“SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly” after installing Windows 8.1

windows-81-secure-boot-build-9600After installing Windows 8.1 on my PC, I noticed a watermark in the right bottom corner with the message “Windows 8.1 SecureBoot isn’t configured correctly. Build 9600“, even after having configured Secure Boot correctly (me thinks).

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Git: View date and time of tags in a Git repository

Nowadays I’ve got the (good, I think) habit of prefixing all my tags in Git with the date in the ISO 8601 format (e.g. YYYY-MM-DD-name-of-the-tag) so it is easier to find important events that happened in the source code, or to find a commit that matches a particular release when I know the release date (although I tend to trust more on the build server for this one). This is also useful when I just want to navigate through the tags on the server when my repositories are hosted in GitHub or Stash, for example, as they are ordered alphabetically.

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Fake/Mock HttpContext without any special mocking framework

When writing unit tests, we often need to find a way to mock concrete classes of the .NET Framework in order to make our tests truly unit tests rather than integration tests, and although there are frameworks which allows one to mock some of these classes, sometimes you just can’t (or don’t want to) take a dependency on one of these mocking frameworks.

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I’ve joined the INETA Europe Speaker Bureau!

I am very honored and happy to announce that I’ve been selected to join the INETA Europe Speaker Bureau.

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e-Book: Explore SharePoint 2013

Microsoft released today the e-book “Explore SharePoint 2013“, which is freely available for download in DOC, EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats.

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Get the ASP .NET authentication mode in Web.config

I’ve recently had to implement an HTTP module in an ASP .NET application that would have different behaviours depending on the authentication mode defined in the authentication section of the Web.config (i.e. Forms, Windows, Passport, None).

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e-Book: Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012

Microsoft just released the e-book “Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012“, which is freely available for download in PDF.

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Request user to switch to Desktop version of Internet Explorer on a website

In Windows 8 we have two versions of the Internet Explorer, the well-known “Desktop” version, and the new “Windows Store” version, which can render everything that the “Desktop” version can, but does not support any kind of plugins like Flash, Silverlight, or Java Applets for example.

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Useful links for Windows 8 developers

Here is a very good compilation of links that Tiago Andrade e Silva shared with me today, which developers creating Windows Store apps for Windows 8 will find very useful:

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Get access to the %ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps folder and view apps source code

One of my preferred ways to learn new things is to read source code written by other people. Specifically on Windows 8 Windows Store apps, I like to understand how some apps were developed, which APIs or libraries were used, and even how some page layouts were designed.

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[Off-topic] Difference between a Teacher, a Trainer, and a Coach

In one of the mailing-lists I participate there is discussion going on about what motivates people to deliver training these days, which forked into another discussion about the difference about being a teacher, a trainer, and a coach, which I find very interesting.

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