Saturday, March 5, 2016

Troubleshooting a Constantly Freezing Windows 10 PC


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On my Windows 10 Home, I was being bugged by constant freezes which forced me to hard reboot now and then. Since I use Ubuntu as my primary OS, I chose to adjust with this for long. However, this became more of a trouble in the recent times with Windows starting up at 98% CPU usage and every process actually showing 0% CPU usage. That's when I decided to get into the root of the problem and resolve it. I was confident that the hardware was fine since Ubuntu worked perfectly all the time.

It turned out that many Windows 10 users, especially those who upgraded from previous versions of Windows 7 or 8 / 8.1 faced similar freezing issues. The answers at Windows Forums by Microsoft staffers generally suggested using the command sfc /scannow to verify that system files were intact. However, most users found it unhelpful and that didn't help me either.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Perform Spell Checking in Visual Studio

We tend to commit unintentional spelling errors especially while using IDEs like Visual Studio which do not ship with a spell checker. The spelling errors would look bad especially when the errors are made in comments which might find their way into documentation. This limitation can be offset by installing freely available extensions (Tools > Extensions and Updates, switch to Online section in the left pane). One such extension is Visual Studio Spell Checker


The Visual Studio Spell Checker provides good inputs, just like Microsoft Office.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Take a focused approach when you search for a new job

This is the general route chosen by youngsters when searching for a new job - 

  1. Shoot off resumes (sometimes tailored to different companies / roles)
  2. Seek referrals (sometimes from random strangers at LinkedIn)
  3. Start liking and commenting on posts from spammers at LinkedIn
  4. Update LinkedIn headline as 'Seeking new opportunities'
The first two approaches can be successful in a timely manner but the last two are literally wasted time. Another phenomenon that is often relied upon by many is Job Shopping. I made an attempt to underline the importance of focused efforts when it comes to job search. Check out my first post at LinkedIn - Job Shopping or Job Searching? Which is better for your Career?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Validating entries in a WPF dialog using Coded UI and Telerik Properties

Recently, we were faced with a challenge of capturing Tooltip text on a Telerik WPF control using Microsoft Coded UI. It took considerable research, forum discussion and support tickets to arrive at an accpetable solution.

The Problem

Here is the dialog and the tooltip text which we were trying to capture -



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ArcGIS Earth (Beta): Initial Impressions

Back in June 2015, Esri made an announcement about an upcoming offering, the ArcGIS Earth
ArcGIS Earth is part of Esri’s offer for Google customers and partners looking to transition to Esri software. Along with other capabilities of the ArcGIS platform, ArcGIS Earth provides an alternative to the Google Earth Enterprise Client.
Here is an Esri Video showcasing an alpha version of the product. Just yesterday, Esri started sending out Beta invites as part of Early Adopter program.