Interesting Find #13

Pure coincidence that #13 is posted on Friday the 13th!

  1. Goosh – the Unofficial google shell (very cool)!
  2. Zamzar – free online file conversion.
  3. FlashEarth – switch seamlessly between Google maps, Microsoft Virtual Earth, Yahoo!, etc.
  4. – McAfee's free offering that automatically alerts to Web sites that use or have links to spyware, adware, spam and other nasties.
  5. Live SysInternals – all of SysInternals on your figertips. e.g. in a DOS prompt enter: dir \\\tools
  6. Windows Search 4.0 – new and improved? Only time will tell.
  7. 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.
  8. BizTalk dev tools – it is almost an year old, but still a very cool list of tools if you are using BizTalk.
  9. Xobni (mirror of Inbox in case you did not notice), is Outlook add-on which helps you deal with emails better.
  10. 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.

Interesting Find #11

  1. .NET v3.5 Product Roadmap
  2. Information overload in Outlook? Check out ClearContext and Jello.Dashboard
  3. Nokia's nano-technology based Morph Concept – very interesting on where we might be heading! Oh how I am envious of our future generation. Smile
  4. Although SQL 2008 benchmarks are out and quite impressive; if you want to run the CTP before March, it seems you cannot – lol!  What is MS thinking? Duh!
  5. C5 – Generic Collection Library
  6. Visual Studio themes; I personally like a few of the dark themes.
  7. Migrating to gmail becomes easier from Outlook, PST files, etc.
  8. However, if you want to backup your gmail (why you would want to do in the first place is besides me), and want want to use G-Archiver, then do so at your own peril!!!
  9. Tools galore – check out Hanselman Ultimate Tools List

Interesting Find #10

  1. Squeaky Geek to Silicon Saint; number 5 is my favourite.
  2. Bar da Boa – wait for the flash to finish loading (be patient); enter your First and Last names and click on "Visualizer" – lol.
  3. MSR's InkSeine – which allows you to find stuff with ink, seems quite handy if you use a tablet; some videos here; you can get it here.
  4. TSA is blogging – now you can vent your frustrations!
  5. In case you ever wondered, how ASP.NET uses memory? Especially handy when one started running out of memory.
  6. Xperf – a new tool in Windows SDK.
  7. Feeling nostalgic? Check out ScummVM.
  8. Sony Ericsson's new Windows Mobile based phone – quite cool.
  9. Apparently, multi-functional printers are the latest security threat.
  10. Apparently quite a handful of people have had Vista wifi issues whereby a laptop resuming from Sleep/Hibernate cannot connect to the wifi; resetting the wireless card does not help and only a reboot fixes it. It might not be baloney and there is some truth to the matter.
  11. Reading these real world examples of online data loss (HA! it was online so you thought you won't lose it), makes me feel quite smug about my WHS.

Interesting Find #9

  1. Synergy – one mouse and keyboard to control them all.
  2. 50 Tips, Tweaks and Hacks to make the most of Google Calendar.
  3. Wayback Machine – Browse through 85 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. e.g. how looked 12 years ago. Awww … I had forgotten the IE logo.
  4. Hamachi remote Wake-on-LAN tutorial.
  5. Virtual Wifi – connect to multiple wireless networks at the same time using one wireless card!
  6. Cilk is a language for multithreaded parallel programming based on C and is especially effective for exploiting dynamic, highly asynchronous parallelism, which can be difficult to write in data-parallel or message-passing style
  7. MSDN Code Gallery – need I say more?
  8. Reverse IP Check – see what sites are running on the same web server as your domain. E.g. at the time of writing this there were 305 domains hosted on the same web server as this blog – wow!
  9. Airbus A380 Cockpit in 360.
  10. London Food Hygiene ratings – don't concentrate only on how many Michelin Stars the restaurant has, but focus on how clean is it.

Interesting Find #8

It has been a while since I posted some of the interesting find (been busy for a change).

  1. Slashtop – no more waiting for the OS to boot up; if you want to get online or make a call using skype then this is up and running in an instant; more details here.
  2. Exploits of a Mom – need I say more?
  3. 5 ways to share big files between co-workers or friends – quite handy when you are in those pesky situations when you need to get something across to someone else.
  4. Cellprofile Switcher – you can use the information about the mobile cell your phone uses to do some work for you. For example, your phone can automatically silent itself when you get to work. Of course not too much help when on the tube.
  5. Kudocities – I came across this when trying to find out what happened to there was a decent buritto joint (sadly not in the same league as Chipotle) close to the office which suddenly closed and that was a big deal! Why? Well for all the culture, people, excitement, smoke, crime, tube, etc. that is London there is not a decent Mexican joint. Sad
  6. Crazy about Alarms? Then check out phoneAlarm for your mobile.
  7. Vidabox Lux – is this the most advanced Media Centre? It supports HD-DVD, HDTV, BluRay, etc.
  8. My Mobiler – interact with your Windows Mobile screen from your desktop (including copy/past, drag/drop, capture, etc.). Or maybe it is this one?
  9. Desktop Wallpapers – quite amazing and hundreds and free.
  10. Z Wave Products – of course if you need to "shutdown" then won't work. Err … what the heck is Z Wave?

Interesting Find #7

  1. Anywhere.FM can be thought as iTunes for the Web. It allows you to upload your music (yes including those songs bought from iTunes), so you can get to your music from anywhere. You can also "share" the music with friends like a "radio station" and of course browse other user's radio station. Sweet! Smile
  2. If you travel a lot and need a decent solution to manage the various expense receipts (or are just plain lazy then check out Neat Receipts Scanner.
  3. Fauxto – think Photoshop for the web.
  4. If you really want job security, then check out how to write unmaintainable code. Big Smile
  5. Search Lab – free Science search tools – just want you needed for any science-related-research.
  6. PsExec is a light-weight telnet-replacement that lets you execute processes on other systems, complete with full interactivity for console applications, without having to manually install client software.
  7. Splog and sploggers – what?
  8. Central Desktop – another collaboration tool.
  9. Top 100 Alternative Search engines – alternate to google – worth a spin.
  10. Free disk imaging software (as long as you own a Seagate or Maxtor drive).
  11. Laptop lid cooling – where the industry might be heading.
  12. The daily green – a consumer's guide to being green. I personally like the weather watch gallery such as sitting on the edge of the world.

Interesting Find #6

  1. Find editing host files a pain? Then check out HostsMan (v 3.0.45 is just released) which allows you to automatically update, enable/disable, backup, exclusion, etc. host files.
  2. Some old fun programs that we all enjoyed in our time.
  3. Fujitsu announces 1 TB 2.5" HDD's (i.e. for notebooks) – though it might be a little while before they hit the stores and a little longer after that before they are affordable I would guess.
  4. Best in Emerging Technology – very cool! Cool
  5. Did you know there was a hard drive shredder out there, wanna buy one?
  6. Collaboration between people in teams is a "hot" topic these days and to try and solve it there are many solutions out there – one of those being huddle (which I have not used).
  7. But the one that I have used and is quite good is Zoho, and does seem quite promising. I have specifically used the Notebook and Planner. The planner is interesting as well as you can email your page and it will store those emails as content.
  8. Tafiti (which means "to research" in Swahili) is a very cool search experience and essentially showcases Silverlight with Live search behind it – now if only we could switch the search provider to google it would be even sweeter. Smile
  9. fsutil – this is new to me although around for a while. It is a command line utility which can perform many FAT and NTFS related tasks such as managing reparse points, managing sparse files, dismounting a volume, or extending a volume, etc.

Interesting Find #5

  1. SOA in the Real World – Microsoft's eBook for free; alternatively go and buy my book. Wink
  2. Pownce is a way to send messages, files, links, and events to your friends.
  3. Microsoft SkyDrive now open to public beta, giving 500 mb of space; but not sure why you would use that when Mozy gives you unlimited online backup for $5/month (which is about £2.50 / month – cheaper than a cup of Flat White coffee).
  4. F1 Calendar and Track mashup.
  5. Wikimapia – hopefully the name says it all; here is Delhi for example.
  6. Speaking of Delhi, you might also want to do some sightseeing with google maps; for example here is one amazing place called Deolali where I have spend a few years.
  7. External Bit Torrent hard drive – though I won't know why you would need one?
  8. Jotle lets you zoom into various parts of the world and see map points for Wikimapia and Placeopedia.
  9. Not only do we we get to see the final TFS 2008 features list, but P&P guys also release TFS Guide and the first public bits for Rosario are available.
  10. If you ever wanted to run Linux apps in Windows then you need Xming which is a free unlimited X Window server and can run on XP,2003 and Vista.

Interesting Find #4

  1. Fastest residential uplink in the world – 40 GB/sec!
  2. Updated programmer stereotypes – updated for "today's" world.
  3. Hotmap shows where people have looked at when using Virtual Earth.
  4. Advanced Vista Codec Package (note: I have not used these yet)
  5. Vista's (little known) recovery strategies.
  6. My Picture 3D allows you to see your pictures in a 3D environment – probably a bit useless and only for those with a high speed Internet access.
  7. Outlook Extra allows to change the default path so you can easily find and delete attachments send in emails among other tweaks.
  8. Moo – they print things from your stuff.
  9. PHP121 – a php based IM – perfect for internal corporate chat where you don't (or can't) access one of the IM's.
  10. Five Tech mistakes to avoid.
  11. Visual Studio Robotics tutorial (with Mindstorms NXT of course).
  12. Free legal icons for you to leech (they are under GPL).
  13. Parking Perfection game – learn how to park! Smile
  14. Warthog anyone?
  15. Toshiba's wireless docking station – though I have had such terrible experiences with my Tecra M3 over the last 3-odd years I cannot recommend a Toshiba to anyone!

Interesting Find #3

  1. Office Live Basics – get it for free.
  2. Google Talk Emoticons
  3. Speaking of google, they now have hot trends
  4. Jing, what is it and how do I use it?
  5. Estetiikka – Free web gallery using PHP (v5) and MySQL.
  6. Interested in making Ubuntu look just like OS X?
  7. Zen Computing – some guys are raving about this Linux distro as better than Fedora and Ubuntu.
  8. Live Earth Videos now available.
  9. Vista Wallpapers, including the one running on the blog here.
  10. Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM) – tool to battle spam

Interesting Find #2

Continuing the interesting find series, here are the next set of finds.

  1. Grasshopper 2.0 – is a free VS.NET plugin that allows you to code in .NET 2.0, build for Java and run on Linux, without rewriting any code! Sweet!
  2. IKVM.NET – is a implementation of Java for both Mono and .NET and includes a Java VM, .NET implementation of the Java class libraries and some other tools which enable interoperability between both .NET and Java. This is more of less compliant with JDK 1.4, though there are some gaps and AWT and Swing are not implemented yet.
  3. – lets you create virtual machine of the free and awesome VMware Player. I know many others share the same opinion that VMware Workstation is many generations ahead than Microsoft's VPC. If you are too cheap to pony up the $189 license fee then EasyVMX might just be what the doctored ordered.
  4. Solid freeform Fabrication – DIY, on the cheap, and made of pure sugar! This is a project to construct a home-built three dimensional fabricator which allows for a low cost design leveraging recycled components, large printable volume emphasized over high resolution, and ability to use low-cost printing media including granulated sugar.
  5. SavaSocket – Allows you to power off standby appliances and as a result save money, energy and the environment! It is like any other power socket, with the exception it has a infrared receiver and can learn a specific button from any infra red remote control allowing the user to control power to the socket and as a result all devices plugged into that.
  6. Windows Splash Screens – a trip down memory lane showing all of Windows splash screens thus far from Windows 1.01 released back in 1985.

Interesting Find #1

I keep stumbling along many interesting finds online (well interesting to me) which I keep storing in OneNote and finally decided to start posting them here under the .link category. These mostly would be for me when I want to get them to a later stage.

Without further adieu, here is the first of many finds:

  1. The Phrase Finder – if you ever wanted to know about Phrases, Idioms and their meanings, origins and popular fallacies then check out the phrase finder. e.g. Vis-à-vis
  2. – wanted to share files with others? Check out which allows you to share any time of information with who and what you share. Read up more here and don't forget to check out the fine print.
  3. JFGI (Just f***ing google it) – need one say any more? Smile
  4. Urban Dictionary – a slang dictionary with your definitions e.g. I recently heard there is something (or someone) called a Neek.