SOFTWARE: Freeplane for mind mapping

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Community Choice Project of the Month (POTM) for June is Freeplane, which is an application that supports mind mapping and analyzing information contained in mind maps. Congratulations to the Freeplane project on being voted as the June 2014 Community Choice POTM.

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I love “mind mapping”.

I really don’t understand why it doesn’t become more popular.

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SOFTWARE: Anyone else notice CHROME BROWSER performance stinks

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recently, all I seem to get is “spinning tabs”. Opera and Fivefox don’t have a problem.

I’m confused.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One App to Rule Them All: 30 Ways Evernote Can Improve Your Life
By Jeremy Andenberg
The Art of Manliness
February 24, 2014

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7. Grocery list. Our household goes through endless scraps of paper for meal planning and grocery lists. They end up lost more often than not. Create your weekly list in Evernote, share it with your wife or roommates, and everyone will be on the same page. You can each add items to the list as you think of them instead of risking forgetting and needing to make a return trip to the market.

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I’m trying be serious here.

I need a pick list in any of the three “super” markets I use.

And, it would nice if the app gave me a solution that is the lowest cost.

Watson? (Not Wilson!) where are u?

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SOFTWARE: BLUEGRIFFON chokes on an errant copy and paste

Sunday, March 9, 2014


In doing my weekly Jasper Jottings, I was delayed by a data formatting error.

Apparently, when I posted an article in the daily blog, using MARSEDIT, some how the article was posted as the title.

I didn’t realize it and did a copy and paste from MARSEDIT into BLUEGRIFFON.

That cause BLUEGRIFFON to make the page width six times larger than it needed to be.

Took a break.

When I came back to it, I did CNTL Z’s until BLUEGRIFFON restored the page size.

Then the hunt for what was causing the problem.

Repeated the cut’n’paste into SIMULTRON5 text editor. Couldn’t see anything. Back into BLUEGRIFFON same result.

Deleted all the blank lines and made sure that each line had an EOL on it.

Cut’n’paste back to BLUEGRIFFON; same result.

Then I cut’n’pasted the first line to BLUEGRIFFON; same result.

Then I cut’n’pasted just the text part of the first line to BLUEGRIFFON; that worked correctly.

Resumed and everything was now right with the world.


Still don’t really understand what happened.

The issue went out about 8 hours late.


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SERVICE: Journal by email

Monday, January 13, 2014

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It’s private
Only you can read what you write. No friend requests, no posting your entries publicly.

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Seems like a neat idea.

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SOFTWARE: KRYPTOKIT for bit coin and encrypted email

Sunday, January 12, 2014

What is KryptoKit?

KryptoKit is the world’s first instant Bitcoin wallet and secure messaging system that’s built right into your browser. It’s the easiest and fastest wallet to set up, and the easiest and fastest way to make Bitcoin payments. KryptoKit is a free extension plug-in for Chrome, making Bitcoin and GPG secure messaging instantly accessible even for beginners.

We believe in frictionless systems. We do things to remove the amount of clicks and friction that can often be involved when working with webwallets or making Bitcoin transactions. Below we’ll explain how to set up KryptoKit, its wallet and messaging system, as well as some of the other features KryptoKit offers.

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SOFTWARE: FINDFRIENDS interesting application

Monday, May 20, 2013

Interesting use for it. 

My friend Pete’s in the hospital in Jacksonville FL.

I know where is phone is!


I assume he still has it with him.

So, without bothering anyone, I know he’s still there.

Now if it could just tell me the altitude, I’d know if he’s still in ICU or moved to a regular room.


Stalking to a new level.

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SOFTWARE: Google changes CHROME and makes me reconsider that too

Monday, March 18, 2013

When Google nuked GREADER, it also took the extension that supports RSS feeds out of CHROME.

Now, I’m rethinking EVERYTHING I do with GOOGLE.


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SOFTWARE: Keeping the site up, listening and adding new features. | Building Feedly

Monday, March 18, 2013

Have to move from Google Reader. Argh! Change is never fun. And, why should we ever trust Google again. 

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Priorities: Keeping the site up, listening and adding new features. | Building Feedly: “Building Feedly Re-imagine how people keep in touch with their favorite sites.

SearchMain menu Skip to primary content Skip to secondary content Post navigation← Previous Priorities: Keeping the site up, listening and adding new features. Posted on March 15, 2013 by @feedly More than 500,000 Google Reader users have joined the feedly community over the last 48 hours. We love passionate readers. Welcome on board.

Our main priorities over the next 30 days are 1) to keep the service up, 2) listen to new users for suggestions and 3) add features weekly.

To keep the service up, we 10x our bandwidth and added new servers.

For new features, we are listening actively to our new uservoice forum and will be pushing out new releases on a weekly basis. Be vocal: we love candid feedback.

Note 1: Here are some tips on how to make feedly less pretty and more functional.

Note 2: If you are a Google Reader, give feedly a try before July 1st, and you will be able to migrate seamlesly: Feedly for i”



SOFTWARE: Googles RSS Subscription Extension, Removed From Chrome Web Store

Saturday, March 16, 2013

a reason to abandon Chrome?



Google’s RSS Subscription Extension, Removed From Chrome Web Store: “Three years ago I tried to convince the Chrome team that it makes sense to add native support to feeds. At that time, Google built an extension that showed feed previews and allowed you to subscribe to feeds. The explanation for building an extension instead of implementing the feature in Chrome was simple:

‘This decision was made based on our philosophy of trying to limit ourselves to adding only the UI features that a vast majority of users need and allow each user to customize the browsers to fit their needs with Extensions. Given that most people are not familiar with and don’t consume RSS feeds, we thought that RSS support would be a better fit as an extension, at least to begin with.’

In 5 months, more than 300,000 people installed the extension. More than 1,600 people starred a feature request for implementing RSS detection natively. Chrome still doesn’t have this feature and the extension released in 2010 has been removed from the Chrome Web Store a few days ago. The issue is that the extension used Google Reader to preview feeds and Google Reader will be discontinued in July.

‘RSS Subscription Extension’ had 869,743 users. Fortunately, it wasn’t the only extension for subscribing to feeds. Here’s another extensionbased on an old version of Google’s extension.

(Via Google Operating System.)

SOFTWARE: No More Google Reader

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

No More Google Reader: “Google announced that Google Reader will be discontinued on July 1st. It’s a sad news, but it was inevitable. Google Reader has always been ‘on the chopping block’ because it never got enough traction.

Everything started with a feed parser built by Chris Wetherell that turned into a feed reader, helped by Ben Darnell, Laurence Gonsalves, and Mihai Parparita. The product was launched in 2005 as a Google Labs project and it was significantly improved one year later, when the Google Reader team launched a completely new version. Over the years, Google Reader integrated with iGoogle, added social features and handled feed serving for all Google products. Back in 2007, Google Reader crawled 8 million feeds and 70% of the traffic was from Firefox users.

In 2011, Google removed Reader’s social features and replaced them with a Google +1 button. It was the beginning of the end for Reader, who lost all the engineers from the original team. Google Reader is in maintenance mode ever since then.

While feeds are no longer important for many users and browsers start to drop support for reading feeds, social networks make newsfeeds popular and mobile apps like Flipboard simplify reading the news. Feeds are now a behind-the-scenes technology and full-fledged feed readers seem outdated.

‘We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too. There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience,’ says Google’s Alan Green.

It’s hard to find a replacement for Google Reader, since Google Reader was the most popular feed reader and the competition couldn’t keep up with it. You can still find some web-based feed readers, but none of them is as good as Google Reader. Congratulations to everyone who worked on the Reader team and thanks to all the people who subscribed to this blog in Google Reader.

Here’s Google Reader’s team from 2007:

(Via Google Operating System.)

SOFTWARE: Peanut Butter PC; better than nothing?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Peanut Butter PC: Trying to keep kids safe

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Bottom line

In summary, although Peanut Butter PC as a product offers a good idea for making the computer safe for kids, some youngsters with more crafty hacking smarts could get around the confines of the custom desktop and back into the cruel, unprotected world of regular Windows. Although this application serves as a decent roadblock for some that aren’t familiar with computers, it cannot be considered a replacement to parental supervision. It is always important to monitor your child’s usage of the machine, just in case someone does end up finding a way around the fence. At the price of $24.95, it might be worth considering after you give the software a test run via Peanut Butter PC’s 15-day trial.

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Putting computing power in the hands of children is at best a calculated risk.

Perhaps, by putting it in their hands earlier, with instruction, examples, and SUPERVISION, can make it safer for all involved.

If I had a family, I’d put OPENDNS in the family’s router. That’ll help.

Reviewing logs is a good way to get to sleep at night.

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SOFTWARE: Open source isn’t a bad deal versus “Pay for”

Saturday, July 14, 2012

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That said, if you lean towards economics and like to think about the long-term costs of open source software, you may have brought to mind the old adage “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”. (Or, as it is commonly used to compare with open source, a Free Beer.) Open source software rarely comes with the technical support and warranty services that proprietary software provides. So while you may not pay upfront now, the expenses for the software maintenance and upkeep may accumulate and charge you in the future.

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Anyone get any support from the commercial firms like microsloth?

Even in large organizations it’s a joke.

Unless your contract is up for renewal. The you are up to your in SEs, AEs, VPs, and unnamed executives.

Open Source usually has an interested community who is actually interested in your issues.

Some of my BEST support experiences have been from “Open Source”, “Free Software” communities.

I’m not sure how to harness it. But if I ever do, Bill Gates move over. The neighborhood’s getting a double wide.


SOFTWARE: MARSEDIT v3.5 (5031) has what I’d call a “user interface” bug; resolved

Sunday, April 29, 2012

MARSEDIT v3.5 (5031) has what I’d call a “user interface” bug. It doesn’t crash, but it doesn’t respond the same as the old version and the result produced is “livable, but not as it once was”.

The last version (number unknown) on the macbookair a keyboard <shift><return> would do a “line feed”, but not a “carriage return”. This version <shift><return> and <return” act identical (i.e., extra white space of paragraph in the post).

So how do I get what I want?

I liked the old output. MarsEdit’s value has just dropped from 5* to 3*. Because now I’m asking what else has changed and what other bugs have been introduced?

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Excellent support from the folks at REDSWEATER.

Within hours I had a response.

It was a UI change. To do the old <shift><return> is just a <command><return>.

AND, they immediately agreed there should have been a “Heads Up”.

They now go from 3* back to 5* in my book.

As they say in the war movies: “That is all. Carry on!”.

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SOFTWARE:Suggestion to MARSEDIT, a blog posting client, for improving a great product

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I’d like MARSEDIT (4? as opposed to 3.4.4 4949) to:

(1) Parse the message for tag suggestions.

(2) Have all the blog’s used tags in a right hand scroll bar like categories.

(3) On the change date, have choice for now.

(4) On the post to blog function, display the post date, allow a change, and say confirm. Like when I have no tags or categories.

(5) Support stationary for blog posts. Not colors, but predefined format with text.

(6) Make me thin, young, and handsome.

When can I have it?

At no extra cost, of course.

“Customer F. John Reinke”

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And, shortly after I send it, I remembered: “And add the date to the individual post screen by where choose the blog it goes to.”

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SOFTWARE: MARSEDIT3 is the blog content creation tool that I’m now using

Saturday, January 28, 2012

MarsEdit 3
Desktop blog editing for the Mac.The best way to write, preview, and publish your blog.

Browser-based interfaces are slow, clumsy, and require you to be connected to the internet just to use them. Browsers are perfect for reading web content, but not so great for creating it.

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Note: They gave a thirty day trial and it worked flawlessly. Unlike what I was using ECTO.




… … if anyone cares.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Firefox: LastPass OK; not as fast as Opera

Chrome: LastPass OK; seems to have slow downs.

Opera: LastPass OK; seems faster; doesn’t do a toolbar of bookmarks. Doesn’t display gmail header correctly all the time.

Safari: LastPass doesn’t show up anywhere. NG!

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SOFTWARE: POSTBOX has space management issues

Sunday, November 27, 2011

From: Postbox Support <>
Date: Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM
Subject: Archive messages under subfolders named after year received

There is a new comment in topic Archive messages under subfolders named after year received

Jeff Gehlhaar

I agree with James. On the Mac, where Time Machine does my backups, this is a big issue. These per year mailboxes quickly get HUGE. This is a feature which is already part of the Thunderbird base code and it would seem straightforward to port the core logic. In talking with customer support, they said this feature is not on the roadmap as it runs counter to the direction they want to move the product.

For my part, if this feature were on board and some of my favorite plugins were supported (or their functionality supported natively), I’d probably jump in and buy postbox, but for now, I’m going to stick to Thunderbird.

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This is what I experienced with POSTBOX. Almost immediately after installing and using it I had space problems. Since almost all of my email accounts were defined as IMAP, I was at a loss as to why I was always “out of space”.

I bet this software was making hidden backups.


I’m gonna eventually have to wipe and upgrade to Lion.

WINDOZE has the same problems that require a clean reinstall to restart with a clean slate. This was the exact problem that I was hoping to avoid with the MACBOOKAIR.

Clearly there’s still much improvement need in computing appliances needed.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

From: TextExpander Support <>
Date: August 20, 2011 21:57:05 EDT
To: reinkefj
Subject: Re: Maybe I don’t understand …


Unfortunately TextExpander touch lives within the limitations of the iOS platform, and cannot expand system-wide like it can on a Mac. Because of that we offer an SDK to iOS app developers, and over 120 apps include TextExpander touch support, including most of the popular Twitter, note, and to-do apps:

So, on your iPad you are only able to use TextExpander within these applications, or its own editor, but not Apple’s apps such as Mail, Safari or Pages.

Thanks for using TextExpander from Smile!

TextExpander Support

Smile. Software that’s just right.

PDFpen, DiscLabel, TextExpander, TextExpander touch, PageSender

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SOFTWARE: My first FORTRAN primer was his

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Some Thoughts on the Passing of Dan McCracken (1930 – 2011)
By Scott M. Fulton, III / August 15, 2011 2:03 PM / 0 Comments

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What Daniel D. McCracken managed to accomplish as early as 1957 was to give a knowledgeable layperson a strong, sensible foundation for understanding the terribly foreign concept of describing business processes with procedural mathematics. As a young author decades ago, I studied McCracken’s methods and I attempted to take his lessons to heart. In some of my first books on Visual Basic, I was inspired by McCracken to demonstrate a relatively simple concept using a substantively more complex tool: I demonstrated program control using sort algorithms.

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Sadly, I never knew the fellow, but he’s responsible for me knowing anything about FORTRAN.

As the typical fat old white guy injineer nerd I could make that language sing. All do to him.

For better or worse.

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SOFTWARE: POSTBOX not recommended

Thursday, July 28, 2011

(1) Crashing stopped

(2) Some accounts display nothing; other accounts headers only; others display normally.

(3) Attempt to send message from accounts says “settings wrong”.

Totally frustrated, and not willing to debug further.

I’ve lost a lot of time and emails that I’d have preferred to keep.

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On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 2:51 PM, Postbox Support wrote:

## In replies all text above this line is added to the ticket ##

Ticket #12986: Postbox seems to be not starting correctly; objects to this a…

Your request (#12986) has been updated.

To review the status of the request and add additional comments, follow the link below:

You can also add a comment by replying to this email.

Scott MacGregor, Jul-25 11:51 am (PDT):


Can you try this special version of 2.5.0 that has symbols:

and attach the crash report this symbols build generates?



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Fedinand Reinke, Jul-21 07:36 pm (PDT):

Deleted half of the accounts. Try indexing. Try compacting. Keeps crashing.

Is there any way to export the archives or is it all just locked up.


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Process: postbox-bin [22927]

Path: /Applications/

Identifier: com.postbox-inc.postbox

Version: 2.5.0 (2.5.0)

Code Type: X86-64 (Native)

Parent Process: ??? [1]

Date/Time: 2011-07-21 22:33:07.013 -0400

OS Version: Mac OS X 10.6.7 (10J869)

Report Version: 6

Interval Since Last Report: 565631 sec

Crashes Since Last Report: 6

Per-App Interval Since Last Report: 6377 sec

Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 3

Anonymous UUID: E6211619-FAFE-4714-9786-4FC5FC23B229

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SOFTWARE: Cloud update breaks app; flaw with the logic of the Cloud

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NYT Update Breaks iPad App, Annoys Subscribers

by timothy

jbrodkin writes “The New York Times, which recently started charging iPad readers $20 a month, has a lot of angry digital subscribers after an update broke the NYTimes for iPad application. The update was designed to make it easier for readers to subscribe to the Times through iTunes (irony!) but instead left readers unable to access any articles. Worse, the Times didn’t bother to fix the app over the long weekend or reply to users who complained on Twitter. It’s not the first time developers have broken an iPad application with a poorly constructed update, but reader complaints noted that the size of the New York Times and the high price it charges make this gaffe particularly galling. Angry users have driven the app’s rating down to less than two out of five stars.”

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IT Pros know the problem. How do you run “production” when you have no change control process?

Answer: You don’t.

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SOFTWARE: LibreOffice 3.3.3 is ready for download

Thursday, June 16, 2011

LibreOffice 3.3.3 is ready for download

The Document Foundation announces the availability of LibreOffice 3.3.3, a new release of the most stable version of the free office suite for personal productivity, targetingcorporate users. LibreOffice 3.3.3 is already available for download at the following address:

According to Thorsten Behrens, a developer and member of the TDF Steering Committee, “LibreOffice 3.3.3 fixes several bugs and improves the security of the suite, to specifically address the needs of corporate deployments, where stability is more important than new features. This branch will be maintained until the end of the year, to allow a smooth and safe transition to LibreOffice 3.4.x.”

LibreOffice 3.3.3 is available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux (DEB and RPM), in over 100 different languages (more than twice the language coverage of comparable proprietary products). Users of LibreOffice 3.3.2 are invited to update their software.

Short link to blog post:

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I use it. It’s “good enough”. And, the price is right.

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SOFTWARE: APPLE IPHOTO doesn’t allow you to …

Thursday, March 24, 2011

APPLE IPHOTO doesn’t allow you to …

… easily mange the size of the Photo Library.

And, the backup function is lame. There’s no way to do a backup to an external drive except by doing individual exports.

It would have been trivial to allow it, but they didn’t.

One can only imagine that the decision to implement this way was to drive sales to Time Machine or Mobile Me. Clearly, that might be speculation. But, it fits how I see APPLE. Exploitive. The software is designed and implemented in a way that’s best for APPLE; not the User. imho

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IPHOTO is unsuitable for use on the MACBOOKAIR due to limited hard disk space and the software’s inability to compensate for that.

When one imports pictures into IPHOTO from a camera, that is the easiest time to create the external backup.

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SOFTWARE: POSTBOX2 on MACBOOKAIR doesn’t have scheduled send

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fedinand Reinke, Mar-18 11:49 pm (PDT):

Sometimes I would like a message to be delayed until tomorrow, next week, or some time next year. I can’t find how to induce POSTBOX2 to do that for me. I know it’s in Outlook. How does a POSTBOX2 User do that?

It would be really nice if POSTBOX2 would handle that very smartly (i.e., wake up when a deferred request triggers and send it) but I could even live with it doing it the next time it is “alive”.

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Justin Rochell, Mar-21 07:47 pm (PDT):

Hi Fedinand,

Postbox has a “Send Later” feature, but without scheduling.

If you don’t mind, please submit a request for scheduling in the Ideas & Feature Requests Forum so we can keep track of it.

Thanks for using postbox!

Justin Rochell
Postbox, Inc.

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(1) This seems to me to be an OBVIOUSLY needed feature. OUTLOOK does it; I’m no MICROSOFT fan, but they have certain features. It just WINDOZE that sucks.

(2) WINDOZE may suck; MACOSX has its problems too. The question is how much suckiness will you the User tolerate. If you do a real good job of separating your data, your applications, and the OS on a WINDOZE platform, AND IF you do a real good job of managing your WINDOZE OS — slipstreaming fixes into a WINDOZE DISKIMAGE (by like ACRONIS) so you can bare metal restore at the drop of a hat, I’d give the nod to WINDOZE over MACOSX. On to Linux anyone?

(3) The meme of “personal computing” is that you can have your little PLATFORM and it’s “personal”. The new meme of “cloud computing” is nice if you never leave home and you high speed connection to the inet never fails. Once you leave home or if your inet provider is flaky, then cloud computing is challenging at best. Wifi ain’t that ubiquitous or that “free”. If you use the phone as you’re inet gateway, you’re stuck with an expensive “data plan” and find out that “unlimited” doesn’t mean “unlimited”.

(4) Clearly, the applications developers have to design applications that can work either with or without the cloud. I haven’t seen one yet that does.

(5) The regulators are back in 1910 and are (deliberately?) clueless about how companies are ripping the folks off.

(6) I love how developers want the Users to do their work for them. Assuming that “scheduled send” is a valid useful “new idea”. Why ask me, the User, to do your data entry work? That’s down right rude. Do I get paid, or anything, to be your R&D staff? It’s not like this is Open Source Software, where there’s more of a collaboration between developer and User. Argh!

(7) Many enterprises treat the Customer like they are an unpaid staff. The cable and telephone companies come to mind. I may have no choice but to put up your “barbara streisand” now, but there will come a time. Payback is a bitch!


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SOFTWARE: Chrome takes all free disk space

Saturday, March 19, 2011

OK, I think I have ‘evidence’.

With only POSTBOX2 and CHROME running I get message ‘no space’. So, I quit CHROME and now I have 1+ Gig back.

(I have to figure out how to shrink IPHOTO. But there doesn’t seem to be any way to do it other than just delete stuff. Argh!)


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