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[Make Beautiful Online Presentations With Sliderocket MakeUseOf.com](Make Beautiful Online Presentations With Sliderocket MakeUseOf.com (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ make-beautiful-online- presentations-with- sliderocket/)) - Web app that allows you to do pretty much everything you can hope to do with a presentation and much more.

Ping - Technology Doesn’t Dumb Us Down. It Frees Our Minds. - NYTimes.com – Excellent article rebutting a recent Atlantic article on how technology makes us dumb. Great read.

CodeProject: Cosmos - C# Open Source Managed Operating System – Not so much an operating system as it is an operating system kit. Really interesting idea.

CodeProject: Seperator Delimited ToString for Array, List, Dictionary, Generic IEnumerable – In C#, there is an easy way to do ToString with separator delimited for Array, List, Dictionary and Generic IEnumerables by utilizing extension method in .NET.

[Unnecessary Knowledge: Entertaining Facts For Your Leisure Time MakeUseOf.com – ](http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/unnecessary-knowledge/)My wife would just groan if she knew I had a new source of useless information.

Sara Ford’s WebLog : Did you know… You can add $exception to the Watch window to see the caught exception – Sara, you make me so hot with these cool tips.

[SemantiFind: Give Meanings to Your Google Searches MakeUseOf.com](http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/semantifind-give-meanings-google-searches/) – Nice idea but the execution leaves a little to be desired. If they do get it right, it will be way cool. Worth keeping an eye on.

I think, therefore I Code…: Replace/Remove Blank/Empty Lines in Visual Studio using Regular Expressions – So simple and yet so annoying to try and remember.

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Dynamic URLs vs. static URLs – Google finally puts to rest the false notion that rewriting your Url’s some how improves your site rankings.

[A less crazed way to search all of Craigslist Webware](http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10048094-2.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5) - There will never be enough ways to search through Craigslist. To help in the hunt, there’s a new tool called Search All Craig’s Lists that does the dirty work for you.

Countdown to PDC 2008: This is the Software + Services PDC - Plus……we’re announcing the very special gift that all PDC attendees will receive: a 160GB external USB2 hard drive with all of the bits! Could “The Goods” get any cooler? They just did!

Aeronet Bandwidth Speed Test – Probably no better than any of the other speed tests out there. I just like the way this one looks and works.

The Coolest FireFox about:config Tricks – One of more useful collections of tips.

FoxTab – Not sure how useful it is but it sure is entertaining.

[Lightning Fast PC Searches With Locate32 MakeUseOf.com](http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/search-for-files-lightning-fast-with-locate32/) - If you want to search and locate files on your computer fast, and by fast I mean lightning fast, you must try Locate32. I have – and I agree.
[Tweader: Easily Read Twitter Conversations In Threaded Form MakeUseOf.com](http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/tweader-easily-read-twitter-conversations-threaded-form/) – Easily see conversations in threaded form. Great tool!
[Tesla’s ‘Bluestar’ to be all-electric family car Green Tech - CNET News](http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10049993-54.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5) – All electrics are coming. Here’s hoping my old clunker will hang on a few more years so I can replace it with an all electric.

Scott Hanselman’s Computer Zen - The Weekly Source Code 34 - The Rise of F# – I spent some time this week getting acquainted with F#. You can actually write a Windows forms program in three lines of code (well two if you don’t count the required #light directive). I’ll post about this later.

[MUO Games - Analyze Your Computer For Game Compatibility MakeUseOf.com – ](http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/muo-games-analyze-your-computer-for-game-compatibility/)Useful for those with lame laptops (like me).
[Defragment Server and PC Smart Defrag Enterprise Server Free Defragmenter](http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html) – The World’s Most Efficient Defragmenter? Don’t know about that but it’s free and has a scheduler which works for me.

What is the Managed Extensibility Framework? - Glenn Block – Just when you think you’re starting to catch up on all the newest software development trends, stuff like this comes out of the woodwork and sends you in a new direction. Ok, so we no longer write programs, we compose them. My head is going to explode.

[Amazon Discount Finder MakeUseOf.com](http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/amazon-discount-finder-2/) – First it was coupon finders, now it’s this. Is there no where for a good discount to hide?

CodeProject: Towards Cleaner Code, A C# Asynchronous Helper – This is a cool idea with a so-so implementation. I plan to use it in some of my work but it has to cleaned up and automated tests added. I’ll post it when I’m confident my changes work.

Newest Video Phones are Free - The latest video phones from ACN are simply awesome. And they’re Free for a limited time. Access through our rep site at http//:mikejean.acnrep.com. This changes everything!

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