Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Pope and the Emperor

Although I am Lutheran I do have a decent amount of respect for the Pope...but I still have to give a little chuckle out of this image comparison:

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Come on now...laugh!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Tired and School

Yeah, I know today is Website Wednesday and last Sunday was Software Sunday but this work is really busy with school. I totally plan on returning next week. :D

Friday, April 11, 2008

LOTR + Yahoo Mail = Funny!

Yahoo Mail has this new featured video out showcasing some of the new features they added to Yahoo Mail. They mix Lord of the Rings into it and I found it very funny. Click here to check it out and be quick about it I am not sure how often they put new featured videos up.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Thoughts

No Website Wednesday today folks, way too much school doing on. Just something I have always wonder about though...excessive drinking, whats up with that? Now I have my own share of vices and drinking is not one of them and I have never understood why anyone would want to drink excessively. It makes you look like an ass, you have less (or no) control over your actions, you wake up the next morning with a huge headache, and on top of that you may well not remember what even happened last night. Now, don't get me wrong, I love to go out to the bar and have a few drinks but I never have and I never will drink excessively and I just don't get the people who do.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Software Sunday - ClipX

-The Purpose-

This nifty little program sits in your system try and remembers the last (4-1024, your choice) items you copied allowing you to paste something you copied earlier in the day even after copying a number of other items.

-The Look-

ClipX sits quietly in your system tray.


The ClipX menu displaying copied items.


-The Features-

ClipX is so elegantly simple that I could just paste the purpose into the features section and leave it at that. It keeps a history of your copied items so you can do back and paste something even after copying other items. As simple as ClipX is there are a number of plugins that you can install for it to give it a few more abilities:

The Stickies Plugin - Keeps a list of permanent entries at the bottom of your history.
Auto Update Plugin - Checks for updates to ClipX.
Limits Plugin - Lets you ignore some clipboards based on size in memory.
Save as Image Plugin - Allows you to save a copied image as a PNG or JPG file.
DiskLog Plugin - Records your clipboard life history (not including images) to your hard drive.
And more...

-My Thoughts-

This, I liked. Very often I find that I copied something 5 minutes ago and I need it again but I copied something afterwards making it so I can't get to what I want. I like that it sits in my system tray until I need it, very small and unobtrusive. I added the stickies plugin as well as the auto update plugin. Both of them work as advertised and I have not noticed any bugs in the program overall (I have been testing it since Friday evening. So, useful little program and I would definitely recommend it if you frequently need to copy lots of stuff and have access to things you copy throughout the day.

-The Website-

ClipX Website

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Website Wednesday - The Password Meter

Introducing a new category today: Website Wednesday. This means that every Wednesday (well, hopefully) I will be doing a post on a website that I found interesting/useful/unique. This may be just a general website (IMAO), a website that offers a service (Zoho), or just something fun (Addicting Games)...Enjoy!

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-The Website-




-The Content-

Most people know that having strong passwords is important. You have the password for your computer, the password for your bank website, your email, Facebook, your Blackberry, and so many other things. So, how to tell if a password is secure? Go and follow the link at the bottom of this post, it will take you to the Password Meter website. At the top enter your password in the text box, in the first screenshot below I used the word 'screenshot' and in the second screenshot I used the word '5cr33n5h0t!'. Notice how the site 'grades' you based on the complexity of your password.

Word used: screenshot


Word Used: 5cr33n5h0t!


I found this website very helpful for creating new passwords and I even modified a couple of my own passwords that I had found were too weak. Bottom line, if you are looking for a quick and easy option to create some strong passwords give this site a try.

-The Website-
The Password Meter

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Software Sunday - TUGZip

Introducing a new category today: Software Sunday. This means that every Sunday (well, hopefully) I will be doing a post on a piece of software that I found interesting/useful/unique. I will provide the name of the program, a screenshot (or multiple screenshots if needed), a simple description of what the program does, an overview of the features, my thoughts on the program, and the link to the website for the program. So, let's get started.

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-The Software-

TUGZip

-The Purpose-

TUGZip is a powerful award-winning freeware archiving utility for Windows that provides support for a wide range of compressed, encoded and disc-image files.

-The Look-

Explorer View



Combined View


-The Features-

  • Supports ZIP, 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, CAB, CPIO, DEB, GCA, GZ, IMP, JAR, LHA (LZH), LIB, RAR, RPM, SQX, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, TAZ, YZ1 and ZOO archives.
  • Supports BIN, C2D, IMG, ISO and NRG disc-images.
  • Support for external plugins.
  • Windows® shell integration, e.g. drag & drop, shell context menu and drop handlers.
  • Create 7-ZIP, BH, BZ2, CAB, JAR, LHA (LZH), SQX, TAR, TGZ, YZ1 and ZIP archives.
  • Script support which allows you to make automated backups.
  • Basic features like: add, extract, delete, rename, run, view, checkout, install, test, comment, SFX, virus-scanning, disk-spanning and much more.
  • Repair corrupted ZIP and SQX archives.
  • Can extract multiple archives at once using Multi Extract.
  • Encrypt archives using 6 different algorithms. Blowfish (128-bit), DES (56-bit), Triple DES (168-bit) and Rijndael (128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit).
  • Create self-extracting encrypted archives.
  • Automatic updates using the "Web Update" function.
-My Thoughts-

I have used lots and lots of archive utilities since I started using computers. I have used everything from IZARC to Winzip and most of them have worked very well. Generally I find that they all work just fine as long as they can handle the files you are trying to compress or extract and the nice thing about TUGZip is that it supports every archive format I have heard of and/or have ever used. I find that my favorite feature of TUGZip, other than the long list of supported formats, is the explorer view(reference the screenshots above). You can view your folder structire in the left or top right windows and then when you select an archive the contents appear in the lower right window, no more multiple windows open and no more confusion for me! One thing to note, and this may just be a quirk for my computer, is that when I select the 'configuration' option under the 'Tools' menu TUGZip closes on me. As that is the case I was glad I set up my configuration correctly when I was installing. But barring that small problem (well, small depending on how much you want to change the configuration on TUGZip) I found the program easy to install, easy to use, and intuitive to navigate.

UPDATE: Just noticed a big deal killer with this, seems like whenever I try to delete anything TUGZip pops up some errors, does not delete the files, and then restarts my explorer. This is big bad...lovely start for my first Software Sunday, eh? Although, ya know, if you are feeling adventurous go ahead and install it and see if you get the same problems, I would love to hear if it's just me or not.

-The Website-

TUGZip Website

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