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Monday, February 14, 2011

Like And Share Tweets On Facebook With TweetBook [Chrome]

TweetBook
TweetBook is a Google Chrome extension that brings the Facebook sharing and Like features to Twitter. Install the extension and wait 4 Seconds after loading a complete page. A share and like link appears in each tweet box within this time frame that can be used to like and share the tweet on Facebook.

TweetBook checks for new tweets every 30 seconds, therefore, if any new tweets come up, you will be able to share or like them. Although many websites contain plugins to allow sharing webpages across a number of websites, this extension provides the utility to easily share tweets to Facebook.







How To Login, Access, And Manage Multiple Gmail User Accounts With A Firefox Addon

Do you have more than one Gmail account and would like to manage them in a same place. Logging in to different Gmail accounts over and over again just won’t work since it consumes too much of time. If you are using two different browsers such as IE and Firefox then you can open two separate Gmail accounts respectively, but this doesn’t make any sense. If you are using Firefox, then there is an add-on called Gmail Manager that lets you manage more than one Gmail account easily.

Apart from it’s default multiple Gmail account management, it also shows notifications in case you receive an email in any of your account. Once you have installed the add-on, you won’t find much change in your browser except that you will find a little grayed out Gmail icon on the right side of your status bar.

gmail icon firefox

Click this icon to begin adding a Gmail account, once you click this icon, a Gmail Manager Preferences screen will pop-up as shown in the screenshot below.

Gmail Manager Preferences

If you don’t want it to remember your Gmail password, you can check the Never Save Passwords For Mail Accounts checkbox under Security. Click the Add button, enter your Gmail account details and click OK.
adding gmail account

Once you have added an account, you can add more accounts that you would like to manage. You can then select various options by going to Toolbar and Notification  tabs, once done, click OK.

gmail manager toolbar

Now look again on the bottom-right side of your browser and you will find your account signed in, move your mouse over it to see full details.

gmail logged in firefox addon

Right-click this icon and select the account that you would like to access.

gmail firefox addon context menu

This powerful Firefox add-on is one of my favorite and I highly recommend it to those looking forward to manage multiple Gmail accounts. One of the best feature that I like in this add-on is the ability to show a small preview of an email without going over to the website. Enjoy!






Record Your Skype Calls With CallGraph Skype Recorder

CallGraph Skype Recorder is a free application for recording Skype calls. No matter how long the conversation, this program will record as long as you are connected. With this application, you just have to focus on communicating with the other party and the application will take care of everything else.

It offers a small interface that’s easily managed. You will first be prompted to connect the application with Skype. It takes five simple steps to get connected, and users are guided throughout the way. The application icon in the System Tray will display a green tick when it is properly configured with Skype. If you still don’t see the green tick, you should try restarting Skype. Once the application is connected with Skype, you can start making calls. The application will start recording as soon as the conversation starts. You will be prompted when the recording starts and finishes.

call graph

For advanced configurations, right-click on the application and select Configuration. Under these settings, you can specify the location of the recorded files. You can choose to record the files as MP3 or WAV. Other audio options, such as Channels, Sampling Rate and Bit Rate can also be specified. You can also decide if you want to record calls automatically or manually.

call graph configuration
It offers a simpler interface and is more easily managed than other Skype recording tools we’ve tested. Like other similar applications, this tool also has to be connected with Skype before recording can be initiated.
This application supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Testing was carried out on Windows 7 x86 system.








Skype Multiple Accounts Login

Are you looking for a solution to login to multiple Skype accounts simultaneously? CalimSkypeLauncher allows users to sign in to multiple Skype accounts at the same time. With this application, you can open multiple Skype accounts for your professional and personal contacts and keep all of them running at the same time.

It is a portable application that can be launched instantly after download. The first step is to enter the username/password of all your Skype accounts. It supports multiple login of upto 3 Skype accounts. When done, providing this information, open CalimSkypeLauncher file to sign into multiple Skype accounts. You will be prompted when it successfully signs in to all your accounts.
calimskypelauncher-
calimskypelauncher
A handy application for signing into multiple Skype accounts. You must have Skype 4.0 or later for this app to work.







Use Hotkeys To Position And Resize Windows With FP-WindowManager

Are you dealing with multi-monitor setup and need an application windows management tool which can optimize both size and position of active windows? FP-WindowManager offers you just that. It is a small open source window manager which lets user configure a list of pre-registered hotkeys to make use of multiple types of window management features, including, restore original size and position of active window, set window on top, stack all active applications, increase/decrease height & width, arrange windows side by side and so on. Since it works through numerous hotkey combinations, you have option to change hotkeys and add your own to prevent any sorts of conflicts.

Usage requires nothing more than to configure hotkey. To understand the shortcut combinations, click Help to understand the characters involved in combinations. To edit the hotkey, select one from the list, enter new combination and click Save. Once all the hotkeys are configured, click Close to minimize it to system tray.
windowmanager
Now you can verify the configured hotkey combination by using it on any active window. The screenshot shown above displays all the windows management functions it has to offer. It works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported)







Now You Can Search & Download Subtitles From Right-Click Context Menu With SubLight 2.6


sub 1

Back in 2009, Nakodari covered one brilliant subtitle search utility called SubLight. At that point, it offered a neat interface with option to directly associate video player (VLC or WMP) and video file for which you want to search the subtitles. Recently, SubLight has been updated with latest version - 2.6, which comes with a great deal of improvements with most significant being revamped Office 2010 like UI, right-click context menu integration, support for more subtitle online resources, and drag & drop support to insert video file. Along with its primary source, the other online subtitle search resources are, Divx Titlovi, SubDivx, PodnapisiNet, and AllSubs.
After configuring the initial wizard for associating default media player and search sources, drag the video file over the main interface, it will automatically insert it and suggest the most suitable title. Once correct title of movie or TV show is specified, click Search subtitles to begin search from selected online sources. The Subtitles are listed in the bottom window with yellow marked result indicates that it is linked with specified video file.
The ribbon holds option to download the subtitle, play video to verify selected subtitle file, filter and clear search results. It also allows user to publish subtitle to its primary online resource. Under Publish subtitle tab, enter video title, subtitle file, language and genre, and click Publish subtitle to upload subtitle file.

pub

By default, it comes without touching your right-click context menu. However, if you want to start downloading and searching for subtitle from right-click menu, under Settings tab, click Explorer integration from left sidebar, and enable downloading subtitles option and those video file types from the list that you want to add into Windows Shell menu.

explorer

Search sources, subtitle options (including default download folder), and associated video player can be changed from Settings window. Don’t forget to click Save and apply changes button on ribbon to make changes permanent. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.







Saturday, February 12, 2011

Access Google Talk From Your Chrome Browser With Gtalk [Extension]

Gtalk is a Chrome extension that provides complete Google Talk functionality within a pop-up window of the Chrome browser. With Gtalk extension, you can perform all Google Talk tasks such as chatting with friends, adding contacts, managing Google Talk settings, etc without the need of opening the desktop messenger. This way you can talk to your Google Talk contacts while browsing the web via Chrome. It can also provide management of two separate Google talk accounts conveniently. As during testing we opened this extension from a specific Google account and accessed the Google Talk messenger simultaneously with a separate Google I.D. The result was such that we found no conflict and were able to open both accounts at the same time (via Gtalk messenger and extension).


Gtalk
It can also be quite helpful if for some reason you do not have Google Talk installed on your computer or if you do not wish to install an extra application i.e. the Gtalk messenger. Having less applications on your system obviously reduces the load on it and using such extensions can significantly reduce the amount of pressure on a system that may have low system specs (e.g. a single core PC). It is however, worth mentioning here that this extension is in its Beta stage and therefore, might have some functionality issues. It is under heavy development and the developer has assured to make it more dynamic in the coming days.

Gtalk Extension for Chrome







ManyCam Is Free Alternative To Cyberlink YouCam

ManyCam is an application for taking pictures and recording videos from Webcam, as well as editing and adding effects to them. It is quite similar to the paid software Cyberlink YouCam which costs about $45. However, despite having more dynamic options than the latter, ManyCam is a free software. It works on Windows and a version for Mac has also been introduced.

After taking a picture you can manage its saturation, color balance, brightness, etc. Moreover, you can also add animations, text and dynamic effects to them. The same options are also available to clear the imagery of the recorded videos.
ManyCam Options
ManyCam has built in CGI graphic (such as fire and water effects) that can be added to enhance the look of your images. The images can be saved (with or without the effects) in PNG (Portable Network Graphics) format. You can also create your custom effects via the Add New Effect option at the bottom of the main interface. There are several built-in options to customize the look of your images and videos ranging from flags, funny images, dynamic backgrounds to 3D masks.Effects
It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.5 or greater.

Download ManyCam








Send Heavy Files To Your Twitter Friends With FileTweet

Many a times people do not know the email addresses of all of their Twitter followers. This makes it difficult to interact with them on a more personal level. For example, some Twitter followers may simply  be interested in the content that is tweeted by an individual, instead of having any personal relationship or acquaintance with him/her. Twitter itself does not provide a default option to send files via Twitter. FileTweet is an Adobe Air based desktop application that allows users to send files (up to 2 GB) by entering a Twitter username or email address. It is much like SendGenie which we reviewed earlier. However, unlike SendGenie, it is a cross platform application and works with Windows, Mac and Linux based operating systems. All files are saved to the FileTweet server and are accessible via a given URL, which is emailed to the specified email address or to the registered email address of the Twitter user (if the mail is sent by entering the Twitter username).

To get started, click Sign in with Twitter. This will open a webpage in your default browser, from where you will have to sign in and grant authorization to the Filetweet application to your Twitter account.
Sign in
After logging in simply enter a Twitter username or an email address, drag and drop the file(s) to the Filetweet interface, type a message (optional) and click Send My File. Users can send file as heavy as 2GB in a single instance.
Drag file
The recipient will receive an email with a URL, from where the file can be downloaded. If a file is sent via a Twitter username, the email is sent to the default email address that the user registered for his/her Twitter account. This make it possible to send files to Twitter followers, without the need of knowing their email address. For example, many people follow Addictive Tips authors on their Twitter accounts as we regularly tweet our articles, however, we do not know the email addresses of all our followers. Using services like FileTweet makes it possible to send information in such scenarios to Twitter acquaintances without having to ask each individual for their personal email address.

File Received
The recipients of the file do not require authorizing Filetweet to their Twitter accounts and can easily download the file(s) from the URL. It is worth mentioning here that since all files can be downloaded by anyone with access to the URL, so make sure that the URL is only sent to relevant people and in case the files contain confidential data, ask the recipient to avoid sharing the link.
Download file
Being a cross platform desktop application, it works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac and Linux based operating systems.

Download Filetweet








Bypass Megaupload Time Restriction In Chrome [Extension]

Have you ever tried to bypass MegaUpload downloading restrictions? If yes but with no luck, plug Megaupload Skip Time in your Chrome browser. It is a small extension which offers direct downloading from Megaupload. You wont have to wait for 45 seconds any more. It bypasses the time limit, allowing users to directly download files without wasting almost a minute.

After the extension is installed, you will see a small Megaupload icon in the address bar. On webpage with Megaupload link, its icon will appear immediately, indicating that direct downloading can be initiated. Right-clicking the icon will allow you to disable the time skipping function anytime.
Now just open Megaupload file link, the icon appears in address bar, and the file will be automatically put to download as shown in the screenshot below.
megaupload 21
It can also work on those web sites where Megaupload videos can be streamed directly, as it is capable of extracting downloading links from embedded videos.
Using Firefox? Check out MUBundle to remove time restrictions from Megaupload.







Folder Is Empty? Remove Empty Directories And Trash Files With RED

If you haven’t remove junk off your PC lately, a quick glance into Program Files will reveal a plethora of folders of many uninstalled applications, which contain nothing or just have desktop.ini / thumbs.db files. Even uninstalling applications properly seems helpless in removing such empty folders that are present in various locations, such as, Program files, My Documents, and Windows folder. If you’re planning to remove all the empty folders, try out RED (Remove Empty Directories). Unlike other empty directory removal utilities, it shows a complete hierarchy of root folder with red marked folders indicating either an empty folder or a folder that contains empty sub-folder(s). This will help you in knowing the location where empty folders are residing and where uninstalled applications leave their traces.

To begin scanning your system for empty folders, launch the app, choose the location to search and click Scan folder to view the hierarchy of folders present in defined location. At the right side, you can check the icon description to know the which folders are hidden, protected, locked, or contains trash.
Remove Empty Directories (Admin mode)
Once scanning process is completed, just click Delete folder to remove all the empty folders along with folder containing trash files in one go.
RED is highly configurable. While providing efficient mechanism to find out empty folders, it also lets you change the criteria. For instance, it considers folders having thumb.db, desktop.ini files as empty, if you need to change the list, head over to Settings and specify file types which you want to remove.
Remove Empty Directories settings
By default, it moves all the empty folders to Recycle bin to ensure safe removal, however, you can pick out old RED delete mode to permanently remove the folders and junk files. It works on Windows XP. Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Download RED






AllMyApps Is Feature Rich App Store For Windows

A while back, we talked about Windows OS being devoid of an App Store and advocated Npackd as one good choice for installing and managing Windows applications. Going over Npackd features, we couldn’t help but say that it lacks a lot of features in terms of organizing and searching applications by different categories, such as, Internet, Security, Video, Converter and so on. AllMyApps is a freshly baked utility which is, however, in beta phase yet seems promising in addressing the user needs when it comes to choosing a feature-rich App Store for Windows. Fortunately, it covers almost all the essential options which you might look for in an App Store. Be it application types, categories, runtime environments, download manager, or complete product description with ratings that you want to check before downloading, it brings all these necessary features of an OS App Store in a drop-dead UI.
Since it’s going through testing phase, you might not be able to find plentiful of application software, desktop utilities but most celebrated applications, add-ons, browsers, IDEs, etc., are provided in respective categories, such as, Adobe Flash, Firefox, Google Chrome, VLC,  Notepad++, Skype, Live Messenger, Spybot, Paint.NET, and many more.

The very first step is to register an account with AllMyApps, so you can manage your applications from multiple systems. Once registered, download the desktop utility and sign-in with your account.
Allmyapps
After the connection is established, it will start populating applications into multiple categories. You can navigate through categories, add, and manage chosen apps in My List from left sidebar. A search bar at the top will help filtering out applications by supplied keywords in realtime.

Allmyapps 2
After you’ve selected an application, it will show you EULA and other details with an option to install the application.

install 2
Just click Install to start downloading the application. After the application is downloaded, it will start installing the application in silent mode. You can keep AllMyApps at your fingertips by minimizing it to system tray, from where you can bring it up anytime and sign off. It doesn’t matter where you are, in home, off for vocations, or in office, My List containing applications can be remotely managed through its web application.

Allmyapps 4
Below you can watch a brief demonstration video.



As per our testing results, we didn’t find any sort of problems and errors. Developers are open to suggestions and eagerly need user feedbacks & requests to ensure availability of their favorite applications. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Download AllMyApps






Tuesday, February 8, 2011

3 Ways To Use Facebook Chat On Your Desktop

Facebook’s build-in chat feature is useful, but it lacks a desktop IM. Who will open facebook window for hours just for chatting? Browsers can crash or get accidently closed, therefore putting an end to the conversation. I am never comfortable with messengers build inside a website and prefer using a desktop IM. Lets look at 3 different ways in which you can use Facebook Chat on your Desktop Messenger.
Note: When you use facebook chat from desktop IMs, you will be able to use all feature that are present in facebook’s build-in online messenger.

Digsby (Cross-Platform)

Digsby is the first 3rd party messenger to support facebook’s chat feature. It is a cross-platform messenger available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. No hacks or plugins are required. Just register for an Digsby account and login with it. Once you are logged in, click Add Account. Now in the Accounts tab, click Add IM Account and select Facebook Chat from the list.
adding facebook IM account in digsby

Enter your facebook login details and start chatting.
facebook chat on digsby
It’s that simple!

Pidgin (Cross-Platform)

Pidgin is an opensource 3rd party IM that has a large user base but sadly till today there is no official support for facebook chat. The only way to connect with Facebook chat is through a plugin.
Grab the Facebook Chat Plugin for Pidgin and with it you can log into the Facebook servers, grab the buddy list, send/receive messages, add/remove friends, receive notifications, search for Facebook friends and set your Facebook status.
Once you have installed this plugin, you will find Facebook listed among the supported IMs.
add facebook to pidgin
Enter your facebook login details and click Add. Once added, you will see the list of facebook buddies that are online instantly.
facebook chat in pidgin

Adium (Mac OS X)

Adium is a free opensource IM for Mac OS X. The latest version(1.3.3) has a build-in support for facebook chat, just login with your facebook account and you are good to go.
adium-facebook
Above screenshot is taken from AllFacebook

Editor’s Note (Conclusion)

Digsby has an official support for Facebook Chat and is available for all three operating systems, Pidgin has no official support for Facebook Chat but can be added with a plugin, while Adium officially supports Facebook Chat but is only available for Mac OS X. I prefer to use Digsby since it is more user-friendly, has full support of Facebook chat, and is available for all popular OS. What do you think?






How To Find The IP Address Of The Sender In Windows Live Mail, Gmail Or Yahoo! Mail

Whenever you receive an email, you receive more than just the message. The email comes with headers that carry important information that can tell where the email was sent from and possibly who sent it. For that, you would need to find the IP address of the sender and this is how you do it.

Windows Live Mail

Log into your Windows Live Mail account with your username and password,Open the inbox.  To display the headers, right click on the email message in the Inbox, and select View Source.

view source

This will open up a new page with a detailed header content.

source
Now look for Received: from followed by IP address within square brackets
ip

If you have multiple Received: from headers, eliminate the ones that have proxy.anyknownserver.com.

Gmail

Log into your Gmail account with your username and password, Open up the mail. To display the email headers, Click on the Reply drop down box and select Show Original.



 show original

Look for Received: from followed by the IP address between square brackets [ ].

show original

If you find more than one Received: from patterns, select the last one.

Yahoo Mail

Log into your Yahoo! mail with your username and password, Click on Inbox or whichever folder you have stored your mail, Open the mail. If you do not see the headers above the mail message, your headers are not displayed. To display the headers, click on the drop down Standard Header box and select Full Header.

yahoo

Look for Received: from followed by the IP address between square brackets [ ]. If there are many instances of Received: from with the IP address, select the IP address in the last pattern. If there are no instances of Received: from with the IP address, select the first IP address in X-Originating-IP.

full header

I hope this post will help you finding the IP address of the sender, do let us know what you think by leaving a comment.






Receive Messages Without Giving Out Your Email Address

Somebody asks for your email address and you don’t want to give it. What will you do? Whspr is a free service that lets you receive messages from people without giving out your email address to them.
whspr logo
This is how it works, you go to their website, fill the form, and they will give you a small easy-to-remember URL which you can share in place of your email address. When viewers go to this URL, they will see a message form, which once filled will be send to Whspr‘s server and they will forward it to you. It’s that simple.


Below is the confirmation that the URL has been created, they email you a link to the confirmation page in case you forget your URL, you can delete your URL from confirmation page anytime you want.
whspr created
And this is how Send Message form looks like when you visit the URL.
send message without giving email
Enjoy!






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