Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Easily manage multiple Gmail accounts

The Gmail Manager FireFox extention allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications. Displays your account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.

If you have multiple Gmail accounts then you know checking them can be a pain with signing in and signing out. The Gmail Manager FireFox add-on lets you manage all your Gmail accounts from within your browser. After installing it and configurating your accounts in the preferences, you will see Gmail Manager in the status bar in the bottom-right corner of the browser window. Mouse over it for a pop-up listing your newest messages. Click it to open Gmail in the new tab or right click it to select a different account. Gmail Manager has other options you can tweak such as new email notifications, a numeric unread e-mail count, and will show “snippest” of mail as well as allowing you to add any WAV sound to alert you of new mail. It does everthing you could want short of actually reading your e-mail for you.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Livedrive - Unlimited online storage

Edit: Since posting this I have recieved an email from the LiveDrive team. After beta the service will no longer be free.
How much will the service cost after the beta?
Livedrive is free to use during our beta period. The beta period is a chance for you to give us your feedback about our service and for us to ensure any problems with the service are found before we “go live” in January 2009. After the go-live date Livedrive will be available in two editions with prices ranging from approximately £40 per annum for the standard version to £200 per annum for the business version. Both editions will include unlimited storage.

Livedrive is an online storage service that offers two advantages over most services in this space:
  1. Unlimited file storage
  2. Integration with Windows Explorer
When you install Livedrive (and reboot your computer), you'll notice an L drive show up in Windows Explorer. To copy files to the service, just drag and drop them to the L drive. You can also upload and download files through a web-based interface. And once your files are online you'll be able to access them from any computer using the web client.

Thanks to the Windows Explorer integration, you could easily use LiveDrive as an offsite backup tool like Carbonite or Mozy. Just install your favorite file backup utility and point it to the L drive.

Livedrive is free while in beta, but I have a feeling the company will probably start charging a fee when the beta ends.

Credit to Lifehacker

Sunday, December 28, 2008

What is link bait?

I went looking for the definition to link bait and as usual I found a Wikipedia article on it. As with everything related to a computer there are good and bad uses for link bait. I'm sure many web site owners would argue that it is essential to creating a successful web site or blog as it increases traffic. This is true but I also encourage anyone who is link baiting to be careful not to get too caught up and start creating link fodder. Getting people to your site is half of the battle. Keeping them there is the victory. In other words, don't send them away as soon as they walk in the door.

The entire article involves much more then I have here but here are the types of link bait according to Wikipedia.

Wikipedia - Methods of website linking

Types of link bait

Although there are no clear-cut subdivisions within link bait, many attempt to divide them into types of hooks. This is a short list of some of the most common approaches with brief descriptions:
  • Informational hooks - Provide information that a reader may find very useful. Some rare tips and tricks or any personal experience through which readers can benefit.
  • News hooks - Provide fresh information and obtain citations and links as the news spreads.
  • Humor hooks - Tell a funny story or a joke. A bizarre picture of your subject or mocking cartoons can also prove to be link bait.
  • Evil hooks - Saying something unpopular or mean may also yield a lot of attention. Writing about something that is not appealing about a product or a popular blogger. Provide strong reasons for it.
  • Tool hooks - Create some sort of tool that is useful enough that people link to it.
  • Widgets hooks - A badge or tool, that can be placed or embedded on other websites, with a link included.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Glubble Web Browser for Families

Glubble turns the Internet into a fun, educational, secure and social experience for the entire family. With this free add-on for Firefox your children can explore, play and enjoy thousands of fun games, color pages, interactive exercises, audio books and puzzles – all easily pre-approved by you. As a parent you create your own private Family Page where you can send messages to your children, add grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, upload photos, monitor and support your children’s online activities as well as organize your busy family life. It doesn’t matter where you are: once registered your homepage is accessible from every computer!


Learn how your family can play, discover, share and learn together. Just click play to watch a quick video tour…and then join Glubble for free!


Thursday, December 25, 2008

WOT Web of Trust Internet Security

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

CastleCops has gone offline for good

One of the original malware help sites has finally called it quits for ever. This is sad but in the end I think we say it coming for a while. The constant attacks on the site coupled with funding issues has finally become too much apparently.

Remember though that all the databases were copied/moved to System Lookup some time ago, so the resources are still available.

www.castlecops.com

Greetings Folks,

You have arrived at the CastleCops website, which is currently offline. It has been our pleasure to investigate online crime and volunteer with our virtual family to assist with your computer needs and make the Internet a safer place. Unfortunately, all things come to an end. Keep up the good fight folks, for the spirit of this community lies within each of us. We are empowered to improve the safety and security of the Internet in our own way. Let us feel blessed for the impact we made and the relationships created.

With respect to the server marathon, by March 17 2009 CastleCops will refund contributions made through PayPal that were specifically designated for servers. Unfortunately, server donations made via check cannot be returned because we do not have the addresses for the donating entity. Unless instructed otherwise, CastleCops will re-allocate these funds as a donation to the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC.org). This organization sponsored our hosting environment for approximately the past 2 years. Please contact us [cc at laudanski dot com] before March 17, 2009, if you would like a return of your server marathon donation. Otherwise, we would like to thank the ISC for their unfettered support.

We thank everyone in creating our unique footprint and memories in time.

Love, Best Wishes and Happy Holidays, CastleCops
PST 23 Dec 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

RoboForm: Password Manager, Form Filler, Password Management

Roboform is an indispensable tool for any sweeper. If you use just one aid to enter sweepstakes more easily, it should be this one.

RoboForm allows you to:

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Free Internet Radio

What is Pandora?

Pandora is a music discovery service designed to help you enjoy music you already know, and to help you discover new music you'll love.

Pandora is a free music player that can be customized to play a mix of almost any artist or band you can think of. Pick one or pick any mix of music styles. You can use Pandora on any computer, you just need to enter your free Pandora account user name (email address) and password to sign in and listen to your preset music mix.

At the time of this posting Pandora is only available to listeners in the United States. Pandora will eventually be available internationally ance the music licensing is straightened out.

Frequently Asked Questions
Pandora.com