Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Digsby rocks

Want to hook up with your friends who are on various IM services? Take a look at Digsby . Very nice, not only allows connecting to AOL,Yahoo,MSN,IRC,GTalk, but also allows connections to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.ย  And it has some very nice themes with some cool colors and bubble features for their talk windows. One particularly nice feature is that you can email directly from your Chat windows – that is sweet.ย  It also allows file transfers between AOL,Yahoo, MSN, but alas not Gtalk because Google uses their own proprietary file tranfer protocol.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think in comments section below.

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Occasionally, after synching my iPod, it won’t eject and will cough up a message saying that other files are in use.ย  I can never figure out which files those might be, so stumbling across this tip was certainly appreciated. If you occasionally have this problem, do yourself a favor and check this out!

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Opera smokes

I tried out Opera again last night (version 9.10 is now out). Boy, does it smoke vs IE or Firefox! Pages are there just lickety split. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now if they could just figure out a way to incorporate Roboform

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I was listening last night to a podcast with Leo LaPorte and Paul Thurrott about the upcoming Vista operating system and that enticed me to venture over to Paul’s Supersite for Windows website, where I stumbled across an interesting article suggesting that you can have a lot of Vista while still keeping XP, so there is no real need to rush out and grab Vista.

ย What I’m getting at is that the Next Big Thing isn’t always a given. Sure, Windows Vista is cool, sort of, and it’s got some neat new functionality. But what would you say if I told you that the vast majority of new end user features in Windows Vista were already available to you–most of them for free, no less–in Windows XP? And that by skipping Windows Vista, at least for the time being, you’d be left with a PC that was faster, more compatible with the software and hardware you own, and just about as capable as an otherwise identical PC running Windows Vista?

There are a lot of good suggestions he makes, so take the time to click on the link above and do a bit of reading.

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I’m alway interested in new Firefox extensions that will make browsing easier. Two recently that I found are FasterFox and Email This!

FasterFox helps pages load faster in Firefox and does seem to make a difference. You’ll have to try to see how it works for you – you can always uninstall it, of course. Email This is pretty slick – puts a tiny icon in your toolbar line and when you see something on a page that you want to send someone , just click on the little icon and voila – the email is set up for you. Handy

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Black Cat John Brown

Had to experiment with embedding a YouTube video in this blog, just because it’s possible. ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides,it’s a cool tune and it mentions “Full Moon”, my AT trail name, so it can’t be all bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

Technorati Cosmos: other blogs commenting on this post

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This is a slick new tool. I take walks daily and was wondering how far I was going and was trying to figure out how to get into an old pedometer I used to use to change out the battery. I happened to be browsing through my daily emails from Lockergnome and stumbled across this link to a Google pedometer tool that probably isn’t very well known.

Once on the home page, just look on the left hand side for usage instructions. Basically, you just zoom in on the map to street level, click “Start Recording” and then double click each point along your route (it pays to double click frequently, especially around curves as it doesn’t know that you are navigating the curve and will bisect the angle and take you straight through the marsh, if you let it). Once you are back to your starting point, you can see in the left hand column, exactly how far you walked. You can then save the route, if you so choose or print it.

As an added feature, you can input your weight and it will tell you the number of calories burned during your walk.

This is just way too cool, even for this ol’ boy.

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writelyIf you don’t have a decent Word Processor on your computer (probably most of you have Word), then Google’s Writely.com can do the trick. Tried it out today to type a letter – worked well – you can even save the file on Google’s servers, if you are so inclined (probably not a bad idea for all those who fail to back up their work). You can tag your work as well with multiple tags, so when you’re later searching for it, remembering a tag you gave it , is all you need to find it.

If you are trying to print something once you’ve composed it and don’t like URL headers or footers showing up on the printed page, then go to File/Page Setup in Firefox and click on the header/footer tab and select None for everything showing there. (probably works in similar fashion in IE). Picked this tip up on the Writely.com Google forum.

And hey, it’s free, so what the heck – try it out – nothing to download and if you hate it, well you didn’t have to pay, did you? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Google Earth

I’m very late to this little adventure in cyberspace because until recently all I had was dialup. So finally I could download this tool – this is just too cool. One could easily spend hours playing with this. Read more about it at the Google Earth site and download a copy – it’s a freebie.

Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in.

I’m off to Australia mate – catch ya on the other side of the globe!

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