Category Archives: Computers and Internet

Sharing Simplest WinForms Timer App

A while ago when I worked on a complex ASP.NET app I created the simplest performance timer that operates on just mouse clicks: left-click to start/stop and right-click to reset to zero. Today I had to use it myself and … Continue reading

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XLStyles Tool updated for Windows 8.1 is in the App Store

I submitted Windows 8.1 update (Release 3) to the App store on Friday afternoon and received notification at 11PM PST on Sunday that it is published. Windows 8.1 version of the executable is 1.1.0.10 to differentiate it from Windows 8 … Continue reading

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XLODCTool.exe got updated to ignore PowerPivot connection

PowerPivot model connection in Excel 2013 caused an error in the XLODCTool. The tool has been upgraded to ignore ThisWorbookDataModel connection that resulted in “array index out of bounds” error message. Get the update.

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Windows App Store Version of the XLStylesTool

Privacy Policy: XLStyles Tool for Microsoft Excel doesn’t collect any information about the user. The permission to use Internet connection is requested to support delivery of in application advertisement content administered by Microsoft AdCenter (see Microsoft Online Privacy Policy) which … Continue reading

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XLStylesTool on Windows Azure Updated with Pin To Taskbar Icon

Silverlight 5 XLStylesTool hosted on Windows Azure on a dedicated page got used more frequently than the original browser version of the application placed on the advertisement powered web site. New feature request came in after being on Windows Azure … Continue reading

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XLStylesTool is Upgraded to Silverlight 5 and Moves to Windows Azure

Silverlight 5 version is here: XLStylesTool on Windows Azure. The usage of the browser based Silverlight 4 version of the XLStylesTool has been rapidly increasing since its launch exactly one year ago. Much to my surprise the free hosting server … Continue reading

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Windows 8: Windows To Go Setup on Windows 7

One of the easiest and safest ways to try out Windows 8 is to take advantage of its new feature: Windows To Go. You can actually boot into Windows 8 from an external USB drive on almost any modern PC. … Continue reading

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Registry Tweak for Excel 2007 that Stops Custom Styles Explosion

This KB2553085 article is specific to Excel 2007. You can see it in the not so easy to find “Applies To” part of the article if you choose to navigate to it and expand the box. Note that it works … Continue reading

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Case of Slow Opening Excel Files: Huge Number of Conditional Formats

You cleaned out all bad styles from your file, you removed all bad named ranges and checked for reasonable memory allocation on all sheets (even the ones that are very hidden), checked for “ghost” ActiveX controls, etc… but the Excel … Continue reading

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Windows Defender Beta is out

I can’t count how many times I had to help with rootkits and malware removal. Here is what seems to be a breakthrough in rootkit removal: Windows Defender Offline Beta

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