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Monday, July 31, 2006

Timur Fanshteyn - Google Groups

My history on the net :) My oldest news post I was able to find was from on November 4th, 1994 - more then 12 years ago. Niiiicceee.... 1MB SIMMS


Sunday, July 30, 2006

Freeware and OpenSource Pt.2

A pretty large chunk number of applications are use daily are opensource applications. A list I'll try to keep up to date is here.

Being an active user of opensource software, being a not-so-active contributor so open source projects (I've submitted a few patches to some projects), and even having a project on SourceForge, I've been putting a little bit of thought into what starts and keeps OpenSource software going.

There a few reasons that I can think of:

  • Brand new software with no real commercial alternative, designed to be used by itself - There a lot of applications like this. I think most of these are smaller projects, utility applications, etc... - WinDirStat, SysInternal utilities, etc...
  • Applications created to support commercial products - NUnit, NDoc
  • Free, Open Source alternatives to commercial applications - NSIS, Subversion, QuickFix
  • Commercial Products released under Open Source - OpenOffice

The reasons above can be split into two categories: Projects that have commercial backing and products that don't. So the question I'd like to raise is how long will projects without commercial backing survive, and what will be the reason for survivor or their demise. Will they survive when corporations will put their resources to create commercial product against a free alternative. I've noticed the same questions asked by others to the project coordinators as well.
NUnit - "The Death of NUnit Revisited"
NDoc - "NDoc 2 is Officially Dead"
Considering how fierce is the competition between comercial products, will the OpenSource projects that are developed by some great developers during their spair time using their own resources, be able to stand up to the competition? Or will the projects live only as long as they are not good enough to be considered a competition by the coorporations, and die as soon as they become a threat (or atleast a competition)?


Freeware and OpenSource Pt.1

There are a couple of entries that I have to write on the Freeware and more importantly OpenSource project. I'll start with a few opensource products that I use on regular basis

  1. NDoc
  2. Nant
  3. NUnit
  4. WinDirStat
  5. CygWin
  6. QuickFix
  7. Subversion
  8. Tourtoise SVN
  9. log4net
  10. Emacs / XEmacs
  11. Console


Saturday, July 29, 2006

Microsoft: .Net Beat Java, Who's Next?

It is very exciting to hear that Microsoft considers .Java a beat. I would like to see some stats that would back that up though. Microsoft: .Net Beat Java, Who's Next? On a related note, it is very interesting how the focus shift for Microsoft technology will effect us. This relates to everything from Microsoft focusing a lot of its attention on consumer products (XBox 360, Zune, etc...) and Microsoft possible focusing on enterprise product development while considering the .NET Framework to be a great base to build on. I guess we will see soon


Friday, July 28, 2006

Learning something new

It is great when you learn something new, especially when its a little information that makes a huge difefrence. I used to have a multiple number of addins to provide the basic right click functionality, however, in VS 2005, it is available out of the box. Right Clicking on the file tab now provides you following options Close All Close All But This Copy Full Path Open Containing Folder Copy File Locaton in Solution Explorer -- jfo's coding : TIP: Try right clicking on the filetabs in VS 2005


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

MSDN Library available for free download

Microsoft made a shift in distribution of its MSDN Library. It is now available for free download from MSDN Library Download Previously, MSDN was available for download only for MSDN Subscribers, and there was actually a subscription level that provided only MSDN library.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

Working in Solitude

There are a lot of changes happening in the office. After business reorg, there is the chair reorg. All of my old team was moved to a different floor, all 15 of them. So until I get moved too (hopefully in the next two weeks) I'll be working in solitude.

The picture is of the cubicle next to mine. It sure is quiet here :)


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Comments are added

Finally activated comments on the posts. Let's see if anyone is reading :)


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

SysInternals is bought by Microsoft

Sysinternals was aquired by Microsoft. Does tat mean that Process Explorer will finally replace Task Manager? For now, Sysinternals site is so slow (probably with everyone readin the news, I can't even login to retreive the blog entry :) Read it on CNet for now


Ethereal Is Renamed to WireShark

Ethereal - Now WireShark is a great tool that I've been using for a while to look at the network traffic and troubleshot all kinds of issues. Everything from remoting to FIX, to just browse through the traffic that is going on on the network port. The new homepage is at



This is a list of the utility software that I have running on my development desktop

Windows Utilities
Toolset from SysInternals A requirement for system management. Process Explorer, Event Viewer, File Monitor, Registry Monitor, etc...
UltraEdit Trully great programmers text editor
Notepad++ Another great text editor - OpenSource and Free
FireFox Sometimes I feel like IE, some times I don't
WinMerge Great file/folder compare tool
SlickRun A nice, small, and very usefull Quick Run utility
Console Command Prompt Enhancer
TaskSwitch Pro Free ALT+TAB Replacement
PowerToys for XP PowerCalc, Tweak UI, etc...
CygWin toolset Unix utlities (includng XWindows) on windows
FolderShare Syncronize and access your files across the internet
WinDirStat Drive / Folder usage statistics with a nice graphical view of the used space
Windows Live Writer Blogging utility that from Microsoft. Quickly becoming my favorite
VMWare server Virtual Server software for VMWare
Daemon Tools Open any ISO file as a virtual CD drive
PureText A small utility that removes markup from clioboard text. The result is the same as pasting into notepad
Development Utilities
Reflector .NET assembly viewer
PowerShell .NET Command Line Processor
NAnt Build Script Processor
NUnit Unit Test Framework
NDoc Help file generator
NSIS Nullsoft Scriptable Installation System
MSBuild Community Tasks A colleection of MSBuild tasks. Many of them are so great and usefull, that should have been in included with MSBuild from the begining
Snippet Compiler Compile and run .NET Code snippets
CoolCommands VS Addin Add lots and lots of cool commands to the Visual Studio menus
Subversion Because it is a real surce control that happens to be free
TourtoiseSVN Because it makes my source control work in windows, the way every source control should
SQLPrompt Intellisence for SQL Editor. This really should be a part of the microsoft SQL tools
mtail Free graphical tail utility
LogParser Command line tool that lets you run SQL queries against a variety of log files and other system data sources


Saturday, July 01, 2006

David Ilan Fanshteyn

A wonderfull, tiny, new addition to my family. My second son was born this Thursday, June 29th, 2006 at 6:50 AM. Here's a little pic where he's only a few minutes old. CIMG0569

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