Ever wanted to have multiple email addresses without actually creating so many "physical addresses"? A new feature from Hotmail allows you accomplish just that. You can create aliases (five as of now) for your existing @hotmail.com email address and mails sent to those all delivered to the same Hotmail account (your primary one) – no need to create multiple Inboxes (physical email addresses)! The mails sent to these aliases can be delivered to the Inbox itself or to different folders based on the alias. What is more – you can even delete the alias later thus creating a temporary email address kind of thing.

The process is very simple: Just sign in to your Hotmail account and click on the Inbox’s ‘More Actions’ link (the gear wheel) and select Create a Hotmail alias. Follow the subsequent steps (not too many) and your new alias will be good to go in few minutes (you will get a confirmation mail once it is ready).

Hotmail Alias Creation

Remove an alias is simple too:

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I do a lot of scribbling/note taking and draw diagrams (how can a software Architect be without diagrams :-) ) while in meetings, reading technical books and so started looking for a decent note taking application for my new iPad. Honestly, there are many notes applications but not many satisfied my key requirements sufficiently: 1. Handwriting & 2. Free-form drawing. Many iPad notes applications support keyboard (onscreen) based typing but who will have the patience to type in notes in quick meetings or change your flow from reading to typing. After doing quite a bit of research I finally ended up with Notes Plus. Just awesome!! For me this is only next to Microsoft’s OneNote in terms of features and well worth the money. It has features much more than what I expected. If you use a stylus (iPad-compatible), then that completes it!

Notes Plus photo

Worth mentioning features are:

  • Palm Pad (grey area at the bottom in the above screenshot) – help you rest your palm on the touch surface for comfortable handwriting (palm pad area becomes insensitive to your palm touch)
  • Excellent drawing support (though not extensive, I can do my mind-mapping diagrams in quick & dirty way )
  • Integration with Google Docs
  • You can mix handwriting, voice recording, freehand drawing, keyboard typing to any extent – something I love in Microsoft’s OneNote also!

There is one big compliant however: if you do lot of complex drawings then later delete them, the application simply crashes! I think it is because it over-does drawing pattern recognition, handwriting manipulation, etc.

I only wish Microsoft had developed iPad version of its OneNote application, but I am well settled with Notes Plus now.

I highly recommend this iPad app for those who are looking for a ‘value-for-money’ notes app for iPad.

 

Note: I am just one among the satisfied users of Notes Plus application and no way connected to the company developed it.

I am sure every developer will have his/her own set of free software tools/utilities on their dev rig. I just love utilities & tools! They save lot of time and effort; some have eye-candy UI and trust me I use them just for that reason alone though they don’t provide any useful features. Since I am a bit concerned that I might lose my toolbox (most of them require no installation), all my favorite utilities are under a single folder for easy copy/move whenever I rebuild my machine or get a new one. Here is my list that I always have on all my laptops (business, personal) and desktops – not in any particular order:

  • Process Explorer (find just about anything about running processes)
  • Process Monitor (big brother of Process Explorer, an integrated tool with real-time registry, file system and process activity monitoring)
  • Paint.NET (simple yet powerful image processing tool)
  • Notepad++ (Powerful code/text editor yet as simple as Windows Notepad; for its features, portability is what I admire about it)
  • Red Gate Reflector (I doubt if there will be any .NET developer without knowing or using this tool)
  • Diff Merge (A neat file and folder comparison tool)
  • 7-Zip (Open-source archiving utility)
  • Autoruns (Find all background applications/executable that run automatically when Windows starts or you log on)
  • Depends (Find all dependent modules of a 32-bit or 64-bit exe, dll, ocx, etc.)
  • Revo Uninstaller (Simple software uninstall clean up utility; serves my needs)
  • Universal Extractor (I have hardly come across any archive or compressed file format this utility cannot handle)
  • VLC (a Swiss-army media player cum streamer)
  • Ultra Magnifier (A screen magnifying utility, not updated for about 7 years now, but does its job very well. I mostly use it to get the RGB color value of a pixel on the screen)
  • ImgBurn (a sleek CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning application; it also dump optical discs as image files and hosts even more features!)
  • MagicDisc (load CD/DVD image files without burning actually them)

I will post you all as and when I update my tools list!