Jul 19 2011

Dynamite Time Saver- Ninite!

jim

http://ninite.com/

I’m not so sure that this applies to most of you, but it was a huge, huge, huge time saver for me! You see, my computer at home was having some issues causing the hard drive to whirl 24/7 until the computer overheated and shut down. So finally I decided to re-image the machine (set it back to factory defaults). That fixed the issue, but then I had the gargantuan task of reinstalling and/or updating all those programs we all use all the time like Firefox, Flash player, Acrobat Reader, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, CutePDF and on and on. I was faced with a choice:

1. Old School- go to each individual website, download the installer, run the installer, click through the options (without installing the extra bloatware like toolbars, etc.), then go to the next website, etc.

2. The Ninite way- just check the boxes besideĀ  any of the 89 applications you want to install or update, then download one installer, and run the one installer, then go grab an iced tea and watch TV. Here’s just a snippet of what I mean:

Features of this awesome web service (other than the above mentioned one download and install), text from their website:

  • No Clicking Next, Next, Next- Ninite fully automates installers offscreen.
  • No Toolbars- Ninite automatically says “No” to toolbars and other junk.
  • Always Up-to-date- A Ninite installer always gets an app’s latest version no matter when you made it.
  • It Updates Too- Just run your Ninite installer again and it will update the apps to their latest versions.
  • No Signup- Ninite just works. No account, signup, or client needed.
  • 32 and 64-bit- Ninite installs the best version of an app for your PC.

 

But wait! What about a Mac version? Uhhh, you will have to go ask the turtle-necked geek in Cupertino, CA to open up his system a little more (yes, that same one who replied to the student’s email with “Our goals do not include helping you get a good grade. Sorry.” )

 


Jul 9 2011

Dear Photograph

susan

dearphotograph.com

One of my friends recently mentioned this in her blog (Thanks Deana!), and I finally got around to checking it out. I love this site. I’m not exactly sure how you would use it with students, although I can see some really great creative writing that could be associated with it. This blog tugged at my heart, and practically had me in tears a couple of times.

The basic concept is to take an old photograph, take it to the same exact place and hold it up and take a new photograph. The captions though are what makes this site great.

Well, I’m off to dig though my old pics!