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Latest Hilarious Picks [MakeUseOf Geeky Fun]

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 09:38 PM PST


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

  1. Mac users vs PC users from a computer helpdesk standpoint (Pic)
  2. Evolution Of Human Input Devices (Pic)
  3. I wish this warning existed (Pic)
  4. Obama's Meeting With Jobs, Schmidt, & Zuckerberg (Pic)
  5. One Byte (Pic)
  6. Who Really Uses Facebook & Twitter? (Pic)
  7. Write in C: Catchy Song For Programmers (Video)

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Cool Websites and Tools [February 19th]

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 07:31 PM PST

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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uJam – Aspiring musicians often find it difficult to produce a commercial track due to the immense amount of effort and money required to start. Fortunately, you can find applications and software that can help you easily create your own music even without a studio. UJam is a free web app that can help you easily create professional sounding music. Read more: uJam: An Easy Music Online Composer


isNSFW – If you are sharing a NSFW (not safe for work) link with a buddy at work, you should somehow indicate that the link is NSFW. Here to help you is a web service called isNSFW, a NSFW url shortener with an added feature: it indicates that the shortened link is NSFW. You type in the original URL and choose its nature: offensive, gore, nudity, or XXX. Read more: isNSFW: NSFW URL Shortener



The Poker Clock – Using a regular clock to time your poker games may be quite inconvenient. Instead you should make use of a wonderful web poker clock called ThePokerClock, a free to use online poker clock. You can easily use it to set up a time limit for your poker games. You set the countdown time in minutes. The next step is to select the initial blinds for your game. Read more: ThePokerClock: A Free Web Poker Clock



Social Media Fight – Are you wondering whether either you or your competitor is more popular on social networks? If yes, then all you have to do is pay a visit to a site called SocialMediaFight. It is a free to use website that will compare social media (Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and Delicious) mentions of two people, companies, or anything else you type. Read more: SocialMediaFight: Compare The Social Media Popularity Of Anything



A World Of Tweets – From around the globe countless people use Twitter to share their updates. If you are interested in finding out where the most Twitter activity is coming from, check out a Twitter activity map called A World Of Tweets which displays a heatmap of recent tweets, displaying all continents. The visual is really fun to see. Read more: A World Of Tweets: Interactive Worldwide Twitter Activity Map


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4 Common YouTube Annoyances & How To Get Rid Of Them With Userscripts

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 05:31 PM PST

youtube annoyanceWe do love YouTube and the awesome user-generated resource of cool timely videos it has grown into over time. We love its variety and flexibility: we have seen already how to search YouTube like a PRO, how to control the player using keyboard shortcuts and how to use YouTube Editor. There is really something for anyone there.

However you can’t please everyone all the time and there are many people who find some of YouTube’s features annoying (while loving the resource overall). Let’s try to cope with the most popular YouTube annoyances:

1. Autoplay

As well as the buffering feature which forces the video to play immediately once the page loads, and then stops the video frequently to buffer it.

2. Video quality

There is no good way to choose the default quality of a video (based on your preferences and connection settings).

3. Advertisements Embedded Within A Video

Clicking X to close an advert again and again in each video you watch is really disturbing.

4. No Way To Easily Access Some Great Built-In Features

For example, there is no way to loop videos selectively.

Here are a few userscripts that cope with all of these annoyances effectively:

YouTube HD Ultimate

YouTube HD Ultimate is a userscript which forces YouTube to select the highest video quality a user’s computer can handle (with options to lower it if the computer has problems playing 1080px videos).

Supported Browsers

FireFox (via Greasemonkey) and Opera.


Options can be found in the upper-right-hand corner of a YouTube page:

youtube annoyance

From there (among other things) you can:

  • Set the default quality of each video;
  • Enable / disable autoplay;
  • Hide / show annotations.

If you hover over any option settings, you’ll see a short explanation as well as the general recommendations as to how to use each one:

annoying things about youtube

YouTube Enhancer

YouTube Enhancer is a feature-rich userscript similar to the above one with more cross-browser compatibility options and a different feature layout.

Supported Browsers

FireFox (via Greasemonkey), Opera, Google Chrome (the latest version), Flock, Safari, SeaMonkey (with a patch).

The script installs its own player controls that allow to play, pause, loop, rewind, download and even convert the current video as well as set the quality:

Youtube Enhancer

The script also has global options for all YouTube videos accessed via the “General options” link on top of the video:

annoying things about youtube

YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD & Remove Ads

YouTube Auto Buffer & Auto HD & Remove Ads is a userscript whose name speaks pretty much for itself. Its main feature is removing adverts embedded into the videos. Besides that, it buffers the video without autoplaying and puts it in HD if the option is on.

Supported Browsers

FireFox (via Greasemonkey) and Opera (with some reported issues with Autobuffer Options).

The script options are nicely integrated into the YouTube interface allowing you to:

  • Choose between autoplay / autobuffer options;
  • Set the default quality;
  • Hide in-video ads:

youtube annoyance

Note: there’s one minor annoyance with the tool which you may notice: the script allows the video to play for a second and then pauses it.

Endless YouTube

Endless YouTube: If you are one of those people who tend to watch or listen to one and the same music / video clip over and over again, this script is right for you. It enables you to loop the whole video or a part of it for it to play over and over until you close the tab.

Supported Browser

FireFox (via Greasemonkey).

Just set the time interval you want to loop or click “Loop video” to play the whole clip again and again:

Endless Youtube

Are there any other YouTube annoyances you wish you could cope with? Let’s try to find the solutions together!



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Hot Tech Deals [Feb 19th]

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 12:30 PM PST

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.

  1. Dell Vostro 230 Mini Intel Dual-Core E5700 3GHz Desktop (2GB/320GB) w/ 17in LCD $329
  2. Dell Vostro 230 Slim Intel Dual-Core E5700 3GHz Desktop (3GB/250GB) w/ 22in LCD $399
  3. Dell Studio 14 Intel Core i3-370M 2.4GHz 14in Laptop (3GB/320GB/Radeon HD5450/Backlit Keyboard) $549 via code LH6?VFXTKG73VJ (Exp 2/28)
  4. Dell Inspiron 17R Intel Core i3-380M 2.53GHz 17.3in Laptop (4GB/500GB) $519.99 via code 2XPRH?027BJSVC (Exp 2/24)
  5. Dell Inspiron 17R Intel Core i5-460M 2.53GHz 17.3in Laptop (4GB/500GB) $599.99 via code LH6?VFXTKG73VJ (Exp 2/28)

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Npackd Automatically Downloads & Installs Windows Software

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 11:31 AM PST

automatically download softwareOne program that handles the downloading, installing and updating of software. That’s the goal of Npackd, possibly the first package manager for Windows. With lots of MakeUseOf favorites already available, this program is growing quickly and will in all likelihood continue to get better.

Ubuntu has its software center; Apple, its app store; Android, its marketplace. Although different in many ways, all serve the same purpose: giving users a central place to download, install and upgrade applications. Windows however, lacks anything close to this. Npackd, a third party program, aims to give Windows a similar hub.

There’s a lot of work to do if this is going to be as useful as other applications managers, but this program is already good enough to make your life better.

Getting Started

As always, you need to download Npackd to get started. Don’t worry; once you get this program set up you won’t need to mess around with so many downloads anymore! Fire the program up and you’ll see an interface Linux users will find familar:

automatically download software

Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem familar to you; it’s easy enough to use. Scroll to browse the applications, and double-click to see a quick summary of a given piece of software:

automatically install software

Like what you see? Feel free to install the application, then. Once you’ve highlighted a piece of software you can click the “Install” button on the toolbar to start the installation process. Unlike most Windows installation tools, there’s no need for you to click “Next” several times. Just let the installation start and the software will download and install for you, hands free:

automatically download software

This makes installing software a much less time-consuming process, as you can imagine, and there’s a lot of software to choose from.

Supported Software

Browse the list and you’ll find some familiar tools. Some MakeUseOf favorites are included, such as:

This is just a sample; there’s over 200 completely free programs to choose from and more being added all the time. Take a look and you’ll find a bunch of apps you know and love. It’s a far cry from Ubuntu’s thousands of free apps, but it’s a start for Windows.


There’s a warning on this program’s website, and it should be heeded. Do not use Window’s Control Panel to remove software you’ve installed using Npackd, because this can cause a mess. Instead, use Npackd to remove software you’ve installed using it.


I discovered this piece of software via a blog post on TechHamlet, and have been enjoying it ever since. As a Linux user I obviously like anything that makes Windows more Linux-like, but I think longtime Windows users will appreciate the idea as well. Anything that makes life simpler is good, and this program makes finding, installing and keeping free software up to date a great deal easier.

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8 Free Tools to Visualize Information on Twitter

Posted: 19 Feb 2011 09:30 AM PST

visualize twitterThere’s a lot of noise on Twitter. People use a variety of ways to filter through that noise, from following specific lists, finding like-minded people through third party sites, or using a variety of services and websites to find the information that matters to them on Twitter.

Another interesting way to filter through what is being said on Twitter, and better yet, analyse it, is to visualize it. This is certainly not a new idea, and we’ve written about some services in the past that will allow you to do just that. With the world around Twitter constantly growing and developing, it’s no surprise that since then there are a ton more services allowing you to visualize your followers, Twitter stream and your own personal Twitter stats.


Portwiture is definitely one of the more unique visual Twitter apps that you’ll find. Rather than tag clouds or graphs, Portwiture allows you to visualize your tweets in photographs.

visualize twitter

Portwiture matches the content of your tweets to photographs that have been uploaded to Flickr. It may not necessarily be the most accurate of services, but is certainly an interesting experiment in combining online social services. Results can be viewed either as a grid or a slideshow. is a Twitter search engine which delivers results as a tag cloud. You can search for specific terms, while also excluding others.

visualize twitter data

Realtime results are constantly updated, with words associated with your search term, as well as Twitter usernames that are associated with the search term. Clicking on any given tag will open up a new cloud.

Tori’s Eye

Tori’s Eye is another unique experiment in visualizing Twitter search results.

visualize twitter data

It might not be the most practical way to search for information on Twitter, but it certainly is one of the prettiest. Search results take on the form of origami birds, and clicking on, or hovering over, any given bird will display the related tweet. All links and hashtags in the tweet are clickable.


If you want to visualize your own personal use of Twitter rather than what’s being said on Twitter, one of the best services for that is TweetStats.

visualize twitter data

Not only can you look up your own stats, but those of any Twitter user. Information that is displayed includes graphs of your Twitter clients, who you retweet and speak to the most, and how often you tweet, amongst others. Depending on how active you are on Twitter, it can take a while for the results to load, so you’ll have to be patient.


If you want to visualize trends or any search term for that matter, Trendistic is a site that graphs the movement of any given term on Twitter, showing when it peaks and falls.

visual twitter

The time frame in which the term has been tweeted can be anywhere from 24 hours to 180 days. While Trendistic is a free service, you do have to sign up to gain access to certain features, including the 90 and 180 day graphs. The graph is also accompanied by the latest tweets that contain the search term.


Because Twitter is literally accessed from all four corners of the world, it’s interesting to see the locations from which a certain term is tweeted.

visualize twitter

TwitterMap is probably the most straightforward way you can do this. Simply search for any given term, and the tweets will start to show up on the map. Hovering over the marker displays the tweet above the map, and clicking on the marker displays it on the map. You can search for a total of 10 to 500 tweets. It is disappointing, however, that links and Twitter usernames are not clickable.

5K Twitter Browser

Twitter finally has a native feature in which you can see which Twitter users you and any given person have in common, but that said, 5K Twitter Browser is a great way to visualize those connections.

visual twitter

Search for a Twitter username, and you will see the latest users they have followed. Double click on any given user, and the network will expand showing their latest friends, and the connections between them. It can get a bit confusing if you open the network of too many users, but nonetheless, it’s an interesting experiment.


If you’re curious about who your followers are, TwitterSheep gives you an easy way to visualize just that.


The website displays a tag cloud of words used in the bios of your friends. The more often a word appears, the larger it is.

Have we left out any of your favourite tools? Let us know about them in the comments.

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