Archive for October 2005


Software I Use

I’m about to reformat my computer so I made a list of everything I need to reinstall. You might find some of this usefull.


Firefox Web Browser and first thing on the system. One of the reasons I don’t run anti virus.
The Google Toolbar
Thunderbird E-mail. Another reason not to run anti virus.
Mozilla Backup Save your favorites, cookies and email
BitTorrent The original is still the best
Trillian Talk to AOL & MSN form one client
GrabIt Binary News reader
Win SCP Secure FTP client
Putty Secure Shell client


Winamp Best music player ever, library sucks
iTunes/Quicktime Good music library
Irfanview Opens any Image file
Picasa Organize your digital photos


Notepad 2 A basic editor with syntax highlighting & regular expression support
Blog Jet Edit blog posts
Open Office 2.0 Does what Microsoft Office does, for free, plus it makes PDF’s


ISO Recorder Burn ISO’s easily
Ahead Nero Burns everything else. Not Free
DAMN nfo Viewer see nfo files as intended by the author
Win RAR Unpack most any type of archive, particularly zip & rar
Quick Par verify/repair downloads with par files, check sfv files

iTunes Folder Sync 0.2 Release

This version is a bit faster than the old one. It does the import in one batch so you get a nice progress bar in iTunes. Finally you can now edit the script to tell it where you store your music. This is the answer for people with complex music storage hierarchies that were not seeing new things being imported.

Download iTunes Folder Sync 0.2

Here is a link to how this script got started and how to use it. As always you need the Windows Scripting Host (aka wscript) installed and the .js extension set to be executed using \windows\system32\wscript.exe

These enhancements were made possible by Howard Darwin who did the beta testing and contributed ideas. He has a wish list for future enhancements that I would love to accommodate but I’m not sure that the iTunes SDK makes this practical with the WScript engine.

Fall Comes to Melbourne

Its the first day of Fall in Melbourne. Its fairly easy to tell when this is if you have lived here for a while. The leaves don’t change colour here but the change is in the air. The leaves don’t change colour in Cayman either but there we only have 2 seasons, hot and windy. Here its fall when you get a suddenly cool and windy day that is in stark contract to the stale oppressive heat and afternoon showers of summer. Its good weather for being outside. The temp is ~82 and humidity is down to 67%. Yea thats still hot to some but its nice down here. Enjoy the day.