Aug 10 2007

Life Update


Sorry that I have been so busy as to not write. Here is an update.

  • I sold my iMac G5. It was about time to update it, and I found a buyer, so I sold it. I am currently waiting for some more funds to become available, and then I will order my new Mac Pro system.
  • Summer Semester ended, so there was school work to do, studying, etc. Glad it is over.
  • Band camp is around the corner, so we have been busy at the MK Office getting ready for the season. We will be over 300 members at this rate. So it is very exciting times.
  • Got a new laptop. My MacBook Pro kept on getting dim spots on it, so I called Apple for the 3rd time, and they wanted to replace the screen again, like they had did the past two times. This was not acceptable, and since I didn’t have my iMac anymore, I wasn’t about to go without a computer for 6 days. So I called Customer Care and told them that the Tech Rep was less than helpful, so they overnighted me a brand new machine, with the updated hardware.

Besides that all is good, going into my graduating semester. WOO!


Jul 30 2007

National Convention


Well convention is over and the following things happened:

  • Met the Boston Brass again.
  • Celebrated Cristina ‘Nasty’ Venturini’s birthday (3 times)
  • Saw Ian (not for very long)
  • Met new people etc.

It was a fun convention from what I was able to go to. But I am disappointed in not being able to spend more time with some of the brothers that I don’t get to see ever. Oh well. I will post pictures soon.


Jul 19 2007

Busy Busy


I know I have not updated in quite a while. Will be back to that very soon! Sorry to anyone who reads this, or checks it!


Jun 18 2007

Software Rollout


One of the most common questions people ask is about software, which one is the best, most efficient, well maintained etc. I have my own opinions and have shared them on many an occasion. The pieces of software in question are: web browsers, chat clients, anti-virus, office suites, and spy-ware protection. I shall discuss each one, but please realize this is just an opinion and I am not an expert (yes person who googled this site, looking for someone to make fun of. I am a programmer, not a reviewer, this is purely from my perspective). Everyone needs to realize that outside of security concerns, software choice, is just that, a choice, use what feels comfortable to you, not what your friend tells you to.

Web Browsers

This might be the largest battle out there. Which browser do I use? The most popular are probably Firefox and Internet Explorer. IE which is maintained by Microsoft is probably the most scrutinized browser of all time, and Firefox which is maintain by Mozilla. I was a fan of IE for a long time, until I tried Firefox. Firefox has a great ease of use, and follows the web standards, so that websites you are viewing are being displayed as the author intended. Firefox is also very flexible, with plug-ins and skins allowing you to have it do and look like almost anything. I give it a big thumbs up. I’m not going to bash Internet Explorer, but yeah. BUT, I am an Apple user, so I have been using Firefox and Safari. When I switched to Mac, I instantly installed Firefox because Safari 1.0 did not support RSS or any other nifty features that Firefox did. When Apple released Mac OS Tiger, that changed and I used both browsers (because of the speed of Safari). But Safari at that point was still incompatible with a lot of web features. Apple recently launched Safari 3.0 for Mac and PC, and I can say that I am VERY impressed. I am using it currently (to write this article) on a PC, and on both of my Macs. It is compatible with newer web standards, and has the great speed I have come to love!Recommendation: Safari 3.0 (when it is out of beta)

Chat

This isvery easy for me. AIM is garbage. For PC download Pidgin (formerly gaim), it is a great multi-client chat client. Tabbed windows, support for plug-ins, and open source. For Mac, if you are going to video chat use iChat, but when you are not video chatting use Adium. See, easy stuff.

Office Suites

Another easy one. Microsoft Office is the industry standard. If you have the money buy it, if not investigate Openoffice.org. For the Mac, the new Office is due any time now, but until then if you are not set in you ways about MS Office, take a look at iWork. It is not nearly feature complete like Redmond’s software, but it has enough to get the job done, and has some very, very nice templates. Office 2008 for Mac should be what the Mac community has been asking for, but then again I have seen Office 2007 and well I’m not impressed. Stick with 2003 until the bugs have been nicked.

Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware

In terms of anti-spyware, there was a great program out there called ‘Giant’ which we had used in the office for a bit of time. Microsoft bought this software and made it there own and named it Windows Defender. If you are a PC user, I recommend it. It is the most maintenance free software I have seen, and is easy to install and use. The close runner up is still Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware. This product has been there since the beginning for me, and is still in my arsenal when fixing a computer.Anti-Virus gets the Norton card. Symantec has been doing it for a long time. I recommend Symantic Anti-Virus Corporate edition. It is small, lightweight and does the job. Hands down.


Jun 13 2007

The Apartment!


Its about time that I finally post pictures of the apartment.  So I finally got the photo gallery function working on this site, (you can look above for that).  But I will also put them here! [album=3]Â


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