Monday, August 25, 2008

RIP Teleflip

When I tried teleflipping out from my email to my friend's cell phone last night . . . and it didn't work . . . I was a little concerned. Then when I hopped on Google News and saw articles such as "Has Teleflip Flipped its Last?" my heart sank. Not only because I really liked the service, but because I've told so many people about it in the past two years.

If you're one who never got to use teleflip's service before its untimely death, I'm sorry. It really was that cool. I hope to see a successor soon . . . if you see it before me will you let me know?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Software for the PC

I just bought Janet (my wife) a lightweight laptop and have the pleasure of setting her up on a Windows Vista machine. It came with Vista, and though my plan was to run Linux from it . . . Ubuntu couldn't get the built-in camera and network card to work without hassle and I don't have the luxury of time to hassle with it. So she's Vista and I'm finding a fairly shallow learning curve going from XP to Vista. It does give me a chance to reflect on what software I install on Windows machines when building from scratch, though.

Here are the freeware software apps I've installed so far:
  • Firefox --with the extensions listed in a previous post.
  • Thunderbird
  • Picassa
  • Open Office
  • GOM Player --Allows me to play FLV movies and can be set so videos automatically go to full screen.
  • iTunes
  • MagicDisc --I have kids, and I don't like to have to have the physical CD in the drive in order for them to play. This doesn't seem to work with Vista so I'm looking for an alternative.
  • Tuxpaint
  • Skype
  • MW Snap --Screen capturing made very easy.
  • Adobe Reader
  • PhotoStory
  • Google Earth