wikipedia–#keepitfree

i’m getting around to a lot of housekeeping tasks in this final week of 2010 – one of which is giving back.  there are a number of organizations i support including our church, the maccfund, the cowalunga bike tour, the american brain tumor association, the family service agency (big brothers big sisters), kiwanis club of…

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25 apps for christmas–office, itunes and zune

no list of applications would be complete without microsoft office.  i have always used this on windows and had a chance to check out office 2004, 2008 and 2011 on the mac.  the latest versions of office (2010 for the pc and windows phone, 2011 for the mac and the web versions of office from…

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25 apps for christmas–kinect games

games on the xbox have always been “apps” that i use, but this christmas kinect games like joyride, dance central and even the included kinect adventures have provided hours of entertainment for family and friends.  the controller free play was really cool and even how it works with zune video amazed me.  i’ve had it…

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25 apps for christmas–paint

i guess there was room for it after all – microsoft paint has always been an application i come back to for one reason of another.  on touch screen/tablet computers, it allows you to write your name as well as draw pictures.  it’s always allowed me to capture screen shots (using print screen or alt+print…

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25 apps for christmas–techsmith snagit

thinking back to applications i’ve used for a long time, snagit comes to mind.  screen shots for a techie are very important and snagit was my first.  since snagit there have been virtualization programs that even let me capture screen shots of a computer booting and utilities in the operating system like paint (again –…

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25 apps for christmas–winzip

if i think back to some of the first apps i’ve used in windows (besides paint which should appear on this list somewhere), winzip has to be among them.  in early versions of windows, this wasn’t even an option.  in later versions, winzip still provided additional features (like passwords, self extracting executables or larger zip…

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25 apps of christmas–facebook, twitter and linkedin

first it was myspace, but then as soon as facebook allowed microsoft employees to create profiles, i jumped ship.  facebook quickly became the main personal/social connection for me (surpassing email in most cases).  now twitter along with facebook are both important ways to stay connected with my friends and colleagues.  linked in has always been…

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25 apps for christmas – kindle

my wife finally broke down and asked for a kindle.  it was a friend – not me that finally convinced her to take the plunge and she loves it!  i had taken the plunge a while ago with the kindle app and i think this emphasizes one point on this list – an app that can…

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25 apps for christmas–microsoft tag and word lens

in the first month of this blog (back in april 2008) i blogged about ice cube.  it’s now two and a half years later and i’m blogging about diddy.  he’s #9 on klout’s twitter influence list (the top 20 is interesting – included below) and microsoft is working with him to promote microsoft tag (which…

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25 apps for christmas–itoiletfinder

this one made the list because of it’s use of geolocation and humorous application – itoiletfinder is a free app for windows phone 7.  you pick a location and rate “the facilities” found there.  is this the next foursquare?  time will tell…

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