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Download Free Tutorials For Anything Online

Did you ever think to start out learning something on your own and haven’t found the right resources for it, for example you want to take up designing and you want to learn Photoshop, or learn java on your own?

Google does provide users with a good way to search and find resources, but do you want to skip through things and just download the right tutorial?

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Free Tutorial for Me is a handy online service that indexes more than 38 million tutorials, but wait they do not do it themselves, they still use Google, however they only show , PowerPoint presentations and documents in the results.

To view the tutorial just click on the view button next to the tutorial and it will load a internal viewer to load the PDF, document or presentation, so you do not even need to have any of these softwares installed on your computer to view them.

Definitely useful and worth using if you are looking for a site to search for tutorials.

Free Tutorials for Me [via Technospot]

XML Support In Google Chrome

By default does not display/render XML content on the browser, however you can still view it from the source, this is because it does not have a proper XML parser yet.

A new Google Chrome Extension called XML Tree solves the problem by displaying the XML content in a user friendly tree format with opening and closing nodes.

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Pretty useful for programmers and developers who deal a lot with XML content.

Download XML Tree

Flickroom – The complete Adobe AIR app for Flickr

Introducing ‘Flickroom‘ (in beta at the time of writing), an Adobe AIR app that ports entire features of Flickr into an installable AIR app along with some new value added features that makes it easy to manage and organize your flickr. Flickroom provides the rich browsing experience Flickr users have long deserved.

The app makes aggressive use of Flickr API (in a nice way). You can comment on your photos, add notes to it, save photos to disk, tweet your photos without leaving Flickroom and much more. I was skeptical about the responsiveness of the app before trying it out because, heavy AIR apps usually are so unresponsive. But Flickroom is good and is responsive, even with all the Flickr features built into it. The interface is well crafted and is very intuitive that you will never get lost in there.

Here’s how it looks like when logged into a Flickr account:
(Click   on image for the enlarged version)

How to Install Flickroom

Since it’s built on the AIR platform it requires Adobe AIR run-time to be installed on your computer. If you haven’t got that installed, get it here at Adobe’s site. (If you’re using twitter clients like Twhirl and tweetdeck, you have AIR installed on your computer).

Go to the Flickroom site and install it from the download badge present there.

And now when Flickroom is installed and launched for the first time, you should authorize it to connect it to your Flickr profile. (Instructions to do this will be shown to you). Once you’re finished authorizing Flickroom with Flickr, you’re done. You’re all set to experience Flickr like never before!

Why Flickroom?

  1. Infinitely better user experience with the black background
  2. Pop-up notifications about activity on your photo stream ensuring you don’t have to constantly refresh your browser! – bringing real-time spirit to Flickr
  3. Ability to easily check out latest   uploads from your contacts
  4. Ability to comment, favourite, add notes straight from the app UI
  5. Ability to view comments, tags, EXIF data and save photos on disk
  6. Ability to tweet about your photographs on Twitter directly from the application (image URL is automatically in TinyURL format)
  7. See which of your photos are in Flickr Explore
  8. Search in photographs of current user or all Flickr users. This feature, coupled with ‘save to disk’ feature, makes this a great search tool.
  9. And you can do drag-and-drop uploading!

Suggestions to the developers

Congrats on creating Flickroom, it’s really a great piece of work. Here are some suggestions to make it even more awesome.

  • Improve typography used in the interface
  • Smooth-ening the edges of modules will make it look nicer
  • It would be great to have the “add to group” feature to be available for photos.
  • Also check whether incorporating Flickr’s official tweeting mechanism is possible. Flic.kr URLs are snazzy!
  • Provide options to search for images licensed under CreativeCommons

If you love Flickr and frequently spend your time there, Flickroom will make it all the more entertaining. (But remember, not everything must work perfect. It’s in Beta) (You may follow Flickroom on twitter.)

100000 Google Wave Invites Coming Soon

Mashable reports that Google will be sending out 100,000 Google Wave invites to users starting September 30th 2009.

This revelation was made on the Google Wave developers blog where they said;

In other news: this morning we announced that we plan to start extending the Google Wave preview beyond developers on September 30th. This will take place on wave.google.com rather than the separate "sandbox" instance we are currently using, and we plan to involve about 100,000 users. In addition to the developers already using Wave, we will invite groups of users from the hundreds of thousands who offered to help report bugs when they signed up on wave.google.com.

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The invites will be sent out to users who have offered to help report bugs and more, we had covered earlier how you can signup for a early bird Google Wave invite.

If you are a developer you might be able to get a invite earlier, to get started you can take a look at the Google Wave APIs and also some of the sample applications.

This is definitely interesting news since Google Wave is by far one of the most awaited products from Google, and many people are dying to get a invite to use it.

Have you been waiting for a Google Wave invite? Let us know about it.

Image Credit: O’rielly Radar

Find Out The Name Of Any Font You Saw With WhatTheFont!

You may have seen many beautiful and amazing fonts in many of the sites and wondered which font it is. Now, there is no need to wonder. Check out the match for the font you looked with WhatTheFont!

WhatTheFont is a free web utility that helps you to know the font name of any of the font you come across on the web. It has a simple easy-to-use interface

In order to use this, you have to either upload the image or paste the URL of which you want to know the font. For example, if you want to know the font of the Google logo, copy and paste the URL of the image and proceed.

It analyzes the type of font and asks for character selection. Here you have to type the characters that have been highlighted.

After this, it gives you a list of fonts and in the side the images, as shown in the picture below.

Link: WhatTheFont

Now after this you can look for the most similar combination and decide the name. It’s easy.   You can have look at this. The most popular fonts named: buildinternet.

Search The Web Real-Time With Collecta

When you do a search on Google, Bing or Yahoo!, they search through the millions of websites that have already been indexed. This is good enough if you want to know about something that has already happened, but doesn’t work if you are searching for something real-time.

Suppose you want to see what people are saying about President Obama right at this very moment. Google and Bing would not be able to provide these results but Collecta can. Collecta is a search engine that searches through social media for information that was published after you started your search. It means that all the search results are real-time and don’t include any stale information from previous days or even earlier from that day.   Collecta would continue searching the web and display information as it is published on the web. If, at a point, you think you have gotten too many results, just pause the search. You can always resume the search if you want more results.

Collecta searches through social media like blogs, forums, comments and Twitter updates. You can click on a particular result to see if it is a blog post, a comment or a twitter message and go to the actual web page containing the result.

Download Complete Websites For Offline Browsing

HTTrack is a web copier freeware that functions as an offline browser program. It helps you download an website to a directory on your system. Practically, you can download any website and browse the site even if you do not have internet connection.

This end is achieved by the software by creating directories and transferring images, HTML and files to your system from the concerned server. The software even retains the link structure of the actual site.

This attribute permits the user to open from your browser, the reflection of the original website transferred to the local directory, and browse all links. Thus you get the same browsing experience offline, as you would have obtained online. You can recover files that are beyond the domain, that have to be arrived at through links by activating the get-file-near-links’ option.

HTTrack also updates the mirror site so that you can view the latest version of the site offline whenever you choose. It can also continue downloads from the point they were broken if the process gets interrupted. This will save downloading time and avert the need of starting the download all over again if it gets broken up.

HTTrack has two versions, each catering to different operating systems. While Win HTTrack is compatible with Windows 9x/ XP/ NT/2000, Web HTTrack is compatible with Linux, BSD and UNIX operating systems. HTTrack when using original sources is Mac compatible. HTTrack will operate on Windows NT only if the user logs in with administrator privileges.

The software is 100% ad ware and spy ware free. This user configurable software has an elaborate online help system.

[ Download HTTrack ]

Su.pr Opens Up To Public

Su.pr the URL shortening service created by the folks behind the social networking and sharing site StumbleUpon has finally gone public after a long period of closed beta testing.

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Su.pr connects directly to your & account allowing you to tweet or update your Facebook status within their own interface, the good part about this is that it also allows you to schedule tweets or status messages to go out at a later time.

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Once you have send out a tweet, su.pr will track and create detailed analytics for the post, in addition to promoting the link to SU users. You will also able to see the the number of views that you received from Stumble upon users, the number of retweets and so on.

In addition to that Su.pr also allows you to create Short URLs on your own domain and provides users with a plugin to integrate Su.pr into their blog and a handy bookmarklet to shorten URLs from anywhere.

Su.pr is definitely something you might want to use to get that extra traffic to your server, you don’t need to sign up to Su.pr if you are already a StumbleUpon user.

[via TechCrunch]

Bing Adds Twitter Tweets To Search Results, Gets More Real-Time Search

Microsoft has been getting a lot of things right with their decision engine , the latest being the introduction of showing tweets in search results.

This would introduce real-time search into Bing, Google has been after twitter for quite sometime now to integrate real-time search, however surprising Bing has beaten them to it.

Starting later today, when you search for these folks names in association with Twitter, you’ll see their latest Tweets come up in real time on Bing’s search results. For example, if you type Kara Swisher Twitteror Kara Swisher Tweetsor even @karaswisheras your search query, you’ll see something like the below.

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However there is a small problem here, you cannot call this a real time-search yet, since you are specifically searching for a name with a keyword that is related to twitter, users can also perform the same searches using Twitter search.

It would be interesting to see how Bing takes this integration and adds it to other search terms which are not related to twitter but to maybe say a ongoing topic, for which you will definitely find lots of conversations on twitter.

This should definitely send a alarm to the folks back at Google, who have been trying hard to get a deal with twitter and roll out real-time results as a part of search queries.

However Google is definitely not going to sit tightly on this, so expect some announcements from the in the near future.

The new feature will be gradually rolled out to users in next few hours, so if you don’t see twitter results when you search Bing, give it another try after sometime.

Do you use Bing? Or do you still prefer to use Google? Let us know about it.

Bing Community Blog [via TechCrunch]

Capture Data In Lists, Trees, Text And Combo Of HTML Pages

SysExporter is a freeware that permits you to capture data contained in lists, trees, text and combo boxes as well as HTML and Web Browser controls of any of your system applications. This captured data can then be exported to HTML, XML or text files. Both the data display and export facilities are available in the main window of the software itself.

The captured and exported data can be copied on the clipboard and pasted to any application that supports the tab de-limited format in which it is saved in the clipboard.

Data that can be captured and exported include file lists within archive files and folders, Windows’ event log, Email and Contact lists in Outlook, Registry value list in the Registry Editor, Registry monitor, File monitor, process monitor and further data in SysInternals. The regular Windows message box text and Internet Explorer’s HTML can also be captured and exported by this software.

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SysExporter is compatible with Windows NT/2000/XP/Server 2003/ Server 2008/Vista and 7. The software does work in Windows 9X and ME but it is unable to capture and export data from tree and list views. Data export is supported only for combo and list boxes in these operating systems.

The targeting key permits the user easy spotting of the window to which he wants to export data. The latest version 1.51 of this software has a new feature Remove-Question-Mark-Characters’ that can be used for date and time columns and in Explorer columns in Windows Vista.

A minor limitation of this software is that it cannot capture and export data from applications that store the data in a site of the system memory instead of stocking them in the controls that exhibit them to the user.

[ Download SysExporter ]

Twitter Widget For Opera

Here is something and fans will definitely love, a nice and cool widget for Opera that is simple lightweight and can be used to tweet away when you are browsing or surfing in Opera.

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The widget allows you to perform operations like view recent messages, view replies, view direct messages, browse archives, search, find people near you and so on, in addition to that it also has a inbuilt mechanism to shorten URLs you want to share.

In addition to that you can also reply to message, send a DM message to someone and retweet (RT) your friends tweets. Definitely worth using if you are a Opera user.

Download Twitter Widget for Opera

10 Tools To Combine and Mashup Multiple RSS Feeds

RSS has become a very common phenomenon on the web. Everybody uses it, whether they realize it or not. It has taken different forms and works in different ways. RSS delivers content with flexibility and faster than any owl at Hogwarts. (Don’t know what’s RSS? Read this)

A typical webworker goes through hundreds of feeds in a day, maybe more. Many of which are uncategorized and just linger between the pile. Those feeds may be bundled into a single feed. Like all news feeds combined into one and same with design, photography etc. A developer on the other hand might want to do it for a different reason. We have 10 tools today on Techie Buzz that should make your task easier.

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1. Yahoo Pipes: Yahoo pipes is one of the most powerful and extendible tool on this list. Within Yahoo pipes, you can source in multiple feeds into a pipe’, add filters to it, sort data as you wish, add conditions and whole lot. Yahoo pipes is so feature rich, that it can sometimes get a little confusing. If so, follow this little tutorial to get right on track.

2. FeedMingle: FeedMingle mingles your feeds into different formats. You’ll need to add your feed urls in the provided box, one in each line. Once done, you can grab the combined feed in formats of either RSS, atom or json. An html widget is also available, which you can paste anywhere on the web.

3. Feedweaver: Feedweaver allows you to create your own personalized RSS feeds. You can create your own feeds by combining source feeds from your favorite websites, and use filters to choose what you want in it. By using filters, you can extract only those stories which you wish to read. Feedweaver requires registration.

4. FeedStitch: FeedStitch lets you pull data from a lot of sources: Regular rss, Twitter, Flickr, Delicious and Tumblr to name a few and put them under groups. Each group then has its own feed which contains stories from all its constituents. FeedStitch also needs registration, which also gets you a public profile listing all your groups.

5. FeedKiller: No FeedKiller doesn’t kill the poor feeds. It mixes them. It’s working is quite simple. Enter a name for the new feed. Enter feed urls of the constituent feeds and mention how many stories you want to be indexed. There’s no limit to the number of feeds and no registration is required.

6. Feed Informer: Feed Informer lets you create digests out of multiple rss feeds. Once a digest has been created, the output can be in different forms which include PDF, Flash, Rss, atom, jpeg, Js and a lot more. Templates can be chose and digests can be published as well. Feed Informer requires registration.

7. Feed Rinse: Feed Rinse is more of a Filter than a mashup tool. Nevertheless, you can combine feeds with it regardless of any applied filters or not. Feed Rinse previously was a premium application, but now all the packages are free. You’ll get features like channels, keyword filtering, author filtering tag filtering and a lot more.

8. xFruits: xFruits is a lot more than a Rss feed aggregator. It’s a whole power house. It contains different modules that do different tasks. There’s one which creates a bunch of RSS feeds and packs them into one. Another creates a web page with a feed. xFruits will also let you create PDF files, OPML files, a mobile friendly version of your blog from a RSS feed. Requires registration.

9. BlogSieve: BlogSieve is a free web-based tool that creates new feeds by filtering, merging and sorting existing feeds. The BlogSieve engine accepts virtually every (valid) feed format, processed results are then exported into any feed format you choose.

10. Google Reader: Google Reader although is a feed reader itself, but does a very intelligent task of combining feeds as well. The feature is not really traceable at the first sight, but can be found if you dig deeper. All that you need to do is assign a folder to the feeds you need to mashup. Then go the settings page > click on folders and tags link and make that particular folder public. The public page so formed now has a feed of its own which constitutes all the stories of the feeds in the folder. So there you have it, a combined rss feed.

10+1. Feedity: Feedity comes to use when you want to create a RSS feed for a page that doesn’t provide one by default. It also lets you track webpage changes in real-time, pull web content for mashups, publish rss feeds on your website and aggregate rss feeds.

And That’s All. If you find any other useful tool , the comments are all yours!

Queue Up For A Google Wave Invite

Google Wave is by far the most exciting product of the year, it has definitely created a lot of ripples over the internet.

Google wave is basically a new tool for communication and collaboration on the web, which will combines emails, web chat, wikis, social networking and project management and collaboration in a single communication client.

Watch the video to see what Google Wave is all about, we are keeping our fingers crossed to get a invite magically so that we can do a full review soon :-).

Google Wave Demo

If you are looking to get a early bird invite for Google Wave, head our and fill this form, you may get lucky and get a invite soon.

P.S. Leave a nice and funky message to the wave team, maybe they will send out a invite to you, just kidding.

Xmarks “Bring Your Own Server” BYOS Edition

XMarks is a nice way to synchronize and store your browser bookmarks online, however not many would feel comfortable storing their passwords and bookmarks on a third party server.

Here is some good news, Xmarks have now released a new version specifically for users who want to sync their data to their own servers.

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The BYOS edition will allow users to specify their own servers where they can sync all their bookmarks and password and restore them or access them from multiple places.

The BYOS edition of Xmarks provides the following features;

  • Does not communicate with our servers except to open a tab in your browser after an upgrade to tell you what’s new.
  • Does not contain any Discovery features.
  • Will be upgraded much less frequently than our standard Xmarks add-ons.

Xmarks BYOS is currently only available as a , you will have to uninstall the older Xmarks add-on before you can start using Xmarks BYOS.

Introducing Xmarks Bring Your Own ServerBETA [Xmarks Blog]

File sharing comes to twitter with FileSocial

As it’s very clear, Twitter is a paradigm shaking platform surprising even its creators with its usage and popularity. We’ve seen it evolving from just a status updating platform to something much more bigger. During the evolution, it was photo sharing that happened first, then came songs and video. And now real file sharing comes to twitter with FileSocial.

Yes. You can now share files from your computer with your twitter followers. As easy as selecting a file and hitting the upload button.

Features of FileSocial

  • Easy interface (similar to Twitpic UI)
  • Uses oAuth to authorize your twitter account (This way, you don’t have to give out your login credentials)
  • A maximum allowed file size of 50 MB
  • Supports images, audio, video and documents
  • Supports free download of uploaded/shared files
  • Comments could be made to the uploaded items and will be sent as   @reply to you (Twitpic model)


I’ve tried it with a sample JPG image and it worked pretty nice. But, please note that all the uploaded files are PUBLIC and could be accessed by anyone. As it is with all sharing activities on web, please be sure about what you’re doing. That said, having a “make this private” option (like the “protect tweets” option on twitter) would make this even more nicer. Maybe they’ll add it soon.