A Very Nice Hidden Speed Dial Application To Launch Your Favorite Bookmarks

I not sure how I even happened onto this, but if you go to “www.topsites.me” you can sign up for FREE  (very nice) speed dial utility that will allow you to add your favorite bookmarks. Below is the speed dial I created with various categories, as a sample.

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After finding this hidden speed dial (not really promoted anywhere), I did some further research. This speed dial utility is managed by Nimbus Web Inc. who are the developers of Nimbus Note, Nimbus Clipper, and Nimbus Capture. They also are the developers of a very popular speed dial utility, similar to what I found, but is actually a browser extension called FVD Speed Dial. After digging further, Nimbus also has a sync utility that sync’s the speed dial (called Eversync Everhelper) that if installed allows you to manage your speed dial pages and back them up. I also found that the same sync utility works with the browser extension (FVD Speed Dial) as well, which leads me to believe (have not tested) that I could sync the speed dial I created to the one associated with the browser extension. Now that this is all clear as mud, I have been experimenting with the speed dial I created at “www.topsites.me” and have found it so far, after about a month’s usage to be very reliable.  I also installed the Everysync Everhelper client that allows me to manage the tiles and perform backups. Also, you can add your own background images to the speed dial and in my case, I am using a Weather Channel static map image that routinely changes with updated weather.


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A “Super-Easy” Way To Get To Some Music “SuperFast”

I have found “Internet Radio” to be a super-easy way to get to some music super fast. If you perform a search on the site, you may even find some of your local stations. Once you find a radio station, look for the popout feature that allows you to popout the station in a separate smaller window that can then be minimized, etc… This allows you to work on other things, without distraction, while listening to your music. It appears you can even launch your own radio station at “Internet Radio”…

Listen to music from thousands of internet radio stations streaming live right now. Search or browse all your favourite music genres.

Source: Internet Radio: Music from Thousands of Stations

A fresher, less annoying interface to YouTube

This one has been around for at least 7 years… It is called Toogl.es. What you will find is a very stripped down interface that allows you to search for and watch YouTube videos. Toogl.es is great for those home TV setups. The search function is awesome in this application and once you search a topic you can sort the result by relevance, upload date, view count, or rating. Only issue I noticed, which is not a big deal, is that some of the trending categories, when clicked on, do not produce a result.

 

Source: Toogl.es

Word Game by BetaFactory to Test and Improve your English Vocabulary | I Love Free Software

Word Game is a fun vocabulary game developed by the BetaFactory to test and improve your English language vocabulary. Word game enthusiasts love playing different kinds of word games. This game is another addition to that list. The game interface is quite easy. The website does ask you to create an account and login so the progress you make can be saved.

 

Source: Word Game by BetaFactory to Test and Improve your English Vocabulary

Today at “What’s On My PC” – “TuneIn” Your Christmas Music

December 2, 2019


Today’s Thoughts From Rick – “TuneIn” Your Christmas Music

To help me get into the Christmas spirit, I go to “TuneIn” to get my music; especially, when working from my computer or taking a drive in my car. To get you started using TuneIn, I recommend that you establish an account. After you do that you can save the stations or podcasts that you like under favorites. You can also find many of your local radio stations as well.

TuneIn In is an American audio streaming service delivering live news, radio, sports, music, and podcasts to over 60 million monthly active users.  As of 2019, TuneIn has more than 75 million monthly active users.

Today’s Tech News Briefs:

A team of international scientists spotted a stellar black hole three-and-a-half times greater than anyone thought possible; The US is reportedly considering new measures that would further restrict Huawei’s ability to procure US technologies; AND, Facebook is releasing a new tool today that will allow its users to transfer photos directly to Google Photos. The tool is being released initially in Ireland, and will be available worldwide in the first half of 2020.


Today’s Software Pick:

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool – This recently updated tool allows an easy and comfortable way to download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers, as well as Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 2019, Expression Studio and Office for Mac.

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Today’s Android Pick:

Compass Galaxy – This is a FREE functional and simple compass application without unnecessary permissions.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How to run older programs in Windows 10 using compatibility settings – The “Program Compatibility Troubleshooter” wizard is a built-in tool that helps you apply compatibility settings to older software that doesn’t work as it should on your Windows 10 computer. One way to open it is by typing “run programs” in the taskbar’s search field, and then clicking or tapping on “Run programs made for previous versions of Windows.”… Continue Reading @ Digital Citizen

Access Run programs made for previous versions of Windows


Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

This premium level Chromebook is $100 cheaper for Cyber Monday

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 2 In 1 Laptop


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Share Large Files Securely With Firefox Send

Whether you’re sending sensitive financial documents or a home video with friends, your files should be protected. That’s where Firefox Send comes in. With Firefox Send, you can:

  • Share large files online with an encrypted link that “self-destructs”
  • Set the number of times your file can be downloaded
  • Choose when you’d like your link to expire
  • And when you’re logged in, you can send up to 2.5GB

Source: Firefox Send


Zoho Notebook – A FREE Alternative to Microsoft OneNote, Evernote, and Google Keep

Some years back I can remember exploring a note-keeping application called Zoho Notebook, that was in its’ infancy. Recently I revisited Zoho Notebook and boy was I in for a surprise. This application rocks and I am now committing myself to moving all of my note-keeping data from other platforms where I have data stored (i.e. Microsoft OneNote, Evernote and Google Keep). The reason for my decision is that Zoho does what all of the other applications do, but better (in my opinion).  Zoho Notebook works on nearly all OS platforms and devices out there.

Below is a verbatim (best description) I could find on Zoho Notebook. You can judge for yourself.

  • Take notes, add files, create checklists, sketches, record audio, and capture moments. All your notes are instantly synced across your devices and to the cloud.
  • The simple, intimate joy of Notebook comes from using the app. We’ve been meticulous in our design, paying attention to every detail. Notebook is 100% free and ad-free.

TAKE NOTES

Notebook provides different ways to take notes and capture your thoughts.

– Write notes. Start with text, add images and sketches, checklists or audio, all in the same note.
– Add PDFs, word documents, spreadsheets, and more with the dedicated file note card.
– Create and mark checklists to get stuff done with the dedicated checklist note card.
– Record ideas, meetings, and lectures with the audio note card.
– Capture moments using the dedicated photo note card.
– Sketch ideas and take hand written notes using your finger with the sketch note card.

SMART CARDS

Content added to Notebook gets intelligently formatted into beautiful, distinct cards.

– Recipe Card automatically pulls the recipe photo and description, creates a checklist for ingredients, and provides step-by-step cooking instructions. See zoho.com/notebook for supported sites.
– Video Card automatically pulls video preview and, once opened, plays in a distraction-free space. Works for YouTube and Vimeo.
– Link Card pulls headline or page title, along with the main image, creating a beautiful note card.

ORGANIZE NOTES

– You can organize various notes into notebooks.
– Notes can be grouped together.
– You can reorder your notes within a notebook.
– Move or copy note cards between notebooks.

SYNC

– Synchronize all your notes and notebooks across devices and to the cloud.
– Take a note on one device, add to it from another.

CUSTOMIZE

– Change the color of your note cards.
– Choose a notebook cover or create your own.

SECURE NOTES

– Lock individual notebooks and notes

FIND NOTES

– Search your notes within a notebook or across notebooks.

SHARE

– Share your notes through email and other options.

Source: Zoho Notebook

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Google Drawings – A FREE Web-Based Tool for Creating and Editing Images

There are many good “web-based” applications out there that do not get the credit they deserve. Google Drawings is one of those applications. I have tried many, many “web-based” applications for creating and editing images and I keep going back to Google Drawings.

Google Drawings is like the black sheep of the Google Docs family. It is there and no one sees it. What most people don’t know is that an image you create, with Google Drawings, can be embedded into Google Docs. Google Drawings has all of those hidden powers of a graphic editor, an image editor or a publisher. As a matter of fact, some of the tools, using the layers, remind me of MS-Publisher. I have used Google Docs to create images and backgrounds for blogging, cards, flowcharts, Facebook, etc…

The best way I found to learn how to use Google Drawings is to simply visit the site, start a new blank drawing and start exploring the various menus and start creating an abstract drawing or graphic. If you have some experience with graphic editors, a lot of what you see will make sense.

I am also finding that if you google templates for google drawings, you will find a boatload of templates for many purposes (or use Bing to do the same).

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