hosts file gets ignored by browser when behind proxy server

This issue took a long time for me to workaround. My browser works inside a corpnet proxy server. In a brand new Win8 machine, I setup hosts file under %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc to redirect a site to localhost. But it didn’t work in IE and other browsers. We thought it could be problem with which domain the machine is joined to….

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HTML5 video audio app deployed in intranet does not work in IE9

This is one painful issue that took me too long to figure out, what a waste of time! I built a simple html5 webpage with a video & audio, works perfectly in VS and in localhost mode, but once I deploy in intranet, does not work anyme in IE9! Same site works well in other…

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Solving error: The remote server returned an error: NotFound

I had a weird issue today. I am calling an external website using WebClient inside my WCF application, and I consistently got this error in WebClient call: “The remote server returned an error: NotFound”. The error did not give me enough clues. To debug it, I ran fiddler and to my surprise, the error doesn’t…

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No response from IIS server problem

I had deployed a silverlight application in my location machine and tried to access it from another machine. Surprisingly, there was no response sent by server. I tried to go to http://<machinename> , no response, no error nothing. Using fiddler also showed no response. Searching in web also gave no good results. Uninstalled & reinstalled IIS,…

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Hide, encrypt and protect files or folders

I was looking for a way to hide and encrypt folders. We search results were mostly pointing to commercial software that I need to purchase. Here is one very useful link that answered my questions right with reference to useful opensource software AxCrypt http://www.techsupportalert.com/how_to_hide_a_windows_folder.htm 

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Silverlight 3 Error: Unhandled Error in Silverlight Application Code: 2103 Category: InitializeError Message: Invalid or malformed application: Check manifest

Everything was working, I did some refactoring and starting getting this error: Error: Unhandled Error in Silverlight Application Code: 2103 Category: InitializeError Message: Invalid or malformed application: Check manifest In silverlight 3, it turns out that the refactoring of namespaces causes this. Very unintuitive error. I had added default App class under a namespace, but…

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Error: Unable to start debugging. The Silverlight managed debugging package isn’t installed.

Silverlight was working great and one day I started getting this error on debugging: Unable to start debugging. The Silverlight managed debugging package isn’t installed. Many web search links talk about solutions for beta 2 which is irrelevant here. Fortunately, some links pointed out that “uninstalling Silverlight Tools completely and reinstalling it” solves it. Sure, I did…

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Back to blogging

So far I have been blogging purely on TFS in VSTS. It was great pleasure getting feedback from TFS customers on getting their problems addressed with my technical posts mainly on workitemtracking. After I left TFS team, I had stopped blogging a year back. As TFS evolves, many of my previous posts will become obsolete….

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Powertool to easily create notification alerts for workitems, source control and build items

Last piece of powertool I worked on before leaving TFS is the integrated tool to easily create notification alerts for WorkItem tracking, source control and build items. It is released and part of power tools now. Checkout screen shots and download the tool by visiting Brian’s blog at: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2008/07/08/july-08-tfs-power-tool-preview.aspx . Creating notifications was one of biggest…

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When you have questions on WIT Extensibility or on my blog posts…

This week I am moving over to new team in Microsoft. I love workitemtracking and TFS, but I need to move out of country for family reasons and hence had to leave TFS. So I am not expecting to write anymore posts on TFS. I *might* start writing more on new areas I am going…

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