Essentials to make Windows almost bareable

Okay, so I hate working in Windows, but on my employer’s equipment at least, I must live with it. After having had this machine replaced twice (faulty Dell hardware) and rebuilt more times than I can remember (Windows BSODs), for a total of at least 3 system migrations this past year, I thought I’d better keep a list of what free software to install on top of Windows, and what adjustments to make, so that at least I don’t feel like I’m wearing a straight jacket. Here goes:

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?? New template doesn’t work ??

New del.icio.us rolls do not appear at right-hand side of this site, even though they did in Preview? Strange. Maybe it’s a blogger glitch? See what happens in a few days, I suppose…

UPDATE: 2006-03-20 12:45 — Not a glitch. Strange behaviour when I commented the del.icio.us block in the template. It seems that the comment block wasn’t terminated? Odd. Fixed by removing my comments. This is sub-optimal, but works at least.

Organising my bookmarks

I’ve added the new “tag roll” and “link roll” to the right in this blog’s template. Looks great, but examining my tags reveals I’m a bit disorganised, huh?

That’s nothing, you should check out my tags in Flickr. Definitely could do with some improvement there.

Tags are a great idea. The trouble is, I’m uncertain how best to use them. That is, what are the best tag words to attach to a link or photo so that I can find the right one again? How can I best group my del.icio.us tags into Bundles to facilitate research? Should I even try?

I guess only experience will help. So I’ll keep persevering :-). Also, since tags are social, looking at how other people have tagged their stuff could be instructive too.