Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Handy Online Calculators and Converters

I found this site,, 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 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) 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

Here is a useful article from 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, 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 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. has the IP address:
1645 found with the IP

1) (view site)

2) (view site)

3) (view site)

4) (view site)

5) (view site)

6) (view site)

7) (view site)

8) (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
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

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."

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

5 Things You Never Knew Your Cell Phone Could Do

I recently received these tips via email but unsure if they are true (urban legends??), but they might be worth investigating.

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:


The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobiles is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

Have you locked your keys in the car?

Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other 'remote' for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk). Editor's Note: It works fine! We tried it out and it unlocked our car over a cell phone!'

Hidden Battery Power

Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits mon your phone: * # 0 6 # A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief change the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

And Finally....

Free Directory Service for Cells

Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 or more for 411 information calls when the don't have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800) FREE 411, or (800) 373-3411 without incurring any charge at all. Program this into your cell phone now.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Securely Send and Receive Large Files

SendThisFile is a web find that will allow you send to and receive large files such as movies, presentations, photos, etc. from anyone and anywhere. I have used the service a few times for files that exceeded my email capability, which is usually 10MB.

I used their free plan. The free plan offers three day pickup, three downloads, progress meter, transfer rate, transfer size and secure transfers. They have plans from Free to Enterprise--which was loaded with features.

At any rate, the service was a no-brainer to use and sign-up was easy. Here is an example of an upload.

File Transfer: 33 Sec (14.97 MB copied)
File: esofthub.txt
Rate: 300 Kbps Elapsed: 00:07:30 Status: Transferring

Note: Most browsers have a built-in 2GB limit; however SendThisFile places no restrictions on file size or the number of files that can be uploaded. They do throttle (slow down) certain files that are uploaded from free accounts.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

VOIP Adapter for $20 per year

A colleague of mine sent me this web find.

This is a pretty cool device. This small adapter just plugs into your USB port and then connect as standard telephone to the RJ-11 port and then you can call anyone in the US and Canada free anytime. If you are outside the US, then you can call anyone in the US free. You are given a 10-digit telephone number. So if you send someone overseas a unit, then they can communicate with them free since you both have your own telephone number. It does require that you have a PC and broadband and will not work with a dial up connection.

All this for only $20 per year
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Friday, January 11, 2008

Is There a Google Page Rank Update Going on?

I think Google is in the progress of doing a Page Rank update. I inadvertently noticed a few sites have improved their ranking by one or decreased by one. I haven't read anything about an ongoing update via the better known bloggers, but I noticed their sites haven't been affected like last time, so this should be a fairly quiet update. But I know it's forthcoming soon.

I noticed a couple sites that were 4's are now 3's and one or two sites that were 5's are now 4's and a couple that were 6's are now 5's. One of the interests that operate in the same space I do is now a PR7. A few days ago they were a PR6.

Last year, Google did an update around this same time.

I've also noticed one site had a PR0 and now it's a PR4.
The operator seems to show updated backlinks, too.