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Finally things are getting smaller

In a world of bloatware, its refreshing to see developers looking to squeeze technology back into a small space. Today I went to make a backup copy of my new edition Microsoft Exchange 2007. First I made the mistake of trying to copy a CD, it was a DVD, next my laptop took ages to copy an image to my hard drive in preparation for the ‘burn’ to DVD. Finally with an image ready it asked for the all important ‘blank’ media. Placing a DVD -R in the drive I prepared for the smooth production of my backup copy,.. uh ah, it wasn’t to be. I was told my mere 4.3GB blank DVD wouldn’t handle the 5.8GB of the image. How did an install disk for a program like Exchange blow out to this kind of madness.

Anyway, moving on I am refreshed by the new wave of applications for thumb drives. The lads at XAMP have a 80mb install for a full webserver, database environment and with suites like the critically acclaimed U3 and the new popular PortableApps Suite, there is a great deal of enthuse happening in the market.

On top of that, feel free to check out this little collection I found recently at Snapfiles.
http://www.snapfiles.com/features/ed_usb_software.html

Go the minimalist software developers!

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Failing Forward

I had a really great night out at the movies with the kids last night. CINEPLEX – the people who own the movie theatres at South Bank, Balmoral and Hawthorne have built a brand new state of the art theatre at Victoria Point in behind the Mobil Service Station. It has 9 theatres and still their excellent family friendly cheap pricing. One of the theatres was set aside for this 3D showing and they have a Gold Class type area called ‘the Lounge’ about to start up soon.

Check out details at www.cineplex.com.au

Well last night we went to see the new ‘Walt Disney’ animation called, “Meet the Robinsons” and went to one of the 3D sessions. It was AMAZING. You know how most of the 3D movies you take the kids to have parts in 3D like the SpyKids movie – OK, "Put on your glasses now". Well the whole movie was in 3D and such great clarity it was superb. BTW – great new seats at this cinema as well so enjoy the comfort factor.

The message behind it was the great message “Fail, Fail often, but keep Failing Forward”. Very well done! The thing to watch for is to see if you can see all the threads. [Possible spoiler ahead] Once you do, then you may want to go and check out if you have any ‘goobers’ in your life.

Really bright colourful and entertaining movie and the kids GOT IT! Go out and enjoy a great kids movie.

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Firefox Add-ons

Alright you know I recommend you run Firefox as your browser. But wait there’s more. If you want the ‘best’ experience here is my secret family recipe of add-ons.

OK, guys it you want the perfect Firefox install here is my list of recommendations from; https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ FoxClocks Add world times to your browser. I recommend you change setting in ‘Positions and Display’ to FoxClocks icon ForecastFox Local and international weather in your status bar I get my Brisbane 3day forecast DownThemAll (aka DTA) Great built in mass and high speed downloader Dictionaries English (Australian) Dictionary & British English Dictionary (gives you inline spell checking in things like Gmail) FireFTP Makes a nice FTP program in a browser window Gmail Manager If you want to check Gmail account (or multiple accounts) Gmail Space If you use a Gmail account as an online 2.8GB of storage Map+ If you want to link from an address in your browser to a map ScribeFire If you want online blogging built into your browser (connects to WordPress etc) Skype Download this one for your Vista install. Its an MSI file and designed to give you both the IE and Firefox integration http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/windows/business.html Stumbleupon For when you’re bored but want to be amazed Tab Mix Plus Saves your tabs as sessions and great recovery of previous browsing sessions. I also have setup certain sessions I want to be able to load at a moments notice of a variety of sites under different session names. Web Developer Great for looking at page source, CSS and other web page info

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House Plans

The excitement for the Pitchford family is that we are considering building a home. It has come by surprise and we look forward to the adventure of being able to exude some creative talent in the building process. Already we are working out how we take the ‘Pitchford Family’ lifestyle and fit in between four walls.

Watch this space.

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Looking for God

We found out about this site from our sister organisation UCB Europe www.ucb.co.uk This is a fantastic site for people to get an introduction to God and how to understand Him. If you recommend the site to anyone, tell them to put their name in the first box on the home page. From there the site will ‘call them by name’ and it just adds to the experience.

I’d love to hear what you think when you’ve checked it out. Come back and leave us a comment or two on this one.

LookingforGod.com – find out more about God and Jesus.

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Firefox Skype Extension

Have just been taking time to upgrade my new laptop with my usual suite of software. The changover to Windows Vista Ultimate is so far entertaining, nervously exciting and yet familiar. At least most of my favourite keyboard short-cuts return the results I need to manage my way around. What was disappointing is that on loading Firefox and the Skype, I was missing my favourite Skype extension.

Now someone will need to explain, but so far the Skype extension is not available at the mozilla.com / firefox.com website. At this point it is built into the Skype install. Sadly that went wrong, the extension didn't appear and there was no way to reinstall. Reinstall's failed, reboots were no go and uninstall and reinstall simply wasted coffee time.

However, despite asking Google's advice, the final answer came from the Skype forums. OK, I won't keep you waiting any longer,… If you lose your extension, go to the new Skype Business section and download the MSI version of Skype. This windows installer package allows you to choose both the IE and Firefox install extensions as part of the process. Yahoo, I'm back and connected.

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Video Downloader

Talking to my son Corey he recommended the program UnPlug as an add-on to Firefox. Corey reckons it works really well and the review says it will guess the location of the source file if it can’t scan the page for it. Check it out at https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2254/

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Interview Questions

Often going for a new job can be a daunting task. William J. Morin and James C. Cabrera have compiled some thoughts in their book Parting Company. Check out these great interview questions that they have been courteous enough to provide the answers to. I’ve also included a Amazon link to their book here as well.

Here’s the list, excerpted from PARTING COMPANY:
How to Survive the Loss of a Job and Find Another Successfully:

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Abbey & Ethan

Abbey & Ethan Gotta love my oldest and youngest This photo was taken on the evening of Ethan's birthday party. Amazing that Ethan has turned 7 and Abbey turned 14. My time flies when you're having fun. Both of these kids have great artistic streaks running through their veins. I love seeing the creative side of them come out. With Abbey it might be her art or writing and for Ethan it can be a smile or a mimic that shows the performer inside.

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CRASH – What a tangled web we weave!

Frazione Due Porte di Pavia (1)I sat up and watched this movie on Sunday night expecting to see an eclectic mish mash of stories contrived into a ‘film’ designed to profile ‘A’ list wannabe actors and former ‘A’ list try-to-be actors. Boy, was I in for a surprise, no wonder this dark horse scooped the pool. Despite the racist cynicism and a high degree of bad language, this movie impacts you in so many ways. The characters show how anyone on a bad day can make those eternal choices we all regret. Looking through the eyes of broken people we see how co-dependency doesn’t come only in the walls of that place we call home. The real challenge with Crash is to see life through someone else’s eyes. I’ll come back to this one, but I have to say the reason for seeing crash is to find out how we all need a ‘cloak of invincibility’.