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 for christmas–eye fi

i’ve been using an eye-fi sd card in a digital camera for over a year now (so why is this on a list of the 25 apps for christmas?) – i actually switched to a newer digital camera and still love the fact that the pictures wirelessly transmit to the eye-fi service and down to…

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25 apps for christmas–media players

remember real player?  winamp?  codec’s like xvid and divx?  there are addins like adobe flash and quicktime to work with certain video formats on webpages.  occasionally i’ve had to go find a video codec or install one of these programs based upon content that i’ve got, but the most recent applications that i use to…

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25 apps for christmas–shazam

imagine you are in your car, at a restaurant or a store and a song comes on that you really like but you don’t know the artist or song title (you make an educated guess with what sounds like the chorus, but certain songs/artists might use this as the title/might be hard to understand what…

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25 apps for christmas–foxitsoftware

with software there is a leader (or creator) and then there are alternatives.  sometimes these alternatives improve upon an original, sometimes they simplify a program that has become large and occasionally they consolidate multiple programs or features into one installation.  probably my favorite example these days is foxitsoftware’s foxit reader for pdf (portable document format)…

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25 apps for christmas–apps to create apps

for the last 30 years i have been using a computer and the one common thread among all those computers?  applications that made it useful.  many of these applications were “off the shelf” meaning i or someone i lived with paid for the application.  but an important part – especially of those early computers i…

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