November 8, 2011 | Software and Downloads


GeoGebra: Free Software to Learn Algebra and Geometry

GeoGebra is free Java-based software to learn and teach algebra and geometry. Installation packages are available for Windows, Linux/Ubuntu, and Mac.

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October 5, 2011 | Windows


Remember when Windows had a Start Menu with all of your programs? Remember when it didn’t make you have to remember and type the name of the program you want to find? Remember when Microsoft didn’t feel so compelled to tinker with every little feature just to make every Windows version different so people thought [...]

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August 8, 2010 | Windows


If you’ve opened up Internet Explorer 6 recently (I only do so for testing), you might have noticed that instead of the normal Microsoft portal (MSN, Live, Bing, and so on), you get a message encouraging you to upgrade your browser.

Click through for more.

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May 24, 2010 | HowTo

Normally when you want to access a server on the Internet, you specify its name, like “”. What actually happens behind the scenes is that your computer finds out the “IP address” of where you want to go. The IP address is like the “telephone number” of a server. The IP address for Google is .

Read on to find out how to set IP address manually.

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May 18, 2010 | Software and Downloads


Someone complemented me the other day that I’m pretty organized. I’m going to be sharing what I use to keep organized in upcoming blogposts.

For one, I use something called Zim. It’s a desktop wiki program.

A wiki is a user-editable, interlinked set of information, like Wikipedia, or the Portland Pattern Repository, the first and original wiki.

While there are a bunch of free wiki packages, they mostly require a webserver. Zim, by contrast, runs on your computer like a normal program.

Read on for more.

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April 11, 2010 | Software and Downloads


Frozen Bubble is a fun game for wasting time while you’re waiting for TPS reports to print.

No long-winded strategy, no enemy aliens, no unwieldy artillery targeting. Just shooting marbles mindlessly.

Read on for screenshots and installation.

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March 9, 2010 | Interesting Web Sites


One of the most annoying things about Windows is software installation. In Linux if you want to install 10 software packages, you just click what software you want in the package installer, and it downloads and installs them all.

But in Windows, you go to 10 different websites, download and save their installers, run the setup programs, and click through the steps. Annoying like crazy.

Ninite is a website that lets you download a combined installer for some of the most popular free Windows programs.

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March 5, 2010 | Apple/Mac

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People like to say that the Apple only has a few percent market share.

But Quantcast has a new survey out that says 11% of online users are using Macintoshes.

I think that’s pretty amazing how Apple’s usage has went up recently.

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February 19, 2010 | Software and Downloads


Java is an application environment (like, in a way, .NET, Perl, PHP, etc.) in which a lot of cool programs like Limewire and Azureus and some useful programs like Eclipse and Netbeans are written.

Java is usually included with Macintosh. For Windows, here’s an overview of how to install Java.

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February 18, 2010 | Software and Downloads


Here’s a neat little application that makes a picture of your mouse movements as you use your computer. It’s sort of hokey, but I guess you could use it to track how people use your website.

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