun



    11th Prize Winner:gianluca gravina with 15,500 Points points won a Mini LED Light



    12th Prize Winner:Jeffrey Schoolcraft with 15,000 Points points won a Water Clock



    13th Prize Winner:Chris Rock with 13,350 Points points won a Soft Speakers Monkey



    14th Prize Winner:Chris Orta with 10,950 Points points won a Fighting GrandDads



    15th Prize Winner:Will Smith with 10,000 Points points won a Car Pool Kenny





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