Double quotes(“) coming instead of at-the-rate (@)

Moments before, I’s trying to link my Windows 8 user account with my Microsoft Account. Everything went smooth until I entered my Hotmail email address. To my surprise when I type-in my email address, a double-quotes (“) comes in place of at-the-rate (@). What? Are you serious?

Oh, ya! That’s because my default language preference was some how set to English (United Kingdom). I changed it to English (United States). That solved the problem.

You can change your language preference from Control Panel –> Clock, Language and Region –> Language. A screenshot below


Hoo! Thanks.

How to: Delete svn entries from folder and sub-folders in windows

If you are hobbyist programmer or actively use Tortoise SVN for version control, they you might encounter situation where you need to delete svn entries from folders (including sub-folders), while copying your folders into to your backup device or copying to a USB or even copying to another network location.

Deleting individual svn entries from each folder is a mountainous task. Here goes a simple registry file that adds an option to delete svn entries from folder (including sub folders) from your context-menu.


The original script is given below. Copy paste the script into a notepad and change the extension from .txt to .reg. Run the file, there you are! Please note, you might need admin privilege to execute registry files.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 
@="Delete SVN Folders" 
@="cmd.exe /c \"TITLE Removing SVN Folders in %1 && COLOR 9A && FOR /r \"%1\" %%f IN (.svn) DO RD /s /q \"%%f\" \""



Courtesy: To the original geek who shared with me.

Steven Sinofsky leaving Microsoft

Soon after Window 8 launch, Steven Sinofsky decided to leave Microsoft. Lot of rumors and speculations are circulating and discussing in the web world.

I’m a big fan of Steven Sinofsky. Because, he’s simply “Mr. Perfectionist”. Check out these links – here and here to know what he’d done with Microsoft Surface. Know it for yourselves!

And the resignation letter of Steven Sinofsky

From: Steven Sinofsky
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 5:42 PM
To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)
Subject: RE: Windows Leadership Changes

With the general availability of Windows 8/RT and Surface, I have decided it is time for me to take a step back from my responsibilities at Microsoft. I’ve always advocated using the break between product cycles as an opportunity to reflect and to look ahead, and that applies to me too.

After more than 23 years working on a wide range of Microsoft products, I have decided to leave the company to seek new opportunities that build on these experiences. My passion for building products is as strong as ever and I look forward focusing my energy and creativity along similar lines.

The Windows team, in partnerships across all of Microsoft and our industry, just completed products and services introducing a new era of Windows computing. It is an incredible experience to be part of a generational change in a unique product like Windows, one accomplished with an undeniable elegance. Building on Windows, Surface excels in design and utility for a new era of PCs. With the Store, Internet Explorer,, SkyDrive and more, each of which lead the way, this experience is connected to amazing cloud services.

It is inspiring to think of these efforts making their way into the hands of Microsoft’s next billion customers. We can reflect on this project as a remarkable achievement for each of us and for the team. Our work is not done, such is the world of technology, and so much more is in store for customers.

It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company. I am beyond grateful.

I have always promised myself when the right time came for me to change course, I would be brief, unlike one of my infamous short blog posts, and strive to be less memorable than the products and teams with which I have been proudly and humbly associated. The brevity of this announcement is simply a feature.

Some might notice a bit of chatter speculating about this decision or timing. I can assure you that none could be true as this was a personal and private choice that in no way reflects any speculation or theories one might read–about me, opportunity, the company or its leadership.

As I’ve always believed in making space for new leaders as quickly as possible, this announcement is effective immediately and I will assist however needed with the transition.

I am super excited for what the future holds for the team and Microsoft.

With my deepest appreciation,

Steven Sinofsky

Good luck Steven, we’ll miss you.