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  • Blog Post: Slide to shutdown in Windows 8.1 – great for touch devices

      This is going to be a small post! I found a small gem in Windows\System32 folder called SlideToShutDown.exe When I ran it, I saw this: Thought it was really cool to have a shortcut to this on the desktop, so that I can shut down my machine with a tap and a slide! Here’s how I did it: Right click...
  • Blog Post: How are shortcuts created and managed on the Windows 8 Start screen?

    To summarize: Shortcuts can be created on the Windows 8 Start screen by creating a folder in “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs” Multiple shortcuts to the same exe or app with the same AppId results in only one shortcut on the Start screen, based on its name in alphanumeric ascending...
  • Blog Post: Hello world, with Knockout JS and ASP.NET MVC 4!

    I heard about Knockout a few months ago, but never gave it a proper try – at least not with ASP.NET MVC. You’ll enjoy the ViewModel pattern if you don’t want to have any code on your View – be it JS or CS! You can have a clean markup and a separate most part of the code that might...
  • Blog Post: The “Light” theme for Windows store apps

    I was recently talking to a developer working on a Windows store app and he said: “Dude, why the dark background for the apps? Shouldn’t Windows 8 apps be a bit brighter and cheerful? I had to show a good amount of text in my app, so I ended up setting the background to white and foreground to black...
  • Blog Post: A non-traditional “Hello World” app with Windows 8

    As developers, we start exploring any new platform/framework/language with a traditional “Hello World” program. Windows 8 is a re-imagined new OS, and so I thought let’s re-imagine the “Hello World” too. Consultant Jargon is my non-traditional version of “Hello World”. Windows 8 store apps have a few...
  • Blog Post: The small joys of using PowerShell

    I was looking for some good tech talks to download for the weekend and came across “ Techdays 2012 the Netherlands ”. I went ahead and downloaded a few of the videos using the Firefox extension “ DownThemAll ”. Once the downloads were complete, this is what my folder contents looked like: That was as...
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