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Diggin Today’s News

Posted in Desktop Enhancement, Entertainment, Graphics, Programming, Research, Web Site on August 24, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

Digg has come up with some new front ends to their service. It looks like Intel sponsored one of the interfaces, which is the type of business activity they do a lot of. So I decided to download the Flashdigg object and run it on my PC. I’ve never scene a such a CPU intensive object! It had my AMD Athlon 3500+ maxed out consistently! Maybe they have something in there that makes AMD processors look bad ;). Just kidding, I haven’t even tried it on an Intel machine but I’m sure that Flash object will max out most of today’s desktop machines. The good news is that there is a great solution to that problem. Just log onto Digg’s site and let their processors do the work. There is no difference in the quality or look of the object and Digg has 3 more ‘views’ of their data.

This is truly the best way I’ve seen for staying up on the day’s news. You can view it through some really great visual interfaces and you’re only 2 clicks away from the actual story. Of course, the information you are getting is Digg data. Therefore, it is based on their ‘rating’ of the stories but Digg is as good a measure as anything else out there today. So with all things considered, this is a great way to get the news and you don’t even have to download anything. Just go to Digg’s site and pick which interface is the best for you. You can follow the link below to their website and start interacting with today’s news data right away!


Take a Note, Write Some Code

Posted in Office, Programming on August 18, 2007 by Ethan Dickenson

Programmer’s Notepad is a programming editor that doubles as a notepad replacement. It’s small enough to be used effectively as a Notepad replacement and it’s nice to have the programming editor right at your fingertips. There are more highlighting options than you can shake a stick at. On the left side there’s a frame with a list of common functions that are ‘bundled’ so when you select one of them the appropriate characters show up in your editor and then you can fill in the customizable portion of the function. OfProgrammer’s Notepad course, those functions change depending upon which programming language you select. It also recognizes the separate ‘chunks’ in your programs and it allows you to collapse or expand those so looking at all that code doesn’t scare you off.

I’m not much of a programmer, I do some stuff with html / css / xml occasionally. Like most out there, I copy, hack, and make it work for me if I can. Code doesn’t scare me but I’m not the type that will create something on his own. Programmers Notepad is really useful to users like me, who don’t really know what they are doing, and can use a nudge in the right direction once in a while. Programmer’s Notepad enables users like myself to do more with code than we otherwise could. If you’re starting to look at code and customize html, then Programmer’s Notepad is a good way to pull up the stuff you are looking at. And since you’re using it for that reason, you might as well replace Microsoft’s Notepad with it and switch your ‘file association’ for .txt to Programmer’s Notepad.