Saturday, June 30, 2007

Put a Label Cloud in Your Blogger Blogs

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Label clouds are cool-looking. If you agree, and you have a Blogger blog or two, and you have a regular label list, I can point you in the right direction. Here you will find all the code and very clear instructions that actually work. At least they did for me. Here you go.

Blogger Tag Cloud Setup and Configuration


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Visual Computer Tutorials Free at inpics.net

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Text is great, but text and pictures together is better. For learning, that is. This web site offers free tutorials on MS Office applications, web layout applications, and more, all with pictures, and all free.

inpictures

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Score a Free Seal for your Web Site

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Check out the Official Seal Generator at Says-It.com, where you can create your own seal, with your choice of colors, shape, graphic and of course, text. Get yours today!

Official Seal Generator

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MapJack: More Fun Than Google Street View



You've probably heard a lot lately about Google Street View, the privacy issues people have complained about, and so on. Now, MapJack beta has even more sharply-focused views and a cooler interface to boot.

The beta only covers San Francisco at this point, but when they spread out the site promises to be ultra cool and useful. Each street has a series of blue dots that represent points of view. By clicking on any one of them, the top half of the screen takes you there. You can even change the direction you're facing, since you can see an avatar-representation of yourself and where you're looking from.

MapJack

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Zude: A Powerful New 5g Web App

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You know me, I have to try whatever looks like a great new thing. I found another one at Read/WriteWeb called Zude.
The Beta testing trail took us to an interesting new private beta site called Zude. This app is deploying cross domain drag-and-drop technology to allow users to create a unique Web presence. This development is like a 2015 version of Netvibes, or Pageflakes on steroids. 5g’s technology has enabled perhaps the most powerful personal expression platform I have tested. Users do not need any technical skill to essentially drag and drop their entire Web experience onto the Zude platform. The platform also incorporates an advanced tool set, nimble enough for experienced coders to fine tune their creations.
Note: R/WW has a link and access code provided by Zude for you to try it at the end of their article.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thoof Now Open to Everyone



Thoof is a social news site that launched quietly two weeks ago by private invitation, but it's now in public beta for everyone who wants to try it.

Thoof personalizes your news by looking at the kinds of stories you read and feeding you more of the same types of stories. Users submit stories as a link to the news item and other users will see the stories if Thoof thinks they will like them.

Thoof

Via TechCrunch

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Keep Track of Your Firefox Add-Ons with InfoLister



Scenario: Your Firefox installation becomes corrupted. It happens. You have to delete everything, including your profile, in order to reinstall and get it working again. Now, try to remember which extensions and themes you had so you can reinstall them. That won't happen. Unless you have InfoLister!

InfoLister is a Firefox extension that allows you to create a list of all your add-ons and save the list as a backup. So when you face the situation I described above, no worries. You're all set.

InfoLister

Via Learn Firefox

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Google Revamps Docs and Spreadsheets

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I like it when things keep getting better. Google is serious about making their stuff better, and this seriousness is showcased in their improvements to Google Docs & Spreadsheets.

They've spruced up the interface with a slick new look, new icons, and a nice at-a-glance hierarchical view of your documents. But some changes are more than cosmetic. It's out with labels and in with folders, allowing drag-and-drop of documents to several different folders. Also, searching for specific documents has been made more efficient by showing matching results as you type. All in all, a nice set of improvements.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Add Power to IE7 with IE7Pro



This is the way to power-up Internet Explorer, take it to the next level, and several other cliches. Seriously though, there is tons of functionality here and it's a breeze to use.
IE7Pro is a must have add-on for Internet Explorer, which includes a lot of features and tweaks to make your IE friendlier, more useful, secure and customizable. IE7Pro includes Tabbed Browsing Management, Spell Check, Inline Search, Super Drag Drop, Crash Recovery, Proxy Switcher, Mouse Gesture, Tab History Browser, Web Accelerator, User Agent Switcher, Webpage Capturer, AD Blocker, Flash Block, Greasemonkey like User Scripts platform, User Plug-ins and many more power packed features. You can customize not just Internet Explorer, but even your favorite website according to your need and taste using IE7Pro.
Get IE7Pro

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Monday, June 25, 2007

Total Sync with Plaxo 3.0



Back when the earth was young I tried Plaxo, but it didn't seem to offer more than any other online calendar service, so I dropped it. Things have changed! Plaxo 3.0 is newly minted and it has some great features, not the least of which is its ability to sync with other calendar and contact services.

On first registering with Plaxo you can set it up to sync with Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, and more. Other members of Plaxo will have their latest contact info sent to your Plaxo contacts so you'll be up to date. Plaxo offers mobile access with its free package, which is nice. The interface has improved a lot, too. Check it out and see if it looks as good as I've said.

Plaxo 3.0

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Vista Icons Without Vista



Try this for switching to Vista icons without switching to Vista or using the Vista Customization Pack: IconTweak.

It's a simple and free process to get Vista icons without using the big customization pack. Here's what you do:
  1. Get Icon Tweaker.
  2. Once Icon Tweaker is installed, dowload the Vista Icon Pack.
  3. Extract the icon theme and double click on it to install.
  4. Once installed, select the Vista icon theme in Icon Tweaker and click on Load Theme.
  5. Click OK and enjoy!
Additionally, try the Ubuntu and OSX icon themes.

Via PC Tips Box

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Enter a Netvibes Universe!



Another great reason to sign up for Netvibes has come along. Netvibes announces the publication and availability of more than 500 universes.

Netvibes universes are specialized pages that provide themed content for brands, media, artists, non-profits, and more.

With Netvibes Universes, you can:
  • Keep tabs on your favorite musicians like Beyoncé, Gnarls Barkley and Jamiroquai.
  • Read the latest news from leading media outlets like the Wired, PC World, Les Echos and El Pais.
  • Check out the cool widgets from top web services like Shopping.com and Zoho on their Universes.
  • We've also revamped the Universes section of the Netvibes ecosystem complete with colorful thumbnails and a flashy new slideshow. In addition, you can now find Universes more easily via categories.
Once you have a Netvibes account you can set up a page for your favorite feeds. For example, you could click on the button below to add the feed from this blog.

Add to Netvibes

Try Netvibes universes here.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Spock: A Search Engine to Watch



As more and more people join social networks and otherwise acquire online identities, search engines like Spoke will grow in effectiveness. Spock searches through sites like MySpace and Friendster and other general sites and tells you the results. Spock is in closed beta but I was able to get an invitation to join without any trouble.

Spock

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Slick Online OS: Glide



Online operating systems, or webOSs, may be still trying to find a raison d’être, but they are getting slicker. Take Glide, for example.

Glide not only looks nice, but has a couple of special features to boot. It has a Sync feature that syncs with your desktop, and a mobile login for access from your mobile phone or PDA. Give it a try.

Glide

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

How Do You Find Web Apps? SimpleSpark



As cool and useful web apps multiply like furry rodents, how is a guy or girl to keep up with what's available? It's a truly impossible task and getting impossibler. But now we have some great help. Check out SimpleSpark.

This site aims to be the "the place to find and share a new world of web applications." Sounds promising! Claiming to be up to 3,000 applications in their catalog, they are growing fast. This could well be a major boon to my productivity on the Internet.

SimpleSpark

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Wordpress Motherlode: Weblog Tools Collection



One of the reasons why Wordpress is such a popular blogging platform is the overabundance of customizations and plugins that are available as well as the new ones being added every day. Four of my blogs use the Blogger platform, but two are Wordpress.

For Wordpress users there are many sites where you can find themes and plugins, some better than others. One of the best I've seen is Weblog Tools Collection. I like it particularly well because of the constant additions and updates, with fresh new stuff to try every day. Check it out and see what I'm talking about.

Weblog Tools Collection

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Backup Firefox and Thunderbird: MozBackup


You have spent a lot of time, I mean a lot of time, getting your Firefox and Thunderbird to work the way you want them to. Months, perhaps years, of painstaking effort, adding an account here, a bookmark there. And all those precious emails! Losing all of it would be a disaster, right? That is precisely why you need to create backups, and why MozBackup is the way to do it.

Of course, you could do it manually, but MoxBackup makes the job as simple and easy as it could be.
MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles.

It allows you to backup and restore bookmarks, mail, contacts, history, extensions, cache etc. It's an easy way to do Firefox backup, Thunderbird backup ...

Now, if your Firefox or Thunderbird installations crash or become corrupted, no worries!

MozBackup

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

News Junkies Can OD Here! POPURLS



For those who want or need to keep up with the very latest news, gossip, buzz, et cetera coming across the bow, this site is what you have been dreaming about. PopURLs brings together in one place the latest buzz from digg, del.icio.us, reddit, newsvine, metafilter, tailrank, news.google, news.yahoo, netscape, wired, slashdot, boingboing, fark, nowpublic, stumbleupon, furl, clipmarks, dzone, and multimedia from youtube, flickr, ifilm and...do I need to go on?

The site is easily customizable and well put together. Be careful though, no one knows the long-term effects of getting this much news this fast.

POPURLS

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Show Who Links to Your Site: WhoLinked



If you've got a great web site or blog and have lots of other sites linking to you, you'll want to show off a little. Now you can add a WhoLinked list in your sidebar.

WhoLinked gives you the code to add to your web site, Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, MoveableType and others.

WhoLinked

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

uLinkx: Video Searches Across Multiple Sites



Tired of searching for videos one site at a time? Now you can search across multiple sites like YouTube, MySpace, Google, Yahoo, MetaCafe and more!

Of course you can do more than search at uLinkx. You can save your favorite videos, too. Not only that, you can also socialize. And best of all, you can earn money as people view your playlists. What more could anyone ask for?

uLinks

Via Lifehacker

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Democracy Player: Set to Topple TV?



The Democracy Player is an idea whose time has plainly come.
Democracy Player, set to be called Miro Player with its next release, is an open-source video player that works for almost every type of video file. With an interface similar to iTunes, it also has a channel guide where you can set up automatic downloads of your favorite Web shows, from "Ask a Ninja" to National Geographic Wild.
Here's what CNet says about it:
The concept is brilliant, yet simple: create a video player that can subscribe to and download video podcasts while comprehensively managing your saved videos. On the face of it, this might sound like iTunes, but DP's sharing component is an essential aspect of the program. DP has always been geared toward video and it shows in the program's design. When you launch the app, a left sidebar hosts a folder tree for managing your videos. The central pane does double duty for viewing vids and searching for new ones. The bottom hosts a search box for parsing through Google, YouTube, Yahoo, and others, a video control panel, and a volume control.

Features include full torrent support, so you can download and view torrents in the same app; folder watching to manage only the hard drive folders you specify for new videos; resumable playback; channel surfing, which organizes video feeds by topic; video sharing and hosting; and assistance in creating videos.

Soon to be renamed Mira, the latest update to DP is essentially Release Candidate 1 and it performs and behaves as such, behaving pretty darn close to a fully functional player.
I installed it with no trouble and it does have a sweet look and feel. I then played a video from GeekBrief.TV, a wrap up of Steve Jobs' keynote speech at WWDC. Worked beautifully. This may be a killer app for real.

Democracy Player

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AbiWord: A Free Alternative



If you are a bit leery about shelling out big bucks for MS Word or another commercial word processor, you might be glad you gave AbiWord a try.


Besides the cute name and the powerful features, AbiWord boasts interoperability between OSs.
AbiWord is unique among word processors in its drive to become a fully cross-platform word processor. Our source code is carefully written so that AbiWord will run on virtually any operating system with a minimum of time spent on porting. This combined with our support for internationalization (the ability to run AbiWord in many languages) gives AbiWord a massive potential user-base.
Go ahead. You know you want to.

AbiWord

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Powerful Web OS: AjaxWindows



There are several web-based operating systems out there, none of which has proven its killer-app qualities as yet. A new entrant into the web OS marketplace is AjaxWindows. This one feels more like an actual OS and takes just a bit of time to set up. Check it out and see if it's a fit for your itinerant habits.

AjaxWindows


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Friday, June 15, 2007

Sync iTunes with MP3 Players!



This Windows download will sync and transfer your iTunes music to non-iPod music players. iTunes Sync bridges the gap between iTunes and the non-Apple world of MP3 players.
Do you have iTunes? Do you have an iPod? I guess you don’t have an iPod, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading this. I have iTunes, I don’t have an iPod, but I wanted to be able to sync my MP3 player with iTunes, regardless of what brand it was… and so iTunes Sync was born. In just a few easy steps you can synchronize any iTunes playlist with any MP3 player that shows up as a drive letter in Windows (pretty much all of them do). It’s as simple as 3 easy steps:
  • Setup a playlist in iTunes that you want to sync to your MP3 player
  • Configure your MP3 player in iTunes Sync by giving it a name, selecting an “identification file or folder” and selecting a playlist from iTunes
  • Now just click Synchronize and watch the magic happen!

You can configure as many different MP3 players as you need and synchronize each one with the different iTunes’ playlists. Amazing! Magic! Technology!

iTunes Sync

Via Lifehacker

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Scrolling iPhone-Like Contacts for Windows Mobile: iContact

If you happen to be a Windows Mobile user, and like the look of the Apple iPhone, and do not want to plunk down hundreds of dollars (you cheap bastard), you can check out iContact, which gives you a scrolling contact manager. Watch the short video to see how it works.



iContact

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NuonSoft ShellEnhancer Empowers Windows



Add functionality to your Windows desktop with NuonSoft ShellEnhancer.

  • ShellEnhancer is an application designed to enhance the default shell of Windows and to make your life easier.
  • ShellEnhancer includes two types of taskswitcher (Enhanced TaskSwitcher and Mosaic TaskSwitcher) which you can use to replace the default Windows Alt+Tab taskswitcher. The Enhanced TaskSwitcher supports live previews.
  • ShellEnhancer allows you to make your own tasks. Tasks consist of a number of commands which get executed one after the other. Available commands include: insert text, send keystroke, manipulate windows, run program, start screensaver, lock workstation and many others.
  • Tasks can be executed with hotkeys, mouse gestures or screen corners. An On Screen Display (OSD) can be shown when a task is run.
  • With X-Window style moving and resizing you don't have to move your mouse to a corner of a window to move or resize it.
  • Other features include: rolling up windows, making any window transparent, always on top, keep focus, ... This can also be automated with the Auto Managed Windows feature.
ShellEnhancer

Via Lifehacker

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Firefox Memory Usage: See it with StatusbarEx



Firefox can sometimes leak memory like a sieve, using up to 200-plus megs on my machine. I still love Firefox, but when it misbehaves I have to restart it.

Used to be I'd just notice a general slowdown in my computer's operations and have to punch up my task manager to see what was going on. Sure enough, Firefox, and sometimes Flock, was spiraling out of memory control. Restarting would get them back in harness.

So a nice timesaver would let me see what Firefox is doing with my available memory, and what's the haps with my computer's memory generally. StatusbarEx does exactly that. A neat little Firefox extension, it shows me Firefox memory usage, general memory usage, and network speed, all on my Firefox status bar.

StatusbarEx

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Today's Freebie: ConceptDraw Project 3 (normally $199.00!)




Today is a great day, because
Giveaway-of-the-Day is giving away a $199.00 application: ConceptDraw Project 3.

Anyone who manages projects will find this application tremendously useful.
ConceptDraw Project 3 is a unique program, designed to help successfully plan and keep track of any number of projects simultaneously. Working in business means there's often a need to work on several projects at the same time, each with a different focus and limited resources. With the help of ConceptDraw Project 3 it's easy to manage the resources being shared by different projects, as well as create linkages between them. Various projects are managed from a single workspace, giving the freedom to plan effectively, no matter how complex or large scale a project’s needs are.
Remember, this program is free only for today, so you should get there pronto.

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Giveaway of the Day: ConceptDraw Project 3

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