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Cool firefox addons you need

4 Cool Firefox Add-ons You Need

Copyright (c) 2008 Jim Edwards

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser still rates as the most popular and widely used browser for one simple reason: it rides along with every Windows installation.

But in response to security scares over the last few years, another browser took a bite out of Microsoft’s monopoly.

FireFox often represents the browser of choice for those who either dislike Microsoft (for whatever reason), or want more flexibility and functionality in their browser, specifically in the area of add-ons (also know as “plugins”).

Add-ons (little programs that enhance a web browser’s functionality) can trick out your browser to help you do everything from upload website files to speed dialing your favorite websites.

The overwhelming majority of add-ons for FireFox come free of charge (though donations are appreciated). Just log on to http://addons.mozilla.org and check out the free add-ons you can snag.

Note that once you get to the page, the little programs you can run with FireFox are under the “extensions” link. Here are a few of our favorites here in my office – just search for them by name once you log on to the Mozilla site (or use the links below).

** Forecastfox ** “Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive extension.” That’s a fancy way of saying you can always know what the weather reports say just by glancing down at your browser’s lower right corner.

This makes very handy tool to keep an eye out for thunderstorms or remind yourself that a sunny day awaits when you finish up a marathon session on your computer. http://tinyurl.com/yqv54y

** SpeedDial ** Everyone uses bookmarks or “favorites” at one point or another. But those who use them frequently create a problem for themselves. Every time you want to log on to your favorite sites, you must wade through dozens, hundreds, even thousands of links to find what you want.

Enter the “SpeedDial” add-on that helps you organize your most frequently used websites into a “dashboard” you can customize. You can even organize multiple speed dial directories around groups of web pages (business resources, shopping sites, etc.). http://tinyurl.com/2hhn7a

** FireFTP ** Anyone who owns a website needs the ability to upload files to their hosting account. You can either install a standalone FTP program, or you can use this nifty little browser add-on that turns FireFox into a neat little FTP utility.

“FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.” I really found this add-on helpful in my own business when it comes to fast access to the files on my websites. http://tinyurl.com/yv56ru

** Download Statusbar ** One annoying feature of Firefox involves the download window that opens up every time you download a file from the web. This can get in the way and actually disrupt your activity.

Enter the “Download Statusbar” add-on, which promises “View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing.”

Even though this add-on does make downloading more convenient, make sure to read the instructions before using it just to make sure you don’t get frustrated. http://tinyurl.com/29a456

Using an mp duplicate finder to help you transfer your music collection

Using an MP3 Duplicate Finder to Help You Transfer Your Music Collection

When you get a new computer, it can be an exciting time, but then you realize that you need to transfer over your music collection – and the good feeling is done. But with a MP3 duplicate finder program, you can easily transport a streamlined music collection, saving you time and energy and labor. Moving to a new computer doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be just as exciting as you’d imagined it could be – not as painful as it may be for others.
Clear Away the Old
Whenever you want to move somewhere new, it’s a good idea to clean away the things you don’t need. And your music collection is no exception. With the help of a MP3 duplicate finder program, you can find out just how many of your music files are repeats. This will help alert you to the ones you might need to remove in order to maximize your storage space. Simply install the MP3 duplicate finder program and in a few minutes, you will be able to see what files are similar to others. This way, you can go through each file to see if it’s actually the same file. If so, it’s time to dump these files so that you’re not moving more from one computer to the next unnecessarily.
Backup the Files
Once you’ve used the MP3 duplicate finder program to remove the old files, you can begin the process of backing up your files. This might take several blank CDs or DVDs to achieve. Some might also want to use a separate hard drive if they have very large collections of music. Simply start the backup process as your music library indicates and offers, then allow the process to begin. This might take several hours, even days in some cases. Once the files have been transferred over, it’s a good idea to check to see that they work by spot checking a few of the files. Once you feel confident your system is backed up, then you can uninstall the musical library from your old computer and install it in the new computer.
Transfer the Files
When you have the new music library system installed in your new computer, it’s time to feel the disks into your new computer to upload all of the files. Change the settings to upload automatically in order to help you save time and energy. Once all of the disks have been uploaded, check the new system to make sure everything works – and you’re ready to go. You will want to hang onto those backup disks or the extra hard drive, just in case the new computer doesn’t work as well as you hoped it would.
With a MP3 duplicate finder program to help you clean up your old files, you can make the process of transferring over your music collection to a new computer all the easier and pain free. As it should be.

Samsung f tocco mobile phone review

Samsung F480 Tocco – Mobile Phone Review

The Samsung F480 Tocco is a fantastic touchscreen phone that is incredibly attractive. You can do so much with the Samsung F480 Tocco 3G phone. It has the ability to switch from landscape to portrait viewing modes. It has a camera and an HTML web browser that can allow for easy access to the Internet. You can also download with speeds of up to 7.2 mbps as it has HSPDA. The Samsung Tocco will also allow you to connect and share your photos, videos, and applications via the Internet. Downloading and uploading is one of this phones best qualities.
The Samsung F480 is one of the smallest phones around and it only weighs 106 grams. It is a tiny bit bigger than a credit card and it is extremely thin. Externally, the Samsung F480 Tocco is a little gem, well constructed and sleek. An extremely smooth phone, the Samsung F480 will fit nicely into your palms. It uses touchscreen technology and has a huge wide screen which is perfect for viewing pictures and videos, as well as browsing the net which you can connect to with amazing speeds. It also has a top-notch camera and fantastic multimedia capability. This phone comes with plenty of advanced features and can definitely perform to the highest standards, and does a fantastic job as an alternative to the iPhone.
The Samsung F480 Tocco has a 5 megapixel camera that has plenty of advanced settings such as Smile Shot that is mode that enables the camera to identify when your subject is smiling and automatically takes the picture. Another great feature is face detection that helps to ensure you capture who you want to capture. It also has auto focus that makes sure the picture is as clear as it can be. This phone also has the ability to record video at great quality, and any video call you participate in will be of the highest quality.
This phone has a touchscreen so you can navigate completely by utilizing that feature. The touchscreen is extremely efficient and simple to use, unlike some of the earlier touchscreen phones that entered the phone market. It is fully customisable with the drag and drop technology. The Samsung Tocco is a 3G phone which is the most advanced type on the market today, allowing you to benefit from fantastic Internet speeds as well as video calls. It also has a great battery life of up to 3 hours of talk time and up to 250 hours of standby time. The Tocco comes with a music player that can play mp3, wma and plenty of other formats of music. It has a great music library allowing you to store many songs which you can listen back to in high quality. Video quality is also fantastic. The Samsung F480 Tocco has 230MB internal memory, but this can easily be upgraded to 8GB with a memory card, and that is ample space to store what you want.
The Samsung F480 phone also has an FM radio. You can make voice memos and view documents and even get into mobile printing. You can also directly upload to your phone from a computer or vice versa via a 2.0 USB cable line. This 3G phone is more than enough for even the heaviest user and is certainly in direct competition with other 3G phones. A fantastic looking phone , the Samsung F480 Tocco certainly lives up to expectations and will more that satisfy the average user.

WordPress

WordPress 2.8.5

It’s been a year now since I was first properly introduced to WordPress and started using it to create an online archive of my work.  Over the last 12 months I have grown to appreciate the power and flexibility of this piece of online blogging software and feel the need today to go in to a little more detail.

WordPress is a free and open source publishing application which gives home users the ability to quickly and easily create an online blog using their own domain name.   Blogging, the term used to describe the maintenance of a website used to chronicle information has become incredibly popular in recent years as more users realise that the Internet provides a global platform which can be used to broadcast their ideas or opinions.

For most, the prospect of coding a website from scratch is not just a daunting but potentially impossible task, and so it is down to worthy applications such as WordPress to make blogging accessible to the masses.  Undeniably a small amount of technical knowhow is required however the process of the initial installation couldn’t really have been made any simpler.

Begin by registering your domain name (for example, I chose www.computerarticles.co.uk) and sort out a hosting package.  The hosting of your blog shouldn’t cost more than around ?25 a year and you may want to use the same company for this that you used to register the domain.

With this process complete, download the WordPress application from www.wordpress.org and upload it to your web space before running a single installation file which will configure the software to work with your web host and allow you to set up initial settings such as a user name and password.  Someone with a basic knowledge of setting up a website should be able to complete the process in a couple of minutes however even basic users should find they are able to complete the installation in around 20 minutes by following the step by step guide online.

Once installed you can begin adding content by way of a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) text editor which allows you to quickly and easily knock out an article using features such as bullet pointing, text alignment and text effects without having to worry about getting your hands dirty by doing any coding.

So far this is all fairly basic stuff however WordPress comes in to its own when you start to play around with some of the settings relating to the look and feel of your new blog.  The theme selector for example is an incredibly powerful element of the software which allows you to automatically style your site in a set fashion by choosing one of over one thousand themes.  Don’t assume that these are all incredibly similar and that every WordPress site will look the same.  The theme you use will radically change not only how your blog looks but also how it feels; for example, the entire navigational layout of the site can be changed simply by selecting a new theme.

Updating the blog and providing additional functionality for both you and your users is also easily achieved but unfortunately I’ve reached my word limit so this will be continued next week.