Bing Code Search for C# – right from within Visual Studio – a boon for the lazy developers (yay!). Better beef up your Legal teams as well – how will one control IP violations at the code level – not quite sure.
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
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.
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.
Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) – allows you to capture and analyse traces and state transitions to help improve the performance of Windows. I personally am quite interesting in making my tablet boot faster.
Cuil – new search engine; though Google might be safe (for now). Not sure how it searches but searching for this blog interestingly does pick it up, but also picks up some obscure links such as my Oxford page.
AutoCollage 2008 – MSR project which helps celebrate important events and themes. Pick a folder, press a button, and in a few minutes this presents you with a unique memento to print or email to your family and friends.
Full of Kittens – showing off how to use Silverlight and DeepZoom – if you not sure what you are looking at double click on the image and shift-click to zoom out.
Midori – a componentized non-Windows Microsoft OS; quite interesting reading talking about a asynchronous-only architecture that is built for task concurrency and parallel use of local and distributed resources, with a distributed component-based and data-driven application model, and dynamic management of power and other resources.
Shared View from Microsoft – a fast, easy way to share documents and screen views with small groups anytime, anywhere and works across physical boundaries, through firewalls, and down to the smallest details.
Switcher – gets Expose (from Mac) on Windows very cool! (you need Vista + Aero)
SMS411 – helps you send SMS to phone's on specific carriers in the US.
Teleflip – goes a step further and automatically figures out the carrier (also only for the US).
TFS Admin – seems to do a few interesting things if you admin TFS (I have not used it first hand so can't say).
Many Books – offers thoughts of free eBooks in many formats for your PDA, iPod, or eBook reader.
Hadoop – is a framework for running applications on large clusters built of commodity hardware; it is effectively a grid application which under the covers uses a DFS and can supposedly scale up to reliably store and process petabytes.
Invisible Computing – research prototype for making small devices part of the seamless computing world. It consists of compact middleware for constructing embedded web services applications and a small component based Real-Time Operating System with TCP/IP networking to make middleware run straight on the metal on several embedded processors.
Delta Copy - robocopy on steroids; this on copies the sectors that have changed. So if you have a 2 gb PST file – only the new sectors are copied instead of the whole file. Note – there as issues with Vista!
pptPlex – allows you to present PowerPoint using a zoomable canvas instead of slides – quite interesting.
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.
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.
Virtual Wifi – connect to multiple wireless networks at the same time using one wireless card!
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
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.
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.
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.
Crazy about Alarms? Then check out phoneAlarm for your mobile.
Vidabox Lux – is this the most advanced Media Centre? It supports HD-DVD, HDTV, BluRay, etc.
My Mobiler – interact with your Windows Mobile screen from your desktop (including copy/past, drag/drop, capture, etc.). Or maybe it is this one?
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!
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.
Search Lab – free Science search tools – just want you needed for any science-related-research.
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.