Royal Air Force Air Cadets–Air Training Corps

by Kev Ritchie 27. April 2012 16:15


This blog has been very quiet this year, not only because I have recently started running the development team at Paradise, but because I have returned to my teenage hobby – The Air Training Corps; after almost ten years of leaving!

Part of my return to the Air Cadets involves going back into uniform as a Royal Air Force VR(T) Officer; which is no easy task, so I have been dedicating a lot of my time to this, to make sure I pass with flying colours (no pun intended).

I fully intend in the next few months; well maybe after my wedding in July, to start blogging again; possibly giving a few stories and highlights of my journey to becoming a VR(T) Officer along the way.

Venture Adventure – Per Ardua Ad Astra

Resolved PHP-CGI.exe terminated unexpectedly in Windows Server 2008 R2 and IIS 7.5

by Kev Ritchie 10. October 2011 13:27

I just installed PHP 5.2.17 on our new web server running Windows Server 2008 R2 64bit and IIS 7.5 and created a phpinfo.php file in the wwwroot folder to test that PHP had installed correctly.

However, on running the file, I was hit in the face with this nasty error: “C:\Program Files (x86)\PHP\php-cgi.exe terminated unexpectedly”.

After spending more than an hour trying to figure this out, I recall that I encountered this issue before on our previous web server; yes, making notes on previous gotchas is a must, there’s only so much information that can fit in this forgetful head.  So this will serve as a reminder to myself as well as help anyone else that comes across this error.

In the php.ini file make sure that you comment out the following sections to get past this error:






Hope this helps everyone!

Note to self:  Remember that you wrote this post! Smile

SQL Server 2008 R2 Intellisense broken after upgrading from SQL Server 2008

by Kev Ritchie 16. September 2011 13:05

After spending the last day trying to figure out why; after upgrading from SQL Server 2008 to 2008 R2, my intellisense stopped working, it turns out that all you need to do is install SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 – Simples.

That is all Winking smile

The Critters

by Kev Ritchie 28. May 2011 22:26



Well after taking two days to recover after The Critters (yep, I’m getting too old for this partying malarky), I thought it’d be a good idea to give a quick update on the antics of the night; as well as trying to help me piece the night back together again (I blame the White Russian that Martin bought me Smile).

The adventure started around half past four in the afternoon, myself and Andy boarded the train and headed towards the Big Smoke. Trust me, this is exciting because there hasn’t been a train station in Corby for about 50 years. Excitement over.

After an hours journey and making ghost noises as we went through tunnels (we didn’t really, but a part of me wanted to), we arrived in London.  Now to find the hotel; which I wish we hadn’t!

We found ourselves staying at probably the worst Travelodge in existence; Travelodge Kings Cross Royal Scot.  Remember that name, DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT STAY THERE…EVER!! We arrived at the hotel, checked in, walked into the room (a twin room, before anyone says anything Smile), quite literally walked into the room; the door was broken (no card necessary, just pushed it right open).  WARNING: PICTURES OF ROOM TO FOLLOW.


Broken draws


Kettle and Mugs for…just hot water (another broken draw)


A mouldy window


And some wonky lights

Well, after the initial shock and figuring out how to lock the door.  We made our way to The Critters at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden.  It has to be said that we probably walked past the club a few times, until we noticed the building number, I might be visually impaired, but I’m sure the sign in the window said Tabitha’s.  Anyhoo, we ventured inside and all the bad memories of the hotel disappeared.

What an amazing place (well done ubelly!).  We all gathered upstairs (going through what I called the drinks corridor), one Stella for me thank you Smile  and had a quick scout about trying to put Tweeps to real faces.

My first brush with celebrity came when I met Sad Keanu , or was it Prince.  I’ve no idea why he was so sad, he was accompanied by two lovely ladies (Alex and Sara), who managed to snap the picture of me with Keanu.

After a bit of mingling and chatting with PeteTheDev & Matt Ballantine, the awards ceremony began.

All votes were cast using smart phones and the brilliant app Screach, none of this paper ballot stuff, results of which can be found here.  A huge congratulations to nominees and winners!  All well deserved Smile

It was then time (after a few more beers) to journey into the realm of the memetastic karaoke booth with Martin and sing Friday. I don’t have a copy of the video yet, but I have been informed that the “performance” is disturbing Smile.

Again some great chats with Simon, Dees & Rob Hawkes. Really inspirational guys!

It was soon after that I had a temporary lapse of memory, due to the White Russian (not the several glasses of wine)Winking smile I always forget that Vodka doesn’t agree with me. I have a vague recollection of singing Never gonna give you up (I assume there will be video evidence, I apologise in advance).  It wasn’t long after this, that we decided to depart.


My thanks have to go to the ubelly team for an amazing event and the invites, it was greatly appreciated.  The event of the year for me so far.  It was also great to finally put online faces to real faces,  everyone I met was friendly, amazing and inspirational.

Let’s hope for another event like this next year!

TFS Build Error MSB4019

by Kev Ritchie 12. May 2011 14:05

I’ve managed to get some time to look at a problem that started a while back after we upgraded a project to Visual Studio 2010, thankfully it was a relatively easy one to fix.  But, I thought I’d post a resolution to it anyway, just in case.

During our daily build we kept getting the following error:

“error MSB4019: The imported project "C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v10.0\WebApplications\Microsoft.WebApplication.targets" was not found. Confirm that the path in the <Import> declaration is correct, and that the file exists on disk.”

To resolve the error, you need to create the folder structure (C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v10.0\WebApplications\) on the build server and copy the Microsoft.WebApplication.Build.Task.dll and Microsoft.WebApplication.targets files from your development machine to the new directory on the build server.

You should now get a successful build Smile

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