Wednesday, December 14, 2005

digital gallery

It's really easy to get lost in the New York Public Library's digital gallery. It's a huge collection (over 250,000 digtal images) organized by categories, including Arts & Entertainment, Culture & Society, etc. There's an area of the website, My Digital, where you can store your favorites, and you can download images for personal or research use. Best of all, access is completely free, no strings attached. It's a magnificent array of manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts...the list goes on...and so pleasing to the eye.

Monday, December 12, 2005

online virus/security scan

I happen to think Trend Micro's anti-virus, security application software suite(s) are the best around (no, I don't work for them, and I am not affiliated with them in any way). They've been around for a long time, but I thought this scan was worth mentioning here. There have been times, between applications, or just as an added measure, when their online, web-based scan really came in handy. It's thorough, free, and actually removes any detected infections (unlike many scans that call themselves free until it comes time to fix things!).

Their web-based scan, called housecall, detects and removes malware (viruses, trojans, etc.), restores any damage caused by any of these, detects and removes spyware and grayware, and is compatible with IE and Firefox browsers. This is not a full list of its features. The scan is also one of the fastest I've ever come across, which can be a relief when you have tons of files.

happy scanning!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

freeware photo editing

paint.net is an open-source, freeware photo editing software that was originally created by undergraduates at Washington State University, mentored by Microsoft, and now maintained by some of the original developers.

It rivals much more sophisticated programs, and has plenty of features you just don't see in programs of its size or price - free.

The interface is very user friendly and intuitive. The software supports a list of special effects, unlimited history, shape-drawing and curve tools, layers, a simple and basic text editor, and more...

You can read more about it on their website, participate in a very active user forum, and take a look at some screenshots of the program.

You do need to have .net framework installed to utilize the program, but they provide a download with .net included.

You really can't go wrong with this program - it's easy to install, takes up little space, and provides a great variety of useful and fun features.

Thanks, students of WSU - great job.

Enjoy!


Thursday, December 08, 2005

life hacker

life hacker is a wonderful resource website, featuring utilities, commentary, cool tips, great software news and updates, and more. They're simply chock full.

Here's a snippet from their welcome page:
"Computers make us more productive. Yeah, right. Lifehacker recommends the downloads, web sites and shortcuts that actually save time. Don't live to geek; geek to live."

I like this place. I think you will, too.


Til next time...