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Windows Must

One program I always install on my Windows boxes is 7+ Taskbar Tweaker


My most used feature is double click the taskbar to go to the desktop. 


Photo Booth Alternative for Windows = Video Booth

I love the simplicity of Photo Booth.app but I was having a hard time finding a replacement for Windows. The included software with any webcam/laptop is always very bloated. Then I found Video Booth. It is very similar to Photo Booth. The best part is that it is free if you complete a trial pay. Alternatively you can refer 10 people and get the software for free as well. If you don’t want to do any of that, it only costs $25.



Video Booth is a great addition to any Windows PC. It is very simple to use and does everything you need. It makes photos and video unlike similar Photo Booth clones.I highly recommend it. 

An Easy Way to Fix Grub

Sometimes GRUB stops working out of the blue. Other times, Windows kills GRUB out of spite – when you install Windows, GRUB breaks. One way to fix GRUB is via the command line by using a live CD. An easier method is Super Grub Disk. super

I use the CD-ROM disk method. Download Super Grub Disk and burn the .iso image to the CD. After this is accomplished reboot your PC. Change the BIOS settings so you boot to the CD-ROM drive first.

At the Super Grub Disk menu keep pressing enter until you get to an option screen that lets you choose Linux or Windows. If you have recently installed Windows choose Linux and then reinstall Grub. The process is automatic. After that reboot and remove the disk. Grub should now be working.  Play around with Super Grub Disk and learn how Grub works.

If Super Grub Disk does not work check to see if your Hard drive (HD) is plugged in correctly. If you have two hard drive switch the IDE cables. This might solve the problem.

GIMP 2.6.1 Review and its Future

Gimp is an image editing program.  It has support on on the most moder operating systems including Unix (Linux), OS X, and Windows. If you can’t afford Photoshop (or don’t want to steal it), GIMP is the best alternative out there – I encourage you to at least download it and try it.

For those that have tried GIMP before, the most recognized new feature is that GIMP is now in one window. It isn’t exactly how the GIMP community wanted it (more like inkscape) but it is much better than it used to be.
Some other new features are that the toolbox menu has been removed, it has been replaced with an empty image window. The empty image window acts as a natural window pane and is the place where you edit your images.
The most useful feature is that you can not edit your image by panning over the border. This creates a less constrained atmosphere and makes the designers job faster and easier.
There are even more changes which you can see over at the GIMP website.

The major problem with GIMP version 2.4.2 and below was that it was not one window.  This made it very hard for people to go to Photoshop on a Windows box to GIMP.  The GIMP GUI team listened to the many complaints and finally attempted it. It wasn’t exactly what people wanted but it gets the job done.
With the new release GIMP users are finding more things to complain about. The first complaint was that Wilber (GIMP mascot) was taking up too much space – it is fixable.
Another hard thing to adjust to when moving from Photoshop to GIMP is the animation editor. GIMP’s animation editor works but it has a high learning curve. You can’t use Photoshop ideals for animation in GIMP.
What GIMP does need is layer folders/groups/tree. It is very hard to organize layers without them. This should be a very simple and easy fix for the next official release (3rd-party script-fu plugins are available but they are far from perfect).

The new version of GIMP is much better than its predicesors – but it still has a long way to go. GIMP has enough features now that Photoshop is finding it hard to compete. Adobe CS4 is coming out with a feature that GIMP already has a plugin for. GIMP is setting itself up for secess by being a GNU project and making itself free software that any designer can edit or change to their liking. Now, perhaps someone might actually make a good GIMP tutorial website.