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What we talk about when we talk about Windows

Hoo-wee, is this blog ever out of date! I’ll clean up the terrible German puns sometime soon, promise. In the meantime, I wanted to (procrastinate and) get around to something I’ve been copying and pasting around to friends quite a bit lately: a short list of free or open-source apps that make the Windows experience considerably more elegant than it deserves to be. I’m mostly listing obscure and/or underappreciated (albeit robust) programs, so don’t be surprised at the absence of, say, Google Chrome (although, geez, you really oughta be using Chrome on Windows; it loses a lot of its lustre on OSX, and now that Safari has extension support, the “anything but Firefox” category is an even toss-up).

Without further ado:

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Hello world!

Do you like podcasts?

I do.

I sure didn’t think I would! I don’t like iPods or a whole lot of talk radio, so my chances weren’t the greatest.

Once upon a time, though, it came to pass that I wanted something other than music to fill my daily commute – trying to juggle my netbook on the bus in order to read some previously-opened New Yorker articles notwithstanding as a solution.

It occurs to me, of course, that this is yet another way of me trying to make my day even more hyper-efficient. Inasmuch as I’d rather get the news through a healthy filter of sarcasm in time that I’d previously spent listening to music and daydreaming —

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