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Cool Websites and Tools [September 25th]

Posted: 25 Sep 2010 08:31 PM PDT

Check out some of the latest MakeUseOf discoveries. All listed websites are FREE (or come with a decent free account option). No trials or buy-to-use craplets. For more cool websites and web app reviews subscribe to MakeUseOf Directory.

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Get Rescu’d – Don't you hate it when you are in an awkward meeting or in a boring date but you don't have an exit strategy for it? If you don't have friends to call you for a fake emergency, then you should check out Get Rescu'd. This voice and SMS application will let you schedule a fake call to give you an excuse to ditch your boring date or meeting. Read more: Get Rescu'd: Schedule Fake Calls To Escape Boring Meetings


Matrix – is the software that powers many online travel search engines like Orbitz and CheapTickets. However, Matrix now offers their own search engine so you can find cheap travel deals without the annoying advertisements. You can do all the basic flight searches that a regular travel search site offers as well as use some advanced criteria. Read more: Matrix: Search For Cheap Flights Without Ads



CountdownTimer – For all those times when you need to keep track of time counting down but you don't have a gadget to do that, CountDownTimer is an excellent tool. It is a simple countdown timer that starts a timer for whatever duration you enter at the end of the URL. Read more: CountDownTimer: Simple Count Down Timer In Your Browser



RadBox – With the tremendous amount of videos on the web, users never have enough time or opportunity to see all they want. RadBox is a tool that can help you by letting you bookmark videos and watch them later. The tool is added to your browser as a little bookmarklet. Read more: RadBox: Watch it Later Bookmarklet For Web Videos



Muro – DeviantArt is the web's most popular art sharing community and now they have introduced an awesome html5 drawing canvas called Muro. The app is based on HTML5 and is quite lightweight and crash free since it doesn't depend on the buggy flash. You can draw, erase, flood fill, change the size of the brush and even the opacity. Read more: Muro: An HTML5 Drawing Canvas By DeviantArt


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Latest Hilarious Picks [MakeUseOf Geeky Fun]

Posted: 25 Sep 2010 06:01 PM PDT


Check out the top picks from MakeUseOf Geeky Fun during the last week.

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How to Add an Easy-to-Customize Jobs Board to Your Site for Free

Posted: 25 Sep 2010 05:30 PM PDT

job boardsThe Internet has become a great place for many people to find a part-time job. We already have a great article listing best job search engines at MakeUseOf.

But do you know that you can easily build your own jobs board and add it to your site?

This could be a great idea as it will give your site visitors more reasons to check back often (to look for more new job offers) as well as generate more traffic and awareness for your website (as it will add fresh dynamic content to your pages).

Here’s a quick, easy and simply awesome way to create a jobs board and embed or host it on your site as subdomain: Donanza.

Here’s the whole process of setting up the jobs board – as you will see, really quick and easy!

Step 1: Create Your Jobs Board

First, you will need to get yourself registered and accept the terms of use. Now, on to some basic settings. First, you will need to specify your future board name and topics.


  • Your project board address;
  • Your project board name;
  • Your preferred pricing level (set the price you want to charge for each project posted on your board.)
  • Donanza will handle the payment and pay you at the end of each month.

  • The categories:

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Step 2: Customize the Look and Feel

The tool gives a very easy way to customize the look and feel of your project board to match the design of your current site or blog.

In the “Project Board Settings” tab, find the “Layout” section. From there you can:

  • Set the number of projects to display per page;
  • Provide the header, footer and right pane HTML;
  • Provide your custom CSS
  • Customize the jobs board

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The “Theme and Colors” tab allows to customize the jobs board color palette:

  • Select the theme from existing ones;
  • Customize the color choices (visible after clicking “Customize your theme colors” link)

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Step 3: Customize the Content of Your Jobs Board

While your jobs board is new and no one has submitted a jobs board, you don’t want your board to be empty right? Donanza offers you to display “backfill” projects instead (they will be displayed by default):

Using Backfill Projects, your listings are filled with aggregated projects originated from project marketplaces across the web and from the DoNanza publishers network. Your users will see projects posted on your board before seeing backfill projects. Also, you can control the type of backfilled projects that appear on your board.

Looking at your board, you can see the source of any “backfill” project:

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Step 4: Customize the Jobs Board Text and Domain

The “General” tab under the “Project Board Settings” link allows you to customize the board with title tag, subtitle and bold text.

What’s more important, you can set up your custom subdomain there. You can use your own domain name through a process called “domain mapping”.

In order to map your domain to the project board you create, you will need to access your account at your registrar/host and add a CNAME record. The CNAME will point to For example, if you wish your custom domain to be, then modify your CNAME record to point to

Once your CNAME change has been made, you will need to contact the Donanza team and they will set up everything for you.

Other useful publishers’ options you may want to check out:

  • Monetize your board: the service allows (and encourages) users to monetize their job boards using Google Adwords (here’s a quick tutorial).
  • Use in-built stats reports: Some of the data provided include the visitor traffic to the board, number of posted projects, the number of people who apply to them, and click conversion.

What do you think about Donanza? Have you heard of an easier tool to set up a jobs board?

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Is The New Twitter Better Than Desktop Clients?

Posted: 25 Sep 2010 04:35 PM PDT

twitter client you don't have to downloadIntegrated pictures, keyboard shortcuts, a decent way to track conversations and a slick new look. That’s what some users of Twitter found recently, and they were really happy. Twitter isn’t sure how long it will take to push these features out to everybody, but if you primarily use Twitter from a client such as Tweetdeck or Gwibber you may have access and not know it.

We at MakeUseOf don’t hide our love for Twitter. You can find the entire MakeUseOf staff on Twitter, and most of us are pretty active there.

Our articles about Twitter, though, largely revolve around ways to avoid going to the site altogether.

For example, I recently pointed out five Linux Twitter clients you’ve probably never heard of and Steve recommended you use Seesmic Desktop 2 as your Twitter client. The new Twitter might convince people like us to stop using a client and use Twitter directly. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the new Twitter, as compared to desktop clients.

First Off: Do I Have It?

A lot of people are wondering how to tell if they have access to the new Twitter. Well, you probably don’t; Twitter’s not sure how long it will take to roll out to all users. To find out for sure head over to and look for a message like this:

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If you see that, all you need in order to try out the new Twitter is click the yellow button. If you don’t see that I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for a while, but keep reading to see what’s coming up later. Switching back to the old Twitter is as simple as clicking your name in the top-right corner, then clicking “leave preview”.

What’s New?

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The first thing you’ll notice is that everything is wider. Like before there are two main panels, the left and the right. The left panel does largely what it did before – displaying tweets – and the right panel does largely the same thing as well – displaying information such as who you’re following and what topics are currently trending.

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So, at first it looks like this is the same old Twitter, albeit a much wider one. But it’s not. Click on a Tweet and the right panel becomes useful. For example, if there’s a link to a picture, you’ll see the picture:

If the tweet is part of a conversation, you’ll see the rest of the conversation:

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You get the idea; the right panel includes information to give the tweet context. Even if there’s no picture, or no conversation, you’ll see information about people mentioned in the tweet. It’s all about giving context to the little piece of information Twitter encourages us all to push out every day, which I think is welcome.

You’ll also notice that your profile has a little room to breathe now, giving more emphasis to your location and bio than the old interface:

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Finally, for those of you who resent having use a mouse to browse your tweets, the new interface provides you with a handy supply of keyboard shortcuts. Press “?” and you’ll see a list.

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Get to know those and you could save a lot of time browsing Twitter (or, perhaps more realistically, waste a lot more time browsing Twitter).

What’s Missing?

If you consider yourself an avid user of TweetDeck or Gwibber, you might notice a few key features are missing here. The biggest problem, for me, is the lack of support for automatic URL shortening. There might be a Firefox or Chrome plugin to solve this problem, I realize, but it would be really nice for such a functionality to be built in.

The other main advantage Twitter clients have over Twitter itself? Integration with other services. I know, I know, Twitter isn’t going to natively support Facebook or LinkedIn messages anytime soon, but to me that’s the entire appeal of a client.

Still, overall I have to say Twitter is now an impressive alternative to any client. I’ll be using it a lot more now than I ever did before.

What about you guys? Do you yet have access to the new Twitter? If so, do you like it? Or did you turn it off almost right away? Sharing in the comments below is an awesome thing to do, and if you have the new Twitter it just might make Mark very jealous.

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NAVIGON MobileNavigator Giveaway Winners

Posted: 25 Sep 2010 03:32 PM PDT

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Hot Tech Deals [Sep 25th]

Posted: 25 Sep 2010 01:15 PM PDT

If you’re in the market for a new computer, laptop, mobile phone, games and other accessories; don’t waste your time searching online. We’ve taken the liberty of locating the best tech deals and unifying them into a single post for your convenience.

For more fresh hot deals, visit our Hot Tech Deals page, which is constantly updated.

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11 Online Sources For The Best In Mac Freeware [Mac]

Posted: 25 Sep 2010 10:31 AM PDT

mac freewareAside from the well known resources for free Mac apps like Softpedia, cnet and of course Apple, there are some other great sites out there listing, reviewing and rating all of the Mac freeware available for download.

Whether you’re looking for games or applications, freeware, open source apps or abandonware, you’re bound to find what you need on one of these sites.


MacUpdate lists both free and paid applications, but if you’re only in it for the free stuff, you can easily filter your search results to include free apps only. Updated on a daily basis, MacUpdate features only the best in Mac software, with all applications rated and reviewed before being added to the site.

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AppDonkey features a list of over 1,000 completely free Mac apps. Search for what you want or browse by category. AppDonkey makes it easy to download several apps at once by selecting all of the apps you want, and getting them onto your computer at the click of a button.


FreeMacApps features over 400 Mac freeware applications, with a very easy to navigate and clean appearance. Links on the site lead to the original sites, so you can’t download directly from FreeMacApps. Browse apps by category or perform a search to find exactly what you’re looking for.


FreeMacWare can seem a little unwieldy at first glance, but there’s a wealth of great Mac resources to be found in the site. The site is updated on a daily basis, with brief reviews accompanying a link to the software’s originating site and a download link. They also have a dashboard widget displaying the 10 latest additions to the site.


Bodega is an app store of sorts for Mac software. Download the app to gain access to a world of great Mac apps, but if you’re looking only for free software, you’re going to have to filter through paid apps as well to find what you’re looking for. They do have a list of the top free apps, as well as the latest Mac software related posts on Mac blogs.

Download Free Mac Games

Download Free Mac Games is a great site to do just that – download free Mac games. Browse the list of games by category or simply take a look at everything that’s on offer.


Wikipedia is usually a great source of lists of all kinds of software. And of course, Mac software is no exception. The list, divided into categories, is not limited to free apps only, so you’ll have to go through them one by one to find the free ones which is less than ideal, but the list is a greet way of finding software you never knew you needed.

Free Download a Day

Free Download a Day is not exclusively a Mac software site, featuring freeware for Windows and Linux as well. That said, it’s updated on a daily basis with great in-depth reviews, so it’s always good to keep an eye on it for new Mac apps.

Free Mac App a Day

Free Mac App a Day has undergone some changes and is now known as AppExhibit. The latest reviews on the site are of paid apps, but you can still access the entire archive of free app reviews that were posted before the revamp.

Open Source Mac

If you’re looking for Open Source software, the best place for Mac users is Open Source Mac. It may not be a very long list, but all of the applications listed are as free as they get. The apps are listed by category.

Macintosh Garden

Macintosh Garden is a unique Mac software repository. All of the applications listed have been abandoned. Don’t expect any updated software but rather, find some of your favorite classic games as well as a list of abandoned applications.

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Where do you download free Mac apps? Let us know in the comments.

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MakeUseOf Team Spotlight [September 25th 2010]

Posted: 25 Sep 2010 09:30 AM PDT

MakeUseOf Team Spotlight is our occasional feature where we profile the work of our writers outside of MakeUseOf. We have some very talented employees who like to spread their talents all around the web and it’s only right that we should recognise and showcase those talents.

In this edition of Spotlight, we will be profiling the work of Jackson, Ryan, Steve and Ann. But don’t forget, our team loves feedback and conversation from the readers. If you would like to take part in that conversation, subscribe to their Twitter streams today.

App Attack: Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate [Review]

Posted on TheDailyBuggle by Jackson Chung

App Attack is a segment on The Daily Buggle where Jackson takes a look at the newest and coolest apps that will make your computing life a breeze.

This week, he reviews Video Converter Ultimate for Windows — is it really all that it’s hyped up to be? What so great about this particular video converter? Find out on The Daily Buggle.

WikiLeaks on Banned Sites Lists

Posted on Top Secret Writers by Ryan Dube

Around the world, governments are putting WikiLeaks on banned sites lists. Australia fines webmasters who link to it.

On Top Secret Writers, Ryan describes the history of WikiLeaks, and the Intelligence war currently going on against its owner Julian Assange, and the rest of the WikiLeaks supporters around the world.

How I Use Evernote for Blogging

Posted on Social Branding Blog by Steve Campbell

In this post, Steve shows us all how he is using Evernote for his blog. Evernote is a good tool for clipping content you find interesting on the web.

If you operate a blog, you can use Evernote to save notes, images, graphics, or whatever catches your attention. Revisit your clippings later on for inspirational blogging.

How to Use Google Suggest Feature for Keyword Research and Beyond

Posted on Blue Glass by Ann Smarty

The collection of tools that allow to play with Google Suggest feature: expand the suggestions in various ways. The variety of tools based on the Google Suggest API makes it possible (and fun) to use the feature for keyword research and brainstorming.

Most of these tools allow to export expanded keyword suggestions to Excel for you to sort and play with the data to your heart’s content.

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