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Friday Links #47

NCover - Code Coverage for .NET Developers – Version 3.0.20 released. Decreased memory usage when merging coverage files by 30-40%. Great tool.

Windows Presentation Foundation Pixel Shader Effects Library – Lots of effects and transitions.

CodeGuru: ConnectCode Software Box Shot Maker – Make 3D box shots of your software. This project is written in .Net 3 and utilizes the strengths of WPF 3D.

[25 Text Batch Processing Tools Reviewed Developer’s Toolbox Smashing Magazine](http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/10/25-text-batch-processing-tools-reviewed/) - These tools will help you search and replace text in millions of files in the blink of an eye. Many of them even allow you to use regular expressions to improve your search and replace operations, saving you precious hours on day-to-day text-processing tasks.

Nikhil Kothari’s Weblog : MouseWheel Behavior for Silverlight – Silverlight doesn’t support mouse wheel behavior out of the box. Here’s one way to add it.

[Microsoft Windows 7: Upgrade or just buy a pizza? Software, Interrupted - CNET News](http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-10217252-62.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5) – I can’t decide if this strategy is profoundly stupid or just utterly moronic.

Google Analytics Blog: Web Analytics Tips & Tricks: Urchin.js is going dark!? No, it isn’t - To be clear: we have no immediate plans to decommission urchin.js. If and when we do, we will make sure users get clear, advanced notification from us and time to switch.

Could Battery-Powered Riding Mowers Catch On? : NPR - The AMP Rider is the first battery-powered riding lawn mower for the mass consumer market, according to the Ariens Company.

New processor technology promises big boost to consumer-grade SSDs - The disks will also be faster and more reliable for use in mobile applications.

SQL SERVER - Introduction to JOINs - Basic of JOINs – The best, simplest explanation of Left, Right, Inner, Outer and Full joins.

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LaCie - LaCie iamaKey USB Flash Drive - The key-shaped design is functional and memorable. One of the most durable and thinnest USB keys on the market.

Computer Programming is Fun - This quote is from one of our industry’s groundbreaking books, The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. First published in 1974. The players have changed, the technology has certainly changed, but the joy of computer programming endures.

NASA names treadmill after Colbert - NASA, itself an acronym (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), often names things so they spell out something fun. And that’s what they did with the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT).

Lifehacker - ContactHelp Gets You Through to a Human Being - Time Savers - ContactHelp is a Web site of tricks for bypassing the customer service carnival and getting to a real human.

Intel Software Network Blogs » The C# Programming Language Version 4.0 – Nice, succinct description of C# features.

Technology Review: Unzipping Graphene’s Potential - Electronics made of graphene–sheets of carbon just an atom thick–could be considerably faster than those made of silicon.

Coding Horror: Exception-Driven Development - If you’re waiting around for users to tell you about problems with your website or application, you’re only seeing a tiny fraction of all the problems that are actually occurring.

Mike Taulty’s Blog : Silverlight 3 and GPU Acceleration – Great explanation of what GPU Acceleration does. Instructive illustrations.

New Tab King: Firefox extension to get your CTRL+T right – Interesting and useful start screen similar to Google’s Chrome browser.

C# string.Empty Example and Issues – There’s a difference between “” and string.Empty and it has some interesting side effects.

[Compress Your Images To The Last Bytes With Smush It MakeUseOf.com](http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/compress-your-images-to-the-last-bytes-with-smush-it/) - What SmushIt does is to strip all the metadata from the images and compress them using an optimization algorithm that will not only reduce the size, but also preserve the visual quality. When I first used it, I were surprised to see a 30% reduction in the size of the image that I have optimized in Photoshop.

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Pick of the Week

FileZilla - Best free FTP program out there (IMNSHO). FileZilla Client is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface. Binaries are available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

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