Monday, April 30, 2007

Quick Tip: Open Several Start Pages in Firefox

If you regularly read from several different web sites whenever you open Firefox, did you know that you can set it to open more than one page whenever it starts? I typically use five different sites, opening four of them manually after Firefox opens with the start page. Now I can open Firefox to all five. A real time saver.

Simply enter all of your start pages into the General area of the options dialogue, with the pipe symbol between them. Nothing to it.



(Via Hackszine)

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Keep All Your Photos Synched the Easy Way

This download will appeal to lots of you. Sharpcast is an online and offline photo organizer that automatically keeps both in sync. No need to upload, no need to remember to back up, Sharpcast does all that for you.
  • Your photos in sync across multiple
  • PCs and the web
  • Peace of mind with automatic backup
  • Share and chat about original photos
  • among a group of friends


Click on the graphic above to get it!

(Via TechnoBuzz)

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

For Newsletter Lovers: Letterpop

What are newsletter lovers? People who carry on an affair through newsletters? No. I'm talking about people who love to create and send newsletters. Are you one? Or are you potentially one? If so, you'll really enjoy this Web 2.0 site.

Here are just some of the things you can do free on Letterpop:
  • Family Newsletters for the holidays
  • Announcements for birthdays, weddings, and more
  • Newsletters for your small business
  • Updates for your club
  • The latest news for your mom's group
  • Whatever your imagination can cook up!
Some more in their own words:
Why is LetterPop! such a great idea?

Because...

"LetterPop is the fastest and most enjoyable way to create great-looking newsletters online. Just checkout our Explore page and see many exceedingly creative examples of things you can make with LetterPop. And then give it a try yourself. It's free!"

And also...

"LetterPop has tons of great-looking templates. All you need to do is add your beautiful pictures and thoughtful text. Friends and family will be impressed!"

And further...

"LetterPop is perfectly integrated with flickr.com. Honestly, being creative has hardly ever been easier and more enjoyable... at least online."
Check them out by clicking on the graphic below!



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Blogging Bulletin: Get Your Blog on MySpace News




Many of you have probably heard by now that MySpace has branched out into the social model-driven delivery of news. MySpace is a monster, so this should also be quite big. If you're a blogger and want to get your blog known around and about, you might want to submit your site's feed to MySpace News. According to The Blog Herald,
The user experience on MySpace News is decidedly simple. The story submission process couldn’t be more easy… because there isn’t one. Stories are aggregated from feeds being indexed by MySpace. If you haven’t submitted your blog’s feed yet, be sure to get on this rocket on the ground floor. If it passes their staff’s quality control measures then you’re in. No word yet on what requirements a feed has to meet to get its contents listed. Being owned by the same corporation that owns Fox News, I have to wonder if the contents of MySpace News will not be subject to the same kind of infamously shady journalistic practices. However, so far it looks pretty “fair and balanced.”
Give them a chance to have your feed here.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Keeping Track of Diggs: Firefox Extension

If you're a fan of Digg's social bookmarking, you'll love this Firefox extension. On your browser's statusbar it'll tell you how many Diggs have been submitted for the site you're viewing. If no one has yet submitted a Digg, it'll say "Digg This" and you can then submit your own Digg.

Click on the graphic below to get the extension via Neothoughts.



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Weebly : Free Website Creation

Another place to create your own web site for no money down, no payments till the sun expands and scorches the earth to a smoking cinder (it's free). Weebly is billed as the place where creating a web site is made easy.

Features include:
  • Easy Drag & Drop Interface
  • Variety of Designs
  • Numerous Content Elements Photos, Videos, Maps, and more
  • Free Hosting
  • No Technical Knowledge Required
How it works:
Adding Content

Content elements, such as videos, pictures, maps, and text are added to your website by simply dragging them from the Weebly bar to your webpage. We have a bunch of cool elements and add more all the time. Are we missing an element you'd like? Suggest it, and we'll include it as soon as we can.

Choosing a Design

Deciding on a look for your website couldn't be easier. Click over to the "Design" tab and you'll see thumbnails pictures of available designs. Hover your mouse over a thumbnail to preview the new look instantaneously or click the thumbnail to select it as the design for your website.

Customizing the Content

Once elements have been added to your page, customize everything just by double-clicking. Double-click a picture to upload a new one, double-click text to change it, or double-click a map to set the address. Rearrange the elements by dragging them into an new order.

Managing Your Pages

Adding and organizing your website's pages is completed in the "Pages" tab. When you add new page to your website, it's automatically added to the navigation bar. Reordering pages is simple, just drag and drop them into place.

Publishing Your Website

Choose if you'd like your website hosted as a subdomain of weebly.com or as a custom domain that you registered yourself. Publishing only takes a few seconds, and once complete, will make your website accessible to the world. Weebly hosting is 100% free.

Weebly is compatible with Internet Explorer 5.5+/7 and Firefox 1.5+/2.0 on Windows, Firefox 1.5+/2.0 on Linux and Firefox 1.5+/2.0 on Mac OS X.
Click on the logo below to check it out.



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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Flip Through Desktops with this 3D Virtual Desktop Manager

I thought I was done posting for today, but this app came along and I just had to tell you about it. If you've been just a little jealous of those other OSs that had nifty 3D effects, like Vista with its stacked windows, or Linux, with its cube, now you can be like them. All you need is Yod'm (don't ask, I have no idea).

An executable with no need to install, this little gem gives you four virtual desktops and lets you rotate a cube to flip through them. The hotkeys are set by default to where you need to use 2 hands, but you can change them.

Check it out by clicking on the graphic below.

(Via DownloadSquad)



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daytipper: Know A Lot of Stuff? Share it for $

daytipper is a Web 2.0 site that publishes some excellent tips on everything from Buying & Selling to Relationships & Love. Who can't use a great tip once in a while? You can search for tips even if you don't know that you need one. And what's more, if you've got some great tips to share, daytipper will pay you $3 per tip if they publish them. A cool site. Check it out by clicking on the logo above.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

AllPeers: The Best Way to Share Files?

They are, according to PC World. AllPeers works from within Firefox, although an IE version is planned. Once installed, you view your folders in a sidebar. You can set up who has access to which folders, and you can send messages to let them know when the files are available.

You can share web pages or images from web pages and you can view any media files you receive from others from within the browser. Lots of important sources recommend them. Click on the graphic below to check them out.



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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Digg This Extension!

Sorry about the pun title. Lifehacker tells us about a great Firefox extension that installs a flyout item on your context menu so that when you right-click anywhere on a web page, a flyout menu that follows Digg's own site organization will appear. You can follow the menu to navigate to any area of Digg.



If you are a frequent Digger, this extension will definitely save you time and trouble. Get it here.

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Unlimited Uploads - 200MB Files - Free at divShare

If you want to store and share lots of files, be they music, video or whatever, you can't beat this new offering: Power Uploader at divShare.

DivShare is the free file hosting service
for everyone. No registration required!

* Upload unlimited files
* Serve unlimited downloads
* Files stay online forever!
* No pop-up ads or spam

Streaming audio, image galleries, flash video, and all your documents, display on divShare and embed anywhere. Wow!

Sign up or visit by clicking on the logo above.

(Via DownloadSquad)

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Generate & Use Favicons

A few days ago I posted about how to put a favicon into a Blogger blog. That's all well and good, but what if you don't know what a favicon is? And what if your web site isn't a blog? And what if it is a blog, but it's not a Blogger blog? OK, calm down.

A favicon is a icon, like the ones on your computer desktop, except that it's a special icon that shows up in your browser's address bar and on your Firefox tabs when you view a web site. If you don't have one on your site, or if it's a generic one that comes with your blog, well, you just look silly. No, that's not true, but your site won't stand out and be "you."

So, you have a web site and you'd like to have your own favicon. What do you do? Head on over to Favicon from Pics, where you can upload any picture from your hard drive and generate your favicon.ico (that's what it must be named for your browser to pick it up). Then download the resulting favicon. Next, upload the favicon.ico file to the /public_html/ directory of your web site. (That's a whole other thing...if you don't know how to do that, consult with your web site's host.) That's it! Now go enjoy what you have wrought.

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Load Up Your Deskload

Deskload is a Web 2.0 app that lets you store your bookmarks online in a same way that you organize your desktop icons. Move and place your bookmarks, customize your deskload appearance and access your Deskload from any computer. Log in and group your bookmarks in multiple deskloads, each one edited separately. Quick and easy sign up, nice-looking interface, a fresh idea.

Give it a try by clicking on the logo above.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Easy Web Sites with Jimdo

Always wanted your own web site but didn't know where to start? Have lots of photos to share with the world but don't know how to get them on the web? Jimdo may be the answer. A free and easy web site builder and host, "Jimdo is a very easy to use webservice where you can create your own Jimdo-Page (website) for free! Integrate pictures, videos, texts easily into your Jimdo-Page, change the design with one click, add as many pages as you want...and then show your swifty JimdoFree-Page to your friends at www.username.jimdo.com (upgrade to JimdoPro for own domain)! Jimdo is for free and really fun to use. So go ahead and sign up for your JimdoFree-Page!"

Click on the logo to visit the site.

(Via Technobuzz)

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Take Control: Say Hello to HiTask

I'm not sure if the moniker implies a friendly greeting to your tasks, that your tasks are high-powered, or what, but I can tell you that HiTask has a great-looking interface and lots of powerful functionality.
HiTask is a simple task management application that is designed to satisfy both sophisticated followers of David Allan’s “Getting Things Done” methodology and anyone who just needs a quick and easy tool to manage their everyday tasks.

HiTask gives you maximum comfort with minimum features to make your working day run smoothly and easily. Anyone can register and use HiTask service for free. For a small annual fee, users may enjoy HiTask Premium with advanced features and unlimited number of projects and teammates.
I've looked at many task manager web apps and never used them. This one, however, may be my keeper. Here's a screenshot. Click on the logo above to check it out.



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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Add Your Favicon to Blogger (and other platforms)

If you've got a blogger blog, you're probably happy with the platform, but one thing bugs you: the orange "B" favicon. It's so generic and it lumps your blog in with all the others. Can't have that. So you try to find a way to get your own, personalized favicon to displace that B. But how?

I've found the easiest way to do create and get the code for your own favicon and to place it on your blog, blogger or not. How? you say. Simple, I say.

Just hop on over to MyFavatar, register, give them your blog info, upload a roughly square-shaped picture from your hard drive, grab the code and put it where they tell you (right after the tag).

Only one caveat. I couldn't find a way to have them host more than one favicon besides registering additional accounts. If you know a simpler way, please comment.

Click on the logo at the top of this post to go there!

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Text Editors: Basic and Tricked Out

Text editors are useful for lots of things because the files they create don't have all the fileformat-specific crap that a typical word processor like MS Word includes. So you'd use Word to create a written document with all the bells and whistles, fonts, colors, margins, etc., but you'd use a text editor when you need to work with plain text, as in messing around with source code, HTML and control files.

There are also times when you want to copy and paste some text into a document, but you don't want any formatting to come with it. Firefox has a "copy as plain text" extension that's good for this, but sometimes you've got a whole document that you need to strip the formatting from. A text editor is great in these situations. Just paste the whole formatted mess into the text editor and all the formatting is stripped. Then you can copy from there and paste your cleaned text.

Windows comes with a very rudimentary text editor, Notepad, but it can only have open one file at a time. Here are a couple of great, free alternatives, the first more basic, the second very geekified.

Notetab Light, screenshot seen below, can be downloaded from here.
NoteTab Light is the ultimate free Notepad replacement and a capable HTML editor. A slimmer version of the award-winning NoteTab Pro, this slick application makes text editing a breeze. Move quickly around a stack of large files with a simple tabbed interface. Format your text to your heart's content. Write with the font of your choice, fixed-width or proportional.

Key Features
  • Open and edit many documents at once
  • Capable of editing huge text files
  • Text drag-and-drop editing
  • AutoCorrect/Auto-replace mode
  • Clip tool for quick and easy text insertion
  • Capture text sent to Clipboard


If you need more, Crimson Editor, screenshot seen below, can be downloaded from here.
Crimson Editor is a professional source code editor for Windows. This program is not only fast in loading time, but also small in size (so small that it can be copied in one floppy disk). While it can serve as a good replacement for Notepad, it also offers many powerful features for programming languages such as HTML, C/C++, Perl and Java.
  • Syntax Highlighting for HTML, C/C++, Perl, Java, Matlab and LaTeX. Also, it can be extended for other programming languages based on custom syntax files.
  • Other features include undo/redo, user tools, macros, spell checker and more.


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Editing Your Photos is a Picnik

Upload and edit your photos online with web app Picnik. "With Picnik you can quickly edit all your online photos from one place. It's the easiest way on the Web to fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos. It's fast, easy, and fun."

The site's features:
  • One-click photo fixing or in-depth tweaking
  • Crop, rotate, and resize in real-time
  • Tons of special effects, from artsy to fun
  • Amazingly fast
  • Works directly with many photo sharing sites
  • No download required, nothing to install!
  • Works on Mac, Windows, even Linux
  • Free version, premium version (soon)
Try it out here!



(Via Technobuzz)

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Friday, April 20, 2007

The Best Things in Life are Free - GOM Player!

Claiming to be the world's best media player and being free don't seem to go together, but in this case they do, at least the free part. But "they" say it's got a sweet interface and will play just about any codec you can throw at it, not that you go around throwing codecs.

Anyway, here's some of what it's got and what it can do:
Codec Finder
GOM Player includes many codecs (XviD, DivX, FLV1, AC3, OGG, MP4, H263 and more) so you won't need to install separate codecs for most videos. For those videos that require a separate codec, GOM Player will find one and direct you to a place where you can download open source version of the codec. That way, you won't get stuck with unnecessary codecs on your system.
Play Broken AVI Files (Patented)
AVI files can't be played if the index is broken, or the file isn't completely downloaded. This is because index is located at the end of the file. GOM Player's patented technology enables users to view files with broken index or that are still being downloaded.

Powerful Subtitle Support
GOM Player supports SMI, SRT, RT, SUB(with IDX) files for subtitle. You can specify margin, location, size, resolution, font and others. You can also enable shadow, view ASF files with subtitle, karaoke subtitle mode. You can even synchronize subtitle and video if there's any mismatch.

Convenient Playlist
GOM Player supports playlist formats such as M3U, PLS, ASX. You can include different media types on a playlist. Also, it also lets you edit playlists for different media types. It's easy to create and edit your own multimedia playlist with GOM Player.

Support Different Media Types
Along with different media format such as AVI, MPG, MPEG and DAT, GOM Player also supports streaming Windows media format (WMV, ASF, ASX). You can also watch DVD-quality videos with 5.1 channel audio output.

Screen Capture
Screen capture allows you to take a screenshot of your video directly from GOM Player. Using the Burst Capture feature, you can take continuous screenshots upto 999 shots.

Advanced Features
There are other endless number of advanced features. Customize brightness, contrast and saturation. Sharpen and add noise to your video. Try audio equalizer. Repeat a section of your video with our A-B Repeat feature. Fast forward/rewind a few seconds using left/right keys. There are even more for you to discover!
Wow! Give it a spin by clicking on the graphic up top.

(Via Lifehacker)

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Find Home Health Care with CarePilot

As the demographics of our population continues to skew to the right (in terms of age, indicating increasing numbers of elderly), more of us are finding a need to investigate the home health care option. But where to start?

CarePilot is a Web 2.0 site that will show you the way. From their home page you can quickly and easily:
  • Search for nurses, home health aides, physical therapists and much more
  • Obtain detailed profiles of 8,000+ home health agencies
  • Connect and share with caregivers
According to CarePilot,
CarePilot is the Internet's leading source of information on local home health agencies and services. Helping select the right care option for an aging relative or friend is a daunting task and a major decision. With one out of every two people in the United States 65 and older expected to ultimately need long-term care, CarePilot enables individuals to search for, compare, and select from more than 8,000 Medicare-certified home health care providers in communities throughout the U.S.

CarePilot represents a new direction in Internet-based, consumer health services. While there are numerous online resources that provide quality educational health care information, there is a dearth of useful sites that provide detailed information on the actual health care providers themselves - the companies, organizations, institutions, and people who actually provide the "care" in health care.

With individual consumers increasingly making health care spending decisions, CarePilot is providing the information necessary for people to make informed choices by offering an intuitive, easy-to-use comparison tool for health care services in communities throughout the U.S. We will be adding additional health care service providers, such as nursing homes and hospitals, in the coming months.
Whether the need is immediate or down the road a bit, this may be a good time to make yourself more familiar with the issue. Click on the logo above to visit the site.

(Via KillerStartups)

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Be Contactable Without Revealing Your Email Address

Of course you want people to be able to contact you from your website or blog. But, like George Costanza and his ATM code, you don't want to reveal your precious email address to every bot or jerk human who comes across your site. I know the feeling. Here's a service that'll solve your problem. Contactify will provide you with a link that, when clicked on, will take your visitors to a nice contact form. They fill out the message they want to send you, and it comes right to you with no one the wiser about your email address. Simple. Elegant. Free. Click on the Contactify logo to get your own link.

(Via Lifehacker)

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Windows Live Spaces Wants You!

Remember Windows Live Spaces? Yeah, them. They've made some upgrades to their services, making them more of a social network like Facebook and MySpace. According to TechCrunch,
The main change is that the new home page when you log in shows what’s happening with contacts in your social network, a similar approach as Facebook. Users can also now send messages directly to each other, and add a guestbook module that allows visitors to leave rich-text comments, including photos and videos.
Microsoft claims 93 million users, so if you have friends who use the site you might want to give Live Spaces a try. Click on the logo above to go there.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Gmail on Steroids

Lifehacker released yesterday a Firefox extension that is really a compilation of several scripts designed to make Gmail more powerful. Today, they explained how to really take advantage of the extension. Check out the directions here. Get the extension here.



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Google Search with No Terms

Google has just launched a couple of new features for those of you who use its Search History tool. First, there's a button that you add to the Google toolbar that looks like a pair of dice. I guess the idea is, you're gambling on where it will take you. It's called the recommendations button, and it will take you to other sites that you may be interested in, based on your past searches. You can keep trying up to 50 times in a day.

The second feature? Google's blog says, "If you prefer to get your information at a glance, we've added a recommendations tab that you can add to your personalized homepage. Simply click on "Add A Tab" on your Google Personalized Homepage, and type in "Recommendations" for the tab name (keep the "I'm feeling lucky" checkbox checked). We'll give you a page of recommendations that are updated daily."

If you don't already have the latest Google toolbar, you can get it, along with any other tools in the Google Pack, here. If you already have the toolbar, you can click here to add the button.

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A Typeface for Every Occasion - UrbanFonts

If you like to experiment with fonts, or if you're searching for the perfect font for a special occasion, check out UrbanFonts. Free fonts and commercial fonts are available for download. There are lots of web sites that offer free fonts; some are nefarious and most are fine, but UrbanFonts is sweet.

The navigation is well designed and organized. Mouse over the fonts and see the entire alphabet laid out in that font. You can easily become overwhelmed by the sheer number of fonts available, so they have a section for famous fonts, where you can type in the text you'd like to see and select how many fonts you want displayed per page.

It's really a very nice site. Check it out by clicking on the logo above.

(Via TechnoBuzz)

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