Archive for the ‘Services’ Category

How to reduce mental decline and dibilitating diseases

Most people keep a certain diet or go to the gym to keep their body healthy. However, the package will not be complete if they don’t exercise their brain. This is where Fit Brains comes into play. Fit Brains is a free service that has selected games for its registered users to play, so they can increase their brain activity and FBi (Fit Brain Index). Their main goal is to provide “brain exercise that is fun, engaging, and personalized.”

I registered few hours ago, and I have been playing their games ever since. Fit Brain is adding more games as the days go by, but the ones they have now are great, fun, and entertaining.

As you play the games and progress through each level Fit Brains provides you will small tips on how to keep healthy, reduce stress, and take small steps toward preventing Alzheimer’s. They have provided a whole section on the research connecting the games and brain activity improvement based on it. You just have to register and start playing. Have fun improving your brain :)!

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nclüdr – The New Social Network

ncludr.pngA new social network has just been launched that resembles Fasd.jpgacebook a lot with its interface, and has the same features of uploading pictures, posting videos, adding friends, and most importantly your privacy. What sets Nclüdr apart from Facebook or Myspace is that it randomly generates your profile based on answering few easy to hard rated questions. Then you start of with 12.3 billion friends, one of them being Julius Cesar. I think you should definitely check this site out, you will get lots of laughs out of it.

This is their testimonial, it’s really funny. Nclüdr has also quite a few interesting applications for their site. Just click on every link you find because they all contain some funny and interesting things. Even their FAQs contain answers that are hilarious to the questions asked.

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Watch YouTube Videos in HD

A YouTube user (GoodyGian) was able to figure out a code that if added to the video URL it will change the video viewed into HD. The quote is “&fmt=18” (without the quotes). Here is an example:

Low Quality Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=FQt-h753jHI

High Quality Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=FQt-h753jHI&fmt=18

The video is a Bulgarian version of American Idol. This particular contestant doesn’t know English and tries to mimic a song from Mariah Carey, but fails miserably. However, it was so funny that she became a huge hit over the Balkan with her performance. I put this video as an example because you can see a big difference in the English subtitles of her sing the song, and to provide you with a good laugh.

Quick Tip on Safely Removing Hardware

Usually when a flash drive, digital camera, iPod, or printer is connected to you computer, you have to click on the Safely Remove Hardware then find the USB port, select it and click Stop. Here is a quick tip so you don’t waste time.

  1. Go to the Safely Remove Icon Tray (bottom right corner on the taskbar)
  2. Right Click it then,
  3. Left Click it  (one after the other)
  4. A list will show up of what you have connected to you computer
  5. Click on the one you want disconnected

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It’s a very simple tip, while saving you a lot of time. it will take you less then 5 seconds to disconnect the external device you no longer need.

Find As You Type – IE Add-On

find.jpgOne of the reasons I love Firefox so much is because of its search bar that can be easily accessed through a short key. It’s very convenient when you are searching a long document, and you save a lot of time with it instead of clicking ‘Find’ the whole time. The whole interface of it being at the bottom of the page instead of external window on Internet Explorer is so much more convenient. That’s one of the reasons why I avoid using IE, but that was easily solved with the Find As You Type add-on for IE 6 or later.

Find As You Type is a integrated search bar with the same features as the Firefox search bar. They both use the ‘CTRL+F’ shortcut key for easy access. This toolbar is only compatible with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Vista (both x86 and x64). However, Find As You Type does not work on Windows 95, 98, Me or 2000. 

Firefox 3 Beta 4 Released

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is out, and it a matter of time before the public can start downloading it. Early developers have the chance to download Beta 4 for many official mirror website holding the new version, and now so do you guys after reading my blog. There are no release notes so far with the update, but there have been a lot of bug fixes, performance increase, and better word search suggestions. Before you go rushing to download and test the new beta, be sure you back up all your bookmarks and Firefox in general, since there is a possibility you can lose all your data.

How to download:

  1. Click the link bellow to take you to the Firefox mirrors.
  2. Choose your area (Asia, Europe, etc.) and click the link below it (HTTP).
  3.  Click on the Firefox folder >Releases Folder
  4. Select Firefox 3 beta 4 version to download.

Update: The release notes for Beta 4 just came out. Here are few of the changes listed by the Firefox team:

  1. More then 900 improvements on preformance, security, and memory usage.
  2. Malware Protection
  3. Anti-virus integration
  4. Vista Parental Controls
  5. New Web Forgery Protection page
  6. Full Page Zoom
  7. New Download Manager
  8. Integration with Lunix
  9. Places Organizer
  10. Smart Bookmark Folder….and so much more.

FireFox 3 Beta 4 

Gubb – Online List Maker

master_page.pngIf you are a list maker, GTD’er (Getting Things Done), collaborator,planner, mobile worker, shopper,teacher, bride, or a mom then you will find Gubb as one of the most useful online applications there are. “Gubb is a free web-based application with an easy-to-use interface that enables you to create, manage and share an unlimited number of lists.” It lets you do your daily lists with a click of a button. It’s even better then writing lists yourself.

Few of the features it offers to its users are:master_page_options.png

  • Picking colors or each note
  • Crossing items off on the list
  • Printing your lists
  • Gubb on your mobile,
  • Easily add items to your lists through your email
  • Move and hide your lists.
  • Designed for comfort to your eyes.

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…and so many more highly usable features for your convenience. Gubb is recommended by many well know services, including Lifehacker and USA Today. I think it’s one of the best applications for getting things done and better productivity. Also. there is no installation, just a simple registration for a profile of your lists.

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Youtube Dowloader 2.3

youtubeThis freeware program not only downloads Youtube videos to you computer with just pasting an url in the program, but it downloads them as an .avi file rather then .flv. The advantage is that you don’t have to waste time converting the .flv files to be able to put them on a CD. All you have to do is copy and paste the video URL , select the folder where you want to download it, click download, and you are done. You can also watch the Youtube through the Youtube Downloader without installing any third party flash programs, since a flash player has been integrated in the program. It’s guaranteed that there are no spyware, malware, registration, or pop ups. Furthermore, it has a great friendly interface that even beginners will find easy to use this downloader.

Youtube Downloader 2.3

Free, Open Source Windows

Open Source Windows is a site that offers free, open source programs for Windows platforms. Some of the software you already know and use daily that has been listed on Open Source Windows. The website has been categorized by the use of each software, including: browsers, e-mail providers, rss readers, video player and video podcasting, P2P filesharing, instant massaging, and much more. It’s worth checking out, since it gives you all the best and free software in one place. You can save a lot of time rather then wasting it by going to different websites looking for each software that you want to download. Also, if you are a developer by following few simple steps in their guideline you can have your own software posted on their site so they public can use it.

Free and open-source software is good for you and for the world. This is the best Windows software that we know of.
No adware, no spyware, just good software.

Open Source Windows

Federal Tax Return Free With TaxAct

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TaxAct is an online service that allows you to prepare, print, and e-fill your Federal Tax Return for this year. The Standard package allows this, which you can use online or you can download the program to your computer. If you want addition help from TaxAct, you can upgrade your package for a fee. Also, you can prepare your State Tax Return, but will not be able to print it or e-fill it; however, for a small fee of $13.95 you can send in your State tax as well. If your a student, don’t forget to check your school’s date on accepting the FASFA application.

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