Microsoft Small Basic

Microsoft has recently released a new programming language, which is pretty simple and will help teach programming to beginners.

It is aimed at making computer programming accessible to beginners. The project comprises a simple programming language that gathers inspiration from the original BASIC programming language; a modern and attractive programming environment; and rich, extensible libraries. Together they make programming fun for kids and adults alike.

Download : Microsoft Small Basic

TwitOnMSN – Use Twitter on your MSN!

One can now send and receive tweets using MSN messenger. Well there are many desktop clients which does the same job also few outlook addins. But when it comes to MSN Messenger we have a bot : TwitOnMSN which integrates an API into twitter account and link it to your msn messenger account.

Setting up TwitOnMSN is pretty simple.

  • One needs to add TwitOnMSN@Live.com as a contact to your MSN Messenger.
  • Then the bot, sends a invitation from twitonmsnXXX@live.com (where XXX can be any number) which becomes the bot.
  • This is the bot which will allow you to connect to Twitter.
  • A link would be provided by the bot to authorize winOnMSN to access your Twitter account, which will take you to the Twitter website.
  • Once you are authorized, all you have to do is just type into MSN Messenger’s chat window whatever you want to which gets posted as a tweet.
  • The bot also keeps sending you every single tweet on to your messenger chat window.
  • One can
    • Sent new tweets
    • Reply to tweets
    • Retweet
  • If one drag and drops a picture file into the chat the image, then its posted along with a tweet.
  • Also we can send a direct message by typing in the following format : “d username content” .

Homepage : TwitOnMSN

PDFmyURL – Convert websites to PDF files

Recently came across this interesting website, that allows you to save or convert a static website intto a PDF file.
It can be pretty useful for saving a Wikipedia, TechNet or KB articles.
Give it a try…

Website : PDFmyURL

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Re-released

Back in October, Microsoft released the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, which was under a lot of issues for violating the GPL. Thus Microsoft decided to re build the same tool but as an open source.

Only a month later, the access to the tool has now been restored and a new Microsoft Codeplex project has been stood up, housing all the source code for all to consume.

Another awesome feature is that its also an offline tool i.e. it doesn’t download any files from the internet when you try to install  Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Thus we dont need an internet connection to install this tool.

The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.

The ISO file contains all the Windows 7 installation files combined into a single uncompressed file. When you download the ISO file, you need to copy it to some medium in order to install Windows 7. This tool allows you to create a copy of the ISO file to a USB flash drive or a DVD. To install Windows 7 from your USB flash drive or DVD, all you need to do is insert the USB flash drive into your USB port or insert your DVD into your DVD drive and run Setup.exe from the root folder on the drive.

Note: You cannot install Windows 7 from the ISO file until you copy it to a USB flash drive or DVD with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool and install from there.

The copy of the ISO file that the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool creates is bootable. Bootable media allows you to install Windows 7 without having to first run an existing operating system on your machine. If you change the boot order of drives in your computer’s BIOS, you can run the Windows 7 installation directly from your USB flash drive or DVD when you turn on your computer. Please see the documentation for your computer for information on how to change the BIOS boot order of drives.

Download
Documentation
Steps for using the tool

SysInternals Suite

The Sysinternals Troubleshooting Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files. It does not contain non-troubleshooting tools like the BSOD Screen Saver or NotMyFault.

The Suite is a bundling of the following selected Sysinternals Utilities:

AccessChk Junction PsLogList
AccessEnum LDMDump PsPasswd
AdExplorer ListDLLs PsService
AdRestore LiveKd PsShutdown
Autologon LoadOrder PsSuspend
Autoruns LogonSessions RegDelNull
BgInfo NTFSInfo RegJump
CacheSet PageDefrag RootkitRevealer
ClockRes PendMoves SDelete
Contig PipeList ShareEnum
Coreinfo PortMon ShellRunas
Ctrl2Cap ProcDump SigCheck
DebugView ProcessExplorer Streams
Desktops Process Monitor Strings
Disk2vhd ProcFeatures Sync
DiskExt PsExec TCPView
DiskMon PsFile VMMap
DiskView PsGetSid VolumeID
Disk Usage (DU) PsInfo WhoIs
EFSDump PsKill WinObj
Handle PsList ZoomIt
Hex2dec PsLoggedOn  

And as posted earlier, NewSID which was part of Sysinternals has now retired and is not longer available for download. For more information chect out my previous post NewSID has been retired and is no longer available for download.

Download : Sysinternals Suite

Alternate Download for SysInternals Utilities

A file share allowing you to access to all Sysinternals utilities. It is an alternate distribution mechanism for Sysinternals utilities. This will allow you to run these tools from any computer connected to the Internet without having to navigate to a webpage, download and extract the zip file. If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Windows Sysinternals, it is highly recommended that you visit the website before using these tools.

Website : http://live.sysinternals.com/

Cloud Operating System

1. GlideOS

Glide OS is a Web desktop environment, or Webtop, that offers online productivity applications in conjunction with rights-based media sharing and collaboration options, atop online file storage. It’s similar in scope to Google’s online apps, with everything from word processing to image editing to conferencing.

The current on i.e. Glide OS 3.0 is a comprehensive Ad-Free cloud computing solution. Escape from the daily barrage of online floating, pop up, banner and streaming ads and email spam. In addition to providing you with an ad-free alternative, you get more storage, more features and more control over how you share your private information and personal files.

Glide is a free suite of rights-based productivity and collaboration applications with 10GBs of free storage. Setup and administer up to six family member accounts including child accounts from your Glide settings panel. The Glide OS provides automatic file and application compatibility across devices and operating systems. With Glide OS you also get the Glide Sync App which helps you to synchronize your home and work files.

Glide OS needs Flash 10.0 to work.

Homepage : GlideOS or Glide Society

2. G.ho.st

G.ho.st is an excellent option for home and business users. This virtual cloud computing program is internet based and has options that allow the user to store and retrieve files from anywhere in the world. G.ho.st is loaded with options. G.ho.st support in multiple languages.

The program launches Firefox or Internet Explorer into a full screen and within seconds loads your programs and information. The dozens of features included with G.ho.st include, sync, Google Docs, Email, Games, Social Site integration, documents (sheets, docs and presentations), Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, a place for photos, videos and your music.

G.ho.st has been around for a while now and most of the users have always loved the user friendly interface and ease of access for the tools available.

Homepage : G.ho.st