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SlickEdit   SlickEdit - makers of that very-impressive code editor and some pretty neat Eclipse and VisualStudio.NET tools and add-ins, some of which (Gadgets) are free. Check out this short video highlighting just one of SlickEdit's Visual Studio integration features.
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Great Components

div elements   Divelements - developers of WinForms, WPF, and Silverlight controls. Easily integrate the Office 2007 Ribbon Interface, Dockable Windows, and several other interfaces. All products are available with a 30-day trial.
Tall Components   Tall Components - makers of PDFKit.NET, a 100% managed .NET component for, reading, creating and manipulating PDF documents and PDF forms on the fly. You can also split, append, stamp, and encrypt PDF documents and forms. If you have to do anything with PDF, you should definitely download the free trial.
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And now, back to our regularly scheduled program.

 

"We received some X360 Devkits," writes Onno J. "Each kit was packed in a box that was packed in a bigger box together with some more boxes containing a variety of parts and accessories. One of the smaller boxes was particularly interesting..."

"... Microsoft did not disappoint."

 

"Watchout!" Gerrie writes, "there's a wet spot on the carpet."

 

"Recently, my coworker set on a pot of coffee and waited a really, really long time for the pot to brew," writes Ruquay K Calloway "He eventually gave up, and called in the calvary to diagnose. It didn't take too long to figure out the problem: he created an infinite loop in the coffee machine. As it turns out, he also makes infinite loops in his code..."

 

"I saw this in one of our local restaurants," Czedryk noted. "It seems they are open 24hours/7days a week everyday during the holy days."

 

Richard Mabry writes, "instructions followed from this."

 

"Like everyone else on the planet, I had a problem with my PayPal account," Savvas writes, "when I contacted customer support, I was pleased to see how individually PayPal treats its customers."

 

"I was at the NAB convention week, and saw this odd logo on DaVinci's booth," writes Darrin Cardani. "I'm not sure it really conveys what they think it does."

 

Andrea was impressed by this "unbreakable" outlet cover at Lowe's.

 

"I noticed this interesting new Coke flavor at the local 7-Eleven," writes Brandon Lewis.

 

"I saw this notice at the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome," Adam C wrote. "Sure it has winding passageways, but large land-dwelling reptiles?"