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23 May 2009, buggy, broken and not interested in feedback


I just encountered the following error when browsing your site, did you test it or have you outsourced this to customers? Never mind, I did try and send it to you so that you could fix it but as you've intentionally left out any means of contacting you on your website I was unable to do so. Since I would like the problem fixed and since I would like to tell you your site is broken so that you can fix it and I might enjoy using your site at some point in the future, I think the only way of telling you about your broken site is to post the details here in the hope that you find them on a web search.

If you weren't so rude and difficult and made it impossible for people to reach you I would have sent this in an email instead.

Cutting yourself off from customers is rarely a good tactic. Other websites take note.


p.s. Good programmers trap their errors.

Server Error in '/' Application.
DataBinding: 'System.Data.DataRowView' does not contain a property with the name 'glat'.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.Web.HttpException: DataBinding: 'System.Data.DataRowView' does not contain a property with the name 'glat'.

Source Error:

Line 29:
Line 30:
Line 31: point = new GLatLng(<%#Eval("glat")%>0, <%#Eval("glong")%>0);
Line 32: content = "<%#Eval("name").ToString() %>
<%#Eval("category").ToString() %>
<%# Eval("phone").ToString()%>";
Line 33: map.addOverlay(createMarker(point, 87, content));

Source File: c:\domains\\wwwroot\ajax\businessByCounty.aspx Line: 31

Stack Trace:

[HttpException (0x80004005): DataBinding: 'System.Data.DataRowView' does not contain a property with the name 'glat'.]
System.Web.UI.DataBinder.GetPropertyValue(Object container, String propName) +197
System.Web.UI.DataBinder.Eval(Object container, String[] expressionParts) +79
System.Web.UI.DataBinder.Eval(Object container, String expression) +107
System.Web.UI.TemplateControl.Eval(String expression) +120
ASP.ajax_businessbycounty_aspx.__DataBind__control7(Object sender, EventArgs e) in c:\domains\\wwwroot\ajax\businessByCounty.aspx:31
System.Web.UI.Control.OnDataBinding(EventArgs e) +99
System.Web.UI.Control.DataBind(Boolean raiseOnDataBinding) +206
System.Web.UI.Control.DataBind() +12
System.Web.UI.Control.DataBindChildren() +204
System.Web.UI.Control.DataBind(Boolean raiseOnDataBinding) +216
System.Web.UI.Control.DataBind() +12
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Repeater.CreateItem(Int32 itemIndex, ListItemType itemType, Boolean dataBind, Object dataItem) +130
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Repeater.CreateControlHierarchy(Boolean useDataSource) +454
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Repeater.OnDataBinding(EventArgs e) +53
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Repeater.DataBind() +72
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Repeater.EnsureDataBound() +55
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Repeater.OnPreRender(EventArgs e) +12
System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +86
System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() +170
System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint) +2041

Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:2.0.50727.1433; ASP.NET Version:2.0.50727.1433

09 May 2009

Call 0800 numbers free from a mobile

Great tip from the money saving expert. Posting it here so it's easy for all to find.


01 May 2009

Jammin' at the voodoo

Just back from an outstanding blues gig in Edinburgh, free. Tonight included Sandy from the legendary Blues'n'trouble that I was asking about back in 1993 and who have toured and guested with the likes of BB King and Robert Cray. To give you an idea of the superb standard of tonight's gig, BB King called B'n'T the "best white blues band in the world", read their reviews on

Unbelievable for a free gig with such talent that there was such a small audience. Those that could hear the gig from the street outside were surprised by the unexpected treat. Watch the facebook group or myspace for details of the next jam! Many thanks to Ash Gupta for the event and an excellent performance himself!


Gaelic mailing list celebrates 20 years

The world's first online group for a minority language, Gaelic-L, celebrates its 20th anniversary today (latha buidhe Bealltainn, 1st of May). All the archives going back 20 years into the days before the web was invented are available at the Gaelic-L archives. Enjoy!

Craig (former co-owner, Gaelic-L - 1992)

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