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G15 SpeedFan x64 Released

November 7, 2008

This is just a quick note to let all the G15 SpeedFan users know that there is now a special x64 version. This x64 specific version fixes many issues related to using G15 SpeedFan on the 64 bit version of Windows Vista. You can find out more information and download the new version from the G15 SpeedFan page. As always, if you run into any issues using this software, be sure to check out the G15 SpeedFan Support Forum.

Logitech G5 and G15 Review: 4 Months Later

November 5, 2008

In an effort to improve my desk ergonomics I purchased a Logitech G5 Mouse and a Logitech G15 Keyboard about 4 months ago. I was tempted to review them immediately, but I wanted to wait and see how well they worked over the long term. First, let me give you a bit of background information. This is the most money I have ever spent on input devices. Normally I just use the cheapest keyboard and mouse I can find, and I'm usually pretty happy. This time I wanted treat myself a little bit and get something nice.

Logitech G5 Mouse

Logitech G5 Mouse
First, let me just say that this should be a fantastic mouse. It is well constructed, has lots of buttons and looks pretty cool. The G5 is also one of the few mice that allow you to adjust the weight by adding or removing little round weights into a slot in the bottom. However, I found that any weights at all made it too heavy and aggravated my wrist, so I stuck with no weights to make it as light as possible. Also, the mouse is asymmetrical and tips to the right side. I'm not sure if this is supposed to make it more ergonomic but it bugs the heck out of my wrist. I have no problems using my daughter's regular old Logitech cheapy mouse, but as soon as I start using the G5 again my wrist aches. Not good. My last issue is with the scroll-wheel clicking to the left and right. I'm sure this has some purpose, but I have never used any software where I have needed this. What I have found is that when I try to middle-click on a link in Firefox to open a new tab, the scroll wheel frequently clicks to the left or right instead of straight down. I find that I have to be very precise when clicking the scroll-wheel, very annoying.

Pros:
- Well constructed
- Adjustable weight
- Lots of buttons

Cons:
- Tilted angle bugs my wrist
- Scroll-wheel left/right clicking is annoying

Verdict:
This mouse isn't my cup of tea at all. Between the scroll-wheel left/right clicking and the tilted mouse angle I constantly feel like I'm fighting with the mouse to get things done. I'm going to be replacing this mouse in the very near future.

Logitech G15 Keyboard

Logitech G5 Mouse
Let me start this review by saying that this is without a doubt the best keyboard I have ever used. The keys have the perfect amount of travel and resistance, and they're not too noisy, but not perfectly quiet either. The layout is familiar, unlike some other Microsoft or Logitech keyboards. There is no F-Lock key (thank goodness) and there is still an insert key near the home key (unlike some other Logitech models). Now for the extra goodies. The keys are all backlit using orange light, and there are 3 levels of backlighting: low, high and off. There are 6 programmable buttons down the left-side of the keyboard, and 3 memory modes for a total of 18 programmable keys. I'll be honest, I haven't taken advantage of these yet, but if I was an avid PC gamer (like WoW) I'm sure they would be useful. The G15 even comes with an integrated LCD screen that can display just about anything. There are dozens of plugins available, one even written by yours truly. You can display the current time and date, your current iTunes song (and even control playback using the buttons) or just about anything else. An excellent example of a homemade plugin is one created for the racing game GTR which displays tire temperatures and other vitals on the mini-screen - I've used this plugin quite a bit. Lastly, for all the hardcore gamers out there, there is a button that toggles the Windows Start key on and off. There is nothing worse than being in a game, accidentally hitting the Start key and being dumped to your desktop. The only downside I can say about this keyboard is it's price. It ranges anywhere from $60 to $120 depending on the store and whether it's on sale. I would argue that it's worth every penny, but I spend a lot of time parked in front of this keyboard.

Pros:
- Backlit keys
- Great key feel
- 18 programmable keys
- LCD screen
- Multimedia buttons
- 2 Integrated USB ports

Cons:
- Expensive

Verdict:
If you are in the market for a new keyboard and you have a few extra bucks to spend, I can't recommend this keyboard highly enough. If you are an avid gamer (especially an MMORPG) there is no excuse not to own this keyboard.

DisplayFusion in the November 2008 issue of Computer Shopper (UK)

November 4, 2008

I was very pleased to discover that Computer Shopper, a large UK magazine, did a mini-review of DisplayFusion in this month's issue. They gave DisplayFusion 5 out 5 stars, which is always nice to see. On a side note, I'm curious to find out if any non-English publications will be including DisplayFusion now that it supports other languages. If anyone ever comes across any magazine articles about DisplayFusion, please let me know. I'll be more than happy to send a free DisplayFusion Pro license your way. You can find out more information about this offer here. Thanks everyone!

Computer Shopper November 2008 DisplayFusion (Cover)

New DisplayFusion Language: Dutch (Belgium)

November 3, 2008

I would like to send out a huge thanks to Ghislain Bossuyt for translating DisplayFusion v2.2 into Dutch. If you are interested in using DisplayFusion with a Dutch interface then head over to the DisplayFusion Languages page and download the Dutch language file. For more information on how to install the language file, look at the "How do I use these language files" section on DisplayFusion Languages page.

DisplayFusion v2.2 Released

October 27, 2008

I am very happy to announce the release of DisplayFusion v2.2. This release has been the result of many, many months of beta testing and fine tuning. There are a pile of new features and bug fixes, but the single biggest change is the addition of multiple language support. This means that you can now use DisplayFusion in your own native language. I have provided 3 language files: English, German and Spanish, but you are free to create your own. DisplayFusion uses an open text-based format and as a result it's very easy to create your own translation. Visit the DisplayFusion Languages page to find out more.

Here are some of the major changes:

  • You can now specify a time interval smaller than 1 minute for the image changer
  • Added a 'Remove unused temporary image files automatically' option that will automatically delete any previously downloaded, unused Flickr images - Big space saver!
  • Added a "Pause DisplayFusion when full screen application is running" option - previously it was always paused when a full screen application was running
  • Fixed a bug that prevented wallpaper tiling from lining up correctly in certain situations

I would encourage anyone running an older version to update today to take advantage of the improvements and bug fixes. For the complete list of changes please check out the DisplayFusion Change Log.

I would like to send out a huge thanks to the people that helped with the German and Spanish translations. This release wouldn't have been possible without the tireless contributions from these 4 people:

  • Frank Epple (German translation)
  • Ulrich Weinsdörfer (German translation)
  • Andre Bertheola (Spanish translation)
  • Fernando Angelico (Spanish translation)

Thanks guys!

Get a 1 Month DisplayFusion Pro License Today!

October 14, 2008

I don't know what I was thinking when I started giving away 2 week DisplayFusion Pro trial licenses, but that's just crazy. 2 weeks just isn't long enough to get a good feel for everything DisplayFusion Pro has to offer. So, starting today all DisplayFusion Pro trial licenses will last for a full month. What will DisplayFusion Pro give you? You get customizable hotkeys, random wallpaper changing and more. Check out the version comparison for all the details. Head over to the DisplayFusion Trial License page to get your full month of DisplayFusion Pro started today!

MacLife Interview

October 13, 2008

I had the recent pleasure to give an interview to an editor from MacLife.com. I must confess, I have never had an interview about any of my software, but it was a wonderful experience. The article is titled Industries Sown from the Seeds of Apple and it talks about the different industries that Apple has helped to build. Here are a few excerpts from the article, referencing things I discussed in the interview.

Jon Tackabury, who created iTunes Sync—software that allows non-iPod MP3 players to synchronize with iTunes—said that only the tech-savvy knew what MP3 players were before the advent of the iPod. He believes the iPod made MP3 players cool enough to pique the interest of the general public.
And then there's the cost. Tackabury said, "The iPod has a huge price premium. Even the nano is still pretty expensive considering the storage you get."
As long as people crave on-the-go tunes and don't care to shell out the price of an iPod or crave a feature Apple has not yet seen fit to add, the rest of the MP3 market will be there to sop up the iPod's run-offs. For example, Tackabury owns an iPod, but he purchased the less-expensive Sansa ($30) for his children.

I never know what to say when people are asking questions. Hopefully I didn't come across as too dorky, but I'm sure I did.

iTunes Sync v1.5.1 Released

October 4, 2008

I am happy to announce a bug-fix release of iTunes Sync. The main reason for this release is to add support for iTunes 8, but it also addresses a few small installer issues as well. You can download this new version from the iTunes Sync page. If you would like to see the complete list of changes in this release be sure to check out the change log.

DisplayFusion, Life and More

September 16, 2008

DisplayFusion v2.2 has been progressing along very nicely, with a huge thanks to the translators involved. It should be ready for release in a few weeks, but this depends on how much free time I will have. I'd like to thank everyone who emailed me about helping out with the translation, I now have enough people to cover the initially supported languages. After the release of this new version I will be posting the English resource file for anyone else that would like to run DisplayFusion in their own language.

My quest for a job has also been going quite well. I have been interviewing with a number of companies over the last few weeks. One of the companies I have been interviewing with flew me to their head office in New York city for the day on Monday, and it was a great trip. I had never been to New York before, but didn't really have much time to see anything. What a busy city though, there were people and cars everywhere. Next, I'll be packing my bags in a few hours and heading back to Ottawa for a few days to interview with some different companies. I can't wait for life to settle back down to a more normal, less chaotic pace and I'm sure my wife feels the same way.

DisplayFusion Translators Needed

August 29, 2008

The next version of DisplayFusion is coming along very quickly now. All of the localization code is complete now, and the English resource file is completely done and working. I am at the point now where I need some people to help translate the resource file into other languages. Currently, I am looking to translate DisplayFusion into German, French and Spanish. I will be paying to have the translation done, although I haven't worked out how much yet. If you speak one of these languages fluently and you are interested in learning more about helping out, please contact me.

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