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Send Longer Tweets In TweetDeck With [News]

Posted: 02 Feb 2011 05:21 AM PST

What’s your favorite Twitter client? We asked you back in November and TweetDeck took over 27% of the vote, losing only to Hootsuite (36%), which surprised me actually. I also personally know a lot of people who use TweetDeck to manage their Twitter account, so it’s safe to say it’s one of the more popular third party Twitter clients out there.

Until a few days ago however, TweetDeck didn’t have the capability of sending tweets longer than 140 characters. But that all changed with the implementation of, which is a service kind of like TwitLonger. allows users to send messages in any length, including embedded images and videos.

What Is allows users to send messages of any length, whether it contains an embedded image, video, or just a lot of text. attaches a truncated link to the end of your long tweets that takes you to a special webpage to view the rest of the message. Users who have TweetDeck will be able to read the messages in full directly from the app, while everyone else will have to click through the link to see the rest of your tweet.

TweetDeck’s Desktop, Chrome, and Android apps all support posting updates, as well as those you receive from other TweetDeck users. isn’t available on the iPhone or iPad yet because TweetDeck is starting over by building brand new apps for both platforms.

Check out this short YouTube video to see in action:

It’s also reported that a dedicated homepage is coming soon. It would feature a built-in search option so users can search through the tweets that are stored on TweetDeck’s servers.

What do you think of this new addition to TweetDeck?  Will you be using it?

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Cool Websites and Tools [February 1st]

Posted: 01 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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Mocklinkr – You have put together a quick static mockup for your client and it would be awesome if you can show where different parts of the image link to. Mocklinkr lets you do exactly that without any hassle. Just upload the image you have created, select the part of the image you want linked and enter the destination URL. You can also enter comments for different parts of the image. Read more: Mocklinkr: Create Clickable Mockups Online


Speckle – If you are looking for a simple and minimalistic task management tool that helps you manage multiple projects, multiple tasks within those projects, add users for collaboration and see the status of ongoing tasks then Speckle can offer all this. You can sign up for a free account and start creating projects, invite people and create task lists. Read more: Speckle: Web Based Task Management Made Simple



Passplex – A good password combines letters, numbers, and special characters. While it might be difficult to come up with a good unhackable password on your own, if you use Passplex the process becomes much easier. Its function is to generate a password according to the parameters you enter. You can choose a password length from 8 to 16 characters. Read more: Passplex: Create Tough Passwords That Are Hard To Hack



Totally Cool Pix – A moment carefully captured by a camera can tell much more about an event than all the newspapers combined. TotallyCoolPix is a collection of really awesome high-resolution photo galleries, most of them depicting current events going on in the world. A new set of photos is uploaded each day and each gallery contains up to 20-25 photographs along with a brief description of the event. Read more: TotallyCoolPix: Awesome Photo Galleries Related To Current Affairs



DoneCal – is a lightweight and dead simple online calendar to help you keep track of dates and events. This app provides a different approach in working with online timesheets and task records and also serves as a great alternative for calendars like Google Calendar and iCal. The main interface of DoneCal is the monthly calendar view. You can toggle to weekly views and daily views. Read more: DoneCal: A Minimalist Timesheet And Calendar Online


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The 9 Toughest Tech Questions [MakeUseOf Answers]

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 05:31 PM PST

Today MakeUseOf Answers officially celebrates its one year anniversary.

To celebrate the event, several of our brightest and most active voluntary contributors were rewarded with a free T-Shirt yesterday. Well, the questions never end and there are new challenges every day. This is your chance to leave an impression and eventually win $50 in the Best Answer of the Week contest.

Can you answer the questions below?

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Record Video Responses To Frequently Asked Questions With VYou

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 03:31 PM PST

vyou wikiHave you ever had a video conversation with somebody that wasn’t live? Me neither, until I found VYou. VYou allows people to broadcast video structured as conversations, offering users a way to respond to frequently asked questions in a way thats more personal than, say, a page with text on it.

The way it works is like this: you record video responses to messages entered by your friends, fans, and followers. VYou organizes their messages and your videos into conversations, making the experience feel live even though it’s not. In this article, I’ll take you inside of VYou so you can see how the process works.

Who Is VYou For?

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I don’t know about you, but I can think of a lot of uses for this type of service. Firstly, I think every organization, expert, celebrity, or other relevant figure could add VYou to their arsenal of public relations tools and make use of this service to help interact with their fans.

VYou lets you get advice from experts, interact with your favorite celebrity or organization, or communicate with friends and family using a social presence that persists even when you’re away.

Alternatively, you could also use it to communicate with friends and family in a fun way even while you’re away. Over time, as you add more videos, your VYou page will eventually become a place where anyone could come ask you a question – like about some facts on your Facto page - and instantly get a video response. And you won’t have to repeat yourself to different fans asking the same question, either.

Getting Started With VYou

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To get started using VYou (directory app), head over to their homepage and click Join Now. The service is still in beta, so you will have to enter your email address to get an account, but there doesn’t seem to be any restrictions and, when I signed up, I received my email immediately.

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Just click the confirmation link in your email and you’ll be taken to a page where you can create your account, as well as link VYou to your Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts. When you connect your account you’ll have the option to send videos to your wall, feed, or blog upon creating them.

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After that, you’ll pick 3 topics that describe you a little bit. Topics are general things like Music and Football and they function like tags on the site so others can find you based on your interests/expertise.

Once you get set up you can begin interacting with people and recording content. Unfortunately – because of the beta setup – your account will have to be verified before you can start posting videos, but while you’re waiting for that to happen you can still explore the site and interact with people in the VYou community. My account was activated within only a few minutes.

It may be a good time to check out how other people are using the service to get a few ideas on how you would like to create content. You can record yourself doing almost anything, so get creative with it. Another great feature on VYou is the ability to embed and post your videos anywhere on the web, which gives you creative control and a lot of flexibility.

Here’s a video I made in response to a question I’ve been getting a lot recently, “What’s with the beard?”:


As you can see, I’m a fan of VYou’s service. I think the concept is really cool and it’s something that could really catch on once more big names start using it. I think 2011 could be a big year for video and it’s going to be interesting to see how companies start using it. What do you think of this video service?

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Similar MakeUseOf Articles – The Stumbleupon Equivalent For Twitter That Finds You Great Links

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 01:31 PM PST

stumbleupon alternativeIt’s a long afternoon at work – or a late evening alone – and you’re looking for an easy way to browse through some links you might find interesting. Where do you go? What if you want to limit your browsing to just links which were tweeted? Where do you go then?

Well, if you’re also a fan of Stumbleupon, the answer should be Basically, is Stumbleupon for Twitter links, limited to your lists and favourite topics. It’s easy to use and quite a powerful way to read your Twitter links.

Once you start to use, you’ll see the similarities with Stumbleupon. It’s set up as a top-loading menu which brings in each link as an iFrame. When you view each link, you can choose to retweet it, rate it, save it for later or just click the icon for another link. If you prefer, you can browse links from a given sub-section of your available Twitter links.

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When you set up, you do so by authorising access to your Twitter account. Once this is done, you can choose a selection of your favourite topics, favourite Twitter lists and other options to ensure you get the best possible selection of links to read later. You can always change things later in preferences, so just pick whatever looks good and go with it.

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If you have chosen to include staff picks, you also get occasional links which are popular on and have been chosen to be featured by the staff at

It can take a little while to gather your Twitter links, so when you initially start you might find occasionally give you a message telling you it’s still looking for links. When the link is shown, you see the associated Tweet by looking in the top left. This means you know exactly who tweeted the link, why it appears in your selection and you can pass on the karma by retweeting the update if you like.

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As you view the links, button options let you rate it in, retweet it, keep it for later or just move on to the next link by again. It’s really easy to do, so it’s perfectly compatible with those late evenings when you’re not quite tired enough to go to bed.

Obviously, the biggest threats to is Twitter and Stumbleupon. If either of those two giants had a go at something like this, most people would use that service rather than this one. That’s not to say they would be better, merely that people forget about useful tools easily.

Another form of competition for is any other way of viewing your Twitter links in a comprehensible manner. For instance, the Twitter Times. However, I think is different enough to hold its own market.

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Hot Tech Deals [Feb 1st]

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 12:15 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.

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5 Online Resources For The Aspiring Scriptwriter

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 11:31 AM PST

script writing resourcesThe script and the job of a scriptwriter is probably one of the more unglamorous parts of filmmaking. But nothing could be more crucial. It is perhaps the script that's the true hero of any successful movie, and the villain of a failed one. In Hollywood, unless the director or an actor happens to be part of the script writing process, the scriptwriter's name usually dims in public memory.

Hooked on films, I have often been interested to know about screenplays and movie scripts. How is a script structured and how does it translate to the screen? The following five websites are a journey into the world of scriptwriting.


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Put together by the famed screenwriting duo of Ted Elliot and Terry Rosario (Aladdin, Shrek and Pirates of the Caribbean), the site aims to be an all-in-all source for aspiring screenwriters. The site's tagline says it as – Professional Secrets for Screenwriters.

So take them as secrets or as insider tips, this site could do with a bookmark or the sheer weight of resources which includes a forum, and more importantly the do's and don'ts of film writing. A sister blog – The Artful Writer is also a good read.

Simply Scripts

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There are quite a few other script downloading resources on the web, but this is one of the few constantly kept updated. Along with movie scripts, the site also covers plays, radio scripts, non-English scripts, unproduced scripts etc. An interesting addition is the section on Treatments. Treatments are like stories which broadly explain the theme of the movie and how the story moves forward.

Though not many in number, you can download and read them to find out how the director's mind worked. The Writer's Resources Page is full of useful info like a glossary and articles on the scriptwriting process.

Script Frenzy

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Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material during April 1- 30 every year. The content has to be original and can be written as a screenplay, stage play, TV show, short film, or a graphic novel. The script can be an individual effort or attempted by a team. Last year's entries totaled nearly 400,000 pages submitted by 29,663 writers.

Prizes? As the site says – happiness, creative juices, pride, laughter, bragging rights and a brand-new script. Before you fill the ink for the challenge, check out the Writer’s Resources for loads of tips and guides.


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There are lots of online writing apps. RawScripts is specifically for writing scripts in the required structure. Sign in with your Google or Yahoo account and start drafting your first script immediately. The online script writing program makes the job easier by keeping it simple. Script elements like sluglines, character introductions, dialogs etc are automatically prompted as you start creating each scene.

RawScripts also allows you to import and export your scripts and also share them. But the biggest advantage is that you can work on your scripts from anywhere in a secure environment.

If you want to stay desk bound, then Celtix, a 16.5MB free software for Windows, Mac, and Linux is an oft recommended piece of software. Celtix is a complete production system that helps you tell your story in a variety of formats like – film, video, documentary, theatre, comics, advertising, video games, music video, radio, multimedia podcasts etc.

Script Magazine

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This is an online magazine for scriptwriters and wannabe filmmakers. Though the site is not as full-fledged as the subscription based digital or print version of the Script magazine, the articles are worth a read for behind the scenes look at what exactly goes on in the business.

You have reviews, interviews, multimedia podcasts, meetups etc. The online magazine for scriptwriters also keeps watch on events and competitions. The most informative feature could be the section that focuses on the craft of writing for the screen.

If stitching together words into creative sentences is your hobby, then you can give screenwriting a few pages of effort. There are lots of learning resources on the web. I have just mentioned examples of five varied kinds that can help when you start thinking of your first script. If you have ever tried writing for the screen (or radio) give us a few bytes in the comments.

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3 Google Chrome Extensions That Make Up For A Hidden Taskbar

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 10:31 AM PST

google chrome add ons and extensionsI have never understood the need for thick docks with big icons dominating the lower portion of the screen, especially on a laptop. Since most laptops and monitors are widescreen, it just doesn’t make sense for me that I’d need more chunky docks occupying precious screen real estate. Thus, I’ve always docked my taskbar vertically, so that I can easily see the entire system tray information, complete with dates, the way Ubuntu has by default.

Nowadays, after using the extensions that I will outline in this article, I have had no need for the taskbar to remain visible, which means I can enjoy reading anything on my laptop better, and have a full-screen setting for minimalism and a distraction-free environment. I’m pretty sure that’s the reason why Chromium developers made it so that the browser’s title bar also contains the window control buttons, and the whole browser avoids displaying one extra, unnecessary toolbar.

Let’s see what Chrome extensions can make your online reading experience a bit better, and save some screen real estate at the same time.

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Clock for Google Chrome Replaces Your Taskbar’s Clock Applet

google chrome extensionsClock for Google Chrome is a good candidate to take the place of your taskbar clock, with the only difference that it serves up an analog clock instead of a digital one. Aside from that, Clock for Google Chrome only offers another color setting for the clock hands, a few more European languages, and nothing else.

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If you’re looking for a more fully-featured clock, Chrome Clock is an excellent choice as it supports digital and analog models, and even alarms! Digital Clock is another extension that promises to use less memory in Chrome, which some extensions seem to do.

There are a few more clock extensions in the Extensions gallery so if you have a robust alternative not listed here, please share them in the comments!

Badge Date Puts The Date On Your Chrome Bar

google chrome extensionsOne thing that sometimes irks me is how the Windows Taskbar, at least in Vista and XP, will not show additional date information, other than the time in the system tray, unless you doubled the size of the taskbar. Ubuntu displays the date and time together effortlessly so I didn’t understand why Windows doesn’t. Even the Windows 7 Superbar is praised for its features and does display full date and time information, it’s double the size of the WinVista taskbar, which for me, just doesn’t make sense when most laptop screens are already short in height.

Badge Date solves this minor annoyance as it displays the month and day of the current date in the corner of Chrome, where it doesn’t occupy another horizontal bar space. Even though right now, it’s got a small glitch with the “/” sign, it’s still a good, informative extension.

X-Notifier Takes The Place Of Outllook/Windows Mail’s System Tray Notifications

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The author of Webmail Notifier, a wonderful plugin for Firefox, created an app for Chrome and the high quality nature of the apps makes this optional extension totally worth the download. It displays visual and audio notifications set to your choices of duration. This extremely well-made extension supports all major webmail sites, including Gmail, AOL, Hotmail and….drum roll…..even Yahoo with no Pro subscription!

The point of having these extensions is that you won’t need the taskbar so you can autohide it or keep it hidden, as you probably don’t really use it for anything other than to see the time. If you actually use the taskbar to monitor how many programs you have launched, you’d only have to switch between windows using Alt + Tab, which gives you a glance of the programs you have open. Windows key + Tab would even give you a better preview of the windows. Saving screen real estate may understandably be the concern of many users, in particular our netbook-using readers.

Do you prefer to keep the taskbar visible or hidden? Share with us your desktop organization tips in the comments as well!

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Speck CandyShell Case for iPod Touch (4G) Review and Giveaway

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 10:00 AM PST

Our very own staff author Jessica Cam Wong loves her iPod Touch. She does everything with it. I would guess that for someone who uses their iPod Touch so much, a good case would definitely make huge difference. We’ve seen our fair share of iPhone cases, some good and some were pretty bad. Luckily, the market for iPod Touch cases isn’t as saturated as it is for the iPhone. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of the best iPod Touch cases available — the Speck CandyShell Case for the iPod Touch 4G.

We’ll be handing out 5 CandyShell cases this week so join our giveaway right after the review.

Right off the bat, I’d like to state that these CandyShell cases are pretty glam. They’re more suited for our female readers, I’d say. The case comes in a variety of colours and in the traditional Speck spirit, they’re named quite dramatically — BatWing Black, MoonSicle White, JokersWild Purple, ChaCha Aqua, AquaBerry Blue, BubbleMaker Pink, PaleMoon Grey, CottonCandy Blue, PartyPegasus Purple, PixieStick Pink, DarkLord Black, MoonRock Grey and LoveHate Pink. All of them are priced at $34.95 with free shipping within the US.

The case has all the qualities that I usually look for — it sports a hard, solid, polycarbonate, exterior that covers the back and bevels over the front screen; it’s got a soft, perforated, rubbery inner lining and silicon button covers; the sync connector and earphone jack are unobstructed. And despite the fact that it it has two (polycarbonate and rubber lining) layers, it still manages to maintain a pretty low profile and adds just the right amount of thickness to the iPod Touch to allow a proper grip.

The CandyShell case for the iPod Touch isn’t as rigid as the its brethren, the CandyShell for the iPad and iPhone. In fact, this case is pretty flexible and slips on and off the iPod Touch without too much drama.

It’s also pretty low maintenance. There aren’t any small ridges that can collect dust or grime. It’s made out of plastic so you’ll be able to wash it with soap and running water if it gets too icky.

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Personalize Your Desktop Wallpaper & Make It Social With Wallcast

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 09:31 AM PST

create your own wallpaperWe love to customize. That’s the way we differentiate ourselves from others and in terms of personal computers, desktop wallpaper is one of the most commonly customized elements of every OS. If you want to know more about this particular topic, we’ve discussed desktop wallpaper personalization before. From downloading high resolution wallpapers, creating your own using MS Word, to automating wallpaper elements – both in the geeky way and non-geeky way.

Now we are going to discuss another way to customize desktop wallpaper – using a multi-platform application called Wallcast.

Wallcast will allow us to create your own desktop wallpaper with our photos, upload the photos remotely to the wallpaper, and share those photos to selected family members and friends within our personal network.

The Social Wallpaper

The idea of using personal photos for desktop wallpaper is nothing new. So is sharing photos to friends and family. But building a small closed social network around desktop wallpaper to share and enjoy personal photos is a nice idea that I’ve never seen before. That’s exactly what Wallcast is.

To start using Wallcast, click the “Get Started” button on the Wallcast website to register. You can also watch the introduction video to familiarize yourself with the service.

After the registration process is finished, you’ll get an email telling you your personal Wallcast email address – usually in the form of ““. You can send your photos to this email address and they will be automatically uploaded to your wallpaper.

This address is also private, meaning that even though everybody knows about it, nobody can send any picture to your wallpaper unless they’ve been invited and accepted by you. This privacy is important to prevent some weird person from sending you strange pictures.

The next step to create your own wallpaper is adding photos to it. You can do that easily from the web interface.

Wallcast suggests you add at least five photos to create your first wallpaper. If you add less than five, you’ll get a confirmation window asking you to add more.

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Press the “Upload Photos” button and wait. The process shouldn’t take long, but it depends on how big your photos are and how fast your internet connection is. To speed up the process, you can resize the photos before uploading them.

The next step is to invite family and friends to your small network so that they can send you their pictures and vice versa.

The Desktop Application

The last step in the setup process is to download and install the Wallcast application to your computer. Wallcast is available in both Windows and Mac versions. You will also get your wallpaper code. Keep the code safe as you will need it when you set up your application later.

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After the download process is finished, install the app.

Then insert the wallpaper code. The code will tell the client which Wallcast account to connect to.

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Your Wallcast wallpaper is now up and running. Please note that in order for the client to automatically refresh the photos, you need to be connected to the Internet.

The desktop application will reside in the System Tray (Windows) or in the Menubar (Mac). To access the Settings, click on the icon.

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The “Settings” allow you to customize the intervals to refresh the wallpaper.

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You can see a preview of your desktop in the main interface of the application. You can also refresh the wallpaper manually and pause the auto-refresh. Clicking the “Manage Wallpaper” will bring you to the website interface of your Wallcast account.

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The iOS App

Webcast is also available in the iOS version (the Android version is currently under development). This means that you can access and manage your Webcast account when you are on the go using iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad.

Use the App Store to find and download the Wallcast app. You need to log in with your Wallcast account before you can use it.

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From within the app, you can preview the wallpaper, send photos to your wallpaper and to your family and friends, and view the uploaded photos – yours and the ones sent to you.

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This is what the wallpaper will look like. It’s like having a personal photo gallery on the computer desktop.

The wallpaper will automatically be refreshed with other photos in your collection within the intervals that you’ve specified before. Adding photos to your collection and sharing photos to your friends’ wallpaper is also easy. So the next time you are on vacation, just upload your holiday photos to your friends’ wallpaper.

What do you think of Wallcast? Have you tried using it to create your own wallpaper? Do you know of other similar applications? Share your thoughts and opinions using the comments below.

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5 Ways To Document Your Life In Pictures Online

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 08:31 AM PST

document your lifeGone are the days when people would write fancy diaries, documenting their lives for a lucky finder to explore. Or are they? In fact, with the rise of social networks and microblogging, sharing your life has become something of a trend.

Now writing a diary seems like a time intensive project that takes a lot of discipline. But it doesn’t have to be. No one expects you to write a novel about each day of your life. Most times a picture and a few words are all it takes to make a day memorable forever. In this article I will share 5 tools to conveniently document your life online in a photo blog style.


ShutterCal is a photo calendar. Using the free plan you can upload a picture for each day of the month and connect with your friends on the site. Each photo can receive a caption, which can be used like a microblogging diary.

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Clicking on an image will load the respective calendar day, showing the picture and its caption. Through this page you can edit the photo, share it, email it, or click to see the previous or next day and thus browse your online photo diary.

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DailyBooth follows the same principle as ShutterCal, except that there is no calendar and in addition to uploading photos you can also take webcam shots. The latter has a cool ’3-2-1′ button, which gives you enough time to jump into the picture of your webcam in case you want to give it a unique view. As on ShutterCal, you can perform basic edits and browse the pictures like a photo blog.

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DailyBooth integrates a lot of community features. Not only can you connect with friends, you can also send photo comments and all your activity, such as your booth (photos), comments, likes, follows, or material shared with you is accessible through your DailyBooth homepage.


What I like about the Twitter clone Plurk is that your updates (aka plurks) are organized horizontally, including time stamps at the bottom. This setup allows you to scroll through your timeline and it’s great if you want to go back and see what you were thinking, feeling, or experiencing at some point in your life. Karma is another great feature because it encourages you to plurk on a regular basis.

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Now, Plurk also makes it very easy to add pictures to your updates. You can either upload a photo from your computer or take a webcam  picutre. That’s a great tool to get a shot of yourself each and every day. Naturally, you can also add a comment, as long as it stays within the limit of 140 characters including the image URL.

If you care to find out more about Plurk, check out these articles:


Technically, 280daily is a microblogging diary. However, as of recently it also supports photo uploads. This makes it a prime candidate for a photo and text diary combination since it allows about twice the characters compared to competitive services, yet not too many to become tempting for novel writing.

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Do you feel limited by all the restrictions of the other services? If you’re craving to write more than the usual character limit and add audio, video and geotags on top of pictures, you should check out loggel. It comes loaded with features and gives you all the freedom you need to prepare a full-fledged life log.

You can choose between the classic timeline / calendar view or the geoview, which shows you when each entry was made. The latter is perfect for a travel journal.

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Interested in old-fashioned style journaling without the paper waste? Check out Saikat’s article on 5 Quick & Simple Ways To Write Your Life Logs With These Minimalist Online Journals.

Did you ever keep a record of your life or wanted to and what was your motivation?

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How To Hide Your WiFi Network & Prevent It From Being Seen

Posted: 01 Feb 2011 07:31 AM PST

hide wifi networkWireless networks are, by their nature, less secure than wired ones. While many users overestimate the potential security problems that can stem from a wireless network, there are still some risks that don't exist with wired options, however minor they may be.

Some users try to hide their WiFi network as part of their wireless security. Hiding your WiFi network effectively cuts it off from people who don't know the SSID – or at least, that's the theory. In truth, this technique has flaws, but it's easy enough to execute.

A Quick SSID Intro

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The SSID (Service Set Identifier) of a router is the name that it broadcasts to identify itself. This is a feature you've already used if you have ever connected to a wireless network, and it helps users separate the many different signals riding the airwaves. When you visit a coffee shop with free WiFi, for example, you usually know the right network to connect to because it is labeled with the shop's name.

SSIDs are broadcasted voluntarily, however. Every router broadcasts one by default, but the option can be turned off. When you turn off SSID broadcast, others won't be able to pick up the broadcast of your wireless network and they won't know to whom the network belongs to.

The Limitations Of SSID Hiding

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At least, that's the theory. The problem with SSID hiding is that hiding wireless signals is impossible. SSID or not, your router is still broadcasting radio waves in all directions, which means that those waves can be intercepted. They won't have an SSID attached to them, but there are other ways to separate wireless networks.

This means that hiding your SSID won't hide your wi-fi network from someone using a WiFi network scanner.  Anyone who is going to try and crack a wireless network will be using one of those anyway, so the utility of hiding an SSID is fairly limited.

How To Hide Your SSID

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If you're still interested in hiding your SSID, I have good news – the process of doing so is quite simple.

First, you'll need to log onto your router. This is done by entering the local IP address of your router into your web browser – in most cases, this is You'll be presented with a login page prompting you with a username and password. Hopefully you will have customized this, but if not, refer to your router's manual for the default information.

Once you're in, navigate to your router's wireless settings page, find the SSID broadcast option (usually a checkbox) and uncheck it. Then, save your new settings. It's that easy. Just make sure you know your SSID, because you'll need to have that information if you want to connect – if you're not using a WiFi sniffer, at least.


I've already said that hiding your SSID isn't really a method of improving your security, but I want to stress that point. Many people want to know how to hide their SSID, and I can only assume they would want to do so under the assumption that it will make them more secure.

Wireless just doesn't work that way. The only protection this offers is against an uninformed user who is trying to find a specific network, perhaps as a means of identifying where a person lives, or trying to guess the network's password (you do have a secure password, right?).

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