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Category: Tools and Productivity

These posts are about tools that can help you be more productive, and tips and tricks that can help you work more efficiently. I especially love Notepad++ and the Redgate products :)

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft just announced Surface (instantly renamed by myself to All-I-Want-For-Christmas!), their brand new tablet PCs for Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.

Surface comes with a built-in kickstand and a Touch Cover that is also a fully functional keyboard, making it easy to switch between tasks optimized for touch and type. A Type Cover is also available for a more traditional typing experience. It has two cameras, stereo speakers and dual microphones tuned for Skype, as well as a USB port and MicroSD card slot.

Surface by Microsoft
Surface with Touch Cover

Surface Type Cover by Microsoft
Surface with Type Cover

Surface Kickstand by Microsoft
Surface with built-in kickstand

Surface Side by Microsoft
Surface with full-sized USB port

Surface Touch Covers by Microsoft
Surface with Touch Covers and Type Covers

For more information, read the press announcement, watch the Microsoft Surface Event Keynote or visit the Surface product website.

(Taking my professional hat off and my geeky girly hat on, I would like to end this post with my initial reaction to seeing Surface for the first time: “OMG IT LOOKS SLEEK AND SEXY AND IT HAS COLORS AND THE PINK COVER WILL MATCH MY WINDOWS PHONE PERFECTLY AND I TOTALLY WANT ONE LIKE YESTERDAY!”)

Notepad++ Remove Duplicates, Blank Lines and Sort Data in One Operation

This post is part 1 of 5 in the series Notepad++ Tips and Tricks
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You can use the 32-bit version of Notepad++ with the TextFX plugin to quickly remove duplicates, remove blank lines, and sort data – in one operation! This is a fast and easy way to get the results you want in just a few seconds. And as with any kind of automation: the more data you work with, the more time you save :)

Animation showing how to remove duplicates, remove blank lines, and sorting data in Notepad++
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