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England Swing of the WilderWorldTour

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Next week I start a short swing around southern and south-midlands England. I had hoped to do more events in England, but this short swing of four user groups is all I’m doing in England (though I’ll be in close-by Scotland in early August and Ireland in September). These events will cover a variety of topics including Node.js, ASP.NET Web API v2 and AngularJS. These are the events starting next Thursday. July 24th: Bristol .NET User Group (Bristol, UK) July 28th: Smart Dev's User Group (near Hereford, UK) July 29th: Gloucestershire
.NET User Group (near Gloucester, UK) July 30th: .NET Notts Meetup (Nottingham, UK) If you want to go, please sign up (via the links) so that they have good head-counts. Love to see you all make it and ask the hard questions during these events! Cheers!
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The Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference 2014. Thank you for joining us!

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What an amazing week we just wrapped up in Washington D.C. for Worldwide Partner Conference 2014! And as always, one of the biggest highlights of the entire event is the ability to see and connect with you, our Microsoft partners from around the world, whether I knew you before or if this was my first time meeting you. In addition to getting to meet you, hearing the incredible stories you all share with me about yourselves, your companies, your successes and your plans for the future are inspiring and exciting at the same time. Continuing on the
tradition that began several years ago as just an experiment I thought about trying out (Connecting with others – A HUGE value of #WPC10 (Look who I found), I am very happy to bring you the collection of pictures from the Fantastic People of Worldwide Partner Conference 2014. For those not familiar with The Fantastic People of WPC concept, it is quite simple. Since building connections is such a huge value of WPC and for me, being fortunate enough to get to spend time with all of the partners from around the world, I offer to capture pictures with...(Read whole news on source site)

How to schedule your Windows to hibernate?

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It happens sometime when we want to schedule shutdown or hibernate our Windows OS after a specific time of interval. If you are an advanced user, you must be aware of schedule shutdown option from a command line. But how to schedule hibernate? In this small tips & trick post, I am going to share you the way to do this from command prompt itself. Continue reading to know the trick.  You must be aware of the command “shutdown” which you can invoke from a command prompt to logoff, shutdown, restart and even hibernate the system.
You can pass “/t xx” as a command line parameter to the “shutdown” command to schedule shutdown or restart operation after xx seconds. But what if one wants to hibernate the system after “xx” seconds? The “shutdown /t xx /h” will not help you out. To resolve this, there is an alternate way (we already know: everything in this technical world has workarounds) which uses the “ping” and “shutdown” commands altogether.  Here is the trick for your reference: 
// hibernate your system after xx seconds ping -n xx && shutdown /h /f ...(Read whole news on source site)

O’Reilly Half-Price Deal to 05:00 PT 21/July/2014 - HTML5 Foundations and CSS3 Foundations

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Originally posted on:, O’Reilly are offering 50% off two e-books, HTML5 Foundations and CSS3 Foundations. HTML5 Foundations “This book takes you beyond the pre-fab themes and basic website building tools found in most HTML books to show you how to transform plain words and static images into amazing websites that draw users in and make them want to stay. Combining equal parts how-to instruction and inspiration-along with dozens of stunning, full-color illustrations—this book gets you up and running in no time.” CSS3 Foundations “HTML is fun when
you're first learning how to use it to build a website. But when you add CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to the mix, the experience—and your web pages—become magical. CSS3 Foundations takes you beyond the pre-fab themes and simple site-building tools found in most books, and provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to turn humdrum words and images into dazzling websites that draw visitors in and make them want to stay.” ...(Read whole news on source site)

#1,117 – Internationalization II – Obey CurrentCulture for Input

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The first step in internationalizing an application is to ensure that your application honors the user’s current regional settings, as reflected by the CurrentCulture property of the application’s main thread. Current culture impacts not only how you display the following types of data, but also how the user inputs this data: Numeric data Date/time values These values are typically stored internally as […]

Introducing inefficiencies into RavenDB, on purpose

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Yes, I choose the title on purpose. The topic of this post is this issue. In RavenDB, we use replication to ensure high availability and load balancing. We have been using that for the past five years now, and in general, it has been great, robust and absolutely amazing when you need it. But like all software, it can run into interesting scenarios. In this case, we had three nodes, call them A, B and C. In the beginning, we had just A & B and node A was the master node, for which all the data was written
and node B was there as a hot spare. The customer wanted to upgrade to a new RavenDB version, and they wanted to do that with zero downtime. They setup a new node, with the new RavenDB server, and because A was the master server, they decided to replicate from node B to the new node. Except… nothing appear to be happening. No documents were replicating to the new node, however, there was a lot of CPU and I/O. But nothing was actually happening. The customer opened a support call, and it didn’t take long to figure out what...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1654

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Software Application Insights SDK (0.9.0) – Crystal Maly highlights the latest release of the Application Insights SDK, supporting Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Store 8.1, JavaScript and Web Applications as well as logging adapters Information Copy-paste defects – Eric Lippert answers a question from his webcast, discussing the dangers of copy paste of code. Conventional HTML […]