Tag Archives: Free software

Is Microsoft Censoring Windows 7 Tweets?

By | November 9, 2009

Intrigued to see that Microsoft has turned a page of its website over to “What people are saying about Windows 7”: The page is designed a bit like twittefall: a cascade of seeminlgy “live” tweets (their dates and times of posting cleverly removed from the cascade.) Amazingly, 99% of the comments are positive, or at least neutral: So… Read More »

An Index Of Blogging Clients

By | July 6, 2009

July 2009 Update: added BlogDesk. So far I’ve not been able to find anything apart from Windows Live Writer that works with WordPress page for Windows. (Ecto’s latest release apparently does support it.)  Blogging clients allow you to prepare posts and then upload them directly. Useful for composing drafts of posts offline easier editing of HTML easier inserting… Read More »

The Thin Yellow Lines of Innovation

By | October 6, 2008

Maybe you’ve already noticed this, but I very much like this feature in Google Chrome that lets you see at a glance matches for a search term within a page. The matches appear as yellow lines within the scroll bar (see above) so you can easily access them by dragging the scroll bar itself.b Another nice twist with… Read More »

Updater Fever

By | October 1, 2008

I sometimes wonder what software companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, they’re all the same—want from their customers. I spend enough time with novice users to know how confusing using computer software can be. Especially online: It’s a scary world out there (they’re right to be scared) but these companies, which should know better, make it more so. By trying… Read More »

Learning in the Open

By | March 31, 2008

Here’s a piece I wrote for the WSJ on open source education resources. It’s part of the free section of WSJ.com. A revolution of sorts is sweeping education. In the past few years, educational material, from handwritten lecture notes to whole courses, has been made available online, free for anyone who wants it. Backed by big-name universities in… Read More »