How to create relative shortcut to .exe file with icon?

One year ago I encountered a problem relevant to create a shortcut for relative path. I had to deliver a software package to customers over DVD. The app is kind of archive. It should run live on DVD, connect to a read-only SQLite database (also on that DVD) and display data in read-only mode. It’s pretty easy to deploy such software but when I copy files into a sub folder and create a shortcut to program on its parent folder. The shortcut won’t work on other machine because it uses absolute path and the icon won’t also appear. So a consideration raised if I should develop a Start.exe just to start the program or use some tricks to create a same thing.

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Raspberry Pi – How to setup remote access with VNC

Last month I ordered a Raspberry Pi for learning purpose. I heard a lot of about this mini computer and waited until its 2nd generation comes to market to get one. Depending on purposes, there are a lot of kits for Raspberry Pi in the market (from starter to professional). I myself don’t know what I can do with this mini computer therefore I just buy at least hardware first (listed in next section). Just enough so that Raspberry Pi runs and I can remote access it. So my first project is pretty simple : go shopping and make a remote access to Raspberry Pi with VNC (Virtual Network Computing). In this post I will write down the steps I’ve done to finish this mini project.

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C# – An example of OCR web service

Years ago I wrote a small post about C# – OCR library candidates for comparing between OCR libraries of Tesseract and Microsoft Office Document Imaging. Tesseract is an open source OCR framework. Unfortunately its inaccuracy is still high and can’t be used in commercial products. Last week I would like to make a small OCR web service for training myself and to test Tesseract again. The result is still as bad as last time (I guess FineReader of Abby may be the best OCR SDK but I have no full version for testing). Although Tesseract is not able to recognize complex documents, I also used it for this example because there is no other better candidate. The sample OCR web service works pretty simply, he receives a file which is uploaded from client, runs OCR and returns text back. No big deal.

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Android – Use AccountManager with ASP.NET Identity

User or account management is a must-have feature in business applications. For examples, one device should be used by many employees and the employees have different roles in the project. The apps must be able to authenticate user, authorize them and let them access the resources corresponding to their roles. We can manage all these things in app databases within our own tables or we can use AccountManager providing access to a centralized registry of the user’s online accounts. With AccountManager, the user enters credentials (username and password) once per account, granting applications access to online resources with “one-click” approval. In this blog post, I would like to make a small demo how we can integrate ASP.NET Identity service for authenticating user with AccountManager. I’ll only focus on addAccount part, the other functions will be discussed in other posts if necessary.

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How to install Kali 1.0.9a on Virtual Box?

For research purposes I have to install Kali (successor of Backtrack) on Virtual Box. The installation is pretty fast however we have to know what we have to configure the VM settings and what we should choose in the installation step. I just write down these steps for my own documentation, maybe you will find it also helpful.

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C# – WPF MVVM DataBinding 2014

It’s already 6 years since my first post about MVVM and data bindings in WPF MVVM – ListView SelectedItem and DataBinding. The MVVM pattern is now quite popular and comes into use in many WPF applications. However a lot of things have changed since 2008. We have now many new platforms where we can also apply MVVM pattern such as Windows 8 app, Windows phone app… When you use Xamarin ( to develop cross platform applications with C#, maybe you want to use MVVM pattern too. In my last post 6 years ago, I introduced to you the concept of MVVM in ‘raw’ format which means no use of any external frameworks. Today I would like to make a supplementary post by introducing 2 MVVM frameworks for easing the use of MVVM pattern. The first one is Caliburn.Micro and the second one is Mvvm Cross . They’re both open source products and can be used in any commercial applications.

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Android – Introduction to ASP.NET Identity

Following the post C# – ASP.NET Web API and ASP.NET Identity, I would like to show how we can consume a REST web service authenticated by ASP.NET Identity within Android. In this post, we’ll repeat the steps we’ve done before in .NET client but now with Java and Android. If you follow my posts before in Android section, you must be very familiar with consuming ASP.NET Web API service. We’ll use same technique again, no big deal, however I’ll introduce some new functions in JSONHttpClient class for communication with ASP.NET Identity.

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C# – ASP.NET Web API and ASP.NET Identity

We got to know with Google, Flickr and Twitter API service in some of my previous posts. All these provide us an authentication scheme so that we can authenticate ourselves and get permissions to 3rd party resources. We have also created our own REST web services by using ASP.NET Web API for publishing data to our clients. However, until now, our web services are all simply public to everyone. Everyone can use them, even our competitors (if there’s any) :) That’s not good and I also received questions if a web service can be protected by using authentication. So in this post I would like to make an introduction about new technology of Microsoft : The ASP.NET Identity. We’ll build a very simple REST web service with ASP.NET Web API and ASP.NET Identity from Visual Studio template and try to access it from a .NET client.

The ASP.NET Identity system is designed to replace the previous ASP.NET Membership and Simple Membership systems. It includes profile support, OAuth integration, works with OWIN, and is included with the ASP.NET templates shipped with Visual Studio 2013.

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