Monday, July 31, 2006

aptana - Free JavaScript IDE !

Aptana is a robust, JavaScript-focused IDE for building dynamic web applications. Highlights include the following features:

  • Code Assist on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS languages, including your own JavaScript functions
  • Outliner that gives a snapshot view of your JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code structure Error and warning notification for your code
  • Support for Aptana UI customization and extensions
  • Cross-platform support Free and open source. (Source available soon)

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Top five things Microsoft can learn from Linux

Last week, I listed the Top five things Linux can learn from Microsoft. Well, it's a two-way street: Microsoft could really stand to learn a few things from Linux, too.

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Top five things Linux can learn from Microsoft

Linux does a lot of things right -- open-source, security, reliability -- but it's far from perfect. In fact, Linux and its vendors could stand to learn a few things from Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft. Like what? Here's my list of the top five things that Linux could learn from Microsoft

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Friday, July 28, 2006


OpenSTA is an open source Web performance tester that runs on Windows.

Here's what Jim Rapoza said about it in an eWeek article :

This product isn't among the best we've seen in any area—it doesn't have the best interface for configuring tests, and its built-in reports options are fairly weak, for example.

But OpenSTA has one clear advantage over its expensive commercial competitors: It's a free, open-source product that, despite its limitations, lets businesses carry out high-level tests of enterprise Web applications.

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Open Source vs .Net stacks

How does Windows Server (Windows+IIS+SQL server+ASP) compare to a LAMP (Linux+Apache+MySQL+PHP) installation ? Well not so bad, in fact pretty good.

That is the conlusion of an eWeek Labs article by Jim Rapoza.

It is also intersting to see how well an open source combo can perform on a Windows Server.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Windows Live Tool bar !

Microsoft has brought is Windows Live Tool bar addition for Internet Explorer (6 & 7) out of beta.

Great stuff ! You will gain tabbed browsing, phishing Filter, Search bar, RSS reader and more.

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The ultimate guide to Live Communications Server 2005 SP1

This is the ultimate guide to Live Communications Server (LCS). You'll begin with an introduction to this technology and the suite of Unified Communications products offered by Microsoft, such as Live Meeting 2005, Communicator 2005, and LCS 2005 SP1. The book continues to cover details of the technical configuration of LCS 2005 SP1 and Communicator 2005.

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New Virtual Machine Additions available for Windows Vista CTP releases

From Virtual PC Guy's WebLog :

Yay! - We have new Virtual Machine Additions up for the Windows Vista CTP releases. These new Additions (13.709) have performance optimizations for Windows Vista Beta 2 (Build 5384), Windows Vista Beta 2 June Refresh (Build 5465) and Windows Vista Beta 2 July Refresh (Build 5472).

You can download the Additions from the Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta program at And for Virtual PC users - do not worry - the Additions are available as a separate download on the beta program, so once you have signed up you can download just the Additions and use them with Virtual PC.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Instructions for Upgrading to Windows Vista From a Legacy Windows OS

Microsoft just publish a page that explain how to upgrade your existing OS to Windows Vista. You'll notice that you have to do a clean new install (no upgrade) is you have Windows XP 64bit ou Windows 2000.

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MEMM 2.1 (Marco's Excel Management Macro)

It's a Microsoft Excel Add-In with a collection of functions which can be useful in an Enterprise environment based on Microsoft Windows operating systems. The main functions are based on retrieving information from Active Directory, modifying Active Directory and getting information from computers through WMI. Although there are more free tools available nowadays (like ADModify), it can be quite convenient to perform certain tasks directly in Excel.

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ADModify.NET is a tool primarily utilized by Exchange and Active Directory administrators to facilitate bulk user attribute modifications.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Virtual PC Is Now Free!

Yes, that's right free !

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Monday, July 17, 2006

How to switch between the 32-bit versions of ASP.NET 1.1 and the 64-bit version of ASP.NET 2.0 on a 64-bit version of Windows

This article discusses how to switch between the 32-bit version of Microsoft ASP.NET 1.1 and both the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version of ASP.NET 2.0 on a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows.

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End of Support for Windows XP Service Pack 1

Effective October 10, 2006, assisted support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) will end. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support or security updates.

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