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    CurrPorts: view and kill TCP connections

    15th September 2006

    I had a need to kill a couple of TCP connections in Windows XP, and was looking for a small utility to do that. And I found CurrPorts. Here is the description, completely taken from the original site (all copyrights belong to the author, of course).

    CurrPorts displays the list of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports on your local computer. For each port in the list, information about the process that opened the port is also displayed, including the process name, full path of the process, version information of the process (product name, file description, and so on), the time that the process was created, and the user that created it.
    In addition, CurrPorts allows you to close unwanted TCP connections, kill the process that opened the ports, and save the TCP/UDP ports information to HTML file, XML file, or to tab-delimited text file.
    CurrPorts also automatically marks with pink color suspicious TCP/UDP ports owned by unidentified applications (Applications without version information and icons).

    This utility works perfectly under Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. If you want to use this utility on Windows NT, you should install psapi.dll in your system32 directory.
    You can also use this utility on previous versions of Windows (Windows 98/ME), but in these versions of Windows, the process information for each port won’t be displayed.


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    Must-have WordPress plugin: Sidebar Widgets

    15th September 2006

    Probably you already know and use it – but I started using it just today.
    As expected, this plugin is amazing!

    It’s main concept is to allow WordPress administrator to use GUI in the admin panel to place new plugins in the arbitrary locations in sidebars (and not only sidebars, but that requires a bit more work), so you don’t have to modify your sidebar.php with each new plugin installed.

    The actual power of Sidebar Widgets (aka WordPress widgets) is not restrained by the sidebar – the “readme” file of the plugin distribution archive provides hints and ideas on how this plugin could be used. I suspect that Widgets might become the base for the further development of many other plugins and WordPress core as well.

    So hurry to the WordPress Widgets homepage, grab one, and install as usual. You might need to modify your theme, if it doesn’t support Widgets, but this process is well documented in the “readme” and should be fast and easy to complete.

    You will surely enjoy this new experience, if you hadn’t yet!


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