Monday, September 27, 2004

Getting bookmarks & favourites from one browser to another

Maybe you use two browsers, one at work (because you have to) and another at home. Or maybe you still have some favourites left over at Internet Explorer before you discovered more interesting (and safe!) browsers. Whatever your reason, this site converts bookmarks from one browser to another easily. In fact it even adds the bookmarks to the browser window you're browsing from!


You can chose to transfer between any of these! - Internet Explorer, Netscape, Safari, Opera, MSN Explorer, AOL, Lynx & XBEL.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

A slew of Open Source Software

Open source software has been making quite a few inroads of late. They've also been increasing in their reliability and usability.

I discovered this PCWorld article which gives quite a list of open source software which can be used for every day tasks.

PC World

The list includes (Direct links here):
Mozilla - A complete internet application, with a web browser, eomail and chat client and HTML editing. (11 MB)

Firefox - A very good web browser which has been getting quite a few accolades of late. (4.5 MB)

OpenOffice - A complete Office suite including a Word processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation & Drawing software.

AbiWord - A very able Microsoft Word replacement.

Dia - A Microsoft Visio replacement.

GIMP - Adobe Photoshop Replacement

Filezilla - FTP Client

Jabberzilla - Instant Messenger

7-Zip - Winzip and WinRAR replacement

Saturday, September 18, 2004

iPod Hacks (and one for the rest of us mere mortals!)


A list of iPod hacks and tweaks -

  1. Turn your iPod into a Universal Remote Control

  2. Increase iPod battery life by 70%

  3. Change your iPod battery easily (instead of sending it back to Apple!)

  4. Turn iPod into your own private radio station. (This is especially useful when the neighbouring car at the lights is playing some horrible music on their radio and you can transmit your own music at that frequency so that your music starts coming from that car!!!)

  5. And this is for those of us who don't own an iPod!!

Thanks to Engadget, Slashdot and Boing Boing

Monday, September 13, 2004

Vazu - Send phone numbers from your PC to your cellphone

This is truly an amazing piece of software! You download this program called Vazu on your computer, and wherever you have a phone number appearing on your web page (sadly, Internet Explorer only!) you click on the Vazu icon next to it and the phone number is sent to your cell phone!


You can also select text from anywhere in your computer too! Just right-click on it and select 'Send selected text to my mobile phone'!! So if you've got directions in a mail, or some phone number that you want in a text file, you can send these too!

Needless to say, since this is a software which I'm recommending, it's free!!

As of now, it works only in the United States.

By the way, at the Vazu website, you can search for names of friends and give the city and state where they are staying to pull it up on the web page and have it sent to your phone. I tried with mine and it works!

Update: Vazu now also updates from Oulook Express. Additionally, it works in India too!

A long time ago (I think in the late 90s), there was all this talk going around how internet is going to change the world.

If you ask a dozen people what on the internet has changed their lives the most and name some names they would probably come out with three or four: Google, Ebay, Amazon, Yahoo & iTunes. Well, five years ago, Google was just beginning, and Ebay & Amazon were still not what they are today and it would have been Napster instead of iTunes.

Anyway, at that time, when all this talk was going around, one question that had popped into my head was: "What are the things you can do on the internet that you cannot do in the real world?"

And at that time, I didn't have any answers. Yes, there's a lot more communication happening because of the internet but is anything changing fundamentally?

Slowly, over the past few years I notice the real change happening. And it has to do with only two things - sharing and whittling information fast. And one seems to be tied to the other. Somehow, as more and more people share information, the whole becomes more than the sum of it's parts as links appear out of nowhere. Napster was the harbinger of bigger things to come.

As communication goes up, information sharing increases. Different organisations from the paleolithic era are trying to catch up with these technologies and are throwing everything they can get their hands on. Fortunately, they're losing.

Today, I came across another such beautiful example. A way of solving a number of problems at one shot.

One of the biggest problems I have when I move from computer to computer, is my 'Bookmarks' sections (or 'Favourites' for those using Internet Explorer). Every time I move to a new PC, I have to set them up all over again or import from my old PC. The bigger problem of not being able to use them when I'm on a public computer was to far out to be even considered! solves this wonderfully. You register yourself, and from wherever you are, on whatever PC you're using, public or private, you can add and get to your bookmarks.

This, of course, is extremely, extremely, useful. But this is just the first step.

What also does is show how many other people share the same bookmark and you can view other's bookmarks as well! This might seem crazy at first, but as soon as you start using it, you realise how useful this is. You can get to more relevant information faster as you browser through other's categories which has the same bookmark as yours.

It's like pooling or resources and the overall outcome being more fruitful than all the individuals working independantly.

This has been done for internet radio as well, which provides a way you can select your type of music being broadcast by numerous people out there.

A similar thing happening on the internet telephony side is being done by Skype.

I think the true internet revolution is just beginning and it's happening in the background. As more and more people gain access to this wonderful medium this is going to become more valuable to each and every person dipping their toes in it!