Monday, December 31, 2007

Looking Back: 2007

Let us Look back at some cool Websites that I have discovered this year and put them in my folder.

Gadget News: Daily Gadgets with a twist
a new, fresh site focusing on gadgets ranging from eco-friendly, to the obscure.

Meet the World
Let me quote, its better:
Icaro Doria is Brazilian, 25 and has been working for the magazine Grande Reportagem, in Lisbon, Portugal, for the last 3 years. He is part of the team (with Luis Silva Dias, João Roque, Andrea Vallenti and João Roque) that produced the flags campaign which has been circulating the Earth in chain letters via e-mail. Icaro gave us a small statement about the campaign, translated by Isabell Erdmann:The magazine Revista Grande Reportagem is a Hard Journalism magazine, on the same line as the Times. The idea was to bring across the concept that the magazine offers profound journalism about topics of real importance to the world of today.
This is how we thought of the concept Meet the World.
We started to research relevant, global, and current facts and, thus, came up with the idea to put new meanings to the colours of the flags. We used real data taken from the websites of Amnesty International and the UNO.
The campaign has been running in Portugal since January 2005. There are eight flags that portray very current topics like the division of opinions about the war in Iraq in the United States, the violence against women in Africa, the social inequality in Brazil, the drug trafficking in Columbia, Aids and malaria in Angola, etc.
With regards to the email presenting the campaign as being done by a Norwegian diplomat, this information is completely wrong. There is no Norwegian diplomat called Charung Gollar, there was no presentation in the UNO, and the campaign is not called ‘The Power of the Stars’. This was all invented and is going round the world via email.
That’s it, basically.

But yeah, its really cool!

Robot soldiers
Who is this technology intended for?
Its really cool, watch the video

15 Powerful ways to differentiate your blog from the crowd
There are millions of blogs out there, and getting noticed amid the cacophony of such a noisy and active crowd is the key problem for any new blogger. In the face of such overwhelming odds, how can you differentiate yourself? How can you get noticed?Here are a few tips on doing that!
A very good article, not only for bloggers, but also for people who write and wish to "make" the web 2.0 in a creative and innovative way. "There are millions of blogs out there, and getting noticed amid the cacophony of such a noisy and active crowd is the key problem for any new blogger."
Real learning for me too, dude!
See it here:

IBlade Something really cool, if not real!

Open Source Living

Open SOurce Living is "an archive of the Web's best Open Source software, applications and references for a zero-cost / top quality digital experience."

The open source softwares are primarily categorized into
  • Web
  • Graphics & Photo
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Documents
  • Content Management
  • File Transfer
  • Miscellanious-containing softwares like: archiving, security, graph plotting, map tools, issue trackers, and softwares like Google Pack and File Organizers

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Monday, December 24, 2007

25 Unexpectedly Useful Websites for the Uncommonly Curious

This eclectic list of websites contains so many out of the ordinary pleasures that it is hard to know where to start.

This unique list contains links to many entertaining and/or useful websites. The sites are not listed in any particular order of importance, and this list is not intended to be an all-inclusive map of the Internet or a comprehensive source of information. If you know of a site you think others should be aware of, feel free to post it as a comment. If you know something interesting about one of the sites in this list, don't hesitate to share your knowledge.
Usually there are comments from those who find at least one of the included sites useful or entertaining. There are also those who post links to websites that were not included in the list but maybe should have been. I thank you and appreciate your input.

Guerrilla MailGet a temporary email address that expires after 15 minutes. During those 15 minutes you can read and reply to any messages.
Chain of ThoughtsA seriously cool concept…you type in a subject you would like to research and this generates a list (you choose its length) of related keywords and topics. You can visit a Wikipedia page at any time or continue navigating through the related keywords until you find what you want. It is a very cool way of diversifying a research effort.
TedSome really interesting videos about varying topics.
Wiki TravelAnother Wikipedia inspired website relating to travel. Written and edited by users. This site promises to be one of the most useful of all travel sites due to its constantly being updated.
Fix It ClubLearn how to repair or recycle household items that you might otherwise throw away.
Simple HelpThis site promises to, “help beginner-to-intermediate computer users learn how to do various things with their computers.” It is free.
Life ScriptLife Script does sell health products but it also offers free newsletters and web portals with information and articles relating to general health, dieting, nutrition, beauty, etc.
Full BooksAn index of thousands of books, free for you to read.
Study Guides and StrategiesA huge database of study guides for a number of subjects published in many different languages.
Meta ReligionThis site contains a huge number of articles about religion, science, and philosophy and is published in Spanish and English.
Bibliomania2,000+ free online classic texts plus a myriad of other articles/features.
World Freedom AtlasThe, “World Freedom Atlas,” provides a visual method of understanding the issues of freedom, human rights, democracy, etc in the world.
My FitThis is a pretty good source for fitness information. The information is searchable and organized in a tabbed structure.
How to Clean AnythingLiterally…this site provides tips about how to clean just about anything.
Dear CupidAsk, Answer, or browse through questions about any and every aspect of relationships. There are also many forums and articles available.
Help With PCsThis is a decent tutorial site that specializes in PC issues.
SclipoSclipo is a video site that you can use to broadcast instructional videos that you edit or just to look up how-to videos. There is a live hosting feature, and the site is published in English, Espanol, and Deutsch.
Speed TestA news site for broadband issues. This link is for a feature they provide that allows you to determine your IP address and test how well your broadband is operating.
Google TranslateThis is another of the many cool Google applications out there. You can translate an entire web page or any other amount of text you need. There are a number of languages available.
Movie DuoThis is a pretty new site that seems to be centered in, but not limited to, New York (for now). The site allows you to search for men or women within a specified radius of your zip code who are interested in seeing the same movies you are. It is a new breed of an online dating site.
Foodio 54This is a huge catalog of restaurants (United States only…for now). They claim to be different from similar sites in that they use a feature called, “collaborative filtering.” This is a method of determining which restaurants you might like based on your reviews and the reviews of other members. Foodio54 is a free site.
Big OvenThis recipe-sharing site allows users to upload their favorite recipes or search for new ones. You can search by entering up to three ingredients, by keyword, or by rating.
Beer AdvocateAs described by the owners, Beer Advocate helps you learn about, share, and advocate beer.
Music MeshSearch for music videos and then browse the web that is created by your choices. Youtube provides the videos.
Live PlasmaLive Plasma is not the first site of its kind but it is the best site of its kind (If you ask me…which you didn't). You enter a movie, actor, director, musician, etc; and Live Plasma will create a web of related media for you to browse through. This is a very cool way to discover new movies and music based on what you already know.

Friday, December 21, 2007


Here is the much awaited topic of the world - Games. Here is a list of excellent online games that not just give you entertainment but also gives chance to improve your alertness and reflexes....


Buddy's Math Jokes

Please do not ask for explanation...because this is absolutely funny....but remember, you got to laugh with your brain, not only your mouth..!


How to Download Anything

If you’re going to illegally download stuff, please do it right so that you don’t get caught. Don’t use services like Kazaa or Limewire to get your goods. They’re filled with junk and can get you found out and sued by the copyright owners.
If you are going to download music, games, software, movies, anything, use these simple steps.

  • Get Peerguardian 2. Peerguardian blocks known government and anti-p2p groups. This keeps them from connecting to you via the tracker and knowing you are downloading. That means it will be a lot harder for them to nail you for downloading..
  • Get a torrent program. I suggest either utorrent utorrent or Azureus. I usually don’t search for the actual files I need using these programs, just use them to download.
  • Search for your torrent. I use The Pirate Bay and Mininova. Both still allow US visitors, and I can usually find what I need. There are also private trackers, but don’t worry about those for now. Once you get the hang of downloading, you can get join a private tracker
  • Make sure that Peerguardian is running while your torrent program is downloading. Otherwise you could get caught
  • Optional: Have your torrent program encrypt the data. This means that your ISP won’t detect that you are using the bittorrent protocol, which means it makes it harder for them to throttle your bandwidth just for bittorrent. You can find some good guides on TorrentFreak on how to encrypt

Be happy. You got your files and didn’t get caught. If you want optimization tips and tons more, check out TorrentFreak. And still scan everything for viruses before you use it.

And yeah, the links will take you to the appropriate page where you can get your stuff from.

7 Medical Myths That even Doctors Believe

Popular culture is loaded with myths and half-truths. Most are harmless. But when doctors start believing medical myths, perhaps it's time to worry.

In the British Medical Journal this week, researchers looked into several common misconceptions, from the belief that a person should drink eight glasses of water per day to the notion that reading in low light ruins your eyesight.

And so here they are, so that you can inform your doctor:

ABC Science

The Lab is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's online gateway to science.

Here you'll find programs from ABC radio and TV as well as original online material including a daily science news service, fortnightly features and forums.

Created in 1997, with a grant from the Australian Government's Science and Technology Awareness Program (STAP), The Lab is dedicated to science generally, and young Australians particularly.

The Lab has been spectacularly successful winning many awards for excellence including the 2003 Prix Italia Prize.The Lab continues to recieve funding through the National Innovation Awareness Strategy (NIAS), administered jointly by the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources (DITR).

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Windows Commands, really handy!

Here is the list of Windows "keyboard" commands that come very handy when working with (mostly fixing or configuring) something in Windows. Quick example on how to run these commands: go to "Start -> Run" type the command name, and ... magic! a corresponding GUI window appears in front of your eyes!