Friday, May 11, 2007

Tiny Treasures are alive and well!

I really thought the years would not be good to my Tiny Treasures, what with new operating systems, larger hard drives and software trying really hard to take advantage of all the extra resources available, but this one is definitely a goody and I'm so happy Rose City Software dropped it into an email to me!

Let's go over the rules for Tiny Treasures real quick. A Tiny Treasure is a small program, must be able to fit on a 1.44 Mb floppy disk (no one uses those much any more), and can't make old Mrs. Wizard crazy during installation or use. It must be really fun or really useful, and can't gum up the system in any way. That's a lot to ask of a software application, especially nowadays.

DigitWiz is one of those rare utilities that is so useful you will want it handy at all times. At 100 Kb, it is hard to imagine anything that small could do much of anything, but it does, and it does it very well! There is nothing to install, just download the zip folder (97 kb) and put the exe file anywhere you want. When you want to run it, just click the file and go for it.

DigitWiz will convert those annoying worded phone numbers (like 1-800-GOT MILK or other such nonsense) into real numbers instantly. If that isn't enough, there is also a very handy little area code lookup feature so you can quickly search to see where any area code is located in the U.S. Add to all this is the fact it will even work with VISTA!

This is definitely a COOL TOOL!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

At Last! VISTA is good!

Installing all the "important stuff" on the new VISTA machine is just about completed, and I am getting to the point where I can actually fall for this new system. It is a lot more secure, although that extra layer of security can be a pain in the tail sometimes.

My Photoshop and Dreamweaver suite is working great and I'm looking forward to giving it a real workout in the next few days. The Soapmaker program didn't sass Vista much, except for a little work around regarding the help file. Seems you need to give the ".chm" type help files a little extra permission in order to read them properly. I noticed when I installed the latest CorelDRAW graphics suite the help file was unavailable in the Font Navigator... amazing I haven't been able to find a workaround for that yet... and the interesting thing is that on the box it is clearly stamped with an official Vista compatibility seal... Hmmmmm?

I'm not complaining. I have Incredimail installed and all is right with the world!