Three Neat Links

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Just thought I’d share a few neat links to some highly underrated web apps that make computer/tech things a little bit easier.

Ninite.com Easy PC Setup

This one is particularly useful for people who switch between several PCs (or are somewhat nomadic in their PC habits): it lets you select among a few dozen regular Windows apps (browsers, media players, IM clients, file sharing apps, security software, browser plugins, etc.), and batch-install them all without having to download multiple installers, uncheck all the stupid newsletter signups/toolbar installs, and so on.

Ninite.com's custom install service.

Goodbye bloatware.

Between Ninite.com and my Google Apps habit, I can make pretty much any PC be just as usable as my main work computer in a matter of minutes. Pretty cool–and good for less tech-savvy folk who want the apps but might not be savvy enough to say no to a few toolbars.

Intel.com AppUp Center (beta)

Intel’s AppUp center basically feels like an App Store for netbooks–which makes sense, because the spec variation between netbooks from different manufacturers isn’t nearly as great as that of any other PC category. Granted, I generally prefer using Web apps over installed apps whenever possible (mostly due to that nomadic PC habit I mentioned earlier) but I think it’s a nice way to make the conventional app-getting process more accessible and user-friendly–something which Apple did so well for the iPhone and iPod Touch. A clean, easily usable library of apps designed and vetted for your netbook is a good idea.

Intel's AppUp Netbook App Store.

You mean netbooks can do more than check email? My mind is blown.

Too bad the Atom processor sucks.

Measy.com

Measy.com is probably going to put me out of a job one day, but until it does, I’m still going to recommend it. Basically, it automates the annoying process of gadget-recommendation: you know, what your friends and family do when they realize that you know a lot about “computers and tech and stuff”. If they say, “Hey, I’m thinking about buying a digital camera…” you can save yourself the impending painful conversation (and gadget research) while preserving your relationship by referring them to Measy.com. Rather than start with the specs, Measy asks you a series of questions about your desired budget, uses, features, etc. and picks the gadget it thinks would fit you best.

Measy's personal shopping service.

All the annoying questions you've ever been asked, answered via automated form.

Of course, a discriminating gadgethead will probably want to do the research themselves, but for your not-so-informed (or picky) friends, Measy.com is a good place to start.

-patrick miller

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