Feeling So Tired

Lately I have been feeling more tired than usual. Getting out of bed in the morning isn’t as easy as it was before. Some people say it could be the winter weather effect. But I have been through many winters, and colder ones too, without feeling that tired.

Maybe I should start working out again. I always seem to be more energetic when I use the treadmill several times a week. And I don’t even have to leave home since I already have one in the basement. Now, the only thing left is some sort of motivation, or at least a way to make time pass by fast when I am on the treadmill. I get bored quickly when I am working out. Seriously, if I could find something entertaining while working out, besides listening to music, I could possibly go on for hours till I glance at my watch.

But until that wish comes true, I may have to force myself to hop on the treadmill at least two to three times a week if I am looking forward for a boost of energy.

Windows Live OneCare 2.0

One of the things I have done that I am entirely proud of is purchasing a subscription to Windows Live OneCare. It’s basically everything you need to keep up to three PCs safe and secure.

This product does everything, it even makes it harder to mention what it doesn’t do. It’s an internet firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, backup tool, data cleaner, and more. And all this is running in the background without you even knowing it.

This is by far the most effective software I have ever purchased and it comes directly from good old Microsoft. It doesn’t even affect your computer’s speed nor performance like all the other internet security softwares. It just silently sits in your taskbar notification as a single icon.

The icon changes color depending on your system’s status. It turns green if everything is fine. Orange, if your system requires an action. Red, if your system is at risk. That’s it. And as far as the user interface, it’s definitely clean, simple and easy to use even if you’re using it for the first time.

I certainly recommend Windows Live OneCare for all Windows users. You can install it and try it out for 90 days free of charge. Once you use it, you wont be able to live without it.

Intersoft’s Web UI 2008 Package

I downloaded Intersoft’s new Web.UI Visual Studio 2008 beta package and started to play around with their slick Silverlight controls on the weekend. The controls look quite promissing and very intuitive.

I concentrated entirely on two specific controls called the WebCoverFlow and WebFishEye. They were mostly inspired by the Apple’s iTunes application and Leopard in general. But nevertheless, they definitely add a very cool user friendly interface and/or navigation to any website or web application and they seem fairly straightforward to work with.

While I was trying to customize the controls and dynamically add items to their collections, it seemed and felt more and more to me like the package is still in its early Alpha stage instead of the claimed Beta. And that’s based on the numerous bugs and errors I constantly encountered. Not to mention the inability to use the designer tool available on most of the control’s smart tag options. The designer would open but wouldn’t save nor apply any changes you make. Which makes it quite difficult to fully experience all the control’s features.

That being said, I still think there is something solid behind those controls and I will keep checking for any updates available soon, hopefully, from Intersoft. In the meantime, I will continue experimenting and playing around with it.