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What’s New in Visual Studio TFS 2012

September 9, 2012 Leave a comment

While playing with new TFS which comes with visual studio 2012, i got to know that it is now having more support for agile methodologies.  Rather writing my own post about new TFS 2012, i found a very good and organized article, which describe everything with TFS 2012.

Before buy it, you can try it with . Site itself explaining new features and how to use it. i created test project under TFS Preview, created few test tasks, added few classes on VS under that task, used code review, TRIED with creating with build. Just simple test. but feel new TFS is awesome.

Windows 8

September 8, 2012 Leave a comment

I was using win 8, when they released first developer preview and uninstalled it after few weeks. Reason was it had to be improved lot. lack of usability, poor performance (even though it boot up within few seconds), etc.

recently i had to install Win 8 again for the ‘Win 8 Boot camp’ and used final release of it. (windows_8_x64) Well.. happy to say there is nothing to complain for me. it is awesome. Super fast. (i heard Microsoft rewrote the OS completely). And i was warring about removing the start button. But now i feel it is good change.  Just think how many of you guys use Start menu and go to relevant program and click it.  i have not done this for years. what i really do is click start menu and type the first few letters of what i want to open and press enter. And mostly  used apps like ‘VS’, ‘Chrome’, ‘SQL management studio’, ‘media player’ are already pinned on task bar. So no need to gor for start button. This is the reason they have removed start button and menu. So for me it is good change.

It is true that it is better with touch screen. But still without touch screen, it is not much different and not difficult to use.

There are several improvement i noticed compared to previous version of windows OS. Most of them were already available on Phones.

1. Windows Store – Similar to app store and google play

2. User login – this is bit similar to Android phones login. same as it ask for google account, Win 8 is asking microsoft user login (may be it can skip and use normal user login and password, i used my outlook login). after that same as latest smart phone works, win 8 is syncing with entered login (and if we link FB, G+,.. it will sync those all) and collecting all the contact. Those will display on people app.

3. Improvement on windows explore

4. Reset option

5. Short boot time

6. Changed task manager

I feel that future OS are more focusing in to mobile devices. Currently i am writing my first test App for win 8.

Error 1001 while uninstalling/reinstalling Windows service

This is a good tool to resolve ‘Error1001  An exception occurred  while uninstalling. etc…  install/un-install issue’. i got this while trying to re install a windows service and even reboot the system does not solve the problem.

what you have to do is just download the tool, run and follow the instructions. it worked for me.



Categories: Software, Technical

Search file sharing Files

Uri uri = new Uri("" +
fileNameTextBox.Text + "+site%3A" + comboBoxSite.Text);
string target = uri.AbsoluteUri;
//start browser
catch(System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception noBrowser)
if (noBrowser.ErrorCode == -2147467259)
catch (Exception other)
this is a small tool which I was thinking to write few months back. it delayed. today I got bit free time and just done it. true this is very small one. just a one line of code. Smile but as I know most of the time mediafire gave me 99% of the songs I wanted to download. and it’s the easiest site we can download any file without add and waiting issues.
so every time I used to put my search queries as “track name + Mediafire”. so here I used Google site searching option, build search query and pass to browser. (any of default browser). there you have to select the song and download.

2010/2011 Sri Lanka holidays for Microsoft Outlook

January 11, 2010 8 comments

here i created holiday list for year 2010 and 2011 which can use for outlook calender
use my old post instruction to add this to outlook or mobile

[Sri Lanka] 50
Tamil Thai Pongal Day,2010/1/14
Navam Full Moon Poya Day,2010/1/29
National Day,2010/2/4
Milad-Un-Nabi (Holy Prophet’s Birthday),2010/2/27
Madin Full Moon Poya Day,2010/2/28
Mahasivarathri Day,2010/3/13
Bak Full Moon Poya Day,2010/3/29
Good Friday,2010/4/2
Day Prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day,2010/4/13
Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day,2010/4/14
Adhi Vesak Full Moon Poya Day,2010/4/28
Vesak Full Moon Poya Day,2010/5/27
DayFollowingVesak Full Moon Poya Day,2010/5/28
Poson Full Moon Poya Day,2010/6/25
Esala Full Moon Poya Day,2010/7/25
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day,2010/8/24
Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramazan Festival Day),2010/9/10
Binara Full Moon Poya day,2010/9/22
Vap Full Moon Poya Day,2010/10/22
Deepavali Festival Day,2010/11/5
Id-Ul-Alha (HadjiFestival Day),2010/11/17
Il Full Moon Poya Day,2010/11/21
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day,2010/12/20
Christmas Day,2010/12/25

Tamil Thai Pongal Day,2011/1/14
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day,2011/1/19
National Day,2011/2/4
Navam Full Moon Poya Day,2011/2/18
Maha Sivarathri Day,2011/2/23
Milad un-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet),2011/3/9
Medin Full Moon Poya Day,2011/3/19
Day Prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day,2011/4/13
Sinhala & Tamil New Year,2011/4/14
Bak Full Moon Poya Day,2011/4/18
Good Friday,2011/4/22
May Day,2011/5/1
Vesak (Buddha Day),2011/5/10
Vesak (Buddha Day),2011/5/11
Poson Full Moon Poya Day,2011/6/15
Esala Full Moon Poya Day,2011/7/15
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day,2011/8/13
Binara Full Moon Poya Day,2011/9/12
Vap Full Moon Poya Day,2011/10/12
Eid al-Adha (Hadji Festival Day),2011/11/6
Il Full Moon Poya Day,2011/11/10
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day,2011/12/10
Christmas Day,2011/12/25

(remove space line between 2010 and 2011 holidays)

Date to be confirmed.
All full moon poya days to be confirmed for 2010.
(a) Poya holidays are observed on the day of each full moon. In general, Hindu and Buddhist festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is often only possible to forecast the approximate time of their occurrence.

(b) Some public holidays are followed by an additional holiday for banks only.

(c) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted; however, since Sri Lanka is not a predominantly Muslim country restrictions (which travellers may experience elsewhere) are unlikely to cause problems.

Categories: Genaral, Software

Presto…SUCKS :(

Presto is an easy to install program that works with most Windows XP and Vista PCs. Next time you turn on your computer, you’ll have the choice of running Windows or Presto. With Presto, you’re automatically connected to your network and productive in seconds. You can easily access your Windows files. When you’re done using Presto, you can turn off your laptop instantly.


ok.. this is the Presto according to them.

last night i started to install presto. it said i need 3.5GB space which i didn’t had. so managed to move some of films to other partition and installed to D partition. finally i restarted the machine to boot from Presto. damn.. machine started with GRUB loader and said “error 17 file not found”.  i googled with other machine and try to find some solution on tried to edit the command and boot. unfortunately i had to reinstall the vista. (there’s are some other ways. but it’s easy to me and i like mostly fresh installation)

time was 11.30PM. and reinstallation was done. then i thought this problem was because of i have installed Presto to other partition and it couldn’t find the paths. so i installed again to c drive. (with the fresh installation i had space on C). bad luck. same thing again. again only option was reinstall vista.  කොහෙද ඉතින්. පන්ඩිත කමනෙ

finally i could finished all this by 1.30AM. still i have no idea why this fails for me. even presto is commercial software. anyway I’ll add my machine configuration here although it’s not matter. if anyone see this and know the solution, please comments.

  • processer: 2.8 dual core
  • board: Intel D102GGC2
  • video card: ATI redeon 256mb
  • ram: 1.5GB ddr2
  • HDD: 80gb SATA

machine runs on Windows vista Ultimate.


the error i got is  “error 17 file not found”

this is how menu was (can see when editing menu)

root (hd0,0)/PROGRA~1/Presto
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.29-presto quiet PRESTODEV=/dev/sda1 PRESTOPATH=/PROGRA~1/Presto WINDEV=/dev/sda1
initrd /boot/initramfs.img

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IM,Email, social Networks in one App

digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list.

also it’s a social networking tool that alerts you of events like new messages and gives you a live Newsfeed of what your friends are up to.

and it’s an email notification tool that alerts you of new email and lets you perform actions such as ‘Delete’ or ‘Report Spam’ with just one click.

Categories: Software