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Visual Studio 2013 Static Activation Key option
· ☕ 1 min read
I have read people’s complaints about the need to sign in to Visual Studio 2013 for it to run, without a possibility of running a disconnected/offline setup. Introducing a static activation key licensing option (which I just discovered) - you can obtain it from your MSDN subscription page. Just browse to where you would normally download the ISO, and then click on “Product Keys”. You will see a popup similar to the following:

VB.NET - Reading and writing app.config
· ☕ 2 min read
I found so many articles on the internet suggesting the need to write your own classes to read/write app.config. While the read is fairly easy, people are struggling a lot with the write, some are saying that write is not supported by .NET at all. There are numerous examples and training articles on how to get started with writing your own classes for that. Well guess what - you don’t need to write your own classes.

Windows 7 x64 Performance - Host and Guest
· ☕ 1 min read
I am running Windows 7 x64 both as a host and a guest VM using VMWare Workstation v9. Here are the figures of Windows Experience Index for each instance, so you can estimate virtualization efficiency: Host Windows 7: Guest Windows 7 - VMWare Workstation v.9: Guest VM is allocated 2 cores, out of 4 cores total on my Intel i7-4770. As you probably have heard, Windows 7 uses logarithmic scale for its performance score.

Persistent Drive Mapping In Windows 2012
· ☕ 2 min read
Problem By experiment, I discovered that Visual Subst no longer works in Windows Server 2012, as good as it did in previous versions of the OS. Specifically for the purpose of referencing a DLL from a locally mapped drive. See below for more information. Assumption In Windows 2012, 32-bit and 64-bit processes use separate network drive mapping (later - Z:). Did not find a confirmation on the internet. Research 32-bit processes understand subst command, 64-bit need something else.

Powerline Performance Test - TP-Link 500Mbps TL-PA4010KIT
· ☕ 3 min read
This is just an experiment I’ve planned for Christmas, to verify if powerlines are any good, a couple years after they became popular on the market. So I picked a rather new adapter kit, which was supposed to deliver 500 megabits over a 100 Mbit connection, which sounded kind of interesting. Namely this one: TP-Link TL-PA4010KIT (AV500 Nano Powerline Adapter Starter Kit). It is advertised as “high-speed data transfer rates of up to 500Mbps”, so let’s see what the real figures would be.

SVN error - access to '.../!svn/act/{guid}' forbidden
· ☕ 1 min read
Client: Tortoise SVN 1.7.13 x64 on Windows 7. Server: VisualSVN 2.1.3 Standard Edition. Issue After a brand new checkout, developer is getting this error on commit: Commit Failed (details below): Error Access to ‘/svn/…/!svn/act/{guid}’ forbidden Problem Letter case of the repository path specified for checkout must match actual repository path on the SVN server. Workaround Grant “Admin” permissions to the user, then commit works. This was not an option in our case.

Nikon Coolpix S9400 Feedback
· ☕ 6 min read
I decided to drop some good words about this camera after my last (positive) experience with it. This will be an article from an average home user with a slight hardware/software background. I will provide my personal experience and opinion regarding use of this camera. Expect all statements to be supported by facts, but do not expect lots of research effort being put around each. Okay, a little bit of history of my purchases.

HTML - How to Create Nice Blockquote Style
· ☕ 3 min read
Here is my pure CSS implementation of simple blockquote style. I will explain every line of CSS being used as CSS comments - you will need most of them. Works in as low as IE8. IE7 is still okay, just not showing the quote symbol.

Powershell - Export Logs from SVN
· ☕ 1 min read
You will need a command line SVN tool for this to work. Install it on your machine and configure environment:path to point to its binaries. Then use below Powershell script. It needs to be executed under a versioned folder, and it will output a log for that folder.

VB.NET - Getting Started with Custom Drawing
· ☕ 2 min read
Here I am going to show some basics of custom drawing in VB.NET. This is not production-class code, but rather a head start for those assessing whether or not it's feasible to custom draw anything (result vs effort). In this sample project, I will highlight all even items of a ListBox with LightGray color.