As a webmaster, Sometimes you must type. You must write and think stuff up. Yet sometimes you must just have the ballsy balls to go out there and shamelessly point your audience towards an article somebody else wrote yelling : "Lookie Here !!!" This article is one of those. A great article on LIfehacker that tells you how to tweak your Windows, Mac or Linux installs with cool howto’s and killer apps. There is nothing left to say aside from the fact that you just cannot afford NOT to click the link.
The one great thing about the end of the year, is that people suddenly get this irresistible urge to make up lists. Somehow the end of December awakes the human genome that categorizes items that have appeared or occurred in the last 365 days. Bizarre as this may be, the end products of this linear affliction does result in quite a few interesting lists. But .. Since we are not Timelords and lack the ability to travel BACK 365 days and alter our behavior to pay more attention to items listed at the top of some lists and steer away from items at the bottom .. These lists are mostly useless. Still. When you are a little bit lazy and have not touched ANY of the items on the lists, you can use them to your advantage by letting the list makers pay for their own mistakes and by reaping the fruits of their labor in the form of your upcoming shopping behavior. The lists i’m talking about are of course the "geek lists" with best software, hardware, etc etc. I’m not really a fan of drawing up lists filled with items that I have not seen, bought or only vaguely heard about so .. I’ll just give you my list with the best stuff I came across this year. ( I list only the best and maybe the worst cause the stuff in between is only vaguely important).
Best hardware purchase of 2007
For me the best hardware purchase consists of a device that has the most money-per-hour rating. This rating is achieved by dividing the price of a certain event by the number of ‘hours of use’. So the shit that was the cheapest and that I played with the most. For me that must be my Imac. I bought it for a ridiculous price using A: some clever tax trick and B by ordering a refurbished model. It brought the price to 750 euro’s for a 17 inch intel Imac with 1 gig of ram. True .. two weeks later the NEW models came out with the even BIGGER screen. But still I love this machine when it comes to usability and the number of hours I spend behind it.
Best sofware purchase of 2007
Again . What did it cost me and what did I get for it : I’ll divide the winners up into three categories : Mac, Windows, Linux.
Best Mac Software : I would say : I-life 08 because of all the interesting upgrades they did to both Garageband and Imovie. But at its pretty high price point it was kinda hard do bring down the money-per-hour rating. Although it was used a lot the winner of this years competition is "Podcastmaker" by lemonzdream.com for giving me a very cheap peace of software that immensely improved the speed to upload and tag the Knightwise.com episodes.
Best Windows Software : I have not bought one peace of Windows software over the last year I’m afraid to say so the "money" counter is on 0. If I however look at "number of hours in use " The winner goes to a portable apps collection I picked up from the net that has applications like firefox, thunderbird, open-office etc in them. Been using them for hours on end and they really help me out when I’m at a foreign pc. But if that does not realy count the price goes to VMWARE Server for letting me build a small army of virtual computers and not cluttering up my office.
Best Linux Software : Without a glitter of a doubt : Gutsy Gibbon for offering WPA2 support, Wobbly windows and a great linux experience. At the pricepoint of 0 euro’s it wins hands down.
Best website / service of 2007.
Tough call because there are a lot of services out there. But the one (for me) that has seen the most screen time on my computers is without a shadow of a doubt the whole Gmail experience. With that I mean : Gmail for my mail ( This year they made it perfect by adding IMAP to it) Google Calendar for collaborating (and syncing with both my Treo and my Pocket PC Phone) Google docs for online storage of configurations and info I need on the road and of course Google reader for letting me access and sort through my feeds. Love that !
So there you have it : My awards for 2007. Before we wrap up the Golden uptime award for most hours in service at the Knightcastle goes to : My G4 mac mini that acts as a fileserver, Itunes server, podcast aggregator and PVR. With an uptime of almost 24 hours a day it wins hands down. Followed by my own Ipod (minimal use 3 to 4 hours a day , maximum use almost 8 to 9 hours a day) Nyana’s ibook ( 8 hours a day minimal) and my own Macbook.
What better way to set off Christmas Eve then digging up some Classic video’s.
David Bowie and Bing Crosby : Little Drummer boy.
And of course .. Annie Lennox .. and some other guy .. Put a little love in your heart 🙂
I found this video a while ago and it fascinated me to see just how easily the human mind can be tricked into believing any situation to be real. Imagine playing a video game, seeing some weird flashes and waking up in an abandoned warehouse fighting the zombies you’ve just seen in the game. From frivolous fun to frantic fear at the drop of a hat. The human psyche is dumber then we think.
Ok , I’m gonna need your help on this one. If you want some free mac applications for christmas : Shoot me an email. Do you remember whole mac-heist stuff that went on last year (where we all pitched in together to lower the price on some killer apps ?) Well this year they are GIVING stuff away. Just enter your Email address and you can receive a free version of Wiretap Pro. If you sign up somebody else .. you get more free stuff. No i’m not the type to enter my friends Email addy’s into some mailinglist so i’m asking you guyz, help me get some free stuff and get some yourself too. Shoot me an email if you want me to sign you up and we will both have some cool stuff for the holidays.
LINK : The Macheist Giving Tree
It might be something you can cataloge on the fringes of Blasphemy, but nonetheless its a great application. Perhaps one of THE missing applications when it comes to my Linux installation. How about a way to graphically control your Linux desktop from any pc or mac ? Yes I know i’m giving you old news.
The wondrous application of VNC is already there to provide us with such an exact service. Its a sure fire way to control any Mac Linux and Windows desktop FROM any Mac Linux or Windows Desktop. The only downside is that VNC is, beside from being horribly slow, also terribly insecure (by default). There is of course the ability of securing VNC with Tightvnc or piping the whole sh-bang through an SSH tunnel. But that would be working for technology (instead of the other way around). So thanx to the guys of Freshubuntu I was introduced to OpenNx (and their free cross platform client NXfree) that will tunnel your remote sessions through SSH and scramble them with a 128 bit key. Sales bling here : "
A complete solution for remote access to your Unix workstation. It allows 2 concurrent
users to connect no matter what their location is, and share the desktop. NX Free Edition
is incredibly easy to install and run, leverages the competence and quality of the
company that makes NX and, most importantly, is free forever." I’m going to see if I can do some playing around with this sweet little toy and keep you up to date with the results. But in the meantime, if you want to tinker along .. Try NXfree along with me !
Link : The NXfree website.
There is a Halo Movie coming out soon, but I managed to stumble ( accidentally) across this little flick that was made for the Discovery Channel. you know I always nag about the fact that games should get better when it comes to gameplay and graphics are secondary.. But if I could play a game like THIS i would happily buy and string together 2 Xboxes to be able to play it.
This week we teach you how to manage and synchronise your bookmarks and keep track of the hundreds of newsfeeds on the web by taming them to be docile into your online RSS reader. Funpacked for the holidays its KC 006 “Bookmark Oblivion” This week we teach you how to manage and synchronise your bookmarks and keep track of the hundreds of newsfeeds on the web by taming them to be docile into your online RSS reader. Funpacked for the holidays its KC 006 “Bookmark Oblivion” Music this week provided by the ever loved Delphinium Blue and their Classic hit “‘Boy 17” and of course a special Christmas gift in the shape of Jonathan Coultons classic “Codemonkey”
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- The Web way Back.
- Using Foxmarks to manage your Bookmarks.
- Using Google Reader to manage your RSS feeds.
- Music : Delphinium Blue : Boy Seventeen
- Music : Jonathan Coulton : Codemonkey like you.