I hope you have taken the time read through this, as it is not just a rant. I hope you have a more thorough understanding now as to why we are so adamant that our members keep our private codes PRIVATE. When you share them around the internet, especially to sites like the ones that posted them on the 22nd, you are effectively working to patch the codes. And that is just NOT FAIR to the people that work so hard to find them, nor to the people who so desperately need to use them.
07.11.09 by jewels
Taking a break from tech for a minute or so to ask for some help. On Thursday June 9, 2009 my ex brother-in-law Richard Langdeau was killed on his motorcycle by a careless driver. Record-Journal Story His daughter Samantha is now without a father. A college fund has been established for her through TD Banknorth. Any type of donation would be greatly appreciated. She’s still a long while from college, so even a few dollars now will be a big help by the time she needs it.
If you’re not able to help financially, and yes I know times are tough all around, you can help by sharing this information with others through your social networks.
Please send donations to: The Samantha Langdeau College Fund c/o TD Banknorth, 826 Wolcott Rd., Wolcott, CT 06716
If you’d like to send your condolences to Rich’s family, you may do so through Woodtick Memorial
07.3.09 by jewels
I love Skype! It’s the main communication method the she-geeks use to chat with each other. But now thanks to Ring2Skype it’s even more useful. Read on to find out this service can help save you a lot of money.
Skype is great for free PC to PC communication, but you must open your wallet for a Skype-In number to enable your friends to reach you on skype from their mobile or landline phones. Not anymore…
Ring2Skype will give you a free skype-in number, actually they’ll give you multiple skype-in numbers. US numbers are available at this time in: NY CA FL ME.
If you don’t live in one of those states, then obviously it will be a LD call from a landline, but since most mobile phones have unlimited LD it won’t be an issue for your friends to call your skype-in number from their cell.
The number you will get requires an extension, but it’s not really an issue for a cell phone. Just have your friends program a pause or two before the extension number when adding your skype-in to their contacts. I put two pauses into mine and it worked like a charm. I’ll admit I was skeptical about what the call quality was going to be like, but surprisingly it was crisp and clear.
Now where this program really kicks azz is with international numbers. If you have friends abroad, this service offers numbers in a slew of countries, so many I won’t bother listing them. What this means is, you sign up for a skype-in number in your friend’s country and they can call your skype-in number as if it’s a local call. And vice versa, they can sign up for a US skype-in number which you can call toll free from your cell.
In this crappy economy I’ve been reading so many posts by people who have lost their jobs and have had to give up their cells or drastically cut their minutes plans. Some have had to cut phones altogether. How do you job hunt with no phone? For people in these situations this service can be a real blessing.
I’ve also seen a lot of talk from people who have had to cut out their text messaging plans. Now that google labs has pulled the sms feature of gchat, these people are scrambling to find solutions for free online texting. Although there are a plethora of websites that offer free online texting, people are complaining of having real issues receiving texts back. AIM, MSN and Yahoo have texting options in their messenger services, but if for some reason you can’t use those (work restrictions or whatnot) you may want to give textem a try. Once you sign up you are given an inbox, unlike most of the other online text services. Your inbox page will update as replies are received, so your friends will not have issues responding to you. It works via proxy as well, so even if you are just someone trying to find a way around IT policy at work to get your texting done while gchat sms is down, this could be a solution for you. And if you’re someone without a cell, or on restricted minutes plans, using your new skype-in number, you can shoot off free texts to your friends telling them to call you since you can’t dial out for free with skype.
03.28.09 by jewels
The rest of my existence may be a shambles, but my desktop has to be clean. I just can’t stand crap all over the place. However, this feeling is often at odds with my need to have stuff readily accessible that I’m working on. Luckily I have two awesome apps that free my desktop to be as clean as my house should be. And the best part is – they’re both free….
Hopping on my pc is blissful cleanliness:
How do I get it like that? It’s a combination of two great free programs. One handles my programs, the other handles my works in progress.
First up: programs. I hate the start menu-I’m a shortcut girl, but I hate having shortcuts everywhere. Obviously I needed a launcher app. The issue I have with most of them though is the hotkeys. I’m old, my memory sucks, I don’t want to have to memorize a bunch of different hotkeys to start up the apps I want to use. A few years ago I got lucky and found a launcher I could customize to my liking that would appear with one hotkey and give immediate access to all the programs I wanted available.
And there it is. When not in use it disappears, when I want it, it shows up. It allows you to customize many features such as categories, icon size, folders etc. You can have static categories or dynamic ones. There’s a built in notes function which can store your web links, pictures, documents…whatever you want to put in it. I’ve been using it for several versions over the last few years and it’s always worked flawlessly. If you want it too, head on over to 8start. It’s skinable and many skins are available via the site. So if you want your launcher to look like an iphone, or media player, or whatever-you have that option.
My programs are all neatly organized by 8start, but I still find that I need stuff I’m working on placed on my desktop. If I put stuff elsewhere I forget where I put it, and I hate having to search for it. Fences allows me to actually keep stuff on my desktop that I need to access quickly-and then make it disappear when I’m doing something else:
This great little app is made by stardock and allows you to put your works in progress inside these neat little fences that appear and disappear in a click. You can have as many or as few as you need, they’re resizable, replaceable, and customizable. Once you’ve made your fences, any new additions to your desktop can be easily dragged into a fence for instant organization. Of course, you can use these fences for whatever you like. If you don’t want fences and a launcher, you could move all your desktop shortcuts into categorized fences and be done with it. Go ahead and grab your free version of fences here: fences
This is how I make my desktop work for me, and only need to remember two hotkeys. So how do you organize your desktop? Share your thoughts and program recommendations with us in the comments. Need help getting started? Feel free to post on our forum and we’ll be happy to assist you.
4.27.08 by jewels
If you’re new to Firefox, you probably aren’t aware of how easy it is to search quickly and easily from within your browser’s address bar. No, you don’t have to go to a new tab and type in google’s web address, or any other search engine’s address…
Firefox comes with a few built in “quick searches” depending on your version. So we’ll start by taking a look at those, and then delving into how easily you can add your own.
You can perform a google search “out of the box” with Firefox just by typing your search term into the address bar and hitting enter. The only caveat to this is, it defaults to the “I’m feeling lucky” search. Well I don’t know about you, but lady luck doesn’t smile on me very often. So let’s change that to a regular google search. Begin by typing about:config in your address bar and hitting enter.
Now scroll down to keyword.URL in the preferences column on the left. Once there, right click and select “modify” from the list. Then adjust the URL as seen here:
Now, just typing in your address bar will produce a regular google search. Next let’s look at the other searches built into Firefox using the quick search bookmarks. Go up to your menu bar and click “bookmarks” then “organize bookmarks” to open the Bookmarks Manager. Scroll down the left side and double click on “Quick Searches”. Here’s a pic of what is in my quick searches by default. If you want to change something, just right click a quick search and select “properties” to make your changes.
I’m editing the dictionary quick search so that it will load with a “d” instead of “dict”.
Now I just have to go to my address bar (ctrl + L) and type the letter d followed by a space, and then my search term, to do a quick dictionary search of a word.
You can tweak quick searches by adding your own for the sites you use the most. Go to any search engine, or any site with a search feature built in and you can add a quick keyword search of your own. Just right click anywhere in the search box and select “add a keyword for this search”. I’m adding one for urban dictionary, since I sometimes need to decode some people’s language.
Just repeat that procedure to add as many quick searches you want for the sites you use regularly. If you go back into your Bookmark Manager they will appear in your “quick searches” bookmarks. If you want to add in the keyword you used into the description column that appears in the Bookmark Manager, just right click your quick search, select the properties, and in the description box type in your reminder.
04.04.08 by jewels
There are a lot of software programs that allow you remote access to your pc, but now there’s one that lets you access it from your internet connected mobile phone as well. And it’s free! Now you have constant access to your files from anywhere, another pc, mac, or mobile phone. Here’s a shot from my mobile screen when I’m connected to one of my pcs.
You can download files, upload files, and search your pc with google desktop. You can also set up sharing with your friends. Want to send your latest project to someone but it’s on your pc? Log in from your phone and email a share invitation to your buddy, you can even specify how long access to the file is available. You can set up access to 10 pcs from a free account, so nothing is out of reach. Mine is connected to 2 pcs right now:
Be aware though, with the free version, the pcs must be on and connected to the internet for access. If you want a higher level of access (read paid) you can sign up for a premium account which will allow you to upload your files for access when your computer is off. The premium accounts also allow access to your itunes, and allows you to store music on their server as well. Check it out at avvenu.
04.04.08 by jewels
Ever wanted your phone to tell your Ex to go to hell when he or she calls? Well now it’s possible! Set up your voicemail to deliver a nasty message for them, and then disconnect their call! How would you like to have customized voicemail messages for each of your friends? A special message for private or unavailable numbers, followed by a disconnect? Want a certain someone to get a message saying your number has been disconnected?
How about getting your voicemail sent to your email account?
Want to have your voicemail transcribed into text and then sent to your phone in a text message? All these amazing features are available, along with a slew of customized messages you can use, in addition to making your own if that’s your preference. But here’s the kicker feature that makes this service really stand out. Got a voicemail from a nutjob, liar, or crazy ex? Well you can share it with the world by embedding it on your myspace or facebook page!! Now that’s hot sheeiiit!
And yes, if you prefer to get your voicemail via a phone call, you can still do that too. Hop on over to youmail to check out all the fantastic features that will revolutionize your voicemail.
04.02.08 by jewels
I admit it, I’m an addon whore. I love the ability to customize my browser to my liking, and often try new addons to make firefox more useful. Unfortunately, the more addons I use, the slower my browser becomes, so I often find myself disabling some addons to keep Firefox running more smoothly. Below is the list of my “must have” extensions that are required for my daily browsing habits.
My first must have is febe. The purpose of this extension is to backup your Firefox should it go whacko on you. It handles your extensions, themes, bookmarks, preferences, passwords, cookies and even your entire profile. You can customize which parts to backup and/or reinstall through the febe options found in your tools menu. Backups are automatically stored in your My Documents folder. This addon makes it insanely easy to transfer all your Firefox customization to a new computer. Rather than having to manually install your favorite addons, you need only install febe, then load one of your backups and allow it to do the work of customizing your new Firefox installation to your liking.
Must have number 2 is foxmarks. I’m one of those people who prefer having my bookmarks sitting right within my browser. And foxmarks enables me to have access to my bookmarks from any computer running firefox and keeps everything nicely synchronized.
The next extension justy & I can’t live without is cooliris previews. This helpful little tool allows you a preview of any link just by hovering over it, without having to leave the main page or open a new tab/window. It’s become an indispensable part of my daily browsing, especially when previewing results in google. It also allows you to create stacks, and email cool finds with one click. There are a variety of ways to customize its display and features to your liking.
Linkification is my next must have. It converts text based links into clickable links. I find it invaluable when reading forums where people post websites without providing an actual link. Used in conjunction with Cooliris, i am able to view any website recommendations without having to leave the current page.
My next 2 necessities pertain to google. The first is google previews which places a thumbnail view of each search result on the left side of the window. I find it handy to have a mini-view of the website right within my google search results. The second is customize google which has many customization options available, but the ones most immediately useful are google suggest-which gives you search suggestions as you type in the search bar, and competitor links that perform your search on a variety of other search engines. It also allows you to remove google Ads, filter your search results, and automatically access your gmail, google docs, and google reader accounts through https.
I couldn’t survive myspace without greasemonkey. I use several scripts that make navigating myspace much easier and friendly on the eyes. But it’s not just about myspace. There are scripts available for probably any website you use that will make it more attractive and easier to manipulate for your purposes. Go here to check out the wide variety of goodies available for Greasemonkey.
04.01.08 by jewels
There are a variety of reasons people may want to keep records of myspace emails. For one thing, when another user cancels their account, poof, their mails are gone. Saving email can be done by copy/paste, but it’s a hassle, and it takes too long. If you want to get in and out quickly, try this method and peruse the emails at your leisure.
To get started you will have to be using Firefox. Now grab this handy addon from: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/201
Once you have installed the DownThemAll extension, remember to restart Firefox, and then follow these simple steps to set it up for downloading Myspace mail.
Select Preferences from the dta tools menu:
Select “add new filter”:
Add the following from the screenshot below. You can name the caption whatever you want, but keep the filtered extensions entry the same. Select the Links Filter as in the example.
Now you are ready to download some mail. This filter will work with all areas of the mailbox: Inbox, Sentbox, Saved, and Trash. Select DownThemAll from the tools menu:
Set up as follows:
1: Be sure you are on the links tab
2: Choose your download directory, you can browse from the folder icon. Or you can type in a directory location, and dta will create it, if it doesn’t exist.
3: Type the name you want to save the files with, as the renaming mask.
4: Make sure the only filter selected is the one you created. In this case, “get myspace mail”.
5: You will notice all the emails are highlighted in a separate color. If there are some you don’t want to save, just click the green check to the left of the url to de-select it.
6: Click the start button.
Your progress window will appear during the download and look like this once complete.
Dta will consecutively number each mail you download until you change the settings. Be aware, it does not grab your entire inbox. It only grabs the 10 mails myspace allows on a page. You will have to visit subsequent pages to grab their content in the same manner, but it’s still a hell of a lot quicker than copy and paste!
When you open the emails, they will open in your browser exactly as they appear on myspace. Here is a sample:
Happy downloading !