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So turns out that the #Azure Compute Emulator (and Visual Studio 2015's Diagnostic tools) are very fragile when it comes to path lengths. We've been fighting with the Compute emulator constantly cycling our web role between "Starting - Busy - Unhealthy" while the worker role has been fine. Setting a file system junction to the root of the solution in a much shorter path seems to have solved the problem.

It didn't help that the solution works fine when deployed to Azure, and confused us with the worker role working - which leads me to think it's not necessarily the length to the root that's the issue, but something within the project (I'm looking at you npm)...
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Beasthunter197 & Zhaph learn about Macbeth
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I'm trying to remember which of these photos were taken on my phone, with a GPS tag, compared with the majority which were taken on my camera without - and therefore how Google knows...
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So I finally admitted defeat on running the PI headless and bought a 7" Lilliput HDMI screen. Works a treat with #osmc  
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Trying to make consistent PCL nuget packages on different environments - one generates a lib folder containing "portable-Profile259", while another generates a lib folder containing "portable-net45 win wpa81 wp80 MonoAndroid10 xamarinios10 MonoTouch10".
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Is there a "minimum" amount of the Azure SDK that I can install without installing a copy of Visual Studio on my build servers?

The "Microsoft Build Tools 2015"  work nicely without the overhead of Visual Studio on the build agent, but I can't see what the minimum components are that will include the build targets, etc.
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I seem to have worked it out if anyone else has the same issue.

http://stackoverflow.com/a/31659288/33051
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Beasthunter197 and JKing hook up for another early morning of Minecraft fun
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Been one of those rather frustrating weeks - mostly caused by language issues...

Apparently under most reasonable settings #Sitecore likes to look for #Language variants at the beginning of your URLs (i.e. /en/SomePath/ and /de-de/DasBoot/ etc.) this usually works fine - unless for some reason you want a path like "/my/email-preferences/" (because you're setting up a user profile area) and your machine (thanks Windows 8) appears to have knowledge of the Burmese language.

Sitecore therefore keeps setting the language to "my" and then trying to find "email-preferences" in the root of the site and returning a nice blank page (because strangely I don't have a Burmese version of my UK investment bank's website).

I'll probably have to move this to some variant of www.example.com/my-example/email-preferences to attempt to not fall into this.

Alternatively (as a temporary fix - we're bound to reach out to Burma soon) I could override the StripLanguage preprocessor and only return matches for languages that have been configured in Sitecore...
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My kids had great fun at the Star Wars art workshop this morning, funny and encouraging staff working really nicely with a full room of kids - looking forward to seeing what the next theme is. Glad we'd booked though as it was completely full!
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