100 Years Since Tunguska

Today we mark 100 years since the Tunguska explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River, Russia. The energy blasted from the explosion is estimated to 5 to 30 megatons, with 5 to 15 the most likely. It wiped out an estimated 80 million trees on 2150 squared kilometers. The cause of the explosion, is,…

Last Day in Office for Bill Gates

Today is the last day for Bill Gates as executive president at Microsoft. Some months ago he released this clip about him looking for a new job. The ending words from a news presenter are quite funny too. And all tech markets remain steady as Bill Gates completed his last full day at Microsoft. Personal…

Manning’s .NET Daily Drawing

Manning Publications, for which I reviewed a couple of books, opens today a promotion called .NET Daily Drawing, that will be available until July 17th. During this time they are giving away one free .NET e-book each day and a final grand prize consisting of a Manning .NET Library. If you want to take part…

The Find Combo Box from Visual Studio

I am using Visual Studio for many years, but I have to admit this came as a total surprise: the Find combo box in Visual Studio is more than just what the name says. Besides searching for files, you can use it for opening files, creating new files, setting breakpoints (in a smart way), going…

.NET Mass Downloader from CodePlex

I was pointed recently to this tool from CodePlex, called .NET Mass Downloader. Earlier this year Microsoft released (partially) the source code (with symbol files) for the .NET framework (version 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5). Visual Studio 2008 however downloads these files on-the-fly, as they are needed. This tool allows you to download all sources and…

Word Reducing Puzzle

I recently found an interesting problem on the web, about reducing words, letter by letter until only one letter remains. Here is a formal definition: We define word reduction as removing a single letter from a word while leaving the remaining letters in their original order so that the resulting sequence of characters is also…