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The NeoSmart Files

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Last Build Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:19:01 +0000


PSA: rejecting connections from Internet Explorer 10 and below!

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:54:37 +0000

This is just a small public service announcement for any web developers or eCommerce website owners using PayPal Express Checkout to accept payments on their websites: don’t redirect your users to, make sure you use instead! The reason is quite … Continue reading

Windows Product Key Lookup Tool 1.1 Released

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 17:13:39 +0000

An update to our Windows 10 Product Key Utility has been issued that addresses a number of minor issues. Since its initial release in December 2014, the BIOS-Embedded Product Key lookup tool has been downloaded and used over two hundred thousand … Continue reading

An ode to FeedDemon.. and desktop software that never dies

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 05:30:44 +0000

I first discovered FeedDemon in the summer of 2004, probably via a promo or plugin in author Nick Bradbury’s other application, HomeSite, while “learning” HTML after ditching FrontPage. Today, almost 12 years later to the day, I googled for “best RSS … Continue reading

A utility for fast, free, and simple Windows 10 uninstallation

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:43:14 +0000

Have you suddenly found yourself with an unwanted, un-needed, or unasked for copy of Windows 10? Friends or family complaining of an unexpected update to an operating system they don’t know how to use – and can’t figure out how … Continue reading

A lesson in stupid UI choices, courtesy of Facebook Messenger

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:35:00 +0000

Facebook Messenger, from the team notorious for using 18,000 classes to create a simple iOS app, is back to teach you one more lesson: how to stupidly use up as much valuable screenspace as possible:     Obviously someone at … Continue reading

Happy Pi Day 2016!

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:23:07 +0000

In keeping with the yearly tradition, we find it part of our mission on this earth to make bring the good news to all: Happy Pi Day 2016! Pi Day, derived from the co-incidence of March (3) the 14th (3/14 here … Continue reading

Crunching the numbers – When is the 2016 Skylake Retina MacBook Pro coming out?

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:24:58 +0000

It’s a story of two Apples: an Apple that makes consumer products and Apple that makes enterprise products. Devices under or around the $1000 mark like the iPhone, the MacBook Air, and more recently, the iPad Air are eagerly snapped-up … Continue reading

On the growing, intentional uselessness of Google search results

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 23:37:04 +0000

As most people are aware, Google search results are constantly changing and evolving. In the past couple of years, there has been a conscious and very deliberate shift – and not just by Google – to go from showing you … Continue reading

srtresync: easy correction of linear drift for srt files

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 21:55:37 +0000

We’ve just open-sourced some code we’ve been using in-house in the form of srtresync, a smart and easy-to-use utility that can correct both traditional “fixed offset” errors as well as the more complicated “linear drift” issues that can affect srt … Continue reading

Case-sensitive SEO URL redirects and routing for IIS and ASP.NET MVC

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 17:42:41 +0000

At NeoSmart Technologies, we have a special affinity for ecosystems running both Windows and *nix in unison, each doing things they excel at. Half of this website is running ASP.NET MVC under IIS 8.0, while the other half is running … Continue reading

A smarter month and year input field: solving the credit card expiry conundrum

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 23:41:37 +0000

Every computer-savvy keyboarder has run into this problem before: you’re typing your merry way through a credit card payment form, pounding out your address and credit card numbers, tabbing between the fields so you don’t waste time mucking around with … Continue reading

EasyBCD 2.3: Windows 10, EFI, and much, much more

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:53:50 +0000

It’s our distinct pleasure to announce the release and immediate availability of EasyBCD® 2.3 for download. Development on EasyBCD 2.3 has been ongoing for the past three years as new functionality has been added and support for the latest developments in … Continue reading

CHS, LBA, and 4k advanced format drives

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:52:22 +0000

Modern hard drives are shipping with newer features, some of them more confusing than others. One such feature that’s causing a lot of head-scratching and confusion amongst the ranks is the new, so-called “advanced format” hard disks that are now … Continue reading

How-to: Upgrade to OS X El Capitan GM from a beta build

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 01:46:39 +0000

Apple has just released OS X 10.11 El Capitan GM, but users and developers running beta builds will not be able to upgrade directly from the App Store. In order to upgrade from a El Capitan beta build, for example, … Continue reading

Windows 10 Repair Install (in-place upgrade)

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:38:35 +0000

Good news! With Windows 10, we finally see the return of the “in-place upgrade,” more commonly known as the ability to repair install! Windows XP was the last version of Windows that had a true “repair install” option, allowing users … Continue reading