Software Roundup 8/31

* Kiko — an ajax calendar. looks nice. Walt reviewed two others today — it’s an explosion of web calendars, it’s 1998 all over again. Not sure I understand why people will migrate to this new generation. I guess people are more trained to use web services now, and in broadband households, it is easy to always have the calendar live.
* Via furrygoat, — apps that you can put on usb keys.
* Monad and WMI — cool.
* has like a jillion greasemonkey scripts to install. Playing around with book burro at the moment.
* I am easily bought — I use frequently now. Not because it is great, but because i get another pi/2 percent discount on my amazon purchases. Same reason i got an Amazon Visa card.
* Via cpumag I found and the K-lite mega codec pak — every freakin’ codec you could ever want. Videozilla looks interesting in this vein as well.
* I should try viceversa to manage backups in the house.
* I’m tempted to renew my MSDN sub so that I can get winfs beta — because who needs a stable filesystem?
* Via geekman I found myprogs. Given my appetite for software, a community ranking site for software seems great.
* also given all the software i install, why doesn’t windows have something as nice as ppm in perl for downloading addons/packages/etc? ppm is so easy.
* Movable type style generator seems cool
* JK on the run talks about something that i thought was just me — the impossiblity of doing system restores for tablet pcs
. I have a tablet pc collecting dust for exactly this reason — after struggling through 2 system restores i gave up.

Keeping up with Rich

As usual Rich has been a posting machine during the last month. Some of the highlights I’ve noted:

* Iceland travel. I hear they have some fantastic river rafting there. I’m ready to go. Just added to my 43places goals.
* Grilling resource — I can always use grilling tips.
* Rich’s small camera recos. I’m about due.
* Tips on HT PC setup — sounds like zoomplayer is essential.
* NTFS resizing tips. I am sure I will need these some day.
* Rich is playing FEAR. I think I need a new PC.
* Rich on Gaming PCs. Having bought 3 and bult 2 others, I am inclined to buy from Falcon Northwest for my next. Debugging the assembly of a high end machine with 2 SLI cards, 10K sata drives, raid arrays, fast dvd/cd drives — well it is just a lot easier to let the Falcon guys burn their time.

Judy's Book in the NY Times

Very remiss in noting some of the good press that Judy’s Book got in the NY Times — happened when I was travelling. Nice work guys. Number of postings is growing quickly. (Ignition is an investor in the company)

My favorite Judy’s Book game — be the first to post in a city or area. I’ve staked out Salt Lake City. Love the maps feature.

Recent Books

From my road trip last week:

* “Century rain by alistair reynolds”:amazon — Modern nanotech-infused space opera. A fine read but not memorable
* “Saving faith by david baldacci”:amazon — a great pageturner.

Blog changeover

I’ve upgraded to MT3.2 and decided to blow away all my templates in the process. Because they were old and funky and corrupted and it was just easier to start fresh. In fact I completely blew away my old blog, and reimported all my postings into this one. And just republished over the old one. I am sure there are old files left around from the old blog, that is probably good for google indexing and searching purposes.

Over the next few weeks I’ll start selectively adding back features to the template like my Judy’s Book posts, Ohio State football status, blogroll, etc.