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Last Build Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:19:03 +0000


Tahoma vs Verdana

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 05:57:45 +0000

Ask your favorite typophile about the difference between Arial and Helvetica, and you’re sure to regret it… unless you have a latent appreciation for the differences between font faces, the attention given to kerning and hinting, and more. But ask … Continue reading

What happened to the sandy text editor?

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 23:24:02 +0000

The sandy text editor is an open source project from the team over at, which make painfully minimal1 alternatives for popular tools and applications for unix-ish platforms. But perhaps the tense being used here is wrong. For quite some time, sandy, … Continue reading

How to import any Linux command into your Windows 10 environment

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:16:34 +0000

At NeoSmart Technologies, we’re huge fans of the new Windows Subsystem for Linux,1 and have spent a lot of time trying to make the transition between the native Win32 subsystem and the Linux/WSL subsystem as seamless as possible. For those of … Continue reading

These two new iOS 11 features could save your life

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:05:16 +0000

We may not know for sure what it’s going to look like or what it will cost, but we do know that the new iPhone 8 – Apple’s 10 year iPhone anniversary edition – is on its way and it’ll … Continue reading

Let’s stop punishing IoT devices that embrace HTTPS, shall we?

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:19:32 +0000

HTTPS is the future and the future is (finally) here. Secure HTTP requests that provide end-to-end encryption between the client making the request and the server providing it with the requested content is finally making some headway, with almost a … Continue reading

A high-performance, cross-platform tac rewrite

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:19:19 +0000

If you haven’t heard of tac, it’s a pretty nifty command-line utility that ships with the GNU utils and it’s used to print a file backwards, line-by-line. It’s especially useful when analyzing things like log files, and judicious use of … Continue reading

Windows Uptime Utility

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 21:24:37 +0000

Have you ever wanted to quickly find out how long your system has been up and running for? Did you come back to a suspiciously empty desktop when you could have sworn you left some apps open and suspect your … Continue reading

Stuck on .NET 2.0 – 3.5? Copy streams easily with this NuGet extension!

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:45:40 +0000

If you’re still stuck on .NET 2.0, 3.0, or 3.5 for any reason and don’t have access to the .CopyTo method for System.IO.Stream objects, the Stream.CopyTo extension method, available as a small NuGet package will make manually allocating buffers and other boilerplate associated … Continue reading

$ (RunInBash) is now on Chocolatey

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:23:32 +0000

Just a quick heads-up for all our readers: our recently released RunInBash utility – which makes mixing-and-matching PowerShell/Windows/CMD commands with WSL/Linux/Ubuntu commands under Windows 10 as easy as prefixing WSL commands with $ to execute them from within a command prompt or … Continue reading

PrettySize: a .NET library for printing human-readable file sizes

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:06:06 +0000

Continuing our promise to open source parts of our libraries and applications where possible, we’ve just released PrettySize, a C# and .NET library for representing file sizes in a human-readable (pretty) format. PrettySize is available for free (MIT-licensed) on GitHub and … Continue reading

Will AMD’s Ryzen finally bring SHA extensions to Intel’s CPUs?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:26:29 +0000

If you have any skin invested in the high-performance computing game, you’ve almost certainly heard of the likes of MMX and SSE, the original “extensions” to the x86 assembly instruction set that provided task-specific performance-optimized instructions that let developers take … Continue reading

A free LastPass to 1Password conversion utility

Fri, 26 May 2017 20:12:48 +0000

1Password and LastPass are probably the two best known names in the password storage business, both having been around from 2006 and 2008, respectively. Back in 2008, the internet was a very different place than it is today, especially when … Continue reading

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AsyncLock: an async/await-friendly locking library for C# and .NET

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:37:34 +0000

One of the biggest improvements to C# and the .NET ecosystem in recent years has been the introduction of the async/await programming paradigm and the improvements it brings to both performance (no need to create thousands of threads if they … Continue reading the Unicode (and emoji) library for .NET platforms

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:51:42 +0000

We are proud to present the latest addition to our open source portfolio, the library! We’ve extracted a number of encoding- and emoji-related namespaces and functions from a few of our projects going back many years and split them … Continue reading

System.Threading.Thread, Universal Windows Platform, and the fragmentation of .NET Standard

Mon, 08 May 2017 22:45:42 +0000

This post is chiefly directed at .NET developers and others involved in the various stages of .NET deployment, in particular, anyone that’s been keeping tabs on the situation with the new cross-platform, open-source .NET Core initiative or .NET Standard, which … Continue reading