Tech Tips

Windows 7: First Impressions

by JL Beeken on 10-17-2010

WindowsOn the 55th day the replacement computer arrived. A DELL (quad-core with 6GB RAM) running Windows 7. I was so used to not having my desktop I stared dumbfounded at the delivery man. You want to leave that box here? … [continued]

MarkUp: Draw On Web Pages

by JL Beeken on 10-10-2010

Do you ever wish you could write on a web page so you can send it to someone and show them what you mean? MarkUp lets you do that.

No installation required. Just drag the icon to your bookmarks menu.

Go to a web page. Click the MarkUp icon. Draw, add text, and publish. “Publish” will give you a shortened URL to send to others. They can ‘markup’ back to you.

Right now MarkUp is in beta.

Why There Are No Gravatars At JLog

by JL Beeken on 10-03-2010

The story of why they are no gravatars at JLog is a long one.

Back in the day, a few of you will recall, when JLog began, it wasn’t on WordPress. It was some kinky thing I threw together using NVu. Because NVu is a blank screen. And I’ve never been able to resist a blank screen. They remind me of blank paper. … [continued]

Cameyo: Build Your Own Portable Apps

by JL Beeken on 9-15-2010

If you’re a fan of portable apps, this will probably interest you.

Cameyo is a virtualization application that turns ordinary software installations into portable versions. … [continued]

Here’s a nifty little tool for editing PDFs in case you need one. PDF-XChange Viewer. It’s portable and free.

PDF-XChange Viewer

It’s not absolutely everything but it will take you quite far.

Netbook Advice

by JL Beeken on 8-24-2010

My laptop isn’t just old; it’s senile. I see a netbook in my near future. Any advice on which one? I may not be able to answer you right away but will read all comments when I can.

Some interesting reading in the meantime: Intel Introduces Dual-Core Atom Processor for Netbooks

Please share your experience with netbooks and help me make a decision.

Thanks. Signing off…

Orbit Downloader: Start Sniffer | Grab++

by JL Beeken on 8-16-2010

Orbit DownloaderI made some notes about this awhile back because I’ve seen people asking about it. What does start sniffer mean? This is an adjunct to the post Orbit Downloader. … [continued]

XnViewWhat I’d like is a reliable multifaceted universal file search option with an option in the context menu that will take me to whatever it is I want to know when I want to know it. And some quick editing functions at the same time. In other words, I want everything and I want it immediately. A workable alternative to Windows Explorer. … [continued]

USB Headset

by JL Beeken on 8-06-2010

When I buy technological gadgets I always think I know what I’m buying and I’m almost always wrong. I returned the clip-on microphone that I purchased yesterday because of the screaming feedback. Then I narrowed down the USB headsets to two. … [continued]

Unplugged

by JL Beeken on 7-17-2010

It was about a month ago when my monitors were giving me all that trouble that I began thinking about unplugging from some of the things I take for granted – like my computer. … [continued]