Social Commentary for the Year

“Now my life has changed for no apparent reason. People who call and write are exasperated and feel helpless. They know I’m innocent and want to help. But in this nation, the world’s greatest democracy, there is nothing they can do to prevent me from being punished for a crime they know I did not commit.” – Bud Dwyer seconds prior to his death (1987)

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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

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Thought for the Day

Familiarity is a dangerous thing.
Most people do not deserve to have political opinions. Either they don’t know enough about their own views, or they know nothing about the “other side”. 

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Univac I (image)

The Univac I

Read about it!
This model was used from 1951-1954. 

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GIMP Single Window Mode

GIMP showing single window mode Make GIMP easier to use.

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Happy July 4th!


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.

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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. 
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RIOT: Radical Image Optimization Tool (Windows)

RIOT (Radical Image Optimization Tool) is a free program which allows for easy resizing, compression, conversion, and adjustment for images. RIOT uses JPEG, GIF, and PNG formats. RIOT screenshot

This tool is a simple way to scale down an image in resolution, or to make an image smaller by adjusting quality for the web or email. It is the program that is used to scale down the images in this website.

RIOT is about 1.7mb in size and uses about 9.8mb of memory when open, making it quite fast to open and quickly use. Continue reading

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