Tech Tips

New Portable Apps: Gramps & Marble

by JL Beeken on 12-16-2010

PortableAppsHere are a couple of new portable apps that might interest you. If you already have the PortableApps Platform installed, you already know how that works. One click on the paf.exe file and an app is added to your menu. All completely free. … [continued]

Jarte: Rich Text Editor

by JL Beeken on 12-02-2010

I mentioned in Essential Software I was looking for a replacement for the Windows 7 version of WordPad. Well, I found one. It’s called Jarte. Fortunately it has a portable version because I love portable software. Funny for someone who hates traveling and would happily stay home forever if I had a personal shopper, but there you go. Another of life’s fun little contradictions. … [continued]

Essential Software

by JL Beeken on 11-29-2010

While I’m waiting for my new (other) monitor to arrive, because I can’t function with just one – I’m reviewing my essential software. … [continued]

Balmy and It’s Only November

by JL Beeken on 11-26-2010

Today was nice, about 25 degrees Fahrenheit, snowing and practically balmy. Lovely day, really.

Speaking of balmy, I might be heading in that direction. But, first the story … … [continued]

Windows 7 Software Problems

by JL Beeken on 11-25-2010

Windows 7I’ve had my new computer and Windows 7 for about a month now. I’ve run into some software problems that other more-experienced users might be able to enlighten me about. … [continued]

Windows 7: Move To/Copy To

by JL Beeken on 10-23-2010

WindowsI just can’t stop thinking about it.

Here’s an itty-bitty partial alternative for the loss of the Move To/Copy To icons in Windows 7. … [continued]

Windows 7: Odd & Ends

by JL Beeken on 10-21-2010


Here are some odds & ends about Windows 7 as I begin to get used to it.

I have it on good faith from my real-life computer tech in town that Windows 7 is good. It makes good use of the 64-bit architecture and uses system resources well although, with a quad-core and 6GB RAM, system resources are not exactly a problem. OK, so I like it now. … [continued]

Windows 7: Navigation

by JL Beeken on 10-20-2010

WindowsFirst impressions are not always correct. In the case of Windows 7 I was somewhat mistaken. Not hugely, but a little bit. … [continued]

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.