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

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

Format Date in SQL Server

It’s very common to show the current date (i.e., month, day, and year) in different formats. Although you can obtain the current date with Microsoft SQL Server’s GETDATE function, getting the returned date in the format you need can take a lot of effort and code. The FormatDate UDF (user-defined function) provides dates in various formats by using the following options: Continue reading

Did you forget that attachment?

Today I was sending an email from Hotmail, Microsoft’s email service. Upon clicking the send button, the following message loaded:

Apparently it found the word attachment, and since I didn’t have any attachments with my email, it asked if I want to add any before sending my email. It’s a pretty neat addition to Hotmail which I will surely find very useful 🙂 It’s not the first time that I received a reply like “What attachment?”! So kudos to the Hotmail team 😉

File Sharing between PCs without Password Protection

Sometimes you would need to share a file or a folder with another user and you would find it not so easy to do so, more and more if you or the other user doesn’t have a password for your account.

By default, in Windows 7, in order to share a folder, you would need that the Source PC being shared has a password and the Source PC owner would need to give you his password. There are two options to overcome this situation. Continue reading

Order BY Not Working in SQL Server Functions | Quickie

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Ever created a function and needed to include the Order By clause. It would result in the following error being loaded:

The ORDER BY clause is invalid in views, inline functions, derived tables, subqueries, and common table expressions, unless TOP or FOR XML is also specified.

The problem is that to use, it requires a TOP clause or FOR XML. By if you specify TOP 100, you’ll only get the first 100 rows. You can specify a big number that you might think will never exceed. But what if you do? The best bet is to use TOP 100 PERCENT.

This will get you all the rows and works in Functions.

Div OnClick instead of a href | Quickie

Instead of using the “<a href=” tag to go to another page, you can use the “<div onclick=” to be transferred to another page. This is extremely useful if you have a lot of text and pictures that need to be clicked anywhere wanted. Next is the html code to achieve this:

<div id="div_id" onclick="window.location = 'Your reference here'>
Your text here
</div>

Hope this Quickie was of help 😉