Archive for September, 2011

Unfortunately Named Franchise – Mister Sparky

Believe it or not, a nationwide chain of electricians in the US decided to name themselves Mister Sparky. What were they thinking?

Visit the Mister Sparky site HERE.



FreeFile Review – Serif PagePlus Starter Edition

Serif PagePlus Starter Edition is generally concidered the best of the few free desktop publishing applications currently available. It is a stripped down version of Serif’s full PagePlus program.

The installation process may be the worst thing about this freebie. Serif requires that a user account be created (personal info is gathered). To activate the software, a 25 character key must be entered. A reboot was required before the installation, but not after the installation – WTF? If you successfully jump through Serif’s installation hoops, you are greeted with a very pleasant user interface. However, it soon becomes apparent that many of the program’s features have been disabled. Serif left the disabled features in the program so that you know what is gained with a paid upgrade. The application comes with 4 themes – these are nice enough, but very plain. More templates can be purchased for $5 or $10 each. The $5 templates are just bad. Here’s an example.

On the positive side – the program works well. I particularly like its Text tool. It is powerful and simple to use. The Drawing tools also are well done. The Photo Editing tools are lacking. Slider controls have been replaced with +/- buttons – simple and effective, but too simple for my tastes.  Drag-and-drop make page layout a breeze.

– – – The Bottom Line – – –

I’m not sure who would benefit from this program – perhaps someone who does desktop publishing very rarely. I can’t image that anyone would want to use such a limited program often. I can’t recommend this application because of Serif’s registration requirement. If that doesn’t bother you and your needs are simple, Serif PagePlus Starter Edition may fit the bill.

Download Serif PagePlus Starter Edition HERE

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Belgium Has Been Without A Federal Government For More Than A Year – I’m Envious reported –

BRUSSELS – Belgium hit a new milestone yesterday – 450 days without a government – but still no one appears to be in any big hurry to resolve the situation. Europe’s financial crisis and feeble economic growth may scare governments from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean Sea, but in Belgium it is a sideshow. Talks on a new Belgian government, which have been going on since the June 13, 2010, election, were at a standstill yesterday for a third day running.

Continue reading HERE.



Social Media Explained in 1 Graphic

Gravity Is Broken [video]

America’s Future? A Mobile Home For The Homeless

An ingenious inventor has designed an improved shelter for the homeless. It combines a refrigerator box with a hotdog cart and a trailer home. I think it is a very clever design and with the way things are going, it could become quite popular.

Check it out HERE.


Cheech and Chong Are Now Pushing Fiber – WTF? [video]


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