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Internet Explorer 7 Companion Tools

Internet Explorer 7 Companion Tools

Of all the Internet Explorer versions that have been released, Internet Explorer 7, beyond any doubt proved to be a distinct milestone with significant features being the following:
Phishing Filter Tabbed Browsing (Cool Unique and Most Favored Feature) However, just as I installed Internet Explorer 7, a few things just made me gaze-struck. Nevertheless, in a search to find solutions to these surprises, I just discovered a lot of tips-and-tricks and websites that supported them. I just wanted to share a few of these here: EnhanceIE: This is a surestop website that you ought to bookmark and visit often for a lot of tips and tricks with respect to Internet Explorer and also towards troubleshooting Internet Explorer problems. I found a solution for the runonce IE homepag issue in this website. IEPlus: This is a very good toolbar button plugin for Internet Explorer that helps one with a lot of useful features. A few of them to mention are the following. It…

[Review] Todolist -- Elegant Task Management Freeware Utility

[Review] Todolist -- Elegant Task Management Freeware UtilityI have been using a little freeware called 'Todolist' from Dan G'sAbstractSpoon Software for a long time. Just thought I would write a small review on the same so that other people too would know about it and I am sure this would improve the productivity of the task that is being delivered by them.As I said, I am using this little tool since more than four to five years now even from the days of my very previous organization. As the homepage says, it helps you to streamline the tasks that you are doing so that you don't tend to forget anything. Even though it is a freeware, it is packed with features and the most comprehensive support that you can expect on earth. You can just visit Todolist homepage to see the responses from the users and as well from the author of the software itself. A quick list of its features as bullet-points would help describe the elegance and greatness of software more than anything …

Essence of Commandline Compilation

Essence of Commandline CompilationWhatever be the fancy IDE windows, the power and essence of commandline compilation is never hidden. Even the IDE actually uses the same compiler switches as the first line of the 'Output' window reveals. Here I am just trying to share a few tips and tricks to streamline an easy way to achieve commandline compilation. I am not using Visual Studio .NET command prompt and just SDK tools and hence this should work for users who do not have Visual Studio .NET also.Ensure that the appropriate version of Microsoft .NET is in the System Path.From within the explorer, a few simple steps can get you 'Command Prompt' without taking pains of navigating through the nested folder structures:Navigate to Tools -> Folder Options in Windows ExplorerChoose 'File Types' TabChoose Folder from the list. Click 'Advanced'Choose NewGive a easy to understand name like 'Launch DOS Prompt' and the application as CMD /K CD "%1"…

Cool Hotmail and Super Cool Windows Live

Cool Hotmail and Super Cool Windows LiveThere is one more reason for Windows Live to be more cooler and charming for everyone. There is one more compelling reason for anyone to possess a unique Windows Live ID of its own. Whilst casually browsing the India Broadband Forum, I just came across the news about Windows Live offering more Indian touch domain names which make you feel more homely and also distinctly stand out of the crowd. A fond recall was previously had a similar offering and I had one domain (and am still using albeit with a lower frequency) at what are you waiting for. Grab your Windows Live ID and with your Indian name touch at Cool Hotmail.

C# 3.0 in a Nutshell from Albahari brothers

C# 3.0 in a Nutshell from Albahari brothersWe were earlier discussing about a cute little tool called QueryExpress. Now the writer of the tool (Joseph Albahari) has also authored a book along with his brother (Ben Albahari) on C# 3.0 in a Nutshell. A brief review of the book is also available on Albahari's homepage over here.A quick run through of the companion website of the book really illustrates the vast deep exploration of it on C# 3.0 even upto and beyond Linq. They have made the book available for purchase at Amazon. Check out the book page at Amazon here.

MSDN and Dr. Dobbs Journal in India

MSDN and Dr. Dobbs Journal in IndiaI was surfing at MSDN forums and found out the link where now we can subscribe for MSDN and Dr. Dobbs Journal through its digital edition for free. The premiere hardcopy editions are a bit costly but the digital editions are offered for free.Check out the subscription page here. You may need to signin with your Windows Live ID to proceed.

Free ASP.NET Hosting with SomeEE

Free ASP.NET Hosting with SomeEE

Just while casually surfing, I came to know of this website called Somee. They seem to offer some really promising web hosting for free along with thier paid web hosting offers. Even the free hosting seems to have really attractive offers:Allowed Disk Space: 105 MBAllowed Monthly Bandwidth: 3 GBFTPASP.NET 1.1 and 2.0Microsoft Access databaseQuick SetupI think this should be a really great utility for novices in ASP.NET to start practicing web hosting in real time.

Free Database Hosting

Free Database HostingOne of my friend was asking me whether there was any website which offers PHP with MySQL database. I suggested a few like and others. But most of them were offering only PHP. After a brief research and just I recalled about FreeSQL which was giving free MySQL hosting.When I visited the website (, it is now offering both MySQL and PostGRESQL for free. The website also offers powerful interfaces to the databases through PhpMyAdmin and PhpPgAdmin. I think this website should be of tremendous help for novices and learners in database systems to learn and practice effecient database programming.

Download StatusBar Plugin in FireFox

Download StatusBar Plugin in FireFoxA few minutes back I discussed about enhancing Mozilla FireFox Download Window with the Autoshutdown feature. For those interested, the permalink is here. I was just playing around the FireFox addons and found one more little addon called 'Download Statusbar'. This effectively hides off that big download window into a little status bar entity. For a web browser, saving screenspace is really a good feature. This one makes an elegant approach in this perspective and the download status now appears in the status bar instead of occupying a separate window of its own.Check out the Download Status Bar from here.

Autoshutdown for FireFox Download Manager

Autoshutdown for FireFox Download Manager

The most cute thing of Mozilla FireFox is the Download Manager which can queue up all the download requests and then slowly download one-by-one with the ability of Pause and Resume. One feature I loved in GetRight was there was an ability to turn off the computer after all downloads are complete. But FireFox does not have this ability. After all downloads complete, a balloon tool tip near the system tray would popup to indicate that all downloads are complete.While casually browsing through Mozilla FireFox website, I came across a plugin called 'Autoshutdown' which gets integrated to FireFox download manager. Now the download manager gets one more checkbox called 'Shutdown after all downloads are finished'.This would add more feather to the cap of the cute little FireFox right. You can get this plugin from FireFox Addons page here.

EBooks from QuestPond

EBooks from QuestPondSometime back we were discussing about unique career development websites over here. From a regular newsfeed, I came to know of that QuestPond has also released eBooks in ASP.NET, C#, .NET Framework etc. If you are one of those who would like to purchase, they have also published hardcopies of the same and made them available at cities near you and also in are quick links to QuestPond eBooks:C# ProjectsSample .NET QuestionsAlso check out for more resources.

Musical Fest in Console namespace

Musical Fest in Console namespaceSometime back we were discussing about the power and prowess of Console Applications. Perhaps this post would be a followup of the same. A few of you who might have worked in either GWBasic or QBasic would have known about the three powerful commands there:

BEEP: Produces a short shirk beep from the computer speaker
SOUND freq, duration: Produces sound of frequency freq for dur milliseconds
PLAYPlays a musical note from your computer speaker.

I was just wondering whether this is not going to be supported at all after QBasic from Visual Basic onwards. It is a good news that .NET Framework 2.0 Base Class Library supports System.Console.Beep equivalent to SOUND in QBasic. Check out the MSDN documentation for the song 'Mary had a little lamb ...'

Sometime back when I started venturing into this musical power, I posted a question in one of the forums and I even got lot of library references as responses. I would like to give the permalink of the discussi…

The Power and Prowess of Console Applications and Enhancing it with .NET Framework 2.0

The Power and Prowess of Console Applications and Enhancing it with .NET Framework 2.0To start learning a new programming language, following the C++ book style, the first and foremost application that we write is

cout << "Hello World";

We have been religiously inheriting this custom through Java and to C# via the essence of Console Applications. java:
System.out.println ("Hello World");C#:
System.Console.WriteLine ("Hello World");A simpler console application lays the greater foundation for a powerful and rewarding journey through the programming language. Let us in brief see about the essence of these console applications and how .NET Framework BCL richly complements console applications.The InspirationThis article was actually inspired from a discussion board question where a beginner had just vehemently violated the message board netiquette about a sample code snippet which an expert had provided with great magnanimity. Fuelling it, he/she had also…

Chennai CP Meet Album

Chennai CP Meet Album

I would like to thank Vikram Punathambekar and Senthil for taking the lead in getting the memorable moments of the Chennai CPians (CodeProject) Meet recorded. The photos are available in either of the following URL:
Vikram's Flickr AlbumVasudevan Deepak Kumar's (My) ShutterFly AlbumIt was really a very memorable get-to-gether and had one of the very famous member called 'Satips' also been present, it would have been still great time.Related Posts:Chennai CPians Meet on Monday (10th September 2007)

Chennai CPians Meet on Monday (10th September 2007)

Chennai CPians Meet on Monday (10th September 2007)
Just learnt from the CodeProjectLounge forum post by Vikram Punathambekar about the planned meet of Chennai-based CodeProject members on Monday 10th September 2007 at 2000 hours Indian Time.
The original invite permalink URL is here. They have decided the venue as Pizza Hut, Adyar. For other Chennai CPians easy reference, I have also tried to do some research and given a quick address along with driving direction reference from Chennai Airport over here:

Pizza Hut Adayar (Pizzas),
Flat No.46, Door NO.61,
Kasturba Nagar,
Chennai 600 020, India.
Tel: +(91) (44) 52057110
Fax: +(91) (44) 2441645 [Address Courtesy: Google and IndTravel]

Landmarks and Driving Directions from Chennai Airport:

Drive towards Chennai city from Chennai Airports for 5 Km till you reach Guindy Kathipara junction (Hotel Le Meridian). Take the straight road towards Anna Salai. The road itself would turn left and right after it reaches 'Little Mount' ju…