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Close Encounters of the Alien Planet Kind!
From Earth, the other planets of the Solar System appear as dots to the unaided human eye, however in one extra-solar system just discovered, at closest approach, one of the planets can appear much larger than our moon appears. Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration ......

Posted On Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:29 AM

Secunia PSI 3.0 has just been released‏
I have been using Secunia 3.0 Beta for some time and recommend it to all PC users. It is free for personal use. I suggest you use to keep your PC software up to date. Here is the message they sent:We just wanted to let you know that Secunia has released the final versionof Secunia PSI 3.0, featuring a new and simplified interface, moreautomated updates, multiple languages (English, German, Spanish, Frenchand Danish), as well as a lot of other improvements that we hope you willlike. You can download ......

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2012 4:20 PM

StyleCop 4.7.33.0 has been released
StyleCop 4.7.33.0 was released, today, 29/June at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... version is compatible with the Visual Studio 2012 RC (11.0.50522).Install order should be : VS2008VS2010VS2012 RCR#6.1.1 msi (for VS2010)R#7.0 (tested with daily build 7.0.70.189)StyleCop 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), R# 6.1.1 (6.1.1000.82) and R# 7.0 (7.0.70.189).Fixes for this release are:Updated docs for SA1103.Fix to not ......

Posted On Friday, June 29, 2012 11:18 AM

O'Reilly 50% off selected Training Kit Ebooks to July 5, 2012 at 23:59 PT
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... there is 50% off a selection of Microsoft Press Training Kit ebooks" Make the most of your study time with Microsoft Press Training Kit ebooks. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover exam objectives. Then, reinforce and apply your knowledge to real-world case scenarios and practice exercises to maximize your performance on the exams. For one week only, you can save 50% on these ......

Posted On Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:38 PM

O'Reilly 50% off to June 29, 2012 at 23:59 PT
At http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... O'Reilly and Microsoft Press are offering 50% off selected e-books till June 29, 2012 at 23:59 PTThis is in celebration of Tech Ed Europe.Here are some of my picks ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:30 PM

Free book on HTTP
Syncfusion are offering a free e-book on HTTP at http://www.syncfusion.com/Content/downloads/ebook/HTTP_Succinctly.pdf

Posted On Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:52 PM

O' Reilly Deal of the Day 26/Jun/2012 - Developer's Guide to Collections in Microsoft® .NET
Today's 50% off Deal of the Day at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Developer's Guide to Collections in Microsoft® .NET "Put .NET collections to work—and manage issues with GUI data binding, threading, data querying, and storage. Led by a data collection expert, you'll gain task-oriented guidance, exercises, and extensive code samples to tackle common problems and improve application performance. This one-stop reference is designed for experienced Microsoft Visual Basic® ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:16 PM

O'Reilly deal of the day 25/June/2012 - The Art of SEO, 2nd Edition
Today's deal of the day from O'Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is The Art of SEO, 2nd Edition"Four acknowledged experts in search engine optimization share guidelines and innovative techniques that will help you plan and execute a comprehensive SEO strategy. This second edition brings you up to date on recent changes in search engine behavior—such as new ranking methods involving user engagement and social media—with an array of effective tactics, from basic to ......

Posted On Monday, June 25, 2012 7:39 AM

NMap 6.01
NMap 6.01 has been released at http://nmap.org/download.ht... ("Network Mapper") is a free and open source (license) utility for network discovery and security auditing. Many systems and network administrators also find it useful for tasks such as network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, and monitoring host or service uptime. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, ......

Posted On Saturday, June 23, 2012 9:51 PM

O' Reilly Free Samplers - Updated list
At http://oreilly.com/store/samplers.html, O'Reilly have a list of their free book samplers. (Included also are some Microsoft Press titles)

Enjoy!

Posted On Saturday, June 23, 2012 5:39 PM

Programming Reactive Extensions and LINQ
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/9781430237471 is Programming Reactive Extensions and LINQ

"A deep dive into the next important .NET technology: Reactive Extensions, also known as LINQ for Events."

book cover

Posted On Saturday, June 23, 2012 10:43 AM

StyleCop 4.7.32.0 has been released
StyleCop 4.7.32.0 was released, 21/June at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... version is compatible with the Visual Studio 2012 RC (11.0.50522).Install order should be : VS2010VS2012 RCR#6.1.1 msi (for VS2010)R#7.0 (tested with daily build 7.0.70.189)StyleCop 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), R# 6.1.1 (6.1.1000.82) and R# 7.0 (7.0.70.189) ......

Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:19 PM

APress deal of the day 20/Jun/2012 - Pro HTML5 Programming
The APress $10 Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro HTML5 Programming"In this book, developers will learn how to use the latest cutting-edge HTML5 web technology—available in the most recent versions of modern browsers—to build web applications with unparalleled functionality, speed, and responsiveness." ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 20, 2012 7:35 AM

Microsoft Deal of the Day - 19/June/2012 - HTML5 Step by Step
At http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... Microsoft Press are offering the HTML5 Step by Step e-book at 50% off."Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to create Web pages with the HTML5 specification. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Use a division-based layout to structure your Web pagesInclude menu bars and hyperlinks for clear navigationApply colors, font sizes, and other formatting ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:29 PM

O'Reilly deal of the Week on C# 5.0 Books to 26/June/2012 23:39 PT
O'Reilly are offering 50% off a selection of C# 5.0 e-books until 26/June/2012 23:39 PT at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... from oreilly.com are DRM-free. You get free lifetime access, multiple file formats, and free updates." ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:24 PM

Exporting from the GAC
Recently I had need to export from the GAC - here are some useful resources:http://gacassembl... is an alternative method at http://aspdotnetcodebook.bl... that involves de-installing what is part of the operating system - I would recommend this as a method of last resort ......

Posted On Saturday, June 16, 2012 8:31 PM

IPv6 readiness and broadband speed test
At http://ipv6-test.com/ there is a site for testing your IPv6 readiness. There are also the means to test your broadband speed to a variety of countries.

Posted On Saturday, June 16, 2012 5:01 PM

APress Deal of the Day - 16/June/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 Saturday, June 16, 2012 11:51 AM

Happy Birthday APOD!
APOD, the Astronomy Picture of the Day web site has turned 17 today!

See the beautiful "birthday cake" composite of galaxy images at http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120616.html

Posted On Saturday, June 16, 2012 8:31 AM

Beautiful Themes for Windows 7
Microsoft have made a series of beautiful themes for Windows 7 at http://windows.microsoft.co... and they are free!Besides beaches, topics also include Baltics Deaches, Blue Water, Galapagos, Dusk and Dawn. More themes are available at http://windows.microsoft.co... ......

Posted On Saturday, June 16, 2012 8:18 AM

O'Reilly Deal of the Week to 21/June/2012 23:59 PT
The latest deal of the week from O'Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... will be of great interest to those Geeks among Geeks, 50% off a series of e-books on C++ ......

Posted On Friday, June 15, 2012 11:15 AM

The new Internet Explorer 7 Tax
An Australian online retailer, Kogan, has just announced a 6.8% tax (really a surcharge) on users of IE7. (I wonder how IE6 users would be treated?)To avoid the surcharge, all users have to do is switch to more up to date IE or switch to an alternative browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Safari.One has to admire the pluck of such a retailer. More details at http://www.kogan.com/au/blo... ......

Posted On Friday, June 15, 2012 10:31 AM

Near-Earth Object Flypast at 00:00 on 15/June!
An unusually large Near-Earth Object, 2012 LZ1 has just been discovered by Rob McNaught and colleagues on 2012 June 10/11 - Slooh Space Camera will track live with Bob Berman and Rob McNaught!

See the flypast at http://events.slooh.com/ in 1hr 50 minuts from posting this!

Posted On Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:02 PM

APress deal of the day 14/Jun/2012 - Pro WPF and Silverlight MVVM
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Pro WPF and Silverlight MVVM."WPF and Silverlight are unlike any other user interface (UI) technologies. They have been built to a new paradigm that—if harnessed correctly—can yield unprecedented power and performance. This book shows you how to control that power" ......

Posted On Thursday, June 14, 2012 7:31 AM

Help file viewer for Windows 7 systems
One surprising omission from Visual Studio 7 is a viewer for HLP format help files. While it is true that this format is now depreciated, there are still systems using it.

The viewer can be downloaded (for free!) from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:43 PM

O'Reilly deal of the Week on Early Release Books to 19/June/2012 23:39 PT
O'Reilly are offering a 50% off deal on early release e-books at http://http://shop.oreilly.... Early Release ebooks, you get entire books in their earliest form — the author's raw and unedited content as he or she writes — so you can take advantage of these technologies long before the official release of these titles. You'll also receive updates when significant changes are made, as well as the final multiple-format ebook bundle."These are an excellent ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:28 PM

9 AU to Go!
The New Horizons space craft is now only 9 AU from Pluto - that is 9 times the average distance of the Earth from the Sun. (The actual distance to its fly past of Pluto is slightly more as Pluto is now moving away from the Sun.)You can see the current position of New Horizons at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/mis... ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:23 AM

O'Reilly / Microsoft press 50% off to June 14, 2012 23:59 PT
Until June 14, 2012  23:59 PT, O'Reilly and Microsoft are offering 50% off  a selection of Microsoft related books at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/deals/teched-celebration.do.

There are some 40 books on offer.

Posted On Tuesday, June 12, 2012 12:32 PM

StyleCop 4.7.31.0 has been released
StyleCop 4.7.31.0 was released, 10/June at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/79972

This version is compatible with the Visual Studio 2012 RC (11.0.50522).

Install order should be :
  • VS2010
  • VS2012 RC
  • R#6.1.1 msi (for VS2010)
  • R#7.0 (tested with daily build 7.0.61.135)
  • StyleCop 4.7.30.0 or later

Posted On Monday, June 11, 2012 7:43 AM

APress deal of the day 11/Jun/2012 - Pro Expression Blend 4
Today's $10 deal of the day from APress is Pro Expression Blend 4

"Pro Expression Blend 4 will take you well beyond the basics and provide you with a detailed examination of key Blend topics, giving you an excellent understanding of the Blend product and what it can do for you."

book cover

Posted On Monday, June 11, 2012 7:41 AM

JSIL - a Dot Net to JavaScript translator
JSI is described at http://jsil.org/ as:"JSIL is a compiler that transforms .NET applications and libraries from their native executable format - CIL bytecode - into standards-compliant, cross-browser JavaScript. You can take this JavaScript and run it in a web browser or any other modern JavaScript runtime. Unlike other cross-compiler tools targeting JavaScript, JSIL produces readable, easy-to-debug JavaScript that resembles the code a developer might write by hand, while still maintaining the behavior ......

Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2012 8:48 PM

Free E-Book on jQuery
Sync-fusion have provided a free e-book on Jquery at http://www.syncfusion.com/Content/downloads/ebook/jQuery_Succinctly.pdf

Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2012 8:00 PM

O'Reilly Deal of the day - 10/June/2012 - Introducing HTML5 Game Development
Today's deal of the day from O'Reilly at http://shop.oreilly.com/pro... is Introducing HTML5 Game Development"Making video games is hard work that requires technical skills, a lot of planning, and—most critically—a commitment to completing the project. With this hands-on guide, you’ll learn step-by-step how to create a real 2D game from start to finish. In the process, you’ll use Impact, the JavaScript game framework that works with HTML5’s Canvas element. Not only will ......

Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2012 9:12 AM

Venus at the Edge
APOD (the Astronomy Picture Of the Day website) has published an excellent image yesterday taken by the Hinode space telescope.

This picture is superb as it shows from the 9 o'clock to the 12 o'clock position the Sun refracted through the atmosphere of Venus.

venus at start of transit

Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2012 8:59 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 10/June/2012 - HTML5 Solutions
Today's $10 deal from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is HTML5 Solutions"HTML5 covers a broad set of new technologies for HTML, which means lots of new things to learn, and lots of new things that can go wrong. This book provides solutions to all of the most common HTML5 problems. " ......

Posted On Sunday, June 10, 2012 8:56 AM

Tales from the Coal Face - Speeding up a C# compilation
At one place, I was faced with a C# solution which when XML documentation was turned on, the compilation time increased from 45 seconds to over 8 minutes. This slowdown was unacceptable, however some digging revealed an excellent suggestion by Eric Woodruff at http://social.msdn.microsof... where he suggested "just suppress the warning by entering it's number (1591 for C#) in the Suppress Warnings field on the Build tab of the project ......

Posted On Saturday, June 9, 2012 4:18 PM

7-Zip - A Free alternative to other compression utilities
At http://www.7-zip.org/downlo... there is a free alternative other compression utilities. It handles a wide variety of formats including RAR!Here is the description from its home page:License 7-Zip is open source software. Most of the source code is under the GNU LGPL license. The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL + unRAR restrictions. Check license information here: 7-Zip license. You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don't need ......

Posted On Saturday, June 9, 2012 3:41 PM

New Version of Sandcastle - 2.7.0.0
There is a new version of Sandcastle at http://sandcastlestyles.cod... is a free tool for producing help files from the XML documentation within C# or VB.NET code.This is a guided installer that prompts you to install the correct components in the correct order.The reason why the download is at http://sandcastlestyles.cod... instead of http://sandcastle.codeplex.... is discussed at http://sandcastle.codeplex.... ......

Posted On Saturday, June 9, 2012 3:22 PM

IE6 Usage - More countries join the champions circle
At http://www.ie6countdown.com/#list, the latest countries to reduce their IE6 usage below 1% are:
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Netherlands (Holland)
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

Australia, Brazil and Italy are at 1% usage - they soon should join the champions circle.

Posted On Friday, June 8, 2012 12:40 PM

Resharper 7 EAP
The Resharper 7 Early Adopter Program is available at http://confluence.jetbrains.net/display/ReSharper/ReSharper+7+EAP

Posted On Thursday, June 7, 2012 7:34 AM

In case you missed the Transit of Venus
At http://bcove.me/5oepk07c is a link to a very speeded up video if the transit of Venus.

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 9:43 PM

If you have a LinkedIn account, change your password. - URGENT!
At http://mashable.com/2012/06/06/6-5-million-linkedin-passwords/ there is a very disturbing report that some 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords have been leaked.

To change your password, see http://mashable.com/2012/06/06/how-to-change-your-linkedin-password/

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:47 PM

O' Reilly Deal of the Day - In Celebration of World IPv6 Day, 6 June 2012
Today, 6/June/2012, O'Reilly are offering 50% off e-books about IPv6 at http://shop.oreilly.com/cat... I have read Planning for IPv6 and I recommend it not just to Network teams but to IT management ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:33 PM

StyleCop 4.7.30.0 has been released
Hot on the heels of StyleCop 4.7.29.0, StyleCop 4.7.30.0 has been issued today, 6/June at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/79972

This version is compatible with the Visual Studio 2012 RC (11.0.50522).

Install order should be :
  • VS2010
  • VS2012 RC
  • R#6.1.1 msi (for VS2010)
  • R#7.0 (tested with daily build 7.0.60.43)
  • StyleCop 4.7.30.0 or later

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 5:55 AM

StyleCop 4.7.29.0 has been released
StyleCop 4.7.29.0 has been released today, 5/June at http://stylecop.codeplex.com/releases/view/79972

This version is compatible with the Visual Studio 2012 RC (11.0.50522).

Install order should be :
  • VS2010
  • VS2012 RC
  • R#6.1.1 msi (for VS2010)
  • R#7.0 (tested with daily build 7.0.60.43)
  • StyleCop 4.7.29.0 or later



Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 4:59 PM

It's Venus Transit Day! - Less than 9 hours to the start of the transit.
There are now less than 9 hours to the start of the transit of Venus. More details at http://www.space.com/14568-venus-transits-sun-2012-skywatching.html

Posted On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:17 PM

Countdown to Transit of Venus and a List of Feeds
At http://www.space.com/14568-... there is a countdown to the transit of Venus.NASA will providing a video feed from Mauna Kea of the event from http://venustransit.nasa.go... SLOOH space camera site will provide a feed at http://www.slooh.com/transi... Without Borders will provide a feed from Mount Wilson at http://www.astronomerswitho... web camera feeds are at:http://www.skywatchersin... ......

Posted On Monday, June 4, 2012 4:05 PM

Jetbrains offers to Open-Source developers:
Jet Brains offer free editions of their products to Open Source Developers:

For Resharper see http://www.jetbrains.com/resharper/buy/index.jsp

For Dot Cover see http://www.jetbrains.com/dotcover/buy/index.jsp

Not forgetting Dot Net Peek which is free to everyone!

Posted On Monday, June 4, 2012 2:17 PM

Buy ReSharper 6 - Get Version 7 Free!‏
A tip that has just been passed to me by my good friends at Jet Brains.JetBrains ReSharper is approaching its new major release later this summer. We're delighted to announce a limited 2-in-1 offer: all new and upgrade ReSharper 6 licenses purchased on or after June 1, 2012, are entitled to a free upgrade for the upcoming ReSharper 7. Below is a list of features and improvements that will be included in ReSharper 7: Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate support. Visual Studio 2012 RTM support will ......

Posted On Monday, June 4, 2012 2:12 PM

Out of band Microsoft Update
Microsoft have issued an out-of-band update at http://support.microsoft.co... entitled "Unauthorized digital certificates could allow spoofing".Out-of-band updates such as these should be applied as soon as possible.There is more on this at http://technet.microsoft.co... applied the update via Windows Update and no re-boot was required ......

Posted On Monday, June 4, 2012 8:52 AM

ReSharper 7 EAP Now Compatible with Visual Studio 2012 RC
Jet Brains have blogged "ReSharper 7 EAP Now Compatible with Visual Studio 2012 RC" at http://blogs.jetbrains.com/... today I will check compatibility Visual Studio 11 RC / Resharper 7 EAP / Stylecop ......

Posted On Saturday, June 2, 2012 12:05 AM

StyleCop 4.7.28.0 has been released
Stylecop 4.7.28.0 was released 2/June at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... / Resharper 7 EAP is now working again using build 77 from http://confluence.jetbrains... Again I suggest you thank Andrew and his team at http://stylecop.codeplex.co... ......

Posted On Saturday, June 2, 2012 12:02 AM

Visual Studio 11 Release Candidate now available
Microsoft have released Visual Studio 11 RC at http://www.microsoft.com/vi... is a free download!"The available Visual Studio 2012 RC products and localizations are pre-release versions of the next release of Visual Studio. As such, they are not final and are subject to change prior to release. Before installing this pre-release software, you should review the associated readme files for system requirements and a list of known issues: "You should read the read me ......

Posted On Saturday, June 2, 2012 12:00 AM

Why next weeks transit of Venus is important
At http://www.space.com/15945-venus-transit-mercury-planets-cross-sun.html there is an interesting article on why transits of Mercury and Venus continue to be important.

A recent transit of Mercury was used to determine the diameter of the Sun!

Posted On Friday, June 1, 2012 10:38 AM

APress Deal of the Day - 1/June/2012 - Introducing Visual C# 2010
Today's $10 Deal of the Day from APress at http://www.apress.com/97814... is Introducing Visual C# 2010."If you're new to C# programming, this book is the ideal way to get started. Respected author Adam Freeman guides you through the C# language by carefully building up your knowledge from fundamental concepts to advanced features." Adam Freeman is an excellent author. This is an excellent introduction to C# programming and a manual for those with experience. Having read through book, I am very ......

Posted On Friday, June 1, 2012 9:05 AM

SQL Injection – Beyond the Basics - A good article
At http://www.sqlmag.com/conte... there is an excellent article on the measures needed to defeat SQL Injection Attack. Read the article but also remember that the account the application uses to access the database adhere to the following points:NEVER EVER use the sa account even in development.Route access via a role on the database.The account should have the minimum privilege required for the job.The account ......

Posted On Friday, June 1, 2012 8:55 AM

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