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US property market is about to crash?

An article claims, that the property market in the United States will collapse any moment, since many home owners cannot make necessary mortgage payments.

Another one also discusses a problem with payments - this time describing a particular controversial mortgage product, still quite popular in the US, which the article claims was wrongly sold to many people who didn't understand the risks involved.

Google apps for your domain

I have recently registered with Google apps for your domain. I was surprised with the speed by which they processed my application and gave me a go ahead.

So now I can create e-mail users in my own domain and have a full-fledged web interface - and all for free! Addresses are something like andre@baryudin.com or any number of other e-mail addresses I can think about - for any purpose, including spam filtering and mail sorting.

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RegSvr32.exe alternative - COM registration tool

All you Windows developers - there is an alternative to Regsvr32.exe - Reggie. I haven't used it yet, but it looks quite promising. You need it if you experience problems registering your COM+ DLLs or typelibs, and don't have a clue what is the cause. Reggie is more informative, and even provides a shell return code, so it

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MS PowerShell

Microsoft is developing a command line environment, which they call PowerShell. I read some negative feedback, but it looks rather interesting and powerful. The main difference from traditional Unix approach is that the commands do not communicate via standard input/output channels, but rather export and consume objects with properties. These properties can be queried and eventually actioned upon.

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Drupal shortcomings

I really like Drupal - the open source community and blogging software. But their alphabetic sorting drives me nuts - is it so complicated to create proper manual ordering? They have something called "weights", which can be assigned to items in a list, but this is really not convenient, especially when lists change frequently or are long.

Bu

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In-browser automated web site testing

Since I heard about first release of Mozilla browser, and the fact, that most of it was written in JavaScript and XUL, I thought about creating a web testing tool, which would use Mozilla-based browser to test web site functionality automatically.

The tool would automatically visit every link on every page and would try to click every button and so on. The tool should be configurable via some sort of script language. In the end the human user would be presented with a report.

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