Friday evening Microsoft links, FileZilla edition

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Have you ever wondered how to take that old computer and convert it to a Media Center PC? This guide should help you out.Microsoft just launched a SharePoint Developer website on Make sure you've got Silverlight or you won't be able to see all the goodies.This one is for the hardware geeks that have too many hard drives lying around: "How to: Protect Bare Hot Swappable Hard Drives." Not the most useful of guides, but it sure has some innovative ideas.Another guide worth reading is "How to Sync Your Favorites Folder Using Live Mesh." It may be a short one, but it gets the job done. Also check out Microsoft's recently released Windows Vista Performance and Tuning guide.Autoruns 9.32 is out. The update fixes a 32-bit parsing bug introduced in the 9.31 update.MSDN, TechNet, and Expression subscribers should be happy to see that Microsoft has updated the Subscriber Download User Interface.Windows Embedded developers might be interested in a new book entitled "Windows® Embedded CE 6.0 Fundamentals ." If you're someone who develops Silverlight applications, or is seriously thinking of starting, a book entitled "Introducing Microsoft Silverlight 2.0" is for you.If you're still trying to figure out what Silverlight is, Microsoft recently launched a new Silverlight "learn" page. Also, Mike Taulty has posted 44 new Silverlight screencasts on Channel 9. I doubt you've got the time to watch them at your computers, so watch them on the go! Podcast versions are available.Microsoft Blogger Ed Bott has a great post on Vista and XP security 21 months later. It's worth a read since this isn't coming out of Microsoft's own mouth.Microsoft Blogger Mary Jo Foley, on the other hand, has a post on a recent white paper released by Microsoft, entitled "SCOPE: Easy and Efficient Parallel Processing of Massive Data Sets."The Microsoft Office Word Team has released six new how-to videos. You probably know most of the things they teach, but there's always one or two things that are new and may catch you by surprise.

Per the title of this post, this week's free, third-party application recommendation is FileZilla, which has been recently updated to version This FTP client is very quick and is regularly updated. It may not have a beautiful GUI, but it certainly is fast and has never let me down. Enjoy!

Further reading:One Microsoft Way: Last Friday links post