Archive for August, 2008

Yahoo! Widgets

                     I’m in love with my dual-monitor setup. It allows me to be so much more productive with the extra screen real-estate! I tend to do most of my work on one monitor, and have idling programs and Yahoo Widgets on the other. Formerly known as Konfabulator until Yahoo! bought them, they offer several very useful widgets. Mine are listed below, though my favorites are NewsStand, Monitor Off, Sys Monitor, and the Picture Frame. My only complaint is the main program and each widget are bit of a resource hog. I have tried Google Desktop, but they don’t offer all the widgets I’m looking for, though that may have changed since a few months ago when I last looked. I’m partial to Yahoo! Widgets, but I’m always open to something new.

Wifi Signal http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/wifi-signal
Digital Clock http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/digital-clock
Sys Monitor http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/sys-monitor
World Clock Pro http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/world-clock-pro
News Stand http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/newsstand
Picture Frame http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/picture-frame
Monitor Off http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/monitor-off
Sun Clock http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/sun-clock
NextEpisode http://widgets.yahoo.com/widgets/nextepisode


        

  

 

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Back Up Your Stuff!

                      I listen to a lot of technology podcasts, most notably from Leo Laporte’s twit.tv network. Nearly every weekend, he harps on how important it is to back up the irreplacable files on your computer, PC or Mac. In this day and age, truer words have never been spoken! If you own a computer, and your most likely do, you’ve likely encountered at least one time where you’ve lost all of your data for one reason or another. It’s heartbreaking! If you have only one backup of your files, you’re asking for trouble, especially if those files are stored on CDs or DVDs. They’re so easy to lose, and scratch. Having an external hard drive is better, it’s larger, and protects the data more reliably.

                      If you are truly interested in never losing your data, consider off-site companies like Carbonite or Mozy. They will encrypt your files on their servers, which are in many locations. The initial upload will take a long time, maybe even weeks, but after that only the changed files are backed up. The only catch is both services are not free, but worth every penny! Carbonite is $49.95 a year, Mozy is $4.95 a month. Now, you have the data on your hard drive, an external drive, and off-site. You’re laughing if something happens to your computer, because you’ve lost nothing. That is a truly great feeling! I should mention this is not an ad for either service, though I use Carbonite myself. Overall, off-site is just an incredible peace of mind!

                     To read more on Carbonite and Mozy, check out my more detailed post.

 

John's Background Switcher

                         I found this little program called "John’s Background Switcher" thanks to Chris Pirillo’s Friendfeed page. Unlike DesktopTopia, which is a resource hog in XP and Vista and can only pull images from DesktopTopia.com’s website, "JBS" can pull images from almost any popular source, such as Flickr, Facebook, and your own computer! It supports a dual-monitor setup, and is very configurable. It also lets you set how often you’d like the wallpaper to be changed. The program took very little time to setup, unlike Wallpaper Changer, which I’ve used for a couple of years now. You’ll find "JBS" on my Free Programs site this weekend.

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