Archive for April, 2007

30
Apr
07

Take a break!

My computer decided to take a break, so no post for today.
Look outside, its Monday and lovely outside. Take a walk!

29
Apr
07

Mail files upto 1gb using Pando

Pando is a desktop p2p application which you can use to transfer files upto 1gb. Use Pando to share big files, mail huge files, download files from the internet. Also watch HD internet TV using Pando. They’ve got a lot of channels

Screen shots of the application.

Download application.
The basic features are for free. For sending bigger packages, you’ll have to take a premium account.
Pando is different from the other available FTP servers and p2p sharing softwares, because of the strong servers which guarantee a good download speed and the free account is irresistible.

Pando is currently available for Mac and windows only. Linux guys, look elsewhere.

Whats p2p? peer-to-peer

28
Apr
07

Project Opus, community for artists and their fans

This weekend, discover new music and artists.

There are a lot of local bands out there, unknown and making awesome music. If you are a member of a local band or know a local band which deserves much better, then Project Opus is the place to be.

From what their site says:
Project Opus™ is an online music community designed to support artists, fans and local music. It is a single point of contact for discovery of new music.

We have two goals:

  • make it incredibly easy for bands to self-publish music, find their audience and then get paid for the sale and licensing of their music, and
  • make it incredibly easy for fans to find music they love and support the artists that make it.

You can join the site either as a band/artist or as a fan. A band gets its own page, blog and they can upload music. The page is basically the place where fans can keep up with their band’s news and music. The artists have a choice to either sell their music or allow free downloads. It doesn’t cost the artists anything to join project opus. Each track is sold at 1$, project opus and the artists share the dollar equally. The artists own all rights to their music.

As a fan, I’ve discovered a couple of bands. Melody Park is my favourite currently. They are Good. 🙂

Project Opus currently had mostly Canada based bands, but there are some bands from all over the world. So surely as the community grows, more bands will have a page on Project Opus.


Fans can save their favourite artists on their profile and tag their music. You can browse other playlists. The Opus Player will stream music for you. I can’t seem to get the player running on my blog, for some reason. Check it out here.

The site is an absolute delight for fans. They’ve got lists of concerts happening, news in the world of music, a very active community of music lovers and a great interface.
People across the world are loving it!

Sometime back I reviewed Musicovery which is a great way to discover music from the popular bands. Read the review and you’ll know why Musicovery absolutely rocks.

Have a great weekend with great music!

27
Apr
07

Happy birthday Mom! (And how I remembered it)

Happy birthday mom!Flowers2mail website on which you can create/design virtual bouquets and mail it with a card to people. Its not really a great website, but its fun for a change from the boring( and loud) ecards that people around on birthdays and other occasions. And then as they say, flowers say it the best :).
You have a choice between six types of flowers and with four colors for each type.
I made one for my mother. Here’s the link. But of course my mother doesn’t use email(or the internet) and even if she did, I would get killed for being ‘so lazy’.

Now how I remembered it.

Simple, I used Hipcal. Hipcal is one of the best online personal organizers around. The interface is simple, attractive and the features easy to understand and use. You can save events on the calendar, save notes and create task lists in your account.

On the calendar you can list your activities or events for a particular date, time. You have the option for getting a reminder for the event either by email or text-message on your phone. And you have standard features like listing public events on your calendar(viewable by all) and joining public groups like your college events calendar, movie schedule of your local cable company etc. Then you can also add friends to view their events and calendar.Google calendar is currently the most popular calendar around for the simple reason that its a Google product. The features of hipcal that make it the best among the available organizers are

  1. To-do Lists: Such a feature is super useful and more so when you can view it along with the calendar.
  2. Memos: Add short notes for yourself or your friends to view.
  3. Calendar: The calendar has a neat attractive, easy to use interface. The spartan look of google calendar with its blue colors, do not really please the eye. Feature wise the calendar is the same.
  4. Get reminders on phone: Text-reminders can be sent to your phone. And its not only in the US, but also in some European and Asian countries.

Here’s a screen-shot of my account.


Take a ride. Try the demo account of hipcal before signing up.

Use hipcal and get organized!

Tell me what do you think.

26
Apr
07

Scribd, YouTube for documents

Imagine youtube and replace the vidoes with documents. That’s scribd.com. It is as simple as it sounds, somebody uploads documents, you view them.

Its the place for finding some of the most interesting documents floating around on the web.

The viewer is a neat little application which shows you docs in flash-paper, which loads faster than .pdf formats(and doesn’t crash your browsers). You also have the option of downloading the documents in .txt, .doc, .pdf formats or hearing them in .mp3 format. The mp3 format is powered by text-to-speech(british accented speech) package of scribd.com. If you’ve logged on then, you can save your favorited documents on your profile page.

On scribd, you can upload documents without registering for an account. It accepts all the popular formats(.doc, .pdf, .txt, .lit, .ppt, .htm). If you’ve created an account, then you can view stats for your documents like no. of view, geographic location of viewers, referring links etc.The site also has some basic networking features and you can have friends, internal mail, list of favorited documents etc.

Scribd.com brag fact: The guys who founded it and run it are still at undergraduate school :O .

Slideshare.net is a site which is very specifically only for powerpoint presentations.

Abhishek

25
Apr
07

Bookmark only parts of a page.

I’m a huge fan of these bookmarking tools like del.icio.us and stumbleupon, which make saving pages and searching for them so very easy.

Clipmarks is a tool which goes a step ahead and lets you save only parts of a page like the video, or a paragraph or an image.
When you are working on some report and collecting data from the web on a notepad, the data soon becomes unreadable
and cluttered. With clipmarks, you can save the url of the page from which you took the lines, or quotes.
After you’ve saved parts of the page, you can then publish them on your blog, or mail them to your friends. Clips you’ve marked as public can also be viewed and searched by other people using clipmarks. So you can search for other clips matching your interest and then rate them, save them or tag them.
How it works is you download the firefox(or IE) extension, which puts an (huge) icon right after the navigation field and the firefox search field. A version for safari hasn’t been released though.

When you click the icon, a nearly unobtrusive orange toolbar appears right above the page and then you can select out parts of the page you would like to save. Add description and tags to make future search easier.


The pop-up for saving the clips.

From Ziff Davis Web buyer’s guide. Clipmarks is much more than just an easy and effective way to store pieces of Web pages for future reference, sharing, and gathering commentary—it can actually become a way of life.

Uhuroo.com is an IIT Bombay incubated startup doing something similar and using much more complicated terms to describe it. You can only save sentences and paragraphs though.

Happy clipping!

Abhishek

24
Apr
07

Edit Photos, online.

Lose that habit of uploading bad pictures to Flickr. And not having Photoshop is not an excuse anymore.
Below are two fabulous online photo-editors.

Picnik.com is a cool service that allows anyone to edit photos online.
Fix underexposed photos, crop, rotate, remove red eyes, or apply effects to your photos. It has a flash interface and the smoothness is fabulous. It loads
real quick(even in Pilani).
You can upload picture from your computer or from an url. And after you are done with editing the photo, you can either download it or upload it directly to your flickr account. Pretty cool, heh?I tried playing around with a wallpaper on picnik.com.

Before picnik.com

After picnik.com.

Hah! Actually just added a sepia effect and sharpened stuff a bit.

Not another photo editor.

Fauxto.com is an advanced image editing tool. It feels like a
desktop application and to create images you don’t need to pay for expensive desktop image editors(read photoshop). It is the only online editing tool on which you can have layers and work on tabs inside your browser.

Basically its the free, online version of Photoshop. On fauxto, you have most of the frequently used features of Photoshop. If you frequently use photoshop, then Fauxto shouldn’t be much of a problem, but for newbies its not the best editing tool.Here’s a screenshot below.


The faxuto blog lists the features of Fauxto and all that you can do on it.

  • Image Size
  • Canvas Size
  • Layer Adjustments:
    • Invert
    • Desaturate
    • Colorize
    • Hue/Saturation
    • Contrast/Brightness
  • Filters:
    • Sharpen
    • Blur
    • Find Edges
    • Emboss
    • Enrich
  • Fill/Clear Selection
  • Movable Marquees

So Fauxto is actually awesome to use for professionals, but for most of us who just need to get rid of the red-eye or crop the photo, Picnik.com is the best.You decide for yourselves and tell me what you think.

Abhishek

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