WordPress.com and Microsoft.com release new website designs

On the 14th of december Microsoft launched it’s new homepage designs which is much more streamline and adapted to the upcoming for Microsoft Windows Vista theme. The interface is pretty nice, having explorer like window, that pops up, with AJAX content, and changeable views like typical explorer view, very nice and intuitive :).

As for WordPress, the homepage has evolved more in the model of blogger, with Top Blogs and Post on the main page, together with Most popular tags used in the wordpress blogs…. quiet nice to find out what are the most popular subjects that are talked about in the blogs now :).

Skype 3.0 is out

For those who don’t already know about skype, you can visit them here.

In this new realease of skype, there seems to have been a bit of change in the interface, with more practical interaction with the commands. This will surely help users cause the previous version had some missing functionalities for commands. But that’s not all, the new thing about skype 3.0 that i like the the “SkypeCast” which is in beta, but a very good communicating tool, that enable a user to open an online meeting like, where he can say everything he wants and have people listen or intervening in the cast… just like a radio broadcast where people can call to get live. This is the same old principle except that here people can talk and listen and control who wants to talk and who cannot talk… this is a very nice feature and can help out in many ways skype users… e.g those who wanna learn some new languages, that there are really much, last time i went on skypecast i saw there was English Learning skypecast and French learning, it’s really cool.

Even though there is one things that troubles me is that, this uses a terrible load of bandwith for all those people connecting and listen or talking at the skypecast, the last skypecast i went to there were some troubles with the communication… and the cast gone out of control of the hoster… 🙁

Even though these small issues, this feature is really some great job done by the skype team, hope it get much better when it goes out of beta.

Fiddler – HTTP Debugging Proxy

This is a quiet nice tool, that i have been using for sometimes now.

What is Fiddler?

Fiddler is a HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP Traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler is designed to be much simpler than using NetMon or Achilles, and includes a simple but powerful JScript.NET event-based scripting subsystem.

The website is available here.

Myers-Briggs Personality Type Test for Programmers

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality test designed to assist a person in identifying some significant personal preferences. Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers developed the Indicator during World War II, and its criteria follow from Carl Jung‘s theories in his work Psychological Types.
The Indicator is frequently used in the areas of pedagogy, group dynamics, employee training, leadership training, marriage counseling, and personal development. However, scientific skeptics and academic psychologists have criticized the indicator in research literature, claiming that it “lacks convincing validity data” and could be an example of the Forer effect.

The MBTI includes 93 forced-choice questions, which means there are only two options. Participants may skip questions if they feel they are unable to choose. Using psychometric techniques, such as item response theory, the MBTI will then be scored and will attempt to identify which dichotomy the participant prefers. After taking the MBTI, participants are given a readout of their score, which will include a bar graph and number of how many points they received on a certain scale. Confusion over the meaning of these numbers often causes them to be related to trait theory, and people mistakenly believe, for example, that their intuition is “more developed” than their sensing, or vice versa.

During construction of the MBTI, thousands of items were used, and most were thrown out because they did not have high midpoint discrimination, meaning the results of that one item did not, on average, move an individual score away from the midpoint. Using only items with high midpoint discrimination allows the MBTI to have fewer items on it but still provide as much statistical information as other instruments with many more items with lower midpoint discrimination. The MBTI requires five points one way or another before it is nearly as sure it can statistically be concerning a preference.

The full article is available here.

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