Online presence is a must for most of us whether because of work, utility or pleasure and web service providers make it easy to sign-up for their services. We all have many (too many?) accounts opened across the web because sure enough, it’s nice to stay in touch with people on Facebook, to shop online at Amazon, or to get the latest news in the mail.
But quitting, if for any reason you want to, is made much harder by Internet companies. It seems that some want to hang on to you at any price and make the process of leaving them as hard and frustrating as possible. This conscious arrangement is called “dark pattern”, which may include, for instance, the delete account button to be hidden in an unrecoverable corner of the service’s website, or having to have a lengthy phone call with a customer service adviser.
Opening our business (and personal) email inboxes often feels like opening Pandora’s box. The dozens (hundreds?) of important but unanswered, deadlined, or unread messages turn into evil threatening monsters, that we have to face sooner or later. Whether in 2 hours, 2 days, 2 weeks, or in 2 months, but they have to be dealt with.
But how to lose the human factor and remember replying each one on time? There is an easier and more effective way of that than keeping a to-do-list so lengthy it would take as long to read it as to reply those messages (provided you do not forget to check the list). FollowUpThen offers a highly efficient way to keep your weighty messages attended to, by sending you email reminders. And you get unlimited email followups for free.
Have you ever tried to express who you are and what you do, on a single web page? Do you already have a business website up and running, but you’d like another one that reveals other sides of your personality? And would you like your one page online presence to link to your main site, to show updates from your social profiles, and include a contact form?
about.me lets you do just that. You can create a one page online ID, with photos, bio, apps, and links, and you can start connecting with people on the about.me page straight away. And sure enough, you can also get in touch with anyone from your social networking circle and even outside of it with your short, personal URL, for instance, about.me/jamrelian. You even get a free about.me email address to promote your page, and business cards too, if you are heading into that direction.
There comes a time in each and every kid’s life when they first hear about the fantastic time machine. Whether it happens while reading H. G. Wells, while watching a science fiction movie or a cartoon, or because dad can not come up with a better bedtime story, the idea of traveling back in time to see the past, is too appealing to be dropped.
And it is not only kids that have the desire to see lost civilizations, cultures, exciting and mystical places and witness past historical events. Let us be honest: we, mature, rational thinking adults have it just as much. The only difference is that we come to the sad conclusion that it is just not going to be made possible for a good while. But deep inside? The spark of desire to rewind and witness human history never dies.
To forget is human. To forget to buy the ice cream sandwich we promised the kids. To call home after the gig. To pack sun cream for the holiday. The place we put the piece of paper with the phone number we need to ring.
But even if we had the IQ of Albert Einstein we could still struggle. Once he forgot his own home address when sitting in a cab, and another time the destination he was travelling to on a train. But anyway. As long as we do not forget to grab our mobiles and tap Google Keep, or to add a note online, we are safe.
Forget Spielberg and intriguing plots. Forget Janusz Kaminski and state-of-the-art cinematography tools. No Dreamworks and sophisticated animation, or Walt Disney and charming characters either. All you got is a scanning tunnel microscope (STM) and a bunch of atoms. But what else would you need anyway to make a cartoon?
To explore the limits of data storage and film-making, a small group of IBM researchers made a short stop-motion “atom movie”, using an STM as their animation tool, and a handful of atoms as “actors”. Entitled A Boy And His Atom, the cartoon stars a boy (made out of actual atoms) who befriends an atom.
LiveStation is an interesting and quick way to explore the world news, while having a real-time feeling. You see what’s on the news right now, in various parts of the world.
First of all, you have the usual suspects, like CNN, BBC, or Al Jazeera. They are free to try for a week, and require a subscription. But you also get a lot of completely free news channels.
Use Favicon.cc to create favicons as easily as drawing in a paint program. It works in your browser, so you don’t have to download anything. Once you’ve finished drawing, you can download the favicon to your PC, or share it with others. A favicon is a tiny icon that is associated with a web site or page, and you usually see it next to the page title on the browser tab, or in the list of bookmarks.
What’s great about Favicon.cc is that you can preview how your favorite icon will look in the browser, in its actual size, while you work. Favicon.cc updates the favorite icon of the editor page, in real-time, so you can view it in your current browser tab, and see how it compares to the favorite icons of other opened sites:
If you are stuck in an awkward conversation and you are praying to be saved by the bell, this app might be just the thing you are looking for.
Fake-Call Me is an Android app for smartphones that generates a fake call with all the necessary elements so that people won’t know whether you are lying or not.
What’s fantastic about this app is that you can easily adjust the time when you receive the fake call, the name of the caller and the ringtone.
Worried that your PC, notebook or tablet has been infected with a virus? Get a second opinion using Trend Micro HouseCall, one small and free program that you download and run without installation, and let is scan your system for viruses, worms, Trojans, or spyware.
Of course, any computer should be protected by an updated and always running anti-virus or security suite. There are a lot of options here, including completely free and paid solutions. However, there are many cases in which a product like Trend Micro HouseCall is a great solution.