Bumptop (Windows)

Many of us bleeding-edge computer geeks were excited to see Bumptop, a program that Bumptop screenshot allowed one to completely change how you interact with your desktop. Unfortunately, the honeymoon did not last long and Bumptop got eaten by a larger company for unknown purposes (in this case, Google).

It disappeared from the web and left many of us stuck Googling “where do I find Bumptop free” to no avail.

But now, I am pleased to write, Bumptop is once again available for download through Google Code (download link). It isn’t being very actively maintained and is still as buggy as it was when it originally became available, but you can (finally) get it again.  Continue reading “Bumptop (Windows)”

Windows XP Service Packs, post support

If you need to download the Windows XP service packs (SP1, SP2, SP3) now that the XP support date has ended, you can still download them from Microsoft. Links to each are on this page:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/service-packs-download#sptabs=xp

XP SP1:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=19751

XP SP2:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28

XP SP3:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24

Happy July 4th!

NATIONAL “BLOW IT UP” DAY!

I encourage y’all to forget what this federal holiday is all about. Instead, celebrate by drinking and lighting explosives. Violate town ordinances forbidding fireworks, make the EPA stand on its toes. Now go catch something on fire! 

Remember, in Washington State, DUI’s require a .08 blood alcohol content and reckless driving for speeding must be 20MPH over the limit.
GO BIG OR GO HOME. 

7-Zip

7-Zip is an archive program that supports reading and writing: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR,

Screenshot of 7zipZIP and WIM
and reading of: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.

7-Zip is free and of open-source development.

7-Zip uses about 4mb of memory and the program itself is 1mb. This is perfect for a type of program that should open quickly. 7-Zip is GNU LGPL licensed with some mixed licensing for proprietary formats.

For a very long time, I recommended a program called IZarc for archives of all sorts. Unfortunately, they have made some interesting choices to fund their developments by including adware bundled with their software. You can opt out of these during the installer, but the amount of trickery in doing so exceeds the benefits of the program.