I am a big IRC user and I always have been. One of the things I always loved about Linux is the irc client irssi. If you have been reading some of our other articles you know that Alex and I got some new laptops and we are using windows 7. I tried irssi for windows and it pretty much sucked so I decided to check out xchat.
I have been slowly getting everything installed on my new laptop I recently purchased that has Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit on it. One of the applications I figured would work without issue was the Trillian OTR(Off-The-Record Messaging) plugin which allows encrypted communication over ICQ, AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, Jabber, Rendezvous, and Sametime instant messaging clients. Trillian actually has a built in encryption system called SecureIM however Trillian OTR goes way beyond the security provided the built in encryption provided by SecureIM.
I have been exploring and tweaking Windows 7 and trying out all the “hacks” and “tweaks” I can find in order to get the best performance from my machine. This morning I found a new gem I didn’t know existed. This may have existed on Vista but since I never used Vista, I have no idea. Its called the resource monitor and it like the task manger on steroids.
When working on a project where I was required to merge two sets of like data to make sure there were not any conflicts I needed a way to dump PostgreSQL database tables to Excel formatted .CSV files. Anyhow dumping Postgres tables to excel is easy to do by following the below directions.