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Locked the two boys in their room

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Locked the two boys in their room and told them I was calling Child Services to take them away. They start packing and bawling because I kept yelling at them...

Mobile projection & 64GB Flash

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Two cool things that came through my feeds today include Samsung announcing a 64GB Flash Drive and way cooler are the pico-projectors which may some-day end ...

Is your company proud of you?

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James Governor, an analyst. talks about how the WS02 guys cherish their developers. What a nice change from the norm- where corporate web sites only h...

Oh to be in Singapore

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William Tay boasts about Singapore becoming one BIG Giant hotspot. Unfortunately I don’t see a single visionary soul in our current government thinking...

PostXING

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After seeing a few posts today about PostXING, I just downloaded it to figure out how much better it is than my current blogging tool BlogJet. This is my fir...

The Big Four

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With AOL’s announcement of their 2GB free email service here’s a current snapshot of the big guys: Gmail – 2.3 GB AOL – 2 GB Yahoo &...

Glass tombstones

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I wonder if I’ll be able to get a tombstone like this when I die. (I need to add this to my TODO list!)Mark Frauenfelder: Lundgren Monuments makes glas...

Sniff, and you want to make babies too

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FORGET flowers, chocolate and musky colognes. For revving up a woman's sex drive, breast milk is best. Find out what these crazy scientists are up to at new...

F/X Gods

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Are you a movie freak who loves F/X? Wired has a special on the 10 Hollywood F/X gods and insight into how some of the clips like ‘The Day After Tomorr...

The eighth wonder!

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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal>One of my friends forwarded this to me. Would you risk entering this place?</P> <P class=MsoNor...

DNGSL

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Good News and Bad

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I got both good news and bad today. The good news is that I got my MSc results at last, but the bad news I can’t...

Israel unveils tiny drones

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The Israeli military is equipping its forces with a new range of spy drones small enough to fit in a soldier's backpac...

Testing

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Testing is the Focus of MSDN Magazine for April. Read articles on testing your code, including extreme programming wit...

Foood’s Icons

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Meet the guy who made some of the icons for Windows XP’s web site and download some of them for your o...

Google before asking questions

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Found this on the web this morning... it's almost scary how true this really is. I almost never ask a questi...

Vaas & Murali

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I thought this was really funny. ‘Sri Lanka's batting was hardly better than Australia's. It t...

From Boston

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My first post from Boston. Got my machine setup, installed NewsGator and I'm ready to do some posting baby! Ashan and...

J2SE 1.5 Preview Goes Into Beta

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Sun Microsystems Inc. this month has released the beta of J2SE 1.5 for public review, moving the latest version of des...

Microsoft Places Bet On Whitehorse

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A good business article on Whitehorse, outlining what Whitehorse is (a new graphical designer in Whidbey that supports...

zone24x7 vacancies

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Shoba’s (my batch mate) company zone24x7 is looking to recruit a bunch of people. The openings include Software ...

Ranatunge – Warne Friendly Banter

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Retired Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga hit back at his running adversary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne saying he (Ranatunga) would...

Sri Lanka Win a Thriller

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Wow, what a match! I love the Lankan Lions. Vaasy pulled a blinder on the Kangaroos with his wonderful las...

Tour plea to Murali

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Former Sri Lankan coach and Australian spinner Bruce Yardley will this week make a personal plea to champion spinner M...

thirteen

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Sound advice from ChrisAn. Tonight I watched the movie "thirteen". Truely dist...

Back In Action

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My apologies for not posting the past few days, the main reason was the NewsGator died on me and crashed Outlook each ...

Elections

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Dammika and I have been having an interesting discussion on the current political state. Now this is what I like to se...

Software Testing on Mars

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[Bruce Williams] Here is an interesting summary of the problem encountered by the Spirit probe o...

Mozilla trots out Firefox browser

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The Mozilla Foundation released a new version of its open source Web browser this week, with improvements to its downl...

Market Vote

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It was the ninth day of February and the Colombo bourse gave to many investors a heart burn as they watched their port...

Can Apple Keep the Worms Out?

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"In the wake of the MyDoom/NovaRG fiasco, every Mac columnist has an easy out. After yet another virus attac...

Open Source Testing

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Open Source Testing is a compendium of 138 open source testing tools, including unit testing, feature testing, perform...

Parliament Dissolved?

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The President pointed out that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has been victorious when it united with other parties from ...

Russia Scoffs at U.S. Mars Plans

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The head of Russia's space program describes the sudden shift in U.S. space exploration planning as unrealistic and di...

Reporting Services

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Get the SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services download from the Microsoft Download Center. If you own a SQL Server 2000 l...

.NET 101

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It may have taken Microsoft years, but the company finally has put together a reasonably clear primer on .Ne...

Microsoft Office for Sri Lanka

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Microsoft could couple a home edition license of its new Office 2003 software package free with every corporate licens...

Anders talks about Generics

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 Artima.com has Part VII of an interview with Anders Hejlsberg about Generics in C#, Java, and C++ onli...

The Sun Also Surprises

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Sun calls its Java Desktop System "the first viable Microsoft Windows alternative," but it’s apparently much mor...

Dilmah Cricket Network

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Just got an announcement of the new Dilmah Cricket Network site which is run in partnership with CricInfo. ...

Bill Gates receives knighthood

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Britain is to recognise Bill Gates' contribution to UK enterprise and the fight against poverty worldwide with the sor...

Family Car

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My ex-boarding mate Hareen from MIT sent me this really useful site called The Family Car. I haven’t...

Simple tricks for more usable forms

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Simon Willison has a really cool article which points out simple things that you can do to make html forms extremely e...

Gates forecasts victory over spam

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The Microsoft boss says spam e-mail will soon be a thing of the past, and praises rival Google at the WEF in...

MSBuild – Whidbey Chronicles

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The newest MSDN TV installment, MSBuild, has recently been added.  You're probably saying to yourself, ...

Guerrilla gardening

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Now this is a good idea!  Guerrilla gardening is the art of using a piece of land whi...

Mars or AIDS?

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I read somewhere that the cost of going to Mars may eventually total up to $170 billion which is nowhere c...

A Girl with an X-ray vision

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"Moscow's medical workers discovered a magnificent gift of a sixteen-year-old girl Natalya Demkina from Sara...

The Future of Visual SourceSafe

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At last Microsoft seems to have suddenly remembered that they own VSS. Korby Parnell, one of the guys in the Source Co...

Microsoft Quietly Posts New MBSA

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Security mavens will want to download the most recent version of Microsoft's security-analyzer tool, Microsoft Securit...

Sleeping makes you smarter?

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Can you wake up smarter? Scientists say our brains may be solving problems during 8 hours sleep. [Read mor...

Linux is not free, part II

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) last week disclosed company record-setting revenue of $2.5 billion from its Linux-base...

Microsoft up for Linux award

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Bink reports that Microsoft is a finalist for LinuxWorld award. Oh, I bet that just goes over li...

Keele MSc @ IIT – Results Delay

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Last year I completed my MSc in IT from Keele, this is through the Informatics IIT centre in Colombo. Unfortunately ev...

Drought in Sri Lanka

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Cabinet has given the go-ahead to ‘maximise’ use of thermal power in the short term, as officials warn of ...

Bryan Adams in Colombo!

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Two Indian entertainment companies are jointly organising a concert of Canadian pop icon Bryan Adams in Sri Lanka to s...

TheServerSide.Net

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The TheServerSide.Net is a must read site for .NET developers, I’ve been a fan of TheServerSide.com ...

blogs.msdn.com

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Using Scott Watermasysk's .Text program, over 150 Microsoft bloggers can now be found at blogs.msdn.com. T...

Flaw threatens VoIP networks

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Microsoft and Cisco are on a long list of technology companies whose products may be affected by vulnerabilities in a ...

Any News on the Microsoft Event?

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I wasn’t able to go for the Microsoft Event over here in Colombo the other day due to two reasons. The first was...

Microsoft Skills Assessment Home

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Check out Microsoft’s Skills Assessment page. You can take assessments which are typically 30 questions with an ...

The New MSN

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I opened my browser a second ago, and a butterfly busted out of the page. What are they feeding that thing? ...

Uncle Sam fingerprints visitors

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It’s now Uncle Sam’s turn to start fingerprinting and unlike the UK they’re fingerprinting everyone ...

Make More Mistakes

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Eric Sink the founder of SourceGear publishes another must read article for startup companies on ‘ma...

MSDN Chapter Meeting in Colombo

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Microsoft is holding it’s first MSDN chapter meeting in Colombo on the 13-Jan-2004 at the Colombo Plaza. You can...

MSN Messenger Virus Alert

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Be careful who you’re chatting with!  A new virus is being sperad over MSN Mess...

Merill-Air

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What do you get when Merill sends out air? www.merill-air.com of course!

Horizon School

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Check out Horizon school situated in Mahavilachchiya in the Anuradhapura district. It is a small informal IT school wh...

England Vs Sri Lanka

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Hareendra (Pala) and I went to watch the final England Vs Sri Lanka Test match at SSC on the last two days. Shasheendr...

APICTA Awards

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I know I promised to write about the APICTA awards, basically all I can say that it was a real waste of time. The fina...

Murali Rhyme

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Dammika, my BCS and MSc batch-mate wanted me to post this here. "Throw, throw, throw the ball, gentl...

Nasty new IE vulnerability

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Most people reading are probably aware of the common trick whereby spammers and other assorted ne'er-do-well...

Mystic Microsoft

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This was a fascinating ebook, it was so good that I read the whole book in a weekend. Spir...

Microsoft In Sri Lanka

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Microsoft Corporation, USA will set up its own subsidiary "Microsoft Sri Lanka Pvt Ltd" in Colombo next January [Read more] ...

Thanks for coming!

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At last, I’ve got the site on my own domain, previously I was using the free http://europe.webmatrixhosting.net to hos...

Tech Rich Guy Give It Back

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Shel Israel talks about the rich guys who are giving their fortunes back to improve the world. Notable is ...

HSBC Internet Banking is Free!

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 HSBC earlier used to charge Rs. 600/- annually for their internet banking service. But it looks like they are no...

Want your own blog?

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 Get your free weblog! Get it now, for free!  Some guy is hosting Moveable Type ...

Multiple Internet Explorers

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Never thought this was possible. In possibly the best news web designers will hear this ye...

The Business of Software

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Are you an ISV (Independant Software Vendor)? A lot of companies in Sri Lanka are. Then you should definitely read this article...

ASP.NET 2.0

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There are a lot of important things happening if you're a Microsoft developer. Two key technologies that you need to get on top ar...

MSN Messenger 6.1

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MSN Messenger 6.1 is out. This is a fairly minor upgrade to 6.0 and includes some new backgrounds and emoticons. It also hooks in ...

Free Anti-Virus Guard

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The AVG Anti-Virus is a free and one of the top ten antivirus for personal use and let’s you download the latest updates for free as well. I’ve read reviews...

Dog beats man in breath test

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MSNBC is reporting about a survey carried out in Briton which came up with the finding that more than half surveyed had mouths ...

Why I F***ing Hate WebLogs

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Want to know what weblogs are all about? Read it here. The Statement of Audience is the best part! Sta...

Bollywood ‘pen-pal’ cheats US man

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Manjeeva sent me this article on the BBC about an American named Mr. Corley who had been cheated by his pen-pal who was apparan...

Whoa! Nokia Phones Exploding!

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You guys using Nokia phones with non-Nokia batteries watchout. A woman from Netherlands was injured less than three months ago in an ex...

Free Book on ASP.NET

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Charles Carrol of LearnASP has released a free book on ASP.NET. This is a really good starting place for anyone learning the ro...

Cool Dialog Tip

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I've got a really cool tip for you guys with Dialog connections. Dialog let's you divert calls to a special number (777012012). Wh...

ASP.NET 2.0 Will Create History

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I have a feeling that ASP .NET 2.0 is going to be truly revolutionary. Just take a look at the table of contents for this book. ...

Free VOIP – Skype

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This is truly revolutionary. Skype let's you have voice conversations with your friends and it's really really good quality. Check it out at Skype.c...

Office 2003 Released

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Although Office 2003 is slated to be released to the public in October, Microsoft has released Office 2003 for MSDN Universal u...

Swing/SWT History

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Anybody interested in the development history of AWT, Swing and SWT? Explains the tussle going on between Sun and IBM.

Mio8380 SmartPhone

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I'm going to grab this Mio8380 SmartPhone as soon as they become available in Sri Lanka. Yo Nokia better watch out. ...

Australian Double Standards

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World anti-doping body condemns the ruling that allows Shane Warne to play in charity matches. [CricInfo]

Electronic Voting in India

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Looks like India is getting ahead of the western countries by implementing it's whole voting system electronically. India needs nearly ...

Motorola making Microsoft Smart-phones

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Microsoft is slowly breaking into the phone market. Motorola has just announced that they would be creating phones running Microsoft Sm...

BuyMusic @ $0.79 (Rs. 77/-)

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Buy.com has launched a music store with rates cheaper than Apple's iTune. Hey now you can legally own your music for 77 bucks. ...

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Microsoft

SharePoint Client on Windows 7 Phone

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Yesterday I was excited when I could download the Win 7 dev kit, but that turned to disappointment when I realised that I could only run the application that...

Windows 7 beta and the beta nVidia Driver

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Two words: Don’t install This is what nVidia says and you typically get it through Windows Update. I suffered with the title bar going missing and ugly black...

Running Windows 7 Beta

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With everyone reporting that Windows 7 beta was very stable I upgraded both my wife’s Dell Studio and my Dell 64-bit XPS to Windows 7. Both setups ran fine w...

Oh MSDN Language Filter

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For the love of god why is the language filter on MSDN a list of checkboxes that default to ALL languages. You'd expect the guys at MSDN to have figu...

SQL Server Data Services

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With SQL Server Data Services, it looks like Microsoft is finally entering the foray that Amazon's S3 service provided. As a Microsoft developer the bes...

Another Silverlight post

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I didn't want to cloud the blogosphere with yet another post on Silverlight, but this post on TechCrunch is one of the better written article on Silverl...

TFS now gets Web Access

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Microsoft just announced the acquisition of devbiz solutions, the guys who make TeamPlain Web Access. The best part is that it's free now. If you've been hol...

A new direction?

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Will Don and ChrisAn talk about this? ChrisAn was in the WPF team...

Looking forward to the MVP Summit

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I'll be at Redmond next month with the rest of the SL MVP gang. Don Box just gave yet another reason for me to get excited. We're being let in on the top sec...

Office 2007 Keyboard Shortcuts

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I’ve been using Office 2007 for the past six months but its just today that I ran into the awesome keyboard shortcut. Man, the Office guys have re...

I love the Vista unzip

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I love the Vista unzip dialog. Just two steps to unzip a file. Although XP first added the unzip to Windows, it was crudely done. It always went through the ...

Microsoft Innovations

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Is Microsoft Innovative? A fun debate between Robert Scoble and Dave Winer on the Wall Street Journal online. What’s even more interesting is this comm...

Office 2007 UI Licensing

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Microsoft this week announced the licensing of the Office 2007 User Interface (i.e. the Ribbon bar) to the partner community. The licensing is royalty free, ...

Ready for a new day?

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Get your hands on all the brand spanking new releases from a single location at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/devsolutions/ Includes download links to t...

Hold your horses, Vista RC2 on Friday

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Hold your horses, Vista RC2 on Friday, say Paul. Microsoft this Friday will ship the final pre-release version of Windows Vista and, unexpectedly, will name...

Get your copy of Vista RC1 today

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The latest version of of Vista (RC1) is available for public download. Go get it now at http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/en/download.htm

Windows XP EULA in Plain English

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The guys over at LinuxAdvocate.org have a slightly biased ‘Plain English’ translation of the legalise in the Windows XP EULA. Many of us have cli...

MSDN June Webcasts

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This month’s MSDN webcasts line up looks like a pretty impressive resource on all things Web Services. Our very own fellow MVP, William “Software...

IE7 Feature #1: Reopen Closed Tabs

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I’ve been using IE7 since the Beta 2 Preview was released a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been discovering a few gems which I feel needs...

Google Office!

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Internet news reports about an announcement that Google and Sun are to make later in the day today about Google Office. What with Office 12 in th...

Don’t call it a comeback

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Vic Gundotra's post would make anyone's mouth water! Don't call it a comeback Don't call it a comeback!I been here for years -LL Cool J Within a fe...

Windows Vista 2 Screenshots

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Windows Vista Beta 2 screenshots taken from TechEd have been posted at bink.nu check it out here.

Microsoft Update

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Have you browsed to the shiny new Microsoft Update site? Get all Microsoft products updated at one point (Windows and Office currently).

IE Tabbed Browsing

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For all you IE fans who’ve been waiting for tabbed browsing, your waiting is all over. Get it now at MSN. http://toolbar.msn.com

e-mail on Windows Mobile – RIM -> RIP

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Wow. Now this is a major boost to the Windows Mobile platform. On the go: Microsoft will give away software upgrades to provide Outlook users access to wirel...

The Next Version of Start.com is Out

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The next version of MSN's experimental RSS reader is available at http://www.start.com/3. You have to solve the questions before getting access to the next v...

New Passport Features

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Has anyone noticed the newest features in the latest Microsoft Passport upgrade? My MSN account had somehow gotten locked so I was taken to this page to rese...

MVP Summit Day 1

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There was one particular event on Day 1 that I can safely say wasn't under NDA so I'm free to blog about it. What do you think happens when 200 testosterone...

Gates wants more insourcing

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Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates is asking the US government to let more foreign citizens work at US corporations. Gates says that ...

MVP Night

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To continue on with yesterday’s post, after the Imagine Cup judging was over all the MVPs got together and went for a night out. We first hung around a...

Imagine Cup Judging

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With all the work going on at office, I didn’t have much time on my hands to be doing any posting. Anyway this post is way overdue and goes back to the...

How to become a Microsoft MVP

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Robert McLaws writes about how you can become a Microsoft MVP. I’m half way through my MVP status and I’m thoroughly enjoying the ride. In fact l...

Exciting annoucements for the MVP program

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<DIV class=Section1> Howard us teasing us about some exciting announcements for the MVP programs that will be announced this week. He’s keeping mum for...

Co0L, chEcK THis 0U+

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Now, why would Microsoft need to publish this web page for parents to de-greek teen speak. D00D MIcR0S0PH+ R0x0r 4nD 15 w4y t0 k3WL! If you didn't understand...

MSDN Hard Drive Pilot

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I can't wait to go back and get my hands on the pilot MSDN Hard Drive that Microsoft is testing out. The MVPs are doing pilot tests on a future where the MSD...

Microsoft Virtual Labs

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Over at our company we're evaluating various Microsoft technologies to figure out if we can leverage them when building our next generation development platf...

Messenger 7

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<DIV class=Section1> Go get Messenger 7 now! The coolest part for me is being able to sign in on Offline mode. <P class=MsoNormal><IMG height=...

I’m Longhorn’ing now!

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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal><FONT face=Arial size=2>I finally got some free time on my hands to installed Longhorn on my machin...

ASP.NET is on a Tear!!

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Wow!  Thomas Lewis who works on the ASP.NET evangelism team (and who recently gave me some good feedbac...

Port Reporter

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Yesterday, Microsoft released the nifty "Port Reporter" utility (here). The doohickey tracks and logs traffi...

The Benefits of Going Local

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Last week Microsoft announced the local language program, which provides tools that would allow governments ...

Windows XP … Reloaded

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Despite Microsoft's repeated denials, the company will indeed release an interim version of Windows XP that will bridg...

Moving to Microsoft Visual Basic .NET

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Thanks a lot for everyone who came to the seminar yesterday. I hope you all saw the power and productivity gains of moving to the .NET ...

Office 2003 Released

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Although Office 2003 is slated to be released to the public in October, Microsoft has released Office 2003 for MSDN Universal u...

Inside the Microsoft .NET Framework

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Okay folks here are the downloads to the presentation (2.7MB) and the code samples (120KB) that I promised at yesterday's semin...

Creating a Virtual Directory

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I always wondered what the differences were between creating virtual directory using the IIS and through Windows Explorer (Web Sharing)...

MSN Search

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Hey I just did a search on MSN and these guys are FAST now, as fast as Google! Will Microsoft really beat Google? ...

Path to MCSD.NET

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I suddenly realised that September is creeping up next month and I have not been able to do a single Microsoft certification on the .NE...

MCP, MCAD, MCSE, MCSD Numbers Worldwide

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Microsoft has a page which lists the statistics of the number of certified professionals worldwide which is updated on a monthly basis....

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.NET

SharpSvn: A Primer

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The SharpSvn library basically gives you a .NET interface to all the operations that you would normally perform through a tool like TortoiseSVN. I found myse...

WCF Performance Optimization Tips

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I wound up work on my last project and thought of sharing some performance challenges we faced when the product went live. Keep in mind though that optimizat...

Silverlight

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Silverlight  2.0 just went live. If you are a .NET developer building ASP.NET or WinForms/WPF applications this is a HUGE deal. Your .NET code can now r...

Making use of the ‘??’ operator in C#

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The ?? operator was introduced to C# in 2.0 and I made a mental note to myself to use it when possible. Recently I had to do some tinkering with good ole...

Moq: Linq to Mock

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Daniel Cazzulino just announced the birth of Moq, now this is mocking done right.   // ShouldExpectCallWithArgumentvar mock = new Mock<IFoo>();moc...

VSTS – Multiple tests with ID <guid> found

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When you trying to run your tests and you come across this error message "Multiple tests with ID <guid> found", simply hit the Refresh button on the Te...

Code Profiling

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Until yesterday, if anyone asked me about dynamic code profiling, I would have said that the only way to do it is to buy the Red Gate ANTS Profiler or the Je...

A new direction?

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Will Don and ChrisAn talk about this? ChrisAn was in the WPF team...

Guidance Explorer goes online

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Wohoo. Guidance Explorer has gone online at http://www.guidancelibrary.com/GuidanceExplorerBeta/. This is the first smart client that I’m happy has tur...

XslCompiledTransform Performance

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Have you’ve ever written any code on .NET that does XSL transformations? Here’s another strong reason why you might think of making the jump...

Automatic Brace Matching

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The Visual Studio shortcut of the day is CTRL+] which allows you to jump between two matching braces. The name is somewhat misleading since brace matching wo...

Guidance Automation Toolkit

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There were a couple of recent posts in the forum asking what GAT was and how one gets started on using this, so I thought of writing a post to cover the answ...

One Language to Bind Them All

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[from Luca] The award for best creative in a story goes to the SD Times team and Larry O'Brien for the story on LINQ (Language INtegrated Query) - One Langua...

VB’s My for C# Developers

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Dan Fernandez has posted about Juval Lowy’s My wrapper for C#. What’s hilarious is the name that Juval is using for the wrapper. Here’s how...

Visual Studio Beta 2 Released

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Visual Studio Beta 2 Released along with a ‘Go Live’ license, so you can start deploying your .NET 2.0 solutions on production machine...

Chris Brumme… Where are you?

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Chris Brumme is the father of all .NET bloggers. His posts are more like booklets on the CLR that I usually print them and read it off-line. Half-way through...

Free ASP.NET 2.0 C# 2005 Training!

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Yes, that's free as in beer. AppDev, a leader in video-based training and SQL Server Reader's Choice winner, was kind enough to provide a portion o...

DebugView

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Another very nice tool is DebugView. This is a tool from Sysinternals that enables you to monitor all debug messages on your system. This allows you to have ...

Dataset performance in .NET Framework 2.0

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Andrew Conrad writes about Dataset performance improvements in .NET 2.0. For me these improvements are really, really good reasons to switch to .NET 2.0 as s...

Windows Forms Source for .NET Framework 2.0

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Now isn’t this the best news ever! Shawn Burke writes about plans to release the source code for the Windows Forms (which is basically a .NET wrapper a...

IIS Lockdown & .NET

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I recently ran into quite a few problems when the IIS Lockdown tool was applied on one of our production servers. I'm listing it here so that I don't tr...

Getting Started with ObjectSpaces

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If you are a .NET developer you have got to know all the tricks in the bag. ObjectSpaces is to .NET what EJB is to Jav...

ASP.NET 2.0: DataGrid Sample

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ASP.NET 2.0 streamlines data-driven application development. This example uses the categories and product tables in SQ...

Free WinForm Tree Control

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In the latest MSDN Flash newsletter, there is an offer from Infragistics for a FREE ...

Introduction to ObjectSpaces

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I’ve blogged about ObjectSpaces before and this time Nice West (of Fast Chicken Fame) has written a nice little ...

Debugging Windows Services

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For anyone working on a windows service using .Net I advise you to read this article first. It will help you...

Thwarting Reverse Engineering

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 Gabriel Torok and Bill Leach have a good article on MSDN about thwarting reverse engineering ...

Got Longhorn!

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Got my Longhorn PDC DVD’s delivered today through DHL. I didn’t expect to receive this for two reasons 1. This was fre...

.NET Online Seminars

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Why move to Visual Basic .NET Understand all of the reasons to move to Visual Basic...

WinFX: An All-Managed API

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Ian Griffiths has an excellent article on WinFX (the managed API for Longhorn). It also gives you a clear insight into...

Session State

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Steve talks about how we can make more efficient use of the Session state in ASP.NET. It...

Generics in C#

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I've been hearing a lot about Generics the past few months and how it's going to let us write less code and more robust code....

Academic Resource Kit for .NET

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The Academic Resource Kit Version 3.0 available off the MSDN AA website is a fantastic resource for anyone working with .NET te...

VB .NET Resource Kit

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There are some really great stuff in this resource kit that can be downloaded from MSDN.   While the .NET Resource ...

Host VS.NET on a Server for 20 Users

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Development System for .NET is a page from Microsoft Research. Aimed at academic institutions, this page has detailed instructions for building and administe...

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Tips

Azure + iPad = Productivity

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I don’t spend much timing writing code these days but when I do I want it to be productive as possible. Whether it is at my desk, in a meeting room or in bed...

Script to Download Yammer Image Profile

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Here’s a neat script I wrote the other day to download the urls of all the user’s in your Yammer network. This comes in handy when you want to re-use the pro...

Debugging Javascript

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What’s the easiest way to break into the debugger in JavaScript especially when you have heaps of js files being loaded by a page (SharePoint 2013 & disp...

Online XPath Tool

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XPathTool is a really great online XPath utility. It’s free, doesn’t need to be installed and has more features than a lot of the utilities that you find on ...

Get Safe File Name

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Here’s a quick utility that might come in handy. More than once I’ve seen code where the invalid chars were hard coded. The Path.GetInvalidFilenameChars has ...

Visual Studio Maintenance Mode

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I started working my way through the hands on labs in the SharePoint 2010 Developer Evaluation Guide and found that I was missing the Visual Studio 2010 Comm...

Google Wave Invites

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UPDATE: No more invites. Sorry guys I’ve given away all my invites on a first-come first-serve basis. Cheers!

Fixing the Silverlight caching issue

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Fell into this trap today. I deployed an update of my silverlight project to the Sharepoint site but on some machines the browser continously kept loading th...

Changing the default schema in Oracle

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The application I was working on assumed that the user would always be in the default schema. I ran into a snag when I had to connect to the staging environm...

Date Ranges in Log Parser for EventLogs

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If you need to trawl through your production server event logs. Here’s a quick tip for extracting just the entries for a given date range using LogParser. BT...

Windows 7: New Keyboard Shortcuts

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There are quite a few new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7 and some of them are a godsend when working on a multi-monitor setup. I can finally retire UltraMon...

Copy Paste Unformatted Text in Word

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I was reading this old series of posts on the whole Office Ribbon bar design (quite a fascinating from a developer perspective). I came across the comments ...

Creating HTML Signatures on Outlook 2007

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Outlook 2003 had a nice feature that allowed you to create a signature from an HTML file. This went missing in Outlook 2007 and a google search for Outlook ...

Uploading Videos

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I've been playing with uploading videos today and MSN Video seems to outshine the other when it comes to uploading as well as viewing video. The biggest stre...

Playing the currency game

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If like me you frequently send money back to Sri Lanka, it's important to know how to play the game. You can save yourself some dollars or rupees by knowing ...

Invisible backward compatibility in Vista

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If you have Vista running try this. Open an Explorer window, move your mouse to the top right left corner (thanks Kavinda) and double-click. What happens nex...

HOWTO: View all images on a site

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Did you know that you can view all the images on a site by searching for site:<url> e.g. site:merill.net. Works on Google Image search as well.

Getting your Cricket score fix

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Chandana is bitching about Dialog's so called Live Updates on 777. I've found Sky's 'Cricket Live Scores' to be pretty reliable on my really lousy phon...

Double your reading rate

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I'm always on the lookout for productivity tips that help me be a better myself. I used to love Steve Pavlina but most of his posts in the last si...

2007 Sri Lankan Holidays for Outlook

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There are few housekeeping stuff that you need to do at the start of the year and adding the Sri Lankan holidays to your Outlook calendar is one. – – – – – –...

Outlook Shortcuts

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I spend a lot of time in Outlook and I’ve found these shortcuts to be invaluable. Ctrl+Shift+M : Open a new email window Ctrl+Enter   ...

Steve Jobs on Design

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I’ve been reading a lot of Steve Jobs quotes recently here is another one I can relate to with the products that I’m building. “Most peopl...

Robot employees

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An excellent post by Kathy, here’s an extract: In an earlier post I said, "If you asked the head of a company which employee they'd prefer: the perfe...

I LOVE Google Code Search!

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This is wicked cool! Check out google code search to find out how various commands are being used by developers. Say you want to figure out how to use the ...

Skype 2.5 – Outlook Contacts

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I’m in love with Skype’s new integration feature with Outlook contacts, now I can pull up phone numbers in super quick time without having to use...

IE7 Feature #1: Reopen Closed Tabs

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I’ve been using IE7 since the Beta 2 Preview was released a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been discovering a few gems which I feel needs...

Remotely Enable Remote Desktop

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I didn’t know this was so easy. Connect to the remote registry of the machine Browse to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server Change f...

Everday tips from MonkeyFilter

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An assload of handy (and sometimes hilarious and asinine) everyday tips. Some NSFW. Here’s few of my faves: When you drop a small object, like a pill,...

Neat VS.NET Trick

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One of the best keyboard shortcuts for a developer! When in a code window for Visual Studio, you can go full screen, h...

Adobe Acrobat – Fast Web View

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Finding information on Adobe Acrobat PDF, especially version 6 related issues, is extremely hard to come by. We recent...

Do you have a 17″ monitor?

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I’ve been using 17” monitors for over three years but it’s always been on a resolution of 1024x768. ...

Keyboard Shortcuts

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Are you a keyboard freak like me? Then you've got to know how to add shortcuts to your frequently used programs so that you can launch ...

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Utilities

Taking notes with Evernote

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For a long time I've been searching for the ultimate note taking application. OneNote used to be my favorite but since I became a consultant and needed to mo...

DasBlog to BlogML Converter

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A couple of people have emailed me asking for the GUI version of the dasBlog to BlogML import / exporter, so I thought it best to share it with everyone. Yo...

Following friends on Twitter

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The twitter web UI has a bug when you try to follow friends. The simplest workaround is to add friends by typing the 'follow username' command in t...

Twitter

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I just tried twitter last week and was blown away! This is one really really cool service. For me the coolest part about it is the SMS/Texting fe...

I LOVE open source software like this

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I've got a great many videos that I've captured in .wmv but haven't had the time to figure out resolutions, formats and burning them to DVDs, yet. That's all...

Window Clippings

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I take a lot of screenshots and Vista posed a problem with it's window shadows. My workaround was to place the screen behind a Notepad background before taki...

BlogJet 2.0 and Live Writer

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BlogJet 2.0 has been released. I’ve tried it out but I think I’m going to give it a pass and stick to the old version. IMO BlogJet 2.0 suffers f...

Free Download Manager

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I’ve been a long-time user of LeechGet for managing my downloads but had problems running it under Vista. Internet Download Manager was a good choice u...

Manage your passwords

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Another program from my ‘Must Have’ folder. KeePass stores all my privata logins in a safe, secure encrypted file. It’s open-source, s...

XML Notepad 2007

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Have I been living under a rock? This is one heck of a tool. No more XML Spy for me. Incremental search (CTRL+I) in both tree and text views, so that ...

One tool to bind them all

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Or just two on this occassion. But man what a tool, Filemon and Regmon have been mashed-up into one. Better yet not just a mashup it has been written from th...

Gmail Mobile

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Google has released Gmail Mobile, a new cell phone client application, for everyone's favorite web-based email service, Gmail. In general the new Gmail Mob...

Sysinternals saved my day. Again!

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So I got into office early today and was greeted with this error when I fired out Outlook: Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook win...

Lyrics Plugin for Windows Media Player

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from Lifehacker: Lyrics Plugin is a piece of software tailored for music fans. To put it simply - it is an add-on to view lyrics in WinAmp or Windows Media...

Google Reader and Word 2007

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Google Reader got a fresh update today and the experience is nearly as good as my favorite offline reader, RssBandit. It even works on my slow dial-up line f...

Upgrade

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With dasBlog 1.9 being released today I made a quick jump and got the site upgraded to the latest version. I also joined the dasBlog mailing list to see if I...

Inline Search for IE

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A feature that Firefox users have been enjoying all along finally comes to IE. Infact I was not happy when IE7 didn't include this feature and even...

SQL Prompt

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If you spend time writing Stored Procedures or SQL Queries then SQL Prompt is a must have tool. It basically adds Intellisense for SQL Server and works well ...

Free Opera!

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IE and Firefox get a new 'free' competitor. Described as the fastest Web browser available on any platform, Opera pioneered several features that we now ta...

Google Talk

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Google has started yet another war, this time taking on chat. MSN, Yahoo, Skype watchout! Go download from http://www.google.com/talk/ my username is merillf...

DebugView

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Another very nice tool is DebugView. This is a tool from Sysinternals that enables you to monitor all debug messages on your system. This allows you to have ...

stock.xchng: Free pictures

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Now I know where to go, to get free picture for my presentations, websites, applications you name it: sxc.hu

w.bloggar

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I’m testing out w.bloggar in the hopes that it works as well as the BlogJet when posting to dasBlog. Wish me luck. You should see the We Rock image if the im...

Testing BlogJet

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I have installed an interesting application - BlogJet. It's a cool Windows client for my blog tool (as well as for other tools). Get your copy here: http://b...

Fiddler, et al

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Scott Watermasysk (and Dave Wanta) point out a tool that should be in everyone's party chest -- ...

Process Explorer

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Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you ...

What does your phone number spell?

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Ever wondered what your phone number spells? PhoneSpelling.com generates different word combinations for your phone nu...

activePDF Unveils FREE PDF Creator

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PrimoPDF is a free tool for high-quality PDF creation. With a user-friendly interface that enables “printing” to PDF f...

Intranet Open Source 2.7.2, Free

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Digger Solutions is an intranet application that takes a classic open-source marketing tack: give away a bunch of usef...

Free Code Coverage Tools

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Two open source .NET code coverage tools that I came across recently, funnily both have the same name ‘NCover&rs...

iRider

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Many years ago I vowed never to purchase an Internet browser. It's just one of those things that I couldn't ...

SpaceMonger

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Download SpaceMonger directly from here.  Ever find that your hard-drive is full but ...

I’m a DropLoad fan!

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A few days ago, I saw a post from someone about DropLoad.com, a website that lets you leave files for people...

Dodgeit

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Dodgeit, free throw away email. Give out a dodgeit address out whenever you need to. Check deezn...

ActiveWords SE

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 This is another must have utility for keyboard freaks like me. Now you can download it for free until January 10...

Longhorn Transformation Pack

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 If you have Windows XP or Windows 2003 then you have got to download and apply the Longhorn Transformation ...

Tweakomatic

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The Tweakomatic is a nifty new utility that writes scripts that allow you to retrieve and/or configure Windows and Int...

StrokeIt

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This is a must have utility on all Windows machines.  StrokeIt is a mouse gesture recognition program. Once you i...

Free PDF Creator

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A free PDF printer driver from Acro Software. Download it here. No watermarks! No annoying popup advertisements!

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Sri Lankan

The War is Over

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Sri Lanka is finally rid of the terrorists, the war is over. I hope and pray that we have seen the end of senseless bloodshed.

Ranaviru Fund

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Let me start by saying that I don’t believe in war, I’m more in the camp of Gandhi and Mandela who showed that although difficult you can achieve what you wa...

2008 Sri Lankan Holidays for Outlook

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A few people reminded me about posting the new holidays for this year, but I never got around to it. Luckily Kavinda has put it together here.

Playing the currency game

less than 1 minute read

If like me you frequently send money back to Sri Lanka, it's important to know how to play the game. You can save yourself some dollars or rupees by knowing ...

Getting your Cricket score fix

less than 1 minute read

Chandana is bitching about Dialog's so called Live Updates on 777. I've found Sky's 'Cricket Live Scores' to be pretty reliable on my really lousy phon...

Wait for us…

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This says it all. Beating India was sweet revenge. In the '99 World Cup, Dravid and Ganguly went on a run spree to eliminate us from the tournament. I'm gl...

TV Channels in Sri Lanka

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Time to tune in the newest addition to the local tv stations, Channel One MTV. Do you have all 13 channels tuned in? Rupavahini Rupavahini Eye ITN Sirasa TV...

Oh Sri Lanka

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Indi and Raditha have their say on the current politics. Indi's is a hilarious read. Oh, btw if you want to know what douchebag means.

HOWTO: Renew your Passport when it expires

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With my impending visit to the MVP Global Summit 2007 in Seattle it was time to renew my passport which expired last year. Dinesh pointed me to the well laid...

WiMAX in Sri Lanka

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This is wicked cool. Dialog has started pilot testing WiMAX with data speeds of 10MBPS. They areas being tested right now are Hambantota, Matara, Galle,...

EPF.lk launched

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An okay start, they at least have some information on taking loans and stuff, the highlight being the forms are available for printing. The site though is do...

Tech.Ed Keynote Review

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My thoughts on the keynote that was presented at Tech.Ed Sri Lanka. To start off with the keynote was way too long and went on for what felt like four hours....

Three reasons to attend Tech.Ed this year

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Sessions: There will be a total of 60 sessions and 8 (HOLs). This is nearly double the number of last year’s sessions. Your getting more bang for your...

TNL Rocks with Podcasts

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Last weekend I heard about the podcast while listening to the radio. Somewhere at TNL is a geek whose into some really wicked cool stuff. The station that pi...

Review: eTickets.lk

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Sri Lanka is finally starting to take it’s fledgling steps in moving to the internet. Yesterday, I booked tickets through www.etickets.lk (wow 200...

Imagine Cup 06 Sri Lanka Finalists Announced

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Jina just started announcing the five finalists for the Imagine Cup ‘06 so I guess I can blog about it. The shortlisted teams in no particular order are...

WiMAX in Sri Lanka!

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This is so friggin cool and I thought were so behind on things. SLT has already installed and is testing out WiMAX broadband wireless in Sri Lanka. If these ...

Turning back the clock

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This turning the clock around thingy is becoming a fashion statement that every Sri Lankan President wants to do. Right now its Mahinda mamaa’s turn an...

Sri Lanka’s newest mobile portal: eg.lk

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If you’ve got a mobile with GPRS check out Sri Lanka’s newest portal over at http://eg.lk. A lot of cool stuff including news and blogs along with updates ...

London O/L and A/L Results Online

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The London O/L and A/L results have just been published online at http://www.britishcouncil.org/srilanka. The results are fairly easy to get to but there se...

Job Openings at NuMatrix

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Rukmal, President of NuMatrix mailed me about this job opening available at NuMatrix. These guys are actually our office neighbors and are housed one floor a...

BTA is hiring!

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We’re looking for smart, talented folks to join our core group in Systems Engineering. If you get what Career Calculus is all about and are a...

zone24x7 is hiring

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Dhammika from zone24x7 just forwarded this ad to me. They’re looking for Software Engineers and Web Developers, click on the thumbnail below to see the...

Kottu Blog Drive

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Come on guys, what are you waiting for? Add yourself to the local blogosphere! Kottu Blog Drive: That’s right boys and girls, it’s competition ...

Keele – OOP

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This post is for those from Keele who attended the OOP class I took yesterday, here are the links I promised. BlueJ – http://www.bluej.org/  Sun ...

Private universities and Sri Lankan bloggers

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There’s been some really heavy discussions happening in the blogosphere about the whole Private University debate for Sri Lanka. Indi and Morquendi are...

Microsoft Engineers

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Jinath from Teamwork Technology threw out a challenge to BTA. So Jinath, here are our numbers… What? How many? Whom? Microsoft MVP 2 Prasanna, Me...

Crisis and chaos

3 minute read

This is the editorial published by the Daily Mirror today. Pala, one of my friends, was telling me about how the overhead for almost all donations went towa...

.NET User Group Meeting in Colombo today

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<DIV class=Section1> It’s another which brings along yet another user group meeting. This month I’ll be taking the stage after a long lapse of over six...

XP Sinhala Language Pack

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Jinath has posted some screenshots of Windows and a Google page with the Sinhala Language Pack installed. Microsoft released the beta version of the Sinhala ...

Tsunami Song

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Those of you who haven't seen 'Rebuilding Sri Lanka' song that airs on the Sirasa/MTV channels can do so now by browsing to http://astream.net/links/asia/son...

Spamming in Sri Lanka

less than 1 minute read

Kavinda has blogged about an email thread conversation that took place between a Hameedia Brand Manager and an email recipient called Dinesh (Kavinda, who is...

Kavinda blogging

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I posted earlier about Kavinda blogging at MSN Spaces, he's since moved over to his own dasBlog site. He quickly whipped up his own template and it does look...

The Tsunami Effect

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<DIV class=Section1> <IMG height=358 alt="The Tsunami Effect" src="http://www.merill.net/wp-content/uploads/contentbinary/tsuanamieffect.gif" width=...

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Bus Route

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This guy working at IFS has done a really neat job of showing the bus routes in the Colombo area. I wonder how m...

Cool Dialog Tip

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I've got a really cool tip for you guys with Dialog connections. Dialog let's you divert calls to a special number (777012012). Wh...

Lousy Lanka Internet Connection

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We are on a 128K leased line with Lanka Internet. All I can say is that it's pretty lousy. In the morning the line was fine and I was h...

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Technology

A Personal Blog: Spaces vs Blogger

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I’ve been wanting to start a personal blog for sometime and finally went ahead with it. This post though is not about my personal blog but rather about whic...

Bill Gates was right about spam

less than 1 minute read

In 2004 BillG made a statement that spam will be solved in two years. In 2008 I can prove that it is. Here's how my Inbox looks today. That's 19,326 spam ...

Find out who’s linking to you

less than 1 minute read

Find out which web pages are linking to you by using the linkdomain: operator like this. While the Live search caters to end users, Yahoo’s searc...

Google Reader – Design Simplicity

1 minute read

Joe Wilcox of Microsoft Monitor joins the ever growing group that keeps raving about Google Reader. He touches on one of the key aspects in product design w...

Bye, bye SmartClient, hello WebApp

less than 1 minute read

Well I never thought I would say this but I’ve just bid goodbye to RssBandit my feedreader for the last three years and completely switched over t...

Multi-Tasking makes you stupid

less than 1 minute read

If your currently working on more than one project take a couple of minutes to read Jeff Atwoord’s post on multi-tasking. He concludes with: I've ofte...

Singapore

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This is the last leg of my long trip back to Colombo. It's really cool that the Changi Airport at Singapore has free internet access. What have I been doing ...

SHA-1 Broken

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Schneier reports that SHA-1 has been broken. ‘SHA-1 has been broken. Not a reduced-round version. Not a simplified version. The real thing.’ Time...

Microsoft Virtual Labs

1 minute read

Over at our company we're evaluating various Microsoft technologies to figure out if we can leverage them when building our next generation development platf...

Technology Workers

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In his latest column, Tom Yager from Infoworld starts off with:  Technology workers who don’t see themselves as passionate, creative professionals...

MVC and WARS

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MVC apparently is way too simple ;-) Now we have "WARS" - Worflow, Action, Rep...

ASP.NET 2.0

less than 1 minute read

There are a lot of important things happening if you're a Microsoft developer. Two key technologies that you need to get on top ar...

Record Videos

less than 1 minute read

Have you ever spent time explaining the steps to perform an action and wished you could just show it to them instead. ...

Free VOIP – Skype

less than 1 minute read

This is truly revolutionary. Skype let's you have voice conversations with your friends and it's really really good quality. Check it out at Skype.c...

Swing/SWT History

less than 1 minute read

Anybody interested in the development history of AWT, Swing and SWT? Explains the tussle going on between Sun and IBM.

Career Calculus

less than 1 minute read

This is a must read for a developer at any level by Eric Sink. For thos who don't know him, Eric Sink lead the development for the earl...

MSN Search

less than 1 minute read

Hey I just did a search on MSN and these guys are FAST now, as fast as Google! Will Microsoft really beat Google? ...

Ranked First On Google!

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Yeah! I didn't think it would be so easy! I come on top for a search on 'merill fernando' and 16th place for 'merill'

Motorola making Microsoft Smart-phones

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Microsoft is slowly breaking into the phone market. Motorola has just announced that they would be creating phones running Microsoft Sm...

ASP.NET StackOverflowException

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What do you do when ASP.NET throws an exception like this? Exception of type System.StackOverflowException was thrown. ...

Spam Mail Trick

less than 1 minute read

I come across so many web sites that ask for an email address just to do a download or to access some site and then spam that address. ...

Match.com’s upgrade to .NET

less than 1 minute read

Jason of Match.com describes how they upgraded from classic ASP to .NET just goes to show how much you can gain with .NET. ...

NotifyWebLogsDotCom in BlogX

less than 1 minute read

The day before an ex-coworker friend (Nimalan) posted a comment to to one of my blogs but I only noticed it when I was brows...

Designing Without Tables Using CSS

less than 1 minute read

This book 'HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS' describes how to create a semantically correct web site where absolut...

Messenger Plus for Messenger 6!

less than 1 minute read

Patchou has done it again, he has been able to get Messenger Plus running with MSN 6, it has quite a bit of cool tools, including the o...

SQL Server (Yukon)

less than 1 minute read

SQL Server (Yukon) has been released to about 200 customers for testing. Public beta expected early next year. ...

Exchange 2003

less than 1 minute read

Just looked up the MSDN Download site and saw that Exchange 2003 is available. I already started downloading it! There was a Standard a...

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Personal

Went shooting

less than 1 minute read

So we went clay shooting yesterday with Adam Tyler (an Athen’s Olympic Bronze medalist and two time Commonwealth Gold medalist) showing us how it’s done. A...

Melbourne

less than 1 minute read

It’s been nearly four months since I moved to Melbourne and having been in Sydney six months prior, Melbourne was indeed a welcome change. Although it’s very...

What are you blogging today?

1 minute read

As you may have noticed I recently went through a steep learning curve on SharePoint. The best part was it turned out to be a liberation on my blogging minds...

Rafael

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It turned out to be a wonderful coincidence that our second son Rafael decided to be born on our second wedding anniversary! The little fella has a loud vo...

It’s good to be a consultant

less than 1 minute read

I'm working as a consultant for the first time in my ten year career and I'm loving every minute of it. In the last couple of months I've worked in three ver...

My First Post…

1 minute read

Wow, it's been more than a month since my last post from Sri Lanka. Life has been quite busy and I've been overwhelmed sometimes, but things are slowly falli...

My last post here

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Looks like this will be my last blog posting from Sri Lanka. Tomorrow I'm flying out to Australia. My new job is at Unique World and my first assignment will...

Migrating

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Finally a post after an awfully long time. I'm in the midst of moving my life and twitter too is to blame. In the meantime I have this cute picture of Joshua.

Joshua @ 4 months

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It's Joshua's fourth month today and I totally adore him!

www.joshuaf.net

less than 1 minute read

My son has his own site now at www.joshuaf.net. At just $10 a year, we love you Google Apps!

Joshua

less than 1 minute read

Well my baby boy finally made it into this world exactly two weeks ago. Life has been pretty hectic since then with many a sleepless nights. Although tiring,...

Blogging from home (finally!)

less than 1 minute read

I finally managed to connect to the internet from home today. The dial-up line that I’m connecting from though is excruciatingly, painfully slow and ke...

What’s up?

less than 1 minute read

Wow. I just remembered that I had a blog. I’ve been quite busy the last three to four weeks putting some of my personal development items in place. The...

Blogging

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It’s been a long time since my last post and I being kept away from regular blogging due to a number of things. Between the hectic work at office and some of...

Migraine

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Imara suffers a lot from Migraine and last week was a terrible one for her with a four day migraine that wouldn’t leave. This prompted me to start read...

Books

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Okay, I admit it. I’m a J.K. Rowling fan. (FYI: I’m a serious Dan Brown fan too, oh and James Herriot as well.) I’m into the third Harry Po...

My brother blogs

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Well what do you know, my brother Julius has started blogging. Subscribed. MSN Spaces is making it so easy for anyone to start blogging and sharing photos.

Back in Sri Lanka

less than 1 minute read

Dammika wanted to know where the hell I was. Things have been pretty hectic for me since I landed in Colombo last Tuesday morning. Let me see… On Tue...

A gift for my brother

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My brother and sister teamed up to buy me this, so to return the favor I bought Julius (my small bro) one heck of an MP3 player. I ordered the SanDisk 1GB&nb...

My home away from home

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It’s my last day here in Boston, so I cleaned up my desk and took a snap to capture the moment. Look at how MSF is all the rage now.

Sighseeing in Boston

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<DIV class=Section1> Damnath (my co-worker in Boston) took Lasantha and me out sightseeing in Boston today. We went out to Cambridge and checked out Ha...

Backlog cleared…

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<DIV class=Section1> I just finished clearing up my backlog on going through my feeds. My current count of feeds is 143 and I just brought down the unr...

Writing is like prostitution…

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<DIV class=Section1> “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few other close friends, and then for money.” — Moliere.&n...

My Boss reads my blog!

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I found out last week that my boss, Thusith Mahanama, the CEO of my company reads my blog! Wow, gotta be careful ;)  But seriously how many C...

Boston

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Well this is my first post from Boston for 2005 (I wonder how many times I will be coming to Boston this year). Anyway I’m in Boston for a company Boot...

Lecturing at a University

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<DIV class=Section1> I’ve always felt that it would be an honor to lecture at a university and just after the completion of my Masters a couple of door...

Photo Gallery

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By the way, I’ve got my Photo Gallery up and running again. Right now I’ve only uploaded some pictures from my Graduation but I’m hoping to put up all the pi...

Up and running on dasBlog 1.7

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I just completed a painless upgrade to dasBlogCE 1.7 and boy does it look good. There aren't much UI changes but the performance of the site has gone through...

My own fingerprint reader

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Guess what I'm using to blog this entry with? My very own Microsoft Optical Desktop with Fingerprint reader! I've been using the fingerprint reader to sign ...

MVP Gift Voucher

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Microsoft gives us MVPs with a $150 voucher that we could use to buy anything we want at the Microsoft Company Store. Unfortunately I have a feeling that the...

Busy

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I've not been able to post regularly lately due to a couple of reasons. Office Work We have been getting ...

Tracking Accounts using Microsoft Money

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I've started using Microsoft Money to keep track of all my accounts. This is a really powerful tool that every professional must have i...

Ranked First On Google!

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Yeah! I didn't think it would be so easy! I come on top for a search on 'merill fernando' and 16th place for 'merill'

Car

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After a long time I have now finally decided to buy a car. I called up HSBC and they are giving a personal loan for 17.25% plus I also ...

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Community

Un-MVP’ed

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It had to happen. Two years ago I made a conscious decision to make my family the center of my universe and my #1 priority. Joshua is now 16 months and Rafa...

The two Scotts

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One of the cool things that happened at the MVP Summit this year was that I got to meet two people I really admire and both of them are Scotts.   Wh...

About the author?

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If your in the local forum you'll know by now that I'll be speaking today on RAD as in RoR speed. What's funny is the 'About the author: (Same as befor...

SQL Server User Group

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Dinesh, our very own SQL Server MVP, just announced the launching of the SQL Server User Group along with an online forum for all things SQL Server at www.sq...

Free Microsot Exam Voucher [Limited Number]

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Microsoft Sri Lanka is offering a generous gift (limited number) this Christmas season to all dotnetforum community members on a first come first serve basis...

Introduction to .NET 3.0 slides and links

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Thanks a lot for all the positive feedback I’ve been hearing from you guys on yesterday’s presentation. I need to make a public apology to Manzi&...

August User Group Meetup

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Quick note out to all you guys that we’ve shifted the user group meeting to the Microsoft office at WTC and unfortunately you can only attend if you re...

June User Group Meeting

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This month’s user group meeting would go down as one of the funnier ones. Imagine me presenting in a pitch dark room with no lights, I only realized ho...

Imagine Cup – Panchayudha Wins!

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After a gruelling 3 hours the winners of Imagine Cup ‘06 were announced for the Sri Lanka. It was great to see the time and effort that all the teams h...

Imagine Cup Finals – Today!

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The day is finally here, five teams were chosen from over forty-five entries from almost all the universities in Sri Lanka. Today evening at the Taj, each te...

Imagine Cup Sri Lanka site

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Wela announced yesterday about the launch of www.imaginecupsrilanka.com. As usual a job well done by Wela and team which included both Razor and Charith. The...

ASP.NET Tips and Tricks

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I hope those of you who came to the .NET User Group meeting yesterday enjoyed my session on Cool ASP.NET Tips and Tricks. As promised the slides and demos ca...

.NET User Group: Smart Client Deep Dive

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The Sri Lankan .NET developer community will be given a rare treat today when Dr. Nitin Paranjape an Office MVP does a talk on Developing VSTO Applicati...

Visual Studio Community Launch at Moratuwa

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Wela and I had a blast at the University of Moratuwa last week where we hosted the Visual Studio Community Launch for about 200 odd students. Wela started of...

Huge Tech.Ed discounts for top posters!

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The posters at dotnetforum.lk do a great selfless service to the development community in Sri Lanka, and whenever possible we at Microsoft like to show the...

Ajax – July User Group Meeting

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As promised at the user group meeting yesterday here are the slides and the link to the Ajax .NET library. Download: Ajax - Presentation Ajax.NET Library: ht...

Back from the MVP Summit

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Just got back from the MVP Summit last evening and boy did we have fun. I’ll be posting about what I’ve seen and heard in the past week as soon a...

Colombo .NET User Group Meeting – April

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Prasanna’s session on NHibernate at this month’s user group meeting was a really cool eye opener into the world of ORM. I’ve heard a lot ab...

MVP Night

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To continue on with yesterday’s post, after the Imagine Cup judging was over all the MVPs got together and went for a night out. We first hung around a...

Imagine Cup Judging

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With all the work going on at office, I didn’t have much time on my hands to be doing any posting. Anyway this post is way overdue and goes back to the...

Usability Engineering

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Manoj has posted the presentation that he made at the last .NET User Group meeting in Colombo. Going by the slides on the presentation it looks like I've mis...

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Uncategorized

Review: Gmail Extension

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Chrome opened public extensions just a few days ago and already the quality of extensions available are awesome. Take a look at the Google Mail Checker Plus ...

Show Folder Tree in Windows 7 Explorer

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I spend a lot of my time switching between folders in Windows explorer and the Windows 7 explorer has been driving me nuts lately. Win7 (or at least the bui...

Backup your data for free

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I ran across this on ScottH's post today. The Mozy.com gives you 2GB of backup storage for free. Currently, I use the free SyncBack utility t...

Microsoft vs. BlueJ

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I was first introduced to BlueJ when I started lecturing on OOP using Java at Keele (IIT) for their MSc program. Teaching first time programmers about object...

Counting my blessings

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Happy New Year everybody! Looking back, 2006 for me has been a very special year and one that I'm thanking God for blessing me so wonderfully. I got marrie...

Windows Live Writer

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Microsoft just released Windows Live Writer today and I'm guessing this is going to replace BlogJet as my default editor. Get it here. Just a quick summary o...

March user group meeting today

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If your a .NET developer in Colombo and are into developing smart client applications make sure you don’t miss the user group meeting today. We have tw...

Leaving Microsoft

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A lot of you guys already know that I left Microsoft Sri Lanka after being on the job for just five months. The big question everyone wants to know is. ...

I’m back!

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Dudes. Start your aggregator engines!

Please update your feeds

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To all you guys who are reading this through an aggregator please update your feed subscription to use http://feeds.feedburner.com/merill as this will c...

IE Search Prefixes

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I use Maxthon as my default browser and it has this cool feature for using keywords. For example to search google I just type g and the search word in th...

Blogging from Home

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Finally got my machine setup at home. Windows XP gave a weird problem the power went off suddenly and the next time I booted up the machine the it gave an ‘U...

-gry Puzzle

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Think of words ending in -gry. Angry and hungry are two of them. There are only three words in the English language. What is the third ...

Setup!

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I've finally managed to get blogX set up on my machine. For now I'm only going to post private stuff here on things that only I should ...

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Twitter

Tubecast

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Love the Tubecast Windows Phone app which lets me cast to any device in the house.

Love never fails

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Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, an...

WordPress JetPack

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Just stumbled on WordPress’ JetPack which lets you post to all the social networks directly from WordPress.

Office 365 Visio Stencils

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Thanks to ShowerHacks for the bluetooth speaker photos. Anyway, This is a neat set of modern Visio stencils for Office 365. There is a whole heap of icons (1...

Rant: Windows 10 better be stellar

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We have gone through this cycle with Microsoft when it comes to Windows Phone. At first it was Windows Mobile that was abandoned for a couple of years and M...

My blog is my voice

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My blog (http://merill.net) is my voice. It existed before Twitter/FB and will live long after they die. So I’m leveraging IFTT ftw

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SharePoint

SharePoint Health Monitor App

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Introducing the SharePoint Health Monitor App. More details coming soon once the app is published in the marketplace.

Tips for working with BCS and FAST Search

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When building a FAST search solution to crawl external entities through BCS it can get very frustrating if you deploy a change and it doesn’t get updated in ...

Write CAML queries in code

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In my very first webpart that I wrote I needed to write some CAML queries to filter and sort the lists. Being the type of guy who hates seeing strings litter...

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Certification

.NET 4 Free Beta Exam Vouchers

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Looks like I somehow missed this. Free vouchers for the .NET 4 (Visual Studio 2010 Beta Exams) are available online in the Born to Learn blog. I couldn’t reg...

TypeForwardedToAttributes

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While preparing for the 70–551 exam I came across the new TypeForwardedToAttributes class. Searching for this on MSDN brought up “no search resul...

MCSD.NET – Check!

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Finally, took my last exam for the MCSD.NET today. This was the Designing and Implementing Databases with SQL Server 2000 exam and I sc...

MCAD .NET

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Passed the 70-320 exam on Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual C# today. My score for this e...

70-315 Exam Preparation

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Thought of outlining how I'm preparing for the (70-315) Web Applications exam. Step 1: I started out by reading the ...

Path to MCSD.NET

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I suddenly realised that September is creeping up next month and I have not been able to do a single Microsoft certification on the .NE...

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Jokes

No sex tonight?

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Nadeera of Atlantis One forwarded this hilarious mail. No sex tonight? I never quite figured out why the sexual urge of men and women differ so much. And I ...

Qantas Flight Reports

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Nadeera forwarded this to me and I almost fell of my chair while reading it! After every flight, pil...

Really Cool Animation

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You have got to check out this flash animation, a singing chorus of horses! [click here]

Microsoft to the rescue?

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Microsoft to the rescue? A marketing weasel came by and asked me to fix a dead notebook, as if I'm his personal geek slave. ...

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Open Source

GMail is SCREAMING fast on FireFox 3 Beta 4

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I've been using FireFox 3 beta 3 for quite some time and was pretty happy with it. Fired up FF today and was prompted with a nice upgrade button. They&#...

I LOVE open source software like this

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I've got a great many videos that I've captured in .wmv but haven't had the time to figure out resolutions, formats and burning them to DVDs, yet. That's all...

Here’s to Linux

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The very first posting to this blog from a Linux box! The lab that I’m lecturing on .NET Compact Framework development for an Advanced MSc batch has all the...

Google Office!

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Internet news reports about an announcement that Google and Sun are to make later in the day today about Google Office. What with Office 12 in th...

Can open source companies innovate?

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Ever since I attended the FOSS conference a couple of weeks ago, I've been trying to figure out how viable an option Open Source is for the software indust...

Lunch with Jim and Rasmus

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During lunch today I was joined at my table by Rasmus Lerdof (the creator of PHP) and Jim Zemlin the executive director of FSG (Free Standards Group). Jim i...

FOSS: Keynote

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I was able find a power socket at the end of the room where I was able to get my notebook charged again and guess what Dr. Ruwan from the Colombo University...

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Office 365

Intune Data Centers

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Want to know where all the Intune Data Centers are located? Here’s a handy link http://intunedatacentermap.azurewebsites.net

PayID

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Have you tried PayID yet? Given that you can only have one PayID identifier for each account and bank it doesn’t seem to make much sense to use your telephon...

Fix for MacOS Jittery Dock

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Is your MacOS dock jittering and driving you nuts? In my case this was being caused by some apps that were ShareMouse and/or Synergy. Removing all the unnece...

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ASP.NET

ASP.NET Tips and Tricks

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I hope those of you who came to the .NET User Group meeting yesterday enjoyed my session on Cool ASP.NET Tips and Tricks. As promised the slides and demos ca...

IIS Lockdown & .NET

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I recently ran into quite a few problems when the IIS Lockdown tool was applied on one of our production servers. I'm listing it here so that I don't tr...

Free Book on ASP.NET

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Charles Carrol of LearnASP has released a free book on ASP.NET. This is a really good starting place for anyone learning the ro...

ASP.NET 2.0 Will Create History

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I have a feeling that ASP .NET 2.0 is going to be truly revolutionary. Just take a look at the table of contents for this book. ...

Creating a Virtual Directory

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I always wondered what the differences were between creating virtual directory using the IIS and through Windows Explorer (Web Sharing)...

ASP.NET StackOverflowException

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What do you do when ASP.NET throws an exception like this? Exception of type System.StackOverflowException was thrown. ...

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Fun

Yes. I use GMail. I’m an idiot.

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I didn’t think it would happen this soon. Firefox developer doesn’t trust Google anymore. via Paul Thurrot.

The Admiral’s Pipe

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Brad Adams posted this piece. I hope none of *my* management is reading this! I was recently reminded of a story one of our development managers told me.&nbs...

Firefox Pomposity

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<DIV class=Section1>  Now this I can totally relate to. “Today we secretly replaced the hive-mind of Slashdot with Folger’s Crystals – let’s se...

The Infinite Cat Project

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Check out the Infinite Cat Project, that only a geek would think of. It's a picture of a cat watching a cat watching a cat watching a cat... and you can even...

Bollywood ‘pen-pal’ cheats US man

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Manjeeva sent me this article on the BBC about an American named Mr. Corley who had been cheated by his pen-pal who was apparan...

The Power of the Human Mind

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I got this in the mail today: The paomnnehil pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigd...

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SQL

SQL query optimization

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Wow. Two SQL posts on the same day. The SQL query processing team blog is quite a gem. I wonder how I missed this. The query processing team - query optimiz...

Publishing your SQL Server 2005 database?

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Ever wanted to MySQL feature that let’s you script out a database (including the data) when working with SQL Server? Fear no more the Database Publishi...

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SharePoint 2010

ULS Viewer stops working

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If ULS Viewer suddenly stops reading from the ULS log, the quick fix is to move all the log files to another folder. Except for the last log file which Explo...

FBA Configuration Manager for SharePoint 2010

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Setting up forms based authentication in SharePoint 2010 requires making changes in three web.config files. [FBA.ConfigureMembershipProvider]::Configure($we...

Installing Office Web Apps on Windows 7

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If you haven’t heard of Office Web Apps before it’s basically Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote running inside a browser. It lets you edit documents right ...

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Status

1163

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The battle of the speakers has begun. My conundrum, one HomePod for $499 or two Sonos Ones for $349

1149

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A good summary of 2017 status of the tech http://avc.com/2017/12/what-happened-in-2017

1147

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I have been thoroughly enjoying the BigBash game over the holidays. It’s a step up from Stick Cricket and the daily challenges make you keep going back. http...

1137

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❤️ the magical window of time during sunsets #nofilter #brightonbeach #iphone #amateurphotographer

1134

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Google really wants to get as many Minis as it can into Australian homes before Alexa launches locally. The twin Google Mini packs are currently at $78. http...

Take back

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Take back your voice in 2018. I love the whole idea around micro blogs. This feels like the early days of RSS and web logs. Find out more at https://micro.blog

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Politics

Merill on Politics and Sri Lanka

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Lately I haven't blogged much about politics but this post by Indi word for word matches my feelings on this topic.

Victim Of Peace

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The man who is seeking re-election as Sri Lanka's prime minister at April 2 polls halted an ethnic war raging for deca...

Your Vote

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In the next election that you are going to vote, I would like to ask you to vote intelligently. Find out information y...

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Inspiration

Tomorrow

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"I view my life in a way … I'll explain it to you, OK? The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today. And that's how I look at my l...

Innovation Comes From Saying No

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I was reading the free Getting Real book from 37Signals and came across this Steve Jobs quote. I love it! "We Don't Want a Thousand Features" Steve Jobs gav...

Shake it off!

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This got passed on to me by a colleague - good enough to pass on.... The best motivational message o...

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Cricket

Murali’s redemption, and our arrogance

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<DIV class=Section1> <P class=MsoNormal>Dammika forwarded a link to this article on Murali, a must read for anyone who as an opinion on Murali’s ...

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Miscellaneous

On Sex and Linux

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I was browsing through my stats pages and came across a couple of pretty interesting findings. It's quite funny that my blog turns up #1 on Google when someo...

Back Online

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Ahh.. Feels so sweet to be back online. My hosting server got screwed up and I had to wait till Madura got back to work to fix it up. Wierdly, all that was ...

One Free GMail Invitation

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I have a free GMail invitation. First come first served. Click this link to create your gmail account.

Who is Scott?

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<DIV class=Section1> One of my former colleagues Nadeera forwarded this mail to me, I wonder how authentic it is?</SPAN> You must have always won...

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CSS

Sortable Table

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If you thought the Tab navigation was good, check out the Sort-able grid script. By simply setting a class on any tabl...

EasyToggle (Tab Navigation)

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Simon Willison has created an easy way to enable tabs in web pages. There is no javascript coding involved. Just inclu...

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Seminars

Moving to Microsoft Visual Basic .NET

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Thanks a lot for everyone who came to the seminar yesterday. I hope you all saw the power and productivity gains of moving to the .NET ...

Inside the Microsoft .NET Framework

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Okay folks here are the downloads to the presentation (2.7MB) and the code samples (120KB) that I promised at yesterday's semin...

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Ideas

How to become an early riser

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I personally have always been an early riser and consider my morning hours to be the peak time during which my productive is the best. If you’ve alway...

Structured Procrastination

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This short post on Structured Procrastination by John Perry (a Stanford Professor) makes extreme sense to me. Quite scary!

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TechEd

Tech.Ed Sri Lanka Blog

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I started blogging over at www.teched.lk/blog. Check it out and keep posted on all that’s happening at Tech.Ed Sri Lanka.

Merill Takes The Red Pill

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That's right folks, I've taken the Red Pill and boy does it feel good. Although I've been here for just one day, I'm mightily impressed with how things are...

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Service Manager

SharePoint 2010 Service Manager

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With the final release of SharePoint 2010, I finally had time to brush-up and release the Service Manager that I wrote sometime back when the 2010 betas was ...

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Opinion

Mobile Apps: Native or Web?

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When building for mobile there isn’t a silver bullet. Instead we have a myriad of compromises to make. If your an enterprise wanting to build apps here are f...

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HTML

The Uncanny Disappearing Window

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How do you programmatically close a browser window when you didn't open it? Of course, everybody knows you can't. If t...

Javascript Trick

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Did you know that you can execute javascript statements against a web page, just like using the Immediate window in Vi...

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Windows Phone

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Video

Joshua & water

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One of Joshua’s favorite activity is playing with water. A bath anytime of the day is sure to cheer him up. I usually like to spoil him by giving about four ...

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BlogEngine.NET

Migrated from dasBlog to BlogEngine.NET

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After 5 years, starting from the humble BlogX that ChrisAn wrote to Clemens and then ScottH's dasBlog, I finally moved over to BlogEngine.NET today. My ...

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WPF

WPF Checked ListBox

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WPF currently does not have a checked list box out of the box so you’ll need to roll your own. Unfortunately most of the examples that come up on Google invo...

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tips

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