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My Project Management Saga

Published May 1, 2008 in Productivity , Tools - 0 Comments

Here’s the latest word on my project management quest…

I decided that Google Sites didn’t quite do it for me. Maybe the app is just not mature enough yet.

I had been looking for something like Activecollab, which was supposed to be open source forever, but which had morphed into a paid model sometime last fall. There was a link on the site to the last free version, and for some reason that link never worked for me.

Well, in my research I stumbled upon this site:

This outfit will host Activecollab (open source version) for you for $5/month. However, they also give you the last open source version (o.7.1) if you have the means and inclination to install and use it on your own server.

I gleefully downloaded and installed it. It was a fairly straightforward process, but something went wrong and it didn’t come up for me.


I kept looking and found Project Pier: What these guys are doing is actively developing activeCollab 0.7.1. Free, open source. I downloaded and installed it and it worked without a hitch. So, looks like I’ll be putting Project Pier through it’s paces.

The Jing-YouTube Quandry

Published May 1, 2008 in Media , Tools - 0 Comments

Why, oh why, can I not shoot a Jing video and upload it to YouTube?

Jing is so darn easy to use, and it’s the first tool I grab when I want to make a “down and dirty” video of less than five minutes.

But apparently, since the output is an SWF file, YouTube won’t take it.

I don’t want to pay for a converter, and thus far have not found a freeware replacement or workaround.


I’ll pay if I have to…

Using Camtasia will avoid these problems, but sometimes I just don’t have the time required to walk through all the steps needed to use it.

In the market for a laptop?

Published April 24, 2008 in Productivity , Tools - 0 Comments

I have purchased several laptops over the years. In fact, I likely will not buy another desktop computer. A mind-range laptop is powerful enough for my needs, and they’re portable!

This site:

Is indispensable forĀ  researching your laptop before you buy it. Click on the “notebook reviews” tab and you’ll surprisingly detailed reviews of many machines. The reviews often include close up photos of the keyboard and sides (so you can see the ports close up).

Highly recommended!

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