Remotely Enable Remote Desktop

I didn’t know this was so easy.

  1. Connect to the remote registry of the machine
  2. Browse to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server
  3. Change fDenyTSConnection from 1 to 0
  4. Restart the remote machine for the setting to take effect: shutdown -m \\servername -r

Remember that you need to have administrator rights on the remote machine.

Everday tips from MonkeyFilter

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, DO NOT flail about trying to catch it; instead stand still and watch it land.
  • Half the time trying to catch it means it bounces off you in some bizarre direction, or that you don’t see where it actually goes.
  • Keep an old blanket in the car. It can be used for spontaneous picnics, sleeping in rest areas, and covering up the random homeless person who looks cold.
  • To kill off weeds between bricks or in the cobblestones on your street, mix half-and-half white vinegar and cheap dish detergent and squirt it in the joints.
  • Hot water in a spray bottle will get most small bugs off plants, such as aphids.
  • A two-liter soda bottle can be used to keep celery fresh. Cut off the top and put a little water in the bottom, then stand the celery stalks in it in your fridge. Use the cut-off top as a funnel to fill your spice jars with bulk spices (way cheaper than buying them in bottles) - the mouth on a two-liter is about the right size for smaller jars.
  • If you have to leave something (luggage) unattended and don’t want it stolen, try drawing a large chalk circle on the ground around it.
  • Separate your laundry into their respective washload piles (whites, warm colors, cold colors, whatever) when you take them off, so you don’t have to bother on laundry day.
  • When waiting for the tube, look out for the faded white line along the platform edge - it’s more worn cos that’s where most of the doors end up stopping.

Colombo .NET User Group Meeting – April

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 about Hibernate never truly realized that it was fast becoming so popular and is now taking on heavyweights like EJBs.

With ObjectSpaces looking more like a distant dream, NHibernate is for the here and now. Prasanna did a really super job in explaining the concepts as well as getting down the nitty gritty and walking us through code demos to show how a refined object oriented architecture can be used to build Enterprise apps. Kudos to him!

Get the slides and the demo from here.


Oh and by the way, since our first anniversary of the .NET User Group is coming up in a couple of months we were planning on holding some sort of tournament that all our user group member could take part in. A lot of ideas were bandied about and we’re now choosing between a six-a-side cricket tournament or an indoor cricket tournament. What do you guys think?

Visual Studio Beta 2 Released


Visual Studio Beta 2 Released along with a ‘Go Live’ license, so you can start deploying your .NET 2.0 solutions on production machines themselves. What are you waiting for? Go get the download.

MVP Night

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 at the pool parlor waiting for Ed, Stanley and Jinashri to turn up. I’m not much of a pool player but Manzi was a natural. We even had a Manzi vs. Ed with Manzi coming out on top, Ed’s excuse was that he needed some beer to steady his hands.

We then headed over to the bowling alley and the MVPs fired on all guns to leave the Microsoft guys in the dust. Ruwan and Manzi did all the damage. Any MVPs in Singapore who want to take on the Sri Lankan golden boys?


Ed taking aim, while Ruwan goes for his shot.


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Stanley taking it cool with the beer and Ruwan in action.

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Hmm… Ed and Manzi have seem to have identical bowling styles.


Hey Alan, where’s the ball dude!

My brother blogs

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.

Imagine Cup Judging

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 25th of March when two industry heavy-weights, Duminda Ratnayaka (CEO of Celltel, a visionary who launched the first mobile company in Sri Lanka way back in the early 90s), Dr. Emerick Fernando (another great guy who once used to work at Microsoft and was also CEO of Global Software Labs in Colombo) along with a bunch of MVPs (Prasanna and Wela) and Ed Quek from Microsoft Singapore got together to judge the best teams for the Imaging Cup.

Congratulations to the four teams who made it to the final round of the Sri Lankan leg. One of these teams will be the ultimate winner and will be representing Sri Lanka in the worldwide competitions in Japan.

  • Fuzzy Climate (Weather Warning using Human Observation, University of Moratuwa)
  • QuickAid (Medical Volunteer System, University of Colombo, Medical Faculty)
  • Mobile Reporter (Reporting everything with combined voice data and video, University of Colombo)
  • SivuMithun (Purchasing Process for Farmers and Mudalalis, University of Moratuwa)

Ed, Sriyan (Country Manager, Microsoft) and Jinashri (Education Programme Manager, Microsoft) looking on while Duminda talks about the judging outcome.


Dr. Emerick looks on while Duminda does more talking!

Wela on the phone, while Prasanna shows off our potential, his passion!

Chris Brumme… Where are you?

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 a single post of his and my head usually starts aching, but since he hasn’t posted in a long while the community is getting together to get him to start posting in again. I’m joining the campaign. Post Chris, post.

Chris Brumme... come home!:

Please join me in the campaign to bring Bring back Chris Brumme's blog. Not only is he way smarter than me, but he also has a wicked sense of humor!

[Via simplegeek]

Kottu Blog Drive

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 time! Seeing the growth of our little local blogosphere in the past few months, Indi and I have decided that it’s time to put you guys to the test. Yup, it’s time to head out and get your friends / parents / brothers / sisters / boyfriends / girlfriends / pets to start blogging.

What are the rules, dude?
Rules? Rules suck man. But no, seriously, there are a few.

  1. Entries will close on 28th April 2005.
  2. The blogger with the most number of new blogger friends introduced will get the prize.
  3. Minimum ammount of new bloggers per person is 3. If you don’t have at least three, don’t bother entering.
  4. Your new bloggers must be active, and must make at least 5 posts before you can enter them on your form.
  5. If we find anyone has been posing as a new blogger or has otherwise cheated in any way, we will steal all their Mp3s and then trash their hard drive. And oh, we wont consider them for the prize as well.

So like, what are the prizes man?
Shut up and listen. The winner (as in, the blogger who has introduced the most number of new bloggers by the end of the competition) will get 1 years free hosting and a free domain name. Rumour also has it that he / she might be taken aboard kottu to work with the rest of the (rather overworked) staff.

So why are you guys doing this?
I told you, shut up.

I’ve already converted some bloggers, can I enter them?
No sorry, you can’t. Conversions start from today, April 6th.

When will the winner be announced?
Well, Indi and I are planning to go down to Pilawoos (or another suitable sayvar kade) on the 29th or 30th and eat some kottu. We hope that many (or even) some of you will be able to make it. The winner will be announced there (probably over an iced milo), as well as later, on this website.

So how do I enter man?
After you’ve got three of your friends / enemies blogging, send me their URIs with a brief description of each blogger. If you get three at first and then get more later, you can send them in batches. Just make sure you send me the first three as soon as you complete them.

So who’s going to judge?
Indi and I.

What if I have more questions, dude?
Post them as comments and I’ll add them to this FAQ. Now be a good little fellow and run along.

So yeah, it’s time to send out some emails, go door to door and generally convert more bloggers. A bigger community means more discussion, and that’s always good, isn’t it? So get going - let the initiations begin!