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24
Nov
09

The Office Gift Exchange with a Difference.

Christmas time is fast approaching and if your office is like many you may be having a Secret Santa gift exchange. Where I work we exchange gifts too, but we do things a little different. As with the usual exchange each of us picks out a name from a hat. Instead of buying each other some silly little trinket we purchase a toy we think they may have enjoyed as a child. The toys we exchange give us all a good laugh and when we are done we collect up all the toys and donate them to a local charity. It makes us all feel so good knowing that there will be gifts under the tree for those children in our community less fortunate than ourselves.

05
Nov
09

Web Based File Backup and Syncing.

dropbox logoDropbox is software that allows you to back up and sync your files online across all your computers. Simply put your files into your Dropbox folder on one computer, and they’ll be instantly available on any of your other computers that you’ve installed Dropbox on. You now have the freedom to work on any of your computers and always have the files you need. Because copys of your files are also stored on Dropbox’s secure servers, you can also access them from any computer or mobile device using the Dropbox website. Need to share files or collaborate on team projects. That’s easy too. Simply send the people on your team a link to the specific files within your Dropbox and they will be able to access those files as well. Dropbox offers free 2GB accounts and runs seamlessly across Linux, Mac and Windows.
29
Oct
09

100,000,000 downloads of OpenOffice.org 3

screenshot.1 On October 28th. 2009, the one hundred millionth person clicked on the Download OpenOffice.org button since version 3.0 of the software was announced just over one year ago.

This full office productivity suite contains everything you need for word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, graphics, databases and more. Available as a free download for Windows, Mac and Linux in many different languages.

29
Oct
09

Ubuntu 9.10 is here.

What can I say. Ubuntu is just my favorite open source operating system, running on both of my main computers. Today they release their latest version, 9.10 “Karmic Koala”.

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15
Oct
09

Mind Mapping


I find nothing better for brainstorming and working on projects than Mind Mapping. FreeMind is an open source solution for creating mind maps incorporating text, symbols and arrows in multiple colors. It will allow you to link to other files and locations. You really need to give it a try to truly understand what it is capable of. FreeMind is a free download for Windows, Linux, Mac.

FreeMind has made it as a finalist for the 2009 Community Choice Award in the category “Most likely to change the way you do everything”!!

07
Oct
09

Organizational Power and Energy

In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles, and positions.
– Margaret Wheat –

01
Oct
09

Recipe Managers


Need a software application to help sort and manage your recipes. Here are a few open source options available to you.

HMCsoft Recipe Database
At the very basic end of the spectrum is Recipe Database. With Recipe Database all your recipes will be safely stored on your computer, ready at a moments notice.

Gourmet Recipe Manager
Gourmet allows you to collect, search and organize your recipes, and to automatically generate shopping lists from your collection. The latest version also allows you to calculate nutritional information for your recipes using the USDA food database (or entering custom information by hand)

Taco Recipe Manager
With Taco you can download recipes from different web services or create your own. After you have set up a repository of recipes, Taco will suggest what to cook based on the ingredients that you have at home.

Bon Appetit.