April 2004

What did we do…

April 25, 2004

…without computers, or the Internet, or email? It’s not been that long and I can’t imagine not doing absolutely everything on my computer.

I just finished putting together the paperwork for this year’s Tax Return. Every year I tell myself that I’ll keep up with the records, file it all nicely, so that I just have to take it out of the drawer and give it to the accountant… BUT NOOOOOO! I spend nice, sunny days inside scrambling, gathering the stuff and swearing under my breath all along. It’s done for this year. I’ll keep my promise this year! NOT? We’ll see.

Do you like the blossoms that Sandra sent to me? Back to the fun stuff now. Doing some beta testing for an online friend, brings me right back to my InfoMed days, UI design, tech writing… So, really what I should ask myself is, what would I do without computers? After a bit of analysis, this would be an interesting thing to contemplate… it would also take 10 pages to muse about that one. Not now, I’m hungry. And then I’ll have to start thinking about Sandra’s brochure…

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…to do on my computer?

Tonight I sent some e-cards to friends. I use the incredibly beautiful and entertaining cards by Jacquie Lawson. You should really check it out. She does great work and I wish I had the time, the know-how and talent to produce something like that.

I love well-made software, useful stuff. Over the years I have found that not all of it has to be really expensive. Actually I use in my work some software they don’t make anymore. But it’s so well made that it still serves it’s purpose and works on Windows XP the same as it did on Windows 3.1 – yes it’s that old. It’s the screen capture utility by Jasc software. Whatever they produce is very good, well made. They developed Paint Shop Pro from a shareware program (I started with version 2) into a full-featured graphics program that can give Photoshop a run for its money. Whatever they produce is definitely made for the novice AND for experts alike. It’s simple and easy to use. If you are into digital photography then you should look at their Photo Album.

Geez, I don’t even get paid by those people for promoting them 🙂 As I said, I like well made software and utilities. I actually know what I am talking about, I’ve been in the computer/support/development/web design business now for 14 years , loving and learning every minute of it.

I’ll talk more about software, buying it, learning it and using it. But right now I’ll go put my feet up. I wanted to build a fire tonight, it’s cold and damp outside. Better get going then.

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