Web App Note – A NEW Online Sticky Notes Type Program

April 6, 2011

As I continue down the road of cloud computing I am finding myself more and more looking for (and finding) internet based apps that take the place of the software that I typically would have installed on my computer. The benefit to this is that I can access apps, such as these, from any PC that is connected to the internet. One such app, that is NEW, is called Web App Note.

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Web App Note, is a very nicely done online sticky notes program that requires no installation and is run directly from your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari). The only requirement for Web App Note is that you have a Google account in order to access and store your notes. The cool factor about Web App Note is that it is like a sticky notes program where you can store individual colored notes in tabbed categories. I currently use this program to post my reminders, to do lists and tasks.

With Web App Note You can:– drag & drop notes- change the note size- change the background color- change the font size- use advanced text formatting commands as bold, italic, underline, create lists, indent text…- copy / paste html- hyperlinks are clickable

With Web App Note You can also:– manage a todo list- upload / download files from your Dropbox- add reminders into your Google Calendar- send your notes by email- import emails as notes

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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.

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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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An Easy Way to Work With and Discover Google Apps

December 9, 2010

The more I dig into cloud based applications the more exciting I find it. Let’s face it, computing as we know is heading in that direction. For example, Google is a leader of online apps such as email, docs, calendars, pictures, etc… The problem is that there are so many Google Apps, and the list continues to grow, that you can find yourself getting lost. Now, if you are an everyday computer user at home, you are probably wondering what am I talking about.

I am sure you are all familiar with Google, as the search engine and most likely familiar with Google’s email service called Gmail. What you may not know about, is that Google has numerous other online apps that you can tap into that are very good and FREE. If you already have a Gmail account, then you are good to go and will be able to tap into these online apps with your current Gmail login; if not, you will have to establish an online Google account.

Of course you can visit, try and use these apps typically through your Gmail account (such as email, calendar, docs, YouTube, etc…). To make this really simple for you I found an online service called Gpanion that is specifically designed as a launcher for Google apps.

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Simply visit the Gpanion website and click on the app you desire to launch. Pay special attention to the tab labelled “More”. Click on that and you will be surprised with the number of apps available. Also, by clicking on the “Search” tab you can perform a variety of different type of Google searches. Gpanion is a nice idea, simple, works and gives you a nice array of all of the Google apps currently available, in one convenient place.

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A FREE Online Video Editor

September 9, 2010

You cannot tell me any different. We are definitely moving forward toward cloud computing as a common computing platform. A great example of this progression is JayCut – a FREE Online Video Editor.

JayCut There are numerous online photo enhancement and photo editing sites currently available on the internet that allows you to perform magic with your photos right inside your web browser shell; however, JayCut is the first full scale video editor that gives you the ability to create movies and slideshows (for FREE) without installing software on your PC. You simply visit the JayCut website to create, manage and edit your movie.  JayCut, like many of the photo editing sites, gets it power from Adobe Flash. Another feature of JayCut, if you are a web site owner, is that you can integrate JayCut API into your website to make it available for all of your visitors. In order to use JayCut effectively, signing up for an online account is required.

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The JayCut online video editor has all the features you would expect to find in a traditional desktop-based video editing tool. Still it is running directly in a web browser without any need for lengthy downloads or cumbersome installations.

Publisher’s Description of Features

In JayCut’s video editing tool you will find basic editing functionality and additional web-optimized features.

Remix/trim videos and images

Add music, transitions and effects

Add captions and subtitles

Automated transcoding

Use same account as webbased editor

1-Click export to YouTube and Facebook

Export videos for Iphone, Win and Mac

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Create Photo Collages Online for FREE

July 29, 2010

It is amazing the tools that are available online these days that allow you to perform various photo editing and design techniques right inside your web browser; and no software installation is required. Online applications, performed by simply visiting a web site, is an example of what is called cloud computing.

Photovisi Another FREE online application, that is absolutely in the category of awesome, is called Photovisi . What this online app does is walk you through some very simple steps toward creating a photo collage. The “cool factor” here is that you have option of picking from an array of templates and the ability to upload a batch of photos (more than one photo at a time). Below is an example of a collage I created, in less than 3 minutes, using this online app. The photos you are seeing are from my wallpaper collection.

Photovisi is a free and easy to use online tool to create photo collages. Select one of the many collage templates, add your photos and then customize by dragging items around. After the collage is finished, it’s available for download and print! Want to try it out?

Sample Collage

To use Photovisi, simply [ CLICK HERE ] to get started.

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Make Your Own Handwriting Fonts

July 1, 2010

This article is a follow-up to the popular article “Creating a personalized font from your own handwriting…” which used the online service called FontCapture .

Today I came across another site called Pilot Handwriting that also provides an online method to capture your handwriting (either via webcam, scanner or digital camera) to create your own personalized font.

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When you get to the site [click here] , which is very attractive, simply click on the arrows and you will be guided through the entire process.

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NEW 3D Earth View Option Available in Google Maps

April 29, 2010

If you are familiar with Google Earth then you are familiar with the data-rich 3D imagery and terrain that Google Earth is capable of.

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Recently the Official Google Blog announced that there is now a view option available on Google Maps called Earth that uses the same 3D power of Google Earth.

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Once you visit Google Maps and select the Earth option you will be prompted to download a browser plugin. The browser plugin, once downloaded and installed, enables you to navigate and explore geographic data in a three-dimensional view; just like the standalone software version of Google Earth. The browser version is somewhat limited and does not have the additional functionality (other options) that the standalone version has; however, the ability to explore the earth in 3D detail in your web browser is nothing but sensational and is an excellent addon to Google Maps.

A TIP to using the Google Earth View option: When navigating the location you select, hold down the “Shift key and Left Mouse Button” to change the vertical field of view to a horizontal field of view (similar to what you would see in a flight simulator).

System Requirements

The Google Earth Plugin is currently available for the following operating systems and web browsers:

Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista, and 7)

  • Google Chrome 1.0+
  • Internet Explorer 7+ (32-bit)
  • Firefox 2.0+
  • Flock 1.0+

Apple Mac OS X 10.4 and higher (Intel and PowerPC)

  • Safari 3.1+
  • Firefox 3.0+

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A Grab Bag Selection of GREAT Online Computer Games

April 23, 2010

I recently went on the hunt for some online (cloud based) computer games. As you well know, there are numerous online gaming sites; however, most are laden with numerous advertisements and questionable tactics to draw you in. What I was looking for were individualized and specialized games that you play in your web browser (in a full screen or near full screen mode), that would make you stand back in awe, and did not require an online account.

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Reflected below are links to the sites for the games that I was able to locate. If you know of other online games, that meets the criteria I have indicated, by all means share them with us by commenting below. You will notice I have not provided any description for the games. This is like a grab bag; reach in, click on the links, and be surprised.

Get The Glass

3D Future Ops 4: First Strike

Gravity Master

Glassez

Matter: Online Tangram

Quest For The Rest

Space Shuttle: Online Flight Simulator

CDX

First Person Tetris

World of Solitaire

FlashChess III

Crystal Galaxy

Breakdown

Leadership

Cost Cutter

Free Crossword Puzzles

Jigsaw Online

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Yet Another FREE Online Storage Solution

April 9, 2010

Just recently I posted an article [HERE] about online storage which featured the likes of LiveMesh (5 GB), SkyDrive (25 GB), Gmail account (7GB) with a software client called Backup To Email; AND others recommended Dropbox (2 GB) and ADrive (50 GB).  Total of all of this is: 89 GB

Following the posting of that article, my delayed thought process kicked in and I remembered yet another FREE online storage solution called GoAruna.

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What is unique about GoAruna, and I don’t think it has totally caught on yet, is that they offer FREE “unlimited” online file storage.  Now, unlimited to me means infinity; however where the wall is with this, I do not know.

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I did find in the terms under Abuse and excessive use.

Each GoAruna free account is meant for normal personal use by one person. Accounts abusing the privilege and our service by trying to distribute content, (especially illegal and copyright protected content) to the masses, will be terminated or blocked without notice.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, the one main feature that I liked about GoAruna is their desktop client that you download, install and manage your file transactions right from your computer.  The client file management software allows you to manage batch transfers, setup shares to files, send to a mail recipients, delete, rename, move, copy, and create new folders.

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Overall, in my testing, the upload/download process, in terms of speed, was comparable to the other online file storage services and the desktop app is pretty easy to use and understand. You can also access your GoAruna account and files online, as well; which makes it easy to grab files you need when you are somewhere else.  So if you are looking for another online storage option, you may want to check out GoAruna.

Again, in closing, I want to emphasize, that when you store files online (in the cloud), you are putting your trust in the hands of the services which you are dealing with.  Encrypting your files is definitely a plus (and a must in my opinion).

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A Fantastic FREE 3D Online Chess Game

March 28, 2010

If you are an avid chess player, then you will appreciate SparkChess (flashChess III).

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The “cool factor” here is that you do not need to install any software to play this 3D online chess game. SparkChess (flashChess III) is a cloud application, meaning the game can be played straight from your web browser. This cloud app is Adobe Flash Player based, is very attractive in appearance and really serves one goal; AND, that is to make you a better chess player. Even if you do not play chess, I encourage you to visit SparkChess (flashChess III) to get a good look at how interactive applications, such as SparkChess, will look like as we continue to evolve in the direction of cloud based computing.

To play SparkChess (flashChess III), click [ HERE ] .

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To visit the main web site of SparkChess (flashChess III), click [HERE]. Please Note this upcoming change, as reflected on the web site:  Same game, new name – we’re rebranding: with the next release, flashCHESS will be known as SparkChess. You’ll still be able to play from either domain – SparkChess.com and flashCHESS3.com

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A Very Cool Web App to Search for Flickr Photos

March 14, 2010

One of the functions that I serve in my Church is that of the Multimedia Director, with the primary responsibility of preparing and building hymn and sermon slides that provide a visual experience to the congregation. The toughest part of the building process, which often consists of 50 or more slides, is locating resources for graphics, photos, and backgrounds that will coincide with a particular hymn or sermon message.

Today I hit a goldmine of a site (that will assist me with locating graphic content) that is not only visually appealing, but is (in my opinion) one of the coolest flash web sites out there.  It is called Tag Galaxy

Tag Galaxy is an Adobe Flash based (3D) – 3 Dimensional web site that allows you search Flickr (online photo management and sharing website) for graphic content.

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Here’s how it works…  Visit Tag Galaxy [ Here ] .  Enter the type of graphic you are looking for (where it says “enter initial tag”) and click on “Go”.  For example, I entered in the word “Praise”.  The site will magically evolve into a galaxy of other relevant tags (or planets).

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In my case I clicked on the “Praise” planet and the site again evolves into a sphere (or globe) that is composed of the photos it finds on Flickr.  You can rotate the sphere (or globe) by holding down your left mouse button and using your mouse pointer.  You can select individual photos on the sphere (or globe) by clicking on them with your mouse pointer or you can reload the sphere (or globe) with more photos by clicking on the arrows at the top of the page.  Using your scroll wheel on your mouse you can zoom in and out on the sphere.

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Use Your Computer to Put You to Sleep

February 19, 2010

image Here is a cloud app, called Rainy Mood,  that is unique in that it does only one thing; it is a mood enhancer that provides a 15 minute sound loop of a gentle rain (with some rumbling thunder in the background). You can also play your own music simultaneously with this online app to further enhance the mood.  I found that one of two things is going to happen while listening to Rainy Mood.  ONE, the sound of running water is going to promote a run to the bathroom; OR, TWO you are going to relax and hopefully go sleep (YAWN)…

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A FREE Full Screen Interactive Weather Map

February 15, 2010

Here in the United States the weather this winter has been anything but normal. As a result, tracking weather conditions has moved up on the priority list in our daily routines

To assist us with tracking the weather, Weather Underground has recently developed a new cloud app (with touch screen technology in mind) called FullScreenWeather.com that works in conjunction with Google Maps.

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To use this cloud app, simply visit FullScreenWeather.com (which is a redirect to the Weather Underground web site) and enter your zip code (or city, state, country, Latitude or Longitude).

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Once your zip code is entered and the map for your locale loads, simply bookmark the site in your browser (for future one click access).  Once the map loads you have option of displaying the following overlays: temperature, precipitation or cloud cover. Using Google Maps technology, in conjunction with the weather data overlays,  you have the control to interactively zoom in and out and change the maps appearance.

The map also displays widgets of sorts (with convenient links to the Weather Underground website) that displays current and forecasted conditions, as well as, weather alerts

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Easily Convert Web Pages to a PDF File

February 8, 2010

I have always been one where I try to find ways to avoid using the printer by electronically converting and storing my documents on my PC so that they can easily be retrieved later. As a result, I very, very seldom go to the printer to print anything.

imageOne example is when I need to print a web page, I will use PDFmyURL, a FREE cloud based service that lets you convert any web page to a PDF file (portable document format) that can be stored on your PC for later viewing, etc.

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PDFmyURL is a new tool that lets you convert any url / webpage to a .pdf and download it instantly. The online tool is free and easy to use – simply enter the url you want converted, click the button, and receive the .pdf on your desktop.

What you do is enter the web address of the web page you are interested in at the PDFmyURL site, then hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.  PDFmyURL will go to work for you to make the conversion.  The “cool factor” is that following the conversion process to the PDF file format, the web page links are still hot and will continue to work from within the PDF document.

For example, I entered the web site address for the What’s On My PC Launchpad (http://sites.google.com/site/techlaunchpad/) at PDFmyURL and here is the final result [ LINK ] .  As a result, I found a neat way to carry my collection of tech sites with me on my portable flash drive.

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Search, Play and Bookmark Online Radio Stations with RadioTuna

January 28, 2010

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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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