FEATURED TECH SITE – AlternativeTo

January 6, 2015

AlternativeTo has become one of my daily reads to satisfy my obsession for software and apps. What is really cool about this site is that the main focus is to give you alternatives to software (and web based apps) that you already may know and want to replace, for various operating system and custom platforms (such as Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Firefox, Chrome, and a whole lot more..).

Many of the alternatives found at AlternativeTo is based on user recommendations. To get you started with AlternativeTo, you will find below a listing of their most recent postings.

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Algolia provides a developer-friendly RESTful API for website and app instant search. Most web services and mobile apps, such as Spotify, Salesforce or Amazon need to provide a fast and meaningful access to database objects via a simple search box. People want to find songs, invoices, products in just a few keystrokes. Algolia’s search API returns full results in less than 10ms in average, allowing as-you-type result display, “à la Google”, up to 200 times faster than other search technologies. Our focus is on small database objects (such as contacts or products), so we designed new ranking rules built for this kind of data. We use new criteria to rank results, such as the popularity for a song, or, for a product, how many times it was put in a shopping cart. This new engine design, optimized for databases, enables the apps and services who use our API to provide their users with meaningful and relevant results at the first keystroke.

Professional Learning Management System solutions for the eLearning community. We are LMS experts and offer affordable prices. Our LMS platform is integrated with SIS, CMS, CRM, Video Conferencing systems etc which makes implementation quicker and cheaper. Due to the features such as gamification, social learning and mobile compatibility, students are more engaged and learn more. Our multi-tenant feature allows you to use single LMS for different departments or programs or branches which results into centralized reporting and lesser implementation and operating costs.

Deputy is the ultimate workforce manager, offering you the best technology in a web based solution. Simplifying your rostering, timesheets, tasking and employee communication administrative tasks. With brilliant apps and one click payroll integration we make your life easier. Let us get you back to loving your business again.

Kifi makes organizing, discovering, and sharing knowledge a snap! Kifi lets you create public libraries of knowledge in any domain and attach it to your favorite search engine.

Zent.IO is a Contact Center Cloud Software Multichannel that unify chat, phone and e-mail. All the communication channels will be answered from a single interface. The agent will only need a web browser Whether we are a contact center inside a company or a contact center that provides services to customers for other companies that outsource their customer care, being multichannel is a necessity nowadays. Give a step forward with Zent.io

An open source URL shortener. A great non-profit and free alternative to bit.ly, TinyURL, or goo.gl. It has a modern look, themes, user admin panels, and you can even host it yourself. Similar to products like YOURLS, Polr can be hosted yourself. If you have a PHP server, you can have your own instance. It has many more features than YOURLS, and is constantly being developed.

rapidfiles.us – search for latest working shared files from all most popular file hosting sites: Mega.co.nz, 4shared, Rapidshare, Hotfile, Mediafire, Netload and many others.

The web is the leading resource for home cooks and Whisk’s vision is to make the journey from online recipe inspiration to real-life shopping much easier. Whisk displays an “Add to Shopping List” button alongside thousands of popular recipes, allowing people to quickly create a shopping list from any recipe. These shopping lists can be uploaded to online grocery carts, viewed on mobile devices so users can tick off items as they shop, printed out to bring into the store, or emailed to family members for collaboration. Since launching the company in 2013, Whisk has secured partnerships with leading recipe publishers, including Allrecipes, Food Network and Woman & Home. Additionally, the company has successful online grocery cart integration with UK grocery stores Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose and Asda. Whisk shopping list features: — Allows users to add recipe ingredients into their shopping list with one click — Users can add non-recipe items to their list and use Whisk Cards to store lists for repeat use — Sync lists to Whisk’s mobile Apple and Google Play apps and tick off items as you shop — Lists can also be printed, emailed or shared with friends and family — Recipe bookmarking: Whisk Collections allows users to keep their favorite recipes — Seamless online grocery cart integration (currently available in the UK)

iSpring Free converts PowerPoint presentations to Flash or HTML5 while preserving the original look of your presentation. Retain all PowerPoint animations, transitions, hyperlinks and even triggers.

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How To Type the “Degree” Symbol From The Keyboard

July 30, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] How To Type the “Degree” Symbol From The Keyboard – I always like sharing personal experiences here on the blog to show that I don’t pull these things out of thin air. Recently I was generating a report where I was typing out weather conditions (such as outside temperature). As I continued doing this I would always type out the word “degree” for the temperature (i.e. 90 degrees). It was at that point I started wondering if there is a way to generate the degree symbol from the keyboard?

If you look at your keyboard you will not visually find the symbol or character reference for the “degree symbol.  What you have to do is use what is called “ALT CODES”…

If you hold down the Alt key and on the numeric keypad on the right of the keyboard, type 0176, or Alt+ 248, then when you release the Alt Key, a ° should be there.

If you are interested in learning some more ALT CODES, click on the ALT CODES REFERENCE SHEET below.

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[PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE] Envelope Printer – While I could have used MS Office Word and other 3rd party programs to print out envelopes, I wanted something that was far easier to use and that required a heck of a lot less mouse clicks to get the job done. The program remembers your settings, so once all ready to go you can open the program, open the address book, choose the address hit use this address and the click print. 4 mouse clicks and you are done… @Tweaking.com

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[CLOUD STORAGE] How to tie your cloud storage services together – How can you tie your cloud storage services together?   It’s actually easy if you use MultCloud.   MultCloud ties together all of the most popular cloud storage services so you can upload files to multiple sites through a single sign-on… @TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog

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[COMPRESSION SOFTWARE] ZipGenius handles more than 20 types of compression formats – It allows you to browse CD/DVD-ROM ISO image files as if they were common archives. It is the best companion for your daily tasks and you can even use it through command line module in batch operations… @ZipGenius

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[PORTABLE APP] A simple and free start menu application that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs – Portable Start Menu organizes your programs in a simple menu system and launches them via a tray icon. If you close Portable Start Menu on an USB-Stick, running applications can be closed automatically, too… @Portable Start Menu

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[COMPUTER HARDWARE] Cable Matters USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station – swappable access to 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA HDD/SSD, without having to mount the hard drive, or installing it in an enclosure. It provides a simple, fast, and cost effective solution for data recovery, drive imaging, and testing centers, or any environment that requires fast access to uninstalled/archived drives.. @Amazon

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[HOW TO – TROUBLESHOOT] When your computer won’t turn on – A lot of problems can keep a computer from booting Windows (or any other operating system). Fortunately, you can get a pretty good idea by noting how and when the PC fails. If you press the power button and nothing happens, you’ve got a very different problem than if the PC starts but Windows never loads. Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities… @PCWorld

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[TECH NEWS] How the Internet of Things knows where gunfire happens – SST’s ShotSpotter pinpoints outdoor, urban gunshots for law enforcement agencies. Now it’s moving indoors with a service for schools… @c|net

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Wallpaper of the Week (#104)

January 12, 2013

Here’s a wallpaper of Garfield suction cupped to the inside of your monitor…  This wallpaper comes in a variety of screen resolution sizes.

To Get This Wallpaper [ CLICK HERE ]

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Windows 7 (and 8) Users: If you are using Windows 7 (or 8), did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [CLICK HERE].

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Manage And Keep Your Software (apps) Up-To-Date With AllMyApps

March 20, 2012

I am sure if you are regular visitor to What’s On My PC you will find that my main point of interest is FREE software. I typically review software by downloading, installing and using the software for awhile before I give it a thumbs up. As a result, I end up with quite a collection of software (or referred to as “apps”, in today’s world”) that requires constant monitoring for software updates. I am adamant about maintaining and keeping my software up-to-date to help deter and prevent malware infections.

Today I came across a cloud based service that you may be interested in exploring that is called AllMyApps, that is specifically setup to manage the software (or apps) that you install on all of your computers.

AllMyApps

Simply sign up for an account and download the AllMyApps software that you will ultimately use to manage your software (or apps). Now, the really cool part about AllMyApps is the large library of FREE software applications they have available. They have just about every popular (FREE) software app available that I could throw at it.  Even if you do not install the software manager, the large resource of software apps on this site is a gold mine.

Once you have installed the software manager component on your computer, you can visit the AllMyApps website (or apps store) to select the software you desire to install.  The software manager component of AllMyApps can be used to select, install, launch and uninstall any software they have available.

Now, this get’s better…  After you sign up for an account, you can also manage your web apps (or websites) in a dial pad (tiled) type of interface that allows you to move the tiles around, rename them, etc.  Look for “My Web Apps” on the site after you setup your account to access your own personalized launching pad to your favorite websites.

I have to admit, I am still exploring AllMyApps, and I have not covered all of the bases, but I am pretty excited about what I am seeing.

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How did I miss out on the Google Chrome Web Store?

January 17, 2011

I currently use Google Chrome as my primary web browser, more or less, to be part of the continued development cycle of this browser and due to the fact, I just plain love it.

I did see recently, on other sites, information in regards to the Google Chrome Web Store and to be honest I set it aside in my mind, without investigating it further. I was also hearing about Google web apps and again, did not make the connection between Google Chrome and Google Web Apps until last night when I opened a new tab in Google Chrome . It was then I noticed an icon for  theWeb Store.  When I clicked on the Web Store icon that I soon realized how the Google Web Apps and Google Chrome Browser work together.

If you are a Google Chrome user, open up new tab, and click on the Web Store or click [ HERE ] .

The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for Google Chrome. To start exploring the store, visit chrome.google.com/webstore or click the store icon in Chrome’s New Tab page.

Once I was in the Web Store, I discovered there are many FREE (yes FREE) web apps being developed. What I was trying to figure out, was how did the web apps work with Google Chrome?  The only way to find out was to install one. After completing the installation, I was on my way of looking for and installing others, and soon discovered, that following the installation of these apps, they were instantly accessible by opening up a new tab in Google Chrome.

Web Store

I do believe these web apps are a glimpse of how applications are going to work in the upcoming Google Operating System.

Keep in mind, the Web Store is something new; therefore the selections of apps are limited at this time; HOWEVER, there are some FREE apps in the store worth installing.  Here are BEST FREE APPS I have found worth installing at this time:

Weather Window by Weatherbug (this one is really cool)

Linoit Web Sticky Service (account required with Linoit)

Time Flip

Scratchpad

Quick Note

I am sure there are more apps to be found and I don’t want to spoil the fun (like hunting for Easter Eggs).

Call me a dummy, but I don’t know how I missed the Web Store and the Web Apps that are a direct connection to the Google Chrome Web Browser.  Have to wonder how many other Google Chrome browser users have not put two and two together?

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#41)

December 30, 2009

After a month of moving and no Geek Squeaks’; it is time!  I present to you the 41st version of Geek Squeaks’.  If you are new to the blog, Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles from the author’s associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  This community consists of a group of people, from around the world, that bring to us a vast sea of computer and technology information.  I encourage all of you to bookmark these sites and pay them a visit on a regular basis.  You will not regret it…

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Hide Windows Drives with NoDrives Manager

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Load and Help Campaign by SoftMaker

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Data Recovery Freeware Roundup

The Abbey Rose
Windows Update Broke?

I Love Free Software
gDoc Creator: Convert Word to PDF and PDF to Word

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Customize And Personalize Your USB Pen Drive

Worthy Tips
Photovisi – Lets You Create Your Own Photo Collage Online Free

Canadian Tech Blogger
Windows 7 Going Over Well With IT Community

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, its not the same……

TuneUp Blog
Enabling DirectCompute for Windows Vista and 7

Free PC Security
Three Words For 2010

AskBillFirst
Dragon Naturally Speaking

Tech-for Everyone
Tech-for Everyone – Computer Shopper Blogs We Like

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Rollip.com – collection of graphical filters for photos

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You Don’t Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows; Here’s Why

Crazy World of G
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Data Encryption: A Free, Open Source, Portable, Simple Tool for Windows

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Change your Drive Icons and background Image

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A look back at the past 10 years: the bloody decade

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How to Remove SystemCleanerPro

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Happy Holiday to Everyone

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Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009

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The Ultimate Geek TaskForce!

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Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus 2010 – Free License Giveaway

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A FREE cloud based version of Microsoft Office is coming…

August 4, 2009

Microsoft is finally seeing the light (or cloud I should say) and will be making available (for FREE) a browser based (light weight) version of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note to members of its free Windows Live online service. It is my understanding that if you have a Windows Live account (i.e. Hotmail account) you will be able to access these applications for FREE in your web browser (including Firefox). It is anticipated to be available sometime next year (2010) as Microsoft Office 2010 is rolled out.  It is currently unknown if these cloud apps will be ad supported or not.

This is a major step for Microsoft in an effort to compete with the likes of other cloud based services that already offer similar functionality, such as Google Docs. This may be an excellent solution for many people out there, such as the “Moms and Pops” who only need a “light weight” version of these apps to perform lightweight tasks (such as drafting a letter or simply as a means to open an Office document).

According to Microsoft, you will be able to
“View documents across PCs, mobile phones, and the Web without compromising document fidelity. Create new documents and do basic editing using the familiar Office interface”.

You can learn more about the upcoming web based version of Microsoft Office 2010 [ HERE ] and by watching the video below.

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G.ho.st (“Ghost”) – Your online virtual computer…

February 27, 2009

When we first sit down at our computer the first thing we see is our desktop which serves as the visual gateway and the initial launching point for files, programs, settings, menus, icons, etc… We have become accustomed to seeing a certain desktop model  that consists of a start menu, a task bar, a wallpaper background, icons, etc. This model is consistent across the various operating system platforms; from Windows, to Mac, to the many flavors of Linux. Take us away from that desktop model and our comfort level suddenly drops.

Currently there are numerous online services being introduced (called cloud apps) that allow you to access those services through your browser (such as Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox & Chrome). There are even web-based operating system environments being introduced that attempt to replicate the desktop model. How would you like to go to any computer that is connected to the internet and be able to log into your own personal desktop; a desktop that looks familiar and allows you to do virtually the same functions you are now performing on your computer’s desktop at home? It is possible with these types of web based operating systems.

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Today, I came across a service called “Global Hosted Operating System” or “Ghost” (actually G.ho.st) that is the closest resemblance to the desktop model that I have experienced to date. If you are on broadband (high-speed G.ho.stinternet), you have to at least try the “Ghost” virtual computer.  It will not harm your computer in anyway and it is absolutely free. The first thing to make clear is that Ghost is currently in the “alpha” stage of “public” testing. It is stable and usable, but it is not yet fully complete.  During “alpha testing”, you can expect some bugs, but they will not bite. You can test Ghost by visiting the web site [ click here ] and clicking on the “Guest Account”. Once you have accessed the “Guest Account and have loaded the Ghost desktop, go full screen…  Don’t be surprised that you feel as if you are on another computer…  If you find Ghost to be something you may be interested in following you can setup an account to create your own personalized desktop in the clouds.  You are initally provided with a 5 GB account (for file storage) and an additional 3 GB account for the email account.  Additional space can be acquired by referring your friends to Ghost.

What is Ghost?

G.ho.st® provides every person in the world with a free Virtual Computer (VC). Like a Windows PC, or Mac, the VC is a personal computing environment which includes your desktop, your personal settings, your files and your choice of software applications. But unlike a PC, your VC is not installed on one physical computer – instead it is stored in professional data centers across the Internet cloud, and is accessed from any Internet browser in the world. From any computer, open the browser to G.ho.st , enter your username and password, and continue using your VC from exactly the state you last left it in.

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G.ho.st

What are the advantages of G.ho.st?

Available from any browser in the world instead of being installed on one physical machine.

The operating system, many apps, and the first 5GB of data storage and 3GB of email storage are absolutely free.

Software (namely Web-based software) can be run without installation.

The computer is always up-to-date, secure and backed up with no action or cost on your part.

The G.ho.st® VC manages all your Web logins and all your web ‘stuff’ (e.g. files on different web services).

Because it is online, the G.ho.st® VC provides new possibilities for fun and collaboration, beyond what is available on a PC.

Examples of how to use G.ho.st

You can use the G.ho.st® file upload/download facility to permanently move your files (documents, music, photos, etc.) to G.ho.st®. You can use G.ho.st® Mail as your e-mail service and use the POP aggregation to receive e-mails from your other e-mail services (as well as your new @G.ho.st email). You can also use G.ho.st® My Items to manage your Web stuff (links to Flickr photos, Google Docs, YouTube videos, etc.) and use the G.ho.st® Browser to make sure that your bookmarks and cookies are available everywhere.

Key Features

  • Access your desktop, files, apps and settings from any Internet browser
  • Desktop and apps run without the need for installation or updating
  • Customize your desktop and choose from 20+ available languages
  • G.ho.st® has chosen the very best available storage service for your precious data – Amazon Web Services
  • 5GB professionally hosted and backed-up disk space
  • Many file types can be viewed or edited online with a simple double-click
  • Upload and sync your documents, photos and music easily using the G.ho.st® Upload Download Utility, Sync program or FTP
  • Manage smart shortcuts called Tagged Things to Web resources – webmarks (URLs), files, photos, videos, music, products
  • Single sign-on to other services such as Google Docs using My Logins
  • Manage smart shortcuts called Tagged Things to Web resources – webmarks (URLs), files, photos, videos, music, products
  • Share or publish your files directly from the G.ho.st® Drive
  • Read, write and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations using G.ho.st® integrations with Zoho, directly from your G.ho.st® Storage
  • Edit Google Docs, sheets and presentations stored at Google from within G.ho.st®
  • Manage your e-mails, calendar and contacts with the Web’s leading collaboratoin suite
  • You will receive a yourGhostID @G.ho.st email and can retrieve other emails as well (using “POP3”)
  • Yes G.ho.st® runs within the browser but also contains a browser of it’s own! Whichever computer you are on, the G.ho.st® Browser will have your history, your webmarks, and your “cookies” so that other sites will recognize you

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“Thumbtack” – A FREE Cloud App from Microsoft Live Labs

February 20, 2009

Just when I think I’m ahead of the game, I learn something new. I did not know Microsoft currently maintains a site called “Microsoft Live Labs”.  Live Labs, established by Microsoft in January 2006,  is a test bed for Windows Live projects that are developed through the collaberation of engineers, scientists, researchers and the online community.

During my visit to the site, I was introduced to what I think is a jewel of a cloud application, called “Thumbtack”.  Thumbtack, currently in development, is an online application that serves as your personal collecting point for notes, web clippings, pictures, web sites, etc… Thumbtack allows you to publish and share your collections with others. Thumbtack is an AJAX application, has no OS dependencies and currently supports the  Internet Explorer and Firefox 3 browsers. Using a bookmarklet feature associated with thumbtack, you can quickly (and easily) grab content from the web and have it automatically delivered to your Thumbtack account for future reference. As an avid blogger, I can see where this cloud app will serve as a great research tool. If you currently have a “Hotmail or Windows Live” account you can easily give “Thumbtack” a try.

Thumbtack

If you do not have an account, you can [ click here ] to get started.

To learn more about “Thumbtack” I encourage you to visit the “Thumbtack Site”.

Reflected below are (2)-two video which explains the features of “Thumbtack”.

Video: Thumbtack Introduction

Thumbtack - Intro

Video: Thumbtack collections

Thumbtack - Collections

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Turn your cloud apps into desktop apps with SSB

February 13, 2009

To enhance and separately launch my cloud computing applications, I have been exploring an emerging technology called “Site-Specific Browsers” or SSB that has enabled me to open my web based (cloud) applications in the same manner as any other standard desktop application.

Typically, when we use an online service, such as our email, we use our web browser (e.g. IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome) to navigate to the site. The browsers we use are congested with toolbars, menus, sidebars, an address bar, a search bar, etc… With SSB, you open your web based (cloud) application via an icon shortcut into a full screen window (very quickly) without all of the congestion or distractions. This allows you to get in, do your thing, and get out using a very clean and effective browser interface. Typically, a true SSB compliant browser can open each web based (cloud) app in a separate process from each other.  If one fails, the whole house doesn’t come down.  I have been using the SSB concept with several of my cloud apps and I love it.  For example, with SSB, I can click on an icon on my desktop that will directly open my online email account (in a full screen window) faster than I can open my local email software on my computer or open the app via a browser shortcut.

OK, so how do you make these SSB application shortcuts?

I actually found (4)-four different ways to accomplish this:

Chrome - Create App Shortcuts
The Google Chrome browser has a feature built into it called “create application shortcuts” which can be accessed via the “Page Menu” located in the top right corner of the browser.  Even if you do not use Google Chrome, this feature alone may be worth the install.  You can learn how to create your own application shortcuts, using Google Chrome, by [ clicking here ] .  I have found this option in Chrome to work very well.

Prism
Mozilla Labs, the developers of Firefox, currently has in beta a SSB called Prism. Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly from the desktop. There is a standalone (prototype) version of Prism which you can download to easily create your web app shortcuts or you can use the  browser extension option. I personally prefer to use the standalone version of Prism at this point.  I have found Prism, which works off of the Firefox browser engine,  to work very well.  You can read about and download Prism by [ clicking here ].

Bubbles
Bubbles is a standalone “Free” application that you download to generate (create) your SSB application shortcuts. It detaches Web Applications from the classic Browser and offers them with the familiar accessibility, capabilities and always-on nature of Desktop applications. Bubble appears to be running off of the Internet Explorer browser engine.  You can read more and download Bubbles by [ clicking here ]

Mango
Mango SSB is another standalone “Free” application that you can use to create your SSB application shortcuts.  What is unique about Mango is that it is customizable (e.g. menus, splash screens, kiosk mode, etc.).  It even has an option where you can compile your customized web app shortcut into an actual “exe” (executable) program.  Mango appears to be tapping into the Internet Explorer browser engine.  Mango is a good example of what can take place with the SSB technology.  You can read about and download Mango by [ clicking here ]

I hope that you have found this article beneficial. As I have mentioned in previous posts, cloud computing is the wave. More and more online applications and services are being developed daily. Using a SSB – Site -Specific Browser to launch those services only makes sense. If you know of any other site specific browsers out there, drop me a comment.  I am always for exploring something new.

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