While I certainly like to rant, one shouldn’t forget about the more sunny side of life (unless you want to go berserk). So here are some random positive things:

Some songs which I like:

A funny image from [a friend](http://vtopan.wordpress.com): [![1940](http://lh3.ggpht.com/_hrvCBhtWhJ4/SuFhdS8Uo7I/AAAAAAAAB-M/7C_-IVmU1Q8/1940_thumb%5B3%5D.jpg?imgmax=800 “1940”)](http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hrvCBhtWhJ4/SuFhcyGYsmI/AAAAAAAAB-I/mLj5AzpNFRg/s1600-h/1940%5B5%5D.jpg) A couple of great freeware programs for the Windows platform: - [CDBurnerXP](http://cdburnerxp.se/) – does everything Nero does, for free! - [DVD Flick](http://www.dvdflick.net/) – while from the technical standpoint it is “just a wrapper” over FFMpeg and similar tools, it does a great job – you can create your DVD in a couple of steps - [foobar2000](http://www.foobar2000.org/) – a great little MP3 player, especially for those of us who liked the old Winamp, before it tried to do everything. At it can also do batch transcoding! - [IrfanView](http://www.irfanview.com/) – *the* free image viewer / converter! - [7-zip](http://www.7-zip.org/) – open source WinRar. Supports a lot of formats - [Far Manager Open Source](http://www.farmanager.com/download.php?l=en) – a great native win32 file manager with a retro look - [BB FlashBack Express](http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/bbflashbackexpress/home.aspx) – a free screen capture software which works great - [VideoLan](http://www.videolan.org/) (or [VLC](http://www.videolan.org/) as it is better know) – the *simple* solution to play all your media, without having to install tones of codecs. If it would have a little better playlist management, I would use it as my primary media-player A great quote: “the difference between communism and capitalism is that in first men exploit other men, and in the second it is the other way around”. Found it via [this New York Times blog](http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/), written by the authors of [Freakonomics](http://hype-free.blogspot.com/2009/08/freakonomics-review.html) (and now the sequel []()[“\>’\>Superfreakonomics](“http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060889578?ie=UTF8&tag=hypefree-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0060889578”)). It is a great blog, worth the read. Where elsewhere do you find [a rigorous analysis of the logic in newspaper comics](http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/freakonomics-quiz-doonesbury-logic/)? So there you have it, have a great day! An maybe listen to some [french striptease songs](http://vtopan.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/top-ten-striptease-songs/) :-) (just a little SEO for a friend ;-))