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Monday, June 29, 2015


This morning on Facebook I was greeted with this post: 

Clicking on the link could lead to disaster. It's an old trick that's been around for a while, but it never fails to catch the unwary!

Clickjacking is a malicious technique of tricking a Web user into clicking on something different from what the user perceives they are clicking on, thus potentially revealing confidential information or taking control of their computer while clicking on seemingly innocuous web pages. A clickjack takes the form of embedded code or a script that can execute without the user's knowledge, such as clicking on a button that appears to perform another function.  

What it is 
About Clickjacking on Facebook PC Magazine article

ZoneAlarm – Clickjacking on Facebook

Brain Food

    New research has found that New Zealand black currants may help keep us mentally young and agile. The study’s findings could have potential in managing the mental decline associated with aging, or helping people with brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease or depression, according to scientists at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research. Read the article
     You might also want to pay a visit to the Institute for Plant and Food Research site. The interests of the institute are based in horticulture, arable and seafood research, specifically in the areas of sustainable production, bioprotection, elite genetics & intelligent breeding, food and health science and biomaterials. 

10 Foods to Boost Your Brain Power 
Brain Food is Real 
6 Snacks that are good for the mind. Good news! Dark chocolate is on the list! 
Food Porn

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fix Scratches with WD-40

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tux Paint – Free Drawing Program for Kids

This free program is a multi-platform kid's drawing program that works on Mac OS X (10.4 through 10.9), Windows (Windows95 through Windows 8), Linux and other systems. It has a simple interface that's suitable for kids age 3 – 12. They don't need any knowledge of sizes (e.g. pixels or inches) and it saves their drawings as thumbnails so no knowledge of drawing types (bitmap, jpeg, etc.) are needed. Additionally, size and layout are kept simple. The features are actually considerable so older kids can get quite creative with brush sizes, rubber stamps, filpping, rotating, shapes, etc. Recommended. Download

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How to Butcher and Cook a Rat...PLUS...

...other fun rat facts.

     What animal can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter? What animal has teeth so sharp they can grind through cinder block, wire or even glass? If you guessed the rat, you’re right. These rodents are smart and agile. 

  • They are usually about 10 to 14 inches long, including their tails. 
  • Rats eat almost anything. They like meat, grain, seeds, fruit and vegetables. 
  • Norway rats are big and aggressive. They fight with each other and will even attack humans. Rats have sharp teeth that constantly grow. They chew on wood to keep the teeth short and sharp. 
  • Pet rats live about 3 years. 
  • Rats can have up to 20 babies at once. 
  • Rats have a good memory and sense of taste. They can recognize and remember the taste of rat poison. 
Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size. Generally, when someone discovers a large muroid rodent, its common name includes the term rat, while if it is smaller, the name includes the term mouse. The muroid family is broad and complex, and the common terms rat and mouse are not taxonomically specific.  

Rats are edible! They are available street food in some Southeast Asian countries, but rodents have fallen out of favor in most Western cuisines, relegated to mere vermin. So how would you go about cooking a rat if you'd never tried it before? Here's how... We Ate Rat Salad...Includes details on to butcher and cook a rat.

Rat Facts:
Ten Worst Cities in the World for Rats 
Rat Behavior and Biology 
Rat Management 
Equador's Rat Battle 
Rat Facts 
17 Loveable Facts About Rats

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Amazing Hippopotamus

   These mammals are herbivores with head and body dimensions ranging from 9.5 to 14 ft (2.8 to 4.2 m) and a tail from 13.75 to 19.75 inches (35 to 50 cm). Their weight ranges from 5,000 to 8,000 lbs (2,268 to 3,629 kg) and they can live up to 40 years.
    Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the "river horse." Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. Hippos are graceful in water, good swimmers, and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes. However, they are often large enough to simply walk or stand on the lake floor, or lie in the shallows. 
     Their eyes and nostrils are located high on their heads, which allows them to see and breathe while mostly submerged. Hippos also bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sunblock that may also provide protection against germs. 
     At sunset, hippopotamuses leave the water and travel overland to graze. They may travel 6 miles (10 kilometers) in a night, along single-file pathways, to consume some 80 pounds (35 kilograms) of grass. Considering their enormous size, a hippo's food intake is relatively low. If threatened on land hippos may run for the water—they can match a human's speed for short distances. Hippo calves weigh nearly 100 pounds (45 kilograms) at birth and can suckle on land or underwater by closing their ears and nostrils. Each female has only one calf every two years. Soon after birth, mother and young join schools that provide some protection against crocodiles, lions, and hyenas. 
     Hippos once had a broader distribution but now live in eastern central and southern sub-Saharan Africa, where their populations are in decline. Hippos may look like oversized harmless cows to some people, but truth be told they are one of the most dangerous beasts in Africa and kill more humans that any other animal there... They can weigh up to 9000 pounds and have teeth that are as sharp as razor blades. These beasts are vegetarians and don't eat people. The hippo is responsible for more human fatalities in Africa than any other large animal. Male hippos actively defend their territories which run along the banks of rivers and lakes. Females have also been known to get extremely aggressive if they sense anyone coming in between their babies, who stay in the water while she feeds on the shore. 
     Hippos can run at speeds of over 20 miles an hour and they have enormous jaws which host up to 20 inch canines. 

Fun Facts: 
  • The hippo's closest living relative is the whale 
  • Hippos can kill crocodiles 
  • The hippo is in danger of becoming extinct 
  • Hippos can't jump 
  • Hippopotamuses can go underwater and hold its breath for as much as half hour.
  • The huge jaws of Hippos are studded with spike-like teeth. It can bite a crocodile in half. 
  • Believe it or not but these massive mammals can also swim underwater, walk and run on the river bottom. They are capable of doing these due to their specific gravity. 
  • This is really amazing, a Hippo can sleep underwater. While sleeping, the process of surfacing and breathing is automatic, it will rise and breathe without waking. It closes its nostrils when it submerges. 
  • Most mammals mate and give birth on land. For Hippos, reproduction and childbirth both occur in water. 
  • Hippos are herbivores. They do not graze in group. Instead, each Hippo eats alone because eating is private for them. Each night, a Hippo spends 4 to 5 hours grazing and consumes 68 kg of grass. 
  • People used to think that Hippos sweat blood. A Hippo’s natural skin oil is red. It keeps the skin from cracking in the heat. 
  • Hippos are territorial in waters but not territorial on land. A bull Hippo marks its territory by spinning its tail while defecating to distribute its excrement over the greatest possible area. 
  • The Hippo is the third-largest land animal by weight. It can weigh as much as 3 tonnes. Only the Elephant and the Rhino are heavier than the Hippo. 
  • Although it is regarded as one of the largest animals in the world (only whales, elephants, and rhinos are larger – making it the world’s 4th largest) and despite having relatively short legs, a Hippo can easily outrun a human. It had been clocked at 30 km/h or 19 mph over short distances. 
  • Hippopotamuses are amongst the world’s most dangerous and aggressive creatures. They are often considered as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. They often attack human beings without any reason or apparent provocation. 
  • Female Hippos or Cows reach a maximum weight at age 25 but male Hippos or Bulls appear to continue growing throughout their lives. 
  • When a Hippo opens its mouth, it is not yawning. An open mouth signals that the Hippo feels threatened. 
  • Along with Whales, Porpoises, etc… and Dugong, Manatees, etc… Hippos are one of the few mammals that give birth under water. A baby hippo is born underwater at a weight between 25 and 45 kg and an average length of around 127 cm. 
  • A newly born Hippo must swim to the surface to take their first breath. The young often rest on its mother’s back when in water and swim underwater to suckle. 
  • This is quite bizarre, although its occurrence is very rare, when hippos become overpopulated, male Hippos will sometimes attempt to kill baby Hippos or Calves.
Man swallowed by hippo during African river mauling lives to tell the tale - New York Daily News article
African Wildlife Foundation 
Animal Danger – the Most Dangerous Animals in the World  (Note: does not include man)

Hippo Facts

Monday, June 15, 2015


    HouseCall is a free antivirus program that does an online scan for viruses. Note: HouseCall is excellent for diagnosing if you already have a virus, but it will not protect you from getting a virus. HouseCall 7.1 recognizes malware by consulting their "Smart Protection Network" in the cloud. 
     To start, you download a small launcher utility that will download the latest components. There's no installation as such, but it does is store components and scan results in your TEMP folder. You can save the launcher and use it over and over and it will download newer codes if available. A full scan will take about 40 minutes. 
     One tester did observe that the malware on his test actually prevented HouseCall from downloading all its components so it couldn't remove any of that system's malware. Normally though after the scan is finished HouseCall lists the threats it found along with their threat type and severity level and for each threat it recommends what action to take - Fix or Ignore. 
     HouseCall is not a perfect solution so why use it? It can be used as a back up if you suspect your anti-virus program may have let something slip through. Another reason: if you are one of those people who don't keep their anti-virus software up to date (NOT RECOMMENDED, but I am surprised at how many people will invest hundreds of dollars in a computer and then refuse to spend a few dollars to protect it) or who use free programs, this is a good back up just see if you do have an infection.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Advertisers Think We Are Village Idiots

    We see them all over the place and we all hate them! They are technically what is known as an advertorial...an advertisement in the form of editorial content or a legitimate news story. They have actually been around a long time because Merriam-Webster dates the origin of the word to 1946. 
      In printed publications the advertisement is usually written in the form of an objective article and designed to look like a legitimate and independent news story. In television, the advertisement is similar to a short infomercial presentation of products or services. These can either be in the form of a television commercial or as a segment on a talk show or variety show. In radio, they can take the form of a radio commercial or a discussion between the announcer and representative. 
     Advertorials differ from traditional advertisements in that they are designed to look a genuine article on a particular subject. Usually there is a disclaimer, such as the word "advertisement,” but not always. Advertorials can also be presented as an entire newspaper section inserted within a newspaper as store fliers, comics sections, and other non-editorial content. 
     A related practice is the creation of material that looks like traditional media (for instance, a newspaper or magazine) but is actually created by a company to market its products. One example is airline in-flight magazines which may feature reports about travel destinations to which the airline flies. 
    The way things are today, it's getting worse! It can be hard, especially on the Internet, to distinguish between news, serious articles and advertising. They start out with interesting or informative material but then morph into ads camouflaged as news. Google and Yahoo are rife with advertorials; to me, somehow, it seems deceptive and...immoral. You see an article that looks interesting, click on it, the story comes up on a legitimate website but when you read it, it becomes apparent that the purpose was to drive readers to an advertisement. 

The Truth About False and Deceptive Advertising-How to keep ads from getting the best of you (and your wallet)
The Art of Deceptive Advertising: Quick Review of False & Misleading Tricks Used In Advertising

The mentality of Advertisers: 

Viewers Are Morons-A common belief among film and TV executives is that everyone who watches media has the intellect of Beavis and Butt-Head. Article 
Why your readers might be dumber than you think 
Why I Think E-Ink Readers Are Dumb 
Why Smart People Are Stupid

Thursday, June 11, 2015

ABC Roster Employee Scheduling Program

Years ago my job involved trying to create an employee schedule for a 24/7 operation where I had not only full time employees but many part timers and many had limited availability. That was pre-computer days and scheduling was a nightmare. ABC Roster is a FREE, easy-to-use program that can take some of the hassle out of this task. The program's interface is fairly intuitive, with an optional wizard that can walk you through the steps of creating a schedule for the first time. 

Some of the features:
assign skill levels to each employee
set the minimum and maximum number of supervisors per shift
set parameters for the number of back-to-back shifts
hours worked per week, days off per week
...and more. 

    You can enter each employee's weekly availability and have the program automatically create the schedule. This is the best feature! Trying to do this manually can give you fits and in some cases can actually cause your head to explode! 
    You can enter each employee's pay rate and the program will calculate the anticipated weekly payroll. Plus, get this...ABC Roster lets you e-mail schedules to employees. 
    You can export the schedules to Excel, pdf and HTML documents. The program comes with a pdf Help file that includes plenty of screenshots and the program installs and uninstalls without issues. Impressive! Download from their site

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


    Blackpowder guns are another enjoyable hobby. It's not always about just shooting, but you can learn some history or, if you're a do-it-yourselfer, you can build your own. The loud noise and the big cloud of smoke...can't beat it! 
     A muzzleloader is any firearm into which the projectile and usually the propellant charge is loaded from the muzzle of the gun. The term "muzzleloader" may also apply to the marksman who specializes in the shooting of muzzleloading firearms. The term of art includes rifled muzzleloaders and smoothbore muzzleloaders. Muzzleloading can apply to anything from cannons to pistols but in modern parlance the term most commonly applies to black powder small arms similar in the main to the weapons used. It usually, but not always, involves the use of a loose propellant and projectile, as well as a separate method of ignition or priming. 
    Some muzzleloaders are also into rendezvous. During the era of the fur trade in North America, the word came to mean gathering of fur trappers and fur traders. In modern times a Rendezvous is a gathering of people who try and re-create the living conditions and life style of people living in the 1740's to 1840's. They sleep in shelters that were common at the time and cook meals over open fires, using cookware, and utensils of the era. They also dress in clothing that is period correct. 
Brown Bess

My favorite target!

1851 Navy Colt

Muzzleloader Magazine 
National Muzzleloading Rifle Association 
Old Guns 
Lyman Products – my personal favorite 
Cabela's Catalog 
Sportsman Warehouse

Getting a Pilot's License

Learning to fly is not cheap! I got my pilot's license many years ago and never regretted the money it cost even though, technically, there was never any reason I needed to fly an airplane. It was just challenging and...fun! 

Finding a Flight School 
FAA Site
How do I become a pilot? 
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 

Don't want to jump through all the hoops? Fly ultralights! 

What is an Ultralight? 
Ultralight Sport and Aviation Website - Ultralights are used mostly for sport and recreation. Therefore, since ultralight pilots are subject to fewer rules and operational systems, those who seek to fly for fun will find ultralight operation less restrictive. Ultralights, however, are not necessarily less expensive as a hobby than conventional aviation operations.

The Only Technique To Learn Something New

An article from Lifehacker, a ten step technique for learning.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Talking Tom

I was shown this site by an 8-year old nephew and I don't know why, but even though I am WAY over 8 years old, I find it amusing. Approaching second childhood perhaps?!
Talking Tom

Monday, June 8, 2015

How to Stop Smoking...in Five Days

     This world-famous Five Day Plan to Stop Smoking by J. Wayne McFarland, M.D. includes valuable hints everyone can use. I came across it on a Seventh-day Adventist church website while researching something else and thought it might be helpful for some readers. 
     It got me curious and somehow I ended up getting sidetracked from the thing I was originally searching for and got to reading about the benefits of quitting and discovered some bad things happen when you quit that I never heard anybody mention before. 
     One person observed that for about two weeks after quitting, their blood pressure actually went up. His physician said it is because every system in our body is affected by the chemicals in tobacco. So once it is out of our systems the body has to do sort of a reboot which means all sorts of things from BP to liver functions to nerve endings will be off kilter as the body begins to re-regulate itself. Also, overcoming an addiction is stressful and people get stressed out which increases blood pressure. 
     Another thing some quitters reported was shortness of breath! Your lungs are repairing themselves and the little hairs inside your lungs are growing back. This makes your chest feel itchy and stressed and makes it feel like you are not breathing properly. You may actually wake up some mornings with a tobacco taste in your mouth; this is the tar moving up and out of your lungs! For some people this problem with shortness of breath was also accompanied by an inability to cough up the gunk that had accumulated in their lungs. This is not uncommon because mucus gets trapped in the lungs and ends up blocking small airways. 
     Apparently some smokers are addicted to deep breathing aside from nicotine. Inhaling smoke is basically a form of deep breathing like yoga. When we quit we tend to not do deep breathing anymore like we were previously as a smoker. Your chest finds this change strange and the muscles in your chest spasm giving you a 'tight' feeling. 
    Stress. Anxiety can be exacerbated by quitting then your chest muscles can get tense which makes you feel like you can't breath. 
    One fellow observed that when he smoked he was mildly asthmatic and smoking actually suppressed it. When the tar and chemical sludge breaks down in your chest it can leave irritated and sore parts in your bronchial tubes that haven't felt clean air for years. So temporarily your chest may be irritated more than normal. 
    Most people reported things cleared up in a couple of weeks and a few were tempted to to return to smoking just so they would feel better.


Friday, June 5, 2015

File Shredding

     Simply deleting files on your computer, or even reformatting the hard drive does NOT erase all data stored on the drive. When you delete a file it isn't really removed from the disk. The file content remains on the disk until another file is written over it. Basically the same thing happens when you re-format a hard drive. Most of the data remains; the space on the drive is just made available to be written over. The Windows delete command only removes bits of information from files so they appear deleted in OS, but those files are easy to retrieve using specialized file recovery software. In order to remove, or shred files permanently from your system, you have to use a program that is capable of rewriting the files with random series of binary data multiple times, thus the term "shredding."
     To be really safe, you have to overwrite/erase/wipe everything. Also, the Windows swap file could contain data you wouldn't want to have fall into the wrong hands.
    A good, and easy, program that has both free space wiping and file shredding capabilities is File Shredder. It has a small download size, simple interface, and is very easy to use. Minor drawbacks are it lacks scheduling, a help file and the online help is very limited, but normally, you won't need any help. 
     File Shredder uses something called a DoD erase pattern by default, but it also has four other patterns to choose from, each one stronger than the previous one. With File Shredder you can remove files from your hard drive without fear they could be recovered. 
     File Shredder was developed by the author to shred company files but he released it free under the GNU license.  Recommended.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Magix Music Maker 2015 – More Software for Musicians

NOTE: This software is free to try (30-day trial); $49.99 to buy 

Magix Music Maker 2015 is a multi-track music production program that allows you to drag and drop songs and other files into it and record and mix high-resolution audio. The full version has 99 tracks and more than 3,000 clips and loops in a wide range of musical genres and styles, with more available online. The loops & sounds can be dragged & dropped to create new arrangements and then combined with your own vocal recordings as well as virtual or real instruments. Various professional studio effects that can be used for mixing and editing. After you're finished you can publish your songs on Facebook or SoundClound. Download direct from their Website HERE.

Musescore - Musicians Take Note!

Musescore is a FREE powerful and versatile musical notation editor. It does not have a lot of bells and whistles, but it's the best free program of its kind. It also offers a plug-in library. Highly recommended. 


Stellarium - Astronomy Software

    This amazing software is a free open source program that is great for anybody interested in stargazing. 
     It's a planetarium for your computer. It shows the sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. If you are interested in learning your way around the sky, learning constellations or how to locate planets at any given date and time of the year at any location on the earth, this is the program. 
     The download file is executable one (not zipped) and when the program is loading it will automatically detect what the video settings are on your computer are. After it's loaded you and set the display accordingly. Once the program is installed you input your location, latitude and longitude. The easiest way to do that is to go to the NASA latitude/longitude finder. You enter your city and a Google map shows up and you can then fine tune your exact location by zooming in on your house or wherever you are and it will show you the exact location to six decimal points. After you do that you can set the level of detail you want the program to display. 
     It's photo-realistic which means that if you are using the program in the day, you see is a photograph country horizon with the sun in the correct direction for the time of day. The default setting is looking south but by using the right and left arrows on the keyboard you can move around to look in other directions. There is a clock in the top left of the screen and as the sun moves across the sky, when it gets to the horizon the sky's color gradually changes until it's completely dark and then the stars start to become visible! You can even add twinkle effect if you want!  You move a set of cross hairs over an object and click on it and the program tells you what it is. A must have for anybody interested in astronomy, especially those new to the hobby. Download direct from the Website HERE.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hillbilly Blood

     Red Green...I loved that silly tv program!! I was sad when “Red” retired, but fortunately there is another show that is almost as silly and equally entertaining...Hillbilly Blood A Hardscrabble Life which airs Saturday nights at 9:00pm EST on Destination America. 
     It stars Eugene Runkis and Spencer “Two-Dogs” Boljack and features “Appalachiangineering.” The show is set in Cold Mountain, North Carolina, but there really isn't such a place. It is actually filmed in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. Cold Mountain is taken from the title of an award winning book and an Academy Award winning film about a wounded deserter from the Confederate army close to the end of the American Civil War who is on his way to return to the love of his life. The movie was  filmed in Romania...go figure! 
    Eugene is a real guy who lives in Bryson City, North Carolina and his partner Spencer is also a real guy and a former middle school teacher who lives in Canton, North Carolina.  Both men are outdoor survival specialists. Spencer is a martial arts devotee and operates an outdoor wilderness school called Land of the Sky Wilderness, LLC, and his summer course gives students the opportunity to “track, build, sail, hike, camp, pack” over a five-day session, according to the school’s website. He also operates a martial arts studio, teaching a variety of styles and techniques including Ninjutsu, Tang Soo Do and Integrated Martial Arts (IMA). Eugene runs a survivor school, too.
     Of course the producers do manipulate things in order to keep it interesting, but if you ever wanted to know how to build a wind turbine from scratch to charge car batteries, catch rattlesnakes, build a lake houseboat out of an old camper and have it propelled by a discarded chainsaw engine, build a homemade log splitter or move a nest of bees that have set up home in your old pickup truck by building a smoker and a bee-proof suit, or a hundred other practical things all out of junk lying around in your back yard, this is the show that will teach you how. Love it!!
     Here's some handy information for you... 


The Willow Curve

    I've been seeing a lot of ads on tv lately for a contraption called the Willow Curve. The ads use a lot of techno-babble and buzzwords, but what it boils down to is that the gadget seems to use sensors something like what you see in fitness trackers and smart watches that measure blood flow in the painful area and then uses light and heat therapy to improve blood flow to the area. But, does it REALLY relieve joint pain?
      Their advertisements on tv with spokesman, a former game show host, Chuck Woolery says so and their website has testimonials from people saying it works. Of course I have yet to see any website testimonials that say the product is a piece of crap.
      The device is similar to technology used in doctors’ offices and, unless you have good insurance, at $600, it's cheaper than surgery. Their site says it's been used to treat a number of conditions in hospitals and clinics nationwide, as well as by the Navy SEALS and professional athletes. Many users experience relief and improved range of motion from the first use, but the Curve is safe to use multiple times per day if needed, depending on your level of pain. Just a passing thought, did the Navy SEALS have to use it because they got injured using that Perfect Ab Carver Pro, supposedly invented by a SEAL, you see advertised on tv?
      The website says it's good for pain management without medication, increased circulation, reduced stiffness and there are no side effects. The Better Business Bureau reports no complaints as of February 2015 indicating that customers who wanted refunds were given them in a timely manner.
      There are two independent studies from the University of Toledo that verify it provides measurable pain relief for some patients while, like ALL customer reviews, is a mixed bag; some customers say it works, some say it doesn't.
      While I could NOT find anything fully debunking the device and it sounds like it belongs in the same class as some of the stuff you can find on the Museum of Quackery site, before spending $600 the best thing to do first is spend $25 to $35 for a heating pad and some over the counter pain relievers. If that doesn't work, see a doctor. If the doctor can't help or he wants more than $600, THEN spring for the device...maybe.

Monday, June 1, 2015


     CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs as well as a multilanguage interface. You can rip content from CDs. It does not include adware or similar malicious components. FREE
     The program supports burning data on:
Blu-ray Disc HD DVD 

WAV, MP3, MP2, FLAC, Windows Media Audio, AIFF, BWF,Opus, and Ogg Vorbis in the Red Book format.  ISO images can be burnt and created. It can burn UDF and/or ISO-9660 formats.
   Bootable data discs are supported as well. It has a good online Help feature so it's possible for even inexperienced users to take advantage of all the programs features provided they are willing to take the time to review the material
   One disadvantage is that the interface is not especially intuitive which makes it somewhat overwhelming to inexperienced users but once you learn your way around with the help of the Help files, you'll be able to easily use all of its features. It's a powerful program for anyone who wants to burn media from a Windows computer to a disk. It doesn't have a lot of sophisticated features but what it DOES have are the main tools. Bottom line: worth the effort to download and spend some time learning if you want to burn CDs.