New Google Maps version of EARTH ALERTS

How would you like to monitor, in near real-time, natural events (such as hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, cyclones) that occur here on mother earth? You can with the Google Maps version of Earth Alerts.

Earth Alerts

Before I go further, I must give credit where credit is due. The Google Maps version of Earth Alerts is actually an offspring to the software version of Earth Alerts.

Earth Alerts is a Windows-based application that allows you to monitor in near real-time a variety of natural hazard events that are occurring anywhere around the world. Alert notifications, reports, and imagery provide the user with a convenient way to view natural phenomenon as they occur, whether close to home or some far-flung corner of the globe!

Earth Alerts uses a variety of online resources provided by organizations such as the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey and Smithsonian Institution (just to name a few), to identify what sort of activities “Mother Earth” is currently dishing out on the planet. [MORE]

To use this offspring (cloud based) version Earth Alerts, simply visit, in your browser, the Google Maps version of Earth Alerts [HERE]. Once loaded into your browser you are presented with a map of the world with icons depicting current (or recent) alerts; plus, many drop down options and layers to enhance your experience. For example, the U.S. is currently monitoring several hurricanes in the Atlantic. With the Google Maps version of Earth Alerts you can monitor and track the strength, locations and the direction these hurricanes are tracking.

Earth Alerts

In this particular case, by clicking on any of the hurricane alert symbols you can gather current information that is provided by the Weather Underground.

Weather Underground

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Search, Play and Bookmark Online Radio Stations with RadioTuna

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RadioTuna is a cloud app that brings internet radio to your desktop via their online presence and easy to understand interface.  In the past I normally installed software on my PC to search for and bookmark my online stations; however, RadioTuna eliminates the need to do that.

The “cool factors” to RadioTuna are:

  • Can bookmark your stations (for future reference) that can be accessed anywhere there is internet access.
  • Album art is displayed as the songs are playing to enhance, not only the listening experience, but the visual experience, as well.
  • Very powerful internet radio search engine.

RadioTuna is the first real-time search engine for online radio, giving up-to-the-minute results relating to the music being played across the globe right now. If you search for an artist that happens to be playing right now, we’ll tell you and you can connect straight to that station. If your choice isn’t playing right now, we’ll tell you which stations are most likely to play them next.

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FREE Wallpaper and Puzzles at National Geographic

image National Geographic, the official journal of the National Geographic Society, has been publishing the journal (or magazine) since 1888.  I can remember in my childhood browsing through my Grandfather’s National Geographic collection and being in awe over the articles; and, especially the photography.  If any of you are familiar with National Geographic, you know exactly what I am talking about.

If you are a National Geographic fan, then there are (4)-four FUN things you need to check out that will bring the photography of the National Geographic to your computer.

1) The National Geographic Wallpapers [ Link 1] and [ Link 2 ] .  I currently use the National Geographic Wallpapers as my primary source for my wallpaper backgrounds on my PC. There is nothing like them (in my opinion). Be sure to check out both links, as they are different.

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2) Test your memory with the National Geographics’ Daily Dozen match game.

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3) Nothing like a jigsaw puzzle; especially, when it is FREE and can be played on your computer featuring photography [ Link ] and Atlas Maps [ Link ] from the National Geographic.  See how fast you can assemble these puzzles (you are timed).

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4) Don’t forget to check out the slide puzzles [ Link ] .  Watch the pieces scramble before your eyes and then challenge you to slide them back in order.

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Learn about Google Wave

The primary reason I write a blog is to inform the everyday computer user.  Just today I had an “everyday computer user” ask me, “What is Google Wave?”.  Well, I was like, uh, hmmmm!, let me get back to you…  I needed to do my homework on Google Wave.

To the everyday computer user, they are hearing about Google Wave via the news media and that Google Wave is currently in a limited preview via an invite. You can request an invite to Google Wave from [ here ].  At the present, it is my understanding that 100,000 invites were sent out and the people who received those invites can invite another (8)-eight people.

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Ok, what is Google Wave all about?

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

You can visit the official Google Wave site [ here ] .

To the everyday computer user, the description I provided probably did not help matters any.  Ok, let’s try some YouTube videos.  The first video is the Google Wave Developer Preview.  If it seems too in-depth, definitely watch the second video.  The person who created the second video put it all together for us in very simplistic terms (and pictures) that even I could understand.  Enjoy!

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Search the Internet better with fefoo…

Fefoo is a search application that changes the way we use search engines. Fefoo is an application that is engineered to work with multiple search engines to make your searches more effective and better. FeFoo is designed to search by categories; thus, making your search more refined from the time you start searching. As a result you spend less time searching.  Loading fefoo is very, very fast. The first time you use fefoo it is cached (saved) automatically to your disk thus making subsequent load times in the milliseconds. Another neat thing about fefoo is that you can add and remove categories.

www.fefoo.com

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How does fefoo work?

The first time you visit fefoo, it gets cached on your browser. After that everytime you search its done on your computer. That is one reason why it feels so fast. There are no roundtrips back to the server every time you search. The search is as fast as the search engine that you are using. fefoo works transparently without adding any overhead while searching.

How to add fefoo as a search provider?

When you are on the fefoo homepage you will see add to browser button on the top right hand corner. If you don’t see the button, currently there is no known way to add search to your browser. (If you know a way to add it please do leave a feedback). In any case you can always bookmark fefoo. You can also set it as your homepage. Since it runs from the cache its almost as fast as setting the homepage toabout:blank

After you perform a search with fefoo, a search bar will appear at the top of the browser to assist with further searching.  This search bar is not permanent and only appears when you perform a search.

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The more I use fefoo the more I am liking it.  Definitely a keeper on my PC.

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A FREE Reminder Service In The Cloud

If you are like me, you can be told to remember something and it will eventually, like smoke, vaporize in a short matter of time.  My attention span is here, there, and a little bit of everywhere and the focus is soon lost (and very quickly).

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To help me with my deficit I have been using an online cloud app called “ReSnooze”. I have featured ReSnooze on the blog in the past and feel it is worth a second post. ReSnooze is a really neat “reminder” service that helps you remember things; not only one time, but over and over, if necessary. ReSnooze will email the reminders to you…

Let’s face it, we are bombarded with information at a phenomenal rate and you better be organized to keep up or you will experience information overload and forget the really important things that could result in injury (like your anniversary).

What is ReSnooze good for?

Resnooze is a great to-do list tool. Low-priority items won’t bug you too much, but will not be forgotten.

Resnooze is a new approach for bookmarking. It guarantees that you actually remember to visit the URLs you’ve bookmarked; It naturally prevents bookmark clutter.

More specifically, Resnooze is good for remembering to:

  • Re-visit websites (by simply typing the URL)
  • Make a phone call
  • Pay a bill
  • Make a doctor appointment
  • Ask a friend to return your book
  • Buy a gift
  • Follow-up on something

Have you ever emailed yourself something just to keep it in mind?

Resnooze makes the process or “emailing yourself” easier. By default, Resnooze reminders are periodical so you won’t forget them even if you ignore one.

With Resnooze, you can adjust the reminder frequency in a single click, from within the email message.

Recently added to ReSnooze is the convenient “Hot Reminders List” that is a listing things that you can add to your reminders.

To use ReSnooze in its’ fullest, I suggest you visit the site and sign up for a FREE account.  You will find ReSnooze one of the most useful cloud apps out there!

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