If I weren’t so happy with the Uniform Server, I’d start using the Bitnami stacks. Hmmm … but they are hefty, my word! Not surprising, since the complete WAMP/MAMP/LAMP infrastructure is built in.
Alternatively, you can download your infrastructure stack, and then install individual app modules on top.

I know from past experience how much can go wrong with these all-in-one stacks … so I’ll stick to what works. I have the additional convenience of running TortoiseSVN via Windows Explorer; from inside my Uniform Server www folder I can simply via right-click invoke the Tortoise menu and browse Subversion repositories, and grab any software files available. Not surprisingly, I favour apps that keep a SVN repo. 🙂

Discussing stats packages

Statistics, Anyone?

Oh yes, the ever popular search for the one stats package to bind them all … the one that will answer all your questions, and do so quickly, humbly, and prettily.
Ha. Gotcha.
There ain’t no such thing.
But: the discussion around Owen’s posting above is good and gives a snapshot of what’s around at the moment and what works (and not) for people.


I discovered Picasa only recently.
Until now (confession time), I’d never used any photo-managing software; I just couldn’t be bothered.
But Picasa is nice. It’s very intuitive, does a lot automatically (i.e. doesn’t bother me too much), and has a good feature set without overwhelming me. I might yet get my pics organised.

This is a good question: When will Picassa go online?
It would make life a lot easier.

10 + 12 Ajax Applications

OK, I haven’t looked at all of them …
Top 10 Ajax Applications
but the one that really grabbed me – that was instantly usable and useful – was: deliciousdirector.
Just follow the simple 5 How Do I Use It? steps.
This presupposes, of course, that you have a hefty volume of delicious links to thus analyse and categorise. You do, don’t you …?
Anyway – I love it 🙂 – it appeals to the librarian within me. 🙂

Almost forgot: my delicious links are here.

Review of JotSpot Live

I was about to show the JotLive – “Live, group note-taking” – service to some non-techie people … but thought better of it after reading one user’s review here.
Non-geek users are too easily put off by stuff like unpredictable behaviour etc. They tend to form their opinions after one initial experience and then never go back to try it again.