Ctrl+Shift+ESC = Windows Task Manager

The build-in hot key combo to pull up Windows Task Manager is Ctrl+Shift+Esc which appears to have been in Windows since XP (or earlier).  And all this time I’ve been right-clicking on the task bar.

Never forget the primary key (PK) on a table!

Want to kill an hour?  Forget to include a primary key constraint on a SQL table and use the Visual Studio auto-generated dataset. You will get this error when issuing the Update() command on an adapter: “Update requires a valid UpdateCommand when passed DataRow collection with modified rows.” If you look at the code in […]

IIS 7 / WCF / .Net 4 configuration update

To make sure IIS 7 is setup to work with the latest WCF and .Net 4 framework, use these two utilities: aspnet_regiis.exe and ServiceModelReg.exe. On an x64 machines, both of these utilities can be found in the folder: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319 From a command prompt launched with “Run as administrator” rights run aspnet_regiis –i –enable Per MSDN, […]

DebuggerDisplayAttribute or ToString() to help debugging

[DebuggerDisplay("Customer={CustomerName} Phone={CustomerPhone}")] class WEOTestClass { public WEOTestClass(string _name, string _phone) { CustomerName = _name; CustomerPhone = _phone; } public string CustomerName { get; set; } public string CustomerPhone { get; set; } public override string ToString() { return( "Customer: " + CustomerName + " Phone: " + CustomerPhone ); } } For viewing classes when […]

A couple more web application desktops—both in Silverlight

myOSity.com reminds me of the original Microsoft Windows 3 Program Manager—an icon based launching pad to windowed applications (several of which are from various authors from around the web).  Interestingly, according the the creator’s blog the project will be going open source onto CodePlex. And for a very clever twist, check out Wiki-OS.  The concept […]