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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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TWIL (ThisWeekILearned) - Week #1


The bookmarking sites Delicious and Google Bookmarks haven't been working well for me. So on the lines of the TodayILearned section of Reddit, I plan to jot down interesting things I've learnt from the internet each week under the TWIL (ThisWeekILearned) label.
  • Snipping tool isn't available in Windows Server 2012 & Windows Server 2008.
  • Everything is a proprietary freeware Windows desktop search engine that can rapidly find files and folders by name on an NTFS volume. (found via SuperUser)
  • The Mouse Keys feature that lets you control your mouse with your keyboard appears to have a few more options in Windows 7 than in earlier versions.
  • Does your computer have DDR2 or DDR3 type of RAM? You can use the freeware tool CPUID's CPU-Z tool to find out.
  • Don't like the styling of a web page you're browsing? You can view it with your own User style sheet.
  • I've seen image ads being shown using Data URIs. Data URIs are now supported by all the popular browsers. You can block URLs originating from a domain. Wonder if image-ad data URIs be blocked.
  • Need to find the current time in some other part of world? Time.is is a nice-looking useful site.
  • jQuery 2.0 will not run on IE 6, 7, or 8
  • SharePoint 2010 can be made to run on Windows Vista & Windows 7. MSDN used to have a detailed step by step article that I had bookmarked. When I recently visited that link, I noticed that the content of the page had got replaced. Can't believe MSDN can remove it just like that instead of archiving it! Thankfully The Wayback Machine has a copy of  Setting Up the Development Environment for SharePoint 2010 on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008.
  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) of India has a Consumer Education website. Nice.
  • The video sharing site DailyMotion has a lot of cool features that YouTube doesn't have. The video controls include a "Turn off the lights" option to black out everything except the video. Unlike in YouTube, you are not forced to watch ads before a video; you have a choice of closing the ad in the beginning.

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