Been a while since I posted on this series. But starting it again. Here are the latest few interesting finds I have stumbled across. Of course these are in no particular order.
- UTF 8 Everywhere – Argues the cause on why UTF-16 and Unicode is a default poor choice except for specialized libraries, which deal with text.
- Data discrimination for the poor – Means that if you are poor (i.e. not rich), then the internet you see and know might be different from the others. Big Data discrimination.
- Customer feedback to a Tour Operator – It’s enough to make you cancel your reservation.
- Gartner IT Symposium Factoids – Very cool to see the data on mobility and where we seem to be heading.
- OpenRemote – open source for IoT (Internet of Things) – think of it the glue stitching everything together.
- Generation Game – Businesses are worrying about how to manage different age groups with widely different expectations.
- Overtaxed and over there – Loopy tax rules spur expats to renounce their American citizenship.
- Greenhouse (alpha) – a creative coding toolkit for spatial interfaces.
- Dipping your hands in a data pool – with a LeapMotion
- Tesla Model S Rest API – enough said.
- Cozy Cloud – private cloud for your apps, data, which you control and this is open source.
Next post in the interesting find series.
- Speccy – an advanced and very cool System Information tool for your PC.
- Channeling Earth – Rivers Seen From Space
- The SSD Relapse – Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD
- Turn off laptop screen – every machine does not have an option to switch off the screen (say at night) and this small app is perfect for those situations – very handy at night.
- How to save and share ridiculously large files – well the name says it all.
- SQL Server I/O Internals – if you wanted to know how SQL Server handles I/O then this is a very interesting read.
- Clustered Tables vs Heap Tables – interesting to understand the comparisons in SQL Server (especially if/when you will be dealing with SQL Azure).
- Cloud Computing footprint – is it time we started measuring our digital footprint just the same as we have our carbon footprint?
- Zettabytes – Petabytes is so yesterday; hello Zettabytes! I wonder how one indexes that?
- Let me Google that for you – perfect for when you get a question from a few lazy people.
- Let me Bing that for you – same as above, except this uses Bing.
- 15 RDP Solutions for Linux – good write up comparing the various options you have if you want to RDP to Linux from Windows/Mac.
- Ninite easy PC Setup – Install multiple apps at once without toolbars or clicking Next. Quite handy if you have less-technical friends/family.
Next post in the Interesting Find series.
- InstEd It – an interesting tool that allows one to edit MSI files – handy when you don’t want to install the full Windows SDK just to get the Orca editor. (you can also just download the SDK samples and use that instead of the full SDK).
- WHS backup to LAN – If for some reason you don’t want to use WHS’s built-in backup option and prefer to back it up to LAN
- 10 Beautiful Login screen for Ubuntu – very nice themes to change your login screen.
- Fast Car Wallpapers – name says it all.
- Microsoft Pivot – Pivot makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data in ways that are powerful, informative, and fun.
- PlantUML – UML add-in (jar file) for Eclipse. You cannot draw a diagram, instead you describe it using a language.
- Papyrus 4 UML – another UML add-in (also for Eclipse), which seems to be more professional looking than PlantUML. However this does not support Activity diagrams (yet), which PlantUML does.
- Spinlocks, page frame number locks (and the meaning of life) – I don’t think any more needs to be said.
- FlipText.net – write upside down (: sıɥʇ ǝʞıl.
- Google Goggles – use pictures to search the web.
- Haystack – very interesting idea which encrypts your data and then hides it in regular http traffic. Mainly used to help out the citizens of Iran, but useful elsewhere as well.
- BeRTOS – a real-time OS hits a major stable milestone.
The next post in the interesting find series.
- Top 25 ‘most dangerous’ programming errors for 2009 – interesting read as always.
- The 100 essential websites – from the Guardian.
- Please Rob Me.com – the dark side of geocoding.
- SSD Optimisation guide – a must read if anyone is thinking of buying a SSD drive.
- 37Signals – simple web based apps (instead of bloatware) covering things like managing projects, tracking contacts, organizing your business, etc. (Not free in case you were wondering).
- Never reboot Linux – even when updating the Kernel. When can Windows have this?
- SSD Tweak Utility – if you still want to tweak more things after reading the SSD optimisation guide above.
- FsUnit – Test F# with F# – I think the name says it all.
- devZing – No hassle open source project management hosting (from $10 / month); though I wonder why you can’t use google for this.
- Jollat – a cool GUI for you AWS (Amazon Web Services) which allows you to manage S3 and EC2 on Amazon – runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.
- Podcasts from MS – the name says it all.
- Digging for Sensitive information – how to get details on someone you know.
- Panopticlick — How unique, and trackable, is your browser? My browser fingerprint appears to be unique among the 641,692 tested so far which is quite scary!
- SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview – only works with Win7.
- Large Query performance stats from SQL 2K to 2K8 – quite interesting and covers both x32 and x64.
- PresentationFx – provides free PowerPoint templates and artwork.
- Making a cool Vista Screensaver – this should also work on Win7 (not tried this btw).
Wow it has been a while since I posted an Interesting find and instead of the usual list I though I will keep this especially for timers. Timers Galore!
So I was looking for a simple countdown timer that I can run on my laptop to keep tracking of a few things and I found a few very interesting things.
If you prefer to download an app and run it from your desktop (Windows) then check out Timer from Orzeszek. There are a few other interesting dev projects there such as transferring large files over http.
If Windows is not your flavour of the day, or you don’t want to (or can’t) install an application and want to use a timer in a browser you can of course use something like online stop watch, but I suggest you check out e.ggtimer.com which is way cooler.
If you are like me and when running meetings or presenting tend to get too excited and run over, then maybe NextUp is the thing for you.
And if coffee is your not cup of tea (groan! ) then check out Steep.It which is claims to be the simplest internet tea timer ever – telling you how long to steep your tea to get your perfect cuppa.
And if you are old school and prefer .ini files (whoa! programs still use that?) then check out eggtimer.
Been missing in action for a while – been extremely busy.
- Dropbox – store, sync and share your files online via Amazon’s S3.
- OAuth – open protocol to allow secure API authorization in a web/fat clients. About time we got the Facebooks and Twitters of the world start implementing this (more details on that another time).
- Scott’s ultimate developer and power user tools – the name says it all – very cool.
- Microsoft Tags – transform physical media (ads, billboards,product packages, information signs, in-store merchandising, video images, etc.) – into live links for accessing information and entertainment online.
- Cucku – another service which backs up your data to the cloud. I personally use WHS + Amazon’s S3 – got about 40 GB on it now.
- App Store – view Apple’s app store in your browser instead of iTunes.
- Quidco – an ad-free cash-back cooperative that passes on all referral commissions in exchange for keeping £5 a year as an admin fee. Seems to be quite cool.
- CloudBuddy – extend you desktop to the cloud (Amazon S3) – in addition to documents you can also use this for Outlook including your calendar, tasks, etc.
- Cool Machine Names – I will certainly be looking at this whenever I get my next machine.
- gScreen – dual screen laptops; it sure is cool, but is too heavy to be a “portable”. Maybe vaporware as well? If you are skeptical like I am, maybe MaxiVista is the way to go?
Pure coincidence that #13 is posted on Friday the 13th!
- Goosh – the Unofficial google shell (very cool)!
- Zamzar – free online file conversion.
- FlashEarth – switch seamlessly between Google maps, Microsoft Virtual Earth, Yahoo!, etc.
- SiteAdvisor.com – McAfee's free offering that automatically alerts to Web sites that use or have links to spyware, adware, spam and other nasties.
- Live SysInternals – all of SysInternals on your figertips. e.g. in a DOS prompt enter: dir \\live.sysinternals.com\tools
- Windows Search 4.0 – new and improved? Only time will tell.
- TFS does not have any features for gathering requirements, but if this is something you prefer then check out Caliber RM and TeamSpec. Rosario though might have these out of the box – but only time will tell.
- BizTalk dev tools – it is almost an year old, but still a very cool list of tools if you are using BizTalk.
- Xobni (mirror of Inbox in case you did not notice), is Outlook add-on which helps you deal with emails better.
- Office Search Commands – helps you find commands, options, wizards, and galleries in Office 2007 Word, Excel and PowerPoint; check this out if you are wondering the rational behind it.