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Everybody loves the freedom of creative self-expression, and what could possibly be a better way to say “I am an individual” than with a completely pimped-out desktop wallpaper? I suppose facial tattoos might do the trick, but something tells me that the general populace favors a less permanent proclamation of individuality.
There is some truly amazing software out there. Revolutionary products that have changed the way we live, interact and do business. However, there are also some real stinkers. Programs which are long past due, riddled with security issues and malware, software that holds innovation back, and, in short, are just plain bad.
Here is a subjective list of the twenty worst. Settle down Microsoft-haters, Bill Gates’ creations only appear 5 times on this list. Even the usually squeaky-clean Apple gets a few drubbings too.
Are you looking for a comprehensive grouping of the world’s top computer software companies? Find a comprehensive list of software manufacturers available at SoftwareMedia.com. This list contains manufacturers from a to z. The publishers on the list vary – from those who have developed niche software programs like Final Draft scriptwriting software, to some of the world’s largest and most well-known brands like Microsoft Corporation. And as always, SoftwareMedia carries the newest releases in addition to older, harder to find versions.
Next up in our 7 for 7 series is a spotlight on some really useful Desktop Gadgets that you can download free for Windows 7. If you are not too familiar with Desktop Gadgets, they are basically widgets, or small programs that run in the background that you can keep on your desktop. I use a variety of gadgets to monitor information, get updates from social networks, and keep up to date on news. Below are 7 gadgets I found that I can see being very useful.
A flow chart is a chart that represents an algorithm or process, and is typically used to describe the detailed logic of a business process or rule. A flow chart can provide a reference for those involved in a project or procedure and can be effective in explaining processes to new employees. When errors occur, flowcharts can be referenced to see what went wrong. Flow charts also help highlight and remove unnecessary steps in a process. By showing processes visually rather than just explaining, people seem to understand better and make fewer mistakes. Other common benefits of flow charting include enhanced quality and proper documentation.
I just ran across a website containing hundreds of free, amazing HD desktop backgrounds for Windows Vista (or any other operating system). Wallpaper Abyss features all kinds of tweaks and themes for Windows Vista, but I really like their HD desktop background images. They feature a new, high-res wallpaper image every single day, so your desktop will always be fresh.
This is a good week for recently unemployed CAD users in the architecture, engineering, design, and manufacturing communities. Both Autdesk and SolidWorks have released programs that give unemployed designers access to free software, software training, and discounted or free certification exams. Both programs are aimed at increasing CAD proficiency in unemployed designers to help them get back on their feet sooner.