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…

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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 order. Windows remembers the pinned/unpinned status (including the…

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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…

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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…

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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 things we need to keep in mind other…

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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 expected, but I’d rather…

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