Friday Finds – LOTR and Star Wars

Hey, it’s been a while.  Vacations, children, car shopping, attending Sabres games in the press box, all take a toll on my time.  Onto the posts! The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim First Impressions – Oh yeah, this has a lot to do with the lack of regular content too. Skyrim Stories – The Shakiest Swordarm… Continue reading Friday Finds – LOTR and Star Wars

Essential Software

I just got a new laptop (this Toshiba, if you are curious) and as such, have a blank slate for new software to install.  In case it’s helpful, here’s what I put on any new PC: System Tools: Daemon Tools – No, not for pirated software.  I have, over the years, lost or damaged a… Continue reading Essential Software

Favorite Windows Software/Utilities

As you can probably tell, when I’m not watching hockey and football or playing with my kids, I like to tinker with my computer. I have come across several utilities recently (thanks mainly to Lifehacker and other geeks) and I thought I’d share them with you. where watch the sound of music film TeraCopy –… Continue reading Favorite Windows Software/Utilities

Make OpenOffice Work Better with Word

I’ve used OpenOffice on occasion, and am quite happy with the features it has as far as word processing go. However, conversions back and forth to Word can be spotty. Cnet has an article about how to make OpenOffice play nice with Word docs. Won’t make it perfect, but some of the changes will definitely… Continue reading Make OpenOffice Work Better with Word

Batch Rename Digital Photos by Date

Lifehacker posted a note about Namexif, a quick and dirty tool to rename your digicam photos based on EXIF date info. It’s a feature that you can get via other means (Irfanview and Picasa have ways to do it) buf if you don’t use either of those, you can try this. The comments on that… Continue reading Batch Rename Digital Photos by Date

Lifehack Your Leopard Mac

I know I have at least a few Mac readers based on my site stats, so this one’s for you. Lifehacker has a conglomeration of tweaks for Mac OS X Leopard, from killing the reflectivity and transparency of the Dock, to customizing Quick Look and Time Machine. Take a look, they may have a solution… Continue reading Lifehack Your Leopard Mac

Lifehacker: Update Windows, Linux Style

Appupdater is a executable that lets you run command line updates for a wide range of applications, going as far back as Windows 98. If you have used the apt or yum package management available in many Linux distros, it works in much the same way. Looks like it could be a real help to… Continue reading Lifehacker: Update Windows, Linux Style

Lifehacker's Guide To Free Software And Webapps

Lifehacker has a roundup for 2007 Free Software and Webapps they have featured (and like). Where applicable, they have linked to many of the guides and screenshot tours of the various apps. As usual, anything missed is pointed out in the comments. Some very useful stuff I need to check out.

Free MS Software…Cost: Your Soul

It all stems from Microsoft’s Windows Feedback Program. To be honest, I am in for this as I wanted a legal copy of Vista. All MS will find out from the PC they track is that my wife loves Diablo II.

VectorMagic

I was surfing Lifehacker again, and found the link to VectorMagic, and online tool for taking your bitmap images and vectorizing them. It works very well, taking in .jpg, .bmp, .gif, .png and .tiff and giving back .eps, .svg or .png. I’m having a ball uploading various pictures and things and seeing what the output… Continue reading VectorMagic