January 24, 2008

Text to MP3? You betcha!

Posted in music, tips -n- tricks at 11:37 am by @LULAROEFAIL

Create MP3 Files From Text in Emails and Web Pages

create mp3 text filesVozme
is web based tool that turns any snippet of text into an MP3 audio file
that you can either listen online or download to your local hard drive.

You just have to copy the text from a web page or an email and paste it inside the Vozme text box.

While there are tons of solutions that convert text to spoken words,
what I liked about Vozme is the clutter free interface and the fact
that it runs inside the browser without requiring any downloads.

Bloggers can easily integrate the Vozme feature in the site so
visitors can either listen to your full blog posts or they can select a
portion of text and have Vozme narrate it like a speech.

Vozme.com – Accepts Spanish, English and Italian languages. Thanks Jane.


Product Review – Revo Uninstaller

Posted in open-source, product review, software, tips -n- tricks at 6:26 am by @LULAROEFAIL

I found this program via a blog that I read, and was impressed by what I saw. But I was even more impressed once I installed it and ran the application! This is by far, the best uninstaller software that I have some across. You can choose four mode of uninstall, from light to very aggressive (if you’re a geek like me you want to get rid of ALL the junk old programs can leave behind). Once the uninstaller from the app being uninstalled runs, Revo does it’s due diligence and searches for orphaned folders, files and registry entries, allowing you to pick specifically which one you want to leave or send to the circular file.

Best of all? It’s FREE. I couldn’t believe how much functionality comes with this software – and you don’t have to pay a penny! More and more, I am going open-source for applications (made the switch to Open Office here recently) and I’m trying to always go the way of free software. But if you find one that you like, do donate: it helps them to pay their bills and continue development. Try this one out – you won’t be disappointed!

Revo Uninstaller helps you to uninstall and remove any unwanted application installed on your computer.

With its advanced and fast algorithm, Revo Uninstaller analyzes an application’s data before uninstall and scans after you uninstall an application. After the program’s regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over on your computer. Even if you have a broken installation, Revo Uninstaller scans for an application’s data on your hard disk drives and in the Windows registry and shows all found files, folders and registry items so you can delete them.

With its unique “Hunter mode“, Revo Uninstaller offers you some simple, easy to use, but effective and powerful approaches to manage (uninstall, stop, delete, disable from auto starting) and to get information about your installed and/or running applications.

Revo Uninstaller gives you another 8 handy and powerful tools to clean up your system.

Here are the list of all of the tools and utilities that are included:

Auto Start Manager – stop programs that start automatically when Windows starts; Speed up loading of Windows!

Windows Tools Manager – handy and useful tools bundled with every version of Windows; Easily find useful system tools and options!

Junk Files Cleaner – find and remove unnecessary files from your computer; Free up disk space and delete data you do not need!

Browsers History Cleaner – erase the web site history, visited pages history and temporary internet files of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera web browsers; Free up a lot of disk space by deleting temporary internet files like temporary saved videos, flash files, pictures etc!

Office History Cleaner – remove the history of most recently used files in MS Office; Remove your tracks by deleting the list of last opened MS Office documents!

Windows History Cleaner – remove the history of recently opened files, delete temporary files, remove usage tracks and other history items that are saved by Windows; Remove your tracks saved by windows for a lot of operations!

Unrecoverable Delete Tool – erase files and folders forever; Be sure that nobody could recover your files and folders after deleting!

Evidence Remover – make sure already deleted files, folders and other data are unrecoverable;

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What’s new in Revo Uninstaller version 1.42:

Added new cleaning options to Windows Cleaner tool
Improved user interface of Windows Cleaner tool
Improved handling of Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) based installations
Added showing empty leftover folders after scanning
Added detection of grouped taskbar buttons in Hunter mode
Bug Fixed in Hunter mode – Detecting similar applications on desktop
New languages are added!

What’s new in Revo Uninstaller version 1.40:

Now deeper scanning, safer scanning, more accurate scanning!

Now Portable version available – supports auto update!

New Safe mode – Scans only for safe to delete items!
New Moderate mode – Extended scan for leftover items!
New Advanced mode – Deep scan of the system. Finds a lot of leftovers!
Added option for starting Revo Uninstaller in Hunter mode on Windows startup!
Added notification for applications set to run on windows startup!
Added transparency to Hunter mode!
Added Hunter mode in system tray!
Added saving of Hunter mode’s window’s size, position and transparency.
Added automatic creation of System Restore Point before uninstalling an application!
Added notification message boxes to all track cleaners!
Added integrated search from http://www.revouninstaller.com
Improved loading of Options dialog – now faster!
Improved loading of the installed applications – now faster!
Improved detection of icons of installed applications!
Improved window repositioning of the tools.
Fixed message boxes in Browsers cleaner!
Fixed bug in Opera browser’s bookmarks!
Fixed bug with Enter button on the main window and search window!
Fixed other minor bugs!
New languages are added!

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Revo Uninstaller is compatible with the following operating systems:

Kickin’ Itunes to the curb!

Posted in music, open-source, tips -n- tricks at 4:53 am by @LULAROEFAIL

I’m a big fan of anything Mozilla – once I get home tonight you can bet your sweet bippy I’ll be trying this!

Move over iTunes – Mozilla’s Songbird is Here

By Mark O’Neill

As a big fan of Firefox, I am always interested in any other projects that Mozilla might be dabbling in. Yesterday I began testing Songbird which is Mozilla’s open-source version of Apple’s iTunes music player.

Songbird has the same basic design as iTunes but it’s black (default skin) and with added functionality. As with iTunes, you can import your music, subscribe to podcasts, create playlists, rate each song, synchronise your playlists with your computer files and so on.

But let’s take a look at what makes Songbird different from iTunes.

First, as with Firefox, you can download extensions to make Songbird look and act the way you want it. In fact, this is Songbird’s biggest advantage as far as I can see – the open-source platform. I’ve still to delve deeper into the lengthy extensions list but right off the bat, I downloaded an extension that displays the Wikipedia page for the band you are playing, as well as extensions for iPod support, and the ability to play protected Windows Media files and Quicktime files. The extensions box is virtually identical in design to the Firefox version :

SongBird Extensions

Secondly, again taking a leaf out of Firefox’s book, you can have tabs open up for web browsing within Songbird so in theory, you could look at your favourite webpages while playing songs (particularly useful if you need to search online for lyrics while a song is playing, for example).

Third, you have a choice of three music stores which gives you the chance to download new music. But what makes this different from iTunes is that here, you can choose between iTunes, Amazon’s MP3 store and eMusic. So you are not limited to one file format.


Fourth, and this is a neat one – you can shrink it to a basic version!


Other features include:

  • Play Anything : MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WMA, and more.
  • Multi-lingual: Comes in 39 languages.
  • Integrated Web Search
  • Style with Different visual skins
  • Runs on Mac, Linux and Windows.
  • Play the Web
  • Play web pages as playlists and view any web page as a playlist.

One problem I have found is that you cannot run iTunes music files on both iTunes and Songbird at the same time. So if you want to run iTunes music on Songbird, you must first de-authorize and uninstall iTunes from your computer. This is the hated DRM copy protection at work, not the fault of Songbird.

Just to be clear, Songbird is not yet at the stage where it can be called an “iTunes killer” (the project is still very much in beta development) but it’s looking extremely good so far. As I’ve said, its biggest strength is in throwing open the source code and inviting developers to make new features and improve existing ones. Can you imagine Apple doing that with iTunes? I don’t think so!

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January 23, 2008

The List of the 52 (yes, fifty two) BEST Firefox extensions

Posted in FireFox, tips -n- tricks at 9:02 pm by @LULAROEFAIL

As promised, here is my loooooong list of extensions, complete with links so that if one interests you, it’s clickable and will take you right to it! This is MY “Best-Of” list 🙂 YMMV………
The list on my work PC isn’t this long, but pretty much has the same goodies.

Last updated:

Thu, 24 Jan 2008 01:58:48 GMT

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv: Gecko/20071127 Firefox/

Plugins (9):

  • 2007 Microsoft Office system
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Coupons Inc Bricks Plugin
  • Microsoft® Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin
  • Mozilla Default Plug-in
  • QuickTime Plug-in 7.3
  • Shockwave Flash
  • Windows Genuine Advantage
  • Yahoo! activeX Plug-in Bridge

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Gmail on the slim down……..

Posted in Google, tips -n- tricks at 4:39 pm by @LULAROEFAIL

Empty Your Inbox with Gmail and the Trusted Trio from Gina at Lifehacker

Our favorite way to keep your email inbox empty is a simple, three-folder system we call The Trusted Trio.
However, if you’re using Gmail and want to keep a clear inbox, it’s
actually a duo. Here’s how to use two simple labels to consistently
empty your Gmail inbox.

You already know the Trusted Trio consists of three folders:

  • Archive—for closed messages you may want to reference later.
  • Follow Up—for messages you need to do something about and respond to.
  • Hold—for messages you’re waiting on someone else to get back to you about.

Here’s the full rundown of the Trusted Trio.

If you’re using Gmail, however, things are a bit different. First of
all, Gmail comes with an archive area built in: click on the “All Mail”
link to see it. When you archive a message in Gmail (either by clicking
the Archive button, selecting the menu option or hitting the E key),
the message gets yanked out of your inbox and archived in the “All
Mail” view. That means there’s no need for the Trusted Trio’s Archive
folder. That is, you only need Follow Up and Hold buckets.

we’re in Gmail, those buckets aren’t folders, they’re labels. If you’re
using labels other than Follow Up and Hold, you can sort Follow Up and
Hold at the top of your label list. I do this by prefacing each one
with an underscore, as shown. Several readers suggest numbering the
labels to get them to sort the way you’d like, i.e., (1. Follow Up, 2.

Of course, the whole point of the Trusted Trio is that you don’t need
a lengthy folder list to keep on top of what you’ve processed and what
you haven’t, but since you can give a single message more than one
label, that rule doesn’t apply as much in Gmail. Still, I recommend
relying on Gmail’s fabulous array of search operators to find stuff you need when you need it, rather than proactively labeling stuff in ways you’ll probably never need.

Do you keep your Gmail inbox empty? How do you do it? Let us know in the comments.

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Some new tips!

Posted in FireFox, tips -n- tricks at 3:03 pm by @LULAROEFAIL

A few of these I didn’t know about – a great reference!

Firefox Tips you May Not Know About (Part 2)from Makeuseof.com

By Mark O’Neill

Every day I find new Firefox tips and tricks that I didn’t know about and then I find out that other people didn’t know about them either. So here’s what I discovered recently to make you more of a Firefox power-user. Some of them are useful keyboard shortcuts to keep your hand away from that mouse, and others are just regular tips to optimize and improve your use of Firefox.


firefoxsearchenginebar.pngCTRL and K – moves your cursor up to the search engine plug-in box. Once you’re there, CTRL and the up / down arrows on your keyboard will jump from search engine to search engine.

CTRL + SHIFT + T – re-opens the last closed tab.

SPACEBAR : scrolls down the webpage you’re on.

SHIFT and the SPACEBAR : scrolls up the webpage you’re on.

F11 – removes the browser bars and makes the webpage full screen. Press F11 again to go back to normal.

CTRL + T – Opens a new tab window.


viewmenufirefox.pngRemove toolbars from the browser without uninstalling them : sometimes you need a toolbar to disappear as it takes up too much space on your browser. But at the same time, you will need that toolbar at some point and so you don’t want to uninstall it. Well, you can temporarily hide it by doing the following :

Go to View then Toolbars. Untick the toolbar you want to disappear and then it will be gone. To bring it back again, go back to View, Toolbars and re-tick it. The toolbar will then re-appear.

ffcalc.pngUse your Google search plug-in as a calculator : you can do this already on the normal Google page and you can also do it in the Firefox search plug-in. Just enter your numbers and mathematical symbols from your keyboard number-pad and the result will be shown in the search suggestions box. Of course you will already have the Windows calculator installed on your computer but if you have Firefox already open, you may find this facility a little more convenient.

firefoxpassword.pngReveal saved passwords in Firefox : I don’t use the saved passwords function in Firefox as I am totally paranoid about online security but there is apparently a javascript code you can enter into the Firefox address bar to reveal a saved password in Firefox. Having the browser save your passwords is all well and good but this can make you forget the actual password eventually since you are not typing it in every day. So if you need the actual password for any reason, just input the following code into the address bar and the password will be revealed in a pop-up box :

javascript:(function(){var s,F,j,f,i; s = “”; F = document.forms; for(j=0; j<F.length; ++j) { f = F[j]; for (i=0; i<f.length; ++i) { if (f[i].type.toLowerCase() == “password”) s += f[i].value + “\n”; } } if (s) alert(”Passwords in forms on this page:\n\n” + s); else alert(”There are no passwords in forms on this page.”);})();

Put that dusty printer to work!

Posted in organize, tips -n- tricks at 12:49 pm by @LULAROEFAIL

Cool Printables: Ways to Put your Dusty Printer to Work from Makeusof.com

Bunch of unusual ways to make use of of your dusty printer. If you have a printer in the office, it’s even better: not only do you get free ink but also something to keep you occupied and make office hours fly. Well, and some actually to get things done.

Pocketmod – Create all-purpose, wallet-sized, booklets out of plain A4 sheets in just 1-2 minutes. As it says on the website, “it is hard to describe just how incredibly useful the PocketMod is. It’s best that you just dive in and create one“.


ePrintable – Web-based calendar generator. No registration required, just select the calendar type and click ‘print’ to generate it. You can also add some image and quotes.

PaperCDcase – Use this website to create a PDF file which can be printed and folded to create a stylish paper CD case.

Sudoku Generator – Sudoku fan? This site lets you generate different level sudoku puzzles which can be downloaded as PDF.

Documents Templates – Once in a while we all need some kind of document, it may be a business plan presentation, rental contract, non-disclosure agreement, or even a name change request form. Here are 3 places where you get them for free.

Big.First.Name – Free online app for printing nametags. Quick and simple. Check out some examples here.

Nametag Generator

PrintFreeGraphPaper – Web-based Graph Paper generator. Choose one of listed graph paper templates, indicate preferred paper size and measuring units, select paper type, and ‘Print’ it.

Print Graph Paper

Deyey – Neeed a stylish business card ? Maybe nametags for employees ? Enter Deyey, a feature-rich online business card creator. Ready cards can be printed out in high-resolution formats.

Business Card Maker

PDFpad – Provides a nice selection of handy document templates for work, school, games etc. These include: Calendars, Flags, Graph Paper, Smith Chart, Staff Paper and Sudoku.

Rasterbator – Turn any image into giant rasterized wall-poster.

MyBrochureMaker – Here you can create and print eye-catching brochures and advertising leaflets in minutes. Promote upcoming office parties, create product brochures, location promos, etc.

MyBrochureMaker - Design and Print Brochures Online

Notetaker – Create custom notetaking sheets. The custom sheets can be blank (Cornell st.), ruled, or graph style and can include your name and date.

iPaperCraft – Cash Wallet – Customisable paper wallets and card holders.

Paper rulers – Bunch of disposable printable paper rulers.

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Tweak Firefox’s “Responsiveness”

Posted in FireFox, tips -n- tricks at 12:23 pm by @LULAROEFAIL

Firefox’s “Responsiveness” Config Setting from the How-To Geek

Have you ever noticed that sometimes Firefox
isn’t very responsive while loading a page? As a frequent StumbleUpon user,
this behavior grates on my nerves so I went looking for a solution.

When Firefox is loading a page it uses one of two modes: There’s a high
priority mode that doesn’t pay as much attention to your mouse and keyboard,
but loads the page faster. There’s also a lower priority mode that interrupts
the parser more often to respond to input events. It’s even documented at Mozillazine.

What we can do is tweak the amount of time before Firefox switches from
lower priority mode back into high priority mode.

Type about:config into the Firefox address bar, and then filter by
the following:



Most likely the key doesn’t exist yet, so you’ll have to set it by right-clicking
in the empty area and selecting New \ Integer. Use these values when prompted:

  • Key Name:
  • Key Value:

The default value is 750000, or 3/4 of a second. The more time that you tell
Firefox to wait before resuming high priority mode, the more responsive the
application will feel… but it will obviously take a little longer to load the
pages. You could reverse this if you were more worried about speeding up page
load time.

Note that this setting only works if you haven’t changed content.interrupt.parsing
to false.

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How-To Geek and a geek enthusiast. When he’s not coming up with great how-to
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What is trackback?

Posted in tips -n- tricks, wordpress at 8:14 am by @LULAROEFAIL

WordPress Trackback Tutorial

by Teli Adlam

When used properly, trackbacks and pingbacks are an excellent way to build links and traffic to your blog, as well as building relationships with other bloggers.

What Is Trackback?

In layman’s terms, trackback is a way to notify a website when you publish an entry that references it.

When you send it a trackback, a link with a short excerpt of your entry will appear on the referenced website.
Example of a Trackback

How To Locate The Trackback Link

When you want to trackback, you will need to use a special link provided on the blog you want to reference.

Most trackback links appear just after the blog post content and before the comments.

Sometimes the link will appear as a plain text link:
Example of Plain Text Trackback Link

Other times it will be a hyperlink:
Example of Hyperlinked Trackback Link

If the trackback URL is hyperlinked, you’ll need to right click on it and select “Copy link location…” (or your browser’s equivalent), otherwise, you can highlight and copy the link.

If you plan to reference more than one blog entry, each trackback URL will need to be copied individually.

(Please note: Not all blogs display their trackback URL in plain view, some blogs even turn off their trackback. When in doubt, contact the blog author.)…………..