Wunderkammer--a word that appears in the title
of my blog--is a German word that means "wonder cabinet". I love this
word, which so accurately and poetically describes the place, be it virtual or
physical, where each of us stores the strange stuff that fascinates us so much
more than the next person. As defined on Wondercabinet.com, Wunderkammern (the plural of
Wunderkammer) are "Wonder Cabinets or Cabinets of Curiosities, were the
eclectic and often bizarre early precursors to museums in sixteenth and
seventeenth century Europe. Affluent households would create a wonder cabinet -
often an entire room rather than a cabinet - filled with natural specimens, artworks, and
Our collective notion of museums--and thus wunderkammern--as physical places filled
with physical entities is increasingly eroded and dematerialized by the
ubiquity of electronic space in our lives. At Microsoft, we
have a nice little company museum. But you can't walk into that
museum, sit down at a computer, and explore a pristine Windows 3.1 OS
with AutoCad 10 and AMIPro installed. To find that kind of exhibit, if it exists, you
must go online.
eWunderkammern fascinate me. As a collector of practical programming
utilities (some people call them PowerToys), Scott Hanselman's little wonder
cabinet caught my eye.
"Wow. This is a list you need to check out: Scott
Hanselman's Ultimate Developer and Power Tools List. Im finding all
sorts of goodies i've been missing out on."
Scott is a true collector. About one utility he writes,
"FeedReader - The first RSS reader I used. I don't think it's being
worked on anymore, but I keep it around because it's lightweight and I'm
Welcome to my Blogroll, Scott.
Microsoft kann für die Richtigkeit und
Vollständigkeit der Inhalte in dieser Newsgroup oder Wunderkammer :-) keine