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Which country will go green tomorrow?
Tomorrow the latest countries to go below 1% IE6 usage will be revealed at http://www.ie6countdown.com/. Belgium may well be one of them as it is currently at 1%.

Posted On Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:40 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 30/Nov/2011 - Moving to VB .NET Strategies, Concepts, and Code
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97815... is Dan Appleman's "Moving to VB .NET Strategies, Concepts, and Code"."Visual Basic guru Dan Appleman exposes the reality behind the VB .NET hype, and shows you how to evaluate this technology in the context of your specific problems."Considering the vast amount of VB6 still in use, this book from 2001 will be of immense help to all tasked with converting Vb6 to VB.NET or C# ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:12 AM

O' Reilly Deal of the Day 30/Nov/2011 - Programming Windows® Identity Foundation
Today's Deal of the Day from O'Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is "Programming Windows® Identity Foundation" "Get hands-on guidance designed to help you put the newest .NET Framework component- Windows Identity Foundation, the identity and access logic for all on-premises and cloud development- to work.".I have reviewed this book previously at http://geekswithblogs.net/T... It ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:04 AM

O Reilly Deal Cyber Monday Deal
At http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/cyber-monday.do O'Reilly are offering some 60% off deals!

Posted On Monday, November 28, 2011 10:28 PM

Microsoft Press Cyber Monday Deals
Microsoft Press are offering some 60% off Cyber Monday deals at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/msp-cyber-monday.do?imm_mid=079122&cmp=em-orm-books-vidoes-cyber-monday-msp-direct


Posted On Monday, November 28, 2011 12:14 PM

APress cyber Monday sale is today!"
APress's Cyber Monday sale is today - all books are $15 (except for The Definitive Guide to Berkeley DB XML which as book of the day is $10)

Posted On Monday, November 28, 2011 7:02 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 26/Nov/2011 - Pro Telerik ASP.NET and Silverlight Controls
Today's $10 deal from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430229407 is Pro Telerik ASP.NET and Silverlight Controls.

"This book provides a complete guide to implementing Telerik's range of ASP.NET and Silverlight controls."

Book Cover

Posted On Saturday, November 26, 2011 2:10 PM

The White Screen of Death
A few days ago I was browsing a particular commerical web site, the site crashed and I encountered the "White Screen of Death". The detailed dump showed me what the site was using:zendMySqlPHPMageMagen... all this detailed information of use to a hacker, the copyright on Magento cited a date of 2009. Does this means that out of date software was in use?There is a more basic point - in your site please ensure that fatal errors are trapped and redirected to a page that gives away no information ......

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2011 11:06 PM

And now for something lighter, but don't laugh too hard!
At http://voxvocispublicus.homestead.com/Index.html there are some silent monks singing the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah. Well worth a watch!

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2011 12:50 PM

The 25 Worst Passwords of 2011 revealed
At http://finance.yahoo.com/news/25-worst-passwords-2011-revealed-202955980.html there are two lists of worst passwords in common use.

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2011 11:52 AM

More on Visual Studio 11 from Scott Guthrie
At http://weblogs.asp.net/scot... Scott Guthrie talks about data binding is ASP.NET 4.5.There is a key statement "Because our GetProducts() method is returning an IQueryable<Product>, users can easily page and sort through the data within our GridView. Only the 10 rows that are visible on any given page are returned from the database."Consider paging through a large dataset, this is going to give ......

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2011 11:23 AM

Visual Studio 11 is coming
At http://blogs.msdn.com/b/som... Somasegar has discussed the next version of Visual Studio - Visual Studio 11.Have a read -Visual Studio 11 looks to be awesome!Can't code withoutThe best C# & VB.NET refactoring plugin for Visual Studio ......

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2011 11:13 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 25/Nov/2011 - Pro .NET 2.0 XML
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97815... is Pro .NET 2.0 XML"Pro .NET 2.0 XML is the first book to provide a complete solution to XML on the .NET 2.0 Framework including the new .NET 3.0 extensions." ......

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2011 9:21 AM

APress Cyber Monday Sale on 28/November - $15/Ebook
On Monday 28/novermber Apress are having their Cyber Monday Sale - every ebook will be $15!

Posted On Tuesday, November 22, 2011 10:47 PM

Initial review of Developer's Guide to Collections in Microsoft® .NET
The code is well illustrated by diagrams. The approach is practical. The code is well commented, however the C# code samples would be better had they been fully Style Cop compliant. I am looking forward to reviewing the rest of this excellent book. I recommend this book to all C# and VB.NET Development teams. I concur with the author who states that the book is not for learning C# or VB.NET. It is an excellent book for C# or VB.NET developers to extend their knowledge of the Dot Net framework. To ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2011 10:33 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 20/Nov/2011 - Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 in VB 2005
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97815... is Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 in VB 2005. Considering that there are many sites stuck on old versions of VS2005 / ASP.NET, this book will be useful for them. "Beginning ASP.NET 2.0 in VB 2005 guides you through Microsoft's latest technology for building dynamic websites." ......

Posted On Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:57 PM

GIMP - A Free Image manipulation program

GIMP is a highly effective image manipulation program that has the features of commercial image manipulation programs costing in the hundreds of pounds.

Get Details of it from http://www.gimp.org/features/

It is available for a variety of platforms besides Windows such as the Mac and Linux.

Screen Shot

Posted On Saturday, November 19, 2011 4:40 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 19/Nov/2011 - Beginning GIMP
Today's$10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is "Beginning GIMP". "In this fully-updated second edition, author and long-time member of the GIMP community Akkana Peck introduces the GIMP and shows you everything about it that you'll want to know—including how to prepare images for display on web pages, touch up digital photos, tap into powerful filters, effects, and plug-ins, and automate tasks using scripts." For those of you unfamilar with GIMP it is the GNU Image ......

Posted On Saturday, November 19, 2011 12:03 PM

10 Weeks of Gift Ideas – All Offers Good Through January 19, 2012
O'Reilly are offering a series of good offers through to Jan 19, 2012. The main page is at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... Already available are: JavaScript path to Mastery set at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... I recommend JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 6th Edition- PDF is 50% off at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... HTML 5 Programming set at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... Again the PDF's are 50% off. Can't ......

Posted On Friday, November 18, 2011 11:33 AM

Book Samplers From O'Reilly

At http://oreilly.com/store/samplers.html, O Reilly have put together a list of all their their sample chapters from books - enjoy!

Posted On Friday, November 18, 2011 11:22 AM

Mice Like Green Cheese!

Some time ago I coined the phrase "Mice Like Green Cheese", so that I could remember which colour PS2 socket the mouse plugged into. Once that is remembered, it obvious that the purple one is for the keyboard.

Posted On Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:39 PM

The Obscure C Competition is Back!
The Obscure C competition is back at http://www.ioccc.org/ The Competition is open to the 12/Jan/2012. The aim of the competition is: To write the most Obscure/Obfuscated C program under the rules at http://www.ioccc.org/2011/r... To show the importance of programming style, in an ironic way. To stress C compilers with unusual code. To illustrate some of the subtleties of the C language. To provide a safe forum for poor C code. :-) Even if you are not a C programmer, it is worth looking at ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 12:23 PM

Free eBook "Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA"
"SQL Server-related performance problems come up regularly and diagnosing and solving them can be difficult and time consuming. Read SQL Server MVP Jonathan Kehayias’ Troubleshooting SQL Server: A Guide for the Accidental DBA for descriptions of the most common issues and practical solutions to fix them quickly and accurately." Please go to http://www.red-gate.com/pro... RedGate produce some superb tools for SQL Server. Jonathan's book is ......

Posted On Monday, November 14, 2011 11:55 AM

O Reilly offer on Javascript

O' Reilly are offering 50% off Javascript e-books at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/hd-javascript-path.do

 

Posted On Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:18 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 11/Nov/2011 - Accelerated C# 2010
Today's $10 Deal of the day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Accelerated C# 2010 "C# 2010 offers powerful new features, and this book is the fastest path to mastering them—and the rest of C#—for both experienced C# programmers moving to C# 2010 and programmers moving to C# from another object-oriented language. " I cannot improve on the description on thew APress web site: "If you're an experienced C# programmer, you need to understand how C# has changed with C# 2010. If you're ......

Posted On Friday, November 11, 2011 3:10 PM

200 Free Icons for mobile apps and websites!

At http://www.mightydeals.com/freebie/reflection-free-icons.html?ref=designview5 there is the offer of 200 Free Icons for mobile apps and websites

Sample of icons

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 7:54 PM

Poland Is Green at last!
Poland now joins the countries shown as using less than 1% IE6 on the map at http://www.ie6countdown.com/ Austria should be shown in green but the legend for China obscures it ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5:45 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 9/Nov/2011 - Pro ASP.NET 4 in C# 2010
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is "Pro ASP.NET 4 in C# 2010". "ASP.NET 4 is the principal standard for creating dynamic web pages on the Windows platform. Pro ASP.NET 4 in C# 2010 raises the bar for high-quality, practical advice on learning and deploying Microsoft's dynamic web solution." Alan Freeman is an excellent author - I recommend this book to all C# development teams ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 7:08 AM

MS Press Deal of the Day 7/Nov/2011 - Windows® Internals, 5th Edition
Today's 50% off deal of the day from Microsoft Press at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Windows® Internals, 5th Edition "See how the core components of the Windows operating system work behind the scenes—guided by a team of internationally renowned internals experts. Fully updated for Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Vista®, this classic guide delivers key architectural insights on system design, debugging, performance, and support—along with hands-on experiments to experience ......

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2011 12:51 PM

OReilly Deal of the day 7/Nov/2011 - vi and Vim vs. Emacs Shootout
Today's deal of the day from O'Reilly at is a shootout between Vi/Vim and Emacs "The realization that Vim just turned 20 reminded us of the passion developers have for their editor of choice. We've published books about the two most popular, Emacs and Vim, and love them both. Today only you can cast a vote for your favorite, and take advantage of a special offer. We'll report on the results next week, both of your votes, and the sales percentage for books on the respective editors." ......

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2011 12:48 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 7/Nov/2011 - Visual C# 2010 Recipes A Problem-Solution Approach
Todays $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is "Visual C# 2010 Recipes A Problem-Solution Approach". "When you are facing a Visual C# 2010 problem, this book likely contains a recipe providing the solution—or at least points you in the right direction. Even if you are simply looking to broaden your knowledge of the .NET Framework class library, Visual C# 2010 Recipes is the perfect resource to assist you." I have started to read this book and can recommend it to ......

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2011 7:16 AM

SourceMonitor V3.2.0.208‏
A new version of SourceMonitor (V3.2.0.208‏) is available from http://www.campwoodsw.com/s... "The freeware program SourceMonitor lets you see inside your software source code to find out how much code you have and to identify the relative complexity of your modules. For example, you can use SourceMonitor to identify the code that is most likely to contain defects and thus warrants formal review. SourceMonitor, written in C++, runs through your code at high speed, typically at least ......

Posted On Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:23 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 5/Nov/2011 - Pro Dynamic .NET 4.0 Applications Data-Driven Programming for the .NET Framework
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Dynamic .NET 4.0 Applications Data-Driven Programming for the .NET Framework "As a developer, you are likely painfully aware that not all features of an application can be anticipated when the software ships. In order to cope with these eventualities and save yourself time (and perhaps money), it makes sense to write your applications in such a way that end users can be made as independent of the developers as possible. ......

Posted On Saturday, November 5, 2011 10:15 PM

O' Reilly Deal of the Day 3/Nov/2011 - Windows 7: The Missing Manual
Today's Deal of the Day from O'Reilley at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... at $15.99 is Windows 7: The Missing Manual "In early reviews, geeks raved about Windows 7. But if you're an ordinary mortal, learning what this new system is all about will be challenging. Fear not: David Pogue's Windows 7: The Missing Manual comes to the rescue. Like its predecessors, this book illuminates its subject with reader-friendly insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners as well ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2011 7:10 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 3/Nov/2011 - Pro ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010
Today's APress Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010 "ASP.NET 4 is the principal standard for creating dynamic web pages on the Windows platform. Pro ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010 raises the bar for high-quality, practical advice on learning and deploying Microsoft's dynamic web solution. " ......

Posted On Thursday, November 3, 2011 7:04 AM

O' Reilly Deal of the Day 1/Nov/2011 - save 50% on MOS 2010 Study Guides from Microsoft Press
Today's deal of the Day from O'Reilly/Microsoft Press at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... is 50% off the PDF's "Earn your MOS 2010 certification. For one day only, you can Save 50% on these study guides from Microsoft Press. Ebooks from oreilly.com are DRM-free. You get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, free updates." ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2011 12:22 PM

Welcome Austria!

This month Austria joins the league of nations that have reduced their IE6 usage to below 1%!

For details see http://www.ie6countdown.com/#list

Next month Belgium now at 1% could go below 1%!

I encourage people to upgrade from IE6 - are you!

Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:58 AM

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