Goodbye Eudora, hello Thunderbird

Today I gave up on an old friend, and surprisingly enough I don't feel awfully bad about it. But after 18 years, it's about time to move on to something new. I had to read that number - "18" - again; it's been that long since 1994, when I used Eudora as my email client for the first time, on … [Read more...]

My first Apple product was just launched

By my own admission, I'm not an Apple product fan - but I appreciate Apple's corporate culture. As a graphic designer, I'm partial to the Microsoft Windows OS and its range of supported hardware, despite being forced in the past to use employers' own range of Apple macs, running Adobe … [Read more...]

I’m getting too old for this: The letter captcha rant

There are probably several billion reasons to use a captcha on a form; as many as the amount of spam one is in danger of receiving. The "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart" works well when the characters are straightforward letters or numbers that must be … [Read more...]

Twenty-nine dollars and 99 cents: The software that saved my digital ass

Right on its 4th "birthday", my primary hard disk hit the digital Purgatory on New Year's Eve. It also took a secondary drive hostage, as if lightning had hit twice. I spent several hours wondering why would two admittedly "ripe" Western Digital drives fail on me, then I decided to go get a brand … [Read more...]

A tribute to Google and meaningful search queries

I thought I'd start the week with a tribute to Google and its ability to return useful results to meaningful search queries. Projectors were eliminated from Kodak's line of products in late 2003, much to the dismay of aging family men and old-school salesmen. For only $65 I managed to get one … [Read more...]