HOWTO: Answer the question “Is {some site} up or down?”

June 28, 2009 | Comments Off

I just stumbled on a very cool service that helps you answer the question “Is {some site} up or down?” It couldn’t be simpler. Visit and you will see a very simple form that looks like this:

Enter the name of a site and the folks running the site will go check and see if it is possible to visit the site from their location on the net. If the site is reachable you will see something like this:

If it is not reachable you will see something like this:

RESTful .NET by Jon Flanders

June 9, 2009 | Comments Off

RESTful .NET is the first book that teaches Windows developers to build RESTful web services using the latest Microsoft tools. Written by WFC expert Jon Flanders, this hands-on tutorial demonstrates how you can use WCF and other components of the .NET 3.5 Framework to build, deploy and use REST-based web services in a variety of application scenarios. No prior knowledge of REST or WCF is required to get started.

Kindle: Amazon’s 6″ Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation)

June 9, 2009 | Comments Off

For a while the idea of a Kindle has intrigued me. In early May I took the plunge and purchased one of the new and improved models from Amazon. The main thing I was looking for was a way to reduce the number of technology books I lug back and forth to work each day.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 – Web Premium

June 9, 2009 | Comments Off

Tackle websites, applications, user interfaces, and other digital experiences with complete confidence in the power of Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 Web Premium software. From world-class image editing prowess to sophisticated code-handling capabilities to multiplatform deployment options, Web Premium is the comprehensive solution for the professional web designer and developer.

Web Premium combines Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4, Flash® CS4 Professional, Photoshop® CS4 Extended, Illustrator® CS4, Fireworks® CS4, Acrobat® 9 Pro, Soundbooth® CS4, and Contribute® CS4 with additional tools and services.

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WS_FTP Professional

June 9, 2009 | Comments Off

WS_FTP Professional delivers industry-leading security, automation, and customization capabilities, offering the highest level of encryption available for files and a superior range of features that enhance productivity and communication.

With more than 40 million users worldwide, the award-winning WS_FTP Professional is the world’s most popular file transfer client. It boasts the fastest transfer speeds and highest level of reliability and security of any file transfer client on the market.

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Better than Google: Real answers for Programmers, System Administrators and IT Professionals

June 7, 2009 | Comments Off

Technology is more complex now than ever. It seems like the diversity of topics a programmer, system administrator or IT professional must have some familiarity with grows exponentially. In the office it is all to common to hear someone say “Did you google it?” or “I found a post that looks like it might be related on google.” when trying to sort out complex technology issues.

Google is good, but real people working together, sharing their experience with each other and documenting the results for others to take advantage of works even better. Two sites that should be in every technologists bookmark list are stackoverflow and serverfault.

You can think of these sites as social networking communities with very focused areas of interest. Anyone can post a question to a site, anyone can provide an answer, and everyone votes on the best answers. Comments can be added to questions or answers, folks develop “street cred” by providing useful answers and eventually become recognized by their peers as knowledgeable on specific topics.

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Stack Overflow is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for
programmers – regardless of platform or language. It’s 100% free, no
registration required.

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Server Fault is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for system
administrators and IT professionals – regardless of platform. It’s 100% free,
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