FeedDemon is getting the boot! Hello, RSS Bandit!

When FeedDemon was a paid application, I was a very happy customer. My feed subscriptions have been in theΒ  hundreds for a while now and lately, FeedDemon’s been getting the hiccups i.e. a polite way ofsaying it crashes within 10 minutes of usage. I am not kidding. Ever since the app became free, it’s like the developers have let it go to hell in a hand basket. It would help matters tremendously if it told me that some feed was trying to poison my computer or FeedDemon or do some sort of diagnostics because I’m getting sick of it. I tried out RSS Bandit before by Dare Obasanjo and it was not bad at all. In fact, the newest release of RSS Bandit supports Google Reader and my online Newsgator subscriptions. I’m also biased to RSS Bandit because Dare Obasanjo is a fellow Nigerian (probably a citizen or permanent resident of the USA now though) whose writing (& now code) I cannot get enough of. I will be downloading & installing RSS Bandit tonight because FeedDemon is just not worth the lost man-hours. The singular most annoying thing about FeedDemon crashing when I’m reading my feeds is that it doesn’t even let me resume my reading from where I left off. To be clear, all the feeds that were read before FeedDemon crashed? They automagically become unread when you restart FeedDemon. For someone who has hundreds of rss subscriptions, it has become a nightmare for me and I’ve stopped my daily reading because of this issue. I really hope they haven’t abandoned development of FeedDemon (they haven’t, but FeedDemon 2.8 is taking a long while) because I really had faith in this tool. Now, I’m just plain tired.

Update: Wow. I just installed it and man oh man! I’m really impressed. RSS Bandit has come a long way from when I first tried it. It feels snappy as hell! I’m not afraid to scroll through my feed list, wondering when (not if) FeedDemon will freeze on me before I get a chance to save my “state”. It imported my Newsgator Online feed list & didn’t crash! Can you feel my happiness? πŸ™‚

My official HP giveaway declaration. :)

Update: See this updated post about the HP giveaway & what I would do with the gifts. πŸ˜€

This post was cross-posted from my personal blog at Fading Whispers.
So, I’ve thought long & hard about this and I’ll write it on this personal blog. Currently, HP, Microsoft and BuzzCorps LLC are running a promotion (the HP Magic Giveaway) where they are giving away ~ $6 000 worth of computer goodness. They gave 50 sites this same prize package to give to 50 different winners and each site has their set of rules. Some of those sites participating in the giveaway are Moosh in Indy, Down-to-earth Mama. πŸ™‚ The items that are up for grabs include:

  1. Electronics:- HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC, HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC, HP MediaSmart Connect, HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live) and the HP Mini 1000 (with XP), HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer) + HP 564 Photo Series Value Pack
  2. Software:- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Home Premium or Microsoft Windows XP pre-installed on all units (Mini 1000 runs XP), Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses, Microsoft Windows Live and Corel VideoStudio X2.
  3. Entertainment:- Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-ray disc)

As you can see, that’s a lot of stuff and 50 lucky people are going to each get these items. Of course, lots of people will bring out all sorts of things they’ll do if they win and I can’t possibly hope to top any fantastic stories. However, a lot of these sites are (thankfully) leaving the decision making to a random draw provided all entrants followed the rules to a Tee.

If I should win this giveaway, I’ll give the bulk of these items to the following people:

  1. Athens Area Homeless Shelter: I briefly volunteered before work issues forced me to quit doing that. You can tell what their mission is from their title and I would like to give them the HP wireless printer, the photo pack as well as the KungFu panda dvds. During the time I volunteered there, there wasn’t much by way of entertainment and I think the families housed there (particularly the children) would appreciate these gifts.
  2. UGA Center for Teaching & Learning: They will be getting the Touchsmart PC to further their mission. I am big fan of using technology to educate and enlighten students & administrators. This will help introduce the university community to cutting edge technology.
  3. My nuclear family: the HP dv4000 series laptop, Microsoft Office 2007 software and Corel VideoStudio X2. My family has been my rock and I would be nothing without their prayers & support.
  4. My father-in-law (Bill) will get the HP mini 1000 netbook because it will be the perfect starter computer tool to introduce him to the digital world. lol. He’s running an ancient computer and I fear it’s on its last legs:)
  5. My husband (Matt) & I will be keeping the HDX laptop & the MediaSmart items. He will “inherit” my dv9700t laptop and I’ll assume ownership of the HDX beast. πŸ™‚ The MediaSmart will be mostly for his use because he is a big music buff and I’m frankly tired of all his CDs laying haphazardly all over the house/apartment. This kickass MediaSmart Connect will be the music & video repository in order to free up space in the house. πŸ™‚ You bet I’ll be having a CD burning party if I win this contest!

Even if the actual order of giving may change, I know for sure that the only things that will remain in my possession will be the HDX and the MediaSmart. πŸ™‚

Yay! Camtasia Studio 6 has arrived

So, the kind folks at Gottabemobile.com sent a license to Camtasia Studio 6 on its merry way to my inbox and I installed it on my computer without wasting any more time. πŸ™‚ Here are the preliminary results of my amateur video work. My preliminary thoughts on Camtasia Studio 6:

  1. The user interface is much like Windows Movie Maker. I think I was comforted by that although the functions were really different. I struggled with doing things like inserting text and slides (which were a cake walk in Windows Movie Maker) and I’m sure that was mostly a function of me not reading the user manual first. I’m the type of girl to dive into things head first and then, coming up for air later. πŸ™‚
  2. I love the zoom ‘n pan function! lol. From the videos I’ve seen on Youtube from amateurs like me, they all apparently love the zoom ‘n pan function a little too much. I hope I didn’t abuse it tooΒ  much.
  3. Youtube did some horrible things to the file output from Camtasia. It looks much better on Blip.tv. The video below is from blip.tv. Cheers!
  4. I do wish for a better way to manage all the callouts, transitions, etc other than cramming them into the timeline. It would help if I had a bigger LCD screen because then I can , but I suspect I might have to continue my editing in Storyboard mode vs. Timeline.