Tons of Useful and Free Software

Open Source Living Logo

If you’re anything like me, you’re cheap and like to get things for free. I am a huge computer geek so I am always looking for free software that can help make my life easier, and now there’s a directory that lists all kinds of software that is open source and is free to everyone.

Open Source Living was just recently created and has exploded in popularity in the recent weeks. Directories don’t usually do very well, but this directory does so many things right. The design looks nice, it doesn’t look like a typical web directory, it contains only high quality and reputable software, and everything listed on the site is free. It’s just a very valuable resource all around.

Open Source Living contains pretty much everything you can think of that you would need on your computer. There are sections for web tools, graphics and photo, audio, web development, entertainment, content management, and more. Can’t afford Photoshop? Check out Gimp. Don’t wanna drop thousands of dollars down for Final Cut Pro? Take a look at Jahshaka. There is a tool here for anything you might need and they are adding more every day.

Swapagift

Crappy Gift Cards

So what did you get for Christmas? Lots of goodies I hope. I had a great Christmas with my family; a good time, great dinner and awesome gifts. Not one crappy gift card either. If you didn’t fare so well, and you got some gift cards that you’ll probably never use, there’s a site out there just for you. Swapagift.com is an online marketplace for buying, selling, and swapping gift cards. It’s a really cool idea and it only costs $1.99 to list your gift card for swap or sale on the site for 150 days. You should check out the website if you want to learn more.

Symphony In Lights

Michelle and I went to the Symphony in Lights in Northfield at Stapleton here in Colorado and it was pretty good. If you don’t know what it is, it is huge light show in the new Stapleton Shopping area and was originally choreographed by Carson Williams, who you might remember from the popular video spread around the net in 2005 when the Christmas lights on his house were choreographed to the music of the Tran-Siberian Orchestra. This year the show in Stapleton had a display of over 250,000 lights programmed to the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well.

The display takes place from 6-9pm and ends December 31st, 2007, so if you live in the Denver area, you better head up there right away. Check out the video below for the whole show if your not able to make it this year. It’s really a lot of fun.


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Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

Jose Cuervo Christmas Cookies

This is such a great recipe that I had to let you all in on it. I’ve already made it quite a few times in the past month.

  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Nuts
  • 2 Cups of Dried Fruit
  • 1 Bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila

Sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the Cuervo again, to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer; beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat Again. At this point, it’s best to make sure the Cuervo is still OK, try another cup….just in casze.

Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick the friggin fruit off the floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, just pry loose with a drewscriver. Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who giveshz a sheet. Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink….whatever you can find.

Greash the oven.

Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

Don’t forget to beat off the turner.

Finally, throw the bowl out, finish the Jose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher.

Am I Trippin’? Oh Wait, It’s Just My GPS

Virtual Cable Navigation System

Are you easily lost when you travel, or even just when you go to the next city over to find your new dentist or computer repair shop? If so, you’ve probably considered a GPS navigation system. Hell, you likely even own one since they are fairly common these days. I don’t own one, cuz I’m just cool like that, but anyway, now there’s a navigation system that I’m sure you’ve never heard of before. Virtual Cable is a whole new take on the car navigation system in which the image is displayed on your windshield. It won’t block your view of the road at all and will just appear to be a part of the landscape. Now that is an awesome idea.