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Dual Screen Setup for Visual Studio 2008

my dual screen setup

my dual screen setup

After getting totally unable to live without multiple monitors due to multiple reasons [coolness, openess, manageability, productivity] and requirements, last month I ordered a pair of 19″ Widescreen Philips 190SW LCD for my office workstation (see image). Since most of my time is spent inside Visual Studio, i found it compelling to Google dual screen setups for visual studio as a developer and designer. Though i did not get much from it, I landed on Sara ford’s post about multi-monitor support in visual studio. Though the post itself does not provide as much information, the comments are quite helpful and show how everyone has his/her own taste of setting up the new enviornment.

FIrst of, we need a good software to deal with multiple monitors. Windows XP per se does not provide much functionality for it. I downloaded the trial version of UltraMon. UltraMon basically lets you use two seperate taskbars, display different wallpaper on each monitor and so on. It even lets you maintain seperate list of opened windows in each taskbar, something the regular windows taskbar does not allow.

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Categories, Tags or the hybrid approach

Developing software is not the same as it used to be. With new paradigms, techniques and tools comming up its hard to choose the best methodology and the best tool to deliver quality products. Hence my delimma of organizing data. Would you rather categorize it (as it used to be) or tag it? There has been a lot of discussion on categories vs tags on blogs and forums lately. Had tags not been used/invented i wouldnt been writing this post or getting all confused on what to use.

So here is the scenario. You have a finances management software/tool where you write down your daily expenses etc. Just filing expenses in a software doesn’t do much good (at least not so much as to motivate me to make an exclusive custom software for it – in which case Microsoft’s Excel suffices). So, one of the major goals of this kind of tool is organization of your expenses. This is a narrow goal though. An even broader goal is planning and reporting. So we come to the part where organization is crucial. One way to organize you expenses is by making categories and n-level subcategories. Another is by tags. We discuss both, and see which one is better.

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Shameless advertisment …

I happened to come across this very neat add-on for firefox 3. There you go to all the Firefox-Gmail lovers 🙂

Click here to view home page of Better Gmail 2.

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How to add your Shared Items from Google Reader on WordPress sidebar

EDIT:Video on youtube, enjoy 🙂

Click here to watch how to add Google Shared Items feed as a RSS widget in WordPress. Requires silverlight.

The video is made using Cacatoo : a screen shot and screen cast software in making. Too early to review Cacatoo since its in alpha, but I’ll keep the readers updated 🙂

The purpose ofcourse is not cacatoo but how to add google shared items feed on wordpress as an RSS widget like the one you see on the right of my blog. Its pretty simple and google reader makes it even easier to share your daily feeds by “starring” and “sharing” them. Reader is one of the coolest products at google anyway 🙂

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live from animoto 🙂
Animoto is a rapidly growing AWS [EC2S3SQS] based online application that lets you create stunning videos from pictures and a sound track. Though kind of slow, the growth has been extremely rapid. The business model sounds amazing as well and as far as i can see they know it 🙂

Click here to view my test video starring me, myself and zaki :p

Amazon is doing a really amazing job at leading the cloud computing niche with AWS, something google probabably is a little lagging at (publicly, not technically ofcourse). My bet for future giants is google, amazon, apple, adobe … [microsoft, for its sheer size maybe]. What do you think?

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