Sunday, December 23, 2012

Links from Hanselminutes 349

As if I had nothing better to do (I'm supposed to be cleaning the bathroom), I collected a bunch of links whilst listening to the Hanselminutes podcast episode 349. This show was one of the Hanselminutia episodes where Scott chats with Richard Campbell. They were talking about a lot of home automation stuff that's interesting to me so I gathered links to follow up on later (after the bathroom is clean, of course).

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Salted Password Hashing

CrackStation: Salted Password Hashing
"The most important aspect of a user account system is how user passwords are protected. User account databases are hacked frequently, so you absolutely must do something to protect your users' passwords if your website is ever breached. The best way to protect passwords is to employ salted password hashing. This page will explain how to do it properly."
Via @SGgrc

Saturday, June 16, 2012


JsonFx JSON serialization framework for .NET

Monday, April 23, 2012 24/192 Music Downloads are Very Silly Indeed

24/192 Music Downloads are Very Silly Indeed:
"Unfortunately, there is no point to distributing music in 24-bit/192kHz format. Its playback fidelity is slightly inferior to 16/44.1 or 16/48, and it takes up 6 times the space."

Thursday, December 29, 2011


"tmux is a terminal multiplexer: it enables a number of terminals (or windows), each running a separate program, to be created, accessed, and controlled from a single screen. tmux may be detached from a screen and continue running in the background, then later reattached."

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Getting started with Postgres and MVC3

DataChomp: Getting started with Postgres and MVC3
"It's true, I am a SQL Server DBA but even I have to admit that the Postgres team is doing some wildy exciting stuff. With that in mind, lets take a quick look at just how quickly we can replace SQL Server with a free/open full bore Enterprise database system like Postgres."

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011


"Browse through the categories of our huge gallery containing over 350.000 quality stock photos by more than 30.000 photographers! Need a wallpaper for your desktop or illustration for your blog? Need a pic for your commercial website design? Looking for inspiration? Have a look around."

Friday, October 07, 2011

Visio Stencil and Template for UML

Visio Stencil and Template for UML 2.2
"The UML stencil for Microsoft Visio supports complete UML 2.2, i.e. UML use case diagram, class diagram, package diagram, object diagram, composite structure diagram, interaction diagram, sequence diagram, communication diagram, interaction overview diagram, activity diagram, state machine diagram, component diagram, deployment diagram, profile diagram, timing diagram, and all symbols of the UML 2.2, specified in OMG UML Superstructure Specification, formal/2009-02-02, as well as all previous UML versions, UML 2.1, UML 2.0, UML 1.5, UML 1.4, UML 1.3 and UML 1.1."

UML Modeller

Umbrello UML Modeller
"Umbrello UML Modeller is a Unified Modelling Language diagram programme for KDE. UML allows you to create diagrams of software and other systems in a standard format."
"ArgoUML is the leading open source UML modeling tool and includes support for all standard UML 1.4 diagrams."

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Saturday, May 07, 2011

SSL Certificates DigiCert Digital SSL Certificate Authority

SSL Certificates: DigiCert Digital SSL Certificate Authority

Certificate Patrol

Add-ons for Firefox: Certificate Patrol
"Your browser trusts many certification authorities and intermediate sub-authorities quietly, every time you enter an HTTPS web site. This add-on reveals when certificates are updated, so you can ensure it was a legitimate change."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Feeling Fuzzy

"SimMetrics is an open source extensible library of Similarity or Distance Metrics, e.g. Levenshtein Distance, L2 Distance, Cosine Similarity, Jaccard Similarity etc etc. SimMetrics provides a library of float based similarity measures between String Data as well as the typical unnormalised metric output."

Python: difflib
"This module provides classes and functions for comparing sequences. It can be used for example, for comparing files, and can produce difference information in various formats..."

SSIS: Fuzzy Lookup Transformation
"The Fuzzy Lookup transformation performs data cleaning tasks such as standardizing data, correcting data, and providing missing values."

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The TCP/IP Guide

The TCP/IP Guide
"The TCP/IP Guide is a reference resource on the TCP/IP protocol suite that was designed to be not only comprehensive, but comprehensible."

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Hal Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman Video Lectures at MIT.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


The Document Foundation
"The Document Foundation is proud to be the home of LibreOffice, the next evolution of the world's leading free office suite."

Windows Sysinternals

Windows Sysinternals

- Process Monitor

- Process Explorer

- Autoruns for Windows

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


SynchronEX - Advanced File Synchronizer Software
"SynchronEX enables robust multi-directional file tree synchronization and backup over local & network paths in any situation: From laptop synchronization to scheduled periodic backup to incremental website upload."


2BrightSparks: Compare SyncBack Freeware, SyncBackSE, and SyncBackPro


Microsoft Download Center: SyncToy 2.1

My Digital Life: Schedule SyncToy to Run and Automatically and Repetitively

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

HTTPS Everywhere

Electronic Frontier Foundation: HTTPS Everywhere
"HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox extension produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It encrypts your communications with a number of major websites."

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Using AOP to Understand Legacy Code

The article quoted below mentions a technique that I had not seen before that may come in handy someday. The author uses an Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) tool, in this case AspectJ, to inject code into a legacy application in order to trace its execution. The article does not show you how to do this (and I'm not going to do that either so perhaps the title of this post is a bit of a teaser) but once you know how to use a particular APO tool injecting tracer code should not be difficult. I just wanted to capture the idea here for future reference (which is the purpose of this links-blog).

Pragmatic Programming Techniques: Understand Legacy Code:
"I have built a tool that allows me to instrument those classes that I am interested so that when I start the system, it will print out all the entry points when they execute. Entry point is the lowest method of the stack trace that you are interested. The tool is based on AspectJ which allows me to inject some print statements when certain methods are executed."

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Beckhoff Automation Technology

BECKHOFF New Automation Technology
Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. The product range covers Industrial PCs, I/O and Fieldbus Components, Drive Technology and automation software. Products that can be used as separate components or integrated into a complete and seamless control system are available for all industries.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

SQLite Database Browser

SQLite Database Browser
"SQLite Database Browser is a freeware, public domain, open source visual tool used to create, design and edit database files compatible with SQLite"


"Mockingbird is an online tool that makes it easy for you to create, link together, preview, and share mockups of your website or application."

Monday, October 25, 2010

Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront
"Amazon CloudFront is a web service for content delivery. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments."

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Seven habits of effective text editing

Vim: Seven habits of effective text editing
"If you spend a lot of time typing plain text, writing programs or HTML, you can save much of that time by using a good editor and using it effectively. This paper will present guidelines and hints for doing your work more quickly and with fewer mistakes."

Friday, October 22, 2010


"SparkleShare is a syncing and collaboration tool...
SparkleShare allows you to host your own service with ease, so that you are always in control of your data...
Not only doesn't SparkleShare cost you anything, you also have access to the full source code of it."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


"Modernizr is a small and simple JavaScript library that helps you take advantage of emerging web technologies (CSS3, HTML 5) while still maintaining a fine level of control over older browsers that may not yet support these new technologies."

Determine CSS Property Support Using Javascript Feature Testing l Determine CSS Property Support Using Javascript Feature Testing

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Passionate Vim Plugin Set

Jean-Paul S. Boodhoo's Current Vim Plugin Set at Develop With Passion.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blueprint CSS Framework

Blueprint: A CSS Framework
"Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your development time. It gives you a solid foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, useful plugins, and even a stylesheet for printing."

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


"Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments."

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Zen Cart

Zen Cart ecommerce solution
"Zen Cart™ truly is the art of e-commerce; free, user-friendly, open source shopping cart software."

Braintree Payment Solutions

Braintree Payment Solutions
"We help online businesses process credit card payments by providing a merchant account, payment gateway, recurring billing and credit card storage."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Syntastic Plugin for Vim

vim online: Syntastic - Automatic syntax checking
"Syntastic is a syntax checking plugin that runs buffers through external syntax checkers as they are saved and opened. If syntax errors are detected, the user is notified and is happy because they didn't have to compile their code or execute their script to find them."