Friday Links #19

[Slashdot Studies Say Ideology Trumps Facts](http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/09/25/036232&from=rss) – Why am I not surprised?

Sara Ford’s WebLog : Matt’s Snippet Designer finally sees the light of day! – I always wondered how those Microsoft guys put all those cool snippets in their IDE’s for demos.

[Give Your Presentations A Boost With ZoomIt MakeUseOf.com](http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/give-your-presentations-a-boost-with-zoomit-windows-only/) – From the guys at SysInternals comes a cool tool for zooming and drawing on your computer screen. Great for doing presentations.
[Gizmo’s - Bored With Google? Gizmo’s Tech Support Alert](http://www.techsupportalert.com/cdn/bored-google.htm) – Search engine (powered by Google) that includes lots of extras like Wikipedia articles and related images. It’s easier to see and understand than to explain. Looks like it may be very useful once it is tuned.

PrinterShare: share any printer over the internet – review - Free service that allows your computer to share printers with any other computer, given that both are online and running the PrinterShare software. Runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Politics: In Quotes Displays What Politicians Said About a Keyword – Kind of interesting is a quirky way.

Greg Schechter’s Blog : A More Useful Multi-Input Effect - Watermarking can be done via a translucent icon (trivial to do in WPF without Effects). Here’s a more sophisticated way.

WebKit - First Browser Engine to Fully Pass Acid3 – WebKit is the engine that powers both Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers. Acid3 is a browser compliance test that is very strict and hard to pass. Congrats guys!

Fabulous Adventures In Coding : Vexing exceptions - Exceptions can be classified into one of four buckets, fatal, boneheaded, vexing and exogenous. Don’t let the non-technical names fool you. This is one very informative article.

Confessions of a freeware junkie: Help your PC “go green”: Edison 1.0.3166.0 - Edison makes an effort to help you reduce your overall power consumption (and carbon footprint) by allowing you to set up an advanced power management scheme for daytime vs. nighttime hours.

Fabulous Adventures In Coding : High maintenance – Whenever you write a method think about the contract of that method. A deep dive into how to write better API’s.

Mp3 Players: Breathe New Life into Your Aging MP3 Player with Rockbox – Looks very cool. Plan to upgrade my IPod Photo this weekend.

Silverlight NUnit Projects - TestDriven.NET by Jamie Cansdale – Framework and templates to allow unit testing Silverlight applications.

Free Media – Decent collection of icons and other media without all the advertising and other “noise” these sites usually employ.

Separate Assemblies != Loose Coupling – Great article on the fallacy of using separate assemblies to “insure” decoupling.

Sara Ford’s WebLog : Did you know… How to build just the startup project and any dependencies? – Another handy tip from Sara.

Windows: “Windows Cloud” Operating System Release Within a Month – Anybody remember Cario with all its clouds? Talk about blue sky. Should be a lot more information about this at this month’s PDC in Los Angles.

CodeProject: Blend PDF With Silverlight - This article provides an alternative client oriented simple approach that blends PDF and Silverlight host application in web browser, eliminating the needs for server side logic of assembling user-specific PDF files for data collecting.

the electric sheep screen-saver – Don’t stare at it too long. It will take you over…

[idle.slashdot.org Ultrasound Machine Ages Wine](http://idle.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/10/01/2320248&from=rss) – Article says it works for spirits as well. Um…

Microsoft Web Platform Installer Beta Released - This tool will let you easily setup your development machines for building Web Applications quite nicely, it will also help you discover new tools, applications, features and beta’s as they are getting released.

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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