Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Mother of all Clocks

I think this is a pretty cool web find. It is the Mother of all Clocks. I think there are about 50 or so clocks. But I am surprised someone actually took the time to put it together. At any rate, it is an interesting find. Check it out.


This is another cool clock a friend sent me. It has an interesting layout as you will see.

1st Line is seconds
2nd Line is minutes
3rd Line is hours
4th Line is days
5th Line is months
6th Line is years


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bulk Manage Direct Messages with Huitter

Here is a site, Huitter.com, you can use to bulk manage all those automated messages you receive on Twitter.com. Without a doubt, Twitter is a great micro blogging service, but you will receive a lot of terse messages if you are a heavy follower. I receive about 100-200 per day (mostly like "thanks for the follow") and I can only delete one at a time. I glanced over all of them, but I don't have time to delete them all. Who does?

They also have a useful mutuality tool. Check them out.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Jay Leno's Garage - Making Parts

Amazing NextEngine's 3D scanner technology applied to the real world.

This is an interesting piece of machinery and it is explained in a matter of 8 minutes!  It's all MADE  IN  THE  USA!!!  Give it a good look. Some of you might even have reason to buy and use this equipment.  It's simply stimulating to watch.  Check out Jay Leno and crew having this piece of machinery demonstrated.


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Country IP Blocks - Allow a Country or Block a Country

This is a pretty interesting find. Per their website, Country IP Blocks,  they offer Network Data in 7 Separate Formats: CIDR, Netmask, .htaccess deny, .htaccess allow, IP Range, Decimal/CIDR* and Hexadecimal/CIDR. You are in control of who or what accesses your website or servers.

It will help you block a country or allow a country. It lets you control the the network traffic coming to your site. Their site states that IP Blocks are simple and effective in limiting bandwidth hogs, hackers, spammers and other undesirable traffic.

This is a good tool to block those Nigerian 419 scammers and pet and loan scammers.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

An interesting subliminal image

My Korean-American friend asked me to stare at this image for about thirty seconds. He did not mention what I should see but he did look quite surprised after his 3-step experience. After thirty seconds, he asked me to look above the monitor and then he asked me what I saw. Frankly speaking, the projected subliminal image was unexpected.

Here are the 3 simple steps:
1. Stare at the 4 vertically-centered dots for approximately thirty seconds
2. Now look above or away from your monitor for a few seconds
3. Well, what did you see?

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Handy Online Calculators and Converters

I found this site, easycalculation.com, while searching for a RGB to HEX calculator. I was really surprised to see that the site had a number of handy online calculators and converters. 

Here is a brief listing:

Math Calci
Analytical Geometry
Date & Day Calculator 
Matrix Calculations
Mortgage Calculator 
Unit Conversions
Love Calculator
Health Calculator 
Bandwidth Calculator
Hexa, Decimal, Binary Conversions
Physics Calculators
Chemistry Calculators
Periodic Table
Weather Calculator 
HEX Color Converter 
Html Color (RGB to HEX) 
Funny Math
Zodiac Sign

By the way, I found the aformentioned site via hscripts.com while troubleshooting a mail issue with their IP/DNS tool.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

FreeHostia - Outgoing Connections Support to be Discontinued

Apparently, I created an account with these guys awhile ago. I probably used it to promote (not host) FreeAdLists.com when I launched it almost 2 years ago.

It appears Freehostia's free hosting plan will not allow members to use Google Adsense (JavaScript) or similar applications that require a remote connection to a server. I assume more hosting sites with these free hosting plans will follow suit.

Friday, December 5, 2008 9:04 AM
From: "FreeHostia" <____>
To: "Roy" <____>
Subj: Outgoing connections support to be discontinued

Dear customer,

Due to the increasing number of complaints about abusive free web hosting account usage, FreeHostia is forced to discontinue the support of outgoing connections to remote servers for all free web hosting accounts. This restriction on outgoing connections will become effective on December 16th, 2008.

If outgoing connections are vital for your website (for example, if you are using RSS feeds or any other information from remote servers) we would recommend you to consider upgrading to a paid account. You can do this using the Upgrade section of your Control Panel.

Thank you for your understanding.

Best Regards,
FreeHostia Team

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Blog Syndicator BlogRush Is Shutting Down

You might have noticed my Blogrush widget has disappeared from this blog...well maybe not. The service was supposed to provide instant distribution for blog posts across a network of related blogs. But I guess they ran into a few problems. John Reese, Blogrush’s founder, mentioned a few issues with security and abusive users as some of the issues that limited its full potential. I also remember them having some problems with blog quality guidelines on the initial roll-out. But anyway, you can go to the Blogrush homepage for further details.

He also mentioned saving about $7,000 in server costs on his twitter page.

I thought Blogrush was a pretty decent “4am idea,” and I am sure Reese will roll something else out in the near future.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Free Streaming Video Software - Screen Recorder

For a particular task, I needed to capture a sequence of screen clicks. I decided to "google" for an opensource screen recorder. After a brief search, I found and tried a few but CamStudio's freeware application seemed to fit the bill.

Here is some more information on CamStudio's per their website:

What is CamStudio - Free Streaming Video Desktop Recording Software?

CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)

Here are just a few ways you can use this software:

-You can use it to create demonstration videos for any software program
-Or how about creating a set of videos answering your most frequently asked questions?
-You can create video tutorials for school or college class
-You can use it to record a recurring problem with your computer so you can show technical support people
-You can use it to create video-based information products you can sell
-You can even use it to record new tricks and techniques you discover on your favorite software program, before you forget them

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Useful Google Talk Bots From Labnol.org

Here is a useful article from Labnol.org about Google talk bots. Here are 7 cool things you can do with the Google Talk's "virtual friends" or bots. I found #5 (Translation), #6 (Setting up reminders) and #7 (Transliteration) useful.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Interesting web find - arul john's utilities site

I found this web find called arul john's utilities site. It is a very handy site to use for IP lookups, telephone tracking, MAC address lookup, IP/CIDR subnet, IP to hostname and viewing HTTP headers. After reviewing a bit more, I noticed there is even a Bible verse lookup.

Here is one use of this web find.

What is Arul's IP Address Tracking Program used for?

1. You get abusive mails from somebody and want to know where it has come from!
2. Someone mails you claiming to be from one place and you suspect that he or she is from another place
3. You just want to track an email you received
4. You want to trace an IP address or do an IP address lookup out of curiosity

The site also provides email addresses so that you can report the abuser to their ISP.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The world's oldest Internet blogger, Ms. Olive Riley, has passed away

The world's oldest Internet blogger, Ms. Olive Riley, has passed away on July 12, 2008. She was a 108 years old Australian but young in heart and mind and an inspiration to all bloggers from all age groups and all walks of life.

In her final post on June 26, Ms. Riley wrote: "I can't believe I've been here in this nursing home for more than a week.

"How the days have flown, even though I've been in bed most of the time. I still feel weak, and can't shake off that bad cough.

"Penny, who's in the next bed to mine, had a visit one day this week from her daughter, who's a professional singer. Guess what happened! She and I sang a happy song, as I do every day, and before long we were joined by several nurses, who sang along too. It was quite a concert!"

Rest in Peace Ms. Riley.

Her blog: The Life of Riley

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Dummies Guide to Blogspot or Blogger Platform

Here is a great resource, Tips for New Bloggers, for bloggers who use the Blogger platform. This resource is one of the most popular sites on my top list, TopBlogLists.com. It is a bit aged but still a worthwhile visit.

Here is its description: A dummies guide, blog tips, tricks, and help for all new bloggers on Web templates, Blog templates, designs, widgets, layout, JavaScript, HTML codes, SEO, Google AdSense, gadgets, diagnostic tools, and how to monetize Blogger or Blogspot blogs.

Friday, July 04, 2008

How much is my website worth?

Here is an interesting website I found via compete.com. It gives you a rough estimate of what your site might be worth. Per the Website Valued website, it gives you an estimated value of your online business by profiling your website for technical information, keywords, public visitor stats and then comparing them to the database of previous site and domain sales.

It also gives you an estimate of advertising revenue based on the traffic statistics. When I checked my three websites, two were fairly close to the upper limit range.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

11 Rules Graduates Did Not Learn in School

I received this a couple of days ago from a colleague via email. I think most of the "rules" are on target whether they came from Mr. Gates or not.

In a speech that Bill Gates gave to a high school graduating class, he spoke
about 11 Rules that the graduates did not learn in school.

Rule 1. Life is not fair - get used to it.

Rule 2. The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect
you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3. You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You
won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4. If you think your teacher was tough, wait until you get a boss.

Rule 5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents
had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6. If you mess up it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about
your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7. Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are
now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and
listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you
save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try
delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life
HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll
give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answers. This doesn't
bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9. Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and
very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on
your own time.

Rule 10. Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to
leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

20 Top Blog Directories on the Internet

Here is my listing of 20 top blog directories. They range from Page Rank 8 to Page Rank 4. Most of these blog directories will require you to register before listing your blog.

PR 8 Blog Directories

Technorati is a search engine for blogs. It lists and indexes millions of blogs each day.

MyBlogLog is a large social network for the blogger community.

Blogarama is blog search and has over 83,000 blogs listed.

PR 7 Blog Directories

Google’s Blogsearch is a search engine for blogs. You can find blogs on your favorite topics

BlogCatalog is one of the best blog directories on the Internet. It has a good community feel to it.

Blogdigger is a RSS blog search engine. Check out the NEW Blogdigger Local. Find bloggers in your location.

BlogPulse is a blog search engine that also analyzes and reports on daily activity in the blogosphere.

Blogtoplist is a blog directory that is sorted by the score each blog has received during the week.

Blogflux is a blog directory, stat tracker, and provides services such as poll and quiz makers.

PR 6 Blog Directories

BOTW is directory platform enabling the online community to nominate and vote for best-of-class websites in a variety of categories.

Globe of Blogs is an index directory of weblogs as submitted by their authors.

Bloghop allows you to tagsurf to blogs that match your interest.

Blog-directory is a listing a review site.

Bloggapedia offers tools, resources, information, and news.

Weblogalot is organized by category, offers a large collection of the best blogs online

Bloggeries is a categorized listing of weblogs from around the world.

Blogexplosion is a portal of popular blogs for blog promotion and help generate traffic to your blog.

PR 5 Blog Directories

TopBlogLists is a blog directory top blogs in arts, celebrity, computers, geek, humor, money, music, personal, politics, and sports. Free stats tracker.

PR 4 Blog Directories
Bloggernity is a directory for the latest news, entertainment, humor and politics issues.

TopBlogArea is a top list for blogs only. It offers tracking stats.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Find out who are Your IP Neighbors

For a couple of my sites, I use shared hosting. I noticed that one of my sites was sluggish and I suspected that there were too many websites or IP neighbors on the host server. I found this one site that performs a reverse lookup and then displays the total count of My IP Neighbors along with their linked URL. You can view each site serially on the same webpage.

You can check whether your website is crowded with hundreds of other sites or not. I noticed that a few of my neighbors were related to the gambling and porn genre. There goes the neighborhood. I decided it was time to move files and find less and somewhat desirable neighbors.

Is your website sluggish? Check out who are IP neighbors.

Here is an example of the IP for this blog.

softhub.blogspot.com has the IP address:
1645 found with the IP

1) blogspot.com (view site)

2) valueblogreview.blogspot.com (view site)

3) ayearincomics.blogspot.com (view site)

4) supergengcell.blogspot.com (view site)

5) chubarama.blogspot.com (view site)

6) dungmsteph.blogspot.com (view site)

7) smartbro.blogspot.com (view site)

8) labnol.blogspot.com (view site)

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

This Might be a Promising Way to Treat Cancer

Here is a video from 60 Minutes about an interesting man named John Kanzius, who himself is inflicted with leukemia. He may have have found a promising way to treat cancers such as pancreas, lymphomas, breast, colon, liver, leukemia and etc.

Here is an excerpt of an article by wired.com.
Cancer Therapy Without Side Effects Nearing Trials

A promising new cancer treatment that may one day replace radiation and chemotherapy is edging closer to human trials.

Kanzius RF therapy attaches microscopic nanoparticles to cancer cells and then "cooks" tumors inside the body with harmless radio waves.

Based on technology developed by Pennsylvania inventor John Kanzius, a retired radio and TV engineer, the treatment has proven 100 percent effective at killing cancer cells while leaving neighboring healthy cells unharmed. It is currently being tested at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“I don’t want to give people false hope,” said Dr. Steve Curley, the professor leading the tests, “but this has the potential to treat a wide variety of cancers...” Read more from wired.com...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Play the Sudoku Online Game

Play the popular Sudoku game. The level of difficulty ranges from easy, medium, hard to evil. I'm starting on easy.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta

You can now spruce up those pictures on your website or blog. Adobe has come out with Photoshop Express. It is a web based version which makes it very convenient. Of course, this beta version won't have all the bells and whistles of the full blown version of Photoshop, but it is probably good enough to satisfy the basic pic needs of most social networking and blog directory websites such as facebook, myspace, hi5, mybloglog, and blogcatalog.

According to their website, "Upload, sort, polish, and store up to 2GB of photos. All for free. Resize, tint, distort, and more — add your mark to all your images."