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Cool Websites and Tools [November 6th]

Posted: 06 Nov 2010 08:01 PM PDT

Check out some of the latest MakeUseOf discoveries. All listed websites are FREE or come with a decent free account option. You can make use of them without spending a dime. If you want to have similar cool websites round-ups delivered to your email daily email subscribe here.

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Shirt Mockup – Custom t-shirts can be great fun. You can put brilliant designs on them and / or text for humor or to announce your stand on a serious issue. If you have a custom t-shirt idea, the best way to visualize the completed form is Shirt Mockup, a free to use website that lets you create images for your custom t-shirts. Read more: ShirtMockup: Free T-Shirts Mockup Site


File Thief – While very useful, most large-file hosting sites have slow downloading and uploading speeds. This can be quite inconvenient for people who want to have only small files hosted. For those small files, you should head on over to FileThief. a great user-friendly free small file hosting website. Good download and upload speeds are guaranteed. Read more: FileThief: Quick Free Small File Hosting Service



FaceReminder – Some events in your life can be too important to forget. And while reminders through text messages or emails can really help, they still have a chance to be overlooked. FaceReminder is a tool that lets you receive reminders via Facebook direct messages. Read more: FaceReminder: Get Reminders Through Facebook Messages



StoreSlider – eBay users benefit greatly from the site as they can buy and sell almost anything. While the service is great, eBay's search feature could use some speeding up. While those speed improvements can only be made by eBay, you can use StoreSlider as a faster search alternative to eBay's native search. Read more: StoreSlider: Best Way To Search eBay



Voicebase – Lecturers and speakers often record their presentation's audio and appoint somebody to transcribe it. By converting the audio into text files, the audio can be made searchable on the web, making it easier for others to find. A web service that lets you perform this task with greater ease is VoiceBase. VoiceBase lets you upload audio files and transcribe audio to text automatically online. Read more: VoiceBase: Transcribe Audio To Text Automatically Online


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How To Search & Credit Properly-Licensed Photos On Flickr [Firefox]

Posted: 06 Nov 2010 06:31 PM PDT

how to credit photosFlickr is an amazing resource of creative images. It’s always been the main source of inspiration to me.

I once listed some awesome Flickr search tools that are HUGE fun to use and Nancy did a great job explaining how to upload and use Flickr photos the easy way.

This post takes a bit different focus: it attempts to make it clearer for everyone which Flickr photos they are allowed to re-use and how to easily find and credit them. Anyone who has a blog may have used images published on Flickr but not everyone knows how to properly do that.

You are only permitted to use images under Creative Commons with appropriate license.

The most common Creative Commons licenses you may see on Flickr are:

Note aside: You can read more about various licenses here, also you can hopefully understand what can and should be understood as “noncommercial” by joining the discussion here.

License/ Allowed:IconPublishModifyCredit
Attribution-NoDerivs LicenseAttribution LicenseAttribution-NoDerivs LicenseYes (even for commercial use)NoYes (Required)
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Licenseflickr Attribution LicenseAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs LicenseYes (not commercial)NoYes (Required)
Attribution-ShareAlike Licenseflickr Attribution LicenseAttribution-ShareAlike LicenseYes (even for commercial use)YesYes (Required)

Now, with that in mind, let’s see how we can easily find and use properly-licensed images on Flickr:

1. Flickr Creative Commons Search On FireFox

1. Flickr CC (Most Interesting) (Small Thumbnails)

This search plugin by Callum MacDonald:

  • Searches through Flickr Creative Commons-licensed content,
  • Sorts images by “Most Interesting”
  • Forces Flickr to display small thumbnails for you to easier scroll through the search results.

Install the search plugin here

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Results may be not exactly on topic (compared to sorted by relevant ones) but this search will work nicely to help you brainstorm and get you inspired.

2. Flickr CC BY Search

This one is a similar version to the above search plugin (it also forces small thumbnails and filters by Creative Commons-licensed content requiring attribution) but for a couple of essential differences:

  • It sorts by relevancy;
  • It is enhanced with search suggestions (powered by Google).

Install the search plugin here

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This one will inspire you first by showing the related searches (which may expand your search) and then listing you small thumbnails of related images you can use on your site.

Flickr Creative Commons – Attribution Help

So we have that handy HTML code generated by Flickr that allows to quickly embed a Flickr-hosted image on any page (in any of available sizes).

how to credit photographers

However Creative Commons Attribution requires that images be credited the way the author prefers them to be and normally a person would like to be mentioned as the image creator. Besides, giving a credit to the image author is just polite.

Moreover, you often want to host the image locally – and that hosted code is pretty much useless in that case.

This handy Greasemonkey script will help you quickly grab the attribution HTML code: it will generate the proper credit HTML for you to quickly copy it to your page:

how to credit photographers

When added to a page, this will look the following way:

how to credit photos

I am sure, as a blogger and / or active web surfer, you have lots of your own tricks and tips on finding and re-publishing awesome Flickr photos. It would be great to share some of them in the comments!

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Hot Tech Deals [Nov 6th]

Posted: 06 Nov 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.

Keep reading to find out today’s Hot Tech Deals.

  1. Dell Vostro 3700 Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz 17.3in Laptop (Aluminum, 2GB/250GB/Win7) $599

  2. Dell Vostro 3500 Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz 15.6in Laptop (Aluminum, 2GB/250GB) $539 Free Overnight Shipping

  3. Dell Vostro 3400 Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz 14in Laptop (Aluminum, 2GB/250GB) $539

  4. Dell Vostro 3300 Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz 13.3in Laptop (Aluminum, 2GB/250GB) $599

  5. Garmin nuvi 295W GPS Navigation (3.5in) w/ 3MP Camera & HTML Browser + Friction Dash Mount $104.99 Free Shipping

  6. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Video Game for Xbox 360, PS3 $14.99 Free Shipping

  7. Archos 32GB 3.2in Internet Touch Tablet (WiFi + Bluetooth) $144.99

  8. TODAY ONLY Sony BDVE370 5.1ch 850W 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System $266.99 Free Shipping

  9. Dell Inspiron 15R Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz 15.6in Laptop (4GB/500GB/Win7) $599.99

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How To Instantly Review Email Sender Reputation on Gmail

Posted: 06 Nov 2010 12:31 PM PDT

email sender reputationOpen an email and instantly see background information about the person who wrote it. That’s the idea behind Rapportive, a Gmail plugin that automatically looks up their professional and social networking links and adds it to Gmail’s sidebar.

Best of all: you can leave custom notes about a person for future reference, perfect if you’re the sort of person who struggles to keep track of all the people you’re in touch with. Information displayed includes career information, links to social networks and whatever notes you yourself add to a given contact.

This is a very useful way to verify that someone writing you is the person he or she claims to be, and to keep track of the various people you write to day in day out.

A browser plugin for Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome, Rapportive takes minutes to set up. You’ll quickly discover whether this is something you’ll actually use or not, so let’s check it out!

What It Does

Install Rapportive, open Gmail and open any message. You’ll quickly see the sidebar contains new information:

email sender reputation

Career information is highlighted; social networks are listed. This is a great overview of who a person is, assuming they’re fairly active online. If no information is provided, but you’d like to leave a private note for your own reference, that’s easy: there’s a button for that at the bottom of the menu:

email sender review

Here you can leave notes about a given person. This could be quick notes about phone conversations, which aren’t easily searched for in your email. It could also include information about how you know a given person, which could come in handy if you get an email from him or her a year from now out of the blue. Finally, this could be a useful place to store alternative phone numbers and the like. What you use it for is up to you, but the possibilities are endless.

The information is stored in the cloud. When you first install Rapportive, you’re given the opportunity to tie the service to your Gmail account. This means you’ll have access to your data from any number of computers, provided the Rapportive plugin is installed.

Concerned how people will see your profile? You can edit that. Just take a look at your own profile and you can quickly edit it.  However currently, you can’t edit your location.

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Plugins For A Plugin?

It sounds strange, but there are a collection of additional features you can add to this plugin – using plugins. You’ll find this screen if you click the “Rapportive” button at the top of your Gmail interface:

This is a collection of plugins called Raplets. For now the features mostly include information from various Customer Relation Management (CRM) systems, but you might find this very useful if you already use such software.

Install Rapportive

Installing Rapportive is simple: just head to and click the “Install” button. Assuming you use Firefox, Safari, or Chrome you should be set. Heck, the plugin even works for Mac-only Gmail client Mailplane.

Sorry, Internet Explorer users: you’re going to need a better browser to use this.


I like this plugin quite a bit, and look forward to seeing how it grows. If you want an idea of how it will change I highly recommend you check out the Rapportive feedback forums to get an idea of the features receiving priority. Heck, you can even vote for the changes you’d like to see.

What uses can you think of for this plugin? Are there any better tools for the job out there? Share in the comments below!



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4 Quick & Easy Ways To Review Your Writing Online

Posted: 06 Nov 2010 10:31 AM PDT

grammar and writing websitesThere are lots of sites and forums where you can go to get feedback or constructive criticism from peers or readers. Sometimes, a writer needs other kinds of feedback – like whether their grammar is correct, or maybe they resort to the passive voice too often.

While automated reviews and checkers leave a little bit to be desired, they can still come in handy when you need an instantaneous review just to get the ball rolling.

There are several free online grammar and writing websites that will give you an instantaneous answer to your query – even if it's something a little more fun like wanting to know which famous author you write like.

Word Counter

If you’re worried about being too repetitive in your writing, the simplest way to handle that is to stick your text into the Word Counter and it will rank the words that you have over-used, from most to least.

grammar and writing websites

You can choose to exclude small words like ‘it,’ ‘the’ and other common words you’re bound to repeat. Other choices are to include only the root word, and group all variations together, and the number of words that will be listed, from 25 to 100.

The Passivator

If you want to avoid the passive voice in your writing, The Passivator will highlight all passive words in yellow. The Passivator works differently from the other services listed here, which allows you to copy and paste your text. The Passivator is actually a bookmarklet which will highlight passive text on any given webpage.

writing grammar

If you want to check your text before it’s posted online, you can use any blogging platform like WordPress or even a private journal service like OhLife which allows you to post text online which only you can see. Run the bookmarklet on the posted text, and find out how much you write in the passive voice.

writing grammar

Ginger Online Grammar Checker

While Microsoft Word and other word processors can point out grammatical errors as you type, you can always doublecheck, using another service to make sure you haven’t made any small grammatical errors in specific sentences, the free Ginger Online Grammar Checker could come in handy.

writing grammar

While you can only check one sentence at a time, if English is your second language, it always helps to get that extra reassurance about a sentence you aren’t too sure about. Simply type or paste the sentence into the site, and Ginger will underline any grammatical mistakes you have made.


If you’re skeptical about how accurate automated reviews can be – how about trying out something a little more human?  Page 99 Test is a website that is based on an interesting premise – all it takes is reading one page from a book to decide whether or not you think it would be an interesting read.

Some might not agree with this premise, as it would be very hard to select just one page that represents what the book is all about. On the other hand, all it takes is one page to get a feel for style, rhythm and storyline.

Signing up for a free account allows you to upload a page from your novel, accompanied by the novel's title, author name, genre and publication status. If you're a little shy, you can start out by reading other author's uploads. You can upload a maximum of 3 pages, each of which will be available for review for 30 days.

grammar and writing

The feedback system is set up in a very user-friendly manner in which you answer the following questions:

grammar and writing

I Write Like

For a bit of fun, I Write Like, will tell you which writer you are similar to. This is by no means accurate, and any writer worth his or her own salt, won't take it seriously. After all, I highly doubt my style of writing is anything like William Shakespeare. Each attempt with a different piece of writing had me writing like a different author, from Stephenie Meyer to Ian Fleming – so it's certainly anything but accurate.

grammar and writing

If you want to get in on the fun, simply paste the text into the service and at the click of a button you can find out which famous writer you write like.

grammar and writing websites

What tools do you use to review your writing? Let us know in the comments.

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