i, randy

Hello, welcome to my web space. This is where I put all my 'stuff.' Have a look around. Hopefully you'll find something useful or interesting. If so, feel free to link to this site, or drop me a note. Here on the home page I'll have semi-regular blog entries, for your reading enjoyment.

July 15, 2008

Computers

Cool Tools 2

More cool tools to share:

http://www.ccleaner.com/
This is a great, no-nonsense de-crapifier for Windows. I highly recommend it for cleaning out not only temp files and the recycle bin, but loads of other stuff lurking on your hard disc. It also has a nice registry cleaner that has worked very well.

http://www.defraggler.com/
By the same company as CCleaner, this is an excellent disk defragger. Both tools have very simple, clean interfaces and perform extremely well.

http://winscp.net/
I may have mentioned this one before, but they've recently added FTP to their list of protocols (SFTP and SCP). An excellent tool just made even more flexible (although you should stick to the secure protocols if you can). It's synchronize feature is very handy, to sync two remote directories. You can run it from the command line or batch file as well.

http://www.magiciso.com/
MagicIso and MagicDisc are both very handy - for burning a disc from an ISO, and for virtually mounting an ISO image.

That's all for now!

Posted by randy at 07:00 PM | Comments (0)

February 18, 2008

Computers

Cool tools

Just wanted to share some recent tools I've been using to manage the digital jungle...

ScheduleWorld - this is a great service for synchronizing contacts and calendars among a huge variety of platforms and devices. I use it to keep my contacts straight between our two home computers, the laptop, and work. It works with google calendar too! The only drawback is the very clunky website and user interface, which you shouldn't have to deal with too much, but it puts you off initially.

Funambol - Sync utility that goes with ScheduleWorld. You only need this if you want to sync Outlook contacts and/or calendar.

SyncBackSE - basic hard disk backup utility, but with a very nice, powerful interface. Very reasonably priced (they have a free version, but I think it's worth paying for the full version).

Posted by randy at 05:51 PM | Comments (0)

July 28, 2006

Computers

The enemy is me

I'm ashamed to admit that, for one day, I briefly became a spammer. It seemed innocent enough, to send a message only to university faculty in the computer science & electrical engineering departments about my motor controller. Since by far universities have been the main customer, I thought there would be a match there. And there was, I got several positive responses, but a few really, really negative responses. I had no idea how passionate some people are against spam, and how much energy they must spend on a crusade against it. But I do know I'll never do it again - it's not worth the risk of pissing off the community you're trying to partner with.

It seems like such a shame to have a great, incredibly efficient, free technology like e-mail, and be unable to use it because of the horrendous abuse that's occured. One response threatened that I would never do business at that university. I couldn't help but wonder, how will he communicate that messsage to the entire faculty, what would be the most efficient way to tell his colleagues NOT to do business with me? An unsolicited email, perhaps?

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