New Google Maps version of EARTH ALERTS

How would you like to monitor, in near real-time, natural events (such as hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, cyclones) that occur here on mother earth? You can with the Google Maps version of Earth Alerts.

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Before I go further, I must give credit where credit is due. The Google Maps version of Earth Alerts is actually an offspring to the software version of Earth Alerts.

Earth Alerts is a Windows-based application that allows you to monitor in near real-time a variety of natural hazard events that are occurring anywhere around the world. Alert notifications, reports, and imagery provide the user with a convenient way to view natural phenomenon as they occur, whether close to home or some far-flung corner of the globe!

Earth Alerts uses a variety of online resources provided by organizations such as the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey and Smithsonian Institution (just to name a few), to identify what sort of activities “Mother Earth” is currently dishing out on the planet. [MORE]

To use this offspring (cloud based) version Earth Alerts, simply visit, in your browser, the Google Maps version of Earth Alerts [HERE]. Once loaded into your browser you are presented with a map of the world with icons depicting current (or recent) alerts; plus, many drop down options and layers to enhance your experience. For example, the U.S. is currently monitoring several hurricanes in the Atlantic. With the Google Maps version of Earth Alerts you can monitor and track the strength, locations and the direction these hurricanes are tracking.

Earth Alerts

In this particular case, by clicking on any of the hurricane alert symbols you can gather current information that is provided by the Weather Underground.

Weather Underground

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Search, Play and Bookmark Online Radio Stations with RadioTuna

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RadioTuna is a cloud app that brings internet radio to your desktop via their online presence and easy to understand interface.  In the past I normally installed software on my PC to search for and bookmark my online stations; however, RadioTuna eliminates the need to do that.

The “cool factors” to RadioTuna are:

  • Can bookmark your stations (for future reference) that can be accessed anywhere there is internet access.
  • Album art is displayed as the songs are playing to enhance, not only the listening experience, but the visual experience, as well.
  • Very powerful internet radio search engine.

RadioTuna is the first real-time search engine for online radio, giving up-to-the-minute results relating to the music being played across the globe right now. If you search for an artist that happens to be playing right now, we’ll tell you and you can connect straight to that station. If your choice isn’t playing right now, we’ll tell you which stations are most likely to play them next.

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FREE Wallpaper and Puzzles at National Geographic

image National Geographic, the official journal of the National Geographic Society, has been publishing the journal (or magazine) since 1888.  I can remember in my childhood browsing through my Grandfather’s National Geographic collection and being in awe over the articles; and, especially the photography.  If any of you are familiar with National Geographic, you know exactly what I am talking about.

If you are a National Geographic fan, then there are (4)-four FUN things you need to check out that will bring the photography of the National Geographic to your computer.

1) The National Geographic Wallpapers [ Link 1] and [ Link 2 ] .  I currently use the National Geographic Wallpapers as my primary source for my wallpaper backgrounds on my PC. There is nothing like them (in my opinion). Be sure to check out both links, as they are different.

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2) Test your memory with the National Geographics’ Daily Dozen match game.

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3) Nothing like a jigsaw puzzle; especially, when it is FREE and can be played on your computer featuring photography [ Link ] and Atlas Maps [ Link ] from the National Geographic.  See how fast you can assemble these puzzles (you are timed).

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4) Don’t forget to check out the slide puzzles [ Link ] .  Watch the pieces scramble before your eyes and then challenge you to slide them back in order.

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Learn about Google Wave

The primary reason I write a blog is to inform the everyday computer user.  Just today I had an “everyday computer user” ask me, “What is Google Wave?”.  Well, I was like, uh, hmmmm!, let me get back to you…  I needed to do my homework on Google Wave.

To the everyday computer user, they are hearing about Google Wave via the news media and that Google Wave is currently in a limited preview via an invite. You can request an invite to Google Wave from [ here ].  At the present, it is my understanding that 100,000 invites were sent out and the people who received those invites can invite another (8)-eight people.

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Ok, what is Google Wave all about?

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

You can visit the official Google Wave site [ here ] .

To the everyday computer user, the description I provided probably did not help matters any.  Ok, let’s try some YouTube videos.  The first video is the Google Wave Developer Preview.  If it seems too in-depth, definitely watch the second video.  The person who created the second video put it all together for us in very simplistic terms (and pictures) that even I could understand.  Enjoy!

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Search the Internet better with fefoo…

Fefoo is a search application that changes the way we use search engines. Fefoo is an application that is engineered to work with multiple search engines to make your searches more effective and better. FeFoo is designed to search by categories; thus, making your search more refined from the time you start searching. As a result you spend less time searching.  Loading fefoo is very, very fast. The first time you use fefoo it is cached (saved) automatically to your disk thus making subsequent load times in the milliseconds. Another neat thing about fefoo is that you can add and remove categories.

www.fefoo.com

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How does fefoo work?

The first time you visit fefoo, it gets cached on your browser. After that everytime you search its done on your computer. That is one reason why it feels so fast. There are no roundtrips back to the server every time you search. The search is as fast as the search engine that you are using. fefoo works transparently without adding any overhead while searching.

How to add fefoo as a search provider?

When you are on the fefoo homepage you will see add to browser button on the top right hand corner. If you don’t see the button, currently there is no known way to add search to your browser. (If you know a way to add it please do leave a feedback). In any case you can always bookmark fefoo. You can also set it as your homepage. Since it runs from the cache its almost as fast as setting the homepage toabout:blank

After you perform a search with fefoo, a search bar will appear at the top of the browser to assist with further searching.  This search bar is not permanent and only appears when you perform a search.

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The more I use fefoo the more I am liking it.  Definitely a keeper on my PC.

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A FREE Reminder Service In The Cloud

If you are like me, you can be told to remember something and it will eventually, like smoke, vaporize in a short matter of time.  My attention span is here, there, and a little bit of everywhere and the focus is soon lost (and very quickly).

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To help me with my deficit I have been using an online cloud app called “ReSnooze”. I have featured ReSnooze on the blog in the past and feel it is worth a second post. ReSnooze is a really neat “reminder” service that helps you remember things; not only one time, but over and over, if necessary. ReSnooze will email the reminders to you…

Let’s face it, we are bombarded with information at a phenomenal rate and you better be organized to keep up or you will experience information overload and forget the really important things that could result in injury (like your anniversary).

What is ReSnooze good for?

Resnooze is a great to-do list tool. Low-priority items won’t bug you too much, but will not be forgotten.

Resnooze is a new approach for bookmarking. It guarantees that you actually remember to visit the URLs you’ve bookmarked; It naturally prevents bookmark clutter.

More specifically, Resnooze is good for remembering to:

  • Re-visit websites (by simply typing the URL)
  • Make a phone call
  • Pay a bill
  • Make a doctor appointment
  • Ask a friend to return your book
  • Buy a gift
  • Follow-up on something

Have you ever emailed yourself something just to keep it in mind?

Resnooze makes the process or “emailing yourself” easier. By default, Resnooze reminders are periodical so you won’t forget them even if you ignore one.

With Resnooze, you can adjust the reminder frequency in a single click, from within the email message.

Recently added to ReSnooze is the convenient “Hot Reminders List” that is a listing things that you can add to your reminders.

To use ReSnooze in its’ fullest, I suggest you visit the site and sign up for a FREE account.  You will find ReSnooze one of the most useful cloud apps out there!

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A FREE cloud based version of Microsoft Office is coming…

Microsoft is finally seeing the light (or cloud I should say) and will be making available (for FREE) a browser based (light weight) version of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note to members of its free Windows Live online service. It is my understanding that if you have a Windows Live account (i.e. Hotmail account) you will be able to access these applications for FREE in your web browser (including Firefox). It is anticipated to be available sometime next year (2010) as Microsoft Office 2010 is rolled out.  It is currently unknown if these cloud apps will be ad supported or not.

This is a major step for Microsoft in an effort to compete with the likes of other cloud based services that already offer similar functionality, such as Google Docs. This may be an excellent solution for many people out there, such as the “Moms and Pops” who only need a “light weight” version of these apps to perform lightweight tasks (such as drafting a letter or simply as a means to open an Office document).

According to Microsoft, you will be able to
“View documents across PCs, mobile phones, and the Web without compromising document fidelity. Create new documents and do basic editing using the familiar Office interface”.

You can learn more about the upcoming web based version of Microsoft Office 2010 [ HERE ] and by watching the video below.

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The NEW Google Chrome Operating System

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Introducing the Google Chrome OS


7/07/2009 09:37:00 PM

It’s been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly. We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web –searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.


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Virtualize Your Floor Plans with Project Dragonfly

Project Dragonfly is an online DIY (do it yourself) tool that you use in a real-time environment; to create, envision, furnish and ultimately virtualize floor plans (in 2D or 3D). Project Dragonfly was launched in March 2009 by Autodesk, which is world renown for 2D and 3D design software (e.g. Autocad) that is used in architecture, engineering and building construction. If you are familiar with CAD software then you know the complexity that is involved in learning the software. With Project Dragonfly the learning curve is minimal and there is no software installation involved. Simply visit the site and start designing. Project Dragonfly is another great example of a “flash based” cloud application that you run straight from your web browser.

Project Dragonfly

I encourage you to preview the video below as an introduction to Project Dragonfly (to get you started).  If you cannot wait to try it out, visit Project Dragonfly [ HERE ] .

Pimp Your Profile with Photofunia

My friends over at Technize.com recently posted an article (see web clip below) about a cloud application, called Photofunia, that I had not yet experienced. What caught my eye in the article, was a pic of a baby. It’s not everyday you see a a baby on a tech blog, unless it is about the animated “Dancing Baby” (Ooga Chaka Ooga Ooga! …) from several years ago.

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Technize did a great job explaining how Photofunia works, using the baby as the example. I encourage you to visit Technize.com to see how the baby was transitioned into works of art using the online Photofunia photo effects service.

Photofunia

PhotoFunia is an online photo editing tool that gives you a fun filled experience. You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. Their proprietary technology automatically identifies the face in the photo and let’s you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages. PhotoFunia is free and very easy to use. Just select an effect you like from over 100 different effects, upload your photo, and PhotoFunia will handle the rest for you.

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Make Your Photographs Artistic

Chiranjib on June 10th, 2009

Have you ever dreamed, your photo in a big banner in street or building. If yes then you can create it by using Adobe Photoshop.

It is a difficult job and takes a long time. But you can do it online in few seconds.

Just click on the link below and choose an effect. Next browse for your photograph.

It will create your photograph in the selected effect. Then click on save to disk. That you have done.

I created the following photographs from the original one:

Original one is:

Make Your Photographs Artistic

Visit “Technize.com” to see the end results!

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Playing Solitaire in the Clouds…

As long as there has been Microsoft Windows, there has been the card game Solitaire. I always heard that Microsoft provided the game of Solitaire (aka: Klondike) with the operating system, not only a means to provide entertainment, but also as a means to teach people how to use the mouse.

If you are Solitaire gamer, then you will be interested in the Cloud based version of Solitaire called “World of Solitaire”. World of Solitaire is a 100% JavaScript Based application that you play in your internet web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, etc…). As a matter of fact, there are over 40 different versions of solitaire that is available in World of Solitaire; and, if you register, your statistics are saved online.

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World of Solitaire

World of Solitaire started out as an experiment by author Robert Schultz and has grown into over 350,000 players per month. I have found World of Solitaire to be at the same level or better than any of the Solitaire game software that you would install on your PC. Again, World of Solitaire is played in your web browser and requires no installation. Just visit World of Solitaire [ HERE ] to select and start your game. As a tip, after arriving at the World of Solitaire site and starting your game, hit “F11” on your keyboard to toggle to full screen mode. You can turn full screen “off”, by hitting “F11” again.

If you find yourself becoming addicted to the World of Solitaire, I encourage you to also visit Robert Schultz’s – Blog about “World of Solitaire” to keep abreast of any updates.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#10)

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Another great round of superbly written and presented articles, by the friends of “What’s On My PC…”, from the past week. I encourage my readers to visit these tech blogs to learn more about information technology, software, tips and tricks, how to’s, and information about the latest security threats.

If you are a tech blogger and are interested in a link exchange with “What’s On My PC…”, please leave a comment below and I will contact you.  Thank you!

OnlineFamily.Norton – AKSHAT

Ultimate iPod Touch/iPhone Games Toolbox: 75+ Free Must-Have Games Of All Time – AllThatsNew

Download Windows Virtual PC Beta and Virtual Windows XP Mode Beta – TTC Shelbyville

Microsoft Office 2010 (Word,Excel,Access,Outlook) Screenshots – Techolar

Firewall Causes Connection Problem – Tech-for Everyone

Download AppRemover – Delete Stubborn Security Applications – Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

How to Remove “Warning! Your’re In Danger” Wallpaper – 411-Spyware.com

Evernote – Every Time to Organize Everything – AskBillFirst

The Home Computer Freeware List: Updated 05/08/09 – Confessions of a Freeware Junkie

Recolored: Colorize Black and White Photos – Snakebytez

MyEventViewer – alternative utility for Windows logs – Rarst.net

Jing – Free screen capture solution for blogger by TechSmith – Piyadas World

Google Calendar Integrates Tasks – Lifehacker

Organize and Manage Windows With Screen Utility “MaxTo” – Is You GEEKed Up

Panda Cloud Antivirus Beta – Free – PC Security

Microsoft changes ‘Windows Genuine Advantage’ – Evilfantasy’s Blog

Cool Websites and Tools [May 13’th] – makeuseof.com

Prism – Bringing Cloud Apps To Your Desktop – What’s On My PC…

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Prism – Bringing Cloud Apps To Your Desktop

I recently posted an article which provided (3)-three options available, geared toward cloud apps, that will allow you to split web applications out of the browser. The article “Turn your cloud apps into desktop apps with SSB” explored the emerging technology of site specific browsers which allows you take an online site (or cloud app) and convert it into a desktop application. The advantage to this is that when the cloud app is launched, it will open into a full screen window minus all of the distractions of a typical browser and will run in its’ own separate process. One of the options that I presented was called “Prism” by Mozilla Labs (the Firefox people).

Prism

Work is now starting to progress with Prism, after what I saw was very little activity. First sign of activity was the Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop [click here] (which is Prism based); the second sign of activity is an actual Prism web site  [click here] ; and the third sign of activity is the beta release of Prism (V1.0 b1) [click here] .

There are numerous web based apps being developed daily, and what we are seeing is next generation computing.  I have been using Prism for approximately 3 months to launch my favorite cloud apps in their own separate processes or applications. Prism can be run either as a Firefox extension or you can download the Prism software. I preferred the actual Prism software download so that I could see how Prism performed at the PC level. If you are someone who is into cloud computing, you definitely need to give Prism a try.

How does Prism Work?

What you are seeing below is the “Prism” software application which is very easy to use. Enter the desired URL of your cloud app (or web site), give it a name, check “off” the location where you want Prism create the shortcut (e.g. Desktop, Start Menu, Quick Launch Bar), click “OK” and you are done…  Prism does all of the work for you and even extracts an icon from the cloud app site to identify the cloud app shortcut.  If you want to get rid of the cloud app that Prism installed, you simply delete the shortcut.

Prism

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A cloud based weather app with a social appeal…

This time of year at my location, the weather is normally in the low to mid 70’s and very pleasant; however, the past 2-(two) weeks we have experienced conditions from unseasonably hot weather (above 90 degrees) to very rainy weather. During unusual weather changes, such as this, I have come to rely on internet based weather services to monitor the conditions for severe weather. I have always had a fascination with computer software applications that have the ability to provide weather stats (and alerts) and give that feeling that you have your very own weather station.

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iMap Weather

A recent search for new weather applications on the internet led me to a FREE “cloud based” application called iMapWeather. This application is a Flash based application integrated with Google Maps API that uses radar; and reportedly some of the most sophisticated forecasting available. This weather application is the first I have experienced where weather information and user-generated (social) media features are wrapped in the same package. For example; after setting up an account with iMapWeather, you can share photos, videos, posts and events with other iMapWeather users.

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This app features enhanced mapping, with a realtime doppler radar data overlay, that is precisely localized down to the latitude and longitude with roadmap, satellite and terrain views. You can also zoom in (to house and street level) and zoom out (for a broader view); AND, go full screen to precisely track current conditions.  You can toggle “on and off”, the radar, current conditions, global lightning, and buoy ship data.

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iMap Screenshot

Other facts about iMapWeather:

  • iMapWeather’s “Hurricane” tab gives users the ability to track tropical systems, follow their projected paths and view footage and commentary from bystanders who are witnessing a storm’s development.
  • With iMapWeather’s “Winter” tab, users can get snow and ice reports and fInd out current conditions at ski resorts across the United States.
  • iMapWeather’s ClickCast® provides weather information from all over the world in real time. Click on any location, from Paris to Beijing, for current weather conditions and forecasts.
  • Users can share content via e-mail from a computer or mobile device.
  • Social media content is displayed on an algorithm that includes newness, popularity (views) and ranking.
  • iMap Weather is in beta and you are required to sign-up for an account to take full advantage of the social media features.

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A web (cloud) based application to make Powerpoint presentations …

If you are a Microsoft Powerpoint user, then you are going to like this write-up on the cloud based application called “280 Slides”.

280 Slides

“280 Slides” is an online, web (cloud) based, slideshow presentation editor (builder) that you use right in your browser. There is no software to download and absolutely nothing to pay for (totally free).  The application is currently in beta, like many other cloud apps, but is another good example of “software as a service” (SAS) being driven across the internet. Again, the application is in beta, but I found it to work quite smoothly for a beta product. Applications such as this, will only get better and change the way we use software, as we know it.

280 Slides

Immediately catching my attention with this application is that you can import existing Powerpoint presentations into the “280 Slideshow editor” and download the presentations you create into the Powerpoint file format.

Additional features:

  • Import Existing Slideshow Formats
  • Access your slideshow from anywhere that there is an internet connection.
  • Add photos and movies (built in online media search)
  • Professional Quality Themes
  • Autosave and Recovery
  • Download to Powerpoint
  • Publish and Share on the Internet

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Launch Pad Collection of Over 140 Top Quality Tech blogs and Freeware Sites

What's On My PC... - Launch PadThe Launch Pad, which is located on the sidebar of the blog, is my version of a blog roll on steroids. It is a community of “over 140  top quality tech blogs and web sites” that specialize in technology news, freeware, open source software, portable apps, cloud apps, gadgets, information security and anything else that is geek inspired. I visit these sites on a regular basis to fill that void between my ears.  Visiting and interacting with the blogging community and tech sites is a great way to learn.

The first thing you will notice about the Launch Pad is that some of the site names are in a larger font size. These are sites that have committed to link exchanges with my blog and our recognized for that. If you are interested in a link exchange or would like to have your blog added to the “Launch Pad”,  please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and I will get back to you. Link exchanges are a great way to drive traffic to each others blogs.

If you are interested in adding the Launch Pad sites to your browser’s bookmarks, you can download the Launch Pad links and import the file (html) to your browser’s bookmarks OR you can download the Launch Pad file, and open it directly in your browser.

[ Download Launch Pad Links Here ]

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The blog and web site links listed below, are new additions and have been added to the “Launch Pad”.

Piyada’s World
Tech-Recipes
NetWebApp
ToTheTech
Giggle Computer

e-Justice Blog

Rarst.net
Listio
Infopackets
Eches.net
Cybercrime Slayer
Bloody Computer
Windows Vista Guide
Vhxn.com
Techrant
ReadersZone
Tech Salsa
Crazy World of G
Snakebytez
Curious? Read
tnerd
Acme Files
TechJaws
Tech Labs
Digital Inspiration
Freebyte!
Technibble
Techscrawl
Tech-Linkblog
Blog.SpywareGuide
Totally Cool Tech
Alpha’s Place
Cloud Browser
Go2Web20.net
FeedMyApp
SimpleSpark

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G.ho.st (“Ghost”) – Your online virtual computer…

When we first sit down at our computer the first thing we see is our desktop which serves as the visual gateway and the initial launching point for files, programs, settings, menus, icons, etc… We have become accustomed to seeing a certain desktop model  that consists of a start menu, a task bar, a wallpaper background, icons, etc. This model is consistent across the various operating system platforms; from Windows, to Mac, to the many flavors of Linux. Take us away from that desktop model and our comfort level suddenly drops.

Currently there are numerous online services being introduced (called cloud apps) that allow you to access those services through your browser (such as Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox & Chrome). There are even web-based operating system environments being introduced that attempt to replicate the desktop model. How would you like to go to any computer that is connected to the internet and be able to log into your own personal desktop; a desktop that looks familiar and allows you to do virtually the same functions you are now performing on your computer’s desktop at home? It is possible with these types of web based operating systems.

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Today, I came across a service called “Global Hosted Operating System” or “Ghost” (actually G.ho.st) that is the closest resemblance to the desktop model that I have experienced to date. If you are on broadband (high-speed G.ho.stinternet), you have to at least try the “Ghost” virtual computer.  It will not harm your computer in anyway and it is absolutely free. The first thing to make clear is that Ghost is currently in the “alpha” stage of “public” testing. It is stable and usable, but it is not yet fully complete.  During “alpha testing”, you can expect some bugs, but they will not bite. You can test Ghost by visiting the web site [ click here ] and clicking on the “Guest Account”. Once you have accessed the “Guest Account and have loaded the Ghost desktop, go full screen…  Don’t be surprised that you feel as if you are on another computer…  If you find Ghost to be something you may be interested in following you can setup an account to create your own personalized desktop in the clouds.  You are initally provided with a 5 GB account (for file storage) and an additional 3 GB account for the email account.  Additional space can be acquired by referring your friends to Ghost.

What is Ghost?

G.ho.st® provides every person in the world with a free Virtual Computer (VC). Like a Windows PC, or Mac, the VC is a personal computing environment which includes your desktop, your personal settings, your files and your choice of software applications. But unlike a PC, your VC is not installed on one physical computer – instead it is stored in professional data centers across the Internet cloud, and is accessed from any Internet browser in the world. From any computer, open the browser to G.ho.st , enter your username and password, and continue using your VC from exactly the state you last left it in.

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G.ho.st

What are the advantages of G.ho.st?

Available from any browser in the world instead of being installed on one physical machine.

The operating system, many apps, and the first 5GB of data storage and 3GB of email storage are absolutely free.

Software (namely Web-based software) can be run without installation.

The computer is always up-to-date, secure and backed up with no action or cost on your part.

The G.ho.st® VC manages all your Web logins and all your web ‘stuff’ (e.g. files on different web services).

Because it is online, the G.ho.st® VC provides new possibilities for fun and collaboration, beyond what is available on a PC.

Examples of how to use G.ho.st

You can use the G.ho.st® file upload/download facility to permanently move your files (documents, music, photos, etc.) to G.ho.st®. You can use G.ho.st® Mail as your e-mail service and use the POP aggregation to receive e-mails from your other e-mail services (as well as your new @G.ho.st email). You can also use G.ho.st® My Items to manage your Web stuff (links to Flickr photos, Google Docs, YouTube videos, etc.) and use the G.ho.st® Browser to make sure that your bookmarks and cookies are available everywhere.

Key Features

  • Access your desktop, files, apps and settings from any Internet browser
  • Desktop and apps run without the need for installation or updating
  • Customize your desktop and choose from 20+ available languages
  • G.ho.st® has chosen the very best available storage service for your precious data – Amazon Web Services
  • 5GB professionally hosted and backed-up disk space
  • Many file types can be viewed or edited online with a simple double-click
  • Upload and sync your documents, photos and music easily using the G.ho.st® Upload Download Utility, Sync program or FTP
  • Manage smart shortcuts called Tagged Things to Web resources – webmarks (URLs), files, photos, videos, music, products
  • Single sign-on to other services such as Google Docs using My Logins
  • Manage smart shortcuts called Tagged Things to Web resources – webmarks (URLs), files, photos, videos, music, products
  • Share or publish your files directly from the G.ho.st® Drive
  • Read, write and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations using G.ho.st® integrations with Zoho, directly from your G.ho.st® Storage
  • Edit Google Docs, sheets and presentations stored at Google from within G.ho.st®
  • Manage your e-mails, calendar and contacts with the Web’s leading collaboratoin suite
  • You will receive a yourGhostID @G.ho.st email and can retrieve other emails as well (using “POP3”)
  • Yes G.ho.st® runs within the browser but also contains a browser of it’s own! Whichever computer you are on, the G.ho.st® Browser will have your history, your webmarks, and your “cookies” so that other sites will recognize you

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Turn your cloud apps into desktop apps with SSB

To enhance and separately launch my cloud computing applications, I have been exploring an emerging technology called “Site-Specific Browsers” or SSB that has enabled me to open my web based (cloud) applications in the same manner as any other standard desktop application.

Typically, when we use an online service, such as our email, we use our web browser (e.g. IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome) to navigate to the site. The browsers we use are congested with toolbars, menus, sidebars, an address bar, a search bar, etc… With SSB, you open your web based (cloud) application via an icon shortcut into a full screen window (very quickly) without all of the congestion or distractions. This allows you to get in, do your thing, and get out using a very clean and effective browser interface. Typically, a true SSB compliant browser can open each web based (cloud) app in a separate process from each other.  If one fails, the whole house doesn’t come down.  I have been using the SSB concept with several of my cloud apps and I love it.  For example, with SSB, I can click on an icon on my desktop that will directly open my online email account (in a full screen window) faster than I can open my local email software on my computer or open the app via a browser shortcut.

OK, so how do you make these SSB application shortcuts?

I actually found (4)-four different ways to accomplish this:

Chrome - Create App Shortcuts
The Google Chrome browser has a feature built into it called “create application shortcuts” which can be accessed via the “Page Menu” located in the top right corner of the browser.  Even if you do not use Google Chrome, this feature alone may be worth the install.  You can learn how to create your own application shortcuts, using Google Chrome, by [ clicking here ] .  I have found this option in Chrome to work very well.

Prism
Mozilla Labs, the developers of Firefox, currently has in beta a SSB called Prism. Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly from the desktop. There is a standalone (prototype) version of Prism which you can download to easily create your web app shortcuts or you can use the  browser extension option. I personally prefer to use the standalone version of Prism at this point.  I have found Prism, which works off of the Firefox browser engine,  to work very well.  You can read about and download Prism by [ clicking here ].

Bubbles
Bubbles is a standalone “Free” application that you download to generate (create) your SSB application shortcuts. It detaches Web Applications from the classic Browser and offers them with the familiar accessibility, capabilities and always-on nature of Desktop applications. Bubble appears to be running off of the Internet Explorer browser engine.  You can read more and download Bubbles by [ clicking here ]

Mango
Mango SSB is another standalone “Free” application that you can use to create your SSB application shortcuts.  What is unique about Mango is that it is customizable (e.g. menus, splash screens, kiosk mode, etc.).  It even has an option where you can compile your customized web app shortcut into an actual “exe” (executable) program.  Mango appears to be tapping into the Internet Explorer browser engine.  Mango is a good example of what can take place with the SSB technology.  You can read about and download Mango by [ clicking here ]

I hope that you have found this article beneficial. As I have mentioned in previous posts, cloud computing is the wave. More and more online applications and services are being developed daily. Using a SSB – Site -Specific Browser to launch those services only makes sense. If you know of any other site specific browsers out there, drop me a comment.  I am always for exploring something new.

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Need some cloudware? – Web 2.0 Apps

I did not realize how many Web 2.0 (cloud apps) were out there until a fellow blogger – “Carol’s Vault” – sent me links to (3)-three sites that specialize in nothing but cloud apps. I was in complete awe… This was like hitting the cloud apps jackpot!

First, a big THANK YOU to Carol’s Vault –“the geek girl”. Carol’s Vault is a blog, that is geared toward information technology, including the best in freeware and open source software. I have been following “the geek girl’s” blog for more than a year and actually developed an interest for blogging from that specific blog.

Need some cloudware?

Go2Web20.net – A directory of web 2.0 applications and services…

Go2Web20.net

Feedmyapp – Your daily web2.0 dose…

FeedMyApp

Simple Spark – Discover, share and enjoy web apps for your life online.

Simple Spark

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