Programming and productivity publications

Scott Hanselman recently wrote up a list of "Six Essential Language Agnostic Programming Books". That list, including the comments with other suggestions, is certainly worth a look. I have to admit that I haven't read most of what he lists, and only skimmed others. Read More ›


What's new in Telligent Community 5.0?

Are you considering to upgrade your CommunityServer 2008.5 to the newest edition 5.0, now dubbed Telligent Community? Here's a list of differences between the two versions. Read More ›


Disable "Most visited" in new tabs in Firefox 3

My standard browser is Firefox 3 because of its rendering, cross-platform availability and mostly because of its extensions. Some time ago I installed Google Toolbar to be able to see the page rank of websites I visit. Since then, every new tab I open took much longer to load than previously - I had to wait entering the URL I really wanted to visit to allow Google Toolbar to render 9 screenshots of my "most visited" sites. Well that's nice and all Google, but I've got shortcuts for those sites and even if I don't, I could possibly type their URL faster than it takes you to display this rather useless page in every new tab I open. So I went on a quest to disable this function and it's actually not hard at all! Read More ›

System administration

Count files in a folder recursively

To count the number of files in the current folder and in all of its subfolders (recursively): Read More ›

System administration

How to build a DB9-to-RJ45 serial cable

This type of cable has a female DB9 connector on one end and a male RJ45 plug on the other. It is used to connect to the serial console of older Cisco devices and Sun gear, among others. Read More ›