Alternatives to Windows 8 Auxiliary Software – part 2

Last we, I published Alternatives to Windows 8 Auxiliary Software – part 1 Part 1.  Now let’s cover part 2.

Christmas Greetings

I like this video and shared it in part 1.  Let’s see it again in part 2.

Spiderman 700

Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man ...
Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2 (2004). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I mentioned last week that Marvel Comics Spiderman 700 is controversial.  Just Google “Doctor Octopus Superior Spiderman”.  You’ll find out what happens online.  Someone leaked the ending. Yet my local comic retailer did tell me the rumors are 100% true.

Suppose they are correct.  Doctor Octopus has been inhabiting Peter Parker‘s body – at least it has Doc’s brain waves.  We find Peter’s brain waves  trapped in a dying Doc Ock body.  What does Peter do?  He gets some old villains to break him out.  Then he tried to reverse things – within 700 minutes (about 11.67 hours).  But  Doc has traps, measures and counter measures in place. Here’s my objections:

  • What does psychology and psychiatry say about different personalities inhabiting a body? Isn’t the personality of Otto Gunther Octavius radically different from that of Peter Parker?  Just look at any book on personality disorders (i.e. The Three Faces of Eve).
  • Would a leopard suddenly change it’s spots?  Why should Doc Ock become “good” just because he can be Spiderman? Otto was doing bad things all though issue 700 and prior issues
  • How would Otto as Peter Parker shield himself from scientific, telepathic and mystic/magical probes?
  • What would I do if I were Peter?  I know that Doc Ock has many contingency plans. Remember the old saying – the enemy of my enemy is my friend?  Why didn’t Peter just contact his enemy the Jackal?  Then he could just transfer his brain waves into a clone?  Then he could work with the Jackal to defect Doctor Octopus.  After all, the Jackal is also brilliant. I’m sure the Jackal would help – for a price. This would also allow Peter time to defeat both enemies. Why didn’t Peter think of that?

Frankenstein is now a hero in the DC Comics world (DC gives the creation the same name as the creator). Suppose Bruce Wayne decided to retire as Batman.  He wants to focus on business and humanitarian endeavors.  He asks Frankenstein to take over the Batman mantel, while he finances everything.

Would the old Batman audience be happy?  Can the old Spiderman audience be happy with rumors of leaked endings – if true? One could argue that the composite knowledge and intellect of Otto and Peter is one smart dude.

A Windows video player

English: VLC icon
English: VLC icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The VLC media player from VideoLAN is great!  I’ve  purchased two video academic lecture series for around thirty-five dollars each.  Great stuff from the Teaching Company – normally around two hundred dollars.   But I’m not watching them on Windows media player.  The VLC player is open source and free.

Nor do I really need RealPlayer or QuickTime players.  If you download the file from FileHippo, you can get the 64 bit version.  I have run the 64 bit version without issue.

Mail Client

Windows has it’s own mail client called Windows Live Mail.  But I prefer Mozilla Thunderbird.  It’s the same group that brings you the browser FireFox.  But it won’t work with Yahoo mail accounts – unless you pay Yahoo a yearly toll.  Please use the VMWare mail client instead.

Microsoft Office

I really don’t know why anyone would pay for this product.  It’s good!  But can’t you get the same functionality from Google Docs, Open Office or Libre Office for free?  And in some of these products, you can convert the documents to a Microsoft Office format – and vice versa!


VLC-streaming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IE is really not a bad browser.  But I think FireFox and Google Chrome are as good – if not better!  I know FireFox goes through a regular and frequent upgrade cycle.

Windows Utilities

I would recommend using the free versions of these utilities:

  • Ccleaner – Optimization and Cleaning
  • Defraggler – Disk Defragmentation
  • Recuva – File Recovery
  • Speccy – System Information

Academic and business blog posts

Here are some blog posts I recommend from academic and business acquaintances of mine

  • 9 historical facts kids find fascinating Blog Post
  • 10 tips for helping your child get to sleep Blog Post
  • How to keep kids cold-free this winter Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with the best self-help advice Blog Post
  • How to know if your nanny needs a break from the kids Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with the best holiday decorating ideas Blog Post
  • Important information for nannies to know about lactose intolerance Blog Post
  • 10 iPhone apps for quick and easy meal ideas Blog Post
  • 10 signs that your nanny may be suffering from depressionBlog Post
  • 5 gifts employers can give nannies for the holidays Blog Post
  • 10 tips on child passenger safety Blog Post
  • Pop quiz: hidden household hazards Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with tips on preventing injuries at home Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with the best holiday drink recipes Blog Post
  • 5 practical ideas for de-stressing the holidaysBlog Post
  • Holiday gift guide for toddlers (1-3 years) Blog Post
  • 10 ways to establish how much to pay a nanny Blog Post
  • Teaching kids how to cook Blog Post
  • How to handle when your nanny gets pregnant Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with tips for winterizing your car Blog Post
  • 10 rules for safe outdoor play this winter Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with winning Christmas desserts Blog Post
  • 10 new year’s activities for kids Blog Post
  • 10 ways to prepare kids for international travel Blog Post
  • 10 things you should do before your first nanny job Blog Post
  • 10 iPhone apps for tracking holiday expenses Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with great info on emergency preparedness Blog Post
  • 10 reasons a college student might be just the nanny you’re looking for Blog Post
  • 30 blogs featuring bridal hairstyle ideas Blog Post
  • The importance of professional development for nannies Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with family themed volunteer ideas Blog Post
  • 30 blogs to get you upcycling Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with tips on saving money at the grocery store Blog Post
  • Is green the color of your Christmas this year? Blog Post
  • How to talk to kids about natural disasters Blog Post
  • 30 blogs with the best pasta recipes Blog Post


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