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Archive for December, 2012

Google Flights: needs a bit more work, but first look is promising

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/24

Just saw that Google Flights was introduce: for searching and booking flights online.

It needs some more work (see below), but it is a great start for a couple of reasons as compared to any of the competition I have seen:

  • A much more intuitive and clutter-free user interface 
  • A blazingly fast response (SFO – AMS: response in about a second, all others took at least 10 seconds)

Try the user experience for yourself. A few things I liked:

  • In addition to selecting preferred airlines, you can select preferred Airline Alliances
    (they share miles anyway).
  • Shows flight duration and allows you to sort on it
    (ideal for business passengers)
  • Shows if you can have WiFi
    (for geeks like me)
  • Uses hint-panes when you hoover the mouse over certain areas to fill in more detailed information
    (like the airline that operates the flight, or the stops you make).
  • Shows a graph with fare-rate over time
    (so you can pick days with lowest fare more easily; the sweet spot for SFO-AMS seems to be 2-5 day trips that include a saturday/sunday night).

Some things they need to work on:

  • You can search from USA to destinations outside USA, but not vice versa
    (for instance, it finds SFO – AMS, but you are not allowed to enter AMS – SFO).
  • You can enter IATA airport codes, but not ICAO ones (like EHAM)
  • It is not included in the Google – Products list
    (right now you can go from Flights to Web search, but not the other way around).
  • It always starts with a departure in SFO
    (it would make sense if you can select your faviourite departure airport; I live about 10 minutes from AMS / EHAM).
  • It always starts with a departure date 16 days from now
    (The last link is pun intended:  it tests the Google search cache for refreshing pages that calculate information).

–jeroen

via: Flights from San Francisco – Google Search.

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KLS SOFT – WSCC – Windows System Control Center, for auto-updating SysInternals and NirSoft tools

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/24

For people that don’t want to run the wget on the URLs  http://live.sysinternals.com and  http://www.nirsoft.net, there is WSCC:

This edition of WSCC supports the following utility suites:

  1. Windows Sysinternals Suite (including support for Sysinternals Live service)
  2. NirSoft Utilities

–jeroen

via: KLS SOFT – WSCC – Windows System Control Center.

Posted in Power User, Windows | Leave a Comment »

“Holland versus The Netherlands” a new video by C.G.P Grey – @cgpgrey

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/23

C.G.P. Grey just released a new video: Holland versus The Netherlands:

I love almost all hist videos at

my first encounter to his work was a similar video about the U.K., G.B, England, and a whole lot more:

While watching that I thought “someone should make a video about Holland, The Netherlands and the Dutch Kingdom”. Good to see he just did (:

Still on my wish list: a video on Europe, Schengen, The European Union and the Euro.

–jeroen

via ROFLMAO.. Thank you…

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SQL Server FineBuild

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/21

Interesting; is on my research list to see if the installation process gets easier and more standardized.

SQL Server FineBuild Introduction

FineBuild provides 1-click install and best-practice configuration of SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008, and SQL Server 2005.

–jeroen

via: SQL Server FineBuild.

Posted in Database Development, Development, Power User, Reporting Services, SQL Server, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Learning F# – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/12/20

If you want to learn F#, start at this SO question:

Learning F# – Stack Overflow.

–jeroen

Posted in .NET, Development, F#, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

 
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