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APress Deal of the Day - 31/Jan/2012 - Applied WPF 4 in Context
Today's $10 Deal of the day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Applied WPF 4 in Context"Applied WPF 4 in Context shows developers that applications don't exist by themselves—they sit in the real world, with its attendant business challenges and requirements. This book shows how WPF technologies and best practices can be drawn together effectively to create powerful and elegant Windows applications." ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 31, 2012 1:13 PM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 31/Jan/2012 - Introducing Microsoft® WebMatrix
Todays' Microsoft Press Deal of the Day at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Introducing Microsoft® WebMatrix at $15.99"Get a running start with Microsoft WebMatrix—the free, downloadable web development solution featuring all the tools you need for server-side programming. This practical book introduces the templates, helper libraries, and other tools in WebMatrix for building and customizing a data-driven site—including techniques for adding video, email, web forms, and other ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 31, 2012 1:06 PM

StyleCop-4.7.6.0 - The nightly build for R# 6.1.38.146 is expired.
I have just found that the nightly build for R# 6.1.38.146 is expired and there appears to be no current runnable R# 6.1 version that is compatible with StyleCop 4.7.6.0.I am now about to roll back to ReSharper 6.0.2202.688.msiThe ongoing discussion is at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... you also have to roll back - please post a polite note at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... ......

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2012 7:52 AM

Do not use PcAnywhere till further notice
Symantec, the produces of PC Anywhere have taken the highly unusual step of warning users not to use PC Anywhere until further notice.

Details are at http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/threatened-anonymous-symantec-tells-users-pull-pcanywheres-plug-185065

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2012 7:22 AM

Rebuilding a Smoothwall Firewall
Yesterday, I had the task of rebuilding my Smoothwall Linux Firewall box as I had upgraded the red and and green ethernet cards in order to take advantage of the increased speed available on my broadband connection. To aid this process I downloaded an up to date ISO image from http://www.smoothwall.org/ (this was the SmoothWall Express 3.0 SP3 Installation CD (iso image) which come in 2 versions 32-bit and 64-bit)The installation was very easy except for the fact that I now had two identical cards ......

Posted On Sunday, January 29, 2012 4:02 PM

Problem with printing database diagrams
This discussion on the printing of Database diagrams is an on-going one. If affects several versions of SQL Server yet microsoft has failed to reproduce it.Please go to the the discussion at http://social.msdn.microsof... There is now an example of this problem posted ......

Posted On Saturday, January 28, 2012 11:23 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 28/Jan/2012 - Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#"Discover the tools needed for Silverlight 4 development, the roles each plays, and how they interact to produce a seamless result." ......

Posted On Saturday, January 28, 2012 10:49 AM

Automatic roll-out of IE8 and IE9
The roll-out of the latest IE (either IE8 or IE9 depending on the operating system) as an important security patch started this month for users in Australia and Brazil according to the Windows blog at http://windowsteamblog.com/... ......

Posted On Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:18 AM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 25/Jan/2012 - Microsoft® Excel® 2010 Formulas and Functions Inside Out
Today's Deal of the Day from Microsoft Press at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Microsoft® Excel® 2010 Formulas and Functions Inside Out"This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts increase their data analysis capabilities using Excel 2003, 2007, or 2010—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery." ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7:03 AM

O' Reilly Deal of the Day 25/Jan/2012 - HTML5 Cookbook
Today's deal of the Day from O'Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is the HTML5 Cookbook."With scores of practical recipes you can use in your projects right away, this cookbook helps you gain hands-on experience with HTML5’s versatile collection of elements. You get clear solutions for handling issues with everything from markup semantics, web forms, and audio and video elements to related technologies such as geolocation and rich JavaScript APIs" ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:58 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 25/Jan/2012 - Pro Silverlight 4 in C#
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Silverlight 4 in C#"Full-color graphics and screenshots throughout make Pro Silverlight 4 in C# an invaluable reference for professional developers wanting to discover the new features of Silverlight 4. Author Matthew MacDonald's expert advice guides you through creating rich media applications using Silverlight across browsers and platforms." ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2012 6:52 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 24/Jan/2012 - Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Business Applications with Silverlight 4"This book will guide you through the process of designing and developing enterprise-strength business applications in Silverlight 4 and C#. You will learn how to take advantage of the power of Silverlight to develop rich and robust business applications, from getting started to deployment, and everything in between." ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 7:00 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 22/Jan/2012 - JavaScript for Absolute Beginners
Today's APress $10 Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/9781430272199 is JavaScript for Absolute Beginners

"If you are new to both JavaScript and programming, this hands-on book is for you."

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Posted On Sunday, January 22, 2012 5:05 PM

6 years down - 3 more to go
The New Horizons spacecraft has now been in transit for 6 years and 3 more years in flight till it it flies past the Pluto system - more details at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/overview/piPerspective.php
spacecraft

Posted On Saturday, January 21, 2012 9:23 PM

O Reilly Deal or the Day - 21/Jan/2012 - Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by Step
This weekend's deal of the day from O'Reilley at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Larger Cover Microsoft® Expression Blend® 4 Step by StepThis is an excellent book that provides just what it says on the cover a step by step guide to using Expression Blend 4. I recommend this book to all Dot Net web developers.This weekend the book is being offered today (and over this weekend?) at 50% off at $17.99 ......

Posted On Saturday, January 21, 2012 8:43 PM

The SOPA go dark day
In protest against a very ill conceived piece of legislation, various sites have gone "Dark". I suggest that you look at one of more of the following:http://oreilly.co... ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:48 PM

Site Point Christmas Deals Revisited
Site Point on their new Deal Fuel website at http://www.sitepoint.com/sale/day/24 are offering all of the Sitepoint Christmas Deals again.

The books include topics like CSS, Javascript, WordPress and general web design. Online training courses are also available at a good discount.

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:47 PM

Resharper 6.1 and other upgrades
JetBrains have recently released ReSharper 6.1, along with compatible updates to dotCover (version 1.2) and dotTrace Performance (version 4.5.2). Here is a list of common developer tasks that ReSharper 6 helps handles better than previous versions: Improve Visual Studio responsiveness: While developing ReSharper 6.0 and 6.1, Jet Brains have fixed more than 200 performance and memory consumption issues, as well as over 2900 bugs!Use proper tooling for web development: ReSharper 6 introduces extensive ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:25 AM

Take a survey and get a free Calendar
Do you like looking at the stars and the planets?At http://astrosphere.org/Surv... there is survey of usage of the Astonomy Picture of the Day web site.Today's picture can be seen at http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/a... look at previous pictures of the day go to http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/c... ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:18 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 17/Jan/2012 - Oracle PL/SQL Recipes
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Oracle PL/SQL Recipes"Oracle PL/SQL Recipes provides task-oriented solutions to common PL/SQL programming problems. This is your go to book for straightforward advice on PL/SQL programming." ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2012 7:12 AM

Known Types of Alien World
Another excellent item from www.space.com Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2012 7:06 AM

Important patch for Microsoft Web Protection Library (AntiXSS Library v4.2.1)
An important update to the Microsoft Web Protection Library (AntiXSS Library v4.2.1) is available at http://wpl.codeplex.com/rel... reason for the update is as follows:"This release addresses a vulnerability in the HTML Sanitizer, MS12-007 http://technet.microsoft.co... and adds full support for .NET 4.0 as well as restoring support for .NET 2.0. The sanitizer has been changed to remove all CSS it encounters, this new behaviour means that if you were ......

Posted On Sunday, January 15, 2012 7:46 PM

20 Critical Controls for Effective Cyber Defence
The UK Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has released a new guidance document which details the ‘Top Twenty Critical Security Controls’. These provide a baseline of high-priority information security measures and controls that can be applied across an organization in order to improve its cyber defence. The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure is participating in an international government-industry effort to promote the top twenty critical controls for computer ......

Posted On Saturday, January 14, 2012 10:21 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 14/Jan/2012 - Beginning ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010"The most up-to-date and comprehensive introductory ASP.NET book you'll find on any shelf, Beginning ASP.NET 4 in VB 2010 guides you through Microsoft's latest technology for building dynamic web sites. This book will enable you to build dynamic web pages on the fly, and assumes only the most basic knowledge of Visual Basic." I recommend this book to all VB.NET developers ......

Posted On Saturday, January 14, 2012 9:22 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 13/Jan/2011 - Pro Drupal 7 Development
Today's APress deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Drupal 7 Development"Pro Drupal 7 Development is geared toward professionals who need to deploy and customize Drupal. This book delves deep into the internals of the Drupal 7 system and teaches you everything you need to know to deploy a highly customized and optimized Drupal installation." ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2012 8:23 AM

A minature Solar System
More small planets have been found by the Kepler Space Telescope. Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2012 1:06 PM

Adventure for Windows
A port of the original Adventure game is available at ftp://ftp.ifarchive.org/if-archive/games/pc/adv_crowther_win.zip

Information about the Adventure game is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossal_Cave_Adventure

Posted On Wednesday, January 11, 2012 9:40 PM

O' Reilly Deal of the Day 10/Jan/2012 - Version Control with Git
Today's deal of the day from O'Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596520137.do is Version Control with Git.

This is an open source, source control system that is available for both Linux and Windows.

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Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:25 PM

Today is Patch Tuesday
Today being the second Tuesday of the month is Patch Tuesday and it promises to be a busy one.See http://www.itpro.co.uk/6381... to the above report, the Microsoft patches to be released today include a critical one for Microsoft Media Player on Vista and below. (For Windows 7, it is merely important.) Whether critical or just important, you should ensure the patches ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:20 PM

All sorts of Restart windows!
At http://www.therestartpage.com/ there is nostalgic collection of restart / shutdown windows.

Posted On Monday, January 9, 2012 12:05 PM

New release of StyleCop
There is a new updated release "4.7" for project stylecop at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... This is a stable release if you do not use JetBrains R# or if you use R# versions 5,1 or 6.0. This is now compatible for VS11 Preview.Install order should be : VS10VS11R#6.1.1 msi (for VS10)R#6.1.1 vsix (for VS11)StyleCop 4.7.4.0 (or later) ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2012 6:54 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 8/Jan/2012 - Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#
Today's deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning Silverlight 4 in C#"Discover the tools needed for Silverlight 4 development, the roles each plays, and how they interact to produce a seamless result." ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2012 7:47 AM

Free report on SQL Injection attack
At http://twimgs.com/darkreading/databasesecurity/S3100711_SQL.pdf there is a free report on SQL Injection Attack. It is always important to remember that SQL Injection attacks can occur with any back-end database server if the input is not properly validated and processed.

Posted On Saturday, January 7, 2012 4:44 PM

Another massive SQL Injection attack
At http://www.darkreading.com/... there is the report of a massive SQL Injection attack.More information at:http://www.net-security.... ......

Posted On Saturday, January 7, 2012 4:36 PM

A Problem printing SQL Diagrams
At several client sites, I have had a problem printing Database diagrams directly from Sql Server Management Studio. The workaround is to right click, copy the diagram and paste into word to print it.If you encounter this, please report the problem at:http://social.msdn.micro... ......

Posted On Saturday, January 7, 2012 12:08 AM

Fight Alzheimers Disease With Coconut Oil
The text of a recent broadcast by CBN on fighting Alzheimers Disease with Coconut Oil is available as a free download from CBN at http://my.cbn.com/pg/file/06823b10-ae06-4364-be15-72e351272f98/read/8374897/fight-alzheimers-disease-with-coconut-oil/?logintype=Factsheet-news

Posted On Friday, January 6, 2012 9:01 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 6/Jan/2011 - Pro ASP.NET 4 in C# 2010
Today's APress Deal of the day 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." This is an excellent book that I recommend to all C# Development teams ......

Posted On Friday, January 6, 2012 8:15 AM

New Horizons now at 22 AU
The New Horizons spacecraft is now 22AU from the Sun! An AU is the average distance of the Earth from the Sun.

For its current position, see http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/mission/whereis_nh.php

Posted On Thursday, January 5, 2012 6:59 AM

New GhostDoc Pro in Beta soon
GhostDoc pro is being updated and will include a spell checker for comments. The first beta of the updated version is due this month. For more details see http://community.submain.com/forums/2/1721/ShowThread.aspx

Posted On Wednesday, January 4, 2012 12:14 PM

6 More countries are below 1% IE6 usage
With latest usage figures now in, IE6 usage has now dropped below 1% in the following countries:
  • Czech Republic
  • Mexico
  • Philipines
  • Portugal
  • Ukraine
  • Unites States of America

Belgium continues to hover at 1%.

So what are you doing to to encourage your friends to upgrade from IE6?

Posted On Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:45 PM

APress Deal of the Day 3/Jan/2011 - Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development
The APress $10 Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development"This book is an in-depth guide to writing applications that embrace and extend the new features and capabilities of Windows Internet Explorer 8 and 9. If you're interested in creating and shipping high-quality, feature-rich applications for the Web, Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development is the only resource you need. " ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 3, 2012 6:56 AM

GOW - Unix style utilities on Windows
At https://github.com/bmatzell... there is Gow (Gnu On Windows), a lightweight alternative to Cygwin. It uses a convenient Windows installer that installs about 130 extremely useful open source UNIX applications compiled as native win32 binaries. It is designed to be as small as possible, about 10 MB, as opposed to Cygwin which can run well over 100 MB depending upon options.The licence is thr MIT licence ......

Posted On Monday, January 2, 2012 8:27 PM

30 Free Programming Books
The list of 30 free programming books at http://citizen428.net/blog/2010/08/12/30-free-programming-ebooks/ has been updated and there are now 59 links listed.

Posted On Monday, January 2, 2012 6:58 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 2/Jan/2012 - Pro SharePoint Designer 2010
Today's $10 Deal from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro SharePoint Designer 2010"SharePoint Designer 2010 is the key to customizing and improving the functionality and appearance of SharePoint sites, and Pro SharePoint Designer 2010 is your one-stop shop to getting the most from this powerful application." ......

Posted On Monday, January 2, 2012 10:35 AM

Free Security Inteligence Report
At http://www.microsoft.com/se... Microsoft have a made available a free Security Inteliigence Report.Here is an interesting note about the report: "At RSA Conference Europe 2011 today, Microsoft Corp. released the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 11 (SIRv11), which found that less than 1 percent of exploits in the first half of 2011 were against zero-day vulnerabilities — software vulnerabilities that are successfully exploited before the vendor has published a ......

Posted On Sunday, January 1, 2012 7:59 PM

Automated rollout of latest IE and IE6 usage
At http://techcrunch.com/2011/... there is a very interesting article about Microsoft including the latest IE version in automatic updates. This is already done for Chrome and Firefox, so Microsoft is now fitting in with an industry trend. As the article points out, this will take care of many security holes.At the end of November I predicted that Belgium would go below 1% IE6 usage. Well Belgium went up to 1.1% ......

Posted On Sunday, January 1, 2012 7:54 PM

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