• A nice feature introduced way back in Windows Vista is being able to “pin” programs to the taskbar and then launch those pinned programs by pressing the Windows key and a number key. Win+1 launches the first program you have pinned, Win+2 launches the second one, and so on.     Just a quick tip […]

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  • Here’s a simple but maybe not so obvious tip.  In Visual Studio 2010 the HTML Designer is not enabled by default.  This can easily be re-enabled by knowing where to go in your Visual Studio Options. Simply go into Tools > Options > HTML Designer and check “Enable HTML designer”. That’s it!  After that restart […]

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  • June 20, 2013 - Don

    Our iPhone Powered Coffee Pot

    Last year my co-worker and I ordered Electric Imp developer boards and came up with an iPhone powered Coffee Pot.  We setup a website showcasing our little project and got quite a bit of feedback and even some interviews to be in some online articles about what we’ve done. I recently discovered that we were […]

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  • February 8, 2013 - Don

    The best keyboard I’ve ever had

    I saw a sale on slickdeals today for the keyboard that I have loved and used for years now, the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000.  At the time of this posting, Amazon is selling this keyboard for $25, which is a great deal!  If you are a programmer or use your computer all day as part […]

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  • September 26, 2012 - Don

    Responsive Design and Mobility Tools

    Recently while viewing the Pluralsight course Single Page Apps with HTML5, Web API, Knockout and jQuery I came across three handy tools for testing web sites in different mobile browsers.  Each tool works slightly differently but all serve the same general purpose, helping web developers (like me) quickly get an indication of how their responsive site […]

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  • For Mac users, one of the most popular ways to use Windows is through a virtual machine method because it allows the Mac user to control their Mac OS X operating system while another operating system runs in a separate window. It is an option separate from using Apple’s Boot Camp ability, which allows the […]

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  • Microsoft has added paid storage options to its SkyDrive cloud service. As a result, brand new SkyDrive users get 7 GB of storage for free. Existing users however, (those with accounts as of April 22) can get up to 25 GB of storage for free if they opt to do so. After that, an additional 20 GB […]

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  • Here’s a helpful resource for anybody using ASP.NET Web Forms and jQuery UI.  In this blog post, Jon Galloway highlights JuiceUI, a new open source project from the folks over at appendTo which brings easy server side support for jQuery UI controls to your ASP.NET Webforms applications. I definitely plan on checking out Juice UI the […]

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  • Being a heavy keyboard only user in many instances and having written desktop applications that focus heavily on keyboard tab order, hot keys, etc., I really enjoyed reading Scott Hansleman’s latest blog post about the web being the new terminal and how many web applications now are building in support for keyboard shortcuts and hot […]

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  • January 25, 2012 - Don

    Using HTML5 Web Storage in ASP.NET

    This article does a great job at showing you a simple example of how to use local browser web storage in conjunction with ASP.NET web methods to save and retrieve the data from a server side database.  Even if you aren’t interested in using this functionality in an application you have now, it’s worth reading […]

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