What I’m up to

  1. Ping.fm –> Seamlessly integrated the multiple social networks under one account. It supports posting (status updates, microblogs, pictures, etc) to your social networks and says you the hassle of individually visiting each website to update your status. One word: awesome. 🙂 I’ve been using a lot of it and I’m pretty sure this will be on frequently visited bookmarks list. Its main focus is keeping all your social networks updated with your status and that fulfils a need in my book.
  2. Gist –> This service can be described as “your inbox meets the web”. As you may know, I currently have Xobni installed on my computer which gives me a nice history of all my emails, attachments exchanged as well as providing information on the people I email with e.g. their facebook page, linkedin page, et cetera. However, Gist goes beyond that. It gives you news on the people you’ve corresponded with (similar to the information contained in a Google alert) and I’m pretty much hooked on it right now. Your data is stored on their secure servers, but as always, weigh the risks with the benefits. They are in a private beta stage right now, but I was able to get an invite (thanks to Twitter!). Feel free to get in touch with RobertatGist on Twitter.
  3. That’s all for now. I’ve got a bunch of screenshots that I’ll put up on Flickr and this post will be updated accordingly. 🙂 Cheers!

Computer woes et al

So, I helped my father-in-law to download & install Logmein free (which comes with an inital free Logmein Pro trial period). He has had a rash of relatively “benign” PC infections, but I had been worried for a long while because his system was essentially a sitting duck for the Big One i.e. some rootkit, password stealer or trojan. He hadn’t run Windows Update in a long while and his antivirus program has long since stopped running due to non-renewal of the license which was free. So, we installed Windows XP Service Pack 3 and got his Antivirus program up & running again. This was on Friday and today (Sunday), our next task is to clean up the computer of programs that he rarely ever uses such as Craplets that come preinstalled on new PCs. Here goes!

Interestingly enough, he hasn’t been the only one having computer problems. I’ve been throwing a bunch of computer programs at my laptop and as expected, some of these programs have issues with the Vista Operating system and even more so with 64-bit systems. I finally had to run the ChkDsk program and sure enough, Windows found some file integrity violations. I ran the System File Checker and there were no corrupt system files. Overall, I think I’m getting better at troubleshooting computer issues.