Archive for October, 2007

New Computer Software Essentials

So, I’m setting up a “pre-owned” computer for a new guy at work to use, and I thought I should write down the list of what I install on it as the “essentials.”  I’m posting this on my personal, not technical, blog because these aren’t my technical essentials, but what I think is essential for a non-technical person’s computer.  The new guy is in sales – a pretty typical “office desktop” user.  Without further ado…

  • Firefox – Need I say more?
  • Thunderbird – If an email client is required.
  • AVG – Ant-virus, and now anti-spyware too.  They absorbed the popular Ewido anti-spyware company.
  • Open Office – I must admit, I like MS Office better, especially the new 2007 stuff, but you can’t beat Open Office’s price.  It works too – mostly.
  • Foxit Reader – Adobe Reader is free too, but Foxit is much faster to load, and doesn’t open stuff up in your browser, which I don’t like (Adobe does this, and since Adobe tends to crash more, it takes your browser with it).
  • Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) – If you install this, you should be able to play just about any encoded video thrown at you.  Designed for anime fansub watching, but keeps people from bugging you later because they can’t watch some episode of Heroes the downloaded.
  • TUGZip – Probably second best next to WinRAR as far as Windows archival programs go, but this one is free.  🙂
  • Adobe Flash Player – You need to visit this link both in Firefox and in IE, so you can get the ActiveX version for Internet Explorer (an any other programs that might use the ActiveX component – for instance our  and the ‘plug-in’ version.
  • Real Alternative – Lightweight version to RealPlayer.

The Crunch

If anyone actually reads this blog – I haven’t posted in a while because I’m nearing a “go-live” at work for a web application I’ve been developing for several months. I’m shooting for having something up for staging on our server by the end of this week. Hopefully I can return to regular posting after that.

Your bones will stay crunchy, even when soaked in blood!
— Cap’n Crunch, on a killing spree

Darth Pumpkin


This is a pumpkin that Brody traced and cut last year (or two years ago?). I figure his lady roommates will want buy some pumpkins again this year – in fact, I think they have a bunch sitting out front already. Of course, those will be rotten by the time Halloween rolls around.

Anyhow, I wonder what else might be fun to carve and actually work for a pumpkin like this. This one worked well, because it was a black and white emblem very similar to the final pumpkin image.

My ideas:

  • Master Chief (Halo)
  • Big Daddy / Rosie (Bioshock)
  • Kitsune (狐) the nine-tailed fox demon.



My Gamer Tag

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