Friday Links #21

[FeedIcon20: Generate Feed Icons For Your Website or Blog MakeUseOf.com](http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/feedicon20-add-feed-subscription-icons-website/) – Produces a feed icon by simply entering the URL of the feed. Simple and efficient.

Sara Ford’s WebLog : Did you know… How to edit a .csproj or .vbproj project file within the IDE? – Nice trick to edit project files manually in Visual Studio without unloading the entire solution.

Plastic film could make house lights obsolete - Innovation- msnbc.com – Flexible organic light-emitting diodes for home lighting.

Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Web Tools for Election Season – Nice list of Web sites that track the election. FiveThirtyEight.com is particularly cool.

The Coffee Desk » » Microsoft’s new ‘M’ programming language – The ‘M’ language is to be a part of Microsoft’s new Oslo development and service-oriented strategy, incorporating features from XAML while being textual and domain-specific (What ever that means). And I still have not caught up with F# yet. Talk about fire hoses.

CodeProject: LINQ to Text or CSV Files – Nice implementation of an IEnumerable interface for parsing CSV files. Good use of LINQ and iterators.

Brian Scott : How to set the default size and layout of all Windows Explorer windows – This is one of those vexing oddities in Vista that really should have never been introduced IMHO. Too bad you have to work so hard to disable it.

Comment Reflower for Visual Studio 2008 – Comment Reflower for Visual 2005 is one of those handy plug-ins I find hard to do without. The author never ported it to Visual Studio 2008. Thanks to this guy for getting to work on VS 2008.

Featured Windows Download: Norton User Account Control Makes UAC Less Annoying – The current Vista stuff works just fine for me but others may find this a bit more friendly.

Windows Vista Team Blog : Introducing Windows 7 – Explains why the official name of the next release of windows will be called Windows 7.

Silverlight 2 Released: New controls, tools, announcements! – Tim Heuer does a great job of explaining the new features, controls and tools in Silverlight 2. I’ve been using the new DataGrid for a couple of days now and it rocks.

Make Visual Studio Generate Your Repository : Rob Conery – Not sure how I missed this one. Visual Studio 2008 comes with a built-in template generator called T4. How cool is that?


An easy way to provide translations for your Web site by including a “Translate My Page”gadget available at http://translate.google.com/translate_tools. You can exclude sections of your page from translation by adding class=”notranslate” to any HTML element to prevent that element from being translated.

[Detach Google Services From The Browser With GMDesk MakeUseOf.com](http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/detach-google-services-from-the-browser-with-gmdesk-and-more/) – Adobe Air application that allows Google Apps to behave more like desktop applications.

Dumping Garden Cart – One of the nicest “dumping” garden carts I’ve seen. Slick design.

DoYouFeed.com: Turn any RSS feed into an iPhone friendly site – Makes very attractive iPhone friendly sites from any feed. Click here to see this blog.

Paper Money Guide - United States Currency Collector Resource – My son had a school assignment about money. This site has lots of information on US currency.

Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks – I like the “What time is it …” hack.

MSBuild Team Blog : MSBuild Extensions Pack – Build tasks for all every occasion. Recently released to the Web.

Scott Morrison : Silverlight 2 DataGrid is Released – Describes all the new goodness in the first release of the Silverlight DataGrid.

Sara Ford’s WebLog : Did you know… You can create project templates? - Starting in Visual Studio 2005, you can create your own custom project templates to appear alongside the VS-installed project templates.

[Slashdot First Official Photos From New Star Trek Movie](http://entertainment.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/10/16/1210210&from=rss) – The new movie looks like the original series. Very cool!

Record your Desktop Screen Online with Screen Toaster - Problem: You are working in an Internet cafe where you don’t have permission to install new software on the computer so how do you capture a video of your desktop screen activity?

[Inside the Chevy Volt’s Battery Popular Science](http://www.popsci.com/volt) – Really neat flash application detailing how the GM’s new battery car works. Great graphics.
[How to get a Sony Reader for $149.99 shipped The Cheapskate - CNET News](http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-10066716-58.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5) – I’ve played with the new Sony reader in stores and it feels solid. Can’t figure out why they’re so expensive. You can buy a laptop for the same price (retail). This deal is closer to what it should actually retail for IMHO.

Gmail Tip: Skip Gmail’s Body-less Message Prompt Using (EOM) – Easy GMail tip.

Cylindrical Solar Cells Give a Whole New Meaning to Sunroof: Scientific American – The continuing innovations in solar cells makes me believe I could some day power my house with solar. This new design gets closer but it’s still too expensive.

spedr – firefox – Spedr firefox extension enables you to create short URLs by clicking an icon in the URL bar.

Everything Random – Funny cartoon about the current market crisis.

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