23 July 2008

"Hide my ass" hides your online identity

To be honest, the name "Hide my ass" made me look. Founded a link with this name and I was just curious whats there. No that I have a big ass and I need to hide it but I wanted to see how can someone can hide an ass on net.
Actually Hide my ass is a free anonymous proxy service that will help you hide your IP address. There are many reasons that makes someone hide his IP address. If you connect to internet from work and there websites blocked by a web filter or you just want to browse a website but you don't want that the website logs your real IP address you just need a free proxy and you solve the problem.
Thats it, use Hide my ass free anonymous proxy service and all the problems are gone either you want to bypass something in order to access a website or you just want to browse a site anonymous hideing your real IP address. The problem with free proxy services is that they end being blocked to access some websites. The good news with Hide my ass is that the website is part of a network that offer the same service trough several diferent websites. So if one site is blocked you can try with another one provided by Privax network.
This is an easy way to browse anonymously, anyway you can say your toughts or other methods in the comments.

- Hide my ass
- Privax network

17 July 2008

A litle program to clean a big mes of a big program

The Java Runtime Environment has been recently updated and, since Sun Microsystems is such a big company, he does not take the luxury to spend a little time to clean the unnecessary files after he publish an update to his famous Java Runtime Environment. With this update, the JRE (Java Runtime Environment), now at version 6, has reached to update our platform 7 times now on the same version. Now, don't get me wrong, updating the system make it work better, reduces the risks of crashes or security leaks.
All good news! The JRE from Sun Microsystems has been updated. Why all the trouble of writing a post about it?
Well, when have you took a look at Add/Remove Programs section on your Control Panel? Oh, have you checked the Show Updates check box right above the table of your installed programs? Lets say that you are there. Scroll down until you find the Java Updates. Do you see more then one? This question brings us to the point of this post.
If you have to much hardisk space to spare probably you haven't noticed where some hundreds MB have gone. Those from Sun Microsystems care about our computers and updates the Java platform but they simply forget or, looking at the number of updates that the JRE has received, it is a luxury that they can't afford to remove the old files from our systems.
Back to my question, if you haven't take any action in removing the old files of the Java platform, you should see seven updates of the Java platform. If you see all those updates, you can see how much space they waste from your hardisk.
How to remove all those old updates?
The answer is simple. Take a small program that do the job for you.
JavaRa does just that. A little program that clean the mes of big programs. JavaRa removes all the previous Java Runtime Environment updates. It is one click easy. Good little utility to have around. Don't forget to check the documentation if you want to use the other tasks.

Boost your life and keep your system clean!

10 July 2008

Google helps you keep your Gmail account protected

Gmail is better and better.

Ok, my friends, I won't go in detail presenting you the mail service from Google, I think that the service is to popular to need further presentation. Gmail is better and better with each feature released by Google for this service. Not to long ago Gmail have presented for you to use some features still in testing versions by poiting to settings link on your Gmail account page then pointing to Labs tab in your settings page.

How Google helps me?

Now lets get to the subject of this post. You just need to pay a litle atention to details. Just scroll down to bottom of any page from your Gmail account and click the Details link next to the Last account activity line. What you get on this link? Like Google says :
It's information we'd use to troubleshoot unauthorized account activity, and now it's available to you.

On this page you can find about conccurent sessions opened of your Gmail account. You have even an option to sign out from all other sessions opened of your account. This is not stoping here. Google give us access to some more information. The recent activity table present to you the last five activities with Access Type column showing how your account was accessed, like browser, POP3 or mobile access, an IP address column showing the IP address that have accessed your account and a Date/Time column showing you the time when your account was accessed.
If you think that you need a litle more information on this subject just click the Learn more link from the Details page.

See you next time. Stay protected!

06 July 2008

Be A Solutions Provider And You Will Boost Your Profits by Michaela Cernescu

It is a mind shift, but if you transform yourself in a problem solver you find your way to a profitable Internet marketing niche. Products that solve problems are the most effective items to sell online. Internet marketers learn early on that following and solving a problem equals online profits. People search the Internet daily seeking answers to urgent problems. They are looking for new ways to: find a cure for an illness, learn a new software, teach a kid math, find a better mortgage, find a favorite item on the net, lose weight, stop a foreclosure, find the best doctor in a specific area, find the best boot camp for a kid, find the best book to learn French.

The best way to determine what problems people are having and how you can provide a solution is through research. You have to find out and pay attention to the trends in your chosen niche. Begin with researching keywords for your subject. There are several excellent tools you can use for this task. SEO Book, or Google Labs will help you determine trends based on the latest searches. You can see new topics arise as trends shift over several days or more. The thumb rule is you need keys with high popularity and low competition.

Join discussion forums that center on your niche. Get involved in the conversations, contribute, add to the discussion and follow the rules of the forum. If you go into a group trying to sell something right off, you will find yourself booted very fast.

If you want some anonymity, utilize another name for forum memberships. A good reason to use a different name is so that you will not appear to be patently recommending your own sites. Of course, you should only promote your sites if it is relevant to the discussion and helpful to the group.

Offer recommendations or general suggestions once you have made a few posts and shown that you want to be a part of the community. Pay attention to the discussions. When you see comments about a particular problem, be brave enough to ask if anyone has a good solution for it. More often than not, if no one has a suggestion, there is a chance to develop a new product idea!

Another great way to get a handle on problems to solve is by visiting major blogs like Technorati. There are sections specifically for "what's rising." This is a good spot to stay in touch with what people find important. Find do follow blogs and if you have a non follow blog, transform your blog on do follow.

Subscribe to feeds from popular blogs in your niche. Chances are you will see posts on products that address common problems. Have a look at these products and determine what you can do to make them simpler, improve them, or add your own twist on the solution. If it is a high ticket item, perhaps you can produce something that is more affordable.

Study these products and see if they really do solve the problem. Perhaps the product is cheap and not very clear with the solution. That is your opportunity to add to the content and position your product as the superior answer. Get testimonials from reviewers on how your product solved their problem quicker and easier.

Marketers are earning six and seven figure incomes by solving simple problems. They pay attention to what the public wants. Follow these simple suggestions and you can have your slice of this very lucrative pie. Regards

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04 July 2008

3 easy steps to make Google Docs your default office suite application

Why should you make Google Docs the application that will open your documents? Well, if you are like me, and not doing so much work with documents, spreadsheets or presentations it is no need to have some hundreds MB hardisk space filled with a application that you will run rarely. On the other hand, if you are working daily with documents, Google Docs can save you some time letting you easily share your work. The best thing is that you don't need to install anything and you can access Google Docs from anywhere by simply pointing the web browser to http://docs.google.com
Now lets get to the point of this post and tell you that these steps are for FireFox users and take less then 5 minutes to complete.

Step 1

Ok, first, lets make Google Docs work offline. Click the offline link in the upper right corner of your Google Docs page. A dialog box will pop-up where you will be prompted to get Gears extension for your browser or, if you already have Gears installed, to enable offline access for Google Docs.

Step 2

  Now that we have also offline access to Google Docs lets call for some help that will set for us Google Docs as the default office suite. Lets get the Google Toolbar for FireFox, probably the best toolbar that any browser must have.

Step 3

Now you can check what types of files Google Docs will open. Click on the Settings button from the right side of the toolbar then, click Options... In this window, make sure that the Docs & Spreadsheeds checkbox is marked then click on the File Settings... button. From the File Settings window you can chose witch file types do you want to open with Google Docs and witch methods you want to use for opening files.

Untill next time, boost your life and internet activity

28 June 2008

Find the best free software on the internet !

Free software: good or bad?

A good question that fits in this subject is: Does a free software can replace a commercial one? Well, the answer is different from user to user. Now days its even harder to tell since the development of free software is become a trend, be it desktop software or web app. There are different factors when it comes to chose a software and this factors are strong related with the user experience. So that a new user will look for ease of use with the software he will use so that he can learn to use the software quickly. On the other hand an experienced user will search for more and better features on the software that he will want to use.
All that I will do in this post is to direct you to some of the best places on internet where you can find free software that can always replace his commercial competitors.

Best free software sites

There are so many sites that list free software that this post will become an endless list of sites if I'll start to write them all so, I've thought that it will be better to point you only a few of my really favorite sites that are regularly updated.

  • NONAGS , even if it is a little hard to follow the updates from this site because there is not any rss or atom sindication, it is a good place to find free software.
  • Freeware Files is one of my trusted places for good free software. It is easy to follow the updates trough rss or email subscriptions. They have even editor picks to help users find the software that really counts in his category.
  • Major Geeks is a site dedicated to power users in special. It is a must have bookmark if you are a sistem or network administrator.
  • Gismo's tech support alert got my atention for a long time now. It was a one man work untill recently when the site becomed " A kind of Wikipedia for freeware " like the author love to say.
Which is best?

In the end it is up to you to chose what is best for you and if the free software can replace your commercial software
Happy browsing and see you next time.

06 June 2008

Do you cheat to make money online ?

Easy money !?

Many offers to make easy money online have always populate the web. This offers come in many forms, one of the most popular being trough e-mails. All of this offers ensure you that if you join their "strong network" you will make quick and easy huge amount of money. Do this "strong networks" really exists? There is such a thing as easy money? Well, I think that nobody pays you to do nothing. If you prefer to do nothing, this post is not for you.

First, help others !

Let me be useful first, and point you to my co-branded site where you can find great online magazines and other useful resources on any domain of activity you can think of. The best thing of this site is that you can subscribe for free for every magazine, newsletter or any other resource that you find interesting from this site and you will access great information on your interested subject. I only want to share with you some great sources of information. I am subscribed to some of those magazines and I'm really happy to have access to them for free.

Then, be productive!

Ok, I've told you about all those sources of information. Now, how about sharing this with others? If you have a blog or website you can become a publisher too. It's easy and free to register and you will be given your own co-branded site to put it beside your blog or website and let your visitors know about all those free resources.
Here you can join and become a publisher. Enjoy!
Now I let you browse the catalog and chose what best fit with your needs. 'till next time, boost your life.

03 June 2008

How-To improve image search results

Have you searched an image on the web? Was it hard to find it?
Well, Google wants to improve the quality of your searches and invite you to play. Yes, play and be useful helping you, others and Google at the same time. You don't need to register an account or do anything else, just start playing.
With Google image labeler you need to label (tag) random images picked by Google and match your labels with another user that use this service and Google chose for you to play with. You have 2 minutes to label random images and match your labels with the user that Google randomly picked for you. You will receive points with any match and more points if the matches are more descriptive for the image.
It's fun and easy way to help others.

01 June 2008

Power tools: SysInternals goes live

Look to the future: The supreme ruler of the internet post was all about Google. Now I want to share with you something about Microsoft.
SysInternals Utilities are a set of tools that help you troubleshoot and diagnose Windows systems and applications. Microsoft has gathered all the programs in one complete suite of power tools. Even so you can still download each program separately at Microsoft TechNet ( the SysInternals suite is the first item in the list ).
Users that already work with this tools will say, what's the point of this post? Well, SysInternals have launched a beta service, SysInternals Live, that lets you execute any SysInternals tool directly from the web. Like they say:
"Simply enter a tool’s Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer or a command prompt as \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\ or view the entire Sysinternals Live tools directory in a browser at http://live.sysinternals.com"

Look to the future: The supreme ruler of the internet

In my previous post, Web applications, the right way to the future I've pointed you to some great web apps lists from where you can chose the right application for you or your company. I've posted a link to Google app engine powered web applications to. Why I mentioned it? Because I will tell you about Google and my point of view about how Google is in a race by him self to conquer the Internet.
Now, to get to the subject, since Google have left developers create web applications on the same engine that their own applications run will attract more users on the Google's side, since users with a Google account can simply log in to any Google app engine powered web application.
Announcing the open sign-ups at Google app engine now every one can try to create his own web application. They even posted on Google app engine blog the expected pricing as follows:
  • $0.10 - $0.12 per CPU core-hour
  • $0.15 - $0.18 per GB-month of storage
  • $0.11 - $0.13 per GB outgoing bandwidth
  • $0.09 - $0.11 per GB incoming bandwidth
That if your application will need more that the free account will give you, that means:

  • 500MB of space
  • 5 millions page views / month
Now, if you want that your application to work offline too, you can enhance your web app with Google gears API. Not to mention that 2 new APIs have been released from Google, the image manipulation API and memcache API. You can boost your web app even more by using all the other APIs that Google gives to you.
I wonder witch big company can follow Google in this race on conquering the Internet !?

28 May 2008

Web applications, the right way to the future

There are so many web sites these days offering all kind of things to do online and they keep appearing with newer or better services provided to us for free. I have an 20 GB hardisk on my machine and I have no intention to change it, meaning less money spend for my PC, even better, I don't need to spend money on commercial software to have some great feature that will ease my work. I just need to look for the right web application and I'm done. I have my work done and my wallet safe.
Don't know what web app is right for you? Well, here are some lists of web applications that might help you chose.
- 90+ online photography tools and resources grouped in categories like photo editors, photo sharing, free photo hosting, and other categories
- video toolbox: 150+ video tools and resources also grouped in categories,
- online business toolbox: 230+ tools for running a business online you will sure find something you like here, I did,
- Google app engine where you can browse or search by tags all kind of web apps. and if you like one from here and you have a Google account you can simply log in using your Google account and start using the application
I hope that you will find the right web app that can replace your desktop application. I've tried to put only the best lists that I have found so that you can easily find what you are looking for.
See you next time with other great resources from the web.

PS. Another big list of web apps that is suited for freelancers is:
- The Freelancer's toolset: 100 web apps for everything you will possibly need

25 May 2008

Full commercial software and full games for free download

A great opportunity to get your hands on full commercial software is by waiting for the developer to make an discount, or, even better, to get that full commercial software for free.
How is that possible? Well, thanks to Giveaway of the Day website you can get a full commercial software for free every day. Once the software is up for downloading you have 48 hours to download it and activate it. I know that you would probably say that there are only crap software to download. Just subscribe to their feeds via email or an rss reader and wait for your dreamed software to get posted, you will eventually run into something that you like and you will not have to pay for it.
There is even a sister site for gamers, Game Giveaway of the Day, where you can find full commercial games as free downloads.
Boost your life with some commercial software and some games for free.

23 May 2008

Opera Magazine and Photoshop Anthology for free

Lets boost this first post with 2 good readings available as free downloads in .pdf format.
The first one is a lifestyle magazine from Opera about Opera and how their products boost the people's experience about the web. Even if I'm not an regular user of the Opera browser for desktop, the Opera Mini makes my life a lot easier letting me browse even those web pages that my phone built-in browser can't display and stay informed on the go.
You can order a free printed copy of the Opera Magazine or you can download the .pdf version.
Now let me tell you to hurry up to get the second reading listed in this post because it is available just until June 13th, 2008.
SitePoint offers for a limited time The Photoshop Anthology: 101 Web Design Tips, Tricks & Techniques as free download. What are you doing, still reading? Start downloading this great book and boost your Photoshop experience, oh, and save some money.
See you next time with other great free stuff to boost your life