Software as a Service – My Pet Peeve Business Model

Imagine that you were walking from your car to a store. There’s an event in the neighborhood, so parking was difficult and you have a couple blocks to walk. Along the way, this nice-looking guy comes up to you, all smiles. He’s wearing a pink t-shirt with a lemniscate on it and he offers you that for the low, low price of $99 a year, he’ll let you delete files from your computer. You give him a quizzical look, and try to explain that you’re already able to delete files from your computer. However, he expertly avoids that issue and steers the conversation to fancy words like “cloud,” “backup,” and “encryption.” Suitably impressed, you let him swipe your credit card. Right?

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What You Get When You Get WackGet

Rarely a day goes by when you don’t download something. Pictures, music, videos, podcasts, software, hamburgers, and a whole host of other things, right? In most cases, your browser’s download feature will work just fine (although it might get stuck on the hamburger). However, if you’re downloading large or a lot of files and or have a bad internet connection, you’ll want to use a dedicated download manager.


Different browsers have different ways of handling downloads. But what they all seem to be really bad at is

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Everything You Need to Know About Everything

Okay, maybe that was a misleading title.  I can’t tell you everything, as that would negate your purpose in the universe.

Maybe this would all make more sense if I told you that everything is a noun.  On the other hand, every thing is a noun, so that might just make things more complicated.

What is Everything?  Everything is a lightweight search utility which enables you to find anything you might have lost on your computer’s harddrive.

Now, I know what I’d be thinking if somebody told me this – I have Windows 10, which has a convenient search feature built in!

Search is Accessible from the Start Menu

That’s great, in theory, but not in practice.  There are some key problems with this search function which sent me hunting for a better solution. 

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Making The Most of Animated GIFs

What is an animated GIF?  I sent this question out to my email list, and many responded.  Most people had approximately the following idea:

An animated GIF is a looping picture animation which is not quite long enough to be a video.

While that’s not wrong, it’s not entirely correct either.

Strictly speaking, an animated GIF consists of two or more frames (separate images), played in sequence.

boring animated gif of Menasheh typing text



While the vast majority of animated GIFs do repeat indefinitely, a GIF can also play any x number of times and stop.  And while GIFs are most commonly used for entertainment or in place of emojis and the like, their use is not limited to that.

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How to Configure And Forget About Unchecky

When circumstances give me a few minutes with other people’s Windows computers, the first thing I check for (after looking at the hardware specs) is bloatware.  Bloatware is the extra, unnecessary, third-party software which many computers come pre-bundled with.  In most cases, I advise people to uninstall everything that isn’t directly from Microsoft, and in the case of Windows 10, many of the things that are.  However, there was one piece of “bloatware” I found on a friend’s Acer laptop which I immediately went and installed on all my computers.

Introducing Unchecky:

Unchecky aids in the prevention of the installation of potenUnchecky Logotially unwanted programs (PUPs) by automatically unchecking additional offers it detects in installers.  PUPs which try to trick you into agreeing to install them through checkboxes in other software’s installers are called bundleware.  If you’ve never heard of bundleware before, chances are pretty high you have some.

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