Linux alternatives for OTHER common Windows apps

March 6, 2009

How many times have you heard someone who won’t migrate to Linux because they would lose their favourite app. This list, instead of covering apps like Word or Explorer, we cover other apps like OneNote and Quicken. Well look no further! All the apps here are

  • OneNote alternative: Zim
  • Quicken/Quickbooks alternatives: GNUcash and HomeBank
  • Windows Live Writer alternatives: BloGTK and Drivel
  • PROPER (built-for-diagrams) Visio alternative: Dia
  • Dreamweaver alternatives: Bluefish
  • HyperCam2 alternatives: Istanbul

Postbox – a review

February 12, 2009

No, the desktop email client is not dead yet. In fact, it’s more alive than ever. But most don’t impress me. That is, Postbox has finally.delivered. (pun intended)


  • Customizable UI (as shown in screenshot)
  • Flexible search
  • Nice object search (attachments, images, link, contacts)
  • Tabbed
  • GTD integrated
  • Thunderbird based


  • Ugly in Windows Classic (yellow toolbars)
  • Buggy UI (e.g.: double-click results in a blank tab)
  • No junk folder (though junk removal is supported)
  • No easy setup of Hotmail (had to do manual POP3 setup)
  • Crashy newsgroups
  • No extensions or themes
  • Lack of “see only read mode”

What? I like it. The pros outwiegh the con, in mass. If you’re still using outlook express, ditch and switch. 4 out 5.



January 13, 2009

OK, here goes BloGTK. It has an awful icon. But it hopefully works.

Different World

January 12, 2009

Yesterday, January 11, I installed Ubuntu Linux through Wubi. It was a simple exprience. I just had to run the installer, fire it up, restart into Ubuntu, and once it was done, just went back into Ubuntu, logged in, and It was a fresh install. No black screen. It was already connected to the network. I fired up Firefox to check my mail, and bingo, it was connected. The best part is that it kept Vista because I am a hobbist developer.

Any recommendations for a Linux blogging tool like Live Wrter?

I hate WordPress 2.7

December 5, 2008

Well the ability to hide crap works good. But the reorganization was a deorganisation. The UI is a jumble of different styled icons, with the polldaddy and upgrades. The icons without them look somewhat pretty. But WP is slowwwwwwwwww! The custom buttons look awful and the combobox up there is a dumb place to put it. The tabs I use to switch dashboards is also gone.

I dub WordPress 2.7 the Windows Me of blogs.

Why the cloud cannot replace the Operating System

November 9, 2008

Dumb Terminals, which lived off of the Internet, had an Operating System installed locally. With the cloud, what is powering it? Operating Systems. What is there to make the computer to do something? Operating Systems!

Do you like the new WordPress 2.7 dashboard?

November 7, 2008

Mostly a chance to play with PollDaddy, but the WP team can see if we like the new version.