WinSplit Revolution – Split Your Monitor

WinSplit LogoHaving picked up a 30″ LCD monitor at work and having finally gotten my dual-head configuration working, I found myself in a situation where I wanted to split my screen into equal sections so that I could work on many various things at once. Browsing the Web with my browser maximized on the 30″ screen was rather silly (since most sites I visit are developed with a fixed-width design, they only fill up a tiny portion of my screen). Instead, it made much more sense to divide my screen into four equal regions and have at least four different programs open in the corners of the screen.

Getting tired of trying to manually resize my windows and move them around, I started searching for a program that might make it a little easier. Ideally, I was looking for a program that would split my screen into four equal sections, then “dock” the applications in those sections so that I could drag the corners and have them snap in place.

TweetDeck vs. Seesmic – My Opinion

There are a handful of various desktop applications that can be used to track Twitter on your computer. In this article, I will be comparing two of those applications: Seesmic Desktop and TweetDeck. For the purposes of this review, I am using TweetDeck 0.6.2 and Seesmic Desktop 0.2.1.

On the surface, both applications are very similar. Listed below are some of the general features you’ll find in both TweetDeck and Seesmic.

Microsoft Releases Vista SP2

This week, Microsoft finally released the second service pack for Windows Vista on Windows Update. The new pack apparently includes quite a few improvements and bugfixes. The most noticeable one, for me, is the fact that thumbnail rendering finally works properly. Although Microsoft denied that this was a bug in Vista for years (claiming it was a bug in the ffmpeg codec, instead), the new service pack appears to have fixed the issue.

Windows Explorer no longer crashes when you have thumbnails enabled, meaning that you don’t need to use an external program like Adobe Bridge to view thumbnails of your photos and videos any more.

What other improvements and fixes have you noticed in the new service pack?

Capturing and Editing Screen Shots with the GIMP

For those of you unaware, the GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) is a free, open-source image manipulation program. It doesn’t quite stand up to Photoshop, but it’s still extremely useful, and you can’t beat the price.

This is intended to be a very quick tutorial explaining how to capture screen shots and then edit them with the GIMP.

April Fool’s Infection – Conficker C

Stock Image courtesy of iStockphoto.com
Stock Image courtesy of iStockphoto.com

One of the most sophisticated and dangerous malware applications in the history of computers is set to unleash its fury on April 1, 2009. Conficker C is nasty enough to warrant a $250,000 bounty from Microsoft for any information leading to the identification and prosecution of the worm’s authors.

From the limited research I’ve been able to do, it appears that, on April 1, any computer infected with Conficker C will automatically and immediately come under the control of the worm’s controllers. Little is known as of yet what those individuals intend to do with that control, but the possibilities are nearly endless. The implications could range from simply popping up annoying adware windows to reading your entire computer history (passwords, bank information, etc.) to completely wiping your hard drive.

In my research, I did find that this worm presents itself as a dynamic link library (DLL), which is strictly a Windows entity. Therefore, at this time, the worm is not a threat to Linux or Macintosh computers.

Boxee Goes Windows

A new version of Boxee was released yesterday. The new version is currently available on Mac, AppleTV and Windows. While this is just an update for the Mac and AppleTV users, this is the first version released on Windows.

Those of us using Linux have been told we’ll have to wait a few more days to get our update, but I’m okay with that.

I am very curious to see how Boxee performs on Windows, but I am not one of the lucky few (214, to be exact) that got an invitation to test it on Windows, yet. Hopefully I’ll get one in the next wave of invites.

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