Load2All Allows You to Simultaneously Upload Files to Multiple Hosts

Load2All- File Uploader and SpreaderFile hosting services like Rapidshare and Megaupload have become quite the rage. In fact Rapidshare.com is among the top 25 sites according to Alexa.

These file hosting services allow users to get past email-attachment size limits and are well suited for sharing files both publicly and privately. In fact, some people also use them as a free backup service for storing vital information.

The downside is that many of these file hosting services have major download restrictions for free users. Some websites offer a limited number of download slots for each country, some tend to delete files after a short period of inactivity and some may be banned at colleges and workplaces. Hence, if you want to ensure that everyone is able to download the file, you would ideally want to upload them to multiple services. However, doing so manually is often not feasible due to time constraints.

Load2All is a free service which allows you to simultaneously upload files to as many as 8 file hosting services. At the moment Load2All supports 17 file hosting services including Rapidshare, Megaupload, HotFile, DepositFiles, Megashares and Sendspace. The best thing about Load2All is that it automatically splits the uploaded file into RAR archives if maximum file size limit for any host is exceeded. You can upload files from your computer as well as from another remote host. Rapidshare accounts (collector or premium) are also supported. This ensures that you won’t miss out on the opportunity to earn points from your uploads.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Load2All is a handy solution for regular file uploaders. Its standout feature is the ability to automatically split large files. If you have a file you wish to share, give Load2All a try. It definitely makes more sense to use Load2All, than uploading the file to a single file host.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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Wordcounter: Online Word Frequency Tool to Count Repetitive Words

If you are a writer and struggling to get your style correct, Wordcounter can help. Wordcounter is a free online tool which can be used for many common tasks like: counting words in a given text, finding repetitive words etc. This tool can rank the most frequently used words in any text document. This can be immensly useful when you want to judge your writing skills and analyze what words do you use often.

To get started, just visit Wordcounter and paste the text that you want Wordcounter to analyze.


From the dropdown menu, you can include or exclude common words and the number of words that you want Wordcounter to list and rank.


Press the “Go” button and Wordcounter will list the results as shown below:


So, there you are. Wordcounter has listed the most used words in the given text, so that you can see the flaws in your writing. It can also act as a good keyword tool for Bloggers. You can use it to analyze the density of a particular keyword in your article and judge whether it is too low or abnormaly high.(also read:Never Spell a Word Wrong Again with Enso Words).

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Wordcounter is a nice little tool for anybody who wants to see variations and patterns in his writing. However more functionalities are desired like: spell checker, grammar correction etc. If the developer could include uploading of Word or text documents, then it would be even more beneficial to use.

Techie-Buzz rating: 3/5(average)

FormSpring: Create Question Boxes for Facebook, Twitter and Your Blog

Do you have a blog? Are you on Facebook on Twitter? Do you want a quick feedback from any of your friends, fans or blog visitors?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, check out FormSpring. It’s a brilliant tool to create question boxes in which your friends or readers can ask questions. The question boxes can then be published in Blogger, Tumblr, Facebbook or your Twitter accounts.

To get started with FormSpring, sign up for an account. You can use an existing Facebook account to login and create your profile.(see example)

This is how your FormSpring profile looks:


You can share your profile url with anyone, and they can ask you questions. The questions arrive in your FormSpring account and you can answer them. Here is how the set of questions look:


You can block as well as delete the questions you do not wish to answer. The brilliant thing about FormSpring is that the question box can be embedded in your blog, Twitter or Facebook account. Your friends and users can answer the questions from the social networks, and they do not need to open any account or sign up. Once you answer the questions from your Formspring account, the answers are published on your profile page.

The question box can be designed and completely customized which includes adding a background image and a logo. Here is how a sample question box looks:


Techie-Buzz Verdict

Formspring is nice and sweet. The fact that it allows anyone to ask questions in a universal way is impressive. However, it does not allow email notifications when someone asks you a question. You have to check your FormSpring account for incoming questions and answer them. This can be a bit tedious especially when you have every possible social network to check and monitor.

Techie-buzz rating: 4/5 (excellent)

Create Your Own Wifi Hotspot – Connectify Updated to 1.0

connectify-program-icon A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new free application, called Connectify. It makes use of an unfinished feature in Windows 7 which allows you to create a personal wifi hotspot that can be shared with others.

* Please note that this application only works in Windows 7. You will also have to register at the Connectify website with a name and email address.

New and improved!

Recently, Connectify has been updated with a few minor features to bring it up to Version 1.0. The new and improved features include improved notification tray icons, support for more wireless cards, improved memory management, recovery from sleep/hibernate, support for multiple Windows accounts and more.

Why do I need Connectify?

I can think of at least two cases where Connectify would be nice.

If you don’t have a wireless router in your home, you won’t need one with Connectify. Any PC with a wireless card, that’s hooked up to the internet, can become a local wifi hotspot. Now you can broadcast the internet to your Xbox or wifi enabled phone or other devices.

If you happen to be at an airport or an internet cafe, you can share your connection and possibly help someone avoid being charged with a connection fee. Just don’t tell anyone that I said you can do this. I don’t know if it’s legal in all cases.

How to use Connectify

● Download the Connectify client
● Install it
● Look for the Connectify icon in the system tray

● Click on the icon once to open it


● Set the wifi name
● Set a password of 8 characters or more
● Select either Local or Wireless in the pull down (your current internet connection)
● Select either Access Point or Ad Hoc in the pull down (the new hotspot)
● Click the “Start Hotspot” button

As you can see, I’ve created a wifi hotspot named “skynet“.

Once it’s live, anyone with your password can connect to your hotspot. Connectify even identifies PCs and devices that are connected to it. You can see them in the window labeled “Connected Clients”. If you double click on a connected client, you can change the little icon next to it to make it easier to identify at a glance.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

If you would like to share your internet connection wirelessly in your home or on the road, you could not ask for an easier way to do it. I have no problems giving this app a good recommendation.

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Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

My Zoho PC Is a Desktop UI for Zoho Services

No, Zoho is not releasing a desktop version of its applications. But, the folks at ManageEngine – a Zoho Corp division, have developed a pretty desktop-like user interface for Zoho products.

In many ways My Zoho PC (MyZPC) is a natural extension of the Zoho Office Suite. Most of the tasks performed by Zoho apps are tasks which have been traditionally performed by desktop application. MyZPC mimics your desktop and provides an experience similar to that offered by offline Office Suites.


Besides the cool factor, the biggest advantage of My Zoho PC is that it makes working with multiple apps more intuitive. Not only are you able to access apps faster, but you can work with different apps within the same browser tab. Until now switching between multiple apps within a single browser tab was possible only with a Zoho Business account.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Zoho is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and complete web-based office suites available. Thanks to the sheer quality of their products, Zoho has managed to stay competitive in a niche which is populated by offerings from both Google and Microsoft. My Zoho PC may be an unofficial product, but it does a pretty good job at extending and improving the Zoho experience. Not everyone will find this useful; MyZPC is especially pointless if you use only one or two Zoho services. But, even then you will probably want try it at least once, simply because it is nifty.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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Easily Create Personal Web Pages with No Signup at Webnotes

Webnotes was created for the simple purpose of taking fast and simple notes. Over a short period of time, more features were added. Now it’s handy for far more than taking simple notes. It can easily take the lead in being a meeting place for groups.

Here’s an example page I created long ago. (same as image below)

Keep reading and I’ll give you some tips on how to use Webnotes.


Generate Twitter, Facebook Ribbons For Your Website

Social media is all about letting people interact with each other. It is something that every good website uses to increase its traffic. There are several ways to invite website visitors to your social media profiles including text links, badges and icons.

Another great way is to display a banner on the top of your website. If you think creating these banners is a lot of work, try Social Ribbon Generator. Using this neat little tool you can generate banners for your Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube profile in less than a minute.

Start by selecting the social network you want to generate a banner for. Then enter your username and select one out of several designs. Once you are done, an HTML code would be provided so you can embed the banner on your website or blog.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Social Ribbon Generator is a very simple yet productive tool to generate high-quality banners for your social media profiles. It is easy-to-use and quick. Adding more banner designs would, however, make the service even better.

Rating: 4/5

Squareleaf: Free Web Based Sticky Notes Service

Squareleaf is a free web based virtual sticky note service. It can be used to store all the important and day-to-day information like schedules, phone numbers, addresses, to-do lists and other notes.

Squareleaf provides the convenience of arranging your notes on a white board in the way you like. The content in the sticky notes can be saved, modified and deleted as needed. Since this service is web based, you can access it from anywhere at anytime.

Once you sign up, you can start making sticky notes by selecting the color of your note and then clicking on add note’. You can also resize, change the color and location of the notes all over the white board.

The information in the notes can be saved and reloaded using the save’ and reload’ options. Squareleaf makes it very easy for you to manage your to-do lists, notes and other information.

Key Features

  • Web based virtual sticky note service.
  • Provides options to drag-drop, resize and change the color of note boxes.
  • Can be used to store to-dos, schedules, phone numbers etc.
  • Free to use, requires registration.

Best Tools to Crop and Resize Images Online

Previously we have covered some fabulous image manipulation tools and photo editors. In this article, we are showcasing some of the best tools available on the web to crop and resize images to make it easy for you.

CutMyPic: Free web based image re-sizer tool. It enables you to cut, crop, drop shadow and round the corners of your image. It provides you with the orginal and revised image size information. You can preview the changes made to the image and send it via email or save it to your PC.

PicResize: A free online picture resizer to crop a selected portion of your images. And, add special effects like gray scale, blur, oil paint etc.,

Resizr: Provides you with some convenient options to crop a selected part of an image. You can manually set the initial width and height of the portion to be cropped or choose from other available options like square, free, 4 x 6 etc., It also has a draggable slider to resize your images in a convenient way.

Resize it – Crop a photo: Just upload an image and select the part on your image that needs cropping, then press ‘Crop it’ and save your image.

DrPic: It’s a free web based image editor with some nice options to crop, resize, adjust the brightness and add special effects to images. To crop an image on DrPic – upload an image, choose the ‘Crop’ tool, make a selection to be cropped and click on the ‘Crop’ tool again to save your selection.

Defining an image crop area with JavaScript: Upload the image you wish to crop from your hard drive, then to select your image crop area, click the opposite diagonal corners of the area you want to keep. A selection box will appear, when you have your selection in the appropriate position, click the “Crop Image” button and the image will be cropped to your selection.

FlyEdit: This Firefox add-on not only lets you crop images right within your browser, but also allows you to edit and resize images. You can even rotate, change the brightness and contrast of the image and more.

Web Resizer: Is a free online photo resizing tool with options to crop, rotate, optimize, sharpen and adjust the brightness and contrast of your images. It’s a convenient way to quickly crop and resize your favorite images for use on websites, email and elsewhere.

If you have a blog based on WordPress, you can use the built-in image editor on WordPress to quickly crop and resize your images.

What’s your favorite online tool to resize and crop images? Do tell us in comments.

Free DNS Benchmark Tools – Satisfy Your Need for Speed

Anonymous_Computer_1 Recently, Google made a big splash in the world of domain name servers (DNS), when they offered their own free (open) DNS service. Shortly after Google’s announcement, I posted an article telling you How to Use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP. In that article, I also explain the general idea of what DNS actually does and how it can affect your overall surfing speed.

That wasn’t the end of the story. There were plenty of people who had concerns about the whole Google DNS idea, since Google already influences so much of the Internet with their search engine, advertising and free services.

There are hundreds of alternatives for free and open DNS services but OpenDNS is still the premier (and one of the largest) since it offers all kinds of filtering options for internet safety. For many out there, popularity or safety aren’t a big concern. They feel the need for speed.

Often times, your fastest DNS service is the one provided to you by default from your internet service provider, but sometimes it isn’t. How can you find out which is the fastest?

Here are two free tools that you can use to determine the speed king when it comes to DNS services at your location.


The first, namebench, is a fairly new, free and open source project (FOSS) which is hosted at Google Code. So, once again, Google has their finger in the pie, in a sense. Since it’s open source, I don’t fear that it’s results will be lopsided in favor of any service. It was easy to use, you only have to click a single button (Start Benchmark) to get it started on it’s 10 to 15 minutes of benchmarking. (for Windows, Mac, Linux)


DNS Benchmark

The second, Steve Gibson’s DNS Benchmark, is also fairly new from what I understand. Steve is an old security expert who’s earned our trust with years of service. He codes all of his programs using assembly language and this tool is very compact, weighing in at 176k. It’s just as easy to use , since all you have to do is click a single button (Run Benchmark) to fire it up. I did notice that it finished a bit faster than the other tool did. (Windows only)



Both of these tools will let you make all kinds of changes to the options before you run them. I won’t spend any time here going into those options because they’ll both work fine with their default settings if the average joe needs to use them.

I used both of these freeware tools. Based on the results, I’ve determined that although UltraDNS was slightly faster, I am willing to trade some of that speed for the extra safety of OpenDNS. I used a freeware tool named DNS Jumper to quickly set my DNS settings.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Since both of these tools are free, there’s really no need to make a choice between them. Take a few minutes and run both of them. However, if I had to choose only one, then Steve’s DNS Benchmark would be my choice, only because I’ve used his freeware security tools for years and I trust him implicitly.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (both tools are good)