Category Archives: Cool Developer Tools

Handling Keyboard Input in SilverLight

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Came across a great article that explains how to handle Keyboard input in SilverLight. I just know i will be needing this functionality in some future project 😉

John Galloway’s blog talks about wiring up the main canvas’s “keyup” event and listening to the keys. He’s created an Enum of all possible key’s that we can code against.

Check out his posting here: “Some keyboard input tricks for SilverLight 1.1 Alpha

Mind you ignore the title of the posting because it should be compatible with all the currently released versions of SilverLight.

iPhone – Graphics and TidBits

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Found a great reference site for all the graphics shipped with the iPhone. It’s a discussion about what goes into the UI of the iPhone as well as a link to the zip file containing the images.

Thread discussing iPhone graphics : link

Actual ZIP file containing the extracted iPhone graphics (for convenience) : zip

Increase your internet speed

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This is a cool piece of information that i was told about recently. Microsoft defaults your pc to consume 20% of your bandwidth without you knowing…

Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes like Windows Updates and interrogating your PC etc. Don’t you want to get it back for your self? Here is the trick how to get 100% of your available bandwidth.

To get it back:
Click Start then Run and type “gpedit.msc” without quotes.

This opens the “group policy editor” and go to: “Local Computer Policy”

Then “Computer Configuration” Then “Administrative Templates”  

Then select “Network”  then “QOS Packet Scheduler”

After that select “Limit Reservable Bandwidth”.

Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the ‘Explain’ tab i.e.” By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default.”
So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%.

Screenshot Thumbnails with WebSnapr – Generate a thumbnail

WebSnapr lets you capture screenshots of (almost) any web page. Let your visitors to instantly visualize any web page before clicking. Increase site traffic, click-through rate and site stickiness.

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Digg Like Forms

I loved digg so much i ripped there forms. Now I’m sharing the knowledge with anyone out there that wants to listen! Those with ugly sites, read this article and implement “digg like forms”, help make the web a more beautiful place!

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Digg In Pics

Cool site( takes the latest Digg articles and creates thumbnails of them then presents them in an awesome newspaper layout. The actual user can change what information is shown using cool sliders! This is exactly how i like reading articles

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