Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Remote Desktop Manager

A new favorite remoted desktop connection manager -

Lots of options for importing existing settings, online backup, dark theme, export. Pretty smooth operation, as well.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Desktop Clock

Finally a decent analog clock for desktop .

Transparency, variety of backgrounds, seconds arm, calendar...

The only missing feature is the ability to have multiple instances or clocks for various time zones.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Identity Server resources

As Identity Server in .Net speeds along, with breaking changes in the stack all over the place, here are some resources that might help resolve numerous questions and issues that arise during implementation:
  • When looking for an example, check the Samples repository
  • Example on how to mix b2b and user authentication in the host (link)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Free Web Hosting

Here are a few providers I've tried, along with the findings.


Pro: Reliable.
Con: Not so simple to deploy the site or link a domain.


Pro: FTP access. Allows domain redirect.
Con: ?


Link to some current hosting providers:
  • 15 Best Free Web Hosting Sites (2017) (link)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Unable to run MMC in author mode on Windows 7

A strange error preventing me from opening the management console (MMC) started appearing recently. This is probably a result of some Windows Update.

"You cannot open Microsoft Management Console in author mode because of current computer policies."

There was nothing set in the policies, though, that is visible from GPEdit. Fortunately, the solution is simple: set the registry key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\policies\Microsoft\MMC\RestrictAuthorMode to 0.

Source: link

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Android Instant Apps

OK, if this is not so new it is at least unexpected. From my side, at least.

We've had applets, Silverlight, and the myriad of JavaScript frameworks and libraries. However, the way Android apps are evolving seems rather interesting. I guess this is how apps were supposed to work. The "runner" downloads just the portion required to work.

Sounds like a hybrid between an HTML and mobile app. Let's see if and how will it work. Exciting to try to enable this in some existing apps and get out of the cycle of committing changes, merging, compiling, publishing, and waiting for beta testers to run the app for a while, and then the regular users to update. And some of them never do.

Source: Android Instant Apps

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Unit Testing with C#

It is refreshing, after all these years, to see the same frameworks around. Matured, they are now recommended as the best options for unit testing in the C# world.

There's a newcomer, though - AutoFixture. Time to add it to the arsenal.

In summary:

  • xUnit
  • Moq
  • AutoFixture
are the things you need for unit and integration testing. Visual Studio nowadays includes a decent test runner GUI. It only takes installing the runner package for xUnit to recognize the tests.

Source: The Holy Trinity of C# Unit Testing (link)