Would you like to download some software to process slides on an Epson scanner? Check out my download page I am planning to put some more of my software there in the near future.
At work I am applying pattern recognition algorithms to solve space problems. The specifics of those may not be of interest to many people, but in order to support that I put a great deal of effort into our development environment. Our productivity with these tools is a lot greater than that of most software development groups. If you aren't developing software, just using computers, much of what I say about our computing environment could still be of interest.