Best Chrome Extensions You Should Definitely Download

We have been covering several for sometime now. The official extension gallery will take a little more time to open up, so we decided to put up a list of the most useful Google Chrome extensions that we have covered till now. We also decided to throw in some other Chrome extension which we haven’t written about to make the list a comprehensive one.

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For your convenience we have segregated the extensions into several categories for easier browsing.

Bookmarking & Session Management

Read It Later Extension – Quickly add content to your Read It Later account in one click.

Bookmark All Tabs Extension – Allows you to bookmark all open tabs at one, allowing you perform maintenance and then reopen it again later.

Delicious Extension – Quickly Bookmark a webpage to your Delicious account.

Chrome Session Saver Extension – Allows you to save all the open tabs as a session and open them up later.

Google Bookmarks Extension – Adds a Google bookmarks button which displays the bookmarks from your Google Bookmarks account in a dropdown list.

Blogging & Developer Related

Allow Right Click Extension – Allows you to perform right clicks on webpages which have disabled it.

Pagerank Checker Extension – Similar to the Pagerank Checker for Chrome which we had covered earlier, however, this one adds a icon in the toolbar.

IE Tab Extension – This extension will allow you to use Internet explorer rendering to display pages in Google Chrome.

XML Tree Extension Adds XML rendering support to Google Chrome.

Proxy Switcher Extension – Allows you to quickly switch between proxy servers in Google Chrome.

Chrome Window Resizer Extension – Allows you to quickly resize the current window to match your browsing experience.

WhoIs Checker Extension – Allows you to quickly check details about the current website you are viewing.

Auto Reload Extension – Auto Reload webpages after certain time intervals.

Web Developer Mini Extension – Shows you some useful options which will come in handy for web development.

iMacros Extension – Record and Play macros in Google Chrome to quickly perform repetitive tasks.

NoFollow Link Checker Extension – Checks and highlights nofollow links on the current webpage.

Ultimate List of Social Networking Christmas Icons/Icon Packs

Earlier today, we covered a of Free Christmas Icon Packs, which can be downloaded and used on your desktop or website. However, many blog owners usually also want to show the spirit by changing the subscription and social networking icons to reflect the holiday season.

In this post we will take a look at some High Quality Icon Packs for Social Networking, which you can download for free to replace you current social networking icons on your blog or website.

Christmas Ball Social Networking Icons

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Ultimate List of Free Christmas Icon Packs

Thanksgiving usually kicks in the holiday season, and people start getting into an early Christmas mood. We have been covering several goodies in the past and will continue to do so to make sure that you are ready for the season.

You might want to start out with the Christmas spirit by using some Free Christmas icons on your blog. In this post, you will find some really nice and free Christmas icons that you can download and use freely on your blog/website of desktop.

Icon Dock Free Christmas Holiday Icons

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A set of Holiday Christmas Icons available in PSD, GIF, PNG, ICO, and EPS format. Download Christmas Holiday Icons.

Icon Archive Free Christmas Icon Pack

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Previously mentioned Icon Archive, has a huge list of Christmas Icon packs you can download for free. Download from Icon Archive.

Clever Icons Free Christmas Icon Pack

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Clever Icons has some high quality Christmas Icons you can put to good use. Download from Clever Icons.

Dry Icons Free Christmas 2009 Icon Pack

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Dry Icons has some really nice looking icons for Christmas. The snow effects just make it look a bit nicer. Download from Dry Icons.

Free Icons Free Download Christmas Icon Pack

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Free Icons Download has a set of 13 high quality Christmas Icons you can download and use for free. Download from Free Icons.

Designus Free Christmas Icon Pack

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Designus has a set of basic Christmas icon pack for free download. Download from Designus.

These are just few of the icons packs which provide users with high quality and free Christmas Icon Packs. We will keep this list updated to include more Christmas icon packs as we come across them.

4 Audio Editors For Blog Podcasting

Podcasts are everywhere and most of them are nothing more than sales talk. But, if your podcast has some meat, web users will listen. Sound professional and even more will listen.

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To sound professional, you need an audio editor. Some are open source software, others stand-alone and some, like Sound Forge, are bundled (with Director, in this case).

Ready to get started? There’s plenty of software to edit and mix your audio files so you sound good.

Traverso DAW

Any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) needs lots of functionality. Who knows, you may be working with .aif files one day and .wav the next. Or you may be importing both for use in the same podcast. That’s why I like Traverso.

It’s totally x-platform, you can add or remove lots of plug-ins and edit on the fly, even as the audio is playing. You can drop in a music bed in real time to monitor your progress.

Also, Traverso enables you to open numerous .wav and .aif files simultaneously without blowing out your systems’ cache. Powerful utility and easy GUI makes this one of my top picks for professional editors and beginners. Try it. You’ll like it.

WavePad

Wavepad is a feature deep audio editor that comes with a kit full of special FX. It’s easy cut-and-paste GUI simplifies editing chores, but WavePad goes far beyond simple editing.

This editor comes with a package of FX echo, controlled distortion, automatic room tone generator and a bunch of other features that even the expensive audio editors don’t have.

WavePad works with .wav files, mp3 files and other Microsoft-based formats, but wait, there’s more. This editor is x-platform so you can import sound files in just about any format including .aif (Mac’s format), .vox, .ogg, .au, real audio and other popular formats used by YouTube and other social media sites.

WavePad is a real workhorse, enabling you to open as many time lines as you need, And mixing from stereo to mono is as simple as one click. I highly recommend WavePad for beginners cause you’re going to like what this editor does for you.

Free Wave MP3 Sound Editor

Free Wave MP3 Sound Editor is simple to use. That’s why I like it. It’s a strictly Windows-based tool that lets you record your podcasts in MP3 format.

Free Wave comes with a few FX features echo, noise reduction and such, but if you want to keep things simple and you don’t want a long learning curve, this is the editor for you.

BTW, even though Free Wave is strictly Windows based, your podcasts will automatically be translated from MP3 or .wav format to Mac’s proprietary .aif format, which means Mac users will hear you loud and clear.

Simple. No learning curve. A couple of features. If that’s all you need, Free Wave is all you need.

Expstudio Audio Pro

Lots of features with this editor/mixer including voice conversion and manipulation, easy zooming on the GUI for those fine edits, mic in the sound or import it from a full slate of sources, visual editing simplified.

Also comes with the full package of features standard:

  • Room tone generator
  • Noise filters
  • File conversion (.wav to .aif, .aif to .wav, for example)
  • Multiple markers with complete labeling functionality
  • Compression to ADPCM, GSM, ALF2 and other industry-standard compression formats so your audio sounds good on any system using any browser. In other words, listeners hear you, not noise.

Got something to say? Got something worth hearing? Consider adding podcasts to your site and change them often.

Regular, updated podcasts create site stickiness. Give visitors a reason to come back with professional-sounding podcasts.

This is a guest post by Edward Khoo, a tech blogger based in Malaysia. Follow him on Twitter @squall768. Want to guest post for us? Visit the Guest Post information page to read how you can submit guest posts to us.

Free Online Services to Create and Send Invoices

Freelancing is very popular and it is not just limited to programming these days. So how do you ensure that you get paid properly and on time? By sending invoices. However, creating and sending invoices in excel spreadsheets is passé. In this age of web2.0, it is more appropriate to make use of online services to create and send invoices for the work that you have done.

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In this post, we will take a look at few of the best online invoice services available today.

CurdBee

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CurdBee is a very easy to use online billing system for small business and freelancers. CurdBee has a simple to use interface and tracking system to track the invoices you send out. In addition to that, CurdBee also directly integrates into your PayPal account, making it easier to receive payments.

CurdBee is absolutely free to use, you can also go through the CurdBee demo to get a feel of the service before you can actually sign up for a free account.

Bamboo Invoice

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Bamboo Invoice is a free and open source billing and invoicing software which can be installed and run on your own servers.

The best part of using Bamboo Invoice is that all your client and invoice data will sit securely on your own servers. Downloading and install the software is pretty easy. You will require to have a web server with PHP 5 and MySQL.

Invoice Dude

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Invoice Dude allows you to create unlimited invoices and recurring payments and send them out to your customers. In addition to that, they also have support for multiple currencies and adding your own logo and branding to the invoices.

Invoice Dude is currently in closed beta, so you will have to apply for an invitation before you can use it. In the meantime you can checkout a demo of Invoice Dude.

Billing Boss

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Billing Boss is another free invoicing system for small business and freelances to create, send and track the status of invoices.

Billing Boss also has a mobile interface for iPhone and Android devices along with the ability to share your data with your bookkeeper or accountant. You can take a 2 minute tour of Billing Boss before you decide to sign up for it.

Working Point

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Working Point is a complete solution for small business. You can invoice your contacts, manages bills and expenses, manage contacts, inventory and more.

Working Point has both free and paid solutions, however, the free solution should be more than enough for your basic needs. You can take a tour of Working Point before you can start using it.

Fresh Books

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Fresh Books is another online invoicing and billing service which provides you with an easy way to bill and invoice your customers. Fresh Books boasts of over 1 million users making it one of the largest online invoicing service.

You can sign up for a free account at Fresh Books and manage up-to 3 clients. For more information take a tour of Fresh Books.

Zoho Invoice

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Zoho Invoice is another free invoicing system which will allow you to create and send up-to 5 free invoices every month.

Take a tour of Zoho Invoice before you can sign up for the service.

Other Worthwhile Invoice and Billing Servicers

Do you use any other tools or services for invoicing or billing your customers? Do let us know through your comments.

Ultimate List of Google Wave Tips and Tricks

Now that is out in the wild, we are back with another . This time around we are doing a ultimate list of , which will help you get started out with Google Wave, and also look at some really useful features and tools that you could put to use.

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What Is Google Wave?

Before you even get started with Google Wave, here is a short and sweet video which answers the question What is Google Wave?.

While you are getting started out, watch a cute little video that attempts to make Google Wave simpler for end users.

First Look at Google Wave

Haven’t look around Google Wave yet? Our team at Techie Buzz have written about their first impressions of Google Wave, and a Hands-on review of Google Wave developer edition.

In addition to that, my favorite editor Gina Trapani, takes a first look at Google Wave. Mike Keller from PC World has some more insights with his Hands-on review of Google Wave.

11 Wave Tools That You Thought Never Existed

So you have been using Wave for quite sometime now, but do you know all the tools that exist? Orli, from Go2Web20 has put up a list of 11 Wave Tools You May Not Know Exist, which lists out tools that are really useful but haven’t reached the popularity level yet.

Google Wave Shortcuts, Filtering and more

Gina Trapani takes a look at Google wave shortcuts, filtering, bots and more in her extensive article, Google Wave 101.

Complete Guide to Google Wave

Ben Parr from Mashable, has written an excellent post about the what, why and how of Google wave. If you have just begun using Google Wave, don’t forget to read the Complete Google Wave guide.

Best Features in Google Wave

Once again, Gina Trapani who is definitely one of the experts using Google Wave, takes a look at several features and goodies in Google wave in her post, Google Wave Highlight Reel.

Google Wave Use Cases

Lifehacker readers responded to a poll to tell us the best use-cases of Google Wave. Check out, how users are using Google wave for education and collaborative learning, Healthcare, transportation and more at Google Wave’s Best Use Cases.

3 Google Wave Searches Worth Saving

Gina Trapani tells us about 3 searches that will come in pretty handy in Google Wave. The search keywords helps you to sort out waves that have only been sent to you, waves that have been created by you and your personal notes. Check out the post about 3 Google Wave Searches worth saving at Smarterware.

Educational Google Wave Videos

Here are some videos, which delve into several features of Google Wave, making it simpler to work with.

Dr Wave’s Intro to Google Wave

Live Collaborative Editing with Google Wave

Upload Photos and Embedding Images in Google Wave

Editing Waves in Google Wave

As always, this ultimate list of Google wave tips and tricks is non-exhaustive. We will keep adding new tips and tricks as and when we come across them. If you want to contribute your tips and tricks to the list, please feel free to leave a comment for us to consider.

Ultimate List Of Google Reader Send To Buttons

We recently covered how added some really cool options for sharing content and marking feeds as read, it definitely adds quite a few powerful options for sharing content easily.

However one thing I like about Google is that, it does not limit users to using things they provide users with.

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Take for example when they started off with they also added an option to add custom gadgets, which in turn allowed users to add several useful gadgets along with social networking gadgets to , similarly Google Calendar too provided support for adding custom gadgets to Calendar.

Google Reader too provides users with the ability to add custom send to buttons, in this roundup we will list all the custom sent to links, however don’t limit yourself to just these, they sky is the limit here. If you do not know how to add custom send to buttons to Google Reader, read our tutorial on adding custom send to buttons to Google Reader.

Saving A Post as PDF

Name: Save as PDF
URL: http://savepageaspdf.pdfonline.com/pdfonline/pdfonline.asp?cURL=${url}
Icon URL: http://www.adobe.com/lib/com.adobe/template/icon/pdf.gif

Send to WordPress

Note: Please replace http://www.YOURDOMAINHERE.com/ with your actual domain name.

Name: Sent to WordPress 
URL: http://www.YOURDOMAINHERE.com/wp-admin/press-this.php?u=${url}&t=${title}&s=${source}&v=2
Icon URL: http://s.wordpress.org/favicon.ico?3


Share This Button

Name: Share This
URL: http://addthis.com/bookmark.php?v=250&url=${url}&title=${title}
Icon URL: http://shareicons.com/favicon.ico


Backtweets Twitter Conversation

Name: Backtweets
URL: http://backtweets.com/search?q=${url}
Icon URL: http://backtweets.com/favicon.ico


Auto Translate Blog Posts

Name: Auto translate
URL: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=${url}
Icon URL: http://translate.google.com/favicon.ico


Save to Google Bookmarks

Name: Google Bookmarks
URL: http://www.google.com/bookmarks/mark?op=edit&output=popup&bkmk=${url}&title=${title}
Icon URL: http://www.google.com/favicon.ico


Add to Any

Name: Add to Any
URL: http://www.addtoany.com/share_save?linkurl=${url}&linkname=${title}
Icon URL: http://www.addtoany.com/favicon.ico


Save to Evernote

Name: Evernote
URL: http://www.evernote.com/clip.action?url=${url}&title=${title}
Icon: http://www.evernote.com/about/img/favicon.ico

Do you have any other custom send to buttons you are using? Feel free to share it with us and our readers through your comments.

Thanks to Digital Inspiration, Matt Cutts, Google Operating System and Download Squad for providing us with the send to buttons.

Ultimate List Of Office 2010 Tips & Tricks

has been made available to few users for testing, however the have already begun coming in from everywhere, like always we like to provide users with a single place to find the best tips & tricks for any products.

Likewise we have compiled and that will contain tips and tricks for Office 2010, and include tips for , Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and more.

This list is non-exhaustive so we will keep adding to it whenever we come across new content.

General Office 2010 Tips & Tricks

Outlook 2010 Tips & Tricks

Word 2010 Tips & Tricks

PowerPoint 2010 Tips & Tricks

Excel 2010 Tips & Tricks

OneNote 2010 Tips & Tricks

We will keep this list updated and add more tips and tricks to it when we come across them, you can find more tips and tricks at the section.

If you want us to include your link here, please feel free to leave a comment with your tips and tricks article for Office 2010.

Ultimate List of Firefox 3.5 Tips and Tricks

If you have been reading us for long, you know that we sum up of for new releases so that you can find out all the information about them in one place.

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And to continue the trend here is another ultimate list of tips and tricks for 3.5, once again this list will be non-exhaustive, we will keep on updating it as and when we come across something useful for our readers.

What’s New in Firefox 3.5

The folks at Mozilla have created a nice video that explores all the new features in Firefox 3.5, take a look at the video to learn more.

First Look at Firefox 3.5

Ars Technica takes a look at the new features in Firefox 3.5 giving us a overview of what to expect and what the new features are, take a look at First Look at Firefox 3.5.

Firefox 3.5 Review

The Tecnologizer reviews the new features in Firefox 3.5, telling us about the new features that have been included in Firefox 3.5 and more, head over and read Firefox 3.5 Review.

Top 10 Firefox 3.5 Features

Kevin Purdy from Lifehacker walks us through 10 of the best features in Firefox 3.5, if you are new or have never heard of the features in Firefox 3.5, head over and checkout the Top 10 Firefox 3.5 Features.

Top 5 Killer Features in Firefox

Mashable has put up a list of top 5 killer features in Firefox 3.5, they have detailed a list of features that make Firefox 3.5 much more better, take a look at Top 5 killer features in Firefox.

New Accessibility Options in Firefox 3.5

Firefox 3.5 has several new accessibility options. Marco’s accessibility blog talks about the new accessibility features in Firefox 3.5.

Updated Firefox 3.5 Tips & Tricks

Is this the end? No way, this list will be updated regularly so bookmark it and share it with your friends, we will keep updating as and when we come across interesting content.

If you have anything to share, feel free to recommend it to us using the comments, we will add it to the list.

Ultimate List Of Tips and Tricks For Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 is available for download, so how good is and what can you do with it? Well like always we are up-to the task of creating a for Internet Explorer 8, which will feature reviews, and everything that you need to know about Internet Explorer 8.

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This list will be non-exhaustive like the rest of the lists, so you can safely assume that we will keep adding more and more content to the list, as we come across them.

Don’t forget to bookmark and share this list, it’s why we name it Ultimate List.

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