Ch Ch Ch Changes …

Just in case you are wondering what all the colors and new layouts are, I am attempting to find an appropriate theme for the site here, and get it installed and happy. In the process, I will be testing different ones to see what works best and what doesn’t. The theme in use now is a heavily modified version of an off the shelf theme I setup for this site about four years ago. Everyone that is familiar with computers and IT knows that four years is an eternity! So, I thought it was time for a change. Feel free (and please do even!) to hit the contact form and drop me a line telling me what you think about the theme. Whether you like it, hate it, have suggestions or anything else. I’d love to hear your feedback. Thank you!

Nice Usenet News Reader For Free

XanaNews Screenshot

XanaNews Screenshot

I was looking for a good, solid and preferably open source news reader (usenet client) whilst booted into Windows XP on my laptop earlier, and I found a dandy. I found a lightweight client called XanaNews, which although lightweight, not over burdened or bulky, it is also solid and easy to use. Throw in that it is open source and free, and it’s a nice application.

I looked at the screen shots and it looked like it was along the lines of what I wanted, so I decided to download it and give it a try.  After running the installer I easilly configured my news server (Giganews, if you aren’t using them and you want AWESOME usenet access, check these guys out! Like NOW!) and off I went, effortlessly subscribing to groups and reading posts on procmail.  That’s what I was working on at the time.

Well, I liked XanaNews so much, that I decided to install it on my main machine running Ubuntu.  I fired up Wine and ran through the same install steps and it again worked like a charm.  So now I can use this dandy little news reader on Windows and Linux.  I felt like I just had to share with everyone, because it seems like good usenet clients are hard to find unless you want to try and use something bundled into a web browser or email client which I usually don’t.  Give me an app made especially for what I want to use it for, and it’s probably going to do a better job of it every time.  Not always, but most of the time I would say.  Hope you enjoy it!


I am sure folks that have been here before will notice that our main landing page is now our blog posts.  Originally I wanted to have a static “Home” page to kind of explain what we are doing here.  That was nice in the beginning, showing that this is more than just a blog, there is a lot of content accumulating on this site.  After awhile though, I wasn’t sure if the never changing (almost) static page wasn’t doing more harm than good.  Kinda made it look like we didn’t update much around here.  So, I figured I would put the posts right out front.  This provides some easy to find content for passers by, and kind of pressures me to write more!  If you have an opinion, let me know what you think.