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SftpDrive - map drives to your windows workstation via SSH...

Just heard about this software today from a satisfied user. SftpDrive is a software package for Windows that allows you to map a SSH server as a Windows network drive. This enables you to use a Windows PC for development but to modify files directly on a Linux/Unix server.

It costs to register the software but they have a 6 week free trial. Considering the amount of time I could save during development I think I will be adding this tool to my dev workstation: https://www.eldos.com/sftp-net-drive/

-- Dave

Installing Perl/DBI/DBD on Win32 just got a little simpler...

I just downloaded and installed the latest version of ActiveState Perl for Win32. After installation I started to hit the laundry list of post-install tasks and noticed that 1) there is a new graphical Perl Package Manager and 2) I couldn't install DBI and DBD-Oracle because they were already installed! No more looking for the old ESoftmatic drivers!

Span 2 monitors with Remote Desktop Connection

Allrighty, this is awesome. One of my main reasons I like to work in the office instead of at home is how my environment is set up. Things are kind of slow over the VPN so its easiest to just use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe) to connect to my work PC. But the big issue was the display. I like having a lot of screen realestate. I've got 2 21" monitors at work, and I've got the same setup at home. Well with the latest version of mstsc.exe you can create a huge desktop session that spans both monitors!
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WAMP - ing

Windows / Apache / MySQL / Php. This is a diversion from my usual immersion in all things Oracle. Along with my blog at http://www.ba6.us I've got a handful of sites that are quick and dirty custom webapps that I host on BlueHost.com. BlueHost, like many consumer level web hosts offers Apache, MySQL, and Php on the cheap. I wanted an environment I could use for development and experimentation. Here is how to set up a simple dev environment for Apache / MySQL / Php on a Windows machineā€¦ 1) Windows I'm not going to cover installation of Windows here.
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