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October 04th, 2008 | Author:

It’s been years since we’ve had cable TV, which is basically an expensive way to waste time. So we just used the old-fashioned antenna to watch the occasional PBS program. For a while, we watched the network evening news, until I got so disgusted by the following that I just stopped watching.

  • Network news programs are more about entertainment than enlightenment
  • They all cover the same 4 or 5 stories each night
  • They are incredibly biased and shallow
  • Often, they are nothing more than a mouthpiece for the government

So when a lightning strike fried our TV, I was not especially concerned. In fact, we haven’t even replaced it and probably won’t. But I do like to keep up with what’s going on, so I have collected a very long list of bookmarks from around the world, a time-consuming proposition.

But thanks once again to my hubby (and an email from Ben Venzke) I have a real option. It’s called LiveStation and it’s free. A quick download, and you have a well-designed program that plays streaming video from around the world.

They have partnerships with C-span, BBC, Bloomberg, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, France 24, NASA TV, and many others. In addition, people have added links to over 1200 other stations that can be downloaded.

This is a gold mine of news. Go get it!

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September 22nd, 2008 | Author:

I used to use Picture It! to do my photo editing … but it doesn’t work in Vista (or at least I couldn’t make it work and nobody could tell me how) so again, I had to search for new software to complete one of my routine tasks. I tried google’s picasa, which works well for viewing thumbnails and finding just the photo you want, but it’s pretty worthless for editing.

I just downloaded (free!) and so far, I’m impressed. It’s easy to figure out, it loads fast, and it has lots of effects and adjustment options which I’ll explore at my leisure. So this one gets 5 stars, and you get a picture I played with. If you click on the picture, you’ll get a closer view and be able to see the amazing detail of some of God’s creation. [Confession: There's not a lot of pink in upstate New York in September, hollyhocks or otherwise. I took this in July.]

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