Getting Started with Windows Azure

“Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.” – (Source: http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/overview/what-is-windows-azure/) This post is written considering any…

Clear Visual Studio Recent Project List

Do you create/open a lot of Visual Studio Projects to try out/learn things? Then your Recent Projects List in Visual Studio start page might always be filled with unnecessary/non-existent projects. Such recent list makes difficult finding the one we actually need from the recent list. One way to clear that list, probably what most of the…

Find Laptop/Computer Serial Number using CMD Prompt

The serial number sticker on my laptop was damaged and it was un-readable. But there is an easy alternative way to find the serial number without turning your machine upside down :P If the OEM has entered the serial number of the machine in the BIOS, it can be retrieved using a simple WMI query. We can execute…

Debugging Visual Studio Add-Ins

When a new Visual Studio Add-In project is created, it can be easily debugged just like any other project using F5 Key. But there are a few complications in debugging when a few factors change. I was working on a Visual Studio Add-In. Suddenly I was unable to debug the Add-In project. Then after some investigation I…

Calling Async Method Repeatedly in C#

When an async method needs to be called repeatedly, we need to take care of a few things. If all the data members & processing is within one method with all local variables, we could just use it as any other method. But if there are different private members, global within the class, we need…

Immortality!

What is immortality? Given a chance how many people would really like to be immortal? There are two ways to be immortal, one is staying alive forever, and the other is to leave this world better place to live with great deeds. Okay, coming to the point. Let me tell you why I began with this topic. I…

Reading Outlook Calendar Work Hours

To the best of my knowledge, there are no Interfaces/properties exposed to retrieve the Outlook Calendar Work Hours (Start Time & End Time). However there is one easy way to retrieve Outlook Calendar Work Hours. We can read those values from registry. These values are stored under the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice{version}OutlookOptionsCalendar You can easily find {version} in the…

Healthy Computing

Health is wealth! A universal truth everyone knows but most ignore. If you spend your most of the time (anything more than an hour daily/frequently is what I believe) using computers, you need to have THE BEST setup of all the necessities – Chair, Desk, Monitor and Computer – The Best In Class of all of these things. A…

Never lose an opportunity and Regret!

15 Years ago, I was learning Swimming. Scared of water… I stopped it. Today in my team outing… all the friends were having a dip in the pool.. I was the only one standing out. A little scared, a little confused.. a thousand thoughts running through my mind… shall I give it a try? I may be able to…