Software

MyCorkboard, screensaver, pictures, pets

software/mycorkboard.jpgWhen you think of a corkboard, does a picture of a dark brown rather drab pin-up board come to mind? That may be the starting point for MyCorkboard but is definitely not the stopping point. This shareware program takes that drab board and enhances it to the enth degree on our computer screen with color, useful features, and fun.

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Donkey Konga

software/donkeykonga.jpgThe other day I sat down with my four-year-old grandson to try out a Nintendo Game Cube game call Donkey Konga. Of course Donkey Kong is the main character of the game and his friends Diddy Kong and Cranky Kong make special appearances. It seems that Donkey and Diddy found a mysterious pair of barrels in the forest and realized they could be used as bongo drums. In Donkey Konga, you get to play the bongos. A DK Bongos Controller, which looks like a pair of bongo drums, is included with every game.

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Turbo Tax Deluxe 2003

software/turbotax 2003.gifLast year I could not recommend TurboTax because of an errant activation process. This year the activation is completely gone and I commend Intuit for a program that is both user-friendly and effective. Many companies feel that when they announce a new version of their product they must add new features. This often results in a bloated program that few can understand. Intuit controlled the urge to add new features and instead honed their program with subtle changes that improved upon a solid base.

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Turbo Tax, TaxCut 2002

software/turbotax-tax cut 2002.jpgIn the last few years, two software products have become the top dogs of tax preparation programs. Intuit’s TurboTax and H&R Block’s TaxCut have, up to this year, competed neck in neck for the top spot. Last year, my vote went for Intuit’s TurboTax, but this year I am leaning toward TaxCut.

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Streets & Trips 2005

software/streets trips2005.jpgMicrosoft has outdone themselves with this 2005 program. Streets & Trips has always been a good mapping program, but the addition of a GPS system makes this year’s entry even better.

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