All posts by Tehseen Baweja

Tehseen likes to write about Internet tools that make life easier. Check out his blog at Ijaar.com for more good stuff or follow him on Twitter @tehseenbaweja

See What Other Websites Are Hosted On Your Server

Using a shared hosting plan has many advantages and disadvantages. However, a good understanding of these can only be achieved if you know what other websites are being hosted on the same server (IP address).

MY IP Neighbors is great little tool that tells you which other websites are hosted on the same server/IP. Simply enter the URL of a website and a list of all the websites hosted on that IP would be displayed along with the resolved date. Clicking on the Whois link next to any of the listed websites would display detailed whois information from Domain Tools.

You can also set up an email notification so you will get notified every time a new website is added to your server. Another great use of the tool is to check if your dedicated server has been compromised.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

MY IP Neighbours is a very useful tool to see what other websites are hosted on the same server. The interface is simple and the tool is super easy to use.

Rating: 4/5

Gboard: A Keypad Designed For Gmail

One of the things that sets Gmail apart is the number of features and available third party tools. We have seen Gmail gadgets, usercripts and all other kinds of software but how about a piece of hardware created just for Gmail?

Meet Gboard!

If you are a Gmail addict but think that keyboard shortcuts provided by Gmail are not enough, take a look at Gboard. It is a customized keypad specifically created for Gmail that provides users with 19 finger-friendly buttons, each assigned to a certain Gmail process.

Now you can perform all these tasks with a single key stroke:

  • Forward
  • Reply All
  • Trash
  • Archive
  • Next
  • Star
  • Open/Close
  • Select

and some other amazing time-saving functons.

The Gboard weighs 0.3 lbs and needs a USB port to connect to your computer. It works with Windows, Mac as well as Linux but requires a US keyboard layout. There is no software to install, all you need to do is connect the Gboard and enable keyboard shortcuts within Gmail.

The Gboard is currently being sold for $19.99 and can be bought here. The dimensions in inches are 4.88 X 3.5 X .38.

With Gmail already the best email service out there, would you spend money to make it more convenient for yourself? Do you think these extra keyboard shortcuts are worth $19.99 or are you satisfied with the current shortcuts that Gmail provides?

Check If Your Website Is Mobile Friendly

With the ever-increasing number of mobile internet users, webmasters have to make sure that there website is viewable on mobile phones. There a lot of checks and tests before a web page can be called ‘mobile friendly’, including page size, scripting, network, markup language used e.t.c.

To make things easier, World Wide Web Consortium (W3) has launched a Mobile Checker that runs a website through these standard tests to determine if a website is mobile friendly. All you need to do is simply enter the URL of the web page you want to check.

Mobile Checker run around 50 sub-tests and provides a final score out of 100. It also provides you a list of tests that the web page failed and details about each test. For most of the failed tests,   related best practice information is also provided for reference.

After you have implemented the recommended changes, you can run a test again to see if your score improved.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

W3C Mobile Checker is a great little tool to check your website for mobile friendliness. It is completely free and provides information about the best available industry standards.

Rating: 4/5

Shorten Tweets By Converting To SMS Lingo

Think 140 characters are not enough? If you feel this way, you can shorten your tweets by converting them into SMS shorthand language. If you don’t know what I mean by SMS shorthand language, here are some examples:

– How Are you? changes to How r u?

– I will talk to you later, Gotta go now changes to I will ttyl, gtg now.

If you don’t feel like spending the time to write in SMS lingo, you can simply use Twonvert. Twonvert is a great web app that lets you convert your raw text into SMS shorthand to save you space. Just copy-paste the text you want to convert and Twonvert will convert it for you. It will also tell you how much characters you are saving by converting to the SMS lingo.

Once done, you can either copy the converted text or submit it to Twitter directly by providing your Twitter credentials.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Twonvert is a great Twitter tool to help you cram more words in the limited 140 characters. It is easy to use and very productive.

Rating: 3/5

Hotmail Hosts Over 1.3 Billion Inboxes

Of course, a lot of people have multiple email accounts but even after taking that into consideration, 1.3 billion is a really large number. This and more stats were shared by Arthur De Haan over at the Windows Team Blog recently.

Here are some other interesting stats:

  • Hotmail is offered in 59 regional markets and 36 different languages.
  • Over 350 Million people use Hotmail actively on a monthly basis.
  • Over 1 billion messages are marked as spam and filtered out from the inboxes daily.
  • Hotmail currently has 155 Peta byte of storage and is growing at 2 PB/month.

These are some of stats shared by Arthur De Haan, the director of Windows Live Test and System Engineering. He also discussed other behind the scenes working of hotmail including the architecture of the hardware powering these services, the engineering process, testing, code deployment and change management. Arthur also mentioned that 70% of the 155 PB storage is taken up by attachments mostly photos.

Posts like these from Windows team is certainly a good gesture of breaking ice with the consumer, being interactive and sharing more information about how things work up at Microsoft. Even though they are far behind Google, Facebook and other internet giants when it comes to open communication with users, they are at least trying to start.

Create, Store and Share Code Snippets Online

Ever tried to share code from Java or C++ on the web? It seems like garbage and totally unreadable. A better way to share is through an awesome tool called Snipt.

Snipt is a tool that lets you create and share code snippets on Twitter, Delicious, StumbleUpon and everywhere else on the web. To use Snipt, simply select the programming platform the code belongs to, select a theme and create your code. If you want to share it on Twitter, provide your Twitter credentials, if you would rather just save it on the web, give your code snippet a name and check the private box.

Once you click snip it, your code would be displayed on the screen. You can then tweet it by clicking on the little twitter icon. You can also share the snippet on Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon or through email. The code snippets recently saved by others are also available for browsing, categorized by programming platform. Snipt also lets you create and share code snippets through a desktop application or a WordPress plugin.

You can log in to your Snipt account anytime to view, share or edit your code snippets. Snipt also lets you download the code as a script file, view it as raw text or embed it on blogs and website.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Snipt is a great web-based tool to create, store and share code snippets. It is simple, quick and highly customizable.

Rating: 4/5

Search For Music Videos, MP3s and Lyrics Using Museeca

There are websites to search for music videos, websites to search for lyrics and even websites to search for MP3s. However, there are very few websites that allow you to search for all of these.

Museeca is a search engine solely dedicated to music. You can use Museeca to find MP3,music videos, Ringtones, Lyrics and even guitar tabs. The underlying search engine is Google so the results are pretty fast and accurate. For example, searching for an Mp3 of Fireflies would display a number of MP3 sites where you can listen to and download the song.

You can search for a song by artist, song or album name. While searching for a ringtone, you can narrow your search down to MP3 Ringtones, iPhone Ringtones or Polyphonic Ringtones.

Want to see which chords were used in a particular song? Another unique option that Museeca offers is to search for Guitar tabs. It searches popular guitar sites including Ultimate-Guitar and GuitarTab.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Museeca is an excellent resource to search for music and music related information. When you enter a query in Museeca, it searches Google for you but filters out all the noise and only gives you the results containing actual media.

Rating: 4/5

Only Search The Tweets From Your Friends

Twitter has a great search tool but the results are often too broad and irrelevant. When you search Twitter you are mostly interested in what your friends are saying instead of the whole world. There had not been an easy way to customize Twitter search for this functionality, until now.

Flocking.me is a great new Twitter tool that lets you search your friends tweets only and filters out the rest of the world. To use the tool, simply head over to Flocking.me and sign in using your Twitter credentials. Once signed in, you will see a search page with all your friends listed. Just enter the term you want to search for and Flocking.me will pull up the results from your friends tweets.

You can see the results as a list view, a thumbnail view or even on an interactive map. Flocking.me also takes some of the popular words/phrases appearing in your friends tweets and show them on the top of your screen.

You don’t even have to reload the page to see updates results, Flocking.me will do that automatically.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Flocking.me is a great tool to search Twitter for more relevant and focused information. It filters out all the noise and only searches tweets from your friends.

Rating: 4/5

Create Mind Maps From Text Easily

Mind maps are diagrams to represent ideas, thoughts or any other set of items linked together. It helps users in perceiving the items visually and intuitively. In other words, a mind map takes your raw thoughts and provides you with a structured set of ideas.

There are lots of software and online tools to create mind maps but one of the most convenient ones is Text2Mindmap. As the name suggests, Text2Mindmap takes your text and creates a mind map from it. Simply enter your text in a text box and indent the items that you want to place at a lower level.

Once done, click the Convert To Mind Map button and your mind map would be created.

You can also customize it by choosing the colors for different levels, changing the font style and font size and adjusting the line color and line width. You also have the option to freeze the map or view it on a full screen. Keyboard shortcuts like Tab and Tab + Shift makes it easy to indent or out-dent items. Once created, elements of the diagram can be easily dragged to move the mind map.

After you have created the mind map, it can be easily saved to your computer as a  Jpeg  image.