The portfolio of Derek Heiser

development, design, and the occasional rant

Azure Websites’ Template Trouble


So I recently started delving into Microsoft’s offerings with the Azure platform and have been pretty happy with what I’ve seen so far. I mean, honestly, who wouldn’t be happy to find their MSDN subscription gets them $50 per month of goodies ?

Yet, their wizard to create a new project from a template is both wonderfully simple to start, but frustrating to do much with. Let me explain… Read more…

Cornered the market? Great, now keep your customers happy

In the past week, I have spent way too many hours trying to get industrial hardware from different vendors to talk to one another.

In my specific situation, we are using a nice little touch-screen display with plentiful digital IO. It has built-in Ethernet and can talk via a host of protocols. Unfortunately, one of those protocols is not the kind I need for my other device.

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The Digital Disappearing Act: Happy Birthday!

I have steadily been making headway on purging unneeded accounts across the web over the past few months.

However, to my surprise, my birthday illustrated just how far I have to go. Why? Because that’s the day that many websites and forums like to send you a ‘happy birthday’ alert e-mail.

In just one day, I found over a half-dozen new accounts that I didn’t even know existed, including:

  • TribalWar
  • nV News
  • Gamingforce Interactive
  • MapMyRUN
  • Ultimate RC Forums
  • Free Web Hosting Talk
  • more…

All of these accounts are dead — some never lived in the first place. However, they all link back to me in some way. Again, none of this is anything I’d be personally concerned about but why have it out there unless its serving a purpose?


The Digital Disappearing Act

Nowhere to Hide


The all-seeing-eye of Google

It’s no secret that we are but a single Google search from prying eyes. It’s alarming how easy it is to search for people on the internet. Likewise, it’s pretty alarming how much information exists about us (see: me) on the internet, as well.

In fact, it’s not too difficult to create an entire profile of someone (see: me) with just a handful of searches. Common user names, posts on forums, and the like all help flesh out a person’s digital identity and, if that person isn’t careful, it can make for a pretty gross picture.

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From dust to desktop: Introduction

A little history

So it has been a solid two years since my website,, has been anything but a money-grab for a deviant domain-squatter. When I realized it was expired and free for me to register again (at no cost, thanks to dreamhost; take that no-good, ransoming polish guy!), I had to sit and think about whether it was even worth it for me to create a new web presence.

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