1. Welcome & What's been happening
2. Ask the Doc...
3. Making News Recnetly
4. Software Review
5. Web Sites of Interest
6. Book Review of the Month
1. WELCOME & WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING
Apologies for missing an edition in October and running late with this one... too many things to do and not enough people to do them it seems. Hopefully this pre-Christmas bumper edition and bargains will make up for it. There's quite a lot of information here so make yourself comfy and dive right on in. As always, if you have any questions about anything that appears here, in the press or on our web site please contact us.
(1) WallMaster Pro
WallMaster Pro gives you total control over your Desktop wallpapers. It allows you to setup different lists of wallpapers for each day of the week to better reflect your mood, a theme for that day or to display corporate images in the background before or after a sales demonstrations.
WallMaster Pro will help you configure, change, automatically rotate at intervals you specify, resample images and create collections of high quality wallpapers. It also includes the ability to edit your wallpaper images with special effects and without the need for other graphics editing software. A fast disk scan finds images anywhere on your computer and with the ability to make the desktop icons transparent you can see as much of your wallpapers as possible.
WallMaster Pro can automatically perform gamma correction on images that are too dark before showing them. It is sensitive to, and will work well with, your screen saver and is fully compatible with the Active Desktop in versions of Windows that support it.
Personalise Your Desktop today!
(2) Space Watch Pro
Space Watch Pro V3 is a program that lets PC and network users search and analyse disk space use quickly and easily, pinpointing unexpected and unwanted files and directories as well as important changes over time.
Have you ever wondered why your desktop never seems to have enough free disk space? Or what on earth your users are putting on that new server? Do you want to see graphs of trends in space use or perhaps analyse space by user on an NT or NetWare system and want instant results? Space Watch Pro can do all that for you, and more...
Search across all data collected using complex, easily-constructed, queries and get near-instant results even with the largest networks -– e.g. `files not accessed for 6 months and owned by user "x" larger than 1MB beginning with a C or a D' – then cut and paste the results directly into another spreadsheet or database application -- or e-mail the user! Look at files in detail – including the ability to view files of many formats.
Find who/what is using all the disk space!
(3) AceReader (revisited)
AceReader is a productivity and self-improvement educational reading tool. In today's fast paced information age it is more important than ever to be a proficient reader. Everyone from high-powered executives to children learning to read at school can benefit from AceReader. AceReader can be used to train you to read faster both on the computer and from traditional print.
AceReader can help you spend less time on your reading, whilst at the same time increasing your comprehension. It helps you learn to break the sub-vocalisation barrier when reading, thereby unlocking the ability to read more and to read faster.
AceReader helps you break several bad habits: (1) Subvocalisation (pronouncing the words in your mind while you read), and (2) Re-reading (letting your eyes wander back and re-read text that you previously read). AceReader paces you to read at higher speeds. At these higher speeds it becomes physically impossible to subvocalise. Because AceReader displays text by flashing word sets, you will be forced to read ahead and will not have the opportunity to re-read.
Break those bad habits NOW!
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(4) Repligator Version 4.0
Now here's an idea! Looking for that unique Christmas card or image for Christmas? (yes, I know this doesn't leave much time...) Then look no further. Grab a picture of a family member, place or "thing". Run Repligator over it and see what wonderful effects you can make. Give it a try for free today--see the download link below.
Repligator is a stand-alone program that takes already existing digital images (scanned photographs, files from digital cameras, computer generated graphics, etc.) and changes them with easy to use graphical effects into new images with the push of just ONE button. Version 4.0 provides even more effects such as Ivy, Pearls on Silk, Phases, Primitive Art, Text Xform, Tekno Frag and Fallen Leaves. Several older effects have also been updated. Support for PNG and progressive JPG file formats have also been added to this new version. Upgrades from previous versions are available for only $15 + S&H.
Create your own stunning artwork!
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(5) Macro Scheduler V5.0 (VBScript Edition)
Macro Scheduler lets you create macros to control your Windows applications and assign tasks to scheduled events, desktop shortcuts or hotkeys. With Macro Scheduler you can perform complex tasks with a single mouse click, or schedule your computer to perform tasks while you're playing or sleeping.
Macro Scheduler saves you time by allowing you to create scripts or record macros to automate any task. Over 130 script commands allow you to send keystrokes to other applications, wait for windows to open and close, make a particular window active, run programs and commands, execute files, read from and write to files, copy, move and delete files, and control applications with DDE.
You don't have to be--or hire--a programmer to use Macro Scheduler. For complete ease of use, you can record macros, and a feature unique to Macro Scheduler allows recorded macros to be converted to scripts and edited. From running regular disk maintenance to generating financial reports, controlling file transfers and downloading email, Macro Scheduler lets your computer work while you're not there, and saves you time and money.
A version with Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition is also available, combining the power and ease of use of the Macro Scheduler script engine with the popular syntax of VBScript and allowing increased flexibility and advanced OLE automation.
Take control, and automate your tasks!
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2. ASK THE DOC...
JohnM asks "I have loads of clipart files all over the place - what do you use to find the trees in this jungle?"
product recommended here has since been discontinued. There are many products in the market now, and the Doc is yet to settle on a new solution.
Each Edition we select one of the requests to research and report back to everyone what we recommend. So save yourself some legwork (fingerwork?) and solve some computing ills at the same time - Ask the Doc soon.
3. MAKING NEWS RECENTLY
Macro Scheduler - Australian PC World (Nov)
- Australian Reseller News, Nov 18
- Australian PC User, (Nov)
- Australian Newspaper IT Section, Nov 24
Voyager - Australian Newspaper IT Section, Nov 3
QuickPhrase - Australian Newspaper IT Section, Oct 6
- Australian Reseller News, Oct 7
Snippets - Australian PC User, (Nov)
Repligator - Australian PC User, (Nov)
TypingMaster - Australian PC User, (Nov)
If you see a write-up of one of our products somewhere, please send us a quick email to say what it was and where you saw it.
Thanks to MarkW for spotting the PC User write-ups!
4. SOFTWARE REVIEW
Syntrillium Wind Chimes (and other products)
Forget having that Music CD playing in the background, or on your Computer CDROM drive... Syntrillium Wind Chimes is capable of playing tunes that sound just like the "Real Thing"(TM). You can alter the pentatonic variations to suit your mood. Configure the number of chimes, the strength of the wind, base note, scale and also the instrument you wish to hear playing the sounds. It doesn't have to be just a normal wind chime, you see, as there are 127 different instruments you can choose from ranging from an Accordian through to a gunshot of all things!
If you like screen savers, check out their Kaleidoscope 95 screen saver. It can be configured to display in harmony with the music that Wind chimes is playing! They also have a new screen saver that looks quite amazing. It's called Snoqualmie, named after the Snoqualmie Falls in Western Washington state in the U.S. it can create some astounding patterns. Well worth a look-see if you are into screen savers.
All the details are available here:
5. WEB SITES OF INTEREST
A cute Christmas clock features Santa and his sleigh, complete with reindeer, along with the current time of day. You can also see how many days you have left till Christmas.
AMD confirms K6-2/Win 95 incompatibility
Advanced Micro Devices CPUs running at 350 MHz or faster may stumble on any release of Windows 95.
Yes, it is U.K. based, but, it does have some very timely information on the technology industry as it happens.
The Home of Cricket
With apologies to non-sports fans, this site promotes itself as the home of cricket. It features ball-by-ball updates of the action as it is happening in the test and one-dayers over the summer, complete stats for players, fixtures, live updates of score cards and more... Not just Australian based matches either!
Have a favorite cartoon? Cartoon Sounds has the Internet's largest collection of sound files from your favorite shows. With at least 25 new sounds and one new section added per month, you are guaranteed to find a great clip. Look for Coming Attractions including Yogi Bear and Roger Rabbit.
The Complete Collection of Men Jokes
The Complete Collection of Men Jokes is loaded with pages and pages of wise-cracks about the allegedly stronger sex. What started out as a Swedish woman's rebuttal to the widely spread "blonde jokes" has now become one of the most popular humor sites on the Internet, and not only for women! Mentioned on TV and radio shows all over the world, the site attracts more than 50,000 visitors per month. You will find some 1000 one-liners and more than 150 humorous texts, marriage and gender jokes in the collection. Men and women alike will enjoy this site.
6. BOOK REVIEW
Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage
ISBN 0738200018 $US25
As one reviewer said: "Faster is not necessarily smarter. In this world of constant acceleration, while most firms become increasingly reactive, the race will go to the few who can think more deeply rather than react more quickly. Charlie Fine's is likely to be one of the voices they are listening to".
Well that was the quote that got me in! Here is what I thought about it:
Clock Speed firstly explains how genetic researchers use the humble fruit fly for research as it has a complete life cycle of a couple of weeks that can be extrapolated back against the human life cycle with some similarities. It then goes on to show how we can find similar occurrences in the technology dominated business world of today. How we better prepare ourselves for the change ahead is not always clear, but this book can help to open our eyes to some of the steps involved.
As an example, the author describes the cyclical nature of the push bike market, how it started small and slow, then boomed. Along came motorised transport and it died off again. Now bicycles are back "in" with Mountain bikes all the rage. Understanding the nature of the clock speed (the speed at which any given market progresses through this cycle of birth to death and rebirth) can help us best take advantage of the good times and be somewhere else for the bad times. At least that is the theory.
I give it a 7. Mode details here
Who's crazy now?
A man was walking down the street when he came to a building for crazy people. He heard people chanting "13..13..13..13..13" coming from the building. He was curious so he followed the noise to the side of the building and found a hole. He decided to peek in. All of a sudden someone pokes him in the eye and the people inside start clapping and chant.."14..14..14..14..14". :-)
Why Apple is Smarter than Microsoft
Three Apple engineers and three Microsoft employees are travelling by train to a conference. At the station, The three Microsoft employees each buy tickets and watch as the three Apple engineers buy only a single ticket.
"How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asks a Microsoft employee. "Watch and you'll see," answers the Apple engineer.
They all board the train. The Microsoft employees take their respective seats, but all three Apple engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them.
Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, "Ticket, please."
The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The Microsoft employees saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the Microsoft employees decide to copy the Apple engineers (as they always do) on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that).
When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the Apple engineers don't buy a ticket at all.
"How are you going to travel without a ticket?" asks one perplexed Microsoft employee. "Watch and you'll see," answers an Apple engineer. When they board the train the three Microsoft employees cram into a restroom and the three Apple engineers cram into another one nearby.
The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the Apple engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the Microsoft employees are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "Ticket, please"