Map the Caps Lock key on your Surface Pro 3 to be the Insert Key

`I have really missed the Insert key on my Surface Pro 3 (SP3).  In the process of searching for a key combination that replaced it, I learned that there wasn’t one.  Scott Hanselman posted how to remap the Insert key using SharpKeys.  This utility makes it really simple to make the change. However, I was…

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Viewing All of the Git Repositories in your TFS Team Project within Visual Studio 2013.3

I recently reconnected to a TFS 2013.3 Team Project after quite a while away.  I knew that additional Git repos had been added to the team project, but Visual Studio 2013.3 was not displaying them in Team Explorer.  It turns out that you need to click the Refresh button (see the red rectangle, below) to…

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Chocolatey Tip of the Day: cup all

If you use Chocolatey (http://chocolatey.org/) and you want to update all of the packages you already have installed, just enter the following at the command prompt and all will be updated: cup all Rob

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Fixing "The ‘CctSharedPackage’ package did not load correctly"

I started Visual Studio 2013 this morning and opened the About dialog to make sure that I was running Update 1 on this particular machine.  Before the About dialog was displayed, I got the following error dialog: —————————Microsoft Visual Studio—————————The ‘CctSharedPackage’ package did not load correctly. The problem may have been caused by a configuration…

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Connect Windows Live Writer to Your MSDN Blog

This is just a quick reminder post for me (or someone else who stumbles across this) that the solution to connecting your MSDN blog to Windows Live Writer can be found here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ajay_pathak/archive/2012/01/02/now-write-blogs-on-msdn-via-windows-live-writer.aspx Note the following: The Settings URL did not take me to my account settings.  I had to log into my account and…

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The ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2.1 has been released!

After a lot of hard work by my fellow pirates, v2.1 of the Treasure Map application has shipped and is now available in the Windows Store.  If you are running Windows 8.1, this is the version that you will get when you install it.  If you are still running Windows 8.0, you will get v2.0…

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The ship is leaving port for the open seas

The ALM Readiness Treasure Map v2.1 has begun its journey to release.  We will keep you posted as to its status.  Note that although it is listed as Release 3, this is version 2.1 of the application.  This will be reflected in the settings for the application once published. FIRST UPDATE:  We’ve passed two more…

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ALM Readiness Treasure Map Status and Future (Arrr!)

Hello, fellow pirates!  Hopefully you have had a chance to use version 2.0 of the ALM Readiness Treasure Map application  and are enjoying the improvements that it brought over v1.0.  Our team has been working on even more improvements in v2.1, primarily around Windows 8.1 compatibility.   If you’ve been living on an ALM-free island…

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Debugging VS2013 Websites Using 64-bit IIS Express

6 April 2016 Update: Added the correct values for VS2015.   If you are working on ASP.NET MVC web sites in Visual Studio 2013 (VS2013) or 2015 (VS2015), you need to make one registry change if you want to run IIS Express as a 64-bit process by default.  Use one of the methods, below. Within…

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Get a list of all users who have checked files into a TFS Project

Have you ever wanted to get a list of all the users who have ever checked files into a TFS instance?  Here’s how to do so from PowerShell: tf history * /format:detailed /recursive /noprompt | Select-String “User:” | Sort-Object | Get-Unique Note that if you want this to appear in a GUI window, drop everything starting…

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