Tech Tip Tom, formerly of WIBC 93.1FM and

Month: February, 2013

The 101 Most Useful Websites and Web Apps

The Most Useful Websites and Web Apps

(I found this list, not taking credit for the gathering…)The-Most-Useful-Websites

  1. – record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.
  2. – for capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.
  3. – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.
  4. unfurlr.come – find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.
  5. qClock – find the local time of a city using a Google Map.
  6. – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.
  7. – a better search engine for twitter.
  8. – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
  9. – the best place to find icons of all sizes.
  10. – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.
  11. – the easiest way to setup email reminders.
  12. – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.
  13. – gets answers directly without searching   – see more wolfram tips.
  14. – print web pages without the clutter.
  15. – reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper.
  16. – a search engine for RSS feeds.
  17. – a simple online timer for your daily needs.
  18. – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.
  19. – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.
  20. – lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.
  21. – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser.
  22. – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.
  23. – online voice recognition in the browser itself.
  24. – share you email address online without worrying about spam.
  25. – now get read receipts for your email.
  26. – visualize and compare the size of any product.
  27. – quickly determine the font name from an image.
  28. – a good collection of open source fonts.
  29. – find data hidden in your photographs – see more EXIF tools.
  30. – broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen.
  31. – helps you search domains across all TLDs.
  32. – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d.
  33. – share you screen with anyone over the web.
  34. – recognize text from scanned PDFs – see other OCR tools.
  35. – Track flight status at airports worldwide.
  36. – for sharing really big files online.
  37. – the site lets you download free Kindle books.
  38. – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.
  39. – easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.
  40. – work on the same document with multiple people.
  41. – planning an event? find a date that works for all.
  42. – a less confusing view of the world time zones.
  43. – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.
  44. – print music sheets, write your own music online (review).
  45. – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. from one place.
  46. – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents.
  47. – create paintings and sketches with a wide variety of brushes.
  48. – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already.
  49. – quick summarize long pieces of text with tag clouds.
  50. – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.
  51. – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs.
  52. – share your photos in an album instantly.
  53. – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own.
  54. – when you need to find the name of a song.
  55. – automatically find perfectly-sized wallpapers for mobiles.
  56. – send an online fax for free – see more fax services.
  57. – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter.
  58. – quickly send a file to someone, they can even preview it before downloading.
  59. – transfer files of any size without uploading to a third-party server.
  60. – setup a private chat room in micro-seconds.
  61. – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read.
  62. – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps – alternative.
  63. – when you need to raise funds online for an event or a cause.
  64. – find if your favorite website is offline or not?
  65. – find the other websites of a person with reverse Analytics lookup.
  66. – find the web host of any website.
  67. – found something on Google but can’t remember it now?
  68. – an online audio editor that lets record, and remix audio clips online.
  69. – create a temporary web page that self-destruct.
  70. – find definitions of slangs and informal words.
  71. – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight.
  72. – download stock images absolutely free.
  73. – view very high-resolution images in your browser without scrolling.
  74. – create custom Google Maps easily.
  75. – quickly setup email reminders for important events.
  76. – Picnik is offline but PicMonkey is an even better image editor.
  77. – you can ask or answer personal questions here.
  78. – an excellent layer-based online image editor.
  79. – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam.
  80. – master touch-typing with these practice sessions.
  81. – send video emails to anyone using your web cam.
  82. – create timelines with audio, video and images.
  83. – make a movie out of your images, audio and video clips.
  84. – check the trust level of any website.
  85. – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy.
  86. – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web pages are deleted.
  87. – quickly capture effective notes during meetings.
  88. – Watch YouTube channels in TV mode.
  89. – quickly create a video playlist of your favorite artist.
  90. – Send tweets longer than 140 characters.
  91. – create a free and simple website using your Dropbox account.
  92. – find the technology stack of any website.
  93. – research a website from the SEO perspective.
  94. – broadcast live audio over the web.
  95. – bookmark online videos and watch them later (review).
  96. – add QR codes to your documents and presentations (review).
  97. – the easiest way to write short text notes in the browser.
  98. – send rich-text mails to anyone, anonymously.
  99. – hire people to do little things for $5.
  100. – easily manage your online files on Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.
  101. – create a connection between all your online accounts.

HTC Windows 8X


I recently had the opportunity to check out HTC’s new Windows 8X phone…

I must say that I was quite impressed! This is a four and half ounce computer!

And for HTC to return to Windows phones, after the success they have had with Android-based phones was a surprise. Probably due to Samsung’s Android offerings, I would think…

Anyway, this handset has a polycarbonate shell; not really needing any kind of case to protect it. I will say that I didn’t much care for the buttons on the side (right side only, left side is free)…  I found them hard to find by touch, and hard to press…

The Snapdragon dual core processor runs at 1.5Ghz, and comes with 1Gb of RAM.

Very sharp display, and the sound quality (at 2.5V) was strong enough for full-sized headphones…

The camera was OK, in that it has 8 megapixels, the same as the iPhone 5; but it doesn’t have the panorama feature that HTC puts in the Android One X….  It does have a “Bing” lens that can scan barcodes and QR codes, as well as book, CD and DVD numbers and then call up information on the items.

The live tiles, versus static icons; took some getting used to.  I tended to move things around and then they weren’t where I expected them to be…

I must admit that I did not sync to my company e-mail, but I am sure it would have to be seam-less; given that they are both Microsoft products…

It felt good in my hand, and after I got accustomed to the tiles; I really enjoyed this phone. Will I get one when my iPhone contract is up; probably not….  I have an iPad 3 that works so well with my iPhone that I wouldn’t want to lose that functionality.

Not a computer post…

But I wanted to share this; it touched me…


Samsung GALAXY Note II


First the specs:

  • 4G LTE: 100Mbps / 50Mbps
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 140.9 mm (5.5″) HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm, 182.5g
  • Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh
  • 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)
  • microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE
  • USB 2.0 Host
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40
  • Camera: Main (Rear) : 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI
  • Camera: Sub (Front) : 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI

My thoughts:  For a phone, too big…. For a mini tablet, very nice!

I took pics with both cameras with the expected result; quality of photos yielded was brilliant. I played with video as well…  Better stick with stationary objects; or maybe I just moved too fast….

Being used to my iPhone 4S (I won’t get the 5 due to its size); I really felt the Galaxy Note II is just too big for my tastes…  Seems like we are slowly moving back to the old Motorola “bricks”….  If you don’t remember those, hit me up and I’ll post a pic…

Anyway, I had a lot of fun checking out this beautiful piece of technology. I persoanlly wouldn’t want to carry it daily as my cell phone, but I am sure Jelly Bean lovers would have no issues with it…
Verizon sells the Note II for $699.99; or $299.99 with a 2 year contract.  Well worth it if you want a super big smart phone…..