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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Christmas Countdown Gadget for Your Windows Desktop

The Christmas and Winter Holidays are approaching fast, and if you want to see how many days are left until Christmas, I have created this countdown gadget.  This should work on any Windows desktop, including Windows 7.  It requires no other software and no installation.


Download from WinCustomize.

Halloween Countdown Gadget

Here is a cool desktop gadget I created that will count down the days until Halloween.  Two sizes are included and should work on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.




WindowBlinds Skin: Luster by MikeB314

MikeB314 has done it again, updating some of his most popular WB skins.

"Originally created in 2004, Luster is now fully updated for Windows Vista. It features lots of glassy transparent stuff, including glass Explorer backgrounds, glass Explorer scrollbars, and other bits. The XP substyle has been updated as well with new transparent window frames and drop shadows. Both skins also have a new Start menu and Start button, and other improvements."

Download: Luster

Sync Your Google Calendar with Outlook

With all the hype from Mix ’08 yesterday about IE8, I completely missed this in the news.  I use both Outlook 2007 and Google Calendar on a regular basis.  I like Google Calendar simply because it’s easy to share, both publicly and privately, calendars with people from all over the world.  For instance, I have a calendar for the Martial Arts school I volunteer for, which allow myself and other instructors to add events to the calendar, and allows students and parents to easily view these events.

Also, just the fact I can view the Google Calendar on any computer is a big plus.  The big downside is that is didn’t sync with Outlook.  What I would find myself doing is manually exporting my Outlook calendars as iCal files, and then importing them into Google Calendar.  Doing that is quite inefficient and really isn’t reliable.  Being that I work on multiple PC’s throughout the day, having my calendars synced is a big priority.

Yesterday, Google introduced Google Calendar Sync.  This is a simple 2-way syncing application that will sync your Google Calendar to Outlook, and vise-versa.  In my brief testing it seems to work very well, but it does have one big downside at this time.  It will only sync your primary Outlook calendar, which really sucks because I have several secondary calendars for work, etc.  Hopefully this will be a feature that will be added soon though.

Link:  Google Calendar Sync


Stardock Unveils NBA Desktop Themes

Great news today for NBA fans!

NBA fans have an entirely new way to showcase their team pride. Stardock, the industry leader in Windows customization, today announced it has unveiled NBA inspired desktop themes for all 30 NBA teams through their line of MyColors desktop suites.

MyColors from Stardock allows fans to completely theme their Windows with the colors and logos of their favorite NBA team. Everything from the title bars, start menu, toolbars, icons, Windows Media Player and customized gadgets will bring the NBA hardwood experience to any desktop. The new product, set at $19.95, is available to download at and

Link: Stardock Press Release

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