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

Solar Upgrades

Researchers at MIT have figured out a way to increase the effectiveness of existing solar panels (or create solar power from windows). Here’s a description from the article on just what is happening: The dye-based organic solar concentrator functions without the use of tracking or cooling systems, greatly reducing the overall cost compared to other… Continue reading Solar Upgrades

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

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

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.

Lifehacker's Top 10 Video Rippers, Encoders and Converters

Lifehacker has posted a Top 10 list for Video ripping, encoding and converting. Mostly freeware and open source software, some of which work for Linux and Mac along with Windows. If you wanted some new software to convert your pr0n–er, instructional videos to a format that fits on your iPod or PSP, take a look.