I apologize for the long absence. I’ve had a lot of ideas to blog about, but interestingly, I’ve daunted by the flood of ideas and how best to present them. Like I always end up solving dilemmas like this (i.e. a lot to do and being at a loss for how to tackle tasks), I take it one step at a time. I’ve twittered about my woes with Bitdefender Internet Security 2009 and how I started a trial of Norton Internet Security 2009. Well, I’m here to let you know that I’m now a bonafide customer of Symantec once again.
I once used (back in 2005) Symantec Client Security and it bogged down my computer. I have had such a horrible experience with Symantec products, ranging from being a resource hog to being plain impossible to uninstall. Fast forwarding to 2009, I find that the installation experience for Norton Internet Security 2009 is remarkably smooth and very unobtrusive. I mean, I didn’t even have to restart the computer!! This was mind-boggling to me after coming off Bitdefender Internet Security 2009’s rather clunky installation method. According to a review on CNet, this streamlined installation process is indeed new and borrowed from another of Symantec’s flagship products (Norton Ghost). Scanning my laptop (a full scan) does not leave my system hanging although in fairness to Bitdefender Internet Security 2009, a full system scan didn’t bog my laptop down.
There are a few things I miss about Bitdefender Internet Security 2009 and I wish these things would be incorporated into Norton Internet Security 2009: Continue reading The move to Norton Internet Security 2009
Well, well, Whaddaya know! FeedDemon 2.8 Release Candidate 1 is out and it now contains ads. Wow. I feel like I’ve dodged a bullet with switching to RSS Bandit. Seriously, none of the applications on my laptop contains ads simply because: (a) they’re free or (b) I paid for them. FeedDemon used to be shareware i.e. free for 30 days and about $30 to register. I paid for FeedDemon back then and was ecstatic when they made it a free program because it freed me from having to pay for upgrades. Now, the author of FeedDemon, Nick Bradbury, feels the need to insert ads into this product because they need a source of revenue. That’s his prerogative. I’ll install FeedDemon on my Windows XP Pro SP3 virtual machine and see what the hubbub is about. In any case, I don’t think I’m going back to FeedDemon till I read about serious improvements in the stability & handling all sorts of feeds. So far, beyond some minor User Interface gripes, I’m liking my switch to RSS Bandit. Whenever I click “mark all feeds read”, it happens without locking up and forcing me to use Windows Task Manager to kill the process unlike *cough* FeedDemon *cough* 😀 On a serious note, it’s not all roses with RSS Bandit though. Here’s one of my pet peeves in the picture on the right. Continue reading FeedDemon 2.8 RC1 is out, Snagit 9.1 is in and more
So, as Matt will attest to, I’ve been going slightly nuts since learning about the HP magic giveaway & entering sites participating in the HP magic giveaway contest (sponsored by HP, Microsoft, BuzzCorps & Corel). I am going on record now to say that I’m done entering. lol. Seriously.
Well, I’m done entering sites that aren’t going by a simple luck of the draw. What with the bulk of the giveaway sites wanting you to sign up for all the Web 2.0 services known to mankind, it’s a small nightmare (for me anyway). Kudos to those who are going to do read over entries although I know that there’s zero chance of me winning in such a case. I’ve been blessed by God and even though I know organizations in need, how can you truly tell if I’m blowing smoke up your butt? Some winners (e.g. Evan Brammer) are for real & I’m just glad he’s off the giveaway circuit because he would’ve won anyway. lol). If this post is a little (okay, a lot crabby, call it sour grapes. LOL.
A lot of the bloggers have reminded entrants that they’re the sole judge, jury & executioner. Fair enough, but one particular website (hint: it’s the one that wants your first born child. Okay, there’s no such one, but it rubbed me the wrong way. Send me an email if you really want to know) kinda sent me over the edge. Talk about getting a God complex just because you have been privileged to throw such a contest. Okay, I’m being very dramatic about this because they were given carte blanche & they’re only doing what’s smartest for them. Anyhow, I’ll just highlight a couple of contests I liked and/or entered:
- Chris Pirillo ran his contest with a shrewd goal in mind: get people to post slightly thoughtful articles which he put up on his website. I didn’t enter this one because I couldn’t think of something that would stand out. My guess is that hundreds of people submitted all sorts of articles. Guess whose site will rank higher in Google’s eyes? 🙂
- Gottabemobile (as I expected) ran a smart contest. In fact, I contemplated not entering their contest because I didn’t feel “worthy” (so to speak) & slightly guilty because I’d just won something from their site before. I didn’t submit my entry till last night and by so doing, I sort of sabotaged myself. I truly believe that they did agonize over whom to pick & they did make a right choice: not me. lol.
- Carlos Alberto’s giveaway has a slightly sadistic twist (Kidding!) because some of his rules include going through his posts and finding certain words. That was fun to enter because I watched some videos that I hadn’t watched before. Even more fun for running his site through Google Translate service and hoping that it worked as described. 😀
- Long Zheng‘s contest was a simple “enter your email & I’ll randomly pick a winner” type of entry. However, he also got something out of the entrants i.e. he’ll be able to get some idea of our systems & encouraged people to check out the Microsoft Vista operating system.
- Liz-Henry‘s giveaway idea was also very smart, honest & straight forward. All she wanted was a thoughtful comment on any of her posts and she would pick the winner randomly. I didn’t enter this contest because I kept wondering what to write. I didn’t want to leave some thoughtless comment just to qualify. So, I lost out on this one which had only 100 entries.
- Julie Strietelmeier at The Gadgeteer who invited participants to showcase their creativity by making images that were inspired by Technology & showed her site’s logo somewhere.
The contests aren’t over yet, but these are a small sampling of the entries that I’ll be entering from now. Simple, no bullshit contest. </end> 🙂 I’ll write about my computer adventures later on so stay tuned.