TG#24 – Listener Extravaganza

February 26, 2009 – 9:21 pm

For our 24th episode, we present a show entirely of suggestions from our listeners. OK, we might say something about orphans, too.


D – Let’s talk about Windows 7 and the Starter Edition

Windows 7 SKU List

Good news: Most consumers only have to worry about 2 SKUs – Home Premium and Ultimate
Bad news: In addition to worrying about their crappy water, dictators and famine, now emerging markets only get sucky Windows SKUs. That’s our way of eliminating competition.

Shades of Grey – Open Source, Fringe, and Social Networking?

Best / Favorite Open Source Apps

Craig

Pat

  • The GIMP
  • Firefox addons: Web Developer, Firebug (how did we EVER do Javascript without it?), FireFTP, Twitterfox, AdBlock Plus, Flashblock
  • Eclipse software development IDE
  • WordPress blog
  • PodPress podcasting plugin for WordPress
  • LAME (not) MP3 Encoder

Bonus – not discussed on the show!

  • Gnu Octave – Matlab Clone (http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/)
  • .NetTiers Open source CodeSmith template library for easy database access.
  • Evolution Mail Client (http://projects.gnome.org/evolution/developer.shtml ) – Integrates with MS Exchange. Only really available on !Windows

Social networking Good, Bad and Ugly

Defriend due to Whopper Sacrifice. Message on Facebook reads:

Facebook® has disabled WHOPPER® Sacrifice after your love for the WHOPPER® Sandwich proved to be stronger than 233,906 friendships.

Fringe

Craig
Haven’t watched it yet… heard good things. It’s on hulu.com.
Pat
Me either. And I’ve never even used Hulu. Shame on me.

bcrem – Is Linux killing Microsoft?!?

Interview with Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation director. Great interview

Craig

  • Could Linux really be considered an alternative for hardware makers? (i.e. Walmart Linux PC)
  • Netbooks will run lightweight Windows 7 – that could be a feather in the hat
  • Computers need less horsepower etc, as things become web-based, and the OS is less of a factor
  • Vista’s 5 year tardiness made people lose hope, but the fast turnaround time for windows 7 is making people have renewed confidence
  • The average person does not know, or care about Linux. The real problem is that the people advocating Linux are all techies!!

Pat
No. Any more questions?

Mike Swindler – Voice Mail: Any useful tips for Thunderbird?

The Junk Mail filter requires constant care and monitoring, much like a small cat.

Thunderbird site tips

On the specific question of editing mail: External Editor. Craig successfully connected it to ConText and it worked FINE!

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  1. 4 Responses to “TG#24 – Listener Extravaganza”

  2. Best show ever! People should write in more often. In regards to my Thunderbird problem, I opted not to go with an external editor; too clunky. I did figure out my problems once I found some hidden settings, the Firefox-like configuration editor, and (duh-da-da-dah) opening the .exe file in a hex editor and fixing a couple of characters. You can find the tweaks that I did via an entry on my website by clicking my name below…

    By Michael Swindler on Mar 3, 2009

  3. NOOOOOO – the veil of internet anonymity has been lifted from me. I feel so exposed. I’ll never listen again!

    By D(errick) on Mar 4, 2009

  4. Well, that’s one listener down. Whew!

    By Pat on Mar 4, 2009

  5. Nice folks… I had a delay in listening due to a recent career switch.

    Some of my fav opensource/free apps out there that were not mentioned.

    OpenOffice – pretty sure I’ll never pay for MS office again.

    http://www.irfanview.com/ – I use this for batch image resizing.

    VLC – media player.

    As for Fringe…. I gave up on it. Too many tv shows ..something had to give.

    By ShadesOfGrey on Mar 12, 2009

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