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Enable or Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen

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Inspired from Windows Phone 7 Metro UI look and feel, Microsoft included the same lock screen in Windows 8 optimized for both PC and tablet users. This is by default available in Windows 8 but if you want to disable it, there are no options provided by Microsoft in the settings page and hence you need to set some tricks to disable this lock screen if you are not happy using it every time.   Today, we will discuss about the process to disable this Windows 8 lock screen as well as we will show you how to
re-enable it if the option is already disabled. So, continue reading.   The Windows 8 lock screen has two components: one is the background image and the other one is the badge that shows you the system date and time, mail, network and battery status. When locked, user needs to slide it before providing the password to unlock the device.   You can easily change these from the settings page but if you want to disable the screen, there are no direct settings......(Read whole news on source site)

Using the ASP.NET Health Monitoring Provider to Secure Your Application in the Case of an Attack

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The ASP.NET Health Monitoring is a featured introduced in ASP.NET 2.0. Basically, you have your application raise web events – not to be confused with user interface events – and you configure rules that define, for a given event code or range of event codes, a time interval and a minimum and maximum number of occurrences, the health monitoring provider that the events will be routed to. The ASP.NET infrastructure already raises a number of these events, and you can also define your own events, and take the responsibility to raise them when appropriate. I won’t go into
describing how the health monitoring works, there are several web sites that describe it, instead, I will talk about a different use. The included providers operate in a passive way, they do things such as inserting the raised event into a database, send an email with its data, write an entry to the event log, etc:     EventLogWebEventProvider ...(Read whole news on source site)

Using CDN’s to speed up your websites

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One of the easy ways of speeding up a web application is by using a CDN or content delivery network. The main purpose of a CDN is serving up resources that are not specific to you site. The quintessential example of using a CDN is jQuery. There are many websites using jQuery, according to some statistics some 50% of all websites. And if each site hosts its own copy of jQuery everyone has to download it multiple times. How often depends but assuming everyone does a perfect job of adding cache settings and browsers have plenty of space
to cache things jQuery is going to be downloaded once for each website. Seems like a waste right? Yes it is, if everyone is using the same version of jQuery it is much more efficient to download it once from a common place and sharing that cached version. And that is one of the main points of a CDN.   There is more though The caching behavior is the most important but there is more to using a CDN. It turns out there is a limited number of concurrent requests a browser will do...(Read whole news on source site)

Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview – System Requirements and Download

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Couple of days back, Microsoft had released the Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview which is now available for download at To try the Microsoft Office 2013 Consumer Preview you need your Windows Live ID which will ensure that you get a personalized experience of Microsoft Office 2012 Consumer Preview. The Microsoft Office 2013 comes in the following flavors Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Read More....

EF (Entity Framework) Finally Open Source! Anyone up for contributing the Federations Support in EF?

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Finally, EF is open source and anyone can contribute. Many folks have been asking for EF to support federations. EF is the first to take this open source route in our data APIs and federations support is your chance to make your mark. You up for it? -cihan

Launch Your Windows 8 App in 30 Days

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The release of Windows 8 is on the horizon, and soon millions of people will be looking for Windows 8 apps. Now’s the time to make sure your app is ready for them. Begin your 30-day journey to create a great Windows 8 Metro style app. Get started at and receive: · Insider tips and tricks on Windows 8 application development. · Personal on-the-phone access to a Windows 8 architect*. · An exclusive one-on-one Metro style design consultation*. · An opportunity to get expert help from a Microsoft Services Engineer at an App
Excellence Lab. Your new Windows 8 app could be mere days away. * Offer good only to legal residents in the 50 United States & D.C., age 18 or older to hobbyists, professionals or developers in the field of software tech who sign up for building a Windows 8 application on Offer limited to 250 design consultations per month and 500 technical review consultations per month, on a first come first served basis. Limit of one session of each offer type per person. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offer. This offer...(Read whole news on source site)

Top Tip: Responsive multi-level site navigation

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  Ian Haynes has sent in a great Friday Top Tip to share with you all.  I’m thinking maybe we will have a regular top tip Friday.  What do you think? It’s fairly easy to create a responsive single level menu but I recently needed to have a multi-level menu that would work on mobile devices, which is more of a challenge. A common mobile navigation pattern is to convert a menu from an unordered list to a ‘select’ box and display the whole menu at once. This lends itself well to multi-level menus and I’ve
been experimenting with this approach at A promising and more elegant solution is  ‘FlexNav’ by Jason Weaver, which gives drop-downs on all screen sizes, a ‘device agnostic approach’ as he describes it. With the addition of respond.js it can be used on non-CSS3 browsers.
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