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A good way to increase your traffic
Friday. 6.22.07 7:00 am

Just thought I'd share this bit of... well.. common sense... with everyone. Check your blog from as many computers as you can every day. Libraries, friends houses, work.. wherever you are that there's a computer other than yours, pop over to your blog for a few seconds. This will increase your traffic, and your money. I check my blog from all my work computers (3 of them) every night at work.

Here are some cool toys that I've been using the last couple of days. I love new computer gadgets, and I'm bored, so I will share them with all of you.

Link --> Google Reader

Google reader is a nifty way to read hundreds of blogs without having to search for them. It packs them all into one page, which you can visit on your google account, and updates them every time you visit. You can add blogs to the list, or you can select a "bundle" of pre-selected blogs in certain categories. I myself have a bunch of tech blogs listed, because I like to find out about new and interesting applications. Which is how I found out about all the cool toys listed below.

Link --> Launchy

Launchy is, in simple terms, a command line program launcher. What that means is, it's a text box on windows where you can type the name of a program, file, folder, browser..etc that you want to launch/turn on, and launchy will do it as soon as you hit enter. This program is really great for people who hate scrolling through the start menu to try and find what programs they want to use.

Launchy is a smart program, too. It will "guess" what program you're trying to tell it to launch based on what you type and how many programs match. For instance, on my computer, typing "fir" and hitting enter will launch firefox, because that's the only thing on my system with anything similar to that name. This works for any browser you want to launch. If there are several choices similar, Launchy will show a list of options (exactly as you'd see on your taskbar when you type in the beginning of a web address) and you can choose the appropriate one, or just finish typing the name.

This program also several built-in plugins. For instance, you can enter searches straight into launchy. Simply type in the engine you want to use (it supports, google, wikipedia, yahoo, and a whole list of others) hit tab, then type what you want to search for and hit enter. Presto! Launchy opens your browser (for the moment, it defaults to IE, but hopefully that will change in the near future) and automatically put your query into whatever search engine you selected and show you the results.

You can also visit web pages in the same manner. If you simply type in the web address (you can use www.whatever. Launchy will automatically fill in the http://) and hit enter. If you just type it in, it will use IE, but if you want it to use another browser, simply type in all or part of the browser name, hit tab (launchy will auto-fill the name of the browser, as long as nothing else is close to it) and enter the web address. Hit enter, and it'll open the selected browser and take you straight to that page.

Launchy comes with a lot of cool skins, and is a really sleek program. It has little to no cpu usage, and will hide offscreen until you need it. The default way to call Launchy is alt-space, but you can change the shortcut from launchy's menu.

Link --> ObjectDock

Object dock is another awesome program that can really speed up the way you use windows. At it's basic level, it's a customizable short-cut bar similar to the one used on Mac OS. You can add any shortcut you want to it and launch the programs simply by clicking the icons. This program, if used correctly, could easily be a replacement for your windows taskbar. (I don't even use my taskbar anymore.) You can add a start button to it to open your start menu, and the OD website has hundreds of very beautiful icons you can download to replace the ugly windows icons. It has a paid version, but for the average user, the free version is all you'll really need.

I've been told this program can be heavy on the ram, so if you don't have a lot to spare, you might want to look into similar alternatives. I've been told there are a couple similar programs that have less of a drain. But if you have plenty of Ram, like I do, this one is probably top of the line. Has more features than the others that I've looked at.

Those are just some of the things I've been playing around with the last couple of days. Hope you enjoy them.

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Pictures!
Wednesday. 6.13.07 8:11 pm

So these are some pictures I took with my new camera. I shall label them accordingly.



This is a little better view of Gizmo. Idn't he cute? He hardly sits still long enough to be photographed.



This is Daisy, one of Jenn's first cats. A very sweet and silly cat she is.



This is Annie (as in orphan annie, because she's a stray). Annie is my cat. She's just getting used to be around Jenn's cats before we move in together.



And finally Odin. This is Jenn's baby. She's had him the longest and I have the sneaking suspicion that she loves him more than me. heh. Also, I sometimes get the keen feeling that he's plotting to have me killed. As you can see, he's hugely fat.

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