Software Reviews

Software that's crossed my path in either a good light or a bad one!
Windows 7 - my first impressions
For those who don't want to go through the long post that follows, here's the short attention span summary. <Short Attention Span Summary> Windows 7 is a pretty neat. Installs quick, seems to have lots of neat features and I'm looking forward to watching this progress to RTM. Only thing I don't like is the loss of the "classic" start menu option. </Short Attention Span Summary> So just like so many other MSDN subscribers yesterday, I raced over to download the Windows 7 Beta that was ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 6:00 AM | Comments (4)

Yes Google Chrome, I'm sure.... 'nuff said.

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Posted On Wednesday, September 3, 2008 7:30 PM | Comments (1)

Chrome feels a little rusty...
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a Google hater. Google has come out with some pretty neat tools over the years and their search engine has been rock solid for years (I was an early convert to Google search), but their latest entry to the tools market hasn't quite got me sold on it yet despite hearing so many great things from so many of my friends and others on the web. One of the things I took interest in was the built in task manager. As an experiment I fired up Chrome, IE 7 and FF3 and had all three ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 3, 2008 7:10 AM | Comments (2)

How about an ASP.NET Web Server that runs on Mobile Devices?
Came across an article about Padarn today. What is it you ask? A pretty cool concept if you ask me. It's basically an ASP.NET web server capable of running on mobile devices (CE 5.0 and 6.0). I've seen similar attempts at writing and hosting a web server on mobile devices, however this is the best one I've seen yet. I can imagine this being useful to more and more devices as the project grows. Go ahead and check it out! http://www.padarn.net/ ......

Posted On Friday, April 11, 2008 10:48 AM | Comments (1)

Software Review - Live Search (Mobile)
Available from: http://livesearchmobile.com/ Pros: Super Easy to use Easy access to Gas prices and Movies for the local area Speech enabled Satellite imagery is more up to date Turn-By-Turn directions interface is more intuitive than competitor’s options. Integrated auto-updates for the application (menu notification turns active when updates are available) Cons: Traffic Info not available in my location Getting directions from current GPS location isn’t as straightforward as it could be. Could stand ......

Posted On Friday, December 21, 2007 9:35 PM | Comments (0)

Windows Server 2008 (RC1) - installed this morning
After a bunch of trouble with the test box I had planned to use I finally got started installing Windows Server 2008 (RC1) this morning...so hopefully I'll have a lot more to say about it later today when I've had a chance to go through it. One thing I noticed is it is rebooting a bunch during setup...no big deal I guess but I don't remember any previous Windows Setup routines doing it so much....maybe because I'm doing an in-place upgrade instead of a clean install. I'll try the clean install later ......

Posted On Friday, December 21, 2007 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

Software Review - Wolf Clock for Pocket PC's
Available from: http://www.structuretoobig.... Pros: Free! Easy to use – very configurable! Unlimited Alarms Set music to auto-turn off while you sleep Supports a wide variety of sound formats Just download it! :) Cons: Can’t think of any – did I mention it’s free? So Brian’s probably going to kill me for bringing more attention to a piece of software he hasn’t touched in years…but when I upgraded my phone I lost one of the features I had used on my old one…the built-in alarms ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2007 9:49 PM | Comments (3)

Software Review - Google Maps Mobile
Available from: http://www.google.com/gmm/i... Pros: Super Easy to use Auto-detects GPS settings on your device Directions (Route Planning) is very easy to get to and features a “fly-to” feature for turn-by-turn. Satellite View or Map View – Satellite view has road names integrated Easy to navigate using hardware keys or touch screen Download speeds were pretty good for “live” tracking Cons: Satellite Imagery is at least a year old in some places. Traffic Info not available in my location They ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2007 9:30 PM | Comments (5)

NS Basic/CE - Review Copy
In the past few days I've been talking back and forth with the folks at NS Basic/CE and they are sending me a review copy of their product to more fully test it out. I was really interested in some features that simply weren't available in the trial version and they were kind enough to offer a review copy so I'm pretty excited to get that in the mail. More to come once I start working with the review copy. For those unfamiliar with NS Basic/CE - they position themselves as a "kindler, gentler alternative ......

Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2007 1:30 PM | Comments (0)

Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Team Suite - my first look...
So I finally got the time to sit down with a copy of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and got it installed on my test rig. Here's how it all went down... I did a custom install this first time around - no Visual C++, and none of the SQL Compact or Crystal Reports stuff. I was certain to include the new Code Analysis, Performance and Testing tools though. I've heard some interesting things about the way those tools have improved with VS 2008 and am anxious to try them out. I'm also pretty anxious to try ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:35 AM | Comments (0)

Joost – Install and first run
OK so thanks to Scott I now have in my possession the Joost install – downloaded it and went to install. I’ll say this – the install routine could have been a little cleaner. There was a progress bar while installing and then suddenly the whole install window went away and I waited….nothing and then the whole screen is engulfed in the Joost login screen prompting me to login to the site. I goofed and typed the wrong password in the first time before I remembered a capitalization issue and got it ......

Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2007 7:11 PM | Comments (19)

Software Review - Everest Corporate Edition
I’m involved in a small project at work where I’m taking an existing web application and SharePoint portal and moving it plus its backend database to new physical servers. Part of that process is setting up the new servers as well as a complete documentation of the current system before we begin the transition. When I first heard the requirements/level of detail the customer wanted in the documentation for this I started thinking “This sucks” because I didn’t want to spend that much time mucking ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:39 PM | Comments (0)