Hulu coming to a desktop near you

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If you recall from my 9-MAY-2009 post titled Change in Business I was touching on today’s cable television providers and how I believe the cost is to high when it comes to watching television. Now be honest, you have that 200 channel cable package and you find yourself watching 10-15 channels regularly. Why pay this high cost to the greedy providers? Well Hulu labs has just released Hulu Desktop for both Mac and Windows platforms at no cost. Hulu Desktop is a lean-back viewing experience for your personal computer. It features a sleek new look that’s optimized for use with standard Windows Media Center remote controls or Apple remote controls, allowing you to navigate Hulu’s entire library with just six buttons. For users without remotes, the application is keyboard and mouse-enabled. Hulu Desktop is a downloadable application and will work on PCs and Macs. It will initially launch as a beta product during which we plan to gather and incorporate user feedback to improve the service. Downloading and installing Hulu Desktop was painless.In fact installation took just seconds and to boot I am running Windows 7 and Hulu seems to be playing well with this OS. Once installed the interface …

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Developer Tool Belt

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Here are a number of products and references that I find useful. Notepad++: is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. It runs in the MS Windows environment. Based on a very powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. Its use is governed by GPL Licence.(http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm) .NET Reflector: .NET Reflector enables you to easily view, navigate, and search through the class hierarchies of .NET assemblies even if you don’t have the code for them. With it, you can decompile and analyze .NET assemblies in C#, Visual Basic and IL.(http://www.red-gate.com/products/reflector/) GhostDoc: is a free add-in for Visual Studio that automatically generates XML documentation comments for C#. Either by using existing documentation inherited from base classes or implemented interfaces, or by deducing comments from name and type of e.g. methods, properties or parameters.(http://www.roland-weigelt.de/ghostdoc/) Query Express: is a simple Query Analyzer look-alike, but being small and free it can be run where the SQL Server client tools are not installed or licensed. This makes it especially useful as a query …

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Turn your laptop into a tablet

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Very cool and affordable tablet PC alternative. The Siso Tablo consists of a couple components. The transceiver which attaches to your laptop screen and plugs into the USB port. Next is the stylus and it simply provides full mouse or touchpad capabilities. Once you have the software installed and inserted the three batteries into the top of the pen you are ready to draw directly to your laptops screen. Tablo Advantage Easily transform normal laptop to powerful tablet PC Direct input on screen or on the air like Nintendo Wii with emotional handwriting (2D & 3D) Large coverage of laptop screen size up to 15.4 Perfect brush effect by speed pressure technology Plug & play on Microsoft Windows Vista & Office 2007 Perfect tablet compatibility with Microsoft Windows XP by provided TABLO annotator software Convergence of Digital & Ink Pen Ultra portable tablet system Sleek & modern design Tablo Supported Software Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook) Microsoft Windows Live Messenger Microsoft Sticky Note Microsoft Journal Note Microsoft Ink Desktop Microsoft Capture Tool Microsoft Paint Microsoft OneNote Adobe PDF Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Tablo Office Annotator for XP, Vista Home Basic Tablo Ink Desktop for XP, Vista Home Basic User applications using Microsoft Ink Library and playing games …

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Microsoft Launches Ramp Up

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Now this looks to be very promising both for those just starting out and those old timers such as myself. So what is this you may ask? Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based learning program, with a number of different tracks that will help you build your portfolio of professional development skills. Ramp Up has a solid foundation of premium technical content from subject-matter gurus, and provides easy-to-access content in a variety of forms that guide you in learning the important skills. Join Ramp Up (it’s free!) and help advance your career – click on a track now to start! Here are just a few of the target areas: Visual Studio 2008 Developer Basics Java Developer: Learn .NET SharePoint There are many more tracks, get the details at Ramp Up. Note: be sure to pay attention to the graduation awards, there are some items there that you may find very useful.

Lines of Code Counters

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Counting lines of code (LOC) is one of those necessary evils and while every project may not utilize this feature we as the developers should be interested within the the statistics a LOC can provide. Not sure what this is? Check out Wikipedia. One such tools you will find at TechNet from Microsoft and it is free! This tool can be ran alone or as a plug-in within Visual Studio .NET. Note, I am running VS.NET 2005 Team Edition as well as VS.NET 2008 and the plug-in only worked in VS.NET 2005. To start using LOC, go to View -> Other Windows -> LOC Counter Explorer. If you choose to use the standalone version which works very well then you can remove the IDE hurdles. Just fire up LOC and create a new task and run it. The result is: What I find useful is the “View Report”. The report produces a great deal of detail and you may export the report to Excel or PDF (or both) to share with others. Be sure to read the information provided by Microsoft: PowerPoint Presentation IT Pro Webcast TechNet Radio Another product that I am aware of is CLOC however I have …

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