Friday, December 12, 2008

Guess who's back...back again...

Yes. I'm "back" once more. After a long and uncalled for hiatus from writing, I have returned. Just in time for the holidays too! As I am in a Christmas-y spirit, I feel inclined to share my wish-list with you!

1) Nike+ iPod Sports Kit
2) Dell Inspiron 1520

Thats all!

Now, onto the more interesting stuff. As you may have noticed, I've changed the font size of my posts in order to benefit those who don't see as well (me included). I promise that this is the last time I change my font size. For those of you who are wondering, it used to be all small because I was using ScribeFire, a useful Mozilla Firefox add-on which I now cease to use due to my rediscovered love for Internet Explorer (fine, call me a Microsoft geek :) ). As the end of the year approaches, we all tend throw out the old to make room for the new, well, why not do the same for our computers! I'd like to introduce an amazing program which I currently own and use on a monthly basis to clean out my hard-drive: CCleaner.

CCleaner is from the company that created Recuva, a program recently outlined at The C in CCleaner stands for "crap" uncreative, why crap, when it could be SSweeper (and no, not shit), stool sweeper! Anyways, enough of the irrelevant information, CCleaner cleans...

Internet ExplorerTemporary files, history, cookies,
Autocomplete form history,
. FirefoxTemporary files, history, cookies, download history, form
. Google ChromeTemporary files, history,
cookies, download history, form history
. OperaTemporary files, history, cookies. SafariTemporary files,
history, cookies, form history
. WindowsRecycle Bin,
Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files
. Registry cleanerAdvanced features to remove unused and old
entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs,
Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid
Shortcuts and more... also comes with a comprehensive backup feature
. Third-party applicationsRemoves temp files and recent file
lists (MRUs) from many apps including Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google
Toolbar, Netscape, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip
and many more

according to their website. With CCleaner, on my first use, I cleared over 1G's worth of useless data on my hard-drive! The great thing about CCleaner is that it allows you to select what types of files to clean and before deleting the files, the program will show you every file it is going to delete. It also includes a registry fixer; for those of you that don't know whatthat is...don't worry, I didn't til a month ago. It basically fixes or removes all registry errors on your PC that slow it down. CCleaner also gives you a list of all programs running on start-up so that if you find any programs you don't use a lot set up to run on start-up, you can remove that command and increase the speed by which your PC starts-up...hmm, "increase the speed by which your PC starts-up"...sounds awkward.

Onto the cons: CCleaner includes an uninstaller program which allows you to uninstall unwanted programs, but the feature is sometimes glitchy and shows programs you've already uninstalled. That's really all that I've found to be wrong with CCleaner, so, overall, its a great program! If you'd like to know more about CCleaner, either click on the screen-capture above to be re-directed to the website or click here to CCleaner - Freeware Windows Optimization !

Oh! And yes: the title of my post is from Without Me by Eminem.
Oh, and there's no particular reason why the quoted text is colored, it's just for better visibility.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

KompoZer: The New Nvu

Where were you!!!?
I admit, I've been lazy for the last month or so and haven't been posting, however, I do have a legit fact, a list of legit reasons, and better yet, at least half of them are true ;). Anyways, if you're curious, I had mid-term testing, for those of you in California, you should be familiar with the STAR test.

The irony's just soooo thick!
Back on topic. What I love about KompoZer, is that it is the new version of Nvu, which stands for New View. How ironic. What basically happened was that Nvu is owned by Linspire Inc. and therefore due to copyright infringement, the company that released Nvu cannot update Nvu with a bug-fix and therefore released KompoZer, an 'unofficial bug-fix release'.

So, what is this...KompoZer?
Like KompoZer claims to work, with 'no knowledge of HTML', I don't intend to delve into the technicalities of KompoZer, using intimidation acronyms such as WYSIWYG. KompoZer is basically a web-authoring tool designed for people who aren't that adept and adjusted to the modern web, with new programming languages coming out everyday, like Java and Python, and even LOLCODE (believe it or not). With its easy-to-use interface that allows you to view a page in HTML, with HTML tags, live-preview and edit mode, KompoZer is the ultimate tool for beginning web developers. KompoZer allows you to create password forms and buttons with a single click, and in addition to its speedy response, KompoZer is small in size and completely stripped of unnecessary features. And if you are an old user of Nvu, you'll find that almost all the old bugs are now fixed. There are however two things in which I think I'll have to critique Kompozer on: (1) Its interface is great for beginning scripters, but its power just doesn't even come close to that of professional programs like Adobe's Dreamweaver, and (2) It doesn't allow you to sync it with a MySQL database, at least not easily, making managing accounts extremely difficult. Otherwise, I found it easy and fun to use!

All you really need to know how to do with KompoZer is...type! After creating a page using a Microsoft Word-like interface, just click HTML and copy and paste the code into a blank web-page and 'ta-da!'. It is also fast to load and comes in a compact 7.6MB, making it ideal for storage on a portable flash-drive as I store my copy of KompoZer for on-the-go scripting.

KompoZer is just an amazing tool, and having used it for only 3 weeks, I can say that with full confidence; to download KompoZer for either Windows, MacOS or Linux, click here.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Announcement: MyBlogLog

If you haven't noticed yet, there's a new addition to the blog! On the far right hand corner, there's a MyBlogLog widget. If you have a MyBlogLog account and you enjoy reading this blog, be sure to "Join the Community"! For those that don't have a MyBlogLog account, you can register for one with your Yahoo Mail account without any additional information requests and whatnot. Be sure to also subscribe to the blog through the link provided by FeedBurner which will allow you to add RSS or Atom feeds to MyYahoo, iGoogle, Live RSS, Demon Feeds, and a plethora of other feed readers. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment, I'll respond to it ASAP! Happy reading!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

ExpertVillage: A village for experts!

Expert Village, why does that sound so corny?
Well, I'd have to agree there, ExpertVillage is indeed, a corny name, this, however, does not affect the high regard in which their videos are held. ExpertVillage is a YouTube like site that hosts videos uploaded only be specific experts, this means no more poor quality home-made DIY videos. All the videos on their site are made and submitted by experts who have had their backgrounds checked and reviewed, the fact that these experts are paid to teach the public is an incentive to create easier to follow videos for people who like to have it their way.

Have It Your Way (haha, this better not lead to some multi-million dollar lawsuit against Radicitus...just for the record, I'm formally citing this as FROM BURGER KING).
With EV videos, you sure can "Have It Your Way", with easy to follow DIY videos on almost everything you can think of (from belly-dancing to playing the stock market), EV is a great place to go if your bored, or just want to learn something new. EV can be accessed without any registration and is completely free to browse and use. With contact information on the experts from EV, if you have any questions about any of their videos, you can easily contact and ask them questions.

EV is the ultimate resource for DIY geeks (like yours truly) who want it their way. In addition to it's free videos, EV also show-cases articles for those who learn better by reading, rather than hearing. So, what are you waiting for, pay EV a visit by clicking on the screenshot above. In case you haven't already figured out already, for every showcase, there is a screenshot, the screenshots are linked to the website, if the showcase is on a free web service, and an information site with a download link if the showcase is on an application.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Announcement: Why the dark background?

Based on my previous posts, you can probably tell that I'm a pretty outgoing and happy-go-lucky guy. So why the dark background? Well, in the past few years, we've had numerous world-wide issues, the war on terror, obesity, health problems and the economy. These, among others, are only specific to a certain or a few certain countries. Something that has been affecting the world as of now is: Global Warming.

Now, I'm not a big fan of the environment and personally, I don't think I have the commitment needed to be an environmentally-friendly citizen. However, I respect those who have the persistence and commitment to stick with 'green' alternatives and for this year, I resolve to help in the only ways I can: spreading the word about environmentally-friendly internet services, and keeping a 'green' website. Now when I say green, I don't mean literally, but in an environmental way.

Well, as mentioned in my previous post on Blackle, a black screen uses less energy than a white one. I want to make sure all my readers are contributing to saving the environment, no matter how small of a contribution they make.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Windows Live Writer...another Microsoft product thanks to Gates.

Windows Live Writer...some kind of service that will help you write...your homework?
Windows Live Writer is a great tool for constant bloggers, or bloggers who blog on the go. It is part of the Windows Live pack and for once, it's free (it's not that often that you see a free Window's service, so take advantage of this). It is basically an interface/program that allows you to add multiple blogs and blog to each of them. It includes a rich-text editor, meaning you don't have to add in all this HTML and you can seamlessly integrate images and links into your blog without worrying about the hassle of adding them, and for all you bad spellers out there, it includes a spell-checker that automatically checks while you type, not those email ones that force you to click the button first, ensuring that everything you post will be automatically spell-checked.

Okay...on the go?
Windows Live Writer allows you to save posts to your USB stick, computer, or portable hard-drive. Meaning if your on the go, or if you just don't have internet connection, you can still use WL Writer. All you need to do is write the post, and save it. One way I like to use this feature is to put WL Writer on my USB stick and write in my free time. However, if you're a travel blogger and you blog on travel locations, this feature will be of much more use. It is possible to keep a journal of all the days you were on the road and upon arriving back home, posting them without having to sit there and try to remember what you did on a certain day.

Another feature WL Writer includes is the option of choosing when to publish your post. You can preset a publication date so even if you finish before, you can save it and not worry about it anymore, when the preset date arrives, your post will be automatically posted to your blog! So for example, if you advertise that you have "a new post each week" and you finish your next post within a day, all you need to do is preset the publication date, sit back, and relax. This way, you can pre-write several posts and have them automatically post themselves every other day, week, or whenever.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Make Use Of...can I make use of it?

Make Use Of is a tech blog that compares free web services and software for the benefit of the populous. In addition to writing about free services, they have a whole directory sorted into categories, sort of like a search engine for any free service you may need! It's free to read and comment on and doesn't require any registration. The blog itself can be located through the following URL:

Can I make use of...MakeUseOf?
Well, I sure did. Remember that MakeUseOf only writes about free services, so there really is no prerequisite to using these services, all you may need to do is download it if it's software, or register an account if it's a website. The posts are very detailed and compare the service in question to other services of its kind and shows, not only how, but why it's better. Posts always include links at the bottom for more information about the service introduced and a screenshot to give you a better idea about what the service looks like and how it works.

Another section of the blog is the "Directory", the directory is a list of about 20 keywords, word like web, mobile, games, chat, etc. These 'words' represent different categories. Say I wanted to find a free chat program that I could use easily. I would click on "Chat" and browse through all the different posts made on chat services. Once I found an interesting post title, I could click on the title and read the full post. Now that's what I call a search engine.

MakeUseOf is free to read, so there's really nothing to lose. It also gives you links to the actual service/application in question so you won't have to Google it yourself. And hey, when was the last time you had someone download or register for a service just to tell you whether or not you should use it, and why you should?

Monday, February 25, 2008

Softpedia, the Wikipedia...of Software!

Softpedia is essentially the Wikipedia of software. All software on the site has been organized into categories and sub-categories so that the user can easily find what he or she needs. In addition, all software has a user rating and has been automatically checked for viruses, ensuring safe download and installation. A lot of the software on Softpedia is freeware, although there re some trial versions here and there. The site also includes PC news and software for Windows, Mac and Linux, in addition to mobile applications and PDA, or palm software. Softpedia has categories dedicated to games, office software, scripts, drivers and etc. Downloads are absolutely free and registration is only required to upload software and post in the forums. Softpedia puts equal stress on Mac, Windows and Linux software, so no matter what operating system you're using, you'll find the software you need.

So you want me to download unknown source.
There's no need to worry about any additional 'packages' coming with your download. Softpedia guarantees 100% clean downloads, meaning no malware, spyware, adware or viruses. In addition, you can also view any reviews that may have been typed up for clues as to what the package contains (screenshots included). It would also be a good idea to see how many downloads the software received to check its authenticity and reliability.

Certain software receive a bright red ribbon with a "5/5" on them. This denotes an 'editor's pick', any software with a ribbon has usually been rigorously tested and scanned and proved to by virus free and easy to use. Happy downloading!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Floorplanner, Planning...for your Floor! (not really)

Floorplanner is a free online service that allows you to design and visualize homes, offices, apartments, etc. It allows the use to build walls, floors, and add windows. This way, you can make a carbon copy of your own house, or start from scratch! It includes measurements and different types of furniture. with a growing bank of furniture types, colors, sizes and brands, it's easy to find furniture that best suites you!

Do I need to sacrifice any green?
The basic version of Floorplanner is free. However, dome set-backs include the ability to only create 1 floor plan and 5 designs. With the free account, you will still be allowed to share plans via email so if you're planning on using FP to designing a house for the family: save some green, get the free version. There are alternatives to the free version though, the next account up is the plus version. This costs $30.50 a year and includes 5 savable projects with multiple floors and no ads. Personally, my thoughts on this are: "Who the hell would waste $30 on this!?". The final account type is the professional version, with unlimited floor plans and 3D viewing capability, if you're planning on spending money, this is the best plan.

In short, save yourself some green! If you plan on using FP, get the free version.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Blackle, A Greener Google!

Blackle, what is it?
With all this Global Warming and pollution going on these days, the people of America have become intent with "green" technology. We think, "Oh well, let's leave it to the private corporations to figure this one out." and leave it at that. With Blackle, everyone with a computer can contribute to the wide-spread mitigation of the pollutification (kudos to our prez) of Earth.

How does it work?
Google gets 2 million queries per day, that's 2 million people times 74 watts it takes for a computer screen to load the Google homepage. That comes down to a total of 148,000,000 watts per day. By inverting Google's white pages into black (monitors use less energy to display a white screen as opposed to a black one), which would instead use approximately 59 watts to display, we would use 118,000,000 watts a day. That's saving a lot of watts!

To search, Blackle uses a Google Custom Search, meaning that any search you type in at Blackle, you will get the same hits as if you search in Google. Basically, Blackle is...well, a black version of Google, hence the name. It is recommended that, if you open your internet a lot, you set Blackle as your homepage, this means, without even starting a web session, you'll already be saving watts. Now isn't that a bright idea!