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March 20, 2009  |  

Friday Links #43

Silverlight 3A guide to Silverlight 3 new features – The boys at Redmond have been busy indeed. This guide boils it down at the developer level to articulate some of the core changes and relevant issues.

JetBrains ReSharper 4.5 Beta Released - Must Have Visual Studio 2008 - JetBrains just released ReSharper 4.5 Beta which is mostly about increasing performance and lowering the memory consumption, which is particularly noticeable on large projects.

Brad Abrams : What is .NET RIA Services? - Microsoft .NET RIA Services simplifies the traditional n-tier application pattern by bringing together the ASP.NET and Silverlight platforms.

Video of the Hanvon 5" touchscreen E-Ink reader - MobileRead Forums – New  reader features a touch screen and a stylus used for making notes in the margins like real book.

Wireless Electricity, Not So Far Off - Gadgetwise Blog - NYTimes.com - Michigan-based company has developed coils that can be embedded into tables and the like so you’ll eventually be able to power your blender, coffee maker, you name it, just by placing it on your kitchen counter.

5 Ways to Make Your Own Screensavers (Windows) | MakeUseOf.com - Here are some ways to make our own without all the coding mumbo jumbo.

LittleShoot - The P2P Browser Plugin – Kind of a universal bit-torrent, search and publishing gadget. Not quite sure what they’re driving at.

Binding to Resources in Silverlight/WPF – Clever hack to allow the use of .resx files in Silverlight.

Gizmo's - Games and diversions | Gizmo's Freeware – Nice resource for online games.

Practical Family Nutrition: "Fiber" the Newest Label Scam – My favorite food quote - “The real whole food knows what it’s doing”. Sound advice about nutrition.

How To Install Firebug In Browsers Other Than Firefox | MakeUseOf.com - Firebug Lite makes it possible to put Firebug into any web browser! You should be able to use it with Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Chrome, and any other browser that supports JavaScript. Firebug Lite is written in JavaScript.

Downloads: Iconix Truemark Email Identification Verifies Senders, Defeats Phishers - Windows only: Truemark Email Identification is a simple tool in the defense against fraudulent emails. Whether you're in desktop or web-based email, you're given instant visual verification that an email is legitimate.

Kirill Osenkov : Visual Studio 2010 Screencast: C# 4.0 Language + IDE + WPF Shell + Editor - 30-minutes video (screencast) showing the new features in the language and the IDE on a recent internal build of Visual Studio 2010, which has the WPF UI enabled.

Programmer Ramblings: IIS7 HTTP Compression – New IIS7 plugin enables HTTP compression on static and dynamic content. Can be filtered by MIME type rather than IIS6’s file extension mechanism.

Silverlight Smooth Streaming: UX Simulator – Simulator allows you to experience Smooth Streaming’s ability to deliver high quality content on low bandwidth connections.

Microsoft releases Web translating widget | Beyond Binary - CNET News - The main benefit of the widget is it allows users to translate the page without having to leave a site, unlike other approaches which require a user to go to another Web site first.

Astronomy: WorldWide Telescope Puts the Night Sky in Your Browser - Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope is kind of like Google Earth for the sky, allowing you to explore the outer reaches of space from your browser.

Installing Internet Explorer 8 | The Download Blog - Download.com - CNet installs the final build of Microsoft's latest browser, and captures the (looong) download process and their first impressions of some of the featured highlights in pictures.

Pick of the Week

Volumemouse - Simple idea. Place your mouse cursor over the taskbar and move the scroll wheel on your mouse, adjust your volume. Simple, brilliant and always there.

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