All posts by Aseem Kishore

Jarte – Free portable word processor based on MS WordPad

If you read the title and sighed because you’re sick of hearing about word processors, do try to read this one because even though you could use MS Word, WordPad, or Notepad for your word processing needs, there’s another cool and free utility that is better than all of those for most people!

Word processors started out as replacement for typewriters and provided a great benefit in those times. However, as the software progressed, Word processors turned into giant bloated applications designed with hordes of features that only corporate users would ever need. Unfortunately, there is no Microsoft Word Lite edition without all of the useless features that make it run slow or crash your computer!

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Rules of Thumb – The best way to do anything in life

Ever wonder how many a people a cup of rice could feed? Your mother has told you one number, you’ve tried it on your own and come up with something else, but really there’s probably some kind of rule of thumb that you can use over and over again when making rice, right?

Or maybe there’s always a certain way you want to play a hand in Blackjack when you get two Kings? There are literally hundreds of rules of thumb that have been passed down from generation to generation without anyone really knowing where it came from or if it’s really true.

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Tangler – Create your own free discussion forums

Discussion forums are great way to to get a diverse collection of opinions about a specific topic from lots of different people. There are lots of free discussion forums out there that you can quickly setup without needing to have much technical knowledge, and one that comes to mind is Tangler.

Tangler is a free, easy to setup, and full customizable discussion that you can use to host your own forums for anything that you like. Tangler hosts the forum for you and requires no downloads or installs. You simply sign up and create your forum online!

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Here are some of the cool features of Tangler that make it one of the best discussions forums out there:

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Adium – Free instant messenger application for Mac OS X that supports many platforms

If you’re on a Mac, you probably wish that there was an application that you could use to chat with all of your online buddies at the same time! There are a couple of applications out there, but mostly for Windows. There is also a web site that you can use called Meebo, which lets you chat with buddies from AOL, Yahoo, Google Talk, and MSN for free without having to download or install any software.

Still, if you’re a Mac OS X user and you would prefer a desktop application for your chatting purposes, you can check out an open-source app called Adium. Adium has a really cool looking interface and has a lot of nice features.

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How to undo accidentally closed tabs in Firefox

Don’t you just hate it when have 10 open tabs in Firefox and you decide to close a few out because they are starting to take up too much space, but you end up accidentally closing out a tab that you actually needed? More than not, you have to go to the History tab and then find the site that you were on, which may or may not be at the top of the history list.

Luckily there’s a cool Firefox add-on that you can use to bring back or undo a closed tab immediately! Undo Closed Tabs Button allows you to undo closed tabs via a toolbar button, via the right-click context menu, or via a shortcut on your keyboard! It makes it super easy to bring back any previously closed tab.

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Test drive mobile phones and handsets online before you buy them using TryPhone

Are you in the market for a new cell phone or mobile phone? With so many choices and options, it’s very difficult to figure out which phone is the best just by viewing them online. If you really want to make sure you’re buying the best phone, you usually have to end up going to a physical store and checking out each model yourself. However, this is time-consuming and requires going to multiple stores!

Luckily, there’s an easier way to test out a cell phone before you buy it: TryPhone! TryPhone is a new online web service that is aiming to help consumers choose the right cell phone by allowing you to actually test out the menus and functions on the cell phone in an interactive Java application. Using their fully interactive online virtual handsets, you can test drive mobile devices, applications, content and services, as well as watch demos.

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Automate common tasks on your PC using E-Counter

Have you ever wished you could automate some common tasks on your computer because you always end up forgetting to do it yourself? Maybe you would like to have the computer shut down every night, but you normally forget and leave it on. If you could just set a timer to say one hour from now shut down my system, you can continue working and know your computer will turn off automatically.

Using the Schedule Task feature built into Windows is a pain to setup and doesn’t work that well. That’s where a nifty freeware application called E-Counter can help you automate tasks quickly and easily.

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