News of the Day

One redeeming thing about high fuel prices – Less traffic

Note to self: Do not drive erratically at a softball game. It seems our neigbors in Longview had some problems and took matters into their own hands after a driver decided to…SEE STORY

Who needs salmon? Apparently the good folks at the Wired Blog don’t. In this article, you can learn how to make caviar from carrots.

And finally, I don’t remember where I found this link but if you are on the go and don’t have a fax machine handy, this online FREE fax machine works great.


AVG 8 and News you can use

A piece of software everyone should own is an anti virus scanning software.

The fine folks at AVG have just recently released their updated FREE – AVG 8. I’m pretty paranoid about viruses on my ‘puter and run two anti virus programs – AVG and Lavasoft’s Ad Aware 2007.

A couple of other good programs to help the scanning process for spyware and other infiltrations include previously posted CCleaner and another of my favorites – Spybot

With all of this anti virus, malware, and spyware software, you can breathe a little easier as you search the web.

My Favorite Tree

My favorite tree decided to wait an extra couple of weeks this year to bloom.

I start checking it regularly for the first sign of blooming in March and was starting to wonder if the old pear tree was signaling its age.

This old pear tree signifies the change in weather is here (finally). This old tree never lets me down on defining the change in season and that summer is finally close.

So let’s celebrate the impending summer with an excellent FREE graphics editor that I used to edit this excellent specimen of a tree – is an open source product that simulates Photoshop. I have used Photoshop, Gimp, and now and like it as much as Photoshop. I didn’t want to shell out the big bucks for the Photoshop upgrade so I started researching what I could use for less. is everything I need for graphics editing. Don’t get me wrong, Photoshop is a great program and if money were no object, I’d buy it in a heartbeat. But for the price of (FREE), you can’t beat it!

Mayday, Mayday!!

Tonights post is going to be short as I don’t have time to be long winded. It’s been a long day where most everything didn’t go quite right.

A couple of worthy news items you may want to know about:

Seems our good friends at Hewlett Packard have been busy solving theory.
According to an article in the NY Times, scientists at HP have discovered a 4th electrical circuit called a memristor. The theory of 4 circuit types has been around for a long time but until now, was just theory. What this means for us laypeople is a faster booting computer.

Also noteworthy is the disappointing revenue reported by Exxon. According to an article in the NY Times, their first quarter profits were ONLY $10.9 billion. I felt their pain today when I filled up my car with gas.

I feel your pain too and the only thing I can offer is a link to download my favorite FREE computer system cleaner – CCleaner

I turn on the cleaner after every computer use. It cleans out the registry, temp files, and has a great program uninstaller (far superior to the standard windows version).

Stay Clean!

Did he say “Unlimited File Storage”?

I like to take pictures of my jobsites as they progress. The clients I work with seem to appreciate this living voyage documentation so they can show their people what is happening.

Today’s software of the day is actually a website that allows you unlimited storage of files. I happen to use it for pictures but the site will allow you to create playlists to share with others as well as any kind of file sharing you need to do.

You can download their upload program or upload from the site. I tried the downloaded upload program but like the web application better.

It’s FREE and it’s called MyBloop

Have fun sharing!

Favorite Software

In the coming weeks, I’ll be adding my Favorite Software. So pop in once in a while to check out my favorite software links. The first favorite is in the “more” section of this post.

I’ve been a computer geek for a long time. If you are a blogger, chances are, you are a geek too. I remember my first computer experience as if it was yesterday.

To my knowledge, back in the day, Clatsop Community College was the only outfit in town with a main frame. Pardon me if I don’t get my terminology right.

A childhood chum of mines mother worked at ccc. One day (around 5th grade) we headed to ccc to play with the computers. The type of computer ran these punch cards to do your programming with (I think).

I wouldn’t really see or work on computers again until my senior year of highschool. MORE>>