CodePad is a simple web based compiler/interpreter, and a collaboration tool. To get started – just paste your code, CodePad runs it and gives you a short URL which can shared with friends via chat or email. This application will be helpful when you have to quickly check code and you don’t have a handy interpreter.
It currently supports programming languages such as C, C++, PHP, Perl, Ruby, Python, Tcl and Scheme. By default the code pasted on CodePad is public. It lets you mark your code as private so that its not publicly available. This way only users to whom you send the link will be able to find your code. You can also create projects to group your files and collaborate with your peers.
You can optionally include libraries like jQuery, jQuery UI, prototype, MooTools etc. There is no need of any extra software, and no registration is required to get started with JS Bin. It can be used to test code snippets and debug the code collaboratively. It’s free, light weight and easy-to-use.
Have you ever wanted to share a joke, but found it too long to share on Twitter? Email is the next best alternative right? Well, most likely. However, there are several more alternatives to quickly share text and images with your friends.
One of them is JustPaste.it, which allows you to share text with your friends quickly and easily. Think of it as a much more advanced version of txtb.in. Just Paste provides users with a formatting menu and also allows you to upload and add images to your shared text.
Just Paste preserves all formatting when you want to copy data from a webpage or document and share it with someone. In addition to that, it automatically imports the images in your data and stores in on their servers and also allows you to upload your own images.
What more? Well you can also create a custom URL for your shared data.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Just Paste is definitely a good way to share text, webpage or documents online without having to share the entire thing. In addition to that the advanced editor helps you to customize your text to your heart’s content.
Another interesting feature is that you can also export the created note as a PDF file.
SSH or Secure shell allows you to access external servers from consoles and Windows desktop applications like Putty and Cygwin. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could SSH into your server without requiring any client, so that you can access your server from virtually anywhere? Web Shell is a web application based on Python which will allow you to access SSH from any web browser and even your iPhone.
The server is written in Python and is very easy to set up on Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, Solaris, and any Unix that runs python 2.3.
ScreenFix.net is a handy web-resource which helps computer users get the most out of their monitors. It not only allows you to diagnose common problems but also suggests optimal settings and provides quick fixes.
ScreenFix consists of four checkers (diagnostic tools) and two fixers (repair tools). They are as follows:
TN Monitor Check: Many of the present day monitors utilize TN (Twisted Nematic) panels as they are inexpensive. However, TN panels have a significant disadvantage. Their color reproduction isn’t consistent and depends on the viewing angle. TN Monitor Check is a quick test to determine whether your monitor uses TN Technology.
Gamma Checker: Gamma settings affect an object’s perceived brightness and contrast. Correctly configuring your monitor’s gamma settings is essential if you are playing a game with dark environments. Gamma Checker assists you in calibrating your monitor’s Gamma level.
Phasing Checker: Incorrect clock/phase settings can lead to blurry and shimmering images. Phasing Checker helps you in figuring out whether your phase settings are incorrect.
Brightness Checker: The importance of having correct brightness settings cannot be over emphasized. It affects color reproduction and hence the quality of the displayed image. Brightness Checker helps you in calibrating your monitor’s brightness settings.
Flicker Fixer: Just as the name suggests, the Flicker Fixer attempts to solve flickering problems.
Dead Pixel Fixer: Dead Pixels are something nobody wants. Yet, they are one of the most common and annoying problems with LCD Monitors. There is no guaranteed way to fix dead pixels, but ScreenFix claims that their solution works in more than 50% of the cases.
Techie Buzz Verdict
ScreenFix is an extremely nifty website. It brings together a set of particularly useful tools and presents them in a simple yet efficient manner. Although it can’t compete with professional display calibration utilities, it is exceedingly useful in its own way.
MSN may have lost a lot of its appeal in the recent past, but it is still among the top 10 websites in the world. It is single-handedly responsible for driving 45% of Bing’s queries. It’s no wonder that Microsoft is still serious about a website, which has been dubbed by Michael Arrington as, “The most popular Internet portal that no one actually ever goes to”. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the first major redesign of MSN in a decade. The new MSN will be rolled out to 10% of its U.S. users today and to over 100 million U.S. users early next year. In the meanwhile you can test-drive the new MSN by going to preview.msn.com.
The new design conforms to modern web design practices and focuses on providing a simple and clutter-free experience. The number of links has been drastically reduced and now most of the content is neatly organised into tabbed modules. The biggest change is the integration of Facebook and Twitter. You can view your activity stream as well as publish updates directly from MSN. The iconic MSN logo has also received a facelift. The other major highlight is the inline integration of high quality video powered by Silverlight.
Microsoft has been desperately trying to turn around their loss making online division. The launch of Bing was a step in that direction. Although, it didn’t result in any drastic reversal of fortunes, it allowed Microsoft to gain some much needed momentum. The redesign of MSN is another positive move. The new layout gets its basics right. It is more readable, provides tight integration of local content and highlights various services offered by Bing.
Listhings is a free online tool for storing your personal notes. It provides you with a canvas to make notes on a nice drag and drop interface. It can be used to store almost any text – to do’s, phone numbers, lists etc. You can create any number of note boxes and customize their background color. The notes are automatically saved to Listhings database servers.
It enables you to resize the notes from the right and bottom edges. To create new notes, just double click anywhere on the screen or click the Add button from upper right corner of the page.
It’s a simple and effective way to create and edit your notes online.
This blew me away when I first saw it. Apparently some people at Pandorabot have figured out how to create a decent chat bot in 24 hours or less by simply feeding it old transcripts and dialogs.
If you are a Trekkie, or simply curious, you must have a chat with Fake Kirk. This Captain Kirk look-alike bot will try to carry on a conversation with you. You will be amazed or disappointed, but you won’t come away without an opinion.
Here’s what happened when I went on a 5 minute mission to explore a new website. I am the Lieutenant in the chat below.
Lieutenant: What is the Star Date? Fake Kirk: Stardate Tuesday, October 27, 2009.
Lieutenant: Where is Spock? Fake Kirk: He is on the planet.Lieutenant: Do you love Tribbles? Fake Kirk: Only a few of them.Lieutenant: What is the meaning of life? Fake Kirk: Our five year mission: to seek out new worlds and new civilizations. To go boldly where no man has gone before.
Follow these links to find out more about Pandorabots, or you can see a list of the most popular bots. By the way, one of the bots is named God. Don’t ask him about false idols, he gets really angry.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
Fun, just plain old fun. This web app should work in any modern browser with Adobe Flash installed.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5
Do you have any questions about A.I. or chatbots? Do you have any ideas you’d like to share? Be sure to add a comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.
Twitter is the way to go! Every other person that you know tweets and what better way to interact with your blog/website visitors than letting them tweet their thoughts? If you think that is a lot of work, think again!
Jotabl is a web application that lets you embed Twitter based shoutboxes anywhere on the web. Simply sign in to Jotabl with your Twitter account and specify the URL of your website. Jotabl will provide you with a small HTML code that you can paste anywhere on your website to have the shout box. Simple as that!
If you want more options, you can customize the look of your shout box and set it to filter swear words. When somebody visits your website, all they need to do is sign in with their Twitter account and they are all set to post a message on the Shout box. You can also block any notorious users from using your shout box by signing in to your account at Jotabl.
Slick Plan is a web based tool that enables you to create visually pleasing sitemaps and flowchart designs for free. It’s a handy tool for web developers and designers who need to create navigation flowcharts for their clients. Upon creating an account, Slick Plan enables you to organize and save your sitemaps for future reference.
The designs generated can be sent directly via an HTML link or exported as a PDF document. It also provides you with the HTML code for the project. You might want to check out a quick demo of how to use Slick Plan here.