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Save time using Ninite when installing applications!

A while ago I wrote a post on my favourite Windows tools. Those tools are still my favourites, although I've found a much more efficient way of installing them.

Ninite.com saves you a lot of time when installing applicationsUsing Ninite.com makes it all so much easier.

You get a set of applications in different categories, just tick those ones you want, download an installer and then Ninite does the rest. Couldn't be easier!

No more manual installation of a lot of different applications!

My favourite Windows tools

I recently bought myself a brand new Solid State Drive and re-installed Windows 7 plus all necessary programs. Here's my compiled list of the tools I can't live without.

Developer tools first

After a clean Windows 7 installation, I download Microsoft's Web Platform Installer, which is really useful for developers. It'll install all the tools necessary for .NET web developmentweb server as well as the latest .NET framework, SQL Server, plus much more if you want it to. Try it out, it'll save you a whole lot of time! Here's a blog post on how to install the .NET development tools you need.

No .NET environment is complete without Visual Studio though. I'm of course sticking with Visual Studio 2010.

Tools that improve my everyday computer usage

7-zip
For file archives.
xplorer2
Great file explorer with dual panes. My explorer of choice since 2007 something.
Foxit Reader
Fastest pdf reader ever.
TeraCopy
Copy files faster. Improves speed a lot.
J.River Media Center
Music player totally worth the minor cost. Best ever.
Paint.NET
Free and fast Photoshop alternative.
Picasa
Watching photo albums.
Ultramon
For window and multi screen management. I use it solely for the shortcut commands.
Daemon Tools Lite
File mounting.
FileZilla
Ftp client.
Damn NFO Viewer
View NFO files.
Notepad++
Smooth text editor.
uTorrent
Download torrents.
VLC Media Player
Media player of choice.

Tools for collaboration

Skype
Great client for obvious reasons. Calls made simple.
Windows Live Messenger
The IM client.
Google Talk
Keep track of your mail and Gmail contacts.
TweetDeck
Twitter desktop style.

The browsers

Google Chrome
The one and only. Fast and reliable.
Firefox
The best browser for web developers.

Tools from the largest of them all

No comments needed.

Do you have any favourite Windows tools?

10 tools to share code online

Ever e-mailed code? Ever wanted to share code in an easy way, online? Look no further - here's 10 online tools for code hosting, making it easier than ever before to share code.

CodePaste.NET

  • Used particularly for .NET code
  • Code formatting
  • Tagging
  • Member area

collabedit

  • Online source code editor
  • Code formatting

Friendpaste

  • Code formatting
  • Version control
  • Admin possibilities

gist.github

  • Code formatting
  • Version control
  • Member area

pastebin

  • Code formatting
  • Version control
  • Admin possibilities

Pastie

  • Code formatting

snipplr

  • Code formatting
  • Tagging
  • Version control
  • Member area

snipt.net

  • Code formatting
  • Tagging
  • Member area

snipt.org

  • Code formatting
  • Member area

textsnip

  • Code formatting
  • Member area

10 great Android apps you should have

The Android Market is absolutely full of great applications and tools to customize your Android OS. The market has grown a lot lately, particularly with the popularity of HTC Hero. Here are 10 great applications I can recommend for Android - all available through Market in your HTC!

Twidroid

This is the most useful Twitter client available for Android systems. Post tweets, upload photos, send direct messages, use search plus more. If the free version isn't enough you also have the full version with even more advanced functionality.

This is definitely the Twitter app for Android that stands out above all other Twitter apps.

Visit Twidroid home page

Astrid

Astrid is a great to do manager that boosts productivity - you can create new tasks, fill in a number of options and let Astrid alert you when you need it. Great interface and customization options.

Visit Astrid home page

AK Notepad

A simple note tool - write anything, save it, setup reminders and send notes via sms or e-mail.

Visit AK Notepad home page

Layar

Augmented reality is hot. Really hot. Layar uses the phone's GPS and compass to show you what's in your surroundings. Just point your Android phone at a location and Layar will show you layers of information - such as train stations, restaurants or even your friends. This is a really cool app and it's got a lot of potential.

Visit Layar home page

NewsRob

A Google Reader client, great to catch up with your unread feeds on the fly.

Visit NewsRob home page

Mabilo ringtones

This is where you want to go and catch your ringtones. A full set of categories where you'll definitely find something that suits you.

ePhoneBook

This is a better and more useful phone book than the standard one. Particularly the different tab modes are great for sorting your contacts - plus it's easier to maintain your phone book with this app.

Quick Uninstaller

If you try out a lot of Android apps, this is the tool for you - an uninstaller which does the work.

Advanced Task Killer

If you ever feel your phone slows down, it might be an idea to use Advanced Task Killer to close apps you're not really using.

Spare Parts

Fine tune your phone settings. Customize appearance such as font size and animations plus a number of other settings.

More resources

These apps are just some of my true favourites. There are a number of other apps available. Here's more resources on Android apps:

 

 

Have you got any favourite Android apps? Please feel free to add a comment!

Twitter module in ASP.NET for download

If you've been looking for an ASP.NET Twitter module, look no further. I've coded a C# module in order to consume a given Twitter feed. Download the Twitter module for easy use in your own project.

How to use

You can either show the latest Twitter message or any given number of Twitter messages with this module - all you have to do is to point out a Twitter username and the number of messages to show.

Here's a code example on how you can show 5 Twitter messages in a Repeater.

Code-behind:

string userName = "dileno";

List<TwitterFeed> messages = TwitterFeed.Fetch(userName, 5);

if (messages.Count>0)
{
rptTwitterMessages.DataSource = messages;
rptTwitterMessages.DataBind();
}

Repeater in code-front (aspx/ascx):

<asp:Repeater ID="rptTwitterMessages" runat="server">
<HeaderTemplate><ul></HeaderTemplate>
<FooterTemplate></ul></FooterTemplate>
<ItemTemplate><li><%#((TwitterFeed)Container.DataItem).Message %> (<a href="<%#((TwitterFeed)Container.DataItem).Link %>"><%#((TwitterFeed)Container.DataItem).PubDate %></a>)</li></ItemTemplate>
</asp:Repeater>

Download the Twitter module

You can download the C# module with complete source code and code examples:

Download Twitter module (zip, 16 kB)

Short instructions for implementation

  • Drop the TwitterFeed.cs file into your project.
  • Use the code in Default.aspx.cs to customize the Twitter messages.
  • Update your appSettings.Config with the key TwitterFeedUrl, which you find in this project's appSettings.Config file.

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