Another Blog You'll Never Look At
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
OK, so I'm starting to list just good free software, so sue me. Picasa is photo management and editing software. The previous version sold for $50; now the new, much better version, is free from Google. OK, Google's bought my heart and mind (though the Yahoo Desktop Search seems better than Google's). Picasa 2 is pretty great, it's not the usual, "here's the free piece of almost usable software, pay more to get the usable one"; there's no upgrade, this is the real deal. See the review from PC Mag.
Monday, January 03, 2005
A nitpicker's guide to Lord of the Rings, book vs. movie. What can I say, I've been catching up with Slashdot and noticed this one. Pretty insanely thorough, though what I found most interesting were the letters at the end. I like the books more than the movies, though both have their points. I agree that Merry, Pippin, and especially Gimli being portrayed mostly as comic relief was disappointing. That said, I disagree with the "wishy-washy" criticisms for characters. Should all the characters purely be heroic (or heroic and doomed) all the time? Somehow that's a little dull, which is how I felt about the third book itself, it reads more like a list of heroic actions than a book that has living characters in it. Flame on! (But no one reads this blog, so I'm safe.)
Another useful site: http://www.cleansoftware.org, which lists worthwhile free (and ad-free) software. I don't want to lose this link, so that's why it's here.