New computer?

November 30, 2008

Well what’s a new computer without the right apps? In this post I’ll tell you exactly what you’ll need to get the most out of your PC.

Word Processor

Microsoft is kind enough NOT to include a full featured word processor in their Windows computers. The closest they get is WordPad, a small application which can be found from the ‘Accesories’ menu. Their word processor (Word) is ridiculously overpriced. OpenOffice.org 3.0 is free, rich in features, and just as if not more easier to use than Word. You can download this app from http://www.OpenOffice.org

Music management

Now we have all heard of itunes. The problem is that on a Windows computer, iTunes eats up way to much memory. Let’s get something a bit lighter. I recommend SongBird, a Mozilla based iTunes like music manager. Download it free from http://getsongbird.com/.

Web browser

I hate Internet Explorer. It takes way to load a page, and even worse it takes forever to even open and load a new tab! As an alternative, I would recommend either Mozilla’s famous FireFox, or Google’s new Chrome. Both a very fast and easy to use, and unlike IE, it’s actually about the web, not the toolbars. Windows users – STAYAWAY FROM SAFARI. Safari and iTunes run great on a mac, but Windows is a whole different story.

Image Manipulation

Windows gave their very simple application a very simple name, Paint. This program offers little functianality in even resizing images. As an alternative, I recommend Paint.NET, the photoshop for noobs. Paint.NET is very easy to use yet it adds amazing functianality.

Ok, I’m sure I havn’t covered everything, but that should get you started. Have fun with your new PC,

Dylan

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Yup! I decided to give Everyday ’09 one last thing before it’s launch on Dec. 3, a full pledged full time (had to put that in there:) ) search bar! Although it’s default search engine is Google, you can search using Yahoo!, and Windows Live. You can also search for articles on Wikipedia or something to buy on Amazon. Cool, huh? Also whenever you open the ED09 panel, then search bar is already active, so all you have to do is simply start typing and press the ‘enter’ button on your keyboard to see your results. Here are some screen shots for y’all.

http://screencast.com/t/v8SCoZ90ZAa

http://screencast.com/t/v8SCoZ90ZAa

Tell me what you think,

Dylan