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My first printer was a Star LC-20 nine pin dot matrix that I received as a Christmas present when I was 15 years old. That's the kind of nerdy teenager I was, folks. All yuletide long our home rang out with the deafening noise made by those pins rapidly and repeatedly punching through a flimsy ink-soaked ribbon. Incidentally, Radio 4 are forever running features about the ongoing decline in audible birdsong in the English countryside. Personally, I think it's a travesty that a whole generation of kids will grow up unfamiliar with the nerve-shattering noise of a built-to-last dot matrix, the
inimitable caterwauling of a 33.6 kbps modem connecting to a dial-up BBS, or the satisfying clunk as a 3.5 inch floppy is gleefully accepted by a disk drive. Moving to an SSD may have provided an incredible boost to my development productivity, but there's a part of me that misses hearing the faint humming and scratching sounds of traditional hard disk heads moving across a highly-polished platter. But I digress... That first printer cost my parents £169.99 - not an insignificant amount of money back in 1991. It printed onto tractor-feed paper, and I received a huge box of the stuff...(Read whole news on source site)

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Microsoft is rarely the first to jump on a train, but when they do jump, they make sure it is very simple for everybody to get on their wagon. And they did it again with Application Insights, a feature of Visual Studio Online that monitors the performance of web sites, web services, and mobile apps.  They are perhaps not as feature-complete as early players (special thoughts to our friends and partners at Gibraltar Software), but their simplicity is stunning. Adding Application Insights to Your App Judge by yourself. You need just two simple steps to add monitoring to
your app: Install the Visual Studio extension “Application Insights Tools for Visual Studio”. Open your project and click on menu Tools / Add Application Insights. You’re done. No joke. Application Insights provides several monitors right out of the box, among which page load time and Windows performance counters. It also has a (still modest) API that allows you to push your own data. Perhaps the top use case you would like to implement is to measure the execution time of a method, and perhaps include the method arguments in the trace data. Measuring Method Execution Time Wouldn’t it be nice if you could add your own...(Read whole news on source site)

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