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Down for everyone or just me?

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Downforeveryoneorjustme.com is a simple web service that does just one thing: check if a website is up and running. It is useful as a diagnostic tool when you think there is a problem with your internet connection causing certain websites to be blocked. Of course, you may simply phone up a peer and have him/her visit the same site and provide a second opinion, but trust me, this is is a far simpler and effective solution.

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Aviary

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Adobe’s Creative Suite is where it’s at if you want to get serious about any sort of professional work in the multimedia field. For this reason, and perhaps a few others (such as piracy or greed, whichever comes first), one would find that the prohibitive cost of entry as dictated by Adobe is forcing many to look for alternatives. The Aviary suite of web-based applications is hoping to change that, at least for small-time or amateur artists, by making its offerings widely accessible and free of charge. Users of the service are able to create, edit, enhance images and audio in relative depth, employing several features found in commercial products (layer editing comes to mind). Ease of use, coupled with unrivaled accessibility, is sure to make this a crowd favorite once more apps start to take off.

Coupons Galore

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Coupon codes, much like their counterparts in newspapers and ads, allow for some pretty appealing discounts in day to day shopping. Their usage are also somewhat more convenient and environmentally friendly than traditional paper based cut-outs. And, with the help of sites such as RetailMeNot, you’ll be able to browse couple codes collected from over 65,000 electronic stores. Granted, many of them are in the U.S, but there is still a respectable collection of couple codes applicable for use in countries such as Canada. Even better, their databases are constantly updated by contributers who are really everyday people willing to share their findings, so you can be sure that what you’re getting works.

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Reverse Image Search

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Okay, so everyone these days know that Google is all the rage if you’re looking for a search engine and then some. Among its strength stand its image search component, but what about those times when you have an image but need to track its source or get the low-down on similar pictures? TinEye is the answer you’re looking for, though it is not the only one as there are a few other competitors out there provided you do a search for it (go figure). For what it’s worth, this reverse image search engine is arguably the most indexed (biggest) in its category, requiring you only to upload a sample picture or provide an online link in order for it to bring up a list of sources and matching images. Bear in mind though that it’s not particularly good at finding Facebook pictures or the like, so its uses are limited to mostly satisfying one’s curiosity regarding unknown images.

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Free classical music

August 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Classical music may have very well gone out of style for the fast evolving 21st century, but it is not without an audience. Perhaps the reason can be found in one of its contributing factors, which is the lack of proper technology to record audio until the beginning of the 20th century or so. Catalogs such as Classic Cat are helping to change to perception by categorizing free and legal recordings for mass enjoyment. While it doesn’t actually store the music on its own servers (it simply redirects you to links hosted elsewhere), Classic Cat makes up for it with perhaps the most complete index available on the net. Bach, Beethoven and Mozart are of course amongst the hundreds of composers that are listed, but you shouldn’t stop there as there are plenty of others to check out as well.

P.S: Check out Archive.org as well as Wikipedia’s List of Public Domain music files for a more complete collection.

Wolfram Alpha

July 2, 2010 Leave a comment

As more and more innovative web engines spring up in this fast evolving age, you’re bound to get one or two that’s as unique as Wolfram Alpha. Seen as a partial competitor to Google in terms of scientific tasks, Wolfram differs by being a computational engine. In other words, where as search engines would generate results by blasting you with page after page of sites that might containing keywords in your query, Wolfram tries to intelligently compute an answer from its servers; thus removing ambiguity and the hassle of browsing in the process. Type in a mathematical equation such as x^2 – 7x + 12 = 0, and you get the correct answer straight away. Same with mortages, unit conversions and other mathematical stuff of the sort. But that’s not all, you may also use it as a simplified/table form wikipedia to check out chemistry diagrams, star charts, weather and stocks, etc.

Free file hosting

May 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Usually, you get what you pay for when you signed up for file hosting services. Not so with File Dropper, a site that provides hosting up to 5GB per file, all for free of course. Users simply have to upload their file with the web interface and then share the link with peers or colleagues. Now, compare that to sending files over the net as email attachments–often with arbitrary limits in the range of 25-50MB–it just makes sense to use File Dropper. Even the top dog RapidShare pale in comparison as they top out at 200MB per file for free users. I should warn you that despite all this, File Dropper is intended as a mere stop-and-go dump for files you’re confident of sharing over the net. It lacks password protection, and files may be deleted if they are inactive, which means that you should look elsewhere for a premium hosting service if you want reliability and security.