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Autocorrect URL typing mistakes in Firefox

Do you mistype web addresses in your browser? It happens with me sometimes and I just hate it when the web page isn't displayed because of it.
If you're a Firefox user, you are in luck, thanks to a handy little addon called URL Fixer.

As the name suggests, URL Fixer automatically corrects misspelled web address in the address bar. For eg - Typing
txpress.blogspot.xom
corrects to
txpress.blogspot.com

By default, the url correction works automatically. However, you can set URL Fixer to prompt the user with a dialog box before correcting the web address. This setting is accessed by right-clicking the address bar.
Currently, misspellings of .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov, .mil, and all other mainstream TLDs, as well as the protocol (http:, https:) can be corrected. Check it out!

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, May 31, 2008
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Get Your English Pronounciations Right

Here's a handy little website that can help you to correctly pronounce English words. HowJSay.com is an online dictionary; a pronunciation dictionary with sounds.


Using it is a no-brainer. Just type a word or phrase and click the submit button. When the word appears in pink, just move the mouse over it to hear the word. It's really that simple!

The dictionary provides both American and British spellings. The pronunciations, however, are in Standard British English.
Check it out!

Related:
Dictionary for WebChat Acronyms like 'lol'

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, May 20, 2008
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Auto Shutdown PC After Finishing Downloads in Firefox

Almost all download managers have the feature to automatically shutdown your PC after any download get completed. Many users, however, still download files using the browser, which lacks features that are usually included in a standalone download manager.

One such feature is 'Automatic PC shutdown after download completion'. If you are in the habit of heavily downloading files, especially during the night when ISPs remove bandwidth caps, this is one hell of a feature.
Firefox users (if you use Firefox's default download manager) are in some luck, thanks to an addon called Auto Shutdown. Auto Shutdown does exactly as its name suggests; shuts down your PC after all downloads are completed in Firefox.

Auto Shutdown appears as a small icon near the Firefox status bar. Click the icon to activate it. Now, Firefox will shutdown after all the downloads in the queue gets completed. It's kinda neat 'Set it and Forget it' tool.

Note: Auto Shutdown was tested with Firefox's default downloaded manager on Windows XP.
Happy downloading!!

More Reading:
Make Firefox remember Yahoo! Mail Password

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, May 18, 2008
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Bloxtr - An Online Operating System that is Clean and Simple

Bloxtr is a web site that looks, and works like an Operating System i.e a Web Operating System.
The Web based OS has a pretty clean desktop from where you can access all the other features.


Features include :
1. Office Suite - Lets you create and manage documents, files, contacts, calender. There is no support for Microsoft Word or Excel format files.
2. Feeds, Web Browser. Yeah! A web-browser inside a web-browser.
3. A calculator and an application to takes notes.
4. Games - Only Chess is available at this point.
5. A process killer is also included. This allows you to stop a process just like you do in Windows with Windows Task Manager.
6. Files can be downloaded in zip format.

Flip side :
1. Too slow.
2. No right-click context menu.
3. Gmail, combined with Google Docs can be used to get almost similar features minus the OS style user interface. In fact, Google Docs and Spreadsheets offer much better and advanced features.

Bloxtr's interface is clean with no ads. Overall, it is a very novel idea, but the cons clearly better the pros at this time. This stuff isn't recommended for dial-up users. If you're interested, check it out..

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, May 15, 2008
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Train Passing Through Overcrowded Market - Video

Found this amazing video where a train (supposedly in Bangkok) passes through a busy market place. It just doesn't look like a bustling market at the beginning of the video when the train arrives; check out the little space provided by the street vendors for the train.

If that was cool, wait till the train passes the market completely. The last part is just awesome when the place gets a complete makeover and springs back to life. Check the video below..



I live in a place where there is a constant problem of people encroaching near railway tracks, but what this video shows is out of the ordinary, even for me.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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Get Free Paper Formats at Printable Paper

What do you do when you urgently require a graph paper or any music paper? If you don't have one, you probably rush to the nearest store to buy it. If there isn't a store, or if they are out of stock, Hard Luck! Well! The web is a great place and the Printable Paper website will come in very handy in such a situation. So what does this site have?


Printable Paper is a site that provides several printable paper formats.
All the paper formats are arranged in categories which includes -

Graph Paper
Lined Paper
Polar Graph Paper
Music Paper
Columnar Pad Paper
Dot Paper
Penmanship Paper
Note Paper
Score Sheets
Letter Paper
Legal Paper
Ledger Paper
A4 Paper

The paper formats available in each of the above categories are free and can be downloaded as a PDF document. Check it out..

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, May 10, 2008
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Internet Explorer blocked in Office? You Can Still Surf the Web

Many companies disable Internet Explorer or other browsers on their computers to prevent employees from surfing the web (Well, they think employees waste their productive time). They also block users from installing any software. Not just companies, even a virus attack can block internet access by disabling browsers. So what do you do?


It is very frustrating to use a PC with no internet access, but there is a workaround for this. Enter Windows help files. Yes, Windows help files can be used to surf the web. Here's how -

1. Open a Windows application. Open MS Paint.
2. In Paint, press F1 or go to Help >> Help Topics to open the help files for Paint.
3. Right-click on the Title Bar. You'll see 'Jump to URL..' in the menu. Clicking it will open a Jump to URL box. Alternatively, you can also right-click Paint's taskbar to view 'Jump to URL..'.


4. Enter the website address. Here you'll have to enter the full address i.e include http://
For example,
http://txpress.blogspot.com [This is Correct]
and not
txpress.blogspot.com [This is Wrong]


5. Boom! You are surfing the web again.

This workaround won't work if your internet access is blocked by a firewall.
IT admins block this too, but not all of them. Give it a try..

Note: Tested on Windows XP. The browser inside the Help file is IE6 which is embedded inside the help window.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, May 02, 2008
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