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PixelPipe – Upload your media to multiple destinations

PixelPipe is a unique Web 2.0 service which can send your media to over 45 unique destinations. You can send to one or many, the choice is yours. Pixelpipe allows you distribute all forms of media across the web – Images, Videos as well as Audio Clippings.
The web-interface is elegant, non-cluttered and easy to use. Once you add pipes (associate various services) uploading multimedia content is basically a matter of few clicks.

Current list of supported services via Pixelpipe:
Photo & Video: Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, Photobucket, Nokia Ovi, Phanfare, Smugmug, vimeo, ImageShack, Pikeo, webshots, kyte, FotoTime, Zooomr, Fotki, DRR.net, 23hq, 72 photos, ipernity, Viddler
Micro-Blogs: twitter, Pownce, FriendFeed, TwitPic, Seesmic,
Social Networks: Facebook, Friendster, imeem, Vox, bebo, Hyves.nl
Blogs: Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, MoveableType, tumbler, LiveJournal, Atom, MetaWeblog
Photo Printing/Sharing: Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, photobox
Widgets: imageloop
Online storage: box.net, Acrobat.com
Generic: FTP, Email

You can use various desktop & mobile tools to get your media online.
To name a few here are some free tools available:
# Pixelpipe Uploadr: This includes some nice features such as the ability to add your titles, tags and even rotate in advance of uploading. There’s no support for video at this time
# Picasa: Add a button to upload from within Picasa on your desktop.
# Windows XP Web Publishing Wizard: (Not compatible with Vista) This enables simple upload directly from Windows Explorer using a built-in wizard.
# Fotofox: Firefox 3 extension, supports drag and drop upload of photos, naming, tagging and privacy

It also tool to upload via iPhone.
Complete list of free tools from PixelPipe is available here: Free Tools

While not everybody will need Pixelpipe and almost no one will use all the pipes offered by Pixelpipe, its certainly an extremely valuable resource to (lazy) folks who wish to maintain an updated album in multiple sites.

Website: http://pixelpipe.com/
Blog: http://blog.pixelpipe.com/

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September 30, 2008 Posted by | Internet, Online Storage, Photography, Storage, Technology, Video, Web 2.0 | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Google Phone – Soon showing in a store near you

A mobile telephone tailored to run on Google’s Android software made its debut in New York City on September 23rd.
US telecom carrier T-Mobile has unveiled on September 23 a “Google phone” built by Taiwanese firm HTC and will have the device for sale in stores as early as October.

Yes, World’s first Android-powered phone – Also called the GPhone or T-Mobile G1

Google is hoping Android will become the dominant operating system for mobile phones. It is designed to improve the speed and quality of   using the Internet on handsets.

Android is being developed as an “open source” platform, meaning anyone is free to use the technology to make mobile telephones compatible with the networks of multiple carriers.
Google announced Android plans late last year and analysts reacted by saying it could potentially transform the mobile telephone market by providing service supported by advertising instead of subscription fees.

Read more on Google’s Blog
Article in an Indian Newpaper
More info: First ImpressionSpecs & PricingView Pictures

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September 24, 2008 Posted by | Gadgets, Google, OpenSource | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

OpenOffice – A free alternative to Microsoft Office

OpenOffice.org (See what Wikipedia says)is an Open Source, community-developed, multiplatform office-productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites.

Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including Microsoft’s. Localizations of OpenOffice.org are available in 27 languages with more being constantly added by the community.

OpenOffice.org runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Additional ports, such as for FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion.

Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL Open Source licenses, OpenOffice.org allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source.

And, because the file format for OpenOffice.org is in XML, interoperability is easy, making future development and adoption more certain.

OpenOffice Components
Writer – Equivalent to Microsoft Word
Calc – Equivalent to Microsoft Excel
Impress – Equivalent to Microsoft Powerpoint
Base – Equivalent to Microsoft Access
Draw – Equivalent to CoralDraw
Math – Equivalent to Microsoft Equation Editor

System Requirements for OpenOffice.org for Microsoft Windows
* Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista (enhanced Vista integration from version 2.2)
* 128 Mbytes RAM (I would recommend 512 MB)
* At least 800 Mbytes available disk space for a default install (including a JRE) via download. After installation and deletion of temporary installation files, OpenOffice.org will use approximately 440 Mbytes disk space.
* 800 x 600 or higher resolution with at least 256 colours
* Java runtime environment 1.4.0_02 / 1.4.1_01 or newer

Download versions

Stable version available is OpenOffice.org 2.4 –
Download links: Full InstallPortable version
The release candidate 2 of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now ready for testing –
Download Links: Full InstallPortable version

But, will Microsoft Office users be able to open OpenOffice Documents? Answer is YES!
There are OpenOffice plugins available which, after installed will enable Microsoft Office users to open documents created in OpenOffice.
ODF-Convertor : These free add-ins for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint enable those apps to open and save their ODF counterparts (which typically have .ODT, .ODS, and .ODP extensions, respectively). They’re compatible with Office XP, 2003, and 2007.
ODF Plugin from Sun : Read and write ODF files in Microsoft Office.

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September 24, 2008 Posted by | Microsoft, OpenSource, Technology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Environment friendly Printing – PrintWhatYouLike.com

Now you can save money and environment by printing only what you want from a webpage. Most often you find your print to be full of ads, empty space, logos, images and other stuff you don’t want, but not the text you wanted to print.

Now here is an online service which will not only help you print what you like, but will also save money and be environment friendly. PrintWhatYouLike is a webpage editor that lets you control how webpages look when printed.

Features
* Format any webpage for printing in seconds – no more pasting into Word
* Print webpages without whitespace, ads, graphics or other clutter
* Make printed web pages more readable by removing distractions
* Fix broken pages that don’t print correctly
* Save money on paper and ink and help save the environment

Try it here now!

WebSite: http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/

There is also a Bookmarklet available for FireFox users.
Now go Decrease and limit your Environmental foot print – Zero Foot Printing!

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September 22, 2008 Posted by | Internet, Technology, Web 2.0 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Password managers keep your login info handy

From shopping to banking sites to network and to remote-access logins, we’re inundated with requests to create and remember a plethora of passwords.
Fortunately, plenty of free tools help us store and organize our passwords in a single, secure location.

If you counted the number of times you were prompted to enter a login ID and password in the course of a working day, you could be approaching double digits by your afternoon break.

Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other browsers offer to remember passwords for the sites you visit. However, your passwords are not always secure when stored in a browser though Firefox is a safer bet, since you can encrypt its passwords with a master password.

Furthermore, you might need a tool that saves passwords for other programs, not just Web sites. If you’re like me, relying on your memory is perilous, and writing your passwords on a piece of paper   even one you keep in your wallet or some other relatively secure location   is dangerous. That’s where password-management utilities come in.

Password managers are small databases designed to help you manage the deluge of passwords needed to navigate your computer, network, and Internet needs. With the exception of RoboForm’s browser toolbar, most of these programs have a similar interface and features, including but not limited to the following:

1. A main window showing a list of your account names, passwords, URLs, and so forth
2. Automatic password generation and optional password-expiration settings
3. An option for attaching notes to any name and password entry
4. The ability to copy a name and password to the clipboard without opening the dialog for each entry
5. A means of launching a URL from the password manager
6. A feature for clearing the clipboard and encrypting the password database
7. The ability to print the database

The most cumbersome thing about password managers is that you have to cycle through multiple windows to use them. In most cases, the scenario goes like this:

Screen 1. Select your account in the password manager window and copy the account name.
Screen 2. Switch to your browser (or other application window) and paste in your name.
Screen 3. Switch back to the password manager window and copy the account password.
Screen 4. Switch to the browser yet again to paste in the password.

KeePass, Access Manager, 4uonly, and other programs simplify this process only slightly by letting you drag and drop the information between windows. However, you still have to switch between windows repeatedly.

There are so many password managers available that I had to limit my selection to those that offer a free version and also include a wealth of features. Not all of the programs claim to run under Vista.

#1: Siber Systems RoboForm
Top choice specializes in Web access

RoboForm takes a unique approach to password management, using as its main interface a toolbar that attaches to your Internet Explorer or Firefox browser. The program monitors your Web surfing and offers to save any name and password information you enter at a site. (You can also enter your Web IDs and passwords manually.)

For some, the biggest downside to RoboForm is its Web focus. The program is designed to work with Web forms and logins, not network passwords or encrypted folders (although you can always store that info in its Safenotes feature).

The free version of RoboForm limits you to ten passcards and two identities.

#2: KeePass Password Safe
The open-source option for password management

For open-source software loyalists, KeePass Password Safe is certified by the Open Source Initiative and has all the features mentioned above plus a few extras. For example, KeePass supports keyfiles, a type of file that acts as a key or password and that you can put on a separate USB flash drive for safe-keeping. The program’s search feature helps you find entries in its database. (Access Manager also offers this feature.)

KeePass’s many features make it probably the best freeware password manager.

#3: Citi-Software Ltd. Access Manager
These extra features are worth paying for

Like RoboForm, Access Manager 2 comes in a free and paid version. The program’s main window requires that you select an account name before you see the database record listing the password and any other info you’ve entered for it. This is the only password manager with this requirement.

For each account, you can enter not only a URL but also the name of a file, folder, or program that must be unlocked with a password. You can also open such an item from the Access Manager window.

Access Manager is a solid product with strong appeal for those who use passwords for more than just Web sites. Still, you’ll need to pay if you want to use the program in a commercial setting or if you need more advanced password-management features.

#4: Cygnus Productions Password Corral
A plain-Jane password-management freebie

Password Corral is a typical freeware password manager, but unlike most such tools, the program doesn’t hide your passwords in the main window with the usual asterisks in place of the actual characters. There’s a button you can click to hide (scramble) or unhide the information in the main window, but doing so also hides the user name and URL.

Password Corral is the only password manager I know that doesn’t let you drag and drop names and passwords into the appropriate files.

#5: Dillobits Software 4UOnly
Basic password management with one big flaw

Like Password Corral, 4uonly takes a basic approach to password management, though it does let you drag and drop names and passwords, just as in other password managers.

The program does offer one time-saving feature: it protects your password database by tying it to your Windows account. So as long as you’re logged into Windows, you don’t have to supply 4uonly with a master password. However, you can still assign one in case you are logged in under other credentials.

More disturbingly is that the status bar sometimes states, “The clipboard is empty,” even when the password is still on the clipboard. The program’s command to clear the clipboard resolved this, but the misleading message is a serious security bug.

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September 18, 2008 Posted by | OpenSource, Security, Technology | , , | 1 Comment