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 oddities."

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.

Steve writes: 

"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 nostalgic."

Welcome to my Blogroll, Scott.

Microsoft kann für die Richtigkeit und Vollständigkeit der Inhalte in dieser Newsgroup oder Wunderkammer :-) keine Haftung übernehmen.