Monday, August 31, 2009

TxtNinja - Change your text into unsearchable images

Here's another way to create an image from text in order to make it unrecognizable to bots. Human readable only, in other words. You can use this when need to IM or post an email address or anything else when you want humans to read but bots to butt out.



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Sunday, August 30, 2009

s4ve.as - The easiest 24-hr file host with no size caps there is

Have a large file you need to share with others for a limited time? Like say, 24 hours? Don't have time to mess with complications and bells and whistles? Then try s4ve.as. With bit.ly integrated, you can upload your file of any size, grab your bit.ly link, tell your comrades, and they can grab the file for 24 hours. What could be simpler than that?



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Friday, August 28, 2009

Glary Undelete - bring back files from the digital grave

I like Glary's other apps, so it's a good bet that this one works well also. From the website:

"Glary Undelete is a free and easy-to-use yet powerful file undelete solution for FAT and NTFS file systems. It will bring back files emptied from the Recycle Bin, in a DOS window, from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down. It will even recover files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!

Glary Undelete works under Win 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista operating systems. The program supports all Windows file systems for hard and floppy drives including FAT12/16/32,NTFS/NTFS5 and image recovery from CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Secure Digital cards."


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Yahoo Messenger 10 is here with better video chat

I can't resist any application that puts out a version 10. Yahoo Messenger has taken advantage of that weakness with this newest version.



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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Free YouTube Utility - A single interface for downloading/converting YouTube media

Fans of YouTube rejoice! Your time has come. With this straightforward Windows app you can download your favorite YouTube videos and convert them to fit your devices through a single, user-chummy interface.


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Monday, August 24, 2009

Notely.net - Online note-taking and organization tool for students

I hate all the back-to-school hype this time of year, but this online tool is worth a look-see from all you student-types. From the website:

"Notely is a collection of online tools designed to help all you crazy busy students out there to organise your hectic lives. Whether you're in University, College or High School Notely has the tools to help you get organised and achieve better grades."



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Friday, August 21, 2009

Windows Live Movie Maker - the new version (for Vista and Windows 7)

You can now grab the new version of Windows Live Movie Maker. It's only for Vista and Windows 7, sorry XP users.


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Monday, August 17, 2009

Wowzio - Enhance your blog's wow factor with fabulous interactive gadgets

With bloggers it's all about bringing people back again and again. Obviously this is accomplished by consistently posting content people want to read, but it always helps to have some exciting interactive gadgets. This website has some of the best I've seen. What they say:

"We know making meaningful, beautiful, and lasting content for your blog is no walk in the park. Our widgets are designed to make your content more engaging and more enjoyable for your readers to consume.

Our widgets are an automatic and attractive way to get your readers to read more posts per visit. Bloggers have told us that page views on their blog have gone up as much as 30% after installing our widgets. Additionally, since all the widgets link back to your own site, it's a no-brainer to take advantage of them!"



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Sunday, August 16, 2009

StormPulse - Still the best hurricane watcher on the Internet

Aside from the stupid, mercenary, alarmist news sites, there are several sites that will give you straightforward information about hurricanes. Since I live in Florida, these become important to me and millions of others at this time of year. And so once again I give the not to the one I consider the best of all. It's slick, easy to navigate, and just plain nice to use.


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

uTodo - A neat task organizer for busy people

Organizing your life is a constant battle, but people find that a little time spent organizing makes the doing part much more efficient. Hence the power and simplicity of this free app.



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Friday, August 14, 2009

Make Own Ringtone - Easily make your own ringtones online


I still hear people's phones ring with their default ringtone, which is about as disturbing as calling someone and getting the message "Please leave a message for....555-555-5555." Perhaps this web app will help transform the boring-ringtone landscape of the planet. The steps are as simple as...


# Press Upload, choose mp3, wma or ogg audio file and press Open.
# Place the markers to set range and clip duration.
# Press Selected to listen to your clip.
# Change the default sound quality if you want.
# Choose and set the filters if you want.
# Press Make a Ringtone to convert mp3 to a ringtone.



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Thursday, August 13, 2009

LockHunter - Breaks Windows' stubborn grip on unwanted files


Every once in a while, when you try to delete an unwanted file, Windows says no. Nyet. Nein. It's not gonna happen. But why, you say. Because the file is in use by a running process, that's why, and it ain't letting go.


If you're sure you don't need the hostage file, there's a foolproof way to delete it. This app, though the context menu, breaks the iron grip of the process in question so you can say bye bye to the unwanted file. From the developer:

"It is a free tool to delete files blocked by something you do not know. LockHunter is useful for fighting against malware, and other programs that are blocking files without a reason. Unlike other similar tools it deletes files into the recycle bin so you may restore them if deleted by mistake."

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Auslogics Duplicate File Finder - Free up disc space and avoid confusion

They are the bane of the digital realm. They are redundant files that use up disc space and tie us in mental knots trying to decide which is the most recent iteration of important documents. They are duplicate files. How to get rid of them? Simple, really. From the website:

"Do you have any idea, how many duplicate files are stored on your computer? You may experience lack of free space, while there may be gigabytes of unnecessary duplicates.

Auslogics Duplicate File Finder will help you to get rid of those files. By using this powerful yet free utility, you can increase free space on up to 50%."



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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mendeley - Organize your PDF files and access them online

Do you have lots of PDF files on your computer? Scattered hither and yon? Accessible only from your machine? Then you might find this desktop app/web app very useful. And if you want to organize PDF documents for online research, well, this could be even more useful. From the website:

"Mendeley Desktop is academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital bibliography. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite. It also looks up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details automatically. Drag and drop functionality makes populating the library quick and easy. The bookmarklet allows you to quickly and easily import papers from resources such as Google Scholar, ACM, IEEE and many more at the click of a button."


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Monday, August 10, 2009

Team Apart - Real-time collaboration made simple

Professional project managers need complex applications to keep their sheep in the pen. You and I just want to work on something with some other folks. What do we need? Face-to-face communication with webcams. Real-time note taking. Whiteboard. That's it! For this you can use Team apart and be covered.


TeamApart Demo from TeamApart on Vimeo.

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

History Tree Firefox Add-On - Get a better view of your browsing history


We've all had it happen...didn't bookmark a page we needed to get back to and had to go digging into our browsing history to find it. What a freaking hassle! This add-on makes it much easier to find what you're looking for and it's prettier too. From the add-on site:


-Shows four different tree-based session history views.
-Shows a screenshot of every page you have visited.
-Shows pages that cannot be reached using Firefox's 'Back' and 'Forward' buttons.

-Use the search options to quickly find and re-open any page you have visited.
-Show the history for closed Firefox tabs, allowing closed pages to be re-opened.
-Show the session history for all tabs together, or for one tab at a time.

-View history page screenshots in a grid layout, using your chosen screenshot size.
-Cycle through the page histories for every open Firefox window at the click of a button.
-Quick-start online tutorial available at; http://normansolomon.org.uk/histTreeHelp/tutorial.html



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Saturday, August 08, 2009

SmillaEnlarger - Enlarge photos without losing resolution

Digital photos have a finite amount of information within them, which is why when you try to enlarge them, they get all pixelated. This small portable app lets you define a small area of your photo and enlarge it while retaining quality (no pixelation). From the website:

"SmillaEnlarger is a small graphical tool ( based on Qt ) to resize, especially magnify bitmaps in high quality."


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Friday, August 07, 2009

ColorSuckr - Build color schemes from your photos

If you want to create a color palette from a photo, this is a powerful way to do it. You can use the web app or the Firefox add-on. (And I know what it sounds like.)


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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Vanish - Give your emails a life-expectancy

Suppose you want to send an email, but want to make sure it doesn't live forever or come back to haunt you years after its creation. Here's the app to use. From the website:

"Computing and communicating through the Web makes it virtually impossible to leave the past behind. College Facebook posts or pictures can resurface during a job interview; a lost or stolen laptop can expose personal photos or messages; or a legal investigation can subpoena the entire contents of a home or work computer, uncovering incriminating or just embarrassing details from the past.

Vanish is a research system designed to give users control over the lifetime of personal data stored on the web or in the cloud. Specifically, all copies of Vanish encrypted data — even archived or cached copies — will become permanently unreadable at a specific time, without any action on the part of the user or any third party or centralized service.

For example, using the Firefox Vanish plugin, a user can create an email, a Google Doc document, a Facebook message, or a blog comment — specifying that the document or message should "vanish" in 8 hours. Before that 8-hour timeout expires, anyone who has access to the data can read it; however after that timer expires, nobody can read that web content — not the user, not Google, not Facebook, not a hacker who breaks into the cloud service, and not even someone who obtains a warrant for that data. That data — regardless of where stored or archived prior to the timeout — simply self-destructs and becomes permanently unreadable."




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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

MailTo Encoder - Make your email address unreadable to spambots

The war on spam continues with this useful browser app. Use it to easily encode your email address before you post it on any web page. To the human user it appears to be your address, but to the bots, it is essentially unreadable.


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Monday, August 03, 2009

Switcher - Power up your Alt+Tab

My left hand is constantly using the Alt+Tab function in Windows to switch between open windows. I sometimes have 10 windows open, though, so it can be slow to get to the one I want. This app adds power and functionality to Alt+Tab for those who need a bit more from it.



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Sunday, August 02, 2009

manuals online - The place of find your lost owner's manuals

I wish everything I ever had a question about could be found online. Alas, it is not to be so. But one arena will now surrender to the power of the almost-all-knowing Internet...owner's manuals.

You're sitting there with your gadget, the one you bought 6 months ago and promptly never used, and ever more promptly lost the manual for. You have no idea how to use it. Don't despair, manuals online is aqui.


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