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Latest Hilarious Picks [MakeUseOf Geeky Fun]

Posted: 17 Apr 2011 12:55 AM PDT


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

  1. I Go To The Beach To Surf (Pic)
  2. Problems Of The World (Pic)
  3. Blog Comments (Pic)
  4. If Logos Were Honest (Pic)
  5. This Is Why You Shouldn't Text While Crossing The Road (GIF)
  6. Back Of A Webpage (Pic)
  7. Game Boy Music (Video)

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Cool Websites and Tools [April 16th]

Posted: 16 Apr 2011 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. 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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PDF2Jpg – Ask yourself how many times this has happened to you: you email a PDF document to a friend and they ask you how to open it. Sharing PDF files with friends who do not have PDF-related software installed is not easy. One solution is to convert the pages in the PDF document into images and then share those images. Read more: Pdf2Jpg: Convert PDF Pages To Images


Who Deleted Me – If you logged into your Facebook account one day and saw that your friend count was lower, you'd certainly want to know who deleted you from their friends list. This is very difficult to find out if you have many Facebook friends. But thanks to a web service called "Who Deleted Me" you can easily keep track. Read more: Who.Deleted.Me: See Who Deleted You On Facebook



Baby Squatter – One of the things which social sites like Twitter and Facebook have increased is people's appetite for sharing information. In fact, people readily share the pics of their newborn and securing Twitter profiles and blog URLs in the baby's name. BabySquatter can help check if the domain name for their baby is available. Read more: BabySquatter: Checks Availability Of Domain Name For Your Baby



Followas – If you have been looking for an application that helps you visualize a particular Twitter user's stream, then FollowAs is a wonderful desktop tool that can help you. FollowAs is a wonderful AIR-based desktop application. After installation the program lets you search the Twitter stream according to a keyword. Read more: Followas: View Any Twitter User Stream



RotateVideo – While recording a video through your smartphone, if you mistakenly did not hold the phone upright, the resulting video will be rotated or inverted. To rotate the video such that it becomes upright you would normally employ a desktop application. But the task can also be performed online, thanks to a website called Rotate Video. Read more: RotateVideo: Rotate Videos Online


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2 Useful Non-Search Plugins For The Firefox Search Bar

Posted: 16 Apr 2011 06:31 PM PDT

firefox search bar pluginThe Firefox search bar is by far my favorite tool inside the browser. While it seems to have rather basic functionality (all it is supposed to do is to give you quick access to your favorite search engines), it opens up endless opportunities for creative minds.

We have already listed some fun ways to play with the search bar, such as how to enjoy as-you-type suggest functionality. Today I am listing two more tools showing that you can use the feature not just for search.

The best thing about the following Firefox search bar plugins is that they are really fast to install (you don’t even need to restart your browser to give them a test run) and they in no way change the usual behavior or interface of your browser. The new functionality is added quietly and can only be accessed when you need it.

1. Make Quick Notes (Maintain A To-Do List)

More often than not, the most powerful tools have very basic and simplistic functionality. I have tried various note-taking and to-do-list building utilities, yet my little notepad is the one I am using most of the time. This is why I was very happy to discover the following tool.

eLog is a fun quick web-based application that adds some fun functionality to your Firefox search bar. eLog is the easiest way to take quick notes while you are browsing. It looks like a simple .txt file with no formatting – just plain text and the exact time you left that note at.

All your notes are stored on one webpage – which means you can use Firefox’s CTRL+F “Find” option to quickly find any note. You can also easily search the web for any word in your note – just highlight any phrase in your eLog and click the “Web” tab.

There are a few ways to quickly add notes to your eLog – one of which is simply typing your note into your search bar box and clicking “Enter” (what can be faster than that?!).

firefox search bar plugin

The best thing about the tool is that with its very simple functionality you can use it very creatively. You can break your eLog into sections and organize your notes using these sections. To create a section just use the @name format, for example:

  • @today
  • @todo
  • @websites
  • @searches
  • @before-vacation
  • @expecting

These sections are listed in the right-hand panel. Clicking on any will scroll your eLog down to the corresponding section:

firefox search bar

To add a section (or to add a note to an existing section) using the search bar box, simply start your note with the @section-name part:

firefox search bar

2. Compose A New Message In Gmail

(G)mailto: is a fun Firefox addon that lets you quickly compose an email to any person. Before, to write an email you had to open the Gmail interface, click the “Compose Mail” link, type an email address and write your message.

Now you just need to type an email address into your search bar box and click “Enter“.

  • Install the search plugin;
  • Type your email address in the search box;
  • Click Enter and the new tab will load the “Compose mail” Gmail interface.

firefox search bar plugin

It is an awesome time saver provided you know (or can copy-paste) an email address (the plugin won’t suggest possible recipients to you, like the Gmail interface does).

Do you have any other searchbar-related tricks to share? What do you think of the tools listed above? Please share your thoughts!

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Hot Tech Deals [Apr 16th]

Posted: 16 Apr 2011 01:30 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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  4. Dell Inspiron 15R Intel Core i3-380M Dual-Core 2.53GHz 15.6in Laptop (2GB/250GB) $449 via code HLSKSR06S9ZG0F (Exp Soon)
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  7. Dell ST2310 23in LCD Monitor $139.99 Free Shipping via code 7TXZX6WF05BXWC (Exp 4/24)
  8. Dell Vostro 230 Mini Intel Dual-Core E5800 3.2GHz Mini Tower Desktop w/ 22in LCD $399
  9. Dell Vostro 230 Mini Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz Desktop w/ Viewsonic 24in LCD $449

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TenFourFox: The Firefox 4 Browser For PowerPC Macs

Posted: 16 Apr 2011 12:31 PM PDT

firefox for macExperience the speed increase and new features of Firefox 4 on your Power PC (PPC) Mac. The speed increase alone is worth it.

There are lots of reasons to upgrade to Firefox 4, but it’s not supported for PPC Macs. TenFourFox, a brand new Firefox port made specifically for Power PC users, can breath new life into your beloved old Mac by giving you access to a modern browser.

In 2006, Apple switched to Intel processors. For a while Apple supported both PPC and Intel chips for operating system updates and software, but as time drags on that support is in decline. Mac computers last longer than almost any other make, so it’s understandable if you’ve still got a PPC Mac kicking around. Increasingly however, software for these new platforms aren’t supported.

Chrome‘s never been released for PPC Mac owners, but Firefox always has. Or did, at least, until Firefox 4. The latest, much-improved version of Firefox is the first to drop support for non-Intel.

Feel left behind by Mozilla? Try downloading TenFourFox. This unofficial port brings all the advantages of Firefox 4 to the PowerPC platform. It comes in versions specifically compiled for G3, G4 and G5 processors, and blew Safari out of the water in terms of performance on my PowerMac G5.

You’ll need to be using Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 to use this application; owners of older Macs should keep reading for another alternative.

Getting Started

The first thing you’re going to want to do is select the proper version of TenFourFox. Head over to TenFourFox’s website to find your downloads. You’ll notice there are different versions for G3, G4 and G5 Macs.

If you’re not sure which kind you have, click the Apple logo on your top panel, then click “About This Mac“. You’ll find the number you need, as highlighted below:

firefox for mac

Once you download the proper version of TenFourFox you can install it as you would any OS X application; drag the icon to your Applications folder and to your dock from there.

How Does It Work?

In brief: it works just like Firefox 4. In fact, if you’ve got Firefox 3 installed, it will detect your current bookmarks, plugins and history and leave them intact. Unless, of course, your current plugins aren’t compatible with Firefox; in that case TenFourFox will offer to automatically update them. It did for me, and now everything is exactly as I had it in Firefox. Greasemonkey, XMarks, and iReader, to name a few.

If you’ve been using Firefox 3, or even Safari, you should notice a pretty great speed boost. This is particularly true while running Gmail, or at least it was for me. As always, your mileage may vary.

There are certain bugs, apparently, but to me everything is working really well. If you run into problems check out the TenFourFox FAQ

Replacing The TenFourFox Icon

I do not like the icon TenFourFox uses. Happily it’s easy to replace it with the default, particularly if you still have Firefox installed.

The reason it’s not using the Firefox logo has to do with branding; Mozilla does not allow unofficial ports to use the Firefox name or logo. Still, if you prefer it, it is possible to switch back.

firefox for mac

Apple provides nice instructions for changing an application’s logo. Assuming you’ve still got your old version of Firefox kicking around, this is really easy to do. Soon you won’t even know you’re not running Firefox 4, and that’s how it should be in my opinion.

Even Older?

Have a Mac that isn’t running 10.4? You might want to consider upgrading, but if that’s not possible you can always check out Classilla, a browser for really old Macs. This puppy runs on Macs that predate OS X, so odds are it will work on any Mac that’s still running.

The Power of Open Source

One of my favorite things about open source projects, such as Firefox, is the community’s ability to solve problems. TenFourFox is a classic example of this. Mozilla, for a variety of reasons, left PPC users behind. This wasn’t acceptable to parts of the community, so they got to work and created TenFourFox. That’s fantastic, and is only possible because of the openness of Mozilla’s code base.

How’s TenFourFox working for you? Fill us in below, as always. Also feel free to let me know of any other great browsers that work on PPC Macs, because I love to learn.

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Keep Google Reader On Your Desktop With Reeder [Mac]

Posted: 16 Apr 2011 10:31 AM PDT

google reeder desktopIf you’re a fan of Google Reader’s functionality but not of its appearance, Reeder for Mac Beta offers Mac users an alternative way to access Google Reader subscriptions in a much more visually appealing way.  The muted colours of the app, together with the compact menu make it easy to focus on what really matters in an RSS reader – the content.

The minimalist appearance, together with the built-in sharing and saving options, taking all of Google Reader's main features, and giving you even more, makes it extremely easy to make the transition from using the web-based app to a dedicated desktop app. If you want all of these features and more, and want one less tab open in your browser, it’s worth giving Reeder a try.

When Reeder first launches, you will be prompted to enter your Google credentials. If you want to use multiple accounts with Reeder, just hold down the alt button when launching the app.

google reeder desktop

All of your subscriptions will then be visible in the app. All folders will appear and subscriptions are accessible from a column on the left hand side of the app.

google reader desktop

You can then browse through stories in any given folder, add them to your favourites, share them, or mark them as unread using the buttons above the entry.

google reader desktop

In addition you can also save the post you’re reading to Instapaper or Read It Later, send it to Twitter, save it to Delicious or Zootool, or share it via email, amongst many other options.

google reader desktop

Reeder takes all of its cues from Google Reader, allowing you to browse your own notes, the items that you’ve shared and items that your friends have shared with you.

The three buttons at the top of the page allow you to toggle between various menus to access your content. Click the star button to access your starred posts and posts shared by users you follow.

google reader desktop

Click the bullet button to access all unread posts.

google reader desktop

Click the list button to access all items in your subscriptions, your notes, items you’ve shared, and once again items from users you follow.

google reader desktop

You can also mark all posts in a folder or subscription as read from the button at the bottom of the page, as well as search your subscriptions for specific keywords.

When reading posts in most RSS readers, and in Google Reader itself, any efforts for design or appearance go out the window. Reeder's added feature of being able to see a post in your subscription in its original state, using the app's native browser is definitely a plus. That said, the method is slightly clunky, as you have select view with Instapaper Mobilizer or Google Mobilizer first, after which you can select to see the original post.

Another great feature that Reeder brings to the table, in addition to Google Reader’s standard keyboard shortcuts making it easy to navigate back and forth between articles, is the use of trackpad gestures. You can swipe down to go to the next article, swipe up for the previous article, and swipe right to left to collapse the menu on the left hand side. The gestures can also be adjusted to suit your personal preferences.

google reeder desktop

Reeder is still very much in beta and there are many more features that are still to come including feed management. For the time being you can’t subscribe or unsubscribe to feeds through Reeder. This isn’t an incredibly huge disadvantage however since the app can sync in real time with your Google Reader account, so if you use another app on the go on your smartphone or tablet, Reeder will sync right into the experience since it stays up to date with your Google Reader account. iOS users can also have a seamless experience if they use the iPad [iTunes link] or iPhone [iTunes link] version of the application, which are $2.99 and $4.99 respectively.

How do you keep up with your RSS feeds? Do you just use Google Reader in your browser, or do you have a preferred desktop app? Let us know in the comments.

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