Semi-regular web-link clearance – June 2009

Windows 7 – Applocker (Chicken Soup for the Techie)
Windows AppLocker is a new feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is an alternative to the Software Restriction Policies feature.

Google Page Speed
"Page Speed is an open-source Firefox/Firebug Add-on. Webmasters and web developers can use Page Speed to evaluate the performance of their web pages and to get suggestions on how to improve them."

Academic source code dust-up symptom of CS education ills (Ars Technica)
When San Jose State University student Kyle Brady published the source code of his completed homework assignments after finishing a computer science class, his professor vigorously objected. The professor insisted that publication of the source code constituted a violation of the school’s academic integrity policy because it would enable future students to cheat. Brady stood his ground as the confrontation escalated to the school’s judicial affairs office, which sided with the student and affirmed that professors at the university cannot prohibit students from posting source code.

Holiday Goodie Bag: Free C# and VB Coding Standards Reference Documents
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure (and sometimes pain) of being involved in writing and maintaining the internal coding standards documents for nearly every company I’ve ever worked for. I still have vivid memories of many bloody internal disputes over some really silly things  – where the curly braces should go – whether or not to use underscores in front of member variables. I firmly believe you need them to keep a consistent level of code quality and to this day I will still dig in and fight for this cause. The biggest lesson I’ve learned:

"It doesn’t matter what the standards are, as long as you have them and everyone agrees to adhere to them!"

Tweak your Windows 7 Logon UI “button set”
The latest piece of useful Windows customisation from Rafael Rivera over at Within Windows.

Why I Didn’t Buy A Mac (LifeHacker)
Actually Angus Kidman is one tech journalist I do have time for, even though he has Qantas Club Platinum member (the cad).

Pacific Heights Cleaners – Your Green Dry Cleaner
Want to know how to remove ink/rust/yellow/blood stains from your clothes.  Have a look at this site.

Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework
The Windows® API Code Pack for Microsoft® .NET Framework provides a source code library that can be used to access some new Windows 7 features (and some existing features of older versions of Windows operating system) from managed code. These Windows features are not available to developers today in the .NET Framework.

and finally:
Preventing Unwanted/Accidental deletions and Restore deleted objects in Active Directory (Chicken Soup for the Techie)

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