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Upload and Share files with Senduit

Users who are new to file sharing on the web may find this stuff useful. The stuff I'm referring to is a site called Senduit.

Senduit is a file sharing service which lets you upload and share any file which is upto 100 MB in size. A url is given after the file upload is complete. Use the url to download the file.

Before you upload a file, you are also required to select the expiry of the file on Senduit's servers. The period for hosting your file ranges from 30 minutes to 1 week. After the uploaded file completes expiry, it is automatically deleted from the server.

Apart from this, Senduit's got a clean, easy-to-use, clutter-free user interface which is where it scores some brownie points over other popular file sharing services.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, April 29, 2007
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Download YouTube videos in different formats with Vixy

There are much easier ways to download videos from YouTube, but the downloaded videos are in Flash video (FLV) format which can only be played by few media players, notably VLC player.
More often than not, you'll want to convert those videos into a different format. So this would mean using more software on your machine.

Enter Vixy.net! What does it do?
First of all, it can be used to download YouTube videos. The second and the important thing is, Vixy.net is a free online Flash video converter. It can convert a Flash Video(FLV) file to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online.
You can then download the converted file.

How to convert a video?
A no-brainer! Just provide the YouTube video url, select a format that you want to convert to, and click Start.
Vixy.net will convert the video and provide you a download link.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, April 27, 2007
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Easily resize images online with Quick Thumbnail

Quick Thumbnail is a free online service that lets you, well, resize an image. The site's got a nice and clean user-friendly look.

Just select an image, choose the resize options and hit the Resize button. That's it! Your image is uploaded to the server and the resized images appear on a single page. You can then download the resized images from the page.
Users can choose to resize by percentage, fixed sizes and by standard sizes. Using the standard size, you can create icons, banners, thumbnails, avatars etc of your image.

As of now, you can only upload gif, jpg, jpeg and png files. They have also kept a file size limit of 1.5 MB.

The website further claims:
Images are deleted off the server 10min after upload, renamed during the upload process so no other user can view them and copies or image information is not collected by Quick Thumbnail.
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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, April 27, 2007
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Hackers use trojan infected USB as bait to steal bank data

If you see a USB stick out there, do not dare pick it. Even if you can't resist the temptation to pick it, don't insert it in your computer at any cost.

Why?
Hackers had left trojan infected USB sticks in a parking lot in London to trap unsuspecting users. Once inserted in the computer, the trojan can steal critical banking information from machines.
So just be careful when you see free storage on the road!

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, April 26, 2007
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How to Export Firefox Live bookmarks to Google Reader

No matter what, Firefox's live bookmarks feature is still one of the best ways to read stuff from your favourite sites. However, it is the best only when the number of subscribed sites is at a fairly manageable level. More the sites, more is the clutter.

A simple solution is to export these live bookmarks into a feed reader like Google Reader. The advantage with Google Reader is the ability to access these live bookmark feeds from anywhere (You can use addons to access Firefox bookmarks from any machine, but why install more addons and slow up Firefox). Besides this, you also don't need to backup your bookmarks from time to time.

How to do it?

1. First of all, you need to convert Firefox live bookmarks into an OPML format. So download and install OPML Support addon for Firefox before proceeding.
Restart Firefox after installation.

2. In Firefox, go to Bookmarks >> Show All Bookmarks.. to open the Bookmarks Manager.
Now in Bookmarks Manager, go to Opml Support >> Export OPML..
The OPML export windows appears.





3. Using this OPML window, we can choose to export Bookmarks, Livemarks or both. We just want to export the Live bookmarks, so select Only Live Bookmarks (Feeds). Leave rest of the settings to their default values.
Click Ok and save the opml file in your computer.

4. After getting the opml file, login to the Google Reader account and click on Settings >> Export/Import. Now upload the opml file which you saved in your computer.


That's it folks! All your Firefox live bookmark feeds will now be available in Google Reader. Hope you find this useful.


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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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How to add Address Bar in your Windows Desktop

Having the address bar on your desktop will help you to open a site without opening Internet Explorer. IE is eventually loaded but only after you type the web site address and press Enter.
Users who are used to flipping between various applications may find this useful, particularly to check a website quickly. So if you wanna save that little bit of extra effort, just read on.


How to do it?

1. Right-click the taskbar and click Toolbar >> Address. The address bar appears in the taskbar.



2. Click and drag the address bar on the top of the desktop. Right-click the address bar and select Always on top.


Now you can surf the web just by typing the website and hitting Enter. Even if you open other applications or folders, the address bar will always stay on top.
In the above image, selecting Auto-Hide will hide the address bar. To make it visible, just point your cursor to the top where the address bar was located.


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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, April 23, 2007
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Safely run rogue Windows software in a sandbox with Sandboxie

Afraid of software that installs spyware, malware, trojans, viruses on your computer? Who isn't?
Well! Here's a nice little software that can relieve you of this big headache.

Sandboxie is a form of virtualization software, much like VMware, Virtual Server or Virtual PC. However, unlike other virtualization software, Sandboxie works at the application level.

Sandboxie is an application that creates a 'sandbox' on your computer. This sandbox acts as a temporary storage location on you machine. Whenever you run a program through this sandbox, changes made by your application(like adding a file, adding keys to the registry etc) aren't reflected in your system. In fact, these changes are written in the sandbox and not the system.
So the sandbox isolates the program from the operating system.

How does Sandboxie isolate your program from the system?
Below, the first image shows how a system works without a sandbox and the second image shows the working when a sandbox is involved. (Image source: Sandboxie website)



Confusing? I'll try to give a very simple illustration.
Open Internet Explorer in a sandbox. Surf to a website and add that site as a favourite.
Now, open Internet Explorer the way you normally do and check your favourites list. Guess what! The favourite you added from the sandbox is not there.
Open IE from the sandbox and you'll find your favourite.

Offcourse, you can remove the sandbox by simply deleting its contents. This tool can be of great use for surfing the web, opening email attachments which your not sure about, testing shareware and other applications which may contain spyware etc.
Another intriguing option is the use of trial programs within a sandbox. I haven't tested this yet, but if it works, a 10 or 30 day trial program can be used indefinitely.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, April 23, 2007
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Not Pens, not Cameras. What are they?

Got these images from a friend. Scroll down and enjoy the pictures..



These aren't pens or cameras. It's something that may just replace present day computer, laptops etc.





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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, April 21, 2007
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Make Windows beep when you hit Caps Lock

183Not just Caps Lock, this also applies to Num lock and Scroll lock keys as well. You can set Windows to alert you with sounds when you press any of the above mentioned keys by mistake.

In Windows XP:
1. Go to Control Panel >> Accessibility Options to open the Accessibility Options window.
2. Tick Use ToggleKeys in the ToggleKeys section. Click Ok to close the window.


How to do this in Windows Vista?
Windows Vista users can navigate to Control Panel >> Ease of Access Center >> Make the keyboard easier to use to turn on the sounds.

That's it! The next time you accidentally hit caps lock, num lock or scroll lock, Windows will alert you with a nice little beep.


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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, April 18, 2007
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How to get rid of Firefox's default download window

Firefox has an annoying default behaviour of displaying the download window even after a download process is complete.
A kind of non-feature that bugs me a lot.


So what can you do to work-around this? Enter Download Statusbar , a nice little Firefox addon that lets you control your downloads from the statusbar, without actually interrupting your web surfing experience.


And more, this addon can auto-hide when not in use..Just give it a try and enjoy surfing..

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, April 16, 2007
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Lock Windows XP with One Click

1You have to create a Windows shortcut to pull this off.

How?
1. Right-click on a empty space in your Windows XP desktop.
2. Select New >> Shortcut. A Create Shortcut wizard opens.
3. In the 'Type the location of this item box' field, copy and paste rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation and click Next.
4. In the new box, type the name for your shortcut and click Finish.

That's all! Now click the new icon to lock Windows.
Mouse haters can always press Win + L (i.e the Windows Key on your keyboard + L) to lock.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, April 13, 2007
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Open Firefox inside Firefox




















The image above shows it all, a 'Firefox time waster'.
Type chrome://browser/content/browser.xul in your Firefox address bar and press Enter.

A new Firefox window appears, but, inside your current Firefox window. Repeating the procedure for the inner window opens another inner window.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, April 12, 2007
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Quick Guide to Mouseless surfing. Surf the Web "Without Touching the Mouse"!

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Believe me! It is easy, so easy.
How to do this?

You got to have Firefox with the Mouseless Browsing84 addon. Mouseless Browsing is a really cool addon for those who hate that damn mouse.
It assigns numbers to the links and other elements on a web page (Image below), which allows you to surf the web by using the numpad keys on the keyboard.

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So, if you want to click a link on a webpage, just type the number (from the numpad keys) that is next to the link and press the Enter key on the numpad (Remember to press Enter quickly). Offcourse, you can anyway assign a different key in the Mouseless Browsing settings.

However, the default keys in the settings for Mouseless Browsing turned out to be just perfect for me.
The numpad Add button opens a link in a new tab, the divide and multiply keys made it so easy to navigate history, etc..
(Tip: If you ever get stuck in a text box on a page (for eg: the Google search box), where this addon doesn't work, just press the Tab key on your keyboard to get out of it.)

For a complete mouseless surfing experience, this addon must be used in sync with two Firefox shortcuts.
Ctrl + Tab to navigate to all the open tabs.
Ctrl + W to close a tab.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, April 10, 2007
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All Top Videos from Popular sites in One place

If you're addicted to videos on the web, then PureVideo will surely save you loads of time. PureVideo shows the top videos and clips from a whole lot of video sharing sites.
The videos are neatly categorized into Viral, Music, Sports, Entertainment, Research, Comedy.

Another feature here is you can create your own personal web video guide at my.purevideo.com. While creating your personal web video guide, you can choose from over 200 video feeds. You saw it right! Yeah! more than 200 video feeds.

To add a video feed, just click the one you want from the left pane of the site. A 'box' displaying the top 10 videos will be added to your guide. You can also add 'boxes' based on keywords which display top video content from multiple sources.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, April 09, 2007
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Reduce Firefox Tab Size with FaviconizeTab

1FaviconizeTab is a nice little Firefox addon that helps you manage your tab space effectively by shrinking any particular tabs you choose.
It reduces tabs to the extent that only the favicon, i.e the icon is displayed in the tabs.


How do I shrink a tab using FaviconizeTab?
Just right-click the tab and select FaviconizeTab from the menu.

How do I restore the original size of the Tab?
Again so easy. Right-click the shrunk tab and uncheck FaviconizeTab.

This addon has only got two sets of options:
1. One is Quick Faviconize where you can assign shortcuts to shrink tabs.
2. The other option is Auto Faviconize where you specify the url of a website that has to be reduced. The tab will be reduced automatically when you visit the web page.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, April 06, 2007
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Remove Recycle Bin, My Computer, My Documents from Windows Desktop

No registry tweaks here! Just some quick and simple tips using the Group Policy Editor.
I'm not sure how many of you don't require My Computer, My Documents & the Recycle Bin icons on your desktop. If you don't, there are ways to get rid of all three of them, atleast from your desktop.
So let's get straight to the point.

[Update: As someone pointed out in the comments, I forgot to add that this tip works for XP Pro as XP Home doesn't have gpedit.msc. Sorry fo that]

How to get there?

1. Go to Start >> Run.
2. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
3. In the new window that appears, navigate to User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Desktop. A list appears to the right side of the pane.


Remove Recycle Bin icon
In the list that appears, double click Remove Recycle Bin icon from desktop. Select Enabled (image below) and click Ok. Refresh your Desktop to see the changes.
To do this, you require Windows XP Professional at least.


Remove My Computer icon
Double click Remove My Computer icon on desktop from the list. Select Enabled and click Ok. Refresh your Desktop to see the changes.
Again, you require Windows XP Professional at least.

Remove My Documents icon
Double click Remove My Documents icon on desktop. Select Enabled and click Ok. Refresh your Desktop for the changes.
To do this, you require Windows 2000 at least.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, April 05, 2007
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Find Email forwards, Chain Letters etc at E-mail Junkyards


Love them or hate them, but you can always ignore them.
Oh! I'm referring to those funny email forwards, jokes, chain letters blah blah that clutter your inbox.
Here's a site where you can get it all. Well, may be not all, but some of them. Kinda like one place to read them all.

E-mail Junkyard is a repository of all sorts of email forwards that you may have or you probably will come across in your mailbox.
The user submitted stuff is categorized into Humour, Hoaxes, Ascii,Misc etc..
If you want to submit those mails which are gathering dust in your inbox, just forward it to the site.

"The final resting place for emails", that's what the site says which I totally disagree as the contents from the site can easily be mailed again and to anyone.
Yes, they have a Email button on every page.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, April 04, 2007
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French Train breaks Speed Record; Travelled almost as fast as a plane

A French high-speed TGV train has just surpassed the world record for the fastest train on conventional rails on the Paris-Strasbourg line.
The V150 which is a modified TGV, reached an astonshing 574.8Km/h (356mph), and in doing so, broke the old record set by the TGV way back in 1990.

The modified TGV had larger wheels, 3 cars and 2 engines. According to BBC, at top speed, the train was almost as fast as a WW2 fighter.

Below is a video of this train I stumbled upon at YouTube. This video however is not of the record breaking attempt.




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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, April 03, 2007
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Send Files upto 1 GB at a time to your Yahoo! Messenger Contacts

That's exactly what you can do after you download and install the Pando plugin for Yahoo! Messenger. And not just files, infact you can even send large folders at a time to your messenger contacts.
Oh! And by the way, your contacts must be online and they must have this plugin installed.


What do you need to install Yahoo! Messenger Pando plugin?
Well, installing this plugin wasn't as smooth as I initially thought. Anyway I managed to do it.
At this moment, the Pando plugin can only be installed for Windows machines. I tested it successfully on Windows XP.
Another important thing; this plugin only works for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice version 8.0 or higher.
I used Internet Explorer as for some reason Firefox didn't do the trick for me.


How to install?
Go to the Yahoo! Gallery page for Pando and click Install.
Yahoo Messenger will prompt you to sign in if you aren't already signed in. Login with the ID for which you want Pando installed.
Wait a few moments and Pando will appear in your My Plugins area of Yahoo! Messenger.


As you can see from the image above, use the three buttons to transfer files. You can check this page for a complete guide to using this plugin.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, April 02, 2007
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