Site for wicked cool Text Logos and it’s free

When I create new websites I’ll go with LogoNerds.com to get an initial logo completed and the cost is $27.

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I do that because I can get as many revisions as I want for the first logo and it’s early on in the website process so if the site doesn’t work out I can dump it and it didn’t really cost me a lot of money.

HOWEVER

I just found a new site Textcraft which is a graphical text/logo generator that you use over the web. You can use it to make Minecraft, 8-bit and other styles of text.

It’s really slick so now I make a fun text logo for my new sites and if the site makes it thru all the testing and has some promise, I’ll move back to LogoNerds.com but for now Textcraft is very slick and free for now.

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C# Web Scraping Library

I just started to delve into website scraping as I periodically like to hit a website for current prices and fluctuations on a timely basis.

I believe I was listening to a podcast of .NET Rocks – Scrappy where they mentioned this library and if you know what episode please tell me so I can update the post for others who want to listen.

It really looks simple to use and pretty great so I’m currently playing with it now and I’ll write more about this as I use it and what project I decide to use it on.

https://github.com/Manuel-S/Scrappy

What software do I have loaded on my Windows machine?

When I get a new windows machine I always load up a specific set of software. I always start with these two projects to help me get them loaded:

  1. Ninite – Install and Update All Your Programs at Once
  2. Chocolatey – Software Management Automation

I use Ninite first as it has these basic apps that I love to load up all the time:

  • Chrome
  • Opera
  • Firefox
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • FileZilla
  • Notepad++
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Skype
  • Evernote
  • 7-Zip
  • WinRAR
  • .NET 4.6.2
  • Essentials
  • TeamViewer 12
  • WinDirStat
  • More to come…

After I have installed all of the Ninite software, I then get Chocolatey setup and use the command line to install these apps:

  • Git
  • Node JS
  • More to come…

I do also install a few development tools and other misc. file seperately that don’t come with the packages above:

  • Visual Studio Community 2015
  • SQL Server Express & Management Studio
  • More to come…

not quite finished yet…