Links to Interesting Stuff

Updated on 2011-08-03

Here are some links to interesting blogs, software, and other random tidbits! – A weekly Podcast with topics revolving around Microsoft PowerShell – The official Microsoft Scripting Guys blog


MediaTab – Shows extended media information and integrates with Windows Explorer

RunWithParameters – Windows Explorer shell extension to run executables with parameters

DebugDiag – Currently at version 1.2 – directions on use

TeraCopy – Fast file synchronization utility for Windows 7

ATTO Disk Benchmark – A benchmarking tool for disk drives

RadeonPro – A tool for AMD / ATI Radeon owners to control their GPUs

U-Verse Realtime – A very helpful diagnostic program that retrieves information from an AT&T U-Verse line

PING – A live Linux ISO based on Linux from Scratch (LFS). Provides backup / restoration utilities

System Rescue CD – A great Linux live CD with some useful system utilities. Includes gparted and gdisk (GPT fdisk)

Cinebench – A free, simple-to-use, multi-threaded benchmarking application for CPUs and GPUs on Windows 32-bit and 64-bit

FoxIt PDF iFilter – A free iFilter for the Windows Search service that indexes the contents of PDF files

iFilter Explorer – A free tool to help you investigate / troubleshoot iFilter add-ins for Windows Search

Fiddler – a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet

Songbird – Media management software based on Mozilla framework

Fences – Your tool for a clean desktop. By Stardock software.

Process Hacker – A free alternative to task manager and Sysinternals Process Explorer

BitKinex – FTP, SFTP, WebDAV client for Windows XP/Vista/7

NuPack – NuPack is a free, open source developer focused package management system for the .NET platform intent on simplifying the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .NET application during development.

PowerGUI VSX – Visual Studio Extensions for PowerShell

PHP Manager for IIS – PHP Manager for IIS is a tool for managing one or many PHP installations on IIS 7 and IIS 7.5 servers. – A free system monitor I happened across – A cool Windows 7 taskbar enhancement. Allows you to create stacks of programs to launch from the taskbar. – A PowerShell-based Workflow tool – A somewhat outdated, but cool and free PowerShell monitoring utility – PowerShell Community Extensions. Adds a number of useful cmdlets to PowerShell. – Available as part of the Windows 7 Resource Kit, the PowerShell Pack contains 10 modules to help you do more with PowerShell – A free PowerShell integrated development environment (IDE) from Quest Software

Web Services

Microsoft Web N-gram Services – Microsoft Research project for web statistics and analysis

Bing Map App SDK – With the Bing Map App SDK, you can now create your own map apps built on top of Bing Maps and hosted on

Free .NET Libraries

oauth-dot-net – A .NET library which provides full OAuth consumer and provider support.

Twitterizer – A .NET library for Twitter folk. Implements OAuth. Requires .NET 3.5+

DNS Client .NET – Perform simple as well as advanced DNS lookups from .NET code against any DNS server.

Punycode / IDN .NET – Punycode (and de-code) domain names containing international (non-english) characters in .NET code.

Packet.Net – High performance .Net assembly for dissecting and constructing network packets such as ethernet, ip, tcp, udp etc.

SharpPcap – SharpPcap is a cross-platform packet capture framework for the .NET environment, based on the famous pcap / WinPcap libraries

Pcap.Net – Pcap.Net is a .NET wrapper for WinPcap written in C++/CLI and C#.

DotNetOpenAuth – DotNetOpenAuth is a C# library that adds OpenID 2.0 Provider and Relying Party, OAuth Consumer and Service Provider, and InfoCard Selector support to your web site

OpenTK – The Open Toolkit is an advanced, low-level C# library that wraps OpenGL, OpenCL and OpenAL.

Visifire – A free, animated charting library for Microsoft .NET

Dundas Charts – A very powerful .NET charting solution

dot-net-transitions – A library for animated UI transitions for .NET

HTML Agility Pack – A .NET code library that allows you to parse "out of the web" HTML files.


Old New Thing – Some funny, and smart Windows internals guy at Microsoft named Raymond

Microsoft PowerShell Blog – The official Windows PowerShell blog

Microsoft WMI Blog – The Windows Management Infrastructure blog

Poshoholic – Excellent PowerShell blog (Kirk Munro)

HALr9000 – Hal Rottenberg’s blog (MVP) – Richard Siddaway’s blog (MVP) – A PowerShell blog by Andy Schneider – Keith Hill’s blog (MVP) – Alex Verboon’s blog – Interesting posts about IT

Shay Levy (MVP) – Shay Levy is a PowerShell MVP

Karl Prosser’s Blog – Karl Prosser’s PowerShell blog (MVP)

Karl Mitschke’s Blog – Karl Mitschke’s PowerShell blog

Dennis Delimarsky’s Blog – A .NET developer blog – Anonymous PowerShell blog

Within Windows – Cool coding blog (Rafael Rivera)


SMS Object Backup – Backup objects from SMS / SCCM and restore them to a new site

SCCM Client Center – Great GUI tool for troubleshooting and working with ConfigMgr clients

SCCM Collection Commander – Perform batch operations against a ConfigMgr collection of machines Alt Link

Jason Sandy’s Startup Script – A computer startup health script for ConfigMgr (for publishing via GPO)