A FREE Online Spell Checker and Grammar Checker That Helps You Write Clearly

June 23, 2015

A Google Chrome extension that is highly rated and very useful is the extension called Grammarly.

What this extension does is monitor your online written (typed) communication for spelling and grammar errors. Grammarly helps you write clearly and confidently on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly anywhere else on the Web. I recently installed Grammarly and don’t know how I lived without it; especially when using the WordPress.com editor to finalize my blog articles.

Grammarly

Contextual spell checker – Correctly spelled words used in the wrong context mean embarrassing mistakes for you. Grammarly spots erroneous use of lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they’re, and many more commonly confused words.

Grammar checker – Grammarly scans your text for proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.

Vocabulary enhancement – Words can make an impact, or they can fall flat. Enhance your sentences with Grammarly’s word choice suggestions that optimize for the context of your document.

NOTE: CLICK HERE to learn more on how you can also get Grammarly as a Microsoft Word and Outlook Add-in…

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Take the Hop, Skip and Jump To Canva (Best Online Graphic Design Editor)

June 9, 2015

Gizmo’s Freeware get’s full credit for the post on Canva — Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free … It is a finds like this that keep me excited about computers and technology. I can see me using Canva for my blog posts.

Canva (www.canva.com) is a rather clever web-based graphic design system that makes it really easy to create flyers, posters, album covers, infographics, invitations, business cards, book covers and just about any other design you want. — source: Gizmo’s Freeware

Canva is probably the best online (cloud based) graphic design application that I have experienced thus far. Below is my first creation, that I completed in less than 3 minutes, with Canva. Don’t take my word for it; take the hop, skip and jump to Canva by following the links above.

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Use Jolicloud Drive To Manage Your Online Drive Accounts In One Place

November 27, 2014

Some of you may have heard of the Jolicloud OS that originally established its’ roots back in 2009 with the intent of using the infinite power of the cloud to pull all your online apps together in a very nice interface that could be accessed in your web browser. The original concept (back then) was actually ahead of its’ time.  Since that time, the Jolicloud OS has ceased to exist; however, the developers at Jolicloud have now given us Jolicloud Drive that runs in your web browser.

Jolicloud Drive

Jolicloud Drive is a new way to manage your online storage, from some of the most reputable sources out there (such as Dropbox Copy, Box, Google Drive); ALL, in one place. In my testing of Jolicloud Drive, I found that setting up the various online drive accounts you may have with Jolicloud Drive was very easy to do. I also found, compared to some of the other similar type of cloud apps out there, Jolicloud Drive is a fast loader that has a built in file viewer and has file sharing capability. The only drawback with the FREE account is that you cannot copy or move files from one drive account to the other; but, in my case I can live without that feature.

Also, if you do decide to use Jolicloud Drive, dig a little deeper in the interface and you will find Jolicloud Library (that is currently in beta) where you can pull in a variety of services (such as YouTube, Feedly, Flickr, etc..); ALL, in one place. I will be following Jolicloud on both of these online cloud app services…

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Brother Creative Center – FREE Online Desktop Publishing Suite

October 28, 2014

I recently decided to go with a laser printer from Brother (Model: HL- 2270DW) to meet my printing needs and to save money on what I was spending for inkjet printer cartridges. While checking out their web site I came across an online desktop publishing suite, that they maintain, called Brother Creative Center that is completely FREE.

Their are two project sections to the Brother Creative Center: Business Center and Home Center. Both have numerous templates to get you started and both have the ability to save whatever projects you are working on. Really nice setup on something that you don’t hear much about…

Brother Creative Center - Business

Brother Creative Center - Home

Project Categories in the Business Center:  Brochures, Business Cards, Posters, Mailers, Calendars

Project Categories in the Home Center: Cards & Invitations, Activities, Educational, Party Kits, Calendars, Scrapbook Pages, Games


An Android App Lock That Is FREE and Awesome

April 23, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Android App Lock That Is FREE and AWESOME – After experiencing Android, my Nexus 5 Smartphone has become an extension of my desktop computer and of me (in the physical sense)… If I were to lose my smartphone, not only would it cause an emotional reaction and response, it would be like losing my right hand. It is my computer in my pocket and what people do not realize is that these smartphones, after a period use, is also your profile in your pocket that contains a wealth of information about you, as the person. If you concerned about the security of your phone, the first thing to do is lock the phone down so that if the phone is lost it becomes difficult to access the content of the phone.  Android has a couple of options built in to do this.

The second thing to do, is go to the Google Play store and download Lockdown Pro. This app gives you the ability to lock down individual apps on your phone and is very customizable. I have been testing this app for sometime on my Nexus 5, and it awesome (and is completely FREE with no advertisements).

Lockdown Pro

Lockdown Pro is the BEST app lock and privacy protect tool, it can lock any app, such as SMS, Gmail, Facebook, Whatsapp, SnapChat, Instagram, Viber, Line, Evernote, etc and special apps including Lock install/uninstall apps, Lock incoming calls, etc.

One-tap to lock Apps.

Auto lock new-install app.

Auto lock & unlock when you get in/out your setting locations.

Auto lock & unlock when connect/disconnect with wifi.

Active lock apps with a SMS

Three password modes: Pattern Lock, Classic Lock & Calculator Lock

Fake Error Message (Distract from unauthorized access.)

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GEEK SQUEAKS – The World’s Favorite PC Optimization Tool To Be Available In The Cloud

February 22, 2014

I am sure you have heard of CCleaner. CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure.

I just happened across a site called Agomo, that is currently in early beta stages, that will give you the ability to run CCleaner from any computer you have connected to the internet. In other words, Agomo is making CCleaner a cloud based application.

agomo

As I mentioned, Agomo is in beta and is not currently available to the general public; however, you can sign up for a chance to be a beta tester.

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An Advanced Online Image Editor That Is Easy

February 27, 2012

Just like the online file converters I recently featured, online image editors are everywhere, which makes it hard to decide which one to go with. Factor in that the learning curve to master an image editor is quite challenging that makes most people avoid them.  Well don’t…

Today, I want to show you an online image editor, called Fotoflexer, that to me is advanced (rich in features), but very easy (and fun) to use.

Fotoflexer

For an online editor, Fotoflexer has all of the bases covered. You can do everything from fixing your photo or image to adding effects, fonts, shapes, etc… You can even get crazy with Fotoflexer by applying morphing, distortion and doodling effects.

Fotoflexer

The best way to get a handle on using Fotoflexer is to visit the website and either upload a test photo or use a photo they provide.  A really cool feature (that I like) is that I can either save my finished product to my computer or I can save it to an online photo storage and sharing service (such as Picasa, Photobucket, MySpace, and others).  In my case, I use Picasa. To take advantage of the his feature, you must sign up for an account with Fotoflexer (which is FREE).

After using Fotoflexer, I can honestly say that for an online photo and image editing program, this one is a keeper.  Fotoflexer can do it all and most importantly, it is easy to use and understand.

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Using Google’s Built-In Dictionary – Just Remember The Word “define”

October 21, 2011

At one point Google had a page set up where you specifically could look up a word for its’ definition and spelling. That has since changed and is actually now easier. All you have to do is remember the word define

Let’s say we want to define the word ambient. In the Google Search Box you simply would type define ambient to get the result (see below).

Google Dictionary

To take this one step further; once you get the result, click on More info to get more web definitions of the word.

So the next time you are stuck on a word for its’ definition or spelling, you do not need to go looking for the dictionary on the bookshelf, just use Google and remember the word define.

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Monitor Multiple Types of Natural Hazard Events Worldwide with Earth Alert

June 24, 2011

Many people today express concern about the magnitude of the natural disasters that have occurred or are presently occurring. I personally do believe mother earth is going through a noticeable change; however, natural disasters have always been part of the life cycle.

In today’s world we have become more exposed and sensitized to these events, in real time, through the use of the internet, digital media and satellite communications.  In other words we hear (and see it) as it happens and we actually become part of the story; whereas in the past we were told about the story following the event.

To put this into perspective and to give an example, I want you to take a look at an online cloud application called Earth Alert that uses Google Map overlay technology to show various natural hazard events around the world.

Earth Alert

Earth Alert has the ability to display various natural hazard events as they occur and automatically retrieve the latest information from various live data feeds available on the Internet and present it to you in a convenient arrangement of reports, maps and images. For example, I selected the natural hazard event of “Fire” and earth alert displayed fire events for the U.S.

Earth Alert

Remember much of what you are seeing in Earth Alert is based on data feeds from various sources and may not show every event occurring in the world. What Earth Alert does point out is that mother earth continues to naturally evolve and it is technology such as this that makes us more aware of these events.

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Google Docs Improves the Experience of Exploring Your Files

January 31, 2011

Today Google made an announcement that users of Google Docs will see an update to their Google Docs account that will feature a new document list layout, added filtering features to find your files and; (the really cool part) a preview panel on the right side of the document list, so that you can see a preview thumbnail, your “sharing settings” and more at a glance.

Google Docs

This update hit my Google Docs account today and I have to say I am very, very impressed with the document list layout; and, especially impressed with the document previewing. I have been extensively using Google Docs to get a good handle on the feel of using the included apps, so as to advise the readers of the blog.

As we continue down this road of cloud computing, the only factor that concerns me is the security of our files. If I know Google and their innovative approach of bringing this all together, I look to see some type of security options available to protect our files in such a way to raise our comfort level a little more.

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An Awesome Web-Based Sticky Notes Service

January 16, 2011

Years ago when I first experienced electronic sticky notes, I thought WOW…  No more paper notes hanging around my computer monitor.  Most electronic sticky note programs require a software installation to work; until now!  As a result of cloud computing, a web-based virtual sticky notes program, called Linoit, was born. After setting up an account (for FREE) with Linoit, you can access your sticky notes anywhere there is internet service. Linoit works directly from your web browser within a moveable “canvas” (where you can use your own background image), which is like a user specific bulletin board-like area. With this Linoit you can even share sticky notes with others.

Linoit

There are so many features and options with this program that I encourage to visit the website [ HERE ] ; HOWEVER, there is one feature with Linoit that I think is really cool. Once you sign up for your account, get the “linoit anywhere” bookmarklet. Click on the “lino anywhere” bookmarklet anywhere, anytime, from any website and if you are signed into your Linoit account, your sticky notes will magically appear (overlay with transparent background) on the the page you are visiting. I can’t say I have seen anything like this with any other cloud computing service.  Also, if you use Google Chrome, you can install Linoit as a Chrome app [ HERE ] .

If you would like to experience Linoit to see what it is like, you can visit Linoit’s public sticky notes “HOW TO” board [ HERE ] .  Kudos to Linoit for making an ingenious web-based sticky notes program.

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Software To Sync a Folder On Your PC with Google Docs

December 23, 2010

I have been using and testing Google Docs to determine if it is a practical resource and solution for the everyday home computer user.

Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. – Wikipedia

During my testing I have been creating documents, primarily using the word processor and spreadsheet components of Google Docs. I am finding that for what the home based computer user would need, Google Docs is a practical FREE solution. So before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office, give Google Docs a try.  As a matter fact, Google Docs and Microsoft Office (i.e. Word and Excel), at the basic level of document formatting, work together nicely.

As a result of my testing, one feature that I believe is needed is the ability to automatically sync (or backup) your Google Docs to your PC. Google has yet to address this concern; however, if I know their strategy, this is something that we will eventually see happen. Keep in mind Google Docs is in constant development and when advancements are made, they are very noticeable. You can give Google Docs a try with Google’s online demo [HERE]

In the meantime, the best solution I could find (for FREE) that allows  you to sync your online Google Docs to your PC is an application called Syncplicity.

Syncplicity

Syncplicity instantly syncs files across your Macs, PCs and Google Docs, so that your files are always available across all the computers you use and the Web. Instant sync with automatic back-up to our cloud ensures you have access to your data wherever you are, and that your days of worrying about manual back-ups and data loss are over. Our instant restore means you can recover deleted or lost files immediately.

Once you install and setup your online Syncplicity account, you will see in the file browser of Syncplicity a tab titled, “Google Docs”.  This is where you begin the process to setup the sync between Google Docs and your PC.

Once you have everything setup, it may take awhile for any Google Docs that you have stored online to show up on your PC. Now that I have Syncplicity up and working, any Google Doc files I work on, from any location in the world, will now sync with the folder I have setup on my PC.  Same goes, with any Google Docs I work with from the PC level will automatically be synced with my online account.

Syncplicity

To learn more about Syncplicity and what it can do, click [HERE] . For my situation Syncplicity has worked seamlessly and gets the job done. Who knows, this may be the next cloud app on Google’s payroll.

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A FREE Desktop Reminder Utility for Google Calendar

December 19, 2010

As I continue to experiment with the various cloud based applications that are available through Google, I recently began using Google Calendar to schedule the events in my life. I have used (and tested) numerous personal information managers and must say if you are looking for a way to manage your life events, on the cheap, then consider Google Calendar as an option.

There are many ways to sync your Google Calendar with apps that are available, say for mobile phones, but there really is not much I could find that allows me to sync my Google Calendar straight away from my computer’s desktop. In other words I was looking for something, hopefully a portable app, that I could use offline to add or delete events; however, when I went back online, my events would automatically become synced with my Google Calendar. I also like the idea of having an offline app that would serve as a backup to my calendar in the event the Google service or my account suddenly went south.

One app that I found, that works very nicely and meets the criteria l had set forth of being FREE, PORTABLE, with SYNCHRONIZATION features is a small application called GMinder.

GMinder

GMinder is a reminder program that waits in your system tray and alerts you when you have an upcoming Google Calendar event. GMinder supports multiple calendars and allows you to configure how you want to be alerted. Since it downloads your events, it works offline and enables you to preview your agenda of events. New events can be added to your Google Calendars using a Quick Add feature.

I am still testing GMinder and found that it is really a nice utility that really serves a good purpose; however, my only concern at this point is whether the development cycle of GMinder is continuing or not. The last release was July 2009.  Irregardless, at the moment, it is working for me and serves a real purpose.

If you are aware of any FREE apps out there that will sync with Google Calendar, let us know by leaving a comment below.  As always, to my readers, thank you and comment often.  I love hearing from you!

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Google Body Browser – Coolest Web App Yet

December 17, 2010

Steve over at TTC Shelbyville came across one of the coolest web apps yet. It is a Google Lab experiment called Google Body Browser.  If you are studying anatomy or just want to see what the underpinnings of your body consists of, then you need to see this. Steve’s article [HERE] explains what is required to see this 3D marvel and how Google Body Browser is another great example of cloud computing.

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Save Anything You Want to Remember On Your Phone or Computer with SpringPad

December 13, 2010

Here of late I have been on a roll with applications that are cloud based; or in other words applications that you run directly from the internet. Recently I have been testing an online note keeping application called SpringPad.

SpringPad

If you are an Evernote user then you will be able to relate to SpringPad; and I must say, if you are an Evernote user, then you need take a look at SpringPad. This app has come a long ways.

In summary SpringPad is a totally FREE powerful online application that gives you the ability to store information. Look at it as your personal database of everything that’s of interest to you that can be accessed anywhere in the world where you can get to the internet.

SpringPad

For example, I use SpringPad to bookmark web sites, keep notes, maintain to do lists, clip information from web pages, reflect my thoughts, etc…  All this information can be organized in notebooks or posted on your own digital bulletin board.  There are also mobile uses for SpringPad available such as barcode scanning, locating nearby places and businesses and photo saving.

Think of Springpad as your own place in the cloud – a high-powered internet-connected personal database of everything that’s of interest to you, even if you’re not ready to do something about it right away. Everything is automatically synced between your mobile devices and the web for instant and universal access.

The one feature that is most important to me is the SpringPad Google Chrome Browser Extension. With this extension installed you can instantly save information you want to save without leaving the site you are browsing. If you are not a Google Chrome user, there is a bookmarklet available that will let you do the same thing.

After testing SpringPad, I can honestly say it has found a home on my PC. I encourage you to give this application a try. It is FREE, requires no installation on your computer and has so many features I cannot begin to mention them all here.

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