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using vim to write prose

I use Vim to write blog posts, notes and documentation before using another text editor. I don’t consider myself a true writer, but I like to use the speed and shortcuts I know from writing code while I’m writing prose as well. Vim is primarily a programmers’ editor, so to make it better for general […]

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microsoft software tips

use a single mouse and keyboard to control all your computers

Working from home created a unique set of problems. For example, sharing your mouse and keyboard between your private laptop and your work laptop. Having two keyboards and mice around isn’t an option. It would clutter the desk massively, and I hate clutter.I don’t like messing with cables either, so my setup is wireless. But […]

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test Autofac registrations in a .NET unit test

Since .NET 4.x isn’t quite dead yet, here’s a tip from the glory days of ASP.NET unit testing with NUnit (or whatever you like).What if you are working on this project with lots of IOC Autofac registration modules? When you refactor code, and add some new dependencies to a class, it’s easy to sometimes forget […]

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internet privacy security software tips

how to use messenger and facebook without the app

Facebook is probably the worst social media company out there, so it makes sense you don’t want their apps on your phone. But unfortunately your less privacy concerned friends are all gleefully using Facebook and Messenger and you don’t want to miss out. I understand your pain. Here’s a simple guide to still use Zuck’s […]

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microsoft programming software tips

.net core: could not load file or assembly runtime error

Shortly after posting about my tips to fix broken builds, I was in for another bug hunt that took a few hours to resolve. This time it wasn’t the build itself that failed, but the package that came out of it. For some reason, the application crashed instantly on a missing DLL error you know […]