September 2005

The best spam filter for Windows?

Junk email, aka spam, is a terrible problem for almost everyone these days. There is help at hand, though, for anyone using an email program on Windows. There's a completely free program called Spamihilator that will work with your email program to mark emails as spam. It looks like it should be really good, I'm going to give it a try both at work and at home to see how it fares.


Oh No! DHTML Lemmings!

There was this really simply yet fiendishly addictive game in the early 1990's called Lemmings. The premise was simple - stop a bunch of lemmings from killing themselves (falling off cliffs, drowing, walking into dangerous objects, etc) by instructing other ones to do specific tasks - build bridges, stop others, etc. It was a remarkably fun game to play and I wasted way too many hours playing it as a teenager. Now, with computers 100x faster and with fancier colors, someone has rewritten the game in HTML code!!! Those freaky geeks! Go have fun.


Next version of Microsoft Office previewed

In 2006 Microsoft will be releasing both a new version of Windows (dubbed "Vista") and a new version of the Office suite, version 12. Some screenshots have been leaked of the new interface of Office 12 and its... different. Shoot me now, I kinda like it. Of course I expect it to have horrendously high system requirements, just like Vista will.

It helps when I include the URL...


Getting Windows XP-N banned?

Would this work? Microsoft have a version of Windows called Windows XP-N for sale in Europe where they were ordered to sell a version without Windows Media Player. Fairy nuff. The thing is that if you say "Windows XP-N" it sounds like "Windows ehX Pee Nee", which sounds amazingly humorous to me right now. Anyway, string the P and N together too fast and you have a childish name for a male reproductive organ... Ok, still with me? Good. Then separate the X from the P and it'll look even more naughty.


Nero 7.0 is awesome!

There are a whole bunch of different programs out there for burning CDs and DVDs, my favorite over the years has been Nero Burning ROM. There's a new version (v7.0) available nd I've been trying it out for a few days, and I must admit that it is simply awesome! A common complaint of older versions was that it was difficult to use, well this version has had a whole bunch of little tweaks here and there that really improve this - little things like giving you an option of making a second copy when you burn a disc really add to the usability.


Basic file backups

Its important to keep regular backups of your data, particularly files that are you'd really be upset if you lost (finances, baby pictures, etc). I recently found a free program called Cobian Backup that is designed for making basic file copy or zip archive backups of your files - it won't burn them to CD or DVD but its a good start. Its a little fiddly to get working correctly mainly because there are a large variety of options, but once you do you'll have pretty reliable backups as needed.