Thursday, 13 February 2020

Gearing up for LogicMonitor Level Up 2020

Very much looking forward to LogicMonitor Level Up 2020 this year.

We will be presenting our two flagship products: ReportMagic and ConnectMagic for LogicMonitor Reporting and System Integration.


For the MSP with a strong brand and monthly reporting requirements, ReportMagic automatically provides detailed reports on LogicMonitor performance and availability data, together with Inventory, Ticketing and even finance data from your Issue, Inventory and Financial systems.


For the MSP or Enterprise with LogicMonitor System Integration requirements, ConnectMagic continually keeps all of your systems in sync.  No more data quality issues between systems.

Both systems support:

  • LogicMonitor
  • ServiceNow
  • AutoTask
  • SalesForce
  • SQL Databases
  • ...and many more
I hope to see you there!  We will have a stand, so please do come say hello, and maybe even stay for a demo.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

C# 8.0 and Project-wide nullable reference types

C# 8.0 is available for use in Visual Studio 2019 Preview.  Mads Torgersen explains some of the key features in this video.

He explains how to enforce usage in a single file using

#nullable enable

What Mads doesn't explain is how to fully accept the new Nullable Reference Types for your entire project.

The secret is to add this to your .csproj file:


It goes here:

Now your whole project enforces nullable reference types!

Credit to this Reddit comment.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

dotnet new logicmonitor

Create a new LogicMonitor application using just three words at the command line.

All is explained in this video:

To install the template, type:

dotnet new -i LogicMonitor.Ali

To use the template, type:

dotnet new logicmonitor

Update appsettings.json and run using:

dotnet run

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Skype video 180 degree flip bug

Now this is the story all about how
And I'd like you to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how it seems like I hang in mid air

On a three-screen setup, born and raised
On the middle screen is where I rest most of my gaze
Coding stuff, mailing, relaxing all cool
And all Skyping some colleagues, pairing .NET rules
When a touchscreen grabs my eye, now this looks good!
Order it on Amazon? Of course I should!
Flat on desk *under the main screen* but the cables go where?
I said "Display settings | Orientation | 'Landscape flipped'.  So there."

I called my mate on Skype and the video was here, the
Highest bitrate fresh and the audio was clear
If anything I could say all elements were there
But I thought "oh, FFS, I'm up in the air!"

I thought about trying Windows seven or eight
And I tried Zoom and WebEx - "Right way up! Skype you later!"
Clicked Skype | Help | Feedback - I was finally there
To log this bug down - hope you think that that's fair.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Docker installation on Ubuntu 16.04.2 with TCP API

  1. Install of Ubuntu 16.04.2.
  2. Follow the instructions on
  3. Modify /lib/systemd/system/docker.service change:
    • ExecStart=/usr/bin/dockerd fd://
    • ExecStart=/usr/bin/dockerd -H fd:// -H tcp://
  4. Modify /etc/init.d/docker change:
    2. DOCKER_OPTS="-H tcp://"
    Restart docker with:
    • sudo service docker restart
    You will see:

    Warning: docker.service changed on disk. Run 'systemctl daemon-reload' to reload units.

    Do this as instructed:
    • systemctl daemon-reload
    ==== AUTHENTICATING FOR org.freedesktop.systemd1.reload-daemon ===
    Authentication is required to reload the systemd state.
    Authenticating as: David Bond,,, (david)

    Then restart again

    • sudo service docker restart
    Check that docker is still available from the command line:
    • docker version
     Version:      17.06.0-ce
     API version:  1.30
     Go version:   go1.8.3
     Git commit:   02c1d87
     Built:        Fri Jun 23 21:23:31 2017
     OS/Arch:      linux/amd64

     Version:      17.06.0-ce
     API version:  1.30 (minimum version 1.12)
     Go version:   go1.8.3
     Git commit:   02c1d87
     Built:        Fri Jun 23 21:19:04 2017
     OS/Arch:      linux/amd64
     Experimental: false

    Check that the TCP socket is open for requests:
    • curl http://localhost:2375/version
    You will see:


    Monday, 10 July 2017

    Monday, 3 July 2017

    Soma FM Player

    Free music directly to your system tray! And it's open source...

    The project is here:

    You can download the binary from here:

    There's a pretty installer:

    ...then the thing sits in your system tray with the lovely SomaFM red S:

    Start-up instructions:
    1. Press [Windows Key] and type Soma
    2. Press return when the SomaFM [S] appears.

    Operating instructions:
    • Left click to stop (the [S] turns green), left click again to start (the [S] turns red again).
    • Right click to change channel and modify settings.
    • Media keys will work if enabled (the default), including mute, play, volume up and down.
    • Right click and Click Exit to quit.
    Upgrade instructions: 
    1. Exit as per instructions, above
    2. Run the later version of the installer.