Tag Archives: software

Faster than a speeding bullet.

In celebration of its upcoming browser release, which is set to be a great speed improvement, Firefox has been showing off other faster people (scroll down). Couldn’t they pick any cooler ways to display speed? Perhaps an athletic feat? I could upload a video to show off my speed, but I think that would just be embarassing to my manhood. Plus it would require an 18+ check on the website.

Back on topic. I’m excited for the final version of this browser to be released. Should be zippy.

Microsoft Records?

As a typical Apple user I have to bash Microsoft. It comes with the territory. Windows gets most of the hate. Microsoft isn’t all bad as far as products go. Microsoft Office is an excellent office suite, which is only just now being matched by products like OpenOffice. Their keyboard and mouse group make excellent products. Some of the software they have in their labs looks very promising, like Photosynth.

One of their releases from the labs is getting a lot of attention. Unfortunately it’s not the good kind of attention. Microsoft released a piece of audio software called SongSmith. It allows you to sing into your computer microphone and then uses its artificial intelligence to select appropriate backing music. Apparently computers have the same taste in music as 10-year old. I’m not sure if some of the results are hilarious or just painful.

Time to Dump Microsoft Office…For Real

Are you tired of paying for Microsoft Office? Maybe you don’t pay for it and you’re just tired of trying to circumvent the registration while pirating it. No more!

OpenOffice 3.0 has been released. Actually it’s not officially released until Monday, but the servers have the final copy up already. It’s a free alternative to Microsoft Office that I have been running since version 2.0, but this latest version shows a vast improvement on the polish and ease of use. It’s the first version I would say is usable by the masses. Grab your Windows copy here. What’s even better is that this version of OpenOffice is now Mac OS X native for all you running Intel processors.

Why should you care about open source? Open source breeds competition and improvement. Not everyone gets that, so let’s boil it down to something everyone understands, the dollar. Open source is free. Tell the boss you can save the company a ton of money and implement open source. Then ask him for a percentage of the money you save the company.

Dropbox

I have 10 invitations to give out to a piece of software that is absolutely brilliant. It is a simple way to sync up files between two computers and share files with friends. There is no overly complicated setup orĀ  steep learning curve. It just works. The software is called Dropbox. Watch the screencast on the website and leave a comment if you are interested in this software. I’ll send an invitation to your email.

Fixing Windows

I wrote an extremely long post already, detailing some applications that make using Windows more bearable, but the post got blasted into oblivion. I upgraded my blog software and had an incompatible plugin, which messed up while writing to the database. Instead of the well thought out post, I am going to just list programs with links.

Launchy. RunMe. PDFCreator. VirtuaWin. Firefox with Adblock Plus.

There are a whole lot more applications I use and they were listed last night, but the frustration of losing the post made me less than enthusiastic to post it again in its entirety. These little applications keep me from pulling out my hair when using Windows. They’re great and they’re completely free. I have a whole list of free applications that I use, so if you need to accomplish a task, ask me. I’ve probably encountered the same problem and might have a solution.