Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks

From Eric Ligman (Microsoft): FREE Microsoft eBooks! Who doesn’t love FREE Microsoft eBooks? Well, for the past few years, I’ve provided posts containing almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks and my readers, new and existing, have loved these posts so much that they downloaded over 3.5 Million free eBooks as of last June, including over 1,000,000 in a single week last year (and many, many more since then). Get a free list of Microsoft eBooks at http://blogs. [Read More]

Nostalgic stories from the IT industry

One of the problems Microsoft foresaw was getting new users to join Messenger when so many people already used the other chat programs. The trouble was that the programs, then as now, didn’t talk to one another; AOL didn’t talk to Yahoo, which didn’t talk to ICQ, and none of them, of course, would talk to Messenger. AOL had the largest user base, so we discussed the possibility of adding code to allow Messenger to log in to two servers simultaneously, Microsoft’s and AOL’s, so that you could see your Messenger and AIM buddies on a single list and talk to AIM buddies via Messenger. [Read More]

.Net Runtime Web and Standalone files

Microsoft .NET Framework Web and Standalone(Offline) installation files: .Net Version Mode Link 3.5 SP1 Online (Web) dotnetfx35setup.exe Offline (Standalone) dotnetfx35.exe 4.0 Online (Web) dotNetFx40_Full_setup.exe Offline – Client Profile (Standalone) dotNetFx40_Client_x86_x64.exe Offline – Full (Standalone) dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64. [Read More]

Memory Profiling with Chrome DevTools

Nice discussion on JavaScript memory management:

Introduction to JavaScript memory management basics and a deeper dive into the Heap Profiler in Chrome DevTools with John McCutchan and Loreena Lee.

Bypassing YouTube stream throttling by ISPs [for Windows]

If you have a very decent internet connection (equal to or more than 4 mbps) but still not able to stream YouTube video’s without it waiting for buffering a lot, it maybe because your local ISP could be using a CDN for caching YouTube instead of loading from the main site. There is an easy way to bypass this throttling by asking your OS to block traffic from the caching CDN and loading the content directly from YouTube by simply providing the following command at elevated command prompt [Read More]

World Backup Day

March 31st is world backup day! Signup for a cloud based backup service and save yourself a lot of regret later. I am singing up for Backblaze since they are providing an option for unlimited space and unlimited individual file size for $5/month (AED 19/month), which is a small amount to preserve all my important stuff. You can also check out Crashplan who have some really attractive annual and biannual plan. [Read More]

Google Reader being retired as of July 1, 2013

As part of the second spring cleaning Google is retiring Google Reader from July 1, 2013. We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months. [Read More]