Free tips for people managers on giving employee assessments

Are you looking for how to assess your employees? Employee reviews are complicated and time consuming, but they are also useful and help you let your employees know where they are excelling and where they need improvement.

Advice on how to give your employee assessment


Send email through Quickbooks fails with invalid password with QuickBooks 2016

If you are trying to send an invoice through email with QuickBooks and you use gmail, it probably doesn’t work.

Apparently the fix is to allow unsecured applications. Yeah, doesn’t sound great to me.

Go to your Account and set it up Here is a link.

Good luck!

Visual Studio 2015 error “Object reference not set to an instance of an object”

This fixed my razor intellisense problem and the error after installing the latest ASP.NET tools.

Here is how to fix it.

Delete the contents from the following folders:

Navigate to the command line now and run devenv from either of these paths:
[x64] C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE
[x86] C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\Common7\IDE

run devenv /resetuserdata from the command prompt.

Thanks to fka for the steps!

Happy Coding!

Reset performance counters when getting errors in Perfmon or Load Center

Old thing I was working on over a year ago. Well, maybe it is useful to someone:


PS C:\Windows\system32> cmd
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
(c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>lodctr /R

Error: Unable to rebuild performance counter setting from system backup store, error code is 2
C:\Windows\system32>cd ..

C:\Windows>cd syswow64

C:\Windows\SysWOW64>lodctr /R

Info: Successfully rebuilt performance counter setting from system backup store
C:\Windows\SysWOW64>winmgmt.exe /RESYNCPERF


Value was either too large or too small for a UInt32. TFS Error

I got this error in Visual Studio 2015 checking in to TFS.
“Value was either too large or too small for a UInt32.”

WTF? Turns out it is because I had an open sql query file that wasn’t saved and it get angry.

Really stupid error that should read :” You have an saved file, please save all files before checking in”

Wow. That would have taken the developer a small minute. Oh yeah, this is probably an unhandled exception, caught higher up and presented to us as an amazing insight into what was wrong.

Anyway, Save All before checking in and you will be fine.

Happy Coding!

PrazeMe for Performance Appraisals is finally released to the public

Need to do a Employee review or performance appraisal, well there is a nice and easy online system you can use to do it.

No more trying to figure out what to say, just answer a series of questions and the system writes your performance appraisal for you. Print it and sign your name and your done.

If you need to do a performance review, check it out.

-Happy Coding Reviewing

PrazeMe employee annual review system is in beta

We just released our new employee assessment and review system online. It is currently in beta and free for anyone to use. Please just give us feedback so we can make improvements before we go live with the non-free version.

Performance Reviews on PrazeMe


Brian Seekford

Convert a .CRT to a .PFX for code signing!

I was trying to sign my code but my cert came as a crt and no one seems to play well with those. I imported into my the Certificate Store then tried to export. The PFX option was greyed out.

How freaking annoying. Well I followed the steps from this guy and it started working again like magic.



Unable to export an installed certificate to .pfx

If you’re trying to export an installed certificate into the .pfx format but the option is greyed out like when I was working with it for vPro provisioning, then it might be due to missing private keys. In my case, I’ve received a provisioning certificate from Comodo where I purchased it but was not able to export it to .pfx format which is required by the Out-of-Band Service Point in SCCM. If you are one of those that have this same experience, what you need to do is to recover the private key. To do this, type in certutil –repairstore my “<serialnumber>”.

How do you locate your serial number? Simply double-click on the certificate that you would like to export, go to the Details tab and note down the Serial Number found there. Once the command completed successfully, attempt to export the certificate again and you’ll see now that you are able to select to export the private key and the .pfx format option is now enabled.


Happy Coding!

Force rebind on a WPF control or view by resetting the DataContext without using null!

I had an issue where I wanted to force a datacontext to rebind everything. The RaisePropertyChanged(“”) wasn’t working and I like to keep things simple.

I was setting the DataContext = null then setting it back to the desired object right after to force a rebind. This worked well but really pissed off some of the controls. Not everyone appreciates a null databind.

So, what to do. I remember working with virtualization and the DisconnectedItem, a hidden magical gem that Microsoft just finally let us have public access to in 4.5, had magical powers with databinding. It cast a spell that made everyone calm and happy.

The null databinding on the DataContext was causing major slowdowns in the app as all the controls got angry. So I switched the DataContext=null to DataContext = DisconnectedItem.

All was right in the world again and the application became fast again.

Confused, well I am tired. Anyway, here it is in the before and after and it should then make sense. Edited for brevity.

private static object disconnectedItem = null;
        private void UpdatePropertiesView()
                    newView.DataContext = null;
                    newView.DataContext = SelectedNode.Node;                               


private static object disconnectedItem = null;
        private void UpdatePropertiesView()
                    if (disconnectedItem == null)
                        disconnectedItem = typeof(System.Windows.Data.BindingExpressionBase).GetField("DisconnectedItem", BindingFlags.Static | BindingFlags.NonPublic).GetValue(null);
                    newView.DataContext = disconnectedItem;//force rebind, but gentler.
                    newView.DataContext = SelectedNode.Node;                               


The reason I am doing this is because the Node object didn’t change, but the properties on it did.(a lot of them).

Happy Coding!

PS: Yes, I am adding a check to see if the datacontext is the same so I can skip the null set entirely in those instances…..