Unlock and Access your blocked Files

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Have you ever experienced any of the following annoying messages when using Windows:

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied.
  • There has been a sharing violation.
  • The source or destination file may be in use.
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

Or did you ever wanted to open Outlook and instead of the Inbox you are shown the ‘The file is in use and cannot be accessed’ popup?

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This happened to me several times, and the only way I could solve it was to restart my computer to unblock my outlook file (or any other files blocked), until I found this solution. Continue reading

Stop Auto-Resolving Tasks in TFS #VisualStudio

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When checking-in pending updates to tasks in TFS, Team Explorer usually sets the task as ‘Resolve’ by default. But sometimes you just need to check in part of the updates, and set the update as ‘Associate’. To stop Team Explorer from auto-resolving your task on check-in, you need to follow the next steps:

For Visual Studio 2013

  • Go to: Start -› RegEdit
  • Find Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\12.0\TeamFoundation\SourceControl\Behavior]
  • Update Value: “ResolveAsDefaultCheckinAction”=”False”

For Visual Studio 2015

  • Go to: Visual Studio -› Tools -› Options -› Source Control

Now let’s continue those tasks!

& Thanks to Masu for the enlightenment 🙂

Set an HTML Signature in Gmail

Last week I needed to change my email signature on Gmail, to update it with new details and a few icons. Unlike Outlook.com, on Gmail it’s not possible to create your signature using HTML, but using text only with their formatting tools doesn’t make for a nice and creative signature.

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SharePoint Keeps Refreshing #QuickSolution

This week I had an issue with SharePoint. I tried to log in to our work’s SharePoint account to add a new blog post about Email Management. But when accessing it from IE, the website goes nuts. It keeps refreshing every few seconds and it was unusable. I tried Chrome but apparently there is an issue with this browser. When I enter my login details, it keeps prompting me to enter my username and password without success.

I tried removing the cookies but still nothing worked. Then I remembered that about a week ago, I changed my work’s account password, so maybe that was the issue. I tried to log out from SharePoint, which I managed to do successfully, but when logging in again, it started refreshing the page again.

Reset

Finally I tried resetting Internet Explorer, and that did the trick (p.s. to reset IE, go to Internet Options, click the Advanced tab, and click the Reset button). I asked around, and some colleagues had the same issue after resetting their password. I’m still not sure why it’s happening, so if anyone has any other solution instead of resetting Internet Explorer, please add it in the comments below. Thanks!

Twitter Tips for Businesses

In our first post in the Social Media Series, we wrote how businesses can create and setup their own Facebook page account. Our next post in this series will show you how to setup a Twitter page for your business. Let’s start creating your new Business Twitter account. First up is to choose your @username. Continue reading this post on Deep Design’s blog!

Facebook Tips for Businesses

Do you want to know how to choose your business page name? Do you know how to check if page names and usernames are available on several social media websites? Do you want to create your business page? And upload high quality cover photos and profile photos? Then follow this link on Deep Design’s blog to find ‘Facebook Tips for Maltese Businesses’ post (most of it also applies to global businesses as well).

Blog Post: Facebook Tips for Maltese Businesses #Setup
Website: Deep Design

Improve Website Performance with Lowercase URLs #SEO

At work we are always seeking how to make our websites use fewer resources and perform better. One of the performance increase was found by having Lowercase URLs. From the testing done, it resulted that Lowercase URLs make an average performance improvement of 10%. A big improvement with minimal effort.

How do you make sure that all the URLs are in lowercase? In MVC ASP.Net, you just need to add 1 line of code.

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Convert Enum to KeyValuePair List and remove unwanted Enum options #Linq

In our new project, using Angular, I needed to fill drop down lists in a form from a set of enums. One particular case was to set the below Status Enum as a drop down list.

    public enum Status
    {
        Deactive = 1,
        Active = 2,
        Expired = 3,
        Deleted = 4,
    }

To do that, the best solution I found was to convert the enums to a list KeyValuePair items. How do you do that? Continue reading

Get 100GB OneDrive storage for Free!

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Microsoft has a promotion with Bing Rewards and OneDrive that gives away 100GB of free OneDrive storage but was only limited to USA citizens. That has now changed.. and this promotion is now open to anyone in the world. So what are you waiting for? Visit this link and follow the steps to get your 100GB in your OneDrive account. Let me know in the comments if you managed to do it 🙂

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