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Visual Studio 2008 PowerCommands

I keep losing these, the Visual Studio 2008 PowerCommands, these are one of my essential installs for VS 2008, from the site: Below is a list of the included in PowerCommands for Visual Studio 2008 version 1.1. Refer to the Readme document for additional command details and screenshots. Enable/Disable PowerCommands in Options dialog This feature allows you to select which commands to enable in the Visual Studio IDE. Point to the Tools menu, then click Options. Expand the PowerCommands options, then click Commands. Check the commands you would like to enable. ...

posted @ Saturday, May 31, 2008 10:49 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Links VS.NET ]

Sysinternals kickin' it old skool!

I am so tragically unhip...I know! Anyway I thought this was remarkably useful, a simple way to download the Sysinternals tools without having to trudge through a webpage...a retweet from Jon (no relation) Galloway.  Zoomit is worth the price of admission alone for presenters! UPDATE: What I didn't know is that in Win2008 / Vista you can do this: \\\tools\procexp.exe and run the tool directly from the that's useful!

posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:00 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Links ]

The best URL

Another in an endless series of posts; as I'm reengaging with the developer world I'm starting to find more and more great software. I've been Twittering a fair bit (both in the literal and figurative senses, you can follow me here) and needed to find a good URL shortening service (as Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters) and have been using the Twhirl client to do this. Twhirl includes some URL Shortening functionality within the client and by virtue of being the shortest and fastest to respond my favorite is

posted @ Monday, May 26, 2008 12:24 PM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Links ]

Better than Darkroom...Q10 battle of the minimalist text editors

There's been a bit of a meme flying around over the past little while about minimalist text editors, starting with the Mac app Writeroom. The concept of these applications is that when you're writing you need as little distraction as possible...I've totally hooked into this concept as I find myself spending more time fighting with Word than actually writing anything (paragraph formatting, fonts, text colors, margins...all distractions). The most popular of this genere of programs for PC is Darkroom, written in .NET 2.0 and well, it does the job. Personally I found it a bit slow and it just felt...

posted @ Sunday, May 25, 2008 8:01 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Links ]

The best compression software on the planet - 7-Zip

The first bit of software I install, 7-Zip, it's free, supports the majority of the compression formats you'll ever need (including unpacking MSIs which can be handy!). Oh, and it comes with source (which is cool if you're a compression freak like me...)

posted @ Tuesday, May 13, 2008 7:52 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Links ]

The ASP.NET MVC Framework Source goes live on Codeplex!

This is the first big thing I worked on in the ASP.NET team, the release of the ASP.NET MVC Source Code to Codeplex. Scott Guthrie announced this  a few minutes ago and as he says it's the first of a number we have planned over the next while. What is surprising is how much time and how many people it takes to pull a release like this together...but I really think it's the start of something really amazing and to quote a corny phrase 'you ain't seen nothing yet!'

posted @ Friday, March 21, 2008 6:54 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET Links ]

End of a long day...

Well I've been working (with numerous others...well regularly annoying them throughout the day) for a release in then next short while onto Codeplex. Takes a surprising amount of work, but I'm getting excited to see the reaction of the community (one into which I'm slowly filtering back in to).  Anyway, I'm off to bed as I have to get up early and clean before my new cleaner comes (don't ask...I'm not a tidy person). I also wanted to give a shout out to someone who has worked on this release way before I arrived, Bertrand Le Roy and his blog....

posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2008 8:41 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Links Music YouTube Videos ]

You ain't seen me right!

Not really back but this was just too great a link to miss, the page is called '25 Photographs Taken at the Exact Right Time' and they're not kidding! Anyway, I'm on the path I want to be and I'll get back to this blog soon...(cryptic enough for ya? )  P.S., the title is a reference to this show...just realized that non brits wouldn't get it...

posted @ Friday, November 02, 2007 8:07 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Links ]

Geeky, really!

I came across this post where someone discovered that their favorite pen was discontinued and had to find an alternative one...I don't know why but it never occurred to me that other people had this preference. For the last 17 years I've had a favorite pen...only one type which I always end up drifting back to, the Pilot Precise V-5  ; below...apparently the #1 Rolling Ball pen in America, I'm so common! Stupid post I know but it just never entered my head that: 1. this was quite such a preference for me. I mean, 17 years, the most...

posted @ Thursday, October 18, 2007 7:52 PM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Links ]

New ASP.NET MVC Framework

I've talked to a few people about this over the past few weeks, I am tremendously excited about where this will be going. Scott Hanselman has posted a link to some presentations on this. Over the past few years I've written 5-6 of this type of framework (MVC / MVP based, URL redirection etc...nowhere near as complete or elegant of course!) and ASP.NET adding this type of functionality is a massive move forward. Of course this is only the beginning!

posted @ Thursday, October 11, 2007 7:32 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET Links ]

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