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The solar system to scale (well almost) - Long!
I have just found an interesting diagram on Space.com showing the scale of the solar and where the various space probes have reached. Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:02 PM

Save 50% on Data-related Ebooks and Videos to March 2nd
At http://oreilly.com/data/ind... O'Reilly are offering 50% on a large number of E-Books and Videos.The list also includes a number of free reports:Data for the Public Good - http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... Data Science Teams - http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... Evolution of Data Products - http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... Data Now - http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... are also 3 data related videos available to view ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:51 AM

Leap Ahead With Free Pluralsight Training on Leap Day
Pluralsight are celebrating Leap Day by offering free access to their course library"For 24 hours, starting Wednesday February 29, at 12:00AM EST ( 05:00 UTC) the Pluralsight library will be wide open. You will be able to watch as much as you can in 24 hours!"More details at http://blog.pluralsight.com... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:32 AM

Super-Jumbo Aircraft for Launching Spacecraft
When the Space Shuttle was developed so many years ago, it was just the first step in developing a re-usable launch system. Regrettably this further development never took place, however plans are now afoot to produce a super jumbo jet to act as a re-usable first stage. Launching rockets into space from aircraft has been done before, but this is the first on this scale. Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:28 PM

The perils of being infected by DNSChanger
At http://www.itpro.co.uk/6389... Davey Winder of ITPro has published a very disturbing article on the problems of being infected by DNSChanger. The effect of DNSChanger is to point infected machines at a substitute server. The original botnet has been taken down by the FBI and a benign DNS server substituted. This allows infected machines to continue to access the internet, however the danger is that this substiute server will be turned off ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:40 AM

Stylecop 4.7.11.0 Released
Stylecop 4.7.11.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... urge all C# developers to use StyleCop and Resharper. Can't code withoutIn-depth C# code analysis with instant errorand warning highlighting and quick-fixes ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2012 10:33 AM

Using WinGrep
I adapted WinGrep from an existing project on Code Project and posted the updated project at http://wingrep.codeplex.com/It was very useful to me on my last project in two major areas:The first was in looking though a number of existing VB6 code where a given function could be spread across a number of projects. It was a great time-saver in that I could find the relevant projects for a given option in a matter of seconds.The second related to searching through a large C#/Winforms solution for occurances ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2012 10:15 AM

New version of SourceMonitor released
Version 3.2.7.230 has been released at www.campwoodsw.com/sourcemo... Monitor is a very useful programme for statisticly analysing a variety of source codes VB.NET / C# and so on. Historical trends can be monitored. On the project I have just finished, when I started there were ~100,000 lines of code and when I handed it over to my sucessor there were some 275,000 lines of code. It provides a simple way of identifying areas of high code complexity.Source monitor is free to use even ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2012 9:55 AM

Tatoonie - not so fictional after all
When Star Wars was first shown, many scientists considered that a planet stably orbiting a pair of star swas impossible. Recent observations made by the Kepler space telesceopt and conformed by ground-based observations have shown that they are indeed possible. Source:SPACE.com ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2012 8:39 AM

O'Reilly special offer on the "The Little Book on CoffeeScript" to March 1st 2012
Until 1/March/2012 O'Reilly are offering at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... The Little Book on CoffeeScript "This little book shows JavaScript developers how to build superb web applications with CoffeeScript, the remarkable little language that’s gaining considerable interest. Through example code, this guide demonstrates how CoffeeScript abstracts JavaScript, providing syntactical sugar and preventing many common errors. You’ll learn CoffeeScript’s syntax and idioms step by step, ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2012 3:30 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 22/Feb/2012 - Expert F# 2.0
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Expert F# 2.0"Expert F# 2.0 is about practical programming in a beautiful language that puts the power and elegance of functional programming into the hands of professional developers. In combination with .NET, F# achieves unrivaled levels of programmer productivity and program clarity." ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 7:09 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 20/Feb/2012 - Design Driven Testing
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Design Driven Testing"Design Driven Testing brings sanity back to software development by restoring the concept of using testing to verify a design instead of pretending that unit tests are a replacement for design" This is a book that all J*** developers should read from cover to cover. I look forward to C# and VB.NET versions. There is a tendency in software development to go to extremes. This book helps to correct ......

Posted On Monday, February 20, 2012 7:12 AM

New Version of Videolan - 2.0.0
There is a new version of Videolan available at http://www.videolan.org/"With faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits codecs, 2.0 is a major upgrade for VLC. Twoflower has a new rendering pipeline for video, with higher quality subtitles, and new video filters to enhance your videos. It supports many new devices and BluRay Discs (experimental). Completely reworked Mac and Web interfaces and improvements in the ......

Posted On Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:54 PM

Another O'Reilly Deal to Feb/22 - Mastering Regular Expressions, 3rd Edition
At http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... O'Reilly are offering 50% off the ebook, Mastering Regular Expressions, 3rd Edition."If you don't use regular expressions yet, you will discover in this book a whole new world of mastery over your data. If you already use them, you'll appreciate this book's unprecedented detail and breadth of coverage. If you think you know all you need to know about regularexpressions, this book is a stunning eye-opener. As this book shows, a command of regular ......

Posted On Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:28 AM

$4.99 E-Book upgrades from O'Reilly
If you have an existing O'Reilly or Microsoft Press book, you can get  $4.99 E-book upgrade.

The details are at https://members.oreilly.com/account/benefits but you do need to to create a free logon to see it.

offer details

Posted On Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:00 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 17/Feb/2012 - Excel 2010 Made Simple
Today's$10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Excel 2010 Made Simple."Over 500 screen visuals and clear-cut instructions guide you through the features of Excel 2010, from formulas and charts to navigating around a worksheet and understanding Visual Basic for Applications and macros." ......

Posted On Friday, February 17, 2012 2:43 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 16/Feb/2012 - Pro ASP.NET 4 CMS
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro ASP.NET 4 CMS"This book will immerse you in a variety of advanced topics, including architecting different application data tiers, memory caching paradigms, data mining, and search engine optimization. " I have reviewed this book and recommended it last 30/Nov as follows: This book is more than just a book about an ASP.NET CMS system - it has much practical advice and examples for the Dot Net web developer. I liked ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2012 6:45 AM

WinGrep - a new Open Source project
I have just published a new open source project called WinGrep at http://wingrep.codeplex.com/

WinGrep is a WinForms utility for searching through text files such as VB6, VB.NET or C# code for a designed string. There is a facility to ignore WinForms designer files.

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:13 PM

O' Reilly 50% Deals to Feb/22
O'Reilly are offering a series of 50% off of PDFs of HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 6th Edition http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... Web Services http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2012 12:24 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 15/Feb/2012 - SharePoint 2010 User’s Guide
Today's $10 Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... is SharePoint 2010 User’s Guide."In this book, Seth Bates and Tony Smith walk you through the components and capabilities that make up a SharePoint 2010 environment. Their expertise shines as they provide step-by-step instructions for using and managing these elements, as well as recommendations for how to best leverage them." ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2012 6:57 AM

Today is Patch Tuesday (again!)
May I remind you that today being the second Tuesday of the month is Patch Tuesday. Later today, Microsoft will issue more patches. Several of the updates are rated critical, so patch your development PCs, patch your UAT, TEST, get client sign-off and then patch your live systems.For more information see:http://technet.microsof... ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2012 7:10 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 14/Feb/2012 - Beginning C# Object-Oriented Programming
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from Apress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning C# Object-Oriented Programming."Beginning C# Object-Oriented Programming brings you into the modern world of development, as you master the fundamentals of programming with C# and learn to develop efficient, reusable, elegant code through the object-oriented programming (OOP) methodology." I have previously reviewed this book and here is what I wrote last October."The book does provide an excellent series ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:51 AM

Updated release for XPMore
There is an updated release of XPMore at http://xpmore.codeplex.com/... is an excellent free utility for managing Windows 7 Virtual Machines (XP Mode and any other). I used to run mutiple virtual machines in order to test with different versions of browsers and XPMore was a tremendous help ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2012 9:18 PM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 13/Feb/2012 - Beyond Bullet Points
Todays' Microsoft Press Deal of the Day at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Beyond Bullet Points"Unlock the amazing story buried in your presentation—and forget boring, bullet-point-riddled slides forever! Guided by communications expert Cliff Atkinson, you’ll walk you through an innovative, three-step methodology for increasing the impact of your presentation. Discover how to combine classic storytelling techniques with the power of visual media to create a rich, engaging experience ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2012 12:15 PM

Only 10 AU more to go!
Just had the following email from the New Horions Team:"New Horizons on Approach: 22 AU Down, Just 10 to GoFew spacecraft travel 10 astronomical units during their entire mission. But with New Horizons already logging more than twice that distance on its way to Pluto, coming to within 10 AU of its main target is akin to entering the home stretch.An astronomical unit is the average distance between Earth and the sun, about 93 million miles or 149 million kilometers. At around 4:55 Universal Time on ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2012 7:01 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 11/Feb/2012 - Beginning Microsoft Word 2010
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Beginning Microsoft Word 2010"Beginning Word 2010 is a visually stimulating introductory guide that teaches the complete Word newbie (as well as slightly experienced yet equally baffled users) what they need to know to write that thesis or proposal tonight." ......

Posted On Saturday, February 11, 2012 7:25 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 10/Feb/2012 - Pro SQL Azure
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro SQL Azure."Pro SQL Azure introduces you to Microsoft's cloud-based delivery of its enterprise-caliber, SQL Server database management system—showing you how to program and administer it in a variety of cloud computing scenarios." ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2012 2:20 PM

Stylecop 4.7.9.0 Released
Stylecop 4.7.9.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... version is now compatible with R# 5.1 (5.1.3000.12), R# 6.0 (6.0.2202.688), R# 6.1 (6.1.37.86) and R# 6.1.1 (6.1.42.60) available from http://confluence.jetbrains... release note state that "StyleCop Error reports now start to show the line and column of the issue and highlight accordingly for some issues. More to follow." ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2012 1:51 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 9/Feb/2012 - Introducing Silverlight 4
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Introducing Silverlight 4"Brings you up to speed with version 4 of Silverlight quickly and efficiently. The book builds off your understanding of the basics of .NET coding and WPF, allowing your journey to Silverlight 4 proficiency to be as quick and painless as possible." ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2012 6:55 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 8/Feb/2012 - Visual C# 2010 Recipes A Problem-Solution Approach
Today's $10 Deal of the day book 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. " This is an excellent book full of "How To" examples ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2012 7:07 AM

See the rare Transit of Venus
I saw the previous transit of Venus in 2004 and I am looking forward to one this year on 5/6 June. Source: SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2012 7:03 AM

Resharper Nightly Builds and Stylecop
The latest stylecop checks the ReSharper build number. In case you have to put on a more recent nightly build (as I am in the process of doing), here is the URL:http://confluence.jetbr... 4.7.8.0 checks the build number of ReSharper) Can't code withoutPowerful search and navigation in C#,VB, XML, ASP.NET, XAML and more ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2012 7:11 AM

Stylecop 4.7.8.0 released
Stylecop 4.7.8.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... version is now compatible with R# 5.1 (5.1.3000.12), R# 6.0 (6.0.2202.688), R# 6.1 (6.1.37.86) and R# 6.1.1 (6.1.42.60) available from http://confluence.jetbrains... are the bug details for fixed in 4.7 and closed in 4.7 issues (over 20 issues fixed since 4.6)" Can't code withoutPowerful search and navigation in C#,VB, XML, ASP.NET, XAML and more ......

Posted On Sunday, February 5, 2012 5:29 PM

Free Document scanning software - FreeOCR
Free OCR scanning software is available from http://www.paperfile.net/Click link below to download FreeOCR.net. This is a bootstrap installer and will only download the files needed to install the latest version of FreeOCR Download Here This includes the English language Pack ......

Posted On Sunday, February 5, 2012 4:28 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 5/Feb/2012 - Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context"Applied ASP.NET 4 in Context answers the commonly asked question, "Yes, but how does it work in reality?" Through a series of carefully constructed examples, the book shows how ASP.NET works in a real-world context, showing how technologies and best practices can be drawn together to create well-crafted web applications." I have read other books by Alan Freeman and I know he is an excellent ......

Posted On Sunday, February 5, 2012 2:50 PM

Patches issued for PCAnywhere
Patches have been issued for PC Anywhere. Please see:http://www.symantec.com... ......

Posted On Saturday, February 4, 2012 3:30 PM

A nice feature of Style 4.7.7.0
I have just installed the latest stylecop 4.7.7.0 and the latest nightly build of Resharper (build 42) and they work well. Stylecop now has a feature whereby you can override the maximum number of issues reported. I used an an as-downloaded copy of PowerCollections and increased the limit to 100,000 issues and did a ReScan all with Stylecop. Here are the last 3 lines of the report:------ StyleCop completed ------========== Violation Count: 15080 ========== ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2012 4:25 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 3/Feb/2012 - Pro SharePoint Designer 2010
Today's $10 Deal of the day 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 Friday, February 3, 2012 11:49 AM

Stamp to honour flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons Spacecraft
The New Horizons team are asking that the flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacescraft be honoured by the issue of a stamp. Please sign up at http://www.change.org/petitions/usps-honor-new-horizons-and-the-exploration-of-pluto-with-a-usps-stamp

suggested stamp

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2012 8:21 PM

New version of Firefox (10!)
A new version of Firefox is now out - version 10!

In Firefox, go to Help, About FireFox, wait for the download to run and apply!

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2012 9:09 AM

Microsoft Press Deal of the Day - 2/Feb/2012 - Step by Step Series
Microsoft Press are offering 50% off a number of the Step by step e-books at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... The titles are: ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2012 7:03 AM

StyleCop 4.7.7.0 released
Stylecop 4.7.7.0 has been released at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... release announcement reads:"Updated release "4.7" for project stylecop This is now compatible with the Visual Studio 11 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) This version is now compatible with R# 5.1 (5.1.3000.12), R# 6.0 (6.0.2202.688), R# 6.1 (6.1.37.86) and R# 6.1.1 (6.1.41.36) available from http://confluence.jetbrains... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2012 7:17 AM

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