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Some cool websites that you must try ..

I wanted to drop off a list of some cool and interesting websites for you all to check out. Well here goes :

Give away of the day

Welcome to Giveaway of the day project, the new initiative in the software distribution world! Everyday Giveawayoftheday offer for FREE licensed software you’d have to buy otherwise! The idea behind this initiative is that many sites and publishers offer trial downloads; but only we offer giveaway downloads. What does that mean?

Basically, every day they nominate one software title that will be a Giveaway title of that day. The software will be available for download for 24 hours (or more, if agreed by software publisher) and that software will be absolutely free. That means – not a trial, not a limited version – but a registered and legal version of the software will be provided.

Online Alarm Clock

There is no need of describing what it is the use of Online Alem Clock but it is worth mentioning the very user friendly interface of KuKuKlok. Once loaded, the online alarm clock will work even if Internet connection goes down.

Online Text to Image converter

IMG4Me is an online service to convert your text into image instantly. This way you can Protect your e-mail and other private information online against spammers and web crawlers.

Here is the result you get! You can use such images for protecting your email account from crawlers and spammer bots

Identify the language

Many time you visit a webpage which is written in a different language or you may get a document oe a letter that is written in some other language, so what do you do, you can use Google Translator to convert the language to your native language. But the problem is you need to know in which language the letter/message is written before you can translate. This is where LanID come in use.

LangId is a free web service that allows you to identify in which language was written any text you need to analyze.

So just copy/paste the text the text in the box and press identify as simple as that.Now you can switch to Google Translate to translate the text in whichever language you want.

Send Anonymous & Fake EMail

Fake Send allows you to send Fake Emails easily. All you have to do is simply fill out the fields to have an email message delivered to the recipient specified. Your recipient will receive an anonymous e-mail message at the address you provide as well as see the message as sent-from the sender you input. Click send message and your anonymity is protected while we deliver your email message(s), keeping you anonymous!

This website is a perfect way to prank your friends, your boss, or anyone at all! There’s no signup, no fees, nothing. Just free emailing. Sending fake emails is also makes a perfect April Fools joke, so be sure to come back then as well!

All in one Online messenger

Meebo lets users gather their friends on a single buddy list where they can talk and share content in real-time across different IM platforms, communities, and traditional social networks.

It is a multiplatform Messenger clien which includes major messengers like Yahoo Messenger, GTalk, MSN/Windows Live Messenger and FaceBook Chat and MySpace. Also It has Included ICQ Chat and Jabber Chat options.

Check which games will run on your PC

Many time you want to know whether your computer supports the minimum system requirement for the latest game you want to play, for this the best option is to check the game homepage, but most of US don’t know whats is our current system configuration than how should we check/confirm whether a particular game will run on our computer or not.

This site provides a One-Click solution that looks at your computer’s hardware and system software to determine whether or not your current system can run a product. Each of your computer’s components is evaluated to see how well it meets the minimum and recommended requirements for specific products. Recommendations are made on how to update or upgrade each component which does not meet the listed requirements. Sometimes, a simple, free software download is all that is needed. Sometimes you’ll find that you need a different videocard to fully experience what the game has to offer.

All you have to do is go to Can you run It. Choose the name of the game for which you want to check your system requirement and click on Can U run It button.

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How can you help others just being online

Understandably the primary use of technology should be for the betterment of the quality of life around the world, and the Internet is helping achieve it. Especially in the 3rd world countries where the basic necessaries of people are not completed, the penetration of the Internet is not really the priority and thus it is not able to help out people.

As a symbol of the human ingenuity we have however come up with simple but effective ways to be able to help people in those 3rd world countries, not directly though. So do you wanna join in as well, so here is a list of a few websites that do a lot of charity based on how much time you spend on their site.

http://www.freerice.com/ This amazing site provides 10 grains of rice to charity when you get a small quiz which is on their site. The site has daily stats for the rice they donate as well and yesterday Jan 22, 2010 the stats were

78,719,470 grains of rice donated and Over 73 billion grains donated to date

The great thing about this website is the fact that not only is the site doing a lot of good, but with the Quiz that are there on the website they help learn various educationally required material as well, such as Language Learning, Math, English, Geography, Chemistry and Art. It is really helpful in more than one type of education, the more important being that everyone should do something good for the planet.

http://www.thehungersite.com/ is another great site for charity, where they give away 1.1 cups of food for every click that you would register per day. The site is going one step further and has a store with produce that is created by the people in the countries that are suffering from calamities or in certain cases war.  In a 12-month period they donated over 43 million cups and it only takes a second for each person to do and costs nothing!

The great part of the site is that you can go to related sites (breast cancer, child health, literacy, rainforest, and animal rescue) where you can click and sponsors donate acres of rainforest, mammograms, etc. By shopping at the sponsors’ sites, even more will be donated to the causes.

Another way to give to charity without spending any money is to use certain search engines. Whenever you do a search, the advertisers pay to a charity – usually you choose which one before searching.

Here’s a site that lists a few of these search engines:
http://www.easydonations.net/searchengin…

And one that lists 15 of these search engines:
http://www.doshdosh.com/13-charity-searc…

Here is a list of some of these charity sites that I do try and visit regularly, please add more if you know of any :

  1. http://www.freerice.com/
  2. http://www.thehungersite.com
  3. http://www.easydonations.net/
  4. http://www.triviaforcharity.com
  5. http://www.freepoverty.com
  6. http://www.goodsearch.com
  7. http://www.freekibble.com
  8. http://www.freekittykibble.com

How to hyper activate your USB Thumb Drive

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Nearly everyone of us carries around a flash drive with some of our important information with us. But flash drives have evolved, not only are they now growing in capacity and speed. But with a small push from the software industry the humble flash drive will play an important part in the whole cloud computing phenomenon. As applications move from computers to the cloud, it is quintessential for the applications of the desktop to move around a bit as well, with the user I mean. The applications that cannot (at the moment) be realized from the cloud need to be for the user to be able to use. They also need to essentially provide another important feature i.e. not to leave any files on the host computer once you take them to your friends place. This is essentially something that separates a normal application from a portable application.

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How did I get into this is also an interesting story, I work on a construction site and IT facilities there can be a little poor. Like restricted internet access for an hour a day with ridiculously slow download speeds. Anyway, the company where I work is considerably large and the IT department there had issues with things like virus on machines being transferred from USB drives, people installing malicious software accidentally etc. So they decided to have a restriction on installing anything on the computer. That started some issues with inaccessibility to software, legitimate open source software included. In that scenario I was forced to use only the software on that computer like, internet explorer (of which I am not a big fan) and Office, no image editing tools etc. I had to work on a few image editing assignments as well as could not stand to use Internet Explorer. I wanted either Chrome or Firefox, firefox being the second choice. So like always necessity is the mother of all inventions and finds. Well in that scenario I tried to look for software that I could use without installing it, and walla a whole new world of portable apps greeted me.

The portable application suites that are available are built in such a way that you do not need to actually worry about your information being left on another computer, you plug in your USB into another computer, run the application and once your work is done; remove the USB and you are done. In fact there are applications that keep the data in the USB encrypted so in case you lose the USB drive the person who finds it will definitely not be able to see any information that is on the thumb drive.

If you have not been looking at the portable apps world, you will be surprised to see and know the vast libraries of applications that are already available either official releases from the companies who are making the software themselves, like firefox portable etc, and then there are unofficial releases done by Portable Application enthusiasts. Most of them work like a breeze. Essentially portable apps are available as individual applications but for starters or to better organize the portable apps on your thumb drive, it is better to use an application launcher like portableapps.com, liberkey, or geekmenu. Then there are those that come preloaded onto USB drives like the U3, which comes standard on all Sandisk drives; which although are not open source but definitely free with their drives.

Today not only do you get portable applications but also complete Operating systems that are portable on USB drives called Live USB. In fact windows 7 can be ported into your USB to make a portable windows 7 OS Drive.  Well enough spoken about these nifty tools, let me just add some links for you guys to check them out.

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These flash drives  make a great Holidays present to your geek friend also 😉 Load in one of the above mentioned portable app launcher and some apps for a great surprise. In case you cannot find your favorite application yet, then you can in fact create your own. Package factory is a portable application creator for the U3 launcher system. They claim that they can convert any application into a portable application, let’s hope it works. Check out the Package Factory here. Some of my favorite tools on my USB drive at the moment that I really use would be, Gimp portable, Sketch Up portable, Chrome Portable as well as Firefox portable, VLC portable, Picasa 3 Portable, Keepass portable, Thunderbird portable, Sunbird portable, convert All portable and last but not the least 7-zip portable.  Most of these from the POrtableapps.com launcherAll awesome tools that let me do a lot without having to install them on my machine.  Have also installed recently Opera tor portable which helps me access Flickr at work, which is essentially blocked in the UAE. Although I have to admit, for the one hour of slow browsing, Opera Tor is not really ideal. I hope someone makes a good chrome extension to mimic the performance of tor.