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I have been changing machines quite frequently since the last 6 months. And each time I have a new machine I need to setup the environment as I prefer.

The tabs spaces the fonts the immediate window and the list goes on.

But one thing I always forget is where is the setting for the Line Numbers to appear so this blog is for me


Tools -> Options -> Text editor- > All languages -> General -> Display (Line Numbers)


Hope this helps other fellow readers as well.

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As most of you technology geeks must be using the Windows Server 2008. And a lot might have already ran out of their allocated evaluation period of 60 days J.

 But don’t worry it’s not the end of your exploration with this new enhanced server from Microsoft. If you want to extend the evaluation period it’s really simple. I came across an email from a colleague of mine a great developer rather a master mind; thanks Naweed.


So if your 60 days initial evaluation period nears to end just follow these simple steps to increase the period using the Slmgr.vbs script.


1. Click Start, and then click Command Prompt.

 2. Type slmgr.vbs -dli, and then press ENTER to check the current status of your evaluation period.

 3. To reset the evaluation period, type slmgr.vbs –rearm, and then press ENTER.

 4. Restart the computer.


This resets the evaluation period to 60 days.


You can find more ways to of extending this evaluation here in this kb article:

  1. How to install Windows Server 2008 without activating it
  2. How to manually extend the evaluation period
  3. How to automate the extension of the evaluation period


But keep in mind that you can only extend to a max of 240 days (i.e. 3 extensions)

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I just started off programming using Windows Server 2008 using Visual Studio 2008. So I came across a number of initail applications that anyone would start off with; a couple of desktop apps and a web app. Just going through some forums I found posts of users asking as to how to turn off the Enhanced Security Configurations for Internet Explorer in Windows Server 2008.
As most of you who might have tried Windows Server 2008 might have seen that the menus and the style is changed a lot as to improve the user experience.
So here it is, simply follow these Steps:
1. Click on the Start -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager

Strat Menu Windows Server 2008
2. Click on the Configue IE ESC

Configue IE ESC
3. On this pop-up you will find the options to turn off the security configurations.


And you can change the configurations for either users or the administrators, depends on what you need.

I would keep on sharing new tips and tricks that I come accorss in programming as well this is just a configurations change.

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Well long since I had not worked on my own personalized system, either it’s in my office or house or my laptop all are configured to the same settings I am comfortable with. 🙂

But my worst experience today was when I went to pay my friend a visit at his office and got stalled there for about 5 hours. The only way I could utilize my time was on-line. It sucks when the machine your using doesn’t allow you to install any chatting software because you don’t have admin rights ;P .

But thanks to meebo I got my life back! The wonders that
Ajax technologies did for me was no less than a miracle.  I love meebo and I love

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I just came across a great utility by Microsoft. It’s the Microsoft Research Group Shot. I love what one can achieve with it. Just merge the best areas from a number of photos and you have a combined great looking scene. Well I couldn’t find enough time to extensively check out the whole tool. This is the best that I could do 🙂 in my limited time.

Ovex Software Team

Well it’s something really great. You can download it free from the following link. http://research.microsoft.com/projects/GroupShot 
Sorry friends but that’s how we look. 😉

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Today is the last working day of our Lahore office manager with the company.

Well the feelings are mixed; we all will be missing him and his wise consents on every topic. I am a bit sad today for we had a very splendid time together, infact I would say it was the best time I could have. S.S has been an inspiration for me all since I started my career as a Software Engineer.

He is no less than a wizard :).

On the other hand I am very happy for him, because he is joining another organization which provides him better opportunities to pursue in his career. Wishing you all the best sir! Today the whole development team went out for dinner to Cuckoo’s Cafe. Alla ray…

The place no doubt has its own majestic appearance and culture rooted deep in the sub-continent’s history; this place has been owned by Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Buddhist families at different points in the life of this property. Go through this interview with Iqbal Hussain to have a little feel as to what he has put into the cafe itself. The ride to cuckoo was an adventure in itself; there was this guy (a mad man) in the middle of the road shouting and abusing at the cars to get a side near the darbar of Syed Abdul Hassan. Okay I missed to opportunity to take his picture which could help you figure out what I wanted to say about this guy here. Finally we reached our destination, with a sign reading out loud “Welcome to Cuckoo’s den”, on the demarcated street separating Badshahi Masjid  from the Shahi Mohalla. As we entered the wooden arches and the aroma of the fresh food caved into our minds. The paintings in the rooms were unique to the culture of the diamond market. The expressions on the faces of the pictures had unique stories of their own to tell. One that touched me most was the portrait of a sex worker commenting; “I am deaf and dumb and have a younger brother and mother to support…”. Marry go round stirs do get you dizzy and that’s not all, you need to work really hard to make it to the top. Finally reaching the apex one is stunned to have a look at the Bashahi Mosque (southern gate view), the Lahore Fort, the Samadhi of Ranjit Singh and a far view of the Minar-e-Pakistan.

Finally, we had ordered something to eat. We kept talking about the history of this place and took pictures while we feasted in Mughlai style. In the end I would say a celestial farewell to a great colleague, an open air dinner with clouds hanging low and a drizzle to conclude the adventure. 

Badshahi Mosque night view from Cuckoo's den 

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