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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How to use Cortana outside the US?

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Thanks for asking Cortana 🙂 and thanks for making my Windows Phone better. Yesterday Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 to all Windows Phone developers. To download you have to have a Windows Phone Store account and the app Preview for Developers installed on your phone. One of the most awaited features of the 8.1 update was Cortana, Microsoft’s new personal assistant for Windows Phone. It takes her name from Cortana, the AI in Halo, and it can help you with all your daily needs, set reminders, check the weather and much more. Continue reading

Connecting to backup destination – Crashplan

If you’re using CrashPlan for your online backup, and got the following message “Connecting to backup destination” (I have received this message for the last week), the solution to start backing up again is the following:

  • Open Local Services
  • Find “Crashplan Backup Service”
  • Right Click > Stop
  • Wait till the Status is blank (not Running)
  • Right Click > Start

And voilà, CrashPlan will start backing up again.

CSS Tricks Quickie – Multiple Border Styles and Radius

Did you know that you can set multiple border styles for the sides of divs and images. By using the following css script, you can define any multiple borders you want:

div
{
border-width:5px;
border-style:dotted solid;
}

By using this with another css trick, the border radius, you can set some nice effects when hovering images. The radius css is below (all three must be include to work in all browsers):

-moz-border-radius:13px;
-webkit-border-radius:13px;
border-radius:13px;

Do you have some more simple tricks? Let me know in the comments 😉 Happy CSSing!

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A simple custom Tablet stand!

So we where on a plane directed to Egypt with all the gadgets we could get to make a pleasant trip and view movies! The list included:

  • a Tablet,
  • one USB drives full of movies
  • another USB drive full of TV Shows
  • a micro SD Card with music tracks
  • my Nokia Lumia with movies and TV shows for backup (just in case the tablet dies out)
  • two headphones
  • a jack splitter to use for both of us.

But there was one thing we didn’t get: a tablet Stand!! Continue reading