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Someone (unnamed) just sent me this:

Hiya Sid,
I like you’re new blog name , think it matches perfectly with what you post.

Just had a q for you, what kind of everyday programs do you use? (e.g desktop blog, RSS aggregator, desktop search, etc.)

Thought I could learn a couple of new names from you and try them out.

Thanks,
[unnamed]

Then I thought, hm… I could be like everyone else and reply back to the e-mail, spending the next twenty minutes or so writing and researching, or, I could be different and instead of replying, make a blog post and therefore make my stuff accessible to the whole world. So here I am.

What I use for….

  • Desktop Blogging
    w.blogger
    I believe anyone who is a Windows user, is aware of desktop blogging and also w.blogger uses w.blogger (the thing I’m typing in at the moment). I just love it. Start your PC, double click on w.blogger, start writing. So much easier then logging into WordPress, going to “Write”, etc. don’t you think? :)
  • RSS Aggregating
    SharpReader
    Believe me, I have switched back and forth between every RSS aggregator you can think of. Just search for aggregator in my blog and you’ll see. Finally, I settled with SharpReader, exactly (almost) where I started from. Point me to any aggregator you can, but SharpReader is what is the simplest, most familiar to me. Of course, this may not be the case for you because I believe the first aggregator you use is the one you stick with unless you happen to find a much better one. That so seems to be the case for me.
  • Desktop Search
    Yahoo! Desktop Search
    Yes, this is just as of today, incase your wondering (for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, Yahoo! just released their new version of YDS today with support for Thunderbird). I can’t explain it, but since it’s the first one I used twice (which means I actually came back to using it after I tried it out), I’m the most familiar to it (as I said above).
  • E-mail
    Mozilla Thunderbird
    Oh come on, stop pretending like you didn’t already know this! I virtually live on open source, the only reason I have MS Office 2003 installed is because someone who I’m free to call stupid because I know she’s not reading this gave it to me for my birthday (yes, it’s true!). But, coming back to why I use it: it’s faster than Outlook and it sticks with that Firefox feeling (just like IMHO Outlook sticks with the IE feeling) and….the theme Phoenity is supported :-)
  • Mapping the World (and looking at places I dream to visit one day :) )
    NASA World Wind
    I remember praising Google’s Keyhole one day but World Wind is simply awesome and because I live on open-source, it adds to it. Go try it out yourself, don’t mind the file size (100 something MB) because it’s worth it, but dude….instead of day dreaming you’ll be playing around in World Wind. It’s so awesome.
  • HTML Editing
    Microsoft Office Frontpage 2003
    Ok, I know I said I don’t use Office 2003 anymore, I thrive on open-source applications, etc. but I have to regret it: I use Frontpage for the HTML stuff (the only Office app I actually ‘use’). This is like one more of those things I stated above: I only use it because it’s the first one I used and I’m used to it. I’ve tried Dreamweaver and others, but I can’t get my hands of this. I know my way around!
  • Word Processing
    OpenOffice Writer
    I don’t know how to explain why I use it. I just do. After being a long-time Word user, I found Writer to be my thing believe it or not. Also: it’s open source. Thanks Sun!

Phew. I swear to you if I do one more “What I use for…” thing today, copy and paste is what I’ll dream about.


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