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Winning eBay Auctions | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Do not place a bid – wait till the last 10 seconds of the auction.
Think of your MAX bid – a lot higher than the current bid. This is because – in the last few seconds – everyone will try … Continue reading

Thinking of (Free) WordPress on EC2? | Posted on by Anuj Varma

This is the summary of my research (skip to the end) – VERY easy to setup, VERY hard to manage – and NOT ENTIRELY FREE.
Installing Plugins and Themes

There is a 2MB media upload limit
Plugins and themes and uploading to … Continue reading

Adding CHECK mark symbols in Powerpoint | Posted on by Anuj Varma

“Insert” from the top menu of PowerPoint

“Symbol” from the set of options.

Find “Wingdings” from the “Font” drop-down menu.

The check mark symbol is towards the end of the list of wingdings font symbols.
That’s it  – pick the check mark … Continue reading

Intellisense disappears after Resharper Uninstall | Posted on by Anuj Varma

I lost Intellisense – and had some trouble getting it back.

One thing to try is to delete the .suo file (usually at the Solution level) – after shutting down Visual Studio. Try restarting VS and see if you recover … Continue reading

Changing Local Working Folder in TFS | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Changing your local working folder essentially involves creating a NEW WORKSPACE. The LOCAL folder for that workspace can be set to the new working folder that you are interested in creating

Click on TFS Source Control Explorer , there should be … Continue reading

Some important server perfmon counters to monitor | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Some of the more important ones include:
Processor\% Processor Time (This counter is the primary indicator of processor activity. High values many not necessarily be bad. However, if the other processor-related counters are increasing linearly such as % Privileged Time or … Continue reading

Changing Outlook’s Theme–making it less bright | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Outlook’s default color scheme is far too bright and hurts the eyes. Fortunately, some other themes are built into the product. To get to these options,  navigate from the File menu
File-> Options-> General
And change the color scheme as shown below:
  … Continue reading

Suppose you have a web app that connects to the SQL Server instance using a PREDEFINED SQL Server user (typically an ‘sa’ user). This is the ONLY user that actually connects to the database. However, your web app may have … Continue reading

Converting a normal collection to IEnumerable | Posted on by Anuj Varma

Suppose you are stuck with a namevaluecollection – it is not of type IQueryable or IEnumerable. So – none of your LINQ queries will work on it.
Convert it to IEnumerable<T>
IEnumerable<string> canBeQueried = nvc.OfType<string>();

// To convert it to a string array … Continue reading

When you move your data layer to another project or another folder  – you may encounter the following exception
MetadataException: Unable to load the specified metadata resource
The Solution:
The following res: (resource) references need to point to your newly placed model
<add name=”Entities” … Continue reading