Category Archives: Utilities

Zweitgeist – spooky little thang!

What if there is some little window that lets you see where your buddies are right now on the internet? And what if there is something that reveals other people that are doing the same activities as you on the internet? Spooky, isn’t it? Well, Zweitgeist does exactly the same thing. Its a cute little Firefox extension that reveals other people using the same website as you among other things. It shows you where your friends are while it allows them to communicate with you while you are browsing.

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“Zweitgeist is our alter ego, our virtual presence on the internet. Zweitgeist is what makes people visible on the internet. With zweitgeist people who are on the same webpage can see and communicate with each other.

In the real world we see people where ever we go: at the bus stop, at school, in the work place, int the shopping mall, at the gym. If we want, can contact them. When we are surfing the Web, there are many other people on the same website at the same time as us. Unfortunately they have been invisible until now. Zweitgeist give us the opportunity to make ourselves and others visible even beyond single web sites” – Zweitgeist

You can choose an appropriate figure (a zweitgeist character like the above) that looks like you , or looks how you would like to appear. And best of all, zweitgeist is free !

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If you really dig the concept, I encourage you to visit the Virtual Presence website that lists many more Web 2.0 applications/extensions like Zweitergist that specializes in “social browsing”. Check it out.

Mediamax – 25 GB of free online storage

Its been a while since I wrote. Things have been pretty hectic at my end lately. Anyway, just tumbled across this cool new website that gives you 25 GB of free space to save all of your photos, videos and media files. Thought you might find it useful. Check it out.

“MediaMax provides not only raw file storage that’s accessible from any PC, but also file sharing and hosting, MP3 streaming and backup/sync software. Of course, the real highlight is the amount of storage–five times what you get from services like XDrive. However, you’re limited to 1GB’ worth of downloads per month, and the maximum file size is 25MB. Upgrading to a paid MediaMax account (starting at $4.95/month) raises or eliminates these kinds of restrictions. But you don’t even need a credit card to sign up for a free account–just a username and password.” – Lifehacker review

Zamzar – Free online file conversion

Have you ever wanted to convert files without the need to download software ? Now you can with Zamzar!

Zamzar – funny name, but looks like it will be one heck of an useful site for folks who don’t want to hassle with converting a file from one format to another format. Ever wondered how to get those DivX or your old AVI movies to your iPod without having to convert them yourself? Then, take a look at this site. You may find it useful.

You can find more about the allowed file conversions here.

Read on…

RSI – be gone!

For all of you workaholics out there, who won’t break a sweat about RSI (repetitive strain injury), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and such, give it a break and heed to Mr.Workrave, before its too late.

“Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit. Please refer to the feature comparison for a complete list of features, and how the program performs with respect to other programs on the market. The program runs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows. ”

Download the free version here and happy computing!