Geek Software of the Week: Defraggler!

DefragglerIt seems we have been getting a lot of defrag utilities lately… but this one comes from our friends at CCleaner and Recuva, both of which have been GSotW honorees as well. And, you can defragment a file at a time, if you want. So, check it out!

Defraggler Web Site

“From everyone here at Piriform, the company that brought you CCleaner and Recuva… we now bring you a file defragmentation tool… Defraggler! It differs from other defrag tools on the market, by enabling you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defragmentation tool! And remember like all Piriform products, Defraggler is completely free for both corporate and individual use.”

WordPress as a Web Platform

You may know that I use WordPress software for this Blog. It is Open Source, and therefore free, so that is cool! But, it is also very powerful! And the list of themes, plugins, and add-ons for it are awesome! I have noticed that more and more, as I design sites for clients of my web hosting business, that I am recommending that they go with a WordPress Blog as the site’s underlying base. It just makes it easy for a person to customize the site and make it do what they want. Here’s link to an article that discusses some of the opportunities for customization:

WordPress Theme Hacks

“WordPress was originally created as a weblog or blog platform. But now WordPress has grown so powerful that you can use it to create any type of website and use it as a Content Management System (CMS). In this article, I’m going to share some of my WordPress tricks with you on how to make a better WordPress theme. I’m not a programmer nor developer, so I will focus more on the frontend development. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that WordPress has made it so easy that even a non-programmer (designer like me) can build a wonderful website.”

I agree… check out some of the cool things he has done on his own site… it is a mite “gaudy” for my taste, but then, that is the beauty of the platform… being able to express yourself and YOUR specific tastes!

Microsoft Just Can’t Leave Your PC Alone!

Recently Microsoft was “called on the carpet” because it was installing updates on your computer even when you said that you didn’t want them. Now, they are “ba-ack!”

s Microsoft Re-updating Auto Update, and Does It Need Updating Again?

Just when it seemed Microsoft had averted a PR debacle after an update to its Automatic Updates service in Windows installed itself into users’ computers even when they thought it was turned off, now it appears something is turning back on many users’ Automatic Updates. Late Friday night, Microsoft Update Program Manager Nate Clinton denied having discovered anything in his company’s software that could be causing the problem. ‘We have received some logs from customers, and have so far been able to determine that their AU settings were not changed by any changes to the AU client itself and also not changed by any updates installed by AU.’ But last weekend, multiple members of the AeroXperience Forum reported having their update service turned back on. Some noted the update forced their systems to reboot, which in the case of servers can cause outages for the services they provide. Clinton said his team is still looking into whether another Microsoft application could be making this change without users’ consent.”

Come on M$! “Personal Computer” means it is MY computer… don’t assume that you can come in and just install something without my knowledge and consent!

The “I Blog Alone” Edition of Dr. Bill Podcast #107!

Dr. Bill Podcast – 107 – (10/14/07)
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Dr. Bill blogs alone… and plays Geek Culture by the same name! Geek Software of the Week: Openfiler.. a Gamemaster segment on Metroid Prime: Hunters, new TV shows and more really geeky stuff!

Wikipedia: A Fad?

Is Wikipedia just a passing fad?

Was Wikipedia Just a Fad?

“Recent data compiled by one of Wikipedia’s larger contributors seems to indicate that after a long history of rapid growth, interest in contributing to the effort seems to be waning. Unfortunately, a truer idea of how Wikipedia is doing is not possible because the statistics page has not been updated in over a year. However, one Wikipedia contributor has taken it upon himself to analyze the data to gain some perspective on the state of the project. Robert Rohde — known as “Dragons_flight” — found the results surprising. Out of a sample of 100,000 articles, he found an overall decline in just about every aspect of the service. For example, new account registrations are down a quarter since earlier this year. This decline in new editors has also resulted in a decline in the editing of articles — some 17 percent — and article deletions, down about 25 percent. Also down were user blocks, down 30 percent, and uploads, down 10 percent. There were some exceptions to the rule. The article creation rate was up 25 percent and image deletions rose some 80 percent. But as a whole, the user base of Wikipedia seems to be less active. Rohde said little of why he thought the user base of the popular social encyclopedia site seemed to be less involved, although he did note that the switch seemed to coincide with the discovery that a user known as ‘Essjay’ was found out to have falsified information about himself and his credentials, which was widely covered in the tech media.”

Personally, I really like wikipedia… particularly when I want to find out really geeky detailed stuff on things like comic book characters origins, etc. Stuff of no actual consequence, but that I want to know. (I am a veritable fountain of useless information!)

Microsoft Windows Home Server Now Available

Windows Home ServerNewEgg is now selling Microsoft’s Windows Home Server for $190.00.

Windows Home Server OS Now on Sale

“Microsoft quietly began offering its Windows Home Server in the US this week, with the operating system appearing on electronics retailer for $190 USD. Microsoft released the OS to manufacturing back in July of this year, but the Windows Home Server code wasn’t intended to be sold individually. Instead, devices are built around the OS, and that is how the end consumer would get their hands on the product. With Windows Home Server’s appearance on Newegg, it now appears that Microsoft has given its blessing to allow enterprising computer builders to create their own devices based on the OS. The platform is being marketed as a way to centralize frequently accessed data such as photos, videos, and music, and provide backup to homes that have multiple computers. Add-ins provide additional functionality: for example, a TiVo add in allows users to stream videos from their computers to the set-top box. Additionally, system can act as a Web server, allowing a user to share multimedia and files outside of their immediate home network, and the devices built around the platform are expandable as a user’s need warrants additional functionality, space and so forth.”

Geek Software of the Week: OpenFiler

How about a FREE NAS system, or iSCSI SAN? Interested? Then you need to check out OpenFiler!


“Openfiler is a Storage Management Operating System. It is powered by the Linux 2.6 kernel and Open Source applications such as Apache, Samba, LVM2, ext3, Linux NFS and iSCSI Enterprise Target. Openfiler combines these ubiquitous technologies into a small, easy to manage solution fronted by a powerful web-based management interface. Openfiler allows you to build a Network Attached Storage (NAS) and/or Storage Area Network (SAN) appliance, using industry-standard hardware, in less than 10 minutes of installation time.”

Very geeky… very cool! Find an old box, throw it on there… and play!

“The Sport-Nik Edition” of the Dr. Bill Podcast #106

Dr. Bill Podcast – 106 – (10/07/07)
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Vixta Linux: “Vista-like?”

Vixta LinuxA Linux that has as its goals:

1. Bring Linux to the “masses”
2. Absolutely NoConfig (ANB)
3. User-friendly
4. Eye-catching
5. “Vista”-like

Vixta Linux Web Site

The screenshot here makes it look cool. It is based on Fedora… lot’s of eye candy… it is interesting! We’ll see if it catches on. Being like Vista is not a big deal for me, but for those trying to “win over” the masses, it could be a winner!

50 Years Today for Sputnik!

SputnikWow! Fifty years ago TODAY the Sputnik satellite was launched by the Soviet Union, thus starting the “Space Race!” It also fueled the explosion in science fiction and all things geeky! A big day for a science nut, sci fi nut, and Star Trek fan like myself! Here’s to “Sport-nik!” (Shameless reference to the “Do the Cosmonaut-y” video!) Who would have thought that a basketball sized ball that beeped would lead to so much!

“Do the Cosmonaut-y! Video

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