Friday Links #5

Microsoft Project Code Named “Velocity” - “Velocity” is a distributed in-memory application cache platform for developing scalable, available, and high-performance applications. “Velocity” fuses memory across multiple computers to give a single unified cache view to applications. Applications can store any serializable CLR object.

280Slides : Powerpoint Viewer and Builder - 280Slides is a dead-simple to use online Powerpoint viewer and builder tool.

Elisa - Elisa is an open source cross-platform Media Center connecting the Internet to your all-in-one media player.

Silverlight 2 Beta2 Released - ScottGu’s Blog -Beta2 adds a lot of new features, but is still a 4.6 MB download that takes less than 10 seconds to install on a machine. It does not require the .NET Framework or any other software to be installed for it to work, and all features work cross-browser on both Mac and Windows machines. These features will also be supported on Linux via the Moonlight 2 release.

Chyrp, an alternative blogging engine - Chyrp is a blogging engine designed to be very lightweight while retaining functionality. It is driven by PHP and MySQL.

iPhone 3G is finally official! - Thinner edges, full plastic back, flush headphone jack, and the iPhone 2.0 firmware.

Paper Stronger Than Cast Iron - Researchers in Sweden have have come up with a manufacturing process that keeps the fibers small, resulting in ‘nanopaper’ with over 1.6 times the tensile strength of cast iron.

PicReflect : Add Pretty Reflections to your Images - Simple web app where you can upload an image and reflection effect to it.

Star Trek HoloDeck 1.0 - HoloVizio is a 3-D screen that will allow designers to visualize true 3-D models of cars, engines or components.

Stop Polluting the UI Thread - Use a ThreadBarrier - Interesting design pattern for handling asynchronous control updates.

ASCII Pronunciation Rules for Programmers - How do you say “#”?

Opera 9.5 Review - Quality review of the latest release of the Opera Web browser.

Leatherman Skeletool - Leatherman’s latest and greatest tool reviewed.

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