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This whole page is "under construction", until I can finish updating it (which will likely be never).

Introduction

This web page is a kind of place for me to talk about the things I do in my free time (usually after everyone has gone to bed). It will mostly be about computers or politics. We'll see...

If you can read this note, then you're using a browser that doesn't support modern web standards, or doesn't support them very well. The contents of the site should be readable, if not very pretty. To fix this, I highly recommend the free Firefox browser.

Files you can download and use

An OpenOffice Template to print onto CDs with a Canon PIXMA MG5450 printer (perhaps also other printers).

Some Must-Have Programs for You (my favorites)

All the programs below are either free, or are so good, that they are easily worth the measly few bucks they cost.

Web Browser:

MozillaFirefox (homepage) empowers you to browse faster, more safely and more efficiently than with any other browser. Join more than 20 million others and make the switch today — Firefox imports your Favorites, settings and other information, so you have nothing to lose. (Firefox is completely free)

E-Mail:


Mozilla Thunderbird (homepage) makes emailing safer, faster, and easier than ever before with the industry's best implementations of features such as intelligent spam filters, built-in RSS reader, quick search, and much more.

Thunderbird gives you a faster, safer, and more productive email experience. We designed Thunderbird to prevent viruses and to stop junk mail so you can get back to reading your mail. Read on to find out more about the reasons why you should use Thunderbird as your mail client and RSS reader. (Thunderbird is completely free)
Word Processor:
Corel WordPerfect: Cheaper and better than Microsoft Word. Includes: word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing tools, web tools. etc. Many features not found in M$ Word: "reveal codes" (fine-tune formatting), real-time formatting preview, useful context-menus, context sensitive button bars, and many more. (homepage).
File Management:
Total Commander: Copy/move/delete files, ZIP/unZIP, edit text files, FTP client, etc. Looks just like the clasic Norton Commander. (homepage) (shareware: nag-screen at startup, no other restrictions).
Time Management:
Lotus Organizer: This organizer looks and works just like a "pen and paper" organizer  with pages, tabs, layout and printouts. It is so intuitive that there is almost zero learning curve to get up and started. All appointments, addresses, notes, anniversaries, etc are grouped into sections (tabs) and are linked to each other (e.g. an anniversary will show up in your calendar and also have a clickable link to the person's address). This must easily be one of the best programs I have ever used. Unfortunately, Lotus hasn't updated it in years (shame on Lotus) ( homepage - screenshot - buy at Amazon.com)
Graphics Viewer:
irfanView: Viw, edit, resize, manipulate and convert photos with ease. Did I mention it's easy to use and FREE!!! ( info + download) (free)

- The worst : Anything (except Windows) from Microsoft (proceed with caution, some offensive language)

Computer News

24.01.2005 - I can't keep this updated anymore. Just go to the Firefox, Thunderbird, Total Commander and irfanView homepages for your fix of the best software available. ;-)

My Mozilla web page is also hopelessly outdated. Oh well.

Mozilla News (updated 31.03.2002): Mozilla Milestone 0.9.9 is the most current Milestone release. Some of the new features are:
  • Tabed browsing (press CTRL+T) show multiple web pages as tabs within one browser window - WOOHOO.
  • Labels: Color-code e-mails with "labels" (e.g., family=blue, friends=green, ToDo=red, work=purple), You can even use "Filters" to automatically give incoming mails a label (e.g., if sender = lairo.com, then label = family).
  • Reorder mail collumns (e.g. subject, sender, date, size) by drag&drop.
  • Mouse gestures (issue browser commands like reload, back, forward, etc. using mouse movements) - After installing Mozila, go here and then click on "Install the XPI" to install the gesture module.
  • Of course, even more stable and standards compliant than before.
  • More details here.
Other Computer News:
  • AMD Athlon XP is faster! and cheaper! than the Pentium P4. Check out a comparisson.