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

ZuiTube: YouTube For Kids

KidZui is one of the most popular browsers for kids, and now the people behind KidZui have come up with a video website dedicated to children. The videos on ZuiTube are all coming from YouTube but have been extensively filtered by parents and teachers.

The range of videos include movies, cartoons, humor, animals and sports. The video count has already surpassed 60,000, contained within over 6,000 different channels. Kids have the power to create channels and tag videos.

With a neat graphical representation, search suggestions and spelling corrections, the search feature of ZuiTube has been specially tailored for kids. As a video gets searched and played more and more times, it starts coming up in the search rankings. The features of ZuiTube comply with the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA).

Similar to KidZui, ZuiTube is also free of any adware or potentially misleading links.

Compare Domain Prices Before You Buy With Domparison

You just got a new idea for a mobile website and want to register a .mobi domain. How would you know where to start? Who offers the best price? What if there is a cheaper domain provider out there than GoDaddy? Fear not, Domparison is here to help.

Domparison is a much needed web service that compares registration, renewal and transfer prices of domains across a number of vendors. It supports many extensions including .com, .net, .mobi, .biz, .org, .me and others. Simply head over to Domparison.com and click on the domain extension (also called TLD) that you are interested in. Domparison will show you prices from a number of domain providers starting with the cheapest one.

It is interesting to see that each category has a different registrar offering the lowest price. If somebody is offering the cheapest .com registration, it might not necessarily be the cheapest one for renewal. This tool can be extremely useful for people who regularly buy/sell domain names as well for as newbies who have no idea about the domain pricing.

See Exactly How Long It Takes To Load A Website

Loading time for a website varies significantly depending upon a number of variables. It is easy to say that a website is loading slowly but exactly how slow is the real question? WebWait is a free application that lets you answer this question.

Simply head over to WebWait.com and type in any URL. WebWait would then tell you exactly how much time it took to load the web page. The loading time is measured up to the tenth of a second. Moreover, WebWait re-loads your website every 5 seconds and gives you the average loading time of all the previous attempts for up to 10 attempts.

It is a very useful tool if you want to compare the loading time of your website against your competitors or want to see how your website is doing compared to some popular websites. If you find a significant difference, you can then combine this knowledge with a Sitonomy analysis to try to figure out why your website might be slower.

Create Favicons Easily With Favicon-Generator

If you don’t know what a favicon is, it is the little icon for each website that you see in the address bar. For example, you might have noticed the little TB icon in the address bar for Techie-Buzz.

There are many tools available to create a favicon icon, with Favicon-Generator being one of the simplest and easiest ones. Using Favicon-Generator you can manually draw a Favicon or generate one by uploading an image. A number of standard drawing tools and a color palette is available if you decide to draw a favicon manually.

Once the favicon has been generated, you can download it to your computer.

Here’s a quick tip on how to use the favicon icon. Simply upload your favicon icon file to the root folder of your website and insert the following code between the <head> and </head> tags of your html file.

<link rel=iconhref=http://www.yoursite.com/favicon.icotype=image/x-icon/ >
<link rel=shortcut iconhref=http://www.yoursite.com/favicon.icotype=image/x-icon/ >


Automatically Delete Unwanted Messages From Your Gmail

Going through tons of unwanted emails everyday has become a routine for each one of us. These may be mailing lists we are no longer interested in, annoying friends or family members or simply spam. You have tried unsubscribing and marking it as spam but nothing seemed to work. Here’s another way to make these messages disappear.

To set up automatic deletion for emails coming from a particular source, we first need to set up a filter so Gmail can identify that source.

  1. Open one of these unwanted emails.
  2. Click on the drop down arrow next to Reply and select Filter messages like this.
  3. Enter additional criteria if you want like subject and certain words that can identify these messages.
  4. Click on Test Search to make sure Gmail is identifying the right messages.
  5. Click on Next Step.
  6. Check the boxes Mark As Read and Delete It.
  7. Click on Create Filter.

That’s it. These messages will now be deleted as soon they are received. If you ever want to change this, you can go to Settings and edit the filter.

How To Open Firefox Searches In A New Tab

If you search for something in Firefox, the results are displayed in the same tab by default. Many times when you are doing a search, you don’t want to navigate away from the current page and you would rather get the search results in a new tab. Here’s how to do that in Firefox:

1. In the address bar, type about:config

2. Filter results by typing browser.search.openintab

3. You will see the value set to false

4. Right-click and from the menu choose Toggle


That’s it. As soon as you click on Toggle, the value would be changed to True and your search results would now open in a new tab. This small tip turns out to be quite useful if you do a lot of searches from your browser instead of going to Google or Bing home page.

ViewLikeUS: View a Website In Different Resolutions

We have previously talked about testing a website in different versions of IE and testing a website on iPhone. However, along with the cross-browser testing, it is also critical to see how your website would appear to users using different screen resolutions. Depending on the computer and the monitor settings, screen resolutions can go from 800 x 600 to 1920 x 1200.

One way to test a website in different resolutions is to use different monitors and/or adjust resolutions on your computer. The other way, a much simpler one, is to use an application like ViewLikeUs. ViewLikeUs is a free web app that lets you view a website in 9 different screen resolutions. It is an Ajax based tool so you don’t have to download anything and you don’t have to register for an account. Simply enter the URL of the web page you want to view and off you go.

Here are the different resolutions you can view a website in using ViewLikeUs:

ViewLikeUs also allows you to view a website the way it would appear on an iPhone and a Wii browser.

7 Online Calculators For Your Financial Needs

Gone are the days when you used your standard calculator to do all sorts of calculations, be it an estimation of your mortgage or converting units. Nowadays, there is a specialized calculator for everything you need. Just enter the numbers and off you go.

Consequently, a number of specialized financial calculators have popped up in the last few years that let you do everything from calculating monthly mortgage payments to complicated income tax calculations. Here are 7 such calculators that we found to be most useful and unique:

1. Mookal:

Calculating refinance and mortgage costs are without a doubt one of the biggest segments of personal finance. Mookal has the simplest and very effective calculators to do that for you. Just enter the basic information like rates, terms e,t,c, and Mookal will show you the complete picture. Mookal also shows you a comparison of how things would look if you re-finance.

2. IRS Withholding Calculator:

We all want to keep this one handy. It is provided by IRS and lets you calculate your income taxes and net pay. Don’t worry, all the information entered is anonymous and all the data is discarded once you exit. This one is applicable to US residents only.

3. CommutePrice:

With the ever-fluctuating price of gas, it is always good to know how much a trip would cost you. Simply enter the number of miles, price per gallon and MPG and calculate the cost of your one-time, weekly or monthly commute. Visit CommutePrice.

4. RePayment Calculator:

This calculator by Federal Reserve helps you estimate how much time and money it will take you to pay off your debt. Mainly geared towards credit cards.

5. PayPal Fee Calculator:

This neat tool helps you calculate the net amount you will receive and the fees you would pay to PayPal for any transaction. Supports multiple currencies. Also has a reverse calculator to see how much money you would have to receive to get a certain net amount.

6. eBay Fee Calculator:

This is an extensive calculator that lets you calculate your eBay fee based on the options, upgrades, discounts and listing details you specify. Also takes into consideration the PayPal fee you would have to pay if the item got sold.   You can use it for eBay auction sites of around 20 countries.

7. Amazon Fee Calculator:

Calculate your seller fee and net income when you list an item on Amazon. Also offers a reverse calculator.

Find Similar Websites With SimilarSites

Every now and then you come across a type of website that has excellent content but not that specific item you were looking for. You are pretty sure that a similar website might have that, but you have no way to see what are some of the similar websites. Gladly, there are ways to do so. This type of browsing is often referred to as “associative browsing” and one of the best tools for this is SimilarSites.com

SimilarSites is a neat web application that allows you to find sites with similar type of content. All you need to do is enter the URL of the website and click submit. The application will then display websites that have similar content. You can also use it through a Firefox-addon or install a SimilarSites tool bar that would help you discover content similar to what you are currently browsing. Once the results are displayed, you can vote each of the resulting website up or down based on what you think the similarity level is.

My search for websites similar to YouTube came up with results like Vimeo, DailyMotion e.t.c.

You can also use SimilarSites through Twitter by just sending a tweet with the site name and include the hastag #similarsites. You will receive a reply with direct link to similar websites.

See The Technologies Behind A Website With Sitonomy

If you have ever wondered what ad-networks your competitor uses or what kind of server technology is used by that popular website, now is your chance to obtain that information for free.

Sitonomy is a web application that lets you see all sorts of technologies that power a particular website. Simply go to Sitonomy.com and enter the URL of the website. You will be able to see the advertisement networks used by the website, the server technologies, the kind of widgets used, and even the analytics software that are used by the website.

If it is a blog, Sitonomy also tells you about the blogging platform and the subscription tool being used to manage RSS feeds. If the website uses any external libraries such as jQuery, that information will also be listed in the Sitonomy analysis.

Another great feature that Sitonomy offers is the ability to look up alternatives to any of these technologies. Simply click the alternatives link for any technology to see the possible replacements.

Backup Your Facebook Data With Social Safe

With 200 Million users, Facebook has become the most popular social platform. Along with tons of wall postings and messages, people store photo albums, videos and a number of other personal things on Facebook. What if one day you wake up and everything is gone? Chances are pretty slim that something like that would happen to your Facebook data, but should you take the risk?

SocialSafe is a new web service with a solution to this problem. For a little price ($2.99), they back up all your Facebook data and store it on your local machine so you can also browse it while you are offline. It is a neat idea and one that would definitely come in handy for people who spend countless hours on Facebook.

Currently, SocialSafe only supports Facebook but they promise coverage for more networks in the future. One big feature that I think they are missing is the ability to backup all this data in the cloud because a hard drive crash is probably more common than an accidental account deletion on Facebook. Right now this is something that would have to be done by the user. Check out their video to learn more about SocialSafe.

Via [KillerStartups]

Find Unused or Redundant CSS Selectors

If you work with stylesheets you will often find redundant selectors in your document. If you set about identifying them manually, it would take a lot of time and effort. Gladly, there is a web application that does this for you within seconds.

CSS Redundancy checker identifies the unused elements of your stylesheet. Simple specify the URL of your stylesheet and the URL of your HTML pages. The application will then search your stylesheet and find selectors that are not being used anywhere in those HTML pages. It is a very useful tool to clean a stylesheet.

It is also a good tool to identify which selectors are being used on which HTML pages. However, for that purpose you will have to try one HTML page at a time.

Analyze The Processes In Your Windows Background

If a computer starts acting strange, slow or simply starts freezing up, the first instinct is usually to press Ctrl+Alt+Del and see what applications and processes are running. All of us can usually figure out the applications and close them if necessary, but we usually don’t have enough knowledge about the processes to take the appropriate action.

Here’s an awesome website that can help. FileInspect is a complete resource about all the Windows processes that are running in your background. If you want to see what a specific process does and how safe it is, just head on to FileInspect and start typing the name of the process.

The website would autocomplete your search and once you select a process, it will provide you details about what the process is and how safe it is. After telling you what the process does, FileInspect also provides a recommendation about if you should let the process running or turn it off.

The processes marked with green are considered safe while the processes marked with red are considered dangerous and should be turned of as soon as possible.

Convert Images To Icon Files Using iConvert

We have previously mentioned a number of websites to download free icons. These resources include tons of high-quality free icons, but sometimes what you want is not readily available. If that is the case and you want to create your own icon, there is a web app that will come in very handy.

iConvert is an application that converts regular images into icon files, free of cost. Simply upload any image file with a PNG, JPG, TIF, BMP or any other commonly used image format, and iConvert will convert that into an icon file for you.

Once converted, you can download your icon as a .ico file which is a windows native icon file, .hqx or .icns files which are icon files for MAC OS or download them as simple .png to use with Linux.  The converted .png file is available for download in a number of different sizes.

4 Unique Tools To Generate Strong Passwords

Sometime ago, we talked about how to create a strong password. However, if you find it to be a confusing or time-consuming task, you can go to one of the many web applications that generate strong passwords for you. We compared a number of them and found that 4 of them specially stood out due to their unique features:

1.SimplePassword:

SimplePassword lets you create a master password, and then uses that master password to generate strong and unique passwords for each website you use. If you loose any of your generated passwords, you can always come back to SimplePassword, enter your master password and you would be able to generate the exact same passwords again.

2. SafePasswd:

SafePasswd also generates strong random passwords for you but it also allows you to specify the type of password you want. You can specify if you want letters only, numbers only, both letters and numbers or use all available characters. You can also decide if you want your password to be of mixed case. Another great feature that SafePasswd offers is the option to specify the desired length of your password

3. PasswordSuggest:

If you want your password to be a bit more relevant and easy to remember, head over to PasswordSuggest. All you need to do then is enter a memorable word and PasswordSuggest would generate strong yet easy to remember passwords based on that word. You can also use the service to generate usernames.

4. PasswordBird:

If you think all the generated passwords are too hard to remember, you will like PasswordBird. You can enter a name, a word and a special date so PasswordBird can generate a password that would make sense to you and would be easy to remember. In other words, PasswordBird offers strong passwords but with a little bit less randomness.