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Track Price Drops at any Site with Price!pinx

Want to keep an ever-present eye on an item you just know is going to go discount at any moment? Price!pinx offers a price-watching service that doesn’t require searching (like PriceAmbush) or limit itself only to Amazon, eBay, or any other big-name site. You provide your email address to Price!pinx, then add their bookmarklet to your browser’s links bar. When you see a price you think/hope will go lower, highlight it and then hit the “!pinx” link. The site will then email you when it notices a drop in the digits. Looks like pretty handy stuff, although I haven’t had the good fortune to see an item go on sale in the last 30 minutes.

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Get Download Links to High Quality YouTube Vids

Firefox with Greasemonkey only: The YouTube H.264 user script adds a link to view and download the higher-quality version of YouTube videos in page. You already know how to hack YouTube URLs to access a higher resolution and audio quality version of a clip, and this script makes downloading the HQ version easy. (See the difference between regular and HQ videos.) Be warned: This script can take time to render the links (sometimes it hangs indefinitely), and the HQ version isn’t available for all videos. Once the kinks get ironed out, I’ll add it to the Better YouTube extension. The YouTube H.264 user script is a free download that works with Firefox and the Greasemonkey extension.

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Avoid Keyloggers with Neo’s SafeKeys

When you’re in a shady internet cafe and you’re worried about rogue software logging your passwords as you type them, you need a USB drive with Neo’s SafeKeys on it. Neo’s SafeKeys is a small, mouse-based keyboard that shows up on your screen in different places each time you run it from your drive. You click the SafeKeys keyboard to enter your password, then select it and drag and drop it to the password field to bypass keylogging AND clipboard logging software. A great addition to your portable apps collection, Neo’s SafeKeys is a free download for Windows only.

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Adding Digg , Deli.cio.us , Stumble Upon etc. to your blog posts

Adding Digg To WordPress

1.> Enable Digg in wordpress [Goto Options>Reading>Enhanced Feeds>Tick mark digg and others]
2.> Register @ digg.com with an account [free]
3.> make a post on ur wordpress
4.> copy the wordpress link in digg , submit new.
5.> submit it on digg and u get a link on digg
6.> re edit ur wordpress post and add that digg link
u got from digg

u r done.

Read More Here
How do I Digg ? WordPress.com
http://archgfx.net/blog/2006/geek/bl…n-wordpresscom
http://mamado.wordpress.com/2007/03/…resscom-posts/
http://blog.patyuen.com/lessons/howt…ggthis_plugin/

That’s it.

Came across this online , thought that it be useful for bloggers.

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Rename Multiple Files with a Spreadsheet

Need to put new names to a batch of files and still have the names make sense? You could learn a scripting language, download a software tool for Windows or Mac, or just use Windows’ built-in F2 utility, but for real control, all you need is a spreadsheet, whether desktop-based or online. The Digital Inspiration blog illustrates a three-column technique for giving your files unique names, using whatever criteria you want, and adding unique names, dates, or other factors to the name. For Excel novices like myself, it’s also a nice introduction to simple formulas and column wrangling.

Via : Lifehacker

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Sync Firefox Bookmarks with an iPhone/iPod Touch

The CyberNet blog tackles an annoyance that any (Windows-using) iPhone or iPod touch owner likely noticed within minutes of setting up their new device in iTunes—no support for syncing Firefox bookmarks. The solution, CyberNet suggests, lies in seamlessly coordinating your Internet Explorer bookmarks (built into Windows) with Firefox. Luckily, a few extensions have this covered, including the two-way BooKKit, and SyncMarks, already pointed out by a commenter, which one-way syncs from Firefox to IE favorites. Of course, a browser-neutral solution could likely be worked up with a syncing solution as well. Got a better idea on how to integrate Firefox bookmarks into your Apple device?

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Universal Spell Check and Dictionary with Enso Words

Windows only: Freeware application Enso Words adds an always-accessible universal spell checker and dictionary to Windows. Enso Words is very similar to the much-maligned (by me, mainly) Enso Launcher, but focuses on, obviously enough, words. Highlight any text on your computer, invoke Enso Words, and type the spellcheck command for a quick spell check and autosuggest corrections. Enso Words also integrates with web searches at Answers.com to provide definitions or synonyms of either selected words or words you type into the define command.

For other universal spellcheck alternatives, check out tinySpell and CleverKeys.

Remember Anything with Ubernote

Store notes about anything with productivity webapp UberNote. Keep a journal, manage to-do lists, store recipes, or sort your contacts within a handy rich-text editor that can be accessed from within any web browser. Easily add tags to your notes to easily find an item when you need it, and the search feature also works quite well. Notes are private, though the service aims to offer collaboration tools in the future.

UberNote is free to use, requires an email address to set up an account.

Get the Most Out of Gmail with These Power Tips

Matt Cutts, an engineer at Google, asked his blog readers for tips on how to improve Gmail—and he then compiled his responses on how to maximize your Gmail experience. While you can’t currently paste images into your email, for example, Matt suggests previously mentioned Firefox extension DragAndDropUpload. If you want to only read unread email in your inbox, you can perform a search for label:unread label:inbox. If you’re looking to compile an email but want to compose your message in a new window, hit the “C” button (whereas lowercase “c” allows you to compile the email without opening a new window).

You can get even more out of Gmail with Lifehacker’s Better Gmail 2 Firefox Extension. Have your own Gmail tips? Let’s hear them in the comments.

Put All of Wikipedia on Your iPhone or iPod Touch

Sure you can access Wikipedia from your iPod touch or iPhone’s browser whenever you’ve got an internet connection, but if the idea of putting the entirety of Wikipedia on your phone or MP3 player tickles your fancy, the Wikipedia application is just what you’re looking for. You’ll need a jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch and at least 2.2GB of free space (it’s all of Wikipedia, after all). Then you’ll need to SSH into your device (which I covered here) to copy over the files. Don’t have a fancy new iPhone or iTouch? You can put Wikipedia on your older iPods, too.

Mimic Vista’s File Rename Feature in XP

In Explorer if you hit F2 to rename a file Vista automatically selects the file name WITHOUT the extension, something that does not happen in XP.

It’s very possible that there are better ways to add this functionality, but it’s wildly easy to do with AutoHotkey. Every time you hit F2 to rename a file, you also need to hit Shift+Left Arrow four times. Using AutoHotkey, the process is automated.

If you’re just interested in getting the functionality, either download the Better Rename.exe file or download the AutoHotkey source.

If you want a better idea of how it works, check out the code below:

======================= CODE ===========================

#IfWinActive ahk_class CabinetWClass
~F2::
Gosub, AnalyzeRename
return

#IfWinActive ahk_class Progman
~F2::
Gosub, AnalyzeRename
return

#IfWinActive

AnalyzeRename:
OldClipboard = %Clipboard%
sleep 100
Send, ^c
StringGetPos,ExtensionPos, Clipboard,.,R

if (ExtensionPos != -1)
{
Position := StrLen(Clipboard) – ExtensionPos
Send, +{Left %Position%}
}

Clipboard = %OldClipboard%
return

========================================================

Source Code Explaination

The IfWinActive command tells AutoHotkey only to use these F2 definitions if your active Window or application is Windows Explorer or your Desktop. If either of those conditions are met, F2 is sent to the window, and then AutoHotkey automates the Shift+Left keystrokes necessary to un-highlight the extension, but it does so quickly enough that it’s really as though that’s just the way renaming works.

This was a very quickly thrown together script, and there are limitations that could be improved. I did add checking for the first period from the right so that F2 can handle extensions of differing lengths and so that it doesn’t try adjusting the selection for items that don’t use extensions—folders, for example.

It’s not absolutely perfect, but it should do the trick most of the time if you’ve been aching from the renaming functionality that’s available in both Vista and OS X.

Credits To LifeHacker

Source : LifeHacker

Interested in more of what AutoHotkey can do?

Check out this introduction or any of many AutoHotkey posts. [LifeHacker]

Find and Replace Text with FART

Windows only: Get grep-like power at the Windows command line using Find and Replace Text (FART), a simple utility that delivers on its name’s promise. Perform batch find and replace operations over multiple text files throughout directories with FART in the Windows command window. The Hackszine blog outlines one practical FART usage example: stripping out UNIX line endings on a text file.

Let’s say a Linux buddy of yours sent you a bunch of HTML files and they have Unix line endings that are barfing in Notepad. One simple command fixes the problem, replacing all the newlines with a full PC carriage return, line feed combo:
fart --c-style *.html \n \r\n

FART is a free download for Windows only.

Manage Your Tracking Numbers with Track My Shipments

Web site TrackMyShipments automatically tracks packages from any delivery company by examining the shipping email and adding any shipments to your tracking queue. It works like this: You sign up for TrackMyShipments, then forward any shipping confirmation email (you know, those “Your order has shipped” emails) to track@trackmyshipments.com. The webapp identifies your email address and automatically detects the tracking number and company from your email, and starts tracking the package. Their site displays the status of the package and its current location on a map, and you can use it to set up email or SMS alerts for deliveries. With TrackMyShipments, keeping track of all your various packages is as simple as forwarding an email.

Make Word and OpenOffice More Compatible

Windows warrior Dennis O’Reilly takes a look at making Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.org’s Writer app play nice together‐as nice as possible, anyway. For those dual-booting, rocking OO.org without Word, or managing with both apps is keeping documents uncluttered with pictures and embedded objects, setting OO.org to always save to Word file formats, and changing a few config options to help Writer do a better job of importing files. The two apps will still argue over the occasional font and formatting differences, but O’Reilly’s guide can help you find some common ground on your desktop.

Make Shrunken Links Easy to Remember with MeaningfulURL

Link-shortening services like TinyURL are great for sharing complex URLs (hello, Amazon) over email or IM, but most of us would have a hard time pulling a link like tinyurl.com/3yw6ew from the tops of our heads. MeaningfulURL provides a link-shortening service that lets you customize the name your short URL gets. Paste a long link, choose a prefix like “invite.to.” or “enter.to,” then add your own text after that to make the link, like “http://enter.to/mycoolsite.” The bad news is that the freely-provided links expire in three days (you can shell out $2 or $3 for certain prefixes), but for a long URL you need to get at from anywhere, MeaningfulURL might do the trick.

Improve Your HDTV Experience

Setting up a new HDTV requires a bit more nuance than your old TV probably did, so Forbes.com has rounded up 10 tips for improving your HDTV picture to help you get the most from your new box. For example:

It’s important to change the TV’s picture settings, which include brightness, sharpness and contrast, in order to find the balance that looks right to your eyes. Out of the box, an HDTV’s picture settings aren’t tuned to look good in your living room. They’re configured to look appealing and eye-catching in a store.

If you recently snagged a sweet new flat panel, let’s hear how you achieved optimal picture and performance in the comments. Photo by William Hook.

Mousewheel Click to Paste in Firefox

You already know you can open a link in a background tab by clicking it with your mousewheel, but the TechMalaya.com site points out five other mousewheel Firefox tricks that you may not have known. Like this gem, which requires a change to about:config:

Change the value of middlemouse.paste to true. This will let you paste a clipboard content to any text field with the middle mouse button.

Using this tweak coupled with our beloved AutoCopy extension, you could select text on-page and paste it into a textarea (like in a comments response) with a simple click, drag, and mousewheel hit. (Update: Oh, duh. If you’ve already got AutoCopy installed, mousewheel paste is already an extension option.) See more of our favorite Firefox 2 about:config tweaks.

Protect Your Privacy on Public Computers

Browsing the web on public computers can be daunting, with threats of potential keyloggers and spyware watching your every move, so the Download Squad weblog has rounded up a few best practices for keeping your personal info private and safe on public computers. A former systems librarian, the author has seen a lot, and suggests one simple and obvious cardinal rule:

Don’t put private information on a public computer. This means, despite the fact that the IRS encourages electronic filing, don’t file your taxes online at the library. If you have no other access to a computer, file the old fashioned way.

The post does offers several other worthwhile tips, but nothing rings more true than the cardinal rule. If you really need to type in passwords and other sensitive data at a public computer, we’ve covered how to keep your passwords safe from keyloggers once before.

Sync Your Clock to Internet Servers from the Command Prompt

The How-To Geek gives us yet another handy command prompt trick that saves you some mouse-hunting and clicking to synchronize a Windows clock to a more accurate internet time server. Given how quick it runs, it might not be a bad addition to the automated “Startup” folder, or to a folder of quick shortcuts (like I’ve created on my desktop).

To quickly sync your clock, open a command prompt as an administrator and type the following command:

w32tm /resync

Quick and simple, works in Vista and XP, and definitely helpful when a dying battery clock starts leaving you a few minutes behind every day. For a background application that does much the same, check out DS Clock.

Top 10 Clipboard Tricks

One of the greatest features the point and click interface brought to personal computers is the clipboard – that invisible, temporary shelf you use more times per day than Google. If you think the clipboard is only about Ctrl+C, you’re missing out. Several utilities can turbocharge your clipboard and track, transfer and reformat the clipboard to your heart’s content. After the jump, our homage to the under-recognized clipboard with our top 10 clipboard tricks.

Head Here To Read the 10 Tricks

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