Reveals Top 10 Artists of 2009 is the ultimate social platform when it comes to music. Millions of users flock to every day to listen to music, manage playlists and find music related information. Now, when 2009 is about to end, they have revealed the top 10 albums of the year based on album scrobbles.

Here’s the list:

10. Kayne West with 6,615,339 album scrobbles.

9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs with 6,885,404 album scrobbles.

8. Green Day with 7,607,693 album scrobbles.

7. Animal Collective with 7,630,636 scrobbles.

6. Beyonce with 8,642,704 scrobbles.

5. Franz Ferdinand with 8,795,186 album scrobbles.

4. The Prodigy with 8,900,264 scrobbles.

3. Lily Allen with 10,522,633 album scrobbles.

2. The Killers with 12,471,571 scrobbles.

1. Lady Gaga with 18,487,195 album scrobbles.

The data is based on activity from 1st October 2008 through 16th November 2009. Another interesting set of data that was recently published by is the Top 1000 by tag list.

Create a Custom Album From Facebook, Flickr and Picasa Photos

Our digital life is scattered over many platforms. This is specially true when it comes to photos; some are on Facebook, some are on Picasa and some of them are on a hard drive. Pixable is a great web app that lets you create custom albums by combining photos from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and your computer.

Once you sign in to Pixable with your Facebook account, it will show you all your Facebook albums and even photos of your friends that are publicly available. You don’t have to select complete albums, you can just pick and choose the photos you want. Similarly, you can select photos from your Flickr and Picasa account and also upload images from your hard drive.

You can also choose a theme for your album, such as Christmas or floral, and invite other Facebook users to contribute to your album. Once created, you can save your album to Pixable, share it with your friends on Facebook, email it to your friends, post it to your Facebook feeds or even order a physical album for a very low price.

Pixable can also be used to create photobook calendars. Right now Pixable is offering a lot of amazing Christmas themes for albums and calendars.

Multifox for Logging into Multiple Accounts

multifox-logo The Multifox addon for Firefox is a unique solution to an old problem that some of us account gluttons sometimes have.

The problem: Logging into several accounts at the same website, at the same time.

I’ll grant you that this isn’t a problem for most people, but if you are one of the few who have multiple email accounts, Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts, or accounts at some other site, Multifox could be your new friend.

Here’s how it works, once it’s installed:

Right click on any browser link, and you’ll see a new action in the menu, Open Link in New Identity Profile.


The link will open in a new window, and you’ll be able to login in as you wish. As far as I know, there are no limitations, on the number of windows you can open this way.

Download Multifox

Techie Buzz Verdict

This addon could prove to be very useful to a select few Firefox users. If you are one of these, you know who you are.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

Review of the Eset Online Scanner

A few days ago, I installed Microsoft Security Essentials on my new netbook. It is doing it’s job quite well so far. In fact, it caught an intrusion from some questionable software (my bad) that I was trying out.

Today I decided to get an additional opinion from Eset Online Scanner. I trust the Eset name, since their antivirus solutions have been a gold standard in security for many years. Eset’s online software uses the same AV engines and signatures as it’s flag-ship products, ESET Smart Security and NOD32. It promises to work on any Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista or 7 systems. In addition, it will run directly inside of Internet Explorer 5 or greater (using ActiveX), and you can also run it from a downloaded Smart Installerif you aren’t using Internet Explorer.

After the ActiveX or the Smart Installer finishes, Eset will start downloading it’s signature database.


Next, you’ll be able to actually tweak your scan with a few settings. The settings will even allow you to change the areas that ESET will scan on your hard drive.


Now ESET gets down to the dirty job of actually scanning the PC. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t take much more that 15 minutes before it finished.


And finally, you will reach the results screen. Hopefully, you’ll get the same message that I did.


If ESET’s online scanner does detect some suspected malware, it actually won’t automatically delete the files. Instead, they are put in quarantine and you’ll be allowed to either restore the files or delete them.

ESET Online Scanner page

Techie Buzz Verdict:

techiebuzzrecommendedsoftware1 Having a second opinion on your system’s security is almost priceless, and in this case, it’s almost painless. I can highly recommend ESET Online Scanner. I found no faults with the scanner, but if it were up to me, I’d get rid of the ActiveX install. It’s not needed and it’s extra work supporting it. I think I could also recommend that you download the Smart Installer and drop it on a flash drive, just before you make a house call to fix up your friend’s sick computer.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Transfer Large Files up to 2GB in Size with WeTransfer

Sharing large files on the internet may be difficult at times, especially when you cannot email the large files because most of the email providers have a limitation on the size of attachments. The second option is using file sharing services, but most of them aren’t free or have limitations.  WeTransfer is quite different as it lets you send and share large files (up to 2GB in size) to anyone without requiring any signups or registrations.

To get started with WeTransfer, simple visit the homepage and you can start uploading your file.


You can upload and send multiple files using WeTransfer. To send the file, just enter your email address along with the recipients email address and type a custom message. After that, hit the Transferbutton and the file is uploaded to their servers. The recipient will receive a download link of the file in his/her email inbox. The file is kept for two weeks in their servers. A quite similar service is Dropsend.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

WeTransfer looks promising and the site is very easy to use. The fact that it requires no software installation and registrations, sets it apart from other file sharing services.

Techie-Buzz rating: 4/5 (good).

Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Review

thunderbird-icon Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox and other open source programs, just released version 3.0 of the Thunderbird email client.

They’ve packed quite a few changes into the new version, such as a tabbed interface, a new search tool and a streamlined setup for Gmail and other online mail services.

I’m a long time Gmail user, so switching to a PC client to read my mail instead of viewing it through a web browser is still feeling strange to me. However, the setup process was as simple as providing my login and password. Within 2 or 3 minutes, I was sending and receiving mail with no problems.

The T-bird main interface isn’t anything exciting to look at, and looks like most other email clients at first. However, there are lots of themes available to make it look just how you like it.

thunderbird-standard thunderbird-aero thunderbird-walnut

The new search interface is almost unbelievable. It’s very fast and it can find anything you’ve ever written once all of your mail is indexed.


The tabs in Thunderbird are a big improvement for those who need to multitask. Opening an email in a tab is as simple as double clicking and right-clicking on a message opens it in a tab in the background. T-bird will also remember what you had open in the tabs when you close the program. The next time you return, the previous mail and searches will still be displayed.

Another thing many people will like is that you’ll be able to use Thunderbird on all of your computers, whether you use Windows, Mac or Linux.

If you enjoy creating nice looking emails, Thunderbird has a good many features to help, fonts of all kinds and tools to insert images, tables, links and HTML code.

The biggest plus in my estimation, is the addon support. There are lots of cool addons for Thunderbird, similar to the addons for Firefox. The first addon that I used allowed me to synchronize my Gmail contacts with T-bird. That certainly saved me time and effort.


The download for Windows is less than 9mb and it installs easily with very few steps.

Download / Main Page for Thunderbird

Techie-Buzz Verdict:


Mozilla has made several excellent improvements with this version. In many cases, they’ve got a real shot at leaving the other email clients far behind in popularity. If you need an email client, Thunderbird is a winner for many reasons.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

How to Establish and Track Your Daily Habits With Rootein

With 2010 just round the corner, I’m sure you are all set with the list of new resolutions. But unlike the usual new year resolutions which we make and break, this one is going to be followed. Wonder why? Because of Rootein (sounds like routine) – a site that will keep you motivated as you work on your daily routines. The foremost idea of this site is to make the serious task of building good and healthy habits a fun activity so that you remain engaged in it without losing interest. It is a special service that will aid in creating new tasks and will track them.

Rootein’s concept works on the fact that it takes approximately 3 weeks for something to become a habit, which means that after using Rootein for 21 days, the task on your resolution list will become a habit, hopefully!

So once you sign up for a free account, you will find a calendar where you need to enter a task or what is called a Rootein. It maybe anything from going for a jog every morning to drinking 3 liters of water everyday. You can create as many Rooteinsas you want. Once you do a thing in the list mark the date on the calendar. Everyday as you perform a task just tick it in the calendar and then move on with your day.


Another feature of this site is the option to create reminders so that you don’t forget a particular task, for example checking the refrigerator for leftover food! With its mobile support you can receive reminders while you are on the go and also access the site from anywhere. Rootein’s slack detector which will “gently” buzz you if you miss too many tasks for many days in a row.

Its never too late to build a good habit. So spare a few moments and log in to this site. It wouldn’t be long before you feel proud as check marks appear on the calendar indicating every day you successfully marked the Rootein.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Rootein is a free and simple option for those who want to keep track of their daily habits. The mobile reminders looks impressive but if they could add email notifications of tasks, it would have been even more useful.

Techie-Buzz rating: 3.5/5

SimpleText lets you Write and Save Short Notes Online

While working in front of your computer you may have the habit of taking notes for storing ideas, reminders and may be other random stuff. We have seen some useful software’s that lets you create and save notes in your desktop. But if you use multiple computers then you need an online tool which you can use to store ideas and notes and access them from anywhere.

This is where SimpleText comes in. It is an extremely simple and useful note keeping service which can be used to create and save texts online.

To get started, visit the homepage and sign in to the Simpletext dashboard. You can use an existing Google account to sign in to your SimpleText account.

Here is how the SimpleText text editor looks


Just write your notes and when you are done click on save. SimpleText will save the text in a new document which you can access later from the Openlink.

All the notes are saved in your SimpleText account and here is how the list of notes look:


Clicking a note opens it for editing. You can also compare the revisions of a particular note from the Revisionstab. Using Firefox ? Check out which lets you create and edit notes from Firefox.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

SimpleText does what it says. The interface is extremely simple and clutter free. Users need not register or sign up as they can sign in with an existing Google account.

Techie-Buzz rating: 3/5 (Average)

RoomAtlas: Book Hotels from an Interactive Map

RoomAtlas is an intriguing web application which enables you to book hotels from an interactive map. Just enter the name of a Country or City, select the appropriate currency (US Dollars or British Pounds) and click the search button. You will be presented with a list of hotels available in that area as an interactive map.

Hotels listed are marked in different colors based on their price per night. You can filter the search results by price, check-in, check-out date(s), amenities available in the hotels like swimming pool, restaurant, kids’ activities etc.,

Clicking on a hotel in the map will open a pop-up giving you information about that hotel, like hotel name, address, description, star rating, and further links to read reviews and check availability. Roomatlas also provides you with an option to include Wikipedia landmarks on the map. This feature helps you in getting to know about important places (tourist spots, airports, monuments etc) near a hotel. It’s free to use and does not require any registration.

Wishlistr: Create a Wishlist and Share it with Others

Wishlistr is an easy to use web application which helps you collect, organize and keep track of things you want. You can create a wishlist and share it with friends and family. The items in your wishlist can be sorted by simple drag and drop. You can easily edit or remove items on your wishlist without having to reload the page.

With Wishlistr you can collect all the things you want in one place and add things to your list from anywhere on the web with a single click. It lets you organize your wishlist items in appropriate templates for birthdays, weddings, holidays and more.

Wishlistr allows you to quickly share your wishlist with others. You can let others subscribe to your list via RSS and publish your wishlist on your web site or blog.

It also provides you with tools to,

  • Embed your wishlist on your website or blog.
  • Import items from Amazon wishlist and bookmarks
  • Let others subscribe to your list via RSS
  • Easily add items to your wishlist from anywhere on the web via bookmarklet

Wishlistr is free for use and it takes less than a minute to get started. If you have an OpenID, you don’t even have to sign up. You can login directly with your OpenID.

You might want to check out a quick video tutorial to see Wishlistr in action here.