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It is the season once again of Easter Eggs, Easter Bunnies and Treasure Hunts. Treasure Hunts? Yeah! That's right. A treasure hunt is a traditional Easter game in our family. I remember as a kid scooting around the house and neighbourhood in search of clues and that elusive egg filled with sweets, toys and other assorted goodies. Dad was never good at hiding things. It usually began with simple 'do this' and 'go there' clues and slowly graduated to cryptic codes. The doting Sherlock Holmes acolyte in me deciphered them all. Ah, twas a simple life!
So, keeping in line with traditions, here I go treasure hunting again. Armed with nothing more than Google, Yahoo Search, Dogpile, Ask and my trusty old keyboard and mousie, I embark on a virtual treasure hunt and record every step for posterity. Let us see what cryptic queries like 'allintitle:free+stuff+open+source-"buy"-"purchase"-"$"' throw up along the way. The aftermath of this endeavour should be an interesting collection of gratis products.As an audiophiles, I rip very often - (not to be confused with strip, which I often do in the privacy of my own room. I may even be posting this in the buff. Eh?). For the serious ripper there is a versatile CD ripper and encoder which rips anything. An even better product supports a very wide range of audio formats - HOWEVER it comes in a 30 day trial package now. It used to come for free once upon a time. I wonder why they stopped? Start converting those songs to MP3. Don't sell your collections please. Musicians work twice as hard (than me) to bring you those melodies. Speaking of musicians - budding musicians can try a hand at audio mixing. Go! Plug in that guitar. Record tracks, mix them, add a touch of sound effects and hear the strings go wah-wah. It is a favourite of mine. I mostly use it to dampen the noise of those scratchy MP3s and it does a fine job. One more thing! Remember those apocryphal tales about hearing Satanic messages on some albums when played in reverse? Well, some of it is true. You have my word on that. How about some video editing too? More and more people are finding ingenious usage for webcams or handycams or mobile phones for that matter.
All of us would like to maintain pretty good privacy, especially over a network. Save yourself a lot of trouble by encrypting all data sent over your network. Share files and send messages without having to worry about pesky password snatchers and snoopers. At last we can have some privacy without paying for a bouncer. Further, fortify your computer with ancient ideas in its modern avatar to keep your enemies out. Commission a spy tracker or two to root out any spies who shag your system. Programmers may write their own software from scratch in Java or C according to your preference.
Every now and then I like to work with images. I have Adobe Photoshop to help me out but for a select few who are dissatisfied with the Photo Editor your OS ships in with and also don't want to dish out a handsome sum, help is at hand. Now you can redesign your blog ten times a day and write home about it.
...the hunt continues tomorrow. 4:40 AM Permalink 2 comments