Enough of the dire warnings for now. If you want dire warnings, have a look at the preceding columns. Today is just for fun.
Colourize your folders
A faithful reader, sent along a link to a program that lets you change the colour of your Windows folder icons. Why would you want to do that? Well, colour-coded folders make it much easier to find the folder you’re looking for, and they just plain brighten up Windows. Folder Colorizer from Softorino is available here: http://softorino.com/products/. The program is free, but requires that you provide your email address in order to activate it. It’s not clear to me who gets that email address or for what purpose. I stopped the installation before it completed when I found an ad for CleanMyPC with a check in the “Try CleanMyPC for free” box.
Instead, I’m sticking with a program called Rainbow Folders which I have been using since the old Windows 98 days. The current version works on everything from XP to Windows 7. (I have not tested it on Windows 8, and neither, apparently, has the developer.)
Rainbow Folders makes it easy for you to change the colour and even the style of your folder icons. Rainbow Folders is available at the developer’s website, here: http://www.rainbowfolders.aionel.net/. There is no charge for the program, but the developer collects postcards (real ones!) and asks that you send a postcard if you enjoy using the program. I love that.
Manage your e-books and your e-book reader
Calibre is an incredible program. It is free and open source, and it manages your e-book library, converts your e-books to many different formats, and syncs your collection to a ridiculous number of different e-book readers. But wait, there’s more. It’s also an e-book viewer on its own, it will go find magazine content from all over the world, download it, and then reformat it for your dedicated e-book reading device.
We’re just scratching the surface here. Visit the Calibre website: http://calibre-ebook.com/ and have a look at what this program can do. There’s a video that shows you a lot of its power here: http://calibre-ebook.com/.
Use a special font for someone special
Thursday is Valentine’s Day. Are you making a special Valentine’s card for someone special? How about a Valentine’s Day font for that card?
A good, safe source for fonts is dafont.com. Here’s a link to the Valentine’s Day collection: http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=801. Fontspace also sports an impressive Valentine’s Day collection. There is some duplication of fonts on the sites, but you might find one site easier to navigate than the other. Most of the fonts on both sites are free for personal use, but please be sure to check the license and be sure to download only the fonts --- no “extra” programs, toolbars, or other unexpected stuff.
If you need help with downloading and installing fonts, have a look at this older column: http://rlis.com/columns/column340.htm. There’s also a tip there on how you can see what all of your fonts look like.
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