While burying yourself in the stacks at the library is one way to get some serious research done, with today’s technology you can do quite a bit of useful searching before you ever set foot inside a library. Undergraduates and grad students alike will appreciate the usefulness of these search engines that allow them to find books, journal articles and even primary source material for whatever kind of research they’re working on and that return only serious, academic results so time isn’t wasted on unprofessional resources. Note: Visit our updated list for the latest in academic search engines. General
Would you like to change out the icons on your taskbar with a beautiful set of icons that all go together? Here’s how you can change out the random candy-colored icons for a stylish icon set of your choice. As you use Windows 7 and keep more programs pinned to your taskbar, you may start noticing that your icons clash with each other. From bright colored icons to more modern icons with text, seldom do your app icons truly go together. So, instead of dealing with clashing colors and designs, let’s create new taskbar icons. You technically can change icons directly from the taskbar.
Wide Open Wallet: 50 Awesome Open Source Financial Tools Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 10:56am by The Free Geek One of the great things about open source is that you know the software you’re using is made by real people, who understand real needs. In financial software, we see a great application of this "real people" effect, offering high levels of customization and ease of use. In this software collection, you’ll find tools that were made with you in mind, and are often completely free to boot. Finance Managers With these finance management packages, you can stay on top of all of your accounts in one convenient place.
Are you wondering what to do with that old computer? Well, I will start by skipping the usual… I will not talk about the obvious uses which you probably already know like: “Sell it on eBay”, “Cannibalize it”, “Give it to the Kids”, “Donate it”, “Recycle it” etc. If you wanted to do any of those you wouldn’t be reading this article in the first place, would you? Or other uses that are simply not practical for 99.9% of us… Like building a cluster… That is, if you have more than one old pc, and are prepared to spend more on electricity than what these computers are worth. I am going to give you real no-nonsense uses, which will save you money, make your life easier, and will be plain fun. I will provide you with links that will help you and not just leave you with empty-handed suggestions.
Phone numbers are a little like fingerprints. They can reveal a lot about a person, for example their name or where they live. If you have a missed call from an unknown phone number, you may want to identify the phone number of the person who tried to reach you before you dial that number. Chances are you’re hooking up with a telemarketer. Eventually some random person simply dialed the wrong number. Or it’s your long lost best friend who finally found you.
As with rock music, video games, and other awesome pursuits, great web applications often don't get enough credit for what they do well. We're revisiting and updating our favorite underhyped webapps to give a new crop of contenders their due. Photo by thievingjoker . 10. Freckle Like previous underhyped champ Remember the Milk , Freckle doesn't require you to learn a new set of rules or input methods to track how you spend your time working for clients.
Company logo is an important part of any business. It’s often the first thing your customer sees on your business card and your website. Company logo is the face of your brand. To create a logo, you can either spend some money to hire a graphic designer to create for you or you can use online logo generator do it yourself. To DIY, you can check out these 5 great free or affordable and user friendly online logo maker tools :
Over the last several years working in IT for various companies as a Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, and Help Desk professional, I’ve written and learned about many ways to increase the performance of not only my PC, but also of the many PCs on my networks ranging from Windows 98 to Windows Vista. In this article, I hope to compile a complete list of all the different methods and tricks that I’ve used to get the last bit of juice out of a slow PC. Whether you are using an old PC or the latest and greatest in hardware, you can still use some of these to make your PC run faster. Note that since I write two blogs, Help Desk Geek and Online Tech Tips, I have previously written about many performance tips already which I will link back to throughout. If I have not written about it, I’ve throw in a link to a relevant article from some of my other favorite sites. This list is in no particular order, just written in the order that I could think of them.
Online meeting service MeetingBurner has launched out of beta with free meetings for up to 15 people, paid meeting options for up to 1,000 people, and mobile support, the company announced this morning. MeetingBurner faces steep competition in the online meeting space, including competitors like Cisco’s WebEx, Adobe’s Connect, Citrix’s GoToMeeting, and AnyMeeting. So it has done what is natural for an underdog — undercut the competition with strong pricing and features. The company debuted in beta this past August and gave its service away for free to help it “build good will and word of mouth,” President John Rydell told VentureBeat at the time. But with its full launch, the company is taking a big step toward being a profitable business with paid online meetings.
FillAnyPDF FillAnyPDF is a fairly simple web app which allows you to upload a PDF file, then easily write on it wherever you want. This allows you to easily fill out any form, even if they’re not in an editable PDF form. You can also share your blank form with others, so you can collect forms from a group easily. FillAnyPDF also supports electronic signatures and has a repository of free forms.
The Invisible Web refers to the part of the WWW that’s not indexed by the search engines. Most of us think that that search powerhouses like Google and Bing are like the Great Oracle”¦they see everything. Unfortunately, they can’t because they aren’t divine at all; they are just web spiders who index pages by following one hyperlink after the other. But there are some places where a spider cannot enter. Take library databases which need a password for access.
With Google's new Correlate system , companies have a powerful (and, free!) new data-mining tool on their hands. Let us imagine the ways in which we'll use it.
After more than five years in the pipeline, Mozilla Labs and the Rust community have released the first alpha — version 0.1 — of the Rust programming language compiler. The Rust language emphasizes concurrency and memory safety, and — if everything goes to plan — is ultimately being groomed to replace C++ as Mozilla’s compiled language of choice. Browser prototypes programmed in Rust will eventually emerge, and then one day Firefox — or parts of Firefox — might be re-written in Rust. A bit more about the language itself: Rust is a compiled, statically-typed, object-oriented programming language (and objects are immutable by default). The compiler is supported on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Feature-wise, Rust intentionally avoids any novel ideas, and instead builds upon existing, known features that are present in other languages.
Although the Chrome Web Store hasn’t had the instant success Apple’s iOS App Store experienced, especially for developers, it’s still an awesome resource — and one that’s still maturing and developing. Awhile ago, when the Chrome Web Store was first introduced, we brought you several great posts with lots of app-goodness. It’s been awhile and the Chrome Web Store has matured and further developed, offering many more fantastic apps. A few from our prior posts are listed but many aren’t, and the last 10 on this list are really great games — especially for taking a short break from work . Take a look! TweetDeck
WTP 3.2.1 was officially released on July 30, 2010. It addresses a number of bugs in the original 3.2.0 release requested by adopters and the community at large. The next scheduled maintenance release, 3.2.2, will be included in Helios SR1. For installation, the WTP Update Site at http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/repository/helios/ must be used in conjunction with the Helios Update Site, http://download.eclipse.org/releases/helios/. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>