Customizing Windows

At work, I often have to use a Windows machine. Despite my opinions regarding FOSS software, Windows is a fact of corporate life. Often, I cannot even dual boot. *sigh*

However, when I do have to use Windows, I do not like to go far without my *nix power tools. Here is a list of tools and tweaks that I use to make my Windows experience tolerable.

FOSS tools

gvim – the windows install lets you “edit with vim” from the right click, perfection.

winscp – because ftp uses plaintext

putty – does everything with terminals, telnet, ssh, everything…

emacs – is a little harder to install than vim, but if you use it, you use it.

wireshark – why even bother debugging a network without it?

proprietary tools

Google Toolbar – indispensable if you use gmail

Google Desktop – save time searching your own computer

Adobe Flash Player – because Youtube is just not the same without it

Adobe Reader – because you need to use pdf’s

lifehacker apps

I will update this post as I find things that are totally irreplaceable. However, there alot of ways to improve the Windows user experience, besides making it more like *nix. The best place that I have found for new and different ideas for Windows productivity tools is the LifeHacker: Featured Windows Download category.

Enjoy,

-FT

Health IT (HIT) in Houston

Houston has the largest medical center in the world. I am starting a new networking group in Houston called HIT in Houston

I plan to discuss current events, and Health IT trends as they apply to Houston, T.X. Soon I hope to begin holding monthly meetings through meetup.com and I already have a Linked In Group for HIT in Houston.
If you would like to be included, you can contact me through this site.

-FT

Meeting Dr. Winn at e-MDs

I just had a great meeting with Dr. Winn over at eMds this week. Dr. Winn and I have been in discussions for months regarding how e-MDs might be able to leverage Free and Open Source software. I cannot discuss much until the proverbial ducks are in the proverbial rows, however, I can tell you that Dr. Winn is planning some very very big things with regards to FOSS releases. Thats all I can say for now… but you can assume that I was there for a very good reason.

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Along with meeting the whos-who of e-MDs, I took a tour of the e-MDs facility. This place was huge! They had really cool training rooms and other resources to host clients. All in all, they are obviously a first-class software company. (admittedly proprietary, but then no one is perfect.)

The trip concluded with a visit to the best corporate toy I have ever seen. e-MDs has a working moving replica of Robby the Robot, from Forbidden Planet. The replica moves and is controlled via an MP3-player. They have a sound track of funny sayings about e-MDs recorded in a robotic voice that they have the Robot “say” as it moves around, blinks and chirps.

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Sum it all up

I have been running Postnuke as my blog engine for as long as I can remember. I have received complaints from a fellow blogger that it is difficult to track what I am doing via a single RSS feed. Now I need to blog something that requires a picture. To accomodate the new requirements I am moving to WordPress, which is better focused as a blog engine. Rather than “migrating” my old postnuke posts, I will sum them up here.

  • Please take a look at the Byrons Gallery which I think is really excellent.
  • I would also like to point to a most important post over at my cousins blog which honors my brother. Thanks, Angus, it meant alot to those of us in Texas who have not been able to see the stone yet.
  • I have been interviewed about FreeB and medical billing by LinuxMedNews.
  • I once had a trailer, but I managed to turn it over. Pics of my Home Wreck
  • Byron Trotters Memorial Page, probably more moving than anything is the Guestbook.

Thats it. Thats the relevant content from a blog that I have had for two years. I have been a bad blogger…

-FT