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Tools I’ve noticed that [url=http://www.irfanview.net/]IrfanView[/url] now includes a third-party “save to web” component called [url=http://luci.criosweb.ro/riot/]RIOT[/url] with preview and tweaking options similar to Photoshop. Don’t forget to download the extended, more recent version of the plugin directly from their website. [url=http://www.teamdrive.net/]TeamDrive[/url] NXT 2.0 looks promising. So does [url=http://www.powerfolder.com/]PowerFolder[/url]. While both transparently synchronize files on multiple PCs (see previous blog post), each has its own strengths. TeamDrive is server-centric, aiming towards supporting WebDAV and Amazon S3 as storage backends besides their own online storage (unfortunately, not in the current beta), teamwork on shared folders (and the resulting conflict management) and unlimited file...

Mark’s Blog: The Case of the Slooooow System

Mark Russinovich, co-founder of Sysinternals and author of many excellent tools (and an excellent book on Windows internals), blogs about troubleshooting a Vista system using Process Explorer and Process Monitor. [url=http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/archive/2008/09/24/3126858.aspx]Mark’s Blog: The Case of the Slooooow System[/url]

Arrays considered somewhat harmful

[quote]You probably should not return an array as the value of a public method or property, particularly when the information content of the array is logically immutable. Let me give you an example of where we got that horridly wrong in a very visible way in the framework. (…) Because now the caller can take that array and replace the contents of it with whatever they please. Returning an array means that you have to make a fresh copy of the array every time you return it. (…) An array is a collection of variables. The caller doesn’t want variables,...

“Amerika befindet sich im Niedergang”

[url=http://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/90/310023/text/]Interessantes Interview[/url] über Amerika, Konsum und Wirtschaft mit dem Soziologen Richard Sennett in der heutigen Süddeutschen Zeitung. [quote]Sennett: “Diese Gesellschaft hat bisher Ungleichheiten dadurch überdeckt, dass sie auf Pump lebte. Durch die Subprime Loans (zweitklassige Hypotheken), durch die unzähligen Kreditkarten, die die meisten Amerikaner haben, entstand eine Illusion von Wachstum, die jetzt zerstört wird. (…) Die USA haben eine effektive Analphabeten-Quote von 28 Prozent.” SZ: “Ist das Ihr Ernst?” Sennett: “Es geht um effektiven Analphabetismus, und der liegt dann vor, wenn jemand einen einfachen Vertrag oder einen längeren Text nicht lesen kann. Das Ausbildungsniveau ist sehr niedrig. Die USA importieren...

ID3Kill included in “Best Downloads” magazine by PCuSER Press Taiwan

My old freeware program [url=http://moblog.wiredwings.com/archives/20011226/ID3KILL-ID3-Tag-Removal.html]ID3Kill[/url] (written in 2001) has been selected as one of the 200 “Best Downloads” by [url=http://www.pcuser.com.tw/]PCuSER Press Taiwan[/url]. They publish a magazine that has short reviews of 200 freeware programs, including a DVD with all applications.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Didn’t Know About

Over the years, I’ve grown so accustomed to using many Windows related keyboard shortcuts that I intuitively use them without thinking. Looking at the list of keyboard shortcuts published by Microsoft for Windows XP, I know and use all of them. Lately, I’ve (re)discovered a few shortcuts that turn out to be really useful (for me), but I didn’t know or even think about. For example, I often use CTRL-LEFT and CTRL-RIGHT to navigate wordwise (and, even more frequently, I use CTRL-HOME/END), but didn’t know that you can actually use CTRL-BACKSPACE to delete the previous word! In the section “rediscovered”...

The perfect Backup and Synchronization Tool

Envision the “perfect backup and synchronization tool”. [list] [*] synchronize and/or backup selected file sets [*] unlimited revisions (version history) [*] support central servers and/or decentralized client exchange (“peer to peer”) [*] support to backup to external drives, including the full file history [*] work offline and still have a version history [*] local revision history is automatically distributed to all participating clients [*] transparent [list] [*] automatically monitors/tracks changes and immediately sync in the background [*] (alternatively, eg. for files that are constantly changing (email database), do scheduled or manual syncs) [*] if network/other clients are available, sync with...

Oh, wonderful Web 2.0…

A selection from the last 25 new sites at the [url=http://momb.socio-kybernetics.net/]Museum of Modern Betas[/url] (one site per quote!) [quote](…) is an easy and fun way to share thoughts, links, or what you are upto (…) (…) helps users enrich their browsing experience by making browsing a more social activity (…) (…) free service that lets you view and share your online activities (…) (…) The cool new way to create, share, and listen to stories (…) (…) create, collect and share your notes (…) (…) it’s also about sharing your news all in one place (…) (…) will show your...