A FREE Basic Calculator (that can be accessed via the web or as a browser extension)

I love this calculator for its’ simplicity and that it is right at hand, as a browser extension. You can also access this calculator via the source link below and to learn more on how to install the calculator as a browser extension.

A simple calculator for basic arithmetic. This is a free tool available as an offline-enabled web/mobile application, Chrome extension, Firefox Add-on, and Microsoft Edge Extension.

Source: Basic Arithmetic Calculator

7 Free Online Baby Names Generator Websites @ ilovefreesoftware

Noticed on one of my favorite websites, ilovefreesoftware, that they have an article posted up titled, “Free Online Baby Names Generator Websites”.

Names generators are excellent resources not only for your baby; but, for helping with the naming of a cat, dog, turtle, hamster, etc… — LOL.  My cat’s name, “Emma Faith Clementine Pumpernickel Boo Boo Robinette”, was not a product of one of these names generator’s, but any of the seven below may have been helpful at the time.  I encourage you to visit the site, “ILoveFreeSoftware” where they post daily, a comparative mix and analysis of FREE software products, websites, etc…

 name baby

Best Little Baby

Baby Name Wizard

Baby Name Genie

Mum’s Net

Baby Center

Names Generator

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A FREE Online Spell Checker and Grammar Checker That Helps You Write Clearly

A Google Chrome extension that is highly rated and very useful is the extension called Grammarly.

What this extension does is monitor your online written (typed) communication for spelling and grammar errors. Grammarly helps you write clearly and confidently on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly anywhere else on the Web. I recently installed Grammarly and don’t know how I lived without it; especially when using the WordPress.com editor to finalize my blog articles.

Grammarly

Contextual spell checker – Correctly spelled words used in the wrong context mean embarrassing mistakes for you. Grammarly spots erroneous use of lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they’re, and many more commonly confused words.

Grammar checker – Grammarly scans your text for proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.

Vocabulary enhancement – Words can make an impact, or they can fall flat. Enhance your sentences with Grammarly’s word choice suggestions that optimize for the context of your document.

NOTE: CLICK HERE to learn more on how you can also get Grammarly as a Microsoft Word and Outlook Add-in…

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Take the Hop, Skip and Jump To Canva (Best Online Graphic Design Editor)

Gizmo’s Freeware get’s full credit for the post on Canva — Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free … It is a finds like this that keep me excited about computers and technology. I can see me using Canva for my blog posts.

Canva (www.canva.com) is a rather clever web-based graphic design system that makes it really easy to create flyers, posters, album covers, infographics, invitations, business cards, book covers and just about any other design you want. — source: Gizmo’s Freeware

Canva is probably the best online (cloud based) graphic design application that I have experienced thus far. Below is my first creation, that I completed in less than 3 minutes, with Canva. Don’t take my word for it; take the hop, skip and jump to Canva by following the links above.

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Use Jolicloud Drive To Manage Your Online Drive Accounts In One Place

Some of you may have heard of the Jolicloud OS that originally established its’ roots back in 2009 with the intent of using the infinite power of the cloud to pull all your online apps together in a very nice interface that could be accessed in your web browser. The original concept (back then) was actually ahead of its’ time.  Since that time, the Jolicloud OS has ceased to exist; however, the developers at Jolicloud have now given us Jolicloud Drive that runs in your web browser.

Jolicloud Drive

Jolicloud Drive is a new way to manage your online storage, from some of the most reputable sources out there (such as Dropbox Copy, Box, Google Drive); ALL, in one place. In my testing of Jolicloud Drive, I found that setting up the various online drive accounts you may have with Jolicloud Drive was very easy to do. I also found, compared to some of the other similar type of cloud apps out there, Jolicloud Drive is a fast loader that has a built in file viewer and has file sharing capability. The only drawback with the FREE account is that you cannot copy or move files from one drive account to the other; but, in my case I can live without that feature.

Also, if you do decide to use Jolicloud Drive, dig a little deeper in the interface and you will find Jolicloud Library (that is currently in beta) where you can pull in a variety of services (such as YouTube, Feedly, Flickr, etc..); ALL, in one place. I will be following Jolicloud on both of these online cloud app services…

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Brother Creative Center – FREE Online Desktop Publishing Suite

I recently decided to go with a laser printer from Brother (Model: HL- 2270DW) to meet my printing needs and to save money on what I was spending for inkjet printer cartridges. While checking out their web site I came across an online desktop publishing suite, that they maintain, called Brother Creative Center that is completely FREE.

Their are two project sections to the Brother Creative Center: Business Center and Home Center. Both have numerous templates to get you started and both have the ability to save whatever projects you are working on. Really nice setup on something that you don’t hear much about…

Brother Creative Center - Business

Brother Creative Center - Home

Project Categories in the Business Center:  Brochures, Business Cards, Posters, Mailers, Calendars

Project Categories in the Home Center: Cards & Invitations, Activities, Educational, Party Kits, Calendars, Scrapbook Pages, Games

An Android App Lock That Is FREE and Awesome

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Android App Lock That Is FREE and AWESOME – After experiencing Android, my Nexus 5 Smartphone has become an extension of my desktop computer and of me (in the physical sense)… If I were to lose my smartphone, not only would it cause an emotional reaction and response, it would be like losing my right hand. It is my computer in my pocket and what people do not realize is that these smartphones, after a period use, is also your profile in your pocket that contains a wealth of information about you, as the person. If you concerned about the security of your phone, the first thing to do is lock the phone down so that if the phone is lost it becomes difficult to access the content of the phone.  Android has a couple of options built in to do this.

The second thing to do, is go to the Google Play store and download Lockdown Pro. This app gives you the ability to lock down individual apps on your phone and is very customizable. I have been testing this app for sometime on my Nexus 5, and it awesome (and is completely FREE with no advertisements).

Lockdown Pro

Lockdown Pro is the BEST app lock and privacy protect tool, it can lock any app, such as SMS, Gmail, Facebook, Whatsapp, SnapChat, Instagram, Viber, Line, Evernote, etc and special apps including Lock install/uninstall apps, Lock incoming calls, etc.

One-tap to lock Apps.

Auto lock new-install app.

Auto lock & unlock when you get in/out your setting locations.

Auto lock & unlock when connect/disconnect with wifi.

Active lock apps with a SMS

Three password modes: Pattern Lock, Classic Lock & Calculator Lock

Fake Error Message (Distract from unauthorized access.)

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GEEK SQUEAKS – The World’s Favorite PC Optimization Tool To Be Available In The Cloud

I am sure you have heard of CCleaner. CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure.

I just happened across a site called Agomo, that is currently in early beta stages, that will give you the ability to run CCleaner from any computer you have connected to the internet. In other words, Agomo is making CCleaner a cloud based application.

agomo

As I mentioned, Agomo is in beta and is not currently available to the general public; however, you can sign up for a chance to be a beta tester.

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An Advanced Online Image Editor That Is Easy

Just like the online file converters I recently featured, online image editors are everywhere, which makes it hard to decide which one to go with. Factor in that the learning curve to master an image editor is quite challenging that makes most people avoid them.  Well don’t…

Today, I want to show you an online image editor, called Fotoflexer, that to me is advanced (rich in features), but very easy (and fun) to use.

Fotoflexer

For an online editor, Fotoflexer has all of the bases covered. You can do everything from fixing your photo or image to adding effects, fonts, shapes, etc… You can even get crazy with Fotoflexer by applying morphing, distortion and doodling effects.

Fotoflexer

The best way to get a handle on using Fotoflexer is to visit the website and either upload a test photo or use a photo they provide.  A really cool feature (that I like) is that I can either save my finished product to my computer or I can save it to an online photo storage and sharing service (such as Picasa, Photobucket, MySpace, and others).  In my case, I use Picasa. To take advantage of the his feature, you must sign up for an account with Fotoflexer (which is FREE).

After using Fotoflexer, I can honestly say that for an online photo and image editing program, this one is a keeper.  Fotoflexer can do it all and most importantly, it is easy to use and understand.

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Using Google’s Built-In Dictionary – Just Remember The Word “define”

At one point Google had a page set up where you specifically could look up a word for its’ definition and spelling. That has since changed and is actually now easier. All you have to do is remember the word define

Let’s say we want to define the word ambient. In the Google Search Box you simply would type define ambient to get the result (see below).

Google Dictionary

To take this one step further; once you get the result, click on More info to get more web definitions of the word.

So the next time you are stuck on a word for its’ definition or spelling, you do not need to go looking for the dictionary on the bookshelf, just use Google and remember the word define.

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Monitor Multiple Types of Natural Hazard Events Worldwide with Earth Alert

Many people today express concern about the magnitude of the natural disasters that have occurred or are presently occurring. I personally do believe mother earth is going through a noticeable change; however, natural disasters have always been part of the life cycle.

In today’s world we have become more exposed and sensitized to these events, in real time, through the use of the internet, digital media and satellite communications.  In other words we hear (and see it) as it happens and we actually become part of the story; whereas in the past we were told about the story following the event.

To put this into perspective and to give an example, I want you to take a look at an online cloud application called Earth Alert that uses Google Map overlay technology to show various natural hazard events around the world.

Earth Alert

Earth Alert has the ability to display various natural hazard events as they occur and automatically retrieve the latest information from various live data feeds available on the Internet and present it to you in a convenient arrangement of reports, maps and images. For example, I selected the natural hazard event of “Fire” and earth alert displayed fire events for the U.S.

Earth Alert

Remember much of what you are seeing in Earth Alert is based on data feeds from various sources and may not show every event occurring in the world. What Earth Alert does point out is that mother earth continues to naturally evolve and it is technology such as this that makes us more aware of these events.

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Google Docs Improves the Experience of Exploring Your Files

Today Google made an announcement that users of Google Docs will see an update to their Google Docs account that will feature a new document list layout, added filtering features to find your files and; (the really cool part) a preview panel on the right side of the document list, so that you can see a preview thumbnail, your “sharing settings” and more at a glance.

Google Docs

This update hit my Google Docs account today and I have to say I am very, very impressed with the document list layout; and, especially impressed with the document previewing. I have been extensively using Google Docs to get a good handle on the feel of using the included apps, so as to advise the readers of the blog.

As we continue down this road of cloud computing, the only factor that concerns me is the security of our files. If I know Google and their innovative approach of bringing this all together, I look to see some type of security options available to protect our files in such a way to raise our comfort level a little more.

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An Awesome Web-Based Sticky Notes Service

Years ago when I first experienced electronic sticky notes, I thought WOW…  No more paper notes hanging around my computer monitor.  Most electronic sticky note programs require a software installation to work; until now!  As a result of cloud computing, a web-based virtual sticky notes program, called Linoit, was born. After setting up an account (for FREE) with Linoit, you can access your sticky notes anywhere there is internet service. Linoit works directly from your web browser within a moveable “canvas” (where you can use your own background image), which is like a user specific bulletin board-like area. With this Linoit you can even share sticky notes with others.

Linoit

There are so many features and options with this program that I encourage to visit the website [ HERE ] ; HOWEVER, there is one feature with Linoit that I think is really cool. Once you sign up for your account, get the “linoit anywhere” bookmarklet. Click on the “lino anywhere” bookmarklet anywhere, anytime, from any website and if you are signed into your Linoit account, your sticky notes will magically appear (overlay with transparent background) on the the page you are visiting. I can’t say I have seen anything like this with any other cloud computing service.  Also, if you use Google Chrome, you can install Linoit as a Chrome app [ HERE ] .

If you would like to experience Linoit to see what it is like, you can visit Linoit’s public sticky notes “HOW TO” board [ HERE ] .  Kudos to Linoit for making an ingenious web-based sticky notes program.

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Software To Sync a Folder On Your PC with Google Docs

I have been using and testing Google Docs to determine if it is a practical resource and solution for the everyday home computer user.

Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. – Wikipedia

During my testing I have been creating documents, primarily using the word processor and spreadsheet components of Google Docs. I am finding that for what the home based computer user would need, Google Docs is a practical FREE solution. So before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office, give Google Docs a try.  As a matter fact, Google Docs and Microsoft Office (i.e. Word and Excel), at the basic level of document formatting, work together nicely.

As a result of my testing, one feature that I believe is needed is the ability to automatically sync (or backup) your Google Docs to your PC. Google has yet to address this concern; however, if I know their strategy, this is something that we will eventually see happen. Keep in mind Google Docs is in constant development and when advancements are made, they are very noticeable. You can give Google Docs a try with Google’s online demo [HERE]

In the meantime, the best solution I could find (for FREE) that allows  you to sync your online Google Docs to your PC is an application called Syncplicity.

Syncplicity

Syncplicity instantly syncs files across your Macs, PCs and Google Docs, so that your files are always available across all the computers you use and the Web. Instant sync with automatic back-up to our cloud ensures you have access to your data wherever you are, and that your days of worrying about manual back-ups and data loss are over. Our instant restore means you can recover deleted or lost files immediately.

Once you install and setup your online Syncplicity account, you will see in the file browser of Syncplicity a tab titled, “Google Docs”.  This is where you begin the process to setup the sync between Google Docs and your PC.

Once you have everything setup, it may take awhile for any Google Docs that you have stored online to show up on your PC. Now that I have Syncplicity up and working, any Google Doc files I work on, from any location in the world, will now sync with the folder I have setup on my PC.  Same goes, with any Google Docs I work with from the PC level will automatically be synced with my online account.

Syncplicity

To learn more about Syncplicity and what it can do, click [HERE] . For my situation Syncplicity has worked seamlessly and gets the job done. Who knows, this may be the next cloud app on Google’s payroll.

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A FREE Desktop Reminder Utility for Google Calendar

As I continue to experiment with the various cloud based applications that are available through Google, I recently began using Google Calendar to schedule the events in my life. I have used (and tested) numerous personal information managers and must say if you are looking for a way to manage your life events, on the cheap, then consider Google Calendar as an option.

There are many ways to sync your Google Calendar with apps that are available, say for mobile phones, but there really is not much I could find that allows me to sync my Google Calendar straight away from my computer’s desktop. In other words I was looking for something, hopefully a portable app, that I could use offline to add or delete events; however, when I went back online, my events would automatically become synced with my Google Calendar. I also like the idea of having an offline app that would serve as a backup to my calendar in the event the Google service or my account suddenly went south.

One app that I found, that works very nicely and meets the criteria l had set forth of being FREE, PORTABLE, with SYNCHRONIZATION features is a small application called GMinder.

GMinder

GMinder is a reminder program that waits in your system tray and alerts you when you have an upcoming Google Calendar event. GMinder supports multiple calendars and allows you to configure how you want to be alerted. Since it downloads your events, it works offline and enables you to preview your agenda of events. New events can be added to your Google Calendars using a Quick Add feature.

I am still testing GMinder and found that it is really a nice utility that really serves a good purpose; however, my only concern at this point is whether the development cycle of GMinder is continuing or not. The last release was July 2009.  Irregardless, at the moment, it is working for me and serves a real purpose.

If you are aware of any FREE apps out there that will sync with Google Calendar, let us know by leaving a comment below.  As always, to my readers, thank you and comment often.  I love hearing from you!

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Google Body Browser – Coolest Web App Yet

Steve over at TTC Shelbyville came across one of the coolest web apps yet. It is a Google Lab experiment called Google Body Browser.  If you are studying anatomy or just want to see what the underpinnings of your body consists of, then you need to see this. Steve’s article [HERE] explains what is required to see this 3D marvel and how Google Body Browser is another great example of cloud computing.

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Save Anything You Want to Remember On Your Phone or Computer with SpringPad

Here of late I have been on a roll with applications that are cloud based; or in other words applications that you run directly from the internet. Recently I have been testing an online note keeping application called SpringPad.

SpringPad

If you are an Evernote user then you will be able to relate to SpringPad; and I must say, if you are an Evernote user, then you need take a look at SpringPad. This app has come a long ways.

In summary SpringPad is a totally FREE powerful online application that gives you the ability to store information. Look at it as your personal database of everything that’s of interest to you that can be accessed anywhere in the world where you can get to the internet.

SpringPad

For example, I use SpringPad to bookmark web sites, keep notes, maintain to do lists, clip information from web pages, reflect my thoughts, etc…  All this information can be organized in notebooks or posted on your own digital bulletin board.  There are also mobile uses for SpringPad available such as barcode scanning, locating nearby places and businesses and photo saving.

Think of Springpad as your own place in the cloud – a high-powered internet-connected personal database of everything that’s of interest to you, even if you’re not ready to do something about it right away. Everything is automatically synced between your mobile devices and the web for instant and universal access.

The one feature that is most important to me is the SpringPad Google Chrome Browser Extension. With this extension installed you can instantly save information you want to save without leaving the site you are browsing. If you are not a Google Chrome user, there is a bookmarklet available that will let you do the same thing.

After testing SpringPad, I can honestly say it has found a home on my PC. I encourage you to give this application a try. It is FREE, requires no installation on your computer and has so many features I cannot begin to mention them all here.

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NEW Online Photo Sharing Service that is Drag and Drop Easy

There are numerous ways to post and share photos (or pictures) on the internet; however, the processes  to share your photos can be quite confusing.

If you are looking for an online service that makes photo sharing fast, fun and easy, then take a look at Minus.

Minus

Minus is a drag-and-drop sharing system. When you first visit the Minus home page don’t let first appearances deceive you.  The real power and magic occurs when you put Minus to work. Simply drag your photos (docs, music, videos and other files coming soon!) onto the Minus home page and the photos will be automatically uploaded and posted in a gallery. Following the upload process you will be provided with web links to each individual photo and for the entire gallery. Once you have the web links you can then send the links to others that will allow them to view the pictures. Currently you are permitted to upload photos (PEG, GIF, PNG, APNG, BMP) that are up to 7 MBs in size, and you can upload 50 photos per gallery. People viewing the photos have option to download individual photos or the entire gallery.

An online account is not necessary; however, I do recommend signing up.  By signing up you can then access, monitor and manage any of the photo galleries that you have created. Keep in mind, Minus is still in development stage and will most certainly only get better. I can foresee Minus being a very popular online picture (and file) sharing service.

Features:

  • Drag picture(s) from your desktop and folders onto Minus and a new gallery will be automatically created.
  • Use the Left Arrow ← and Right Arrow → to browse the gallery or simply navigate with your mouse.
  • Save & Manage your gallery with the Editor Link.
  • Name your gallery by clicking on top right “Untitled” button.
  • Change the order of image displays in gallery by dragging image titles on top right up and down.
  • Add more photos into gallery by dragging photos onto gallery page.
  • Delete photos from the gallery by clicking the X icons.
  • Delete the entire gallery by clicking the Trash icon.
  • Share the gallery with your friends using the Viewer Link.
  • Share a single image with your friends using the Direct Image Link.
  • Click on Download gallery link in gallery menu to download entire gallery images in Zip file.
  • Click on My Galleries button at bottom right of your screen to see history of your created and viewed galleries.
  • Click on Register / Login button at bottom right of your screen to create a new account or login.
  • Share Anonymously or Logged In.
  • When sharing anonymously , your galleries are tracked via a cookie that is attached to one computer.
  • When sharing while logged in, your galleries are tracked permanently until you clear the gallery history.
  • My Galleries tracking between anonymous and logged in state are separate.
  • If you wish to import galleries, simply re-open the editor or viewer urls for the galleries while logged in.

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Which Calculator Do You Like?

If you are in a pinch and need easy access to a calculator, did you know that there are quite a few calculators available on the internet that you can call up in your web browser? I recently went on the hunt for some of the web based calcuators and narrowed my selection to the four reflected below. You can visit these calculator sites by clicking on the links below. They are all fully functional and FREE. If there are any  that I have missed, let me know!

Out of the four, which calculator do you like?

eCalc

eCalc

Metacalc

Metacalc

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A FREE Cloud App That Will Save You Money

Have you ever experienced the frustration of printing an article on a web page and ended up printing everything but the article? I feel your pain.  Been there (many times) and done it; and the end result was wasted paper and ink (and money).

To help overcome that frustration, save money and help save a few trees, I encourage you to take a look at the online (cloud app) service called “Print Friendly”. It is a FREE, user friendly service specifically engineered to help you print web pages.

Print Friendly

There are actually two methods to using Print Friendly, with the latter method described below, being the easiest and most efficient.

Method 1:  Whatever webpage you desire to print, copy the web address, go to the Print Friendly web site [ HERE ] and paste (or type) the site into the form box and hit print preview.

Method 2: At the Print Friendly web site [ HERE ] use your mouse to drag the Print Friendly bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmark toolbar. The beauty of this is that any web page you desire to print, simply visit the site where the article is located, then click on the Print Friendly bookmarklet on the toolbar. The web page will be magically converted, ready for printing, right before your eyes.

Using either method will activate the Print Friendly print preview.  At this point you can delete elements (paragraphs, images) prior to actually printing the selection. Other notable features, is that you can save the selection to a PDF file, email the selection or tweet the selection.

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Video – How Print Friendly Works

Video – How Print Friendly Works

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Improve Your Browsing Experience with Speedtile

Most of the popular web browsers out there today give us the ability to setup a homepage that will tile our favorites sites into an interface (of web page thumbnails) that is commonly called a speed dial. Typically, this interface can be setup, depending on the browser, as a browser option, addon or extension. The beauty of this interface is that once your homepage loads you can quickly go to your most frequently visited sites by visually selecting one of the thumbnails. The speed dial interfaces are completely customizable and defintiely will make your internet browsing experience more efficient.

Typically, once you set up your speed dial, the data is stored on your computer; BUT, what if you want the same interface (you created) on another computer (for example at work)? The closest solution that I found, to make this happen with minimal fuss, is with an online service called Speedtile. With Speedtile you can access your speed dial anywhere there is internet access.

Speedtile

Speedtile requires you to setup up an account (which is FREE) where a login is required to get to your very own online speed dial interface. It is very simple to create your individual tiles by adding your favorite sites (or URL’s). Once you enter the web address of the site, a mini version of the site will magically appear (called a tile). You can even add categories.

Speedtile

See the What’s On My PC blogroll on Speedtile

With Speedtile you can share your bookmarks with others. For example, and this is very cool; I took all the sites on my blogroll and created a public Speedtile site. If you would like to see what a speed dial looks like, consisting of links from the What’s on My PC blogroll, then [ CLICK HERE ].

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A Solution to Finding the Perfect Domain Name

When starting a web site it is a real challenge to find the perfect domain name. Just when you have a brilliant idea to name your site, you are instantly disappointed that the name is already taken or is for sale by a third party. Oftentimes domain names are bought and sold, just like real estate. Early on, during the infancy of the internet, it was not uncommon for people buy up names then resell them at exorbitant prices. GoDaddy.com is the household name (most commonly used) when it comes to searching for, buying and maintaining domain names. For example, I recently purchased the domain name, bookmarks4techs.com, from GoDaddy, for another sideline site that I maintain.

If you are in the market for claiming your own domain name, you can use GoDaddy to search for names; however, there is a much better and refined way, called Tekiki, to brainstorm, search and nail down that perfect domain name.

Tekiki

What Tekiki does is help you brainstorm by using a concept (or general notion). For example, when I was searching for a name for my site, using GoDaddy, I basically when into a guessing mode to try and come up with an unique name. You have no idea how many times I would arrive at a name, to only find it had been taken. If I would have had Tekiki, I simply would have inputted my concept term, such as the word “Tech” into the tekiki search box. Of course tech.com is going to be shown as already being taken, but Tekiki pushes the envelope further by providing an option to search for alternative names. In the end, Tekiki will help put your mind in another dimension that will help you find that perfect domain name.

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An Easy Way To Find Out The Exact Time

When I was growing up, I can remember only having one main clock in the house. I would venture to say that the time on that clock may have been off by up to 5 minutes or more. Time was used as an approximation and we took our time going wherever we had to go. Those were the days… Today, it is a different story. We are so time driven and consumed, that we depend on the precision of time so that we can do more to make the most of our time (or at least we think we are).

One beauty of the internet is the ability to acquire time settings, for any location in the world, to within the milliseconds. Most clocks out there are synchronized by an atomic clock – the most accurate time source in the world. A web site that I have bookmarked, that I use to get the current (near precision) time (and date) is Time.is

Time.is

Time.is is an online time source that will reflect the current precise time, the date, your location, the time at nine other world locations, the online time compared to your computer’s time, the sunrise/sunset and more info, such as reflected below.  It is even mobile device friendly.

Time.is

On Time.is you can:

Find out what the exact time is right now at any of 7 million locations around the world

Check the accuracy of your clock

Compare time at different locations

You will also find:

Sunrise and sunset times

Information about which time zone a location belongs to

Information about today’s holidays and observances

Latitudes and longitudes

Integrated, full screen Google Maps

Population numbers

Key information about every country in the world

Time.is is friendly to mobile devices. It uses minimal bandwidth and the design is adapted to small screens.

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A FREE Online Video Editor

You cannot tell me any different. We are definitely moving forward toward cloud computing as a common computing platform. A great example of this progression is JayCut – a FREE Online Video Editor.

JayCut There are numerous online photo enhancement and photo editing sites currently available on the internet that allows you to perform magic with your photos right inside your web browser shell; however, JayCut is the first full scale video editor that gives you the ability to create movies and slideshows (for FREE) without installing software on your PC. You simply visit the JayCut website to create, manage and edit your movie.  JayCut, like many of the photo editing sites, gets it power from Adobe Flash. Another feature of JayCut, if you are a web site owner, is that you can integrate JayCut API into your website to make it available for all of your visitors. In order to use JayCut effectively, signing up for an online account is required.

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The JayCut online video editor has all the features you would expect to find in a traditional desktop-based video editing tool. Still it is running directly in a web browser without any need for lengthy downloads or cumbersome installations.

Publisher’s Description of Features

In JayCut’s video editing tool you will find basic editing functionality and additional web-optimized features.

Remix/trim videos and images

Add music, transitions and effects

Add captions and subtitles

Automated transcoding

Use same account as webbased editor

1-Click export to YouTube and Facebook

Export videos for Iphone, Win and Mac

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Upload Files to VirusTotal Directly from Windows Explorer

VirusTotal is an online service, that is available to you (for FREE), that analyzes suspicious files and URL’s. Typically, to use the service you visit VirusTotal [ HERE ] and upload the file in question or enter the questionable URL (web address). VirusTotal will go to work scanning the file against numerous antivirus engines OR will go to work reviewing any URL you submit using multiple analysis tools.

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I know you are thinking, why would I need to do this, especially when I already have security software installed on my PC that will automatically check my files for me?  It is like this, when we go to the Doctor for something that is suspicious, it is best to get a second opinion.  In the case of a suspcious file, VirusTotal is that second opinion.

I have been a user of VirusTotal for a long time; however, I often wondered; “Is there way to upload a suspicious file to VirusTotal and get a result without having to go through the steps of opening my browser and actually going to the VirusTotal site to upload the file?”.

You have probably heard myself and some of the other Techs comment; “If you can think it, someone has done it!”. The answer to that question is “yes”.  It is called VirusTotal Uploader.

VirusTotal Uploader

After you install VirusTotal Uploader, you simply right-click any file under 20MB, in Windows Explorer, and choose “VirusTotal” from the Send To Windows menu. The scan results will display in your browser as usual.  Wow, what a neat concept…

VirusTotal Uploader

As someone that loves testing free and open source software, I will often pipe the install file to VirusTotal to make sure all is right.  One thing to keep in mind is that there are occasions where “false positives” will occur with a service such as this; however, VirusTotal will help keep you security conscious and on your toes.

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A Visual Directory of the Best Sites on the Internet

How would you like to have a visual directory of what is considered the best of the internet at your fingertips? You can with a Kadaza.

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Kadaza appears to be a relatively new service that claims to show  the absolute best and most popular websites in many different and numerous categories. Kadaza is very easy to use and requires no account or login.  Everything is already setup and ready to go in a very appealing speed dial type interface.

Kadaza

All sites on Kadaza are human selected with great care and organized in the best possible way, making it easy to use, intuitive, and helpful for everyone. We use a strict site selection process where sites on Kadaza should represent original, unique and informational content that contributes something unique to a specific Kadaza category. In short, we only select the best and most popular sites in each category. But we also introduce new and exciting sites.

From my testing of Kadaza I am finding the more I use it, the more engaging and enticing it becomes. There are customization features available such as creating a background and customizing your own tiles.

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Kadaza

Your customization settings are stored as a cookie on your computer. One of the cool features of Kadaza is that when you clean your cookies, the settings automatically will restore themselves. So, even of you delete your cookies, you won’t loose your preferences at the Kadaza homepage.

Overall, Kadaza is a keeper and would definitely fit in as your main homepage in your browser. I do like the fact you do not have to sign up for anything which ultimately makes Kadaza a privacy pleaser.

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Experience Magazine Articles Online In One Place

I currently do not subscribe to any magazines; however, it is not uncommon for me to read an entire magazine when I do come across one. Magazines are definitely a part of the American culture and can be found just about anywhere.

Today I came across a web site that I bookmarked called Maggwire. What is unique about Maggwire is that it allows you to experience numerous magazine articles, from numerous (popular and well known) magazine titles; all in one place.

Maggwire

Maggwire is currently in beta and it appears a premium service is on the horizon. To get the most out of Maggwire and to learn more, click on the video below (you will be redirected to YouTube).

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Did you know Google has a dictionary?

As you probably know you can use Google to look up the definition of a word; however, did you know that Google has its’ own special dictionary?

The dictionary is not for the English language only. It contains 27 languages and the “cool factor” here is that you can translate single words from English to any of the 27 languages or vice versa.

The dictionary is very easy to get to and remember. Just type “google.com/dictionary” in your web browser. So the next time you are at a loss for a word, fire up your browser and go to Google’s Dictionary.

Google Dictionary

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Great Source of High Quality Icons and Icon Tools

I recently posted the article, “Over 31,100 Icons for Windows, Mac and Linux” ; which was very well received.  Today I came across another awesome site called SOFTICONS which offers a boat load of icons in a variety of categories from Animals to TV & Movie icons; PLUS, the site offers two awesome icon tools to create your own icons.

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The icons at SOFTICONS are of very high quality.  Here is an example of a motherboard icon (created by VisualPharm) at SOFTICONS

Motherboard Sample

The really “cool factor” with SOFTICONS is that a section of the site is devoted to icon tools.

Favicon Generator

Favicon Generator, is an online (cloud app) that gives you the ability to create a favicon for your website from a regular image (.png, .jpg, .gif, .bmp).

Image to Icon Converter

Image to Icon Converter is also an online (cloud app) that gives you the ability to create an icon from image (.png, .jpg, .gif, .bmp).

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Create Photo Collages Online for FREE

It is amazing the tools that are available online these days that allow you to perform various photo editing and design techniques right inside your web browser; and no software installation is required. Online applications, performed by simply visiting a web site, is an example of what is called cloud computing.

Photovisi Another FREE online application, that is absolutely in the category of awesome, is called Photovisi . What this online app does is walk you through some very simple steps toward creating a photo collage. The “cool factor” here is that you have option of picking from an array of templates and the ability to upload a batch of photos (more than one photo at a time). Below is an example of a collage I created, in less than 3 minutes, using this online app. The photos you are seeing are from my wallpaper collection.

Photovisi is a free and easy to use online tool to create photo collages. Select one of the many collage templates, add your photos and then customize by dragging items around. After the collage is finished, it’s available for download and print! Want to try it out?

Sample Collage

To use Photovisi, simply [ CLICK HERE ] to get started.

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Make Your Own Handwriting Fonts

This article is a follow-up to the popular article “Creating a personalized font from your own handwriting…” which used the online service called FontCapture .

Today I came across another site called Pilot Handwriting that also provides an online method to capture your handwriting (either via webcam, scanner or digital camera) to create your own personalized font.

Pilot Handwriting

When you get to the site [click here] , which is very attractive, simply click on the arrows and you will be guided through the entire process.

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Make a Custom Themed Google Home Page

I am sure all of you have used the Google search engine. As a matter of fact, when I setup a PC, It is not uncommon for me to set the browser homepage to Google. This makes for an excellent and an easy launching point for the user.  The only problem with doing this is that the Google search engine page is not the most attractive page out there.

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A solution to making the Google search engine page an attractive interface is to use Favoorit.  With Favoorit you can:

– Find or create your theme
– Add your favorite Websites
– Set it as your homepage
– Enjoy your cutom homepage
– Share it with your friends
– Move the Google search box with your mouse

Here’s how it works:

Visit the Favoorit website.

Select (click on) a background image (or theme). You can even use your own images.

Once the theme loads in your browser,  click on “set as homepage”.

You can change the theme as many times as you want by visiting Favoorit and following the steps outlined above. At the top left corner of the Favoorit page you can also add some of your favorites (most used) sites.

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NEW 3D Earth View Option Available in Google Maps

If you are familiar with Google Earth then you are familiar with the data-rich 3D imagery and terrain that Google Earth is capable of.

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Recently the Official Google Blog announced that there is now a view option available on Google Maps called Earth that uses the same 3D power of Google Earth.

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Once you visit Google Maps and select the Earth option you will be prompted to download a browser plugin. The browser plugin, once downloaded and installed, enables you to navigate and explore geographic data in a three-dimensional view; just like the standalone software version of Google Earth. The browser version is somewhat limited and does not have the additional functionality (other options) that the standalone version has; however, the ability to explore the earth in 3D detail in your web browser is nothing but sensational and is an excellent addon to Google Maps.

A TIP to using the Google Earth View option: When navigating the location you select, hold down the “Shift key and Left Mouse Button” to change the vertical field of view to a horizontal field of view (similar to what you would see in a flight simulator).

System Requirements

The Google Earth Plugin is currently available for the following operating systems and web browsers:

Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista, and 7)

  • Google Chrome 1.0+
  • Internet Explorer 7+ (32-bit)
  • Firefox 2.0+
  • Flock 1.0+

Apple Mac OS X 10.4 and higher (Intel and PowerPC)

  • Safari 3.1+
  • Firefox 3.0+

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A FREE Web Based FTP Client

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a communication method used to access and exchange files on a remote computer. Typically, FTP software (called a client) is installed on your PC and is used to access a server to transfer files back and forth. FTP is commonly used by people who maintain websites to transfer files to/from a host web server.

Occasionally you may run into a situation where you have a need to use FTP (e.g. to transfer a large file).  Instead of installing client FTP software, an option that is available is a web-based (cloud app) solution called net2ftp.

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You want to build a website, so you start creating web pages on your computer. Next, you need to publish them: you need to put those pages on a web server so that everyone would be able to view them. To transfer the files from your computer to that web server, a special protocol (transfer method) is used: FTP – the File Transfer Protocol. This protocol was designed to be able to handle big files; it can for example resume a transfer if it was interrupted in the middle.

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net2ftp can either be run from your web browser (at net2ftp.com) or can be downloaded, installed and administered (run) directly from a web server.

The advantages of using net2ftp over the client based FTP model is that if you are behind a firewall that may block FTP communications (such as with the client based FTP model), net2ftp is able to break that barrier using a regular web browser.

Features:

  • Navigate the FTP server
    Once you have logged in, you can browse from directory to directory and see all the subdirectories and files.
  • Upload files
    There are 3 different ways to upload files: the standard upload form, the upload-and-unzip functionality, and the Java Applet.
  • Download files
    Click on a filename to quickly download one file.
    Select multiple files and click on Download; the selected files will be downloaded in a zip archive.
  • Zip files
    … and save the zip archive on the FTP server, or email it to someone.
  • Unzip files
    Different formats are supported: .zip, .tar, .tgz and .gz.
  • Install software
    Choose from a list of popular applications (PHP required on the target server).
  • Copy, move and delete
    Directories are handled recursively, meaning that their content (subdirectories and files) will also be copied, moved or deleted.
  • Copy or move to a 2nd FTP server
    Handy to import files to your FTP server, or to export files from your FTP server to another FTP server.
  • Rename and chmod
    Chmod handles directories recursively.
  • View code with syntax highlighting
    PHP functions are linked to the documentation on php.net.
  • Plain text editor
    Edit text right from your browser; every time you save the changes the new file is transferred to the FTP server.
  • HTML editors
    Edit HTML a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) form; there are 2 different editors to choose from (FCKEditor and TinyMCE).
  • Code editor
    Edit HTML and PHP in an editor with syntax highlighting (CodePress).
  • Search for words or phrases
    Filter out files based on the filename, last modification time and filesize.
  • Calculate size
    Calculate the size of directories and files.

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Yet Another FREE Online Storage Solution

Just recently I posted an article [HERE] about online storage which featured the likes of LiveMesh (5 GB), SkyDrive (25 GB), Gmail account (7GB) with a software client called Backup To Email; AND others recommended Dropbox (2 GB) and ADrive (50 GB).  Total of all of this is: 89 GB

Following the posting of that article, my delayed thought process kicked in and I remembered yet another FREE online storage solution called GoAruna.

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What is unique about GoAruna, and I don’t think it has totally caught on yet, is that they offer FREE “unlimited” online file storage.  Now, unlimited to me means infinity; however where the wall is with this, I do not know.

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I did find in the terms under Abuse and excessive use.

Each GoAruna free account is meant for normal personal use by one person. Accounts abusing the privilege and our service by trying to distribute content, (especially illegal and copyright protected content) to the masses, will be terminated or blocked without notice.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, the one main feature that I liked about GoAruna is their desktop client that you download, install and manage your file transactions right from your computer.  The client file management software allows you to manage batch transfers, setup shares to files, send to a mail recipients, delete, rename, move, copy, and create new folders.

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Overall, in my testing, the upload/download process, in terms of speed, was comparable to the other online file storage services and the desktop app is pretty easy to use and understand. You can also access your GoAruna account and files online, as well; which makes it easy to grab files you need when you are somewhere else.  So if you are looking for another online storage option, you may want to check out GoAruna.

Again, in closing, I want to emphasize, that when you store files online (in the cloud), you are putting your trust in the hands of the services which you are dealing with.  Encrypting your files is definitely a plus (and a must in my opinion).

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Another FREE Online Storage Solution

I am pretty picky when it comes to FREE online file storage.  Currently I am using LiveMesh (5 GB), SkyDrive (25 GB); and, my Gmail account (7GB) with a software client called Backup To Email, to meet my online storage needs. Today I just added another option, called CloudDrive, which is client software for the Adobe Acrobat Online Storage Service (5 GB). With this new addition, I now have a total of 42 GB’s of FREE online space, from well known sources, to play around with.  Not too shabby for FREE.

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To use CloudDrive, the first thing you need to do is subscribe to an account at the Adobe Acrobat Online Storage Service. After you have your account setup, download and install CloudDrive. Once CloudDrive is installed, the following will occur:

When you start up CloudDrive, it will ask you to input your registered email and password on Adobe Acrobat Free Online Storage Service to login.

After that, your mailbox will receive an email from acrobat. You MUST confirm your email by clicking the link in the email.

Now input your registered email and password in the login form and start to experience CloudDrive!

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When the first time you logged in, probably there are already several files in CloudDrive window; All of them are Acrobat’s ads, you can delete them all.

CloudDrive has an easy to use interface that gives you the ability to upload/download multiple files. You can either drag and drop the files or use the upload/download buttons that are build into CloudDrive.  Of any of the FREE online services I use, the CloudDrive client (with the Adobe Acrobat Online Storage Services) appears to be the fastest (in terms of upload/download speed); however, it did seem a little buggy at times.

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In the end, CloudDrive is a welcome addition to meeting my online file storage needs and is a keeper. This is another app that I see as serving a good purpose and will improve in time.

In closing, one point I would like to make about online storage. Any files that I store online, I encrypt the file(s) before I upload them. This provides an added level of protection  An easy to use application to accomplish that task, on-the-fly, is Axcrypt. Use Axcrypt to encrypt the file as an .exe file, before you upload it. This option gives you the ability to download, open and decrypt the file from any location (without the Axcrypt software).

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FREE Emotional Internet Radio

image Feeling sad, feeling glad, feeling nasty, feeling bad…  How would you like to play music to match your mood or emotion?  You can with a cloud app called StereoMood. They say that behind every song is an emotion.

StereoMood is a tag cloud, reflecting various types of moods.  You click on one of the tags and Stereo Mood will suggest a playlist that best suits your mood and your activities.  However, if you desire to customize StereoMood for your own personal taste, you can by creating libraries and playlists.  You can even go, as far as, searching for and  listening to your favorite music by a specific artist or a track.

In order to create personal customized playlists and libraries, you are required to create an account and be logged into StereoMood.  In my case, I did not create an account; I simply visit the web site, select a mood from the tag cloud, minimize StereoMood to the task bar and life is good.

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If you are wondering where the music is generated from for Stereo Mood; the StereoMood tracks are derived from a selection of the best international music blogs.  Overall, the music I have experienced is quite good.  I like the fact that I can click on a mood (e.g. relax) and get music that matches the mood.

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A Fantastic FREE 3D Online Chess Game

If you are an avid chess player, then you will appreciate SparkChess (flashChess III).

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The “cool factor” here is that you do not need to install any software to play this 3D online chess game. SparkChess (flashChess III) is a cloud application, meaning the game can be played straight from your web browser. This cloud app is Adobe Flash Player based, is very attractive in appearance and really serves one goal; AND, that is to make you a better chess player. Even if you do not play chess, I encourage you to visit SparkChess (flashChess III) to get a good look at how interactive applications, such as SparkChess, will look like as we continue to evolve in the direction of cloud based computing.

To play SparkChess (flashChess III), click [ HERE ] .

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To visit the main web site of SparkChess (flashChess III), click [HERE]. Please Note this upcoming change, as reflected on the web site:  Same game, new name – we’re rebranding: with the next release, flashCHESS will be known as SparkChess. You’ll still be able to play from either domain – SparkChess.com and flashCHESS3.com

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An Online Mobile Phone Emulator (try before you buy)

Buying a mobile phone is one of those costly decision-making processes that will either make you or break you. If you are not prepared (and educated) you could ultimately end up in a contract situation with a carrier for a 2 year period with a phone you ultimately are not satisfied with. Personally, I am no expert when it comes to mobile phones; however, it is in my opinion, a lock in for a 2 year period of time, with a phone being used as bait, just does not sound too good to me (from the bargaining standpoint).

One thing I do know about mobile phones is that today they are a member of the information technology family (as a form of an electronic medium) and as with any member of that family you have to do your homework in order to educate yourself and bring yourself up to speed.

Now the beauty of today’s internet is that you can access information on just about everything, including mobile phones. The real beauty though is that today’s internet is evolving into a virtual world (with interactive content) that in essence allows you to manipulate and animate from your chair using a web browser. Once such instance of this technology is a web site called TryPhone.

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TryPhone is an online interactive (virtual) web site that emulates various models of mobile phones and gives you the ability to actually take them for a test drive (for free). You can also do “side-by-side” comparisons, watch demos, etc…  Remember educate yourself, prior to buying any electronics, AND TryPhone is one way to help educate yourself about mobile phones.  TryPhone is currently in beta (the testing stage).

TryPhone gives you the ability to try before you buy. Use our fully interactive online virtual handsets to test-drive mobile devices, applications, content and services, as well as watch demos – right from the comfort and convenience of your own computer. No pressure, no salespeople, no product uncertainty and no features you don’t understand. Try it, then go buy it… on your terms.

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A Very Cool Web App to Search for Flickr Photos

One of the functions that I serve in my Church is that of the Multimedia Director, with the primary responsibility of preparing and building hymn and sermon slides that provide a visual experience to the congregation. The toughest part of the building process, which often consists of 50 or more slides, is locating resources for graphics, photos, and backgrounds that will coincide with a particular hymn or sermon message.

Today I hit a goldmine of a site (that will assist me with locating graphic content) that is not only visually appealing, but is (in my opinion) one of the coolest flash web sites out there.  It is called Tag Galaxy

Tag Galaxy is an Adobe Flash based (3D) – 3 Dimensional web site that allows you search Flickr (online photo management and sharing website) for graphic content.

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Here’s how it works…  Visit Tag Galaxy [ Here ] .  Enter the type of graphic you are looking for (where it says “enter initial tag”) and click on “Go”.  For example, I entered in the word “Praise”.  The site will magically evolve into a galaxy of other relevant tags (or planets).

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In my case I clicked on the “Praise” planet and the site again evolves into a sphere (or globe) that is composed of the photos it finds on Flickr.  You can rotate the sphere (or globe) by holding down your left mouse button and using your mouse pointer.  You can select individual photos on the sphere (or globe) by clicking on them with your mouse pointer or you can reload the sphere (or globe) with more photos by clicking on the arrows at the top of the page.  Using your scroll wheel on your mouse you can zoom in and out on the sphere.

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Convert Adobe PDF to Microsoft Word

I recently attended a day long seminar on emergency management for my current job and the instructor was displaying various forms and documents in the Adobe PDF file format that was available for our use.  The instructor went on to say that it is too bad there is not a way to make those PDF forms and documents editable.  I wanted to jump right out of my chair; however, I did not want to embarass my colleagues who  already think I’m an overclocked CPU.  Folks, there are numerous converters available on the internet that will convert PDF files to the Microsoft Word format.  One such site is Convert PDF to Word.net

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To make the conversion you simply browse for the file you desire to convert, then hit the convert and download button. During my testing, the converter took the PDF file and converted it into blocks of text.  As with any document converter, there may be slight differences in the formatting.  For example, documents containing tables can be hard to get a really good final result; BUT, hey whose complaining.  These converters do a pretty good job!

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Convert PDF to Word.net, is part of a larger scheme of converters, that are reflected below for your convenience:

Iphone Theme
YouTube Converter
Pdf to word Converter
Convert PDF to html
Text to PDF Converter
Convert PDF To Image
Convert PDF to word
Convert My Pdf
Zip My Files
Pdf Password Remover
Water Effect
Pdf to word Converter
YouTube To Mp3

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Google Acquires Picnik Photo Editor

Picnik is a cloud app that gives you the power to edit your photos and images in your web browser. You simply upload the photo or image you desire to tweak or fix.  With Picnik you can fix underexposed photos, remove red-eye, or apply effects to your photos without the need of installing software on your PC.

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Today, I learned that Google has acquired Picnik.  This acquisition is another piece of the puzzle that Google is putting together to make our online experience as seamless as possible. With this acquisition, Picnik will only get better! You can read more about it [HERE] .

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Picnik is a fast, fun, easy to use and powerful set of photo editing tools for editing, sharing and printing images using any internet browser on any computer platform. Picnik is integrated with a wide variety of websites like Picasa Web Albums, Facebook, Flickr, Yahoo! Mail and Photobucket. With Picnik, you can edit your photos wherever they are from wherever you are.

And all this leads us to today’s exciting news: we’ve just been acquired by Google! What does this mean for Picnik? It means we can think BIG. Google processes petabytes of data every day, and with their worldwide infrastructure and world-class team, it is truly the best home we could have found. Under the Google roof we’ll reach more people than ever before, impacting more lives and making more photos more awesome.

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Forward Those Entertaining Emails to forwardOn

image TechPaul from Tech-for Everyone was recently so ever apologetic for forwarding a chain email to me; BUT, he had some very interesting pics he wanted me to see that were floating around the internet via the never-ending email circuit. See, he is alot like myself when it comes to forwarding those crazy (but sometimes entertaining) emails; we, usually are the one’s that drop the ball and break the email chain.  We do have our reasons for that and mostly it is our protective geek nature to be security conscious and do all that we can to prevent any chance of malware from being spread and to help reduce clutter in your inbox. I’m sure our proactive actions really do not have much of an impact at all; but, we do try : )

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As a result of our proactive geek behavior, I recently found a service, called forwardOn where you can forward (and store) those entertaining emails that you cannot live without; so TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone, feel guilty no more.  I will just forward those great emails you send me to forwardOn for all to see.  At forwardOn you can post:

1. Videos (including links to YouTube videos)
2. Pictures
3. Jokes
4. Audio
5. Files (Word docs, Powerpoints, and more)

The “cool factor” to this service is that it works directly from your email.  Once you signup you will be provided with a forwardOn email address where you can forward those emails to your forwardOn account where it will be posted on your own private page where it can be shared with everyone.  For example, below is my public forwardOn page for your viewing pleasure:

http://www.forwardon.com/Ramblinrick

forwardOn eliminates accidental viruses, email hoaxes and scams, wasted bandwidth and storage, clogged inboxes, unformatted content, and much more. The only thing I could not nail down with this service is how much space is given for storage…  It also appears the service offers a reward program, where the quantity and quality of your posts generates points that are redeemable for gifts, etc…

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Use Your Computer to Put You to Sleep

image Here is a cloud app, called Rainy Mood,  that is unique in that it does only one thing; it is a mood enhancer that provides a 15 minute sound loop of a gentle rain (with some rumbling thunder in the background). You can also play your own music simultaneously with this online app to further enhance the mood.  I found that one of two things is going to happen while listening to Rainy Mood.  ONE, the sound of running water is going to promote a run to the bathroom; OR, TWO you are going to relax and hopefully go sleep (YAWN)…

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Write Your Name in the Snow with Penguin Show

UPDATE (12/24/2014): If the links in this article, to the Penguin Show, do not work; you can still run Penguin Show by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser. Once you have it pasted in the address bar of your browser you can modify the message. Where it says, “msg=” in the URL you can type whatever you want and the Penguin will draw it for you in the snow.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r135/snow978/penguin_tebe.swf?msg=What’s%20On%20My%20PC

image To all my readers I encourage you to visit Penguin Show and write your name (or message) in the snow [CLICK HERE] .  Make sure you turn up the sound on your PC to get the full effects.  Once you complete your message in the snow, you can send it to your friends.

[ CLICK HERE ] to see my message in the snow!

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A FREE Full Screen Interactive Weather Map

Here in the United States the weather this winter has been anything but normal. As a result, tracking weather conditions has moved up on the priority list in our daily routines

To assist us with tracking the weather, Weather Underground has recently developed a new cloud app (with touch screen technology in mind) called FullScreenWeather.com that works in conjunction with Google Maps.

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To use this cloud app, simply visit FullScreenWeather.com (which is a redirect to the Weather Underground web site) and enter your zip code (or city, state, country, Latitude or Longitude).

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Once your zip code is entered and the map for your locale loads, simply bookmark the site in your browser (for future one click access).  Once the map loads you have option of displaying the following overlays: temperature, precipitation or cloud cover. Using Google Maps technology, in conjunction with the weather data overlays,  you have the control to interactively zoom in and out and change the maps appearance.

The map also displays widgets of sorts (with convenient links to the Weather Underground website) that displays current and forecasted conditions, as well as, weather alerts

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