February 2009 - Posts
Every now and then I get questions about what tools I use to blog, twitter, publish and publicize.
Let’s start on what I use to write blog posts: Windows Live Writer.
To subscribe to feeds, I use FeedDemon and NewsGator.
To share my readings, I use FeedDemon’s and NewsGator’s features for sharing readings and publishing them as an RSS feed.
I started to share my podcast listening through Mevio, but I don’t like the fact that the RSS feed points only to the Mevio site and has no information of the original source.
For publication, I run the feeds through a few services of mine and the publish them through Google FeedBurner.
Google FeedBurner has a few services to power up your feed, track subscriptions and publicize your feeds. You can even publish the feeds with your own domain name. For historical reasons and because FeedBurner doesn’t have an alias feature, I have a few feeds published through FeedBurner.
FeedBurner also has some nice animated images that circle through the last 5 posts and are nice to use um blogs and e-mail signatures.
With the help of Robert Sparnaaij (an Outlook MVP) I was able to use them as e-mail signatures in Outlook 2007. Because Outlook 2007 doesn’t allow you to insert references to images, you need to edit the signature files directly on the disk. To open the Signatures folder, you need to select the Mail Format tab in the Options window (Tools menu) and click on the Signatures button while holding the CTRL key.
Having all this content published, I also publish my blog posts and readings to Twitter using TwitterFeed.
And to show off how many followers I have on Twitter, I use TwitterCounter.
Which brings me to my Twitter client of choice: Witty.
Finally, all my URL shortening is done using Cligs.
I just bought a new toy to the family: an ASUS Eee PC 1000H.
What made me choose this particular netbook was it’s 10.2” screen, WI-FI 802.11n support and the announced 7 hours of battery life. And the fact that it’s recommended by Luís Abreu (Asus Eee 1000h) and José Almeida (Asus Eee PC 1000H).
It comes with Windows XP pre-installed, but I didn’t intend to use it. It was the perfect machine to test Windows 7.
I used Dave Glover’s instructions on creating a bootable USB Windows Vista drive to create a bootable USB drive and used Acronis’ True Image Home to create an image of the original hard drive, and it all worked fine.
Unfortunately, the bootable USB drive only worked that time and I had to install Windows 7 from the installed Windows XP.
The installation was quick, as expected after reading other reports of installing Windows 7.
I didn’t upgrade the RAM to 2GB like Luís and José and I still get a rating of 2.2 and Aero.
I did lost some cool tools that were previously installed (like the virtual screen size), but I hop to get them working again. Dave has a list of software on his My ASUS Eee PC 1000H Netbook and Windows Vista Experiences blog post that I intend to try.
The bottom line is that I’m happy with it and intend, from now on, to take it to conferences, instead of another bigger slower and power eating laptop, the wife is also happy because she can read her e-mail and browse the Internet from the house and the geek teenager son feels he just got a new toy.
Does anyone have other experiences to share?
I’m all against monopolies, so I’m glad the Eurocrats are putting my tax payer Euros to good use.
But it also got me thinking.
If I buy something like an operating system, I expect the vendor to be responsible for what I’m buying. Does anyone think Microsoft will ever accept any responsibility for software that it hasn’t built and is forced to bundle into its products. They probably make some disclaimer like “We didn’t build this. We were forced to put this here and we totally discourage its use.”. That will boost other browsers.
Probably the Eurocrats are planning to take that responsibility themselves. I think there’s a greater possibility for Microsoft to take responsibility for something they didn’t built and were forced to bundle into their products.
On the other hand, a personal computer is becoming something like an household appliance. Do you expect to download a timer for your microwave oven before being able to use it? I don’t.
Internet Explorer is built to be parte of Windows and to be freely used by any application running on Windows. Any other we browser could be built the same way, why aren’t they?
Why isn’t anyone thinking of forcing Microsoft to allow for third party components to replace parts of Internet Explorer? Probably because no one cares about build applications that are good Windows “citizens”.