I recently bought a MAC Mini for development purposes and learning cross-platform / Xamarin development. Being windows / linux user for a quite long time now, I haven't ever touched or operated MAC OS before (I know, shame on me). So I have no prior experience with MAC world what so ever. In excitement, I opted for beta testing for early release of MAC OSX - Yosemite and was happy to use it. But when I experienced that my Xcode and Xamarin studio started breaking and acted weirdly, I decided to downgrade back to MAC OSX Mavericks. It was not an easy thing for me at first, after a few runs and tries I figured out a way to do it. This involved in preparing a flash drive to fresh install MAC OSX using recovery options. I prepared a flash drive with instruction from Apple and other developers and was successful to » Read more

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I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 from my Windows 8 version I have been using since it was released. The upgrade from store worked pretty well. I was worried about the software, files and profile settings during this transition, but all worked well at the end. All my installed software works fine, no files seems missing and profiles settings are the same. So I am happy to upgrade from Win 8 to Win 8.1. I am using Samsung SSD 840 PRO (MZ-7PD256BW) on my desktop and you know SSD are costly and will have less disk space then your normal HD offers. This means I am very skeptical about each file I have in my system drive. After upgrade I found huge increase in disk space usage. I tried to find out who was eating my disk space and I found two new folder in system drive. $Windows. » Read more

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Ever heard of Cheat Sheet or God Mode? We usually used to do this stuffs while playing games where we do something or enter some secret code and we get all the powers and lots of life to be unbeatable in the game. Lame but still fun and exciting. One of the windows secret for Windows 8 and (or Windows 7) is the "God Mode". Its a folder equivalent to control panel on the machine and it "unlocks" a set of secret features all in one place, in one folder. Create a new folder and name the folder GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Note: This works for me on Windows 7 and Windows 8 machine, but while doing the copy - paste thing windows injects a extra dash between the last set of 12 characters, so verify it and remove the same to make it work. Now hit enter and you will see » Read more

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Note: This post is old, Microsoft have released "Universal Windows Platform" UWP Apps and this content may or may not apply to that framework. Windows Store Apps gets installed and runs on Windows 8, it can be a desktop, laptop or a limited resource based tablet. Windows 8 manages all the running the applications in a better way to manage the available memory by introducing the Application Lifecycle model. This life cycle model design helps to automatically manage the application state running for the user. This helps in better memory management and power and battery consumption. This means more efforts on developer end (not in a scary way). If your application cares for users input data (which we usually care) we need to make sure that in any of the above life cycle event we capture user data and current preferences and present the same when user comes back accordingly. » Read more

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In the age of clouds, flash drive are the household stuffs that are being used. Till everyone would step in the cloud and you would not fantasize buying a brand new high end lots of storage portable disk, you tend to use your flash drive for lots of data transfers and day to day things (off course, I was not ignoring transferring the data on the network :D). One common trend these days I see is people tend to use flash drive to install Operation system to their machines and laptops. Hey, don’t question mark your face, I use my tini-tiny 8 GB flash drive to install Windows OS on my laptops and desktops since 3 years now. Well, I would just give out the one simple, always successful approach used by me to install Windows 8 this time. But it can be any operating system. (Windows especially, I » Read more

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