Making the Shift from IT to Business Technology

IT is trapped in the cost center side of the business equation instead of being associated with creating measurable value for the business. Headspring, a company that excels at application modernization has identified 5 key ways for companies to embrace IT as an integral part of the business.

I went #DigitallyDark for 36 Hours

Going digitally dark and giving up my phone for 24 hours extended to something between 36-48 hours. It was actually pretty easy. I did make note of all the times I thought about reaching for my phone, to check the score of the Mariners game, or to look up a restaurant, or to kill time while waiting in line. I do a lot of using my phone as a pacifier when I’m waiting – I’m guessing I’m not alone on that one.

iPod Touch Giveaway

The time has come to give away the October 2008 iPod Touch. This month’s requirements were simple – be subscribed to the newsletter. Simple enough, especially because it’s free. In past months, I’ve given away a Toshiba laptop and an 80GB Zune, so I decided it was time to give away something from the Apple universe this month. It turns out Dave was the lucky recipient of the iPod Touch. Dave has been notified by email and will be receiving his shiny new iPod in the mail shortly. Stay tuned for the November giveaway in the first newsletter of next month.

Windows Secrets Lists Best Free Software

Scott Dunn over at Windows Secrets provides a list of the nine must-have freeware apps, based on the overlap in reviews from four respected publications. To make Scott’s list, an application had to appear on the list of three out of four of publications. You can read Scott’s methodology in picking the software, then download the apps. Most have been mentioned here before.
Avira AntiVir Personal is one of the most frequently updated free antivirus apps.
Comodo Firewall Pro is a solid upgrade to the Windows Firewall, providing protection for both inbound and outbound traffic.
TrueCrypt is my favorite disk encryption software. If you want to make sure files on your disk are locked down, use TrueCrypt with an external key on a USB drive.
CCleaner is a favorite registry cleaner and temp file remover.
Lightning for Thunderbird is a must-have because Thunderbird lacks a calendar.
Foxit Reader is a lightweight alternative to the slow-loading Adobe Reader for PDF browsing. It is free but the terms are confusing because Foxit tries hard to upgrade you to their “pro pack”.
Audacity is the best free multi-track audio recorder period. I’ve written several tutorials for audio recording and podcasting based on Audacity.
Wavosaur is the audio editor I affectionately think of as “Sound Forge lite”. It’s a great two-track audio editor with most of the functions you’d need from a pro app like Sound Forge.
Pidgin is my favorite unified instant messaging client. Since Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL, Google, and numerous other messaging apps refuse to collectively play nice, Pidgin bridges the gap for you.
My own lists of best freeware solutions are much longer, but it’s excellent to see Scott’s distilled list of freeware featuring nine overlapping greats.