Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Send Free Faxes - FaxZero

Faxzero is free online service that lets you send a PDF or Word document to any fax number in the USA. FaxZero prints an ad on the coversheet, but leaves the main pages uncorrupted (Ad-free faxes are about two bucks).

Check it out here.


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Songbird - Music Player

What is Songbird you ask?? Songbird™ is a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins. Like Firefox, it is built from Mozilla, cross-platform and open source. It has allot of great features and is an awesome alternative to iTunes. I have been using it for a couple of days now and I love it!!!

More info here

Download Songbird now


Sunday, December 03, 2006

Musopen: Free Classical Music

Musopen, is a community driven, online music repository. ou'll find mostly classical music here, recorded and uploaded by various talented individuals and orchestras throughout the world. Browse music by performer, composer, instrument, form, or period

Check it out here


Free Office Templates

Do you you ever get stumped when starting to write a letter or just in need of some assistance for your next business memo? Well here are categorized links to 250 Office Templates courtesy of Microsoft that can be used to point you in the right direction. These can also be imported into the open source office suite: Open Office for all you non-loving MS people ;)
  1. Address books
  2. Analysis worksheets
  3. Advertisements
  4. Announcements
  5. Applications
  6. Banners
  7. Balance sheets
  8. Bills of sale
  9. Binder inserts
  11. Books
  12. Bylaws, policies, and rules
  13. Calculators
  14. Case inserts
  15. Catalogs
  16. Charts
  17. Coupons
  18. Dividers
  19. E-mails
  20. Estimates
  21. Evaluations
  22. Forecasts
  23. Games
  24. Identification cards
  25. Instructions
  26. Itineraries
  27. Job descriptions
  28. Journals
  29. Ledgers
  30. Logs
  31. Menus
  32. Maps
  33. Name and place cards
  34. Note cards
  35. Notes
  36. OneNote notebooks
  37. OneNote pages
  38. OneNote sections
  39. Outlines
  40. Paper folding projects
  41. Papers
  42. Petitions
  43. Posters
  44. Press releases
  45. Programs
  46. Proposals
  47. Quizzes and tests
  49. Recipes
  50. Records
  51. Reply cards
  52. Scorecards
  53. Sign-in and sign-up sheets
  54. Signs
  55. Stickers
  56. Surveys
  57. Tags
  58. Tickets
  59. Tournament brackets
  60. Trackers
  61. Wills
  62. With compliments cards
  63. Other templates

10 Killer Apps For Linux

1. Apache
Needs no introduction. The legendary web server app that probably almost every website runs on.

2. Synaptic/Adept/YUM
Package managers for making installing of software on LINUX systems more effortless..

3. Konqueror
Window File Managers simply cannot get better than this. Konqueror’s competitors - Finder and Explorer are nowhere near as good as it is.

4. Beryl/Compiz
Beryl is a compositing window manager for the X Window System. It is a fork of Compiz. It has many cool features, such as, Blur, Water, Desktop Cube, Animations, Trailfocus, Expose-like features, and Fading Windows.

5. AmaroK
Brilliant music player that is a great replacement for iTunes. Features include Podcasts, Internet Radio, Lyrics, Wikipedia information about the currently artist. Highly extensible with scripts and themes. The recent release also features a music store for digital music downloads.

6. K3b
Windows users would say Nero is way better than K3b in terms of features. But why the hell does a person who just wants to burn some discs also need a media player, an always-on media cataloging software, audio editor and other useless crap. K3b does what its supposed to do, has a great interface and does it perfectly.

7. Apollon (frontend for giFT)
This program is one of the best P2P software out there without doubt. It supports the FastTrack, Gnutella, Ares and OpenFT networks and has no added spyware.

8. MPlayer + MEncoder
MPlayer is that media player that you’ve always wanted - the one that can play absolutely anything and doesn’t cost an arm, a leg and a couple of toes. And if you’re part of “the scene” there’s no better software than MEncoder to to rip those DVDs, and convert them to AVIs. And if you’re not hardcore geek enough to handle the command-line interface there are about a couple of thousand GUIs for these two programs floating around the net.

9. Deskbar
The Deskbar applet for the Gnome Panel searches liles and folders, Wikipedia, browser bookmarks and history, dictionary,, address book contacts, Gmail and opens programs, web pages and even triples as a calculator.

10. Screem HTML/XML Editor
A very good HTML/XML code editor for creating websites. With Screem, you can use the markup you want rather than what the application thinks you need.


Free And OpenSource Software for Windows

Recently, I received a new laptop from Compaq. Upon receiving it, I did the traditional "installation of Windows from scratch" on it to remove a lot of the garbage that is preinstalled on these machines. Then I got really busy installing tons of great software that takes care of pretty much every software need I have. Not only was all of the software free, every piece of it was open source, which means that the code is peer-reviewed; no spyware here!

Replaces Internet Explorer
If you haven’t switched to Firefox for your web browsing needs, do it now. It stops annoying popups and it has tons of amazing plugins that can make surfing the web even better. The first thing I do on any new Windows machine is run Internet Explorer just long enough to download Firefox.

Replaces Microsoft Outlook or Eudora
Thunderbird is an email client that has five big things going for it: it’s free, it’s full featured, it’s lightweight and runs quick, it has an unparalleled spam filter, and it protects you from those ridiculous phishing attacks by clearly indicating which emails send you to a bogus website. If you’re not already using a web-based email solution, Thunderbird should be your client.

Replaces Microsoft Outlook’s calendaring functions
Might as well get the Mozilla trifecta out of the way by mentioning Sunbird, which is the Mozilla Foundation’s calendaring program. It’s extremely easy to use and works great

Replaces Microsoft Word
Want a good word processor but find Microsoft Word too expensive? AbiWord is my favorite replacement for Word. It’s lightweight (meaning it runs quickly) and includes pretty much every feature in a word processor, plus it can save files in formats that you can exchange with Word and WordPerfect users, plus open any of their files, too.

Replaces Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint
If you want to replace the rest of the Office suite, your best bet is OpenOffice. It includes very nice replacements for Excel and PowerPoint (and workable replacements for Access and other Office elements).

Replaces Norton AntiVirus or McAfee
ClamWin is a slick anti-virus software that’s quite easy to manage and is unobtrusive while keep your system free of viruses.

Replaces AIM, Windows Messenger, etc.
This is a very clean instant messaging program that allows you to be on AOL Instant Messenger, Windows (MSN) Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger simultaneously with one program.

Replaces Adobe Photoshop
This is a version of the GNU Image Manipulation Program that does a pretty solid job of imitating Adobe Photoshop - a regular user of Photoshop can adapt to it quite quickly. It’s very richly featured and runs quite well.

Replaces LimeWire, BearShare, etc.
Sure, LimeWire and BearShare are free, but why not just get the same basic software without all of the spyware? Gnucleus is pretty much identical to those software packages - but without all that extra junk that slows down your computer.

VLC Media Player
Replaces Windows Media Player, Quicktime, RealPlayer, etc.
If you get tired of having tons of media players on your computer, get this package that runs pretty much every media type you’ll run across without breaking a sweat.

Juice lets you effortlessly subscribe to podcasts, organize them, and listen to them at your convenience.

If you’re interested in recording your own podcast, Audacity and a microphone are pretty much all you need to get the job done.

Replaces WinFTP
Many people occasionally have a need to FTP files to other computers; if you ever have the need to transfer files in such a fashion, FileZilla will do the job slickly and quickly.

Keynote is basically designed specifically for the task of taking notes on a laptop. If you ever find yourself in a meeting or a presentation with your laptop open and want to jot down notes and organize them just a bit, Keynote is unquestionably the program for you.

Replaces iTunes
If you’re not already committed to downloaded music from the iTunes Music Store, then MusikCube is the best choice available for a music organizer and player. It organizes your mp3s, makes it really easy and really fast to find them.

Handbrake enables you to stick a DVD in your DVD drive and have the contents of that film stored to your hard drive in a form that can be read by pretty much any media player. I often use it to put a few movies on my laptop for travel purposes.

X-Chat 2
Replaces mIRC
X-Chat is a free IRC client.

KeePass is a program that securely stores and manages the abundance of passwords we all use on a daily basis.

TrueCrypt enables you to convert a memory stick into a strongly encrypted data storage device, meaning that you can store personal data on it without worrying about losing it and having personal information get out and about.

Replaces Adobe Acrobat
PDFCreator creates a virtual printer on your computer that, if you print a document to it from any program, creates a PDF of that document that can be read on any computer with Acrobat Reader on it. After installing PDFCreator, all you have to do is print like normal and out comes a PDF!

Freemind is a "mind mapping" software program. In essence, it enables you to brainstorm and link together ideas quickly, creating "maps" of concepts similar to what you might do on a whiteboard.

NASA Worldwind
Replaces Google Earth
WorldWind is very similar to Google Earth in that it allows you to browse the globe. While it isn’t strong for creating maps (but why not just use Google Maps for that?), it is utterly incredible for viewing three-dimensional landscapes of any place on earth.

Replaces Notepad
Notepad2 is a replacement for the traditional Windows Notepad that just adds a few sweet little features: multiple documents; line, word, and character counts; and some highlighting of tags.

Replaces Microsoft Project
If you do any project management GanttPV does a brilliant job of managing the task quickly, easily, and freely. If you need to move to MS Project later, you can export from GanttPV to Project

Replaces Microsoft Money or Quicken
GnuCash is a slimmed-down version of the bloated Microsoft Money and Quicken packages. The interfaces are incredibly simple - it functions much like a checkbook ledger on your computer.

True Combat: Elite
Replaces Quake IV, Halo, etc.
It’s basically a third person combat game, but the graphics are spectacular and the game is quite addicting.


Monday, November 27, 2006

Dysfunctional Section of a Hallmark Store

1. I always wanted to have someone to hold, someone to love. And now that you've come into my life...
(Inside card) - I've changed my mind.

2. I must admit, you brought religion into my life...
(Inside card) - I never believed in Hell until I met you.

3. As the days go by, I think how lucky I am...
(Inside card) - That you're not here to ruin it for me.

4. Congratulations on your promotion. Before you go...
(Inside card) - Will you take the knife from my back? You'll probably need it again.

5. Someday I hope to marry...
(Inside card) - Someone other than you.

6. Happy Birthday! You look great for your age...
(Inside card) - Almost lifelike!

7.. When we were together, you said you'd die for me...
(Inside card) - Now we've broken up, I think it's time to keep your promise.

8. We've been friends for a very long time...
(Inside card) - What do you say we stop?

9. I'm so miserable without you...
(Inside card) - It's almost like you're still here.

10. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy...
(Inside card) - Did you ever find out who the father was?

11. You are such a good friend. If we were on a sinking ship and there was only one life jacket...
(Inside card) - I'd miss you terribly and think of you often.

12. Your friends and I wanted to do something really special for your birthday...
(Inside card) - So we're having you put to sleep.

13. Happy Birthday, Uncle Dad! (Available only in
Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and West Virginia.)

14. Looking back over the years we've been together, I can't help but wonder...
(Inside card) - What was I thinking?

15. Congratulations on your wedding day!...
(Inside card) - Too bad no one likes your husband.



Tuesday, November 21, 2006

PortableApps Suite 1.0

PortableApps Suite 1.0 stocks your USB drive, portable hard drive, or any other drive with a full complement of software, ready to run wherever you plug in. This latest version includes the latest portable copies of Firefox, GAIM, and OpenOffice. The regular version will take up about 260 MBs on a flash drive. The lite version around 105MB. The difference being Abiword is substituted for Openoffice.

Check it out here.


Virtual Office 2.0

Web 2.0, it's a catch phrase we have heard over and over again and we have seen a number of online sites utilizing this new technology. Ajax coded websites are popping up all over the place, and we are seeing the traditional desktop applications go web based. Will these sites ever replace your traditional office, not sure, but they provide a nice resource for anyone on the go, and for people who telecommute. We no longer have to worry which computer our favorite bookmarks are on, if we have office installed on our laptop or not, nor do we need the latest version of Photoshop for quick simple image editing on the fly.

I have used several of these service and they work fairly well, although I do still find myself going back to more powerful desktop based apps, these sites definitely have their place and will only get better with time.

OFFICE 2.0 List:

Bookmarks:, BlinkList, BlogMarks, Blue Dot, Clipmarks, Cogenz, ConnectBeam, Diigo, Furl, Google Bookmarks, listal, LookLater, ma.gnolia, Netvouz, Raw Sugar, Simpy, Spurl, Yahoo! My Web, zurpy.

Calendar: Google Calendar, 30 Boxes, CalendarHub, Epointment, HipCal, Jotlet, Kiko, Planzo, Scrybe, Spongecell, TimeBridge, Trumba, vivapop.

Contacts: LinkedIn, OpenBC, Plaxo, Plugoo.

CRM: SugarCRM, Relenta CRM, Salesboom,

Database: Dabble DB, Caspio Bridge, eUnifyDB, Google Base, Lazybase, MyOwnDB, QuickBase, Zoho Creator.

Desktop: Google Homepage, Clic!Dev, Computadora, Desktoptwo, eskobo, eyeOS, Favoor, HomePortals, NetVibes, Nowsy, ORCA Desktop, Pageflakes, Protopage, Windows Live, YouOS, YourMinis, Zimbio.

Email: Gmail, Hotmail, Mailroom, Simdesk,, Yahoo! Mail, Zimbra Collaboration Suite.

Feed Reader: Google Reader, Bloglines, FeedLounge, Feeds 2.0, NewsAlloy, NewsGator, Newshutch, Rojo, Wizag.

Operating System: Zoho Virtual Office, Firestoker, goowy, Joyent, Nsite.

Presentation: Zoho Show, AJAX-S, Empressr, fliptrack, gOFFICE Presentations, Preezo, S5, Scooch, Slide, Slideshare, Spresent, ThinkFree Show, Thumbstacks.

Spreadsheets: Zoho Sheet, ajaxXLS, EditGrid, gOFFICE Spreadsheets, Google Spreadsheets, iRows, Num Sum, Sheester, ThinkFree Calc, wikiCalc.

Weblog: WordPress, Blogger, Blogtronix, TypePad.

Word Processor: Zoho Writer, ajaxWrite, gOFFICE Word Processing, iNetWord, RallyPoint, ThinkFree Write, Writeboard, Writely.

Calculator: Google Calculator, Calcoolate, Instacalc.

Drawing: Gliffy, ajaxSketch, Cumulate Draw, Imagination Cubed, LiThA-Paint.

Fax: eFax, InterFax, TrustFax, and more.

File Sender: YouSendIt,, DropLoad, DropSend, Krunch, MailBigFile, Gigafile.

Group Manager: CollectiveX, AirSet, BlueTie, Central Desktop,, Foldera, GroupLoop, GroupSharp, HiveLive, TeamWork Live, Todoz, WebEx WebOffice.

Gmail, Fleck, Google Notebook, Helipad, Magnoto,,, SnapBits, SNIPPit, StickyTag, stikkit, Workspace, Wridea.

Photo Editing: PXN8, Phixr, Pixer, Snipshot, and more.

Photo Manager: Flickr, 23, AllYouCanUpload, Riya, SmugMug, Zenfolio, Zoto.

Clipboard: cl1p

Command Prompt: YubNub, JS/UIX.

Desktop Publishing: gOFFICE Desktop Publishing

Development Tool: Ning, Coghead, Dapper, Mashery, Morfik, Pingdom.

Document Manager: EchoSign, Alfresco, Blinksale, FreshBooks, Koral, ShareMethods.

Expense Tracker: foonance, billQ, ClearCheckbook, Mvelopes, OneStatement.

Feed Processor:
Feed Digest, FeedBlitz, FeedBurner, Feeds2Be, SocialMail, Spanning Salesforce, Teleflip.

File Manager: fluxiom, Backpack,, Omnidrive, Openomy, Streamload, Strongspace, Xmail Hard Drive.

File Server: S3

Form Designer: Wufoo, FormLogix, FormSpring, Icebrrg, jotForm, Sidewalk, Sidewalk, The Form Assembly.

Instant Messenger: Meebo, Campfire,, Gabbly, JumpChat, Kool IM, Lingr, Mabber, MSN Web Messenger, Wablet.

Mind Mapper: Mayomi

Music Player: MP3tunes, ajaxTunes, Jinzora,, Pandora, Streampad.

Outliner: iOutliner, iJot, Listigator, ListPool, Nelements, SproutLiner.

Personal Organizer: Zoho Planner, Athyrium, MyTicklerFile, SynapseLife, Tracks, TracksLife, voo2do.

Polls: Zoho Polls, dPolls, PollGenius,, QuestionForm.

Printer: Kinko's, Big Blue Saw, Lulu.

Project: Zoho Project, 1time, Basecamp, Confluence, Devshop, DreamTeam, ProjectPipe, ProWorkflow,, Side Job Track, teamwork.

Scanner: scanR, Mytago.

Sound Mixer: RAZZ Mixer

Task Manager: Ta-da Lists, Bla-bla List, e2doList, iPrioritize, Joe's Goals, Orchestrate, Remember The Milk, Rough Underbelly, TaskFreak!, TaskTHIS, tasktoy, Toodledo, Tudu Lists, Wallnote.

Time Tracking: Tick, 14Dayz, Beeplet, Harvest, minutes in a minute, SlimTimer, Time Tracker, Time59, Toggl.

Utilities: Timeline, emurse, FiveRuns, MyOpenID, Naymz, simplifid, Zamzar.

Video Editing: Jumpcut, eyespot.

Voicemail: SpinVox, Aptela, GotVoice, Odeo.

Web Conferencing: Vyew, Webex

Web Publishing: Google Pages, Blockstar, Freewebs, Office Live, SiteKreator, Socialtext, Synthasite, Weebly, Weebly, Wetpaint.

Let me know if you know of any others.....


Saturday, November 18, 2006

Holiday Drink Recipes

As the holiday and new year approach, many of us will be hosting or attending parties to celebrate the season spirit. Here is a great resource website to help you prepare for the festivities. Webtender has compiled a bunch of drink recipres both hot and cold for your pleasure.

Check it out here.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Compare Cellphone Plans

All of us have cellphones these days, but many of us are not sure how to get the best deal based on our usage. Depending on how much you use your phone the rates can vary drastically from vendor to vendor. They are often confusing and lock us into a high monthly payment. Here is a great website that allows you to look at various cell phone plans and compare them based on your zipcode and what type of plan you are looking for. You have three plan comparison choices: single plans, family plans, and or prepaid. The nifty plan calculator can help you decide on a carrier and plan structure.

Check it out here.


Safe Surfing For The KIDDIES

Being a parent I worry allot about the content my child sees online, and although being a technological savy parent I have the appropriate tools in place to make sure pop-up ads of Swedish lesbians twins doesn't come up when he types in spongebob, I still could use any help I can get. Well to aid me in my quest is a great website called is a child-friendly search engine that filters out sexually explicit material.

The site is designed for kids ages 8-13 and pulls search results from the likes of Google and Wikipedia, and news from ABC, Fox, and Yahoo. but has no image-search capability, so it weeds out "adult" words while retaining suitable results.

For example: (A child using the search term "breast cancer" will get plenty of information, but the word "breast" delivers no results.)

Check it out here


Avoid Spam With 2 Prong

2Prong is an anonymous registration website that allows you to keep your email address safe and hidden from the spam mongers of the net. It is great for all those websites that make you register to get something, and then whore your email address out to various vendors so that they can fill your inbox with unwanted crap like "Refinance Your Home" or "Get Viagra Now" ;) Before you check out the site, be sure to purge your clipboard of anything important; 2 Prong copies the automatically-generated email address to your clipboard when you visit the site.

Check it out now


Friday, November 10, 2006

Black Friday Ads

Okay kiddies, once again it's black Friday time. If you are one of the countess freaks who loves to camp out in front of your favorite merchandiser looking for a deal, then this site can give you the jump on what is going to be offered.

Check it out here.


Track Your Packages Easily

Here is a neat little web application called PackTrack, that allows you to track your packages from any of 57 supported carriers (including FedEx, UPS, and DHL) - all on the same screen. This is great for people who are constantly jumping around from site to site to look up shipping details.

Check it out here.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

20 Ways to Annoy Someone

Here is a little list I found humorous, and wanted to share:

20 Ways to Annoy Someone:

1. Specify that your drive-thru order is "to go."

2. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.

3. Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will "swipe your grub."

4. Name your dog "Dog."

5. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."

6. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think."

7. Claim that you must always wear a bicycle helmet as part of your "astronaut training."

8. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with a can of Lysol.

9. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.

10. Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment.

11. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."

12. Tell 1-800 operators they sound gay and ask for a date.

13. Sew anti-theft detector strips into people's backpacks.

14. Hide dairy products in inaccessible places.

15. Order a side of pork rinds with your fillet mignon.

16. Change channels five minutes before the end of every show.

17. Tape pieces of "Sweating to the Oldies" over climatic parts of rental movies.

18. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints by the cash register.

19. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.

20. Repeat everything someone says as a question.



Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Meebo - Web Based Chat Program

Meebo, is Instant Messaging on your web browser. it supports AIM/ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, Jabber/GTalk, and MSN. This is a great free service with a slick new interface. I use this at work cause our IT department blocks the ports that MSN and AOL work on. Since Meebo uses port 80, which is also the port for web browsing it gets thru. No installation required and you are logged off when you leave the site. It is safe, secure, and convenient.

Try it out here. See you online ;)


Get Live Help And Not Automated Hell

Okay maybe I can deal with companies cutting back on support, shipping jobs overseas and making me talk to Ghandi for 2 hours while my mouse flutters helplessly across the computer screen. However when I get dumped into the endless loop of press 1 for this or 2 for that, I get a little annoyed. When I purchase something I expect that if it doesn't function like it should or breaks after the first time I use it, I can call and actually get a live human being to calm me down, and tell me it's gonna be alright, even if it isn't ;)

Well here is a free site called that allows you to do just that. It has a database listing of companies and the steps to get someone live.

Check it out here.


Free Online File Conversion

Have you ever wanted to convert files without the need to download software? Well your prayers have been answered. Zamar is a free online file converter which can handle a wide variety of different file formats. It will convert documents, music, images and video. Not to shabby for a free service!

Check it out here


Fast Web Weather Forcast

Here is a quick little trick to get your local forecast fast using your browser. In the URL field simply type: where "12345" is your zip code.


Skype 3.0 One Click Phone Dial Hack

The Skype 3.0 beta Windows version is out and includes new Firefox plugin, which allows you to make phone numbers on a web page clickable. Instead of opening the Skype client to pick a number, you can create a .txt file of names and numbers and bookmark it. Then you just load your bookmark and the .txt file becomes a clickable phonebook. This is great for all those lazy people like myself who like to save a few steps in life ;)

Skype for Windows


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Halloween Event Search Engine

Here is a neat little search engine for finding halloween events in your area. Enter your zipcode to find haunted houses, hay rides, haunted mazes and other spooky goodies.

Check it out here


Sunday, October 08, 2006

How to Bypass Websense

Websense is a thorn in the side of many who want to surf their favorites sites in private, without the man telling us what we can and can't view at work or at school. We have this where Iwork and even though I can view pretty much anything with my access level, many of my co-workers can not. So Here is a little tutorial for them to get around this annoying little problem.
  1. Go to
  2. Type the URL you want to go to in the box.
  3. Because is itself blocked by Websense, you need to find another proxy avoidance site. More are created daily.
  4. The way this works is that the proxy avoidance site is hosted on a non-filtered connection. The page is routed through that connection to your computer.
  5. Since websense can't block a secure site use the only draw back is that it's slow.
Also you can sign up for a mailing list that details the newest proxy avoidance websites here:

Don't let them tell you what u can't do ;)


How to Quiet Your Neighbours' Radio With an Ipod

We all have them, neighbors who annoy us or get on our nerves playing music too loud or doing other kooky shit. Well here is a little trick to fight back. If you have an ipod or other FM transmitter, you can effectivley silence the radio or broadcast your own stuff coming from their stereo. Here's how:

1.) Get an iTrip mini (if you have an iPod 3G(with the 4 buttons and dock connector), 4G (black and white screen or color screen that cannot play videos; click wheel) or iPod mini), an iTrip Nano (for iPod Nano) or the new dock-connecting iTrip (for video or nano). all of these are easy to use and have extendable aerials.

2.) Extend your iTrip's aerial. On a iTrip mini, the aerial should be underneath a white sticker on top. On the dock connector iTrip, it should be on the back (you will need a pencil or pin to access it) and on the iTrip nano, it is under a sticker on the bottom).

3.) Using a standard FM radio, try and get to the same station that your noisy neighbours are listening to. Once you have found it, tune your iTrip to it.

4.) Next, get as close as you can to your neighbours' house without looking suspicious. Then finally play your music over your iTrip and you should hear YOUR favourite songs from THEIR stereo!

To improve your signal quality, skin the aerial and stick it into the AERIAL IN port of an FM signal booster. Then plug a TV aerial to the RADIO OUT port of the signal booster. If your booster has more than one RADIO OUT/TV OUT, plug in as many aerials as you can into the relevant ports and place them as close to your neighbours' house. You can get better coverage!

Enjoy your peace and quiet ;)


Saturday, October 07, 2006

Top 100 Costume Ideas

Halloween is right around the corner kiddies, and just in time comes this great resource site that will give you some costume ideas for the ghoulish season. The search engine on Costumzee helps users tag, discuss and purchase Halloween costumes.

Check it out here


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Free Apps for your USB Pen Drive

We all have them now-a-days, they have replaced the floppy drives on all new PCs pretty much. It is the USB pen drive or memory stick. These little babies are great for transporting our files from one machine to another, but can also be loaded up with small Operating systems and portable apps, that may not be installed on a remote PC. Here is a massive collection of apps that run from a flash drive. There are now 150 apps included in the package and they are all up to date.

Check it out here.


Unlimited Tabs On Your Google Homepage

Google has added a new feature to their customized homepage. They now have modifiable tabs that you can categorize, but the page is only limited to 6 tabs...Well that wasn't enough for me, so I went looking for a solution. This blog has a little javascript that allows you to hack the homepage and add unlimited tabs.

How to Add More Tabs to Google Personalized Homepage [Googlified]
Add tab bookmarklet


Friday, September 01, 2006

Surf Privatly With Browzar

Browzar is a free lightweight Windows only browser with privacy in mind. Browzar lets you surf the net, without keeping any of that incriminating or sensitive information on your computer. Browsing history, stored files, cookies, and autocomplete are nowhere to be found with Browzar, so each time you run it, it's totally clear of your private data.

Check it out here.


Free printable highway travel guides

Do you have an upcoming road trip planned and need directions? Check out this site: They have a whole collection of free, printable highway travel guides for the US, Canada, and Mexico. It is a great resource for anyone who travels allot and doesn't have an atlas for every destination.

Check it out here.


Monday, August 21, 2006

Slick Network Speed Test

Ever want to test your network at home or at work to see what kind of bandwidth you are getting? Well here is a great site with a very slick interface that lets you do just that. Now you can see if you are getting what you pay for.

Check it out here.


Free Online Drawing Lessons

Having trouble drawing Tippy the Turtle ;) Here is a great resource site that teaches you the principles and techniques for drawing many different subjects. You can also set it up to display your darwings in an online gallery.

Check it out here.


Dont Buy Junk

Here is a great website which reviews all sorts of Electronic products. You can read reviews from people, filter products by features, weight, storage capacity, etc. There is even a slick slider bar for price. All in all it is a pretty good site for comparing the latest tech stuff and getting unbiased opinions from real users.

Check it out here.


Google Catalogs Online

Here is a neat Google resource that allows you to search hundreds of online mail catalogs. In order to find a catalog, you can browse the categories that range from Accessories to Toys, use the Advanced Search tool, or just type in the name of the catalog you might be looking for.

Check it out here.


Great Bittorrent Aggregator

This is bound to become your favorite torrent search site. Although I still do love the Pirate's Bay. Scrape Torrent is a bittorrent search aggregator that scours the most popular torrent sites to find you the best download available.

Check it out here.


Default Password List

Here is a great resource for figuring out the default passwords on most network hardware. This is good if you forgot the password to your router or for other reasons. :)

Check it out here.


Build You Own Cat Tree

Here is a great little DIY Project for all you cat lovers out there. Scratching Posts and Cat Trees are often priced around $100-$200 Dollars. Here is one you can make at home for little cost and with common tools around the house.

Check it out here.


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Create an Email Blacklist in Gmail

Well boys and girls, I haven't been around much these days and have been bogged down in other stuff, but I wanted to start posting again, and let you know I haven't died ;)

If you constantly receive messages you'd like to ignore from the same persons or Gmail's spam filters aren't too good for you, it's time to create a blacklist. How to do that in Gmail?

1. Go to Contacts, click on Groups and create a new group (let's say "Blacklist").

2. Click on "All contacts", check the email addresses you don't like and add them to the group (at the bottom of the window).

Each time you send a message to someone not in your Contacts list, Gmail will automatically add the person for you. So if you didn't reply to a person, you'll have to add the mail address in the last step.

3. Go to Groups / Blacklist and click "Compose to group". Copy the text from the "to" field.

4. Paste it here and click "convert". Then click on the resulting text and copy it. (This is a simple JavaScript. No address will be sent to a server.)

5. Create a new filter. Paste the text obtained above in the "from" field, check "Also apply to..." and "Delete it".

If you want to add more addresses, edit the filter by appending " OR newaddress1 OR newaddress2 ... OR newaddressN" in the From field.

Note that if you only want one or two address, you can create just the filter described above, by adding the address in the From field. If you want to block many addresses, it's time consuming to do this manually by copying each email address from the contact list.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Great Firefox Extension: Viamatic foXpose

This great little extension for Firefox 1.4.1 - 1.6 allows you to view all your open webpages a thumbnail view. Click on the icon in the status bar to view all the browser windows with a single click.

Check it out here.


Google Maps with Your Locations!

Here is a great website that allows you to edit a google map with your own locations, such as store information, favorite hangouts, etc. It is for anyone who needs to an easy way to create a map and send to their friends or for web designers who want to add interactive maps to their client's websites. It is free to use and adds a nice interactive element to any website.

Check it out here.


Free Music and Ebooks Using Google

Here is a nice little web application, that searches Google for Music or Ebooks. The app also includes a nice Proxy service for getting around those pesky Firewall and Websense blocks at School or work.

Check it out here.


Free Long Distance Calls To Canada and the USA

We all like things that are free, so here is a new way of making Long Distance phone calls to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada for free within the U.S. using the free VOIP program called Skype. The makers of Skype are now offering their SkypeOut service to any phone number in Canada and the United States for unlimited calling for FREE till 2007! I used this other night and it worked flawlessly. The quality was awesome and it didn't skip a beat.

1.) Download the Latest version of Skype here.
2.) Use the SkypeOut service to make your call. Read more about it here.


Xbox 360 DVD firmware hack

Well it looks like the Xbox360 has finally been hacked. It took Microsoft 2 + years to develop security for the 360, and it was cracked within months. Backups can now be booted on the Xbox 360 according to Xbox-scene. The firmware was released by Commodore4Eva who previously released a functional Xbox 1 firmware. This works for the Xbox 360's with the Samsung/Toshiba DVD drive.

Check it out here.


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Free Music On the Internet

Well here is another little goodie to come along and offer up free music to the masses. I don't think this one will last long if the RIAA has its way, so grab wat you can now kiddies :) The website is called Sideload. What is Sideload you ask??

Well is a website that aggregates popular free music tracks on the web that have been sideloaded into Oboe, the MP3tunes online Music Locker. is an easy way to find great MP3 files from bands all over the internet. You can quickly preview tracks and store them permanently in your Locker with one click!

Check it out here.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Best Security Live CD Distros

Here is a list of the 10 best LiveCD distributions dealing with security. These distros can be run entirely off the CD without any install on the machine. They are great for penetration testing and offer portability. Best of all you get to choose which flavor you need at any given point just by switching a cd.

Some of them are:

1. BackTrack
BackTrack is the result of the merging of two Innovative Penetration Testing live Linux distributions Whax and Auditor.
check it out here.

2. Operator
Operator is a very fully featured LiveCD totally oriented around network security (with open source tools of course). Check it out here.

Mainly based around Penetration Testing, PHLAK is a must have for any pro hacker/pen-tester. Check it out here or at the mirror here.

4. Auditor
The Auditor security collection is a Live-System based on KNOPPIX. With no installation whatsoever, the analysis platform is started directly from the CD-Rom and is fully accessible within minutes. Chec kit out here.

5. L.A.S Linux
Local Area Security Linux is a ‘Live CD’ distribution with a strong emphasis on security tools and small footprint. Check it out here.

6. Knoppix-STD
STD is a Linux-based Security Tool. Actually, it is a collection of hundreds if not thousands of open source security tools. Check it out here.

7. Helix
Helix is more on the forensics and incident response side. Helix is a customized distribution of the Knoppix Live Linux CD. Check it out here.

8. F.I.R.E
FIRE is a portable bootable cdrom based distribution with the goal of providing an immediate environment to perform forensic analysis, incident response, data recovery, virus scanning and vulnerability assessment. check it out here.

9. nUbuntu
The main goal of nUbuntu is to create a distribution which is derived from the Ubuntu distribution. Check it out here.

10. INSERT Rescue Security Toolkit
INSERT is a complete, bootable linux system. It comes with a graphical user interface running the fluxbox window manager while still being sufficiently small to fit on a credit card-sized CD-ROM. Check it out here.


Saturday, March 11, 2006

101 Free Games

Being a hardcore gamer I play allot of new titles out there. From strategy based games to FPS to adventure style RPG's I love them all. Usually these games are between $30.00 and $50.00 bucks, leaving the budget conscious gamer to be very selective. Well for those who just want to pass the time and not pay anything for some worthwhile distraction, comes a listing of Free Gaming titles anyone can download off the net for free.

Some of the titles are pretty kewl and worth taking a look at:

Cave Story
You get it all right here. Action. Adventure. RPG elements. Platforming. And it all comes in under 1MB.

Daikatana--Game Boy Color
Straight from the homepage of John Romero comes his blessing to download the Game Boy Color version of Daikatana. Here's the crazy part: It's actually not bad for an adventure/RPG.

Dungeon Siege: Copperhead
Proof that some good things can come from Dungeon Siege, this sci-fi total conversion is a free game that's good enough to pay for. More interesting news: A Copperhead take on Far Cry is also in the works.

Dungeon Siege: Ultima V: Lazarus
More good things from Dungeon Siege. These guys have re-created the classic Ultima V with this Dungeon Siege mod. We dug it so much that we gave it a review (check out page 88).

Eternal Daughter
Addictive, fun, and in the vein of all those early '90s Nintendo RPGs, Eternal Daughter is a must-play bit of freeware, especially for Nintendo fanboys.

Flight of the Amazon Queen
FOTAQ is a throwback to the simpler days of LucasArts-style adventure games. This classic has it all: crazy Nazi scientists, great dialogue, and lots of puns! If you want the whole experience, download the CD version.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The classic Infocom text adventure is back, it's an online Web game, and now, technically, it's a graphic adventure.

Mount & Blade
This isn't a typical RPG. Sure, it's got your standard stat building, but combat takes place with third-person action. It's a little primitive but certainly worth the free download.

To see a full list of freebies, head on over to and get your gaming fix.


Friday, March 10, 2006

VideoBomb - Hottest Internet Videos

VideoBomb, is a Digg like site which highlights the latest hot viedos from around the web. Users can bomb or rate each video thus forcing it to the homepage based on popularity. There is some whacky stuff up there, some of which is quite entertaining :) I particularly thought the woman breastfeeding a cat was distrubing yet somewhat facinating. It was like staring at the sun, you know you shouldn't look but you stare anyways ;) The site is totally free, although you do have to register to bomb stuff.

Check it out here.


The Democracy Player

The Democracy Player is an awesome open source Internet TV application that allows you to subscribe to video RSS feeds from anywhere on the web. There are many default feeds that will keep you supplied with endless content and music videos from sites like:

Check it out here.


DIY Keylogger

Here is a nice little tutorial on how to construct a keylogger using hardware any techie should have laying around the pad, with the exception of the micro controller.

What's a keylogger?? Well a keylogger is a either software or hardware which captures every keyboard stroke that is typed on a computer. This data can then be reviewed revealing passwords, conversations, important numbers etc. This device is made using a PS2 extension cable and some basic electronics.

Check it out here.


Thursday, March 09, 2006

Grabbing Free Music Using Streams

We all love free stuff right. Well here is a way of grabbing some free music using an application called StationRipper. StationRipper allows you to Record Internet Radio Stations and broadcasts. It will record Shoutcast streams, video streams and podcasts.

Some of its features are:
  • Record Shoutcast Audio and Video streams, and Podcasts.
  • Records up to 600 streams at one time. Although the free version only allows 2 streams at a time.
  • Auto-download Album art.
  • Integrate with iTunes - auto-generate iTunes playlists of songs recorded.
  • Keeps track of the songs you've already recorded, only keeping the songs you don't already have.
Check it out here or download the application and try it out for yourself.


Free Ebooks

Although I can't say I love curling up with a good pdf in front of a fire :) Ebooks are a great resource for doing research, getting tech info or just learning a new skill. Here is a website that has many different Ebooks in numerous categories that can be downloaded for free. They have everything from Espionage to Adventure to Romance and Horror.

Check it out here.


Free Children's AudioBooks

Storynory is a nice little resource that has free audiobooks for children. You can play these on your PC or transfer them to your iPod for playback. There are some classic tales among the list and some new ones I have never heard of. All in all it's a great way to entertain your child on a long trip or at bedtime.

Check it out here.


Back From Walking The Plank

Sorry posts have been scarce these days. I have been pretty busy with work, freelance stuff and family day to day fun. I hope everyone is doing great, and thanks for checking in from time to time to see what kooky stuff I find and post.


Friday, January 27, 2006

Making a Red Box out of a Tone Dialer

This is a neat little project which involves making a Red Box from a standard Radio Shack tone generator. What's a Red Box you ask?? Well a Red Box is a device that outputs the nickel, dime, and quarter tones used in a payphone. Theoretically one could use such a device to place phone calls at a payphone for free. These were very popular in the 90's and may not work on today's new phone system. Although I have heard they will still work in some remote areas where time has forgotten ;)

Check it out Here.


Thursday, January 26, 2006

XBMC - XBOX Media Center Project

This is a great little project for anyone who wants to get the most out of their Xbox. After a couple of hours messing around with config files and online menus, I successfully got my XBOX chipped, flashed the BIOS, upgraded the HD to a 30 GB and installed the latest build of XBOX Media Center.

Release…….: XBox Media Center 1.1.0
Skin………….: Project Mayhem III

It wasn't the easiest of tasks without any real, straightforward instructions, most of the stuff I found was written in the Online XBMC manual, or found in various forums, but once I got it working it is awesome.

I then bought a wireless game adapter, and networked my Xbox, the media center gives me access to all of the videos, music, Podcasts, audiobooks and photos stored on my regular computer from my TV in my living room. The video and audio streaming worked flawlessly and I can FTP into the box and update and transfer files.

I also have a few DVD’s backed up on my computer using DVD Shrink 3.2, which compresses them down to a specified size with minimal quality loss and played them on the Xbox

Best of all, there are emulators for all the old gaming systems, specifically, MAME, NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Genesis and more. I can now play all the old arcade classics of yesteryear on my XBOX.

The networked Xbox also can access all my music in iTunes, I can get my playlist listed and the music streams to my TV.

There are many plugin scripts for the system available, lots to stream video content from the web, a couple of my favorites are the Apple movie trailers, which works flawlessly and CNN Videos, which is like a video on demand of all the latest news headlines.

The XBMC is really quite and impressive multi use media PC. XBMC can be used with the Xbox DVD remote or any of th various Xbox controllers including wireless. The button config can be a little tricky, but once you figure it out it works great.


Monday, January 23, 2006

DIY Lockpicking Device

This is pretty cool. Build a lockpick out of an old electric toothbrush. All you need is a $9 toothbrush and some extra parts.

Check it out here.


Find Your Album Art For iTunes

Just upload your iTunes XML file and this site analyzes which cds you're missing album art for. It then gets all the covers from Amazon and displays them all.

Check it out here.

There are also other solutions for getting the artwork. Below are some applications and online solutions.

iTunes Art Importer
iTunes Album Art Finder


Friday, January 20, 2006

Tracing An Email

The purpose of this guide is to show the process involved in tracing an email. The first step required to tracing an email is finding out the headers of the email. What are headers? Email headers are lines added at the top of an email message that are used by servers as the email goes on route to get delivered. Generally email clients only show the standard To, From, and Subject headers, but there are more.

Check it out here.


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

AJAX Powered IP Location Lookup

This website lets you plot any ip address using Google maps. It is not 100% accurate, but it is kewl none the less.

Check it out here.


Free High Speed Internet

Here is a great guide on finding free Wifi. With a few simple tools you can tap into your neighbor's wireless connection and begin taking advantage of free high speed internet connection.

Essential Items:
1. Get a good browser, I prefer Firefox. Firefox is not only a good browser for surfing the web, but it is more secure and allows you to tweak your internet to go faster.

2. You will need a wireless network card. Any card should do fine, most networks are G, so a 802.11g card would be the best route to go, also probably the cheapest.

Finding Wireless Networks

Locating a wireless network is the first step in trying to exploit it. There are two tools that are commonly used in this regard:

Network Stumbler - a.k.a NetStumbler ( This Windows based tool easily finds wireless signals being broadcast within range ) A must have. It also has ability to determine Signal/Noise info that can be used for site surveys. I actually know of one highly known public wireless hotspot provider that uses this utility for their site surveys.

Kismet - One of the key functional elements missing from NetStumbler is the ability to display Wireless Networks that are not broadcasting their SSID. As a potential wireless security expert, you should realize that Access Points are routinely broadcasting this info; it just isn’t being read/deciphered. Kismet will detect and display SSIDs that are not being broadcast which is very critical in finding wireless networks.

Attaching to the Found Wireless Network

Once you’ve found a wireless network, the next step is to try to connect to it. If the network isn’t using any type of authentication or encryption security, you can simply connect to the SSID. If the SSID isn’t being broadcast, you can create a profile with the name of the SSID that is not being broadcast. Of course you found the non-broadcast SSID with Kismet, right? If the wireless network is using authentication and/or encryption, you may need one of the following tools.

Airsnort - This is a very easy to use tool that can be used to sniff and crack WEP keys. While many people bash the use of WEP, it is certainly better than using nothing at all. Something you’ll find in using this tool is that it takes a lot of sniffed packets to crack the WEP key. There are additional tools and strategies that can be used to force the generation of traffic on the wireless network to shorten the amount of time needed to crack the key, but this feature is not included in Airsnort.

CowPatty - This tool is used as a brute force tool for cracking WPA-PSK, considered the “New WEP” for home Wireless Security. This program simply tries a bunch of different options from a dictionary file to see if one ends up matching what is defined as the Pre-Shared Key.

ASLeap - If a network is using LEAP, this tool can be used to gather the authentication data that is being passed across the network, and these sniffed credentials can be cracked. LEAP doesn’t protect the authentication like other “real” EAP types, which is the main reason why LEAP can be broken.

Sniffing Wireless Data

Whether you are directly connected to a wireless network or not, if there is wireless network in range, there is data flying through the air at any given moment. You will need a tool to be able to see this data.

Ethereal - While there has been much debate on the proper way to pronounce this utility, there is no question that it is an extremely valuable tool. Ethereal can scan wireless and Ethernet data and comes with some robust filtering capabilities. It can also be used to sniff-out 802.11 management beacons and probes and subsequently could be used as a tool to sniff-out non-broadcast SSIDs.

The aforementioned utilities, or similar ones, will be necessities in your own wireless security toolkit. The easiest way to become familiar with these tools is to simply use them in a controlled lab environment. And cost is no excuse as all of these tools are available freely on the Internet.

Auditor Security Collection

The Auditor is a copy of linux that boots from the cd with all the neccesary wi-fi hacking tools pre-installed. The Auditor security collection is a Live-System based on KNOPPIX. With no installation whatsoever, the analysis platform is started directly from the CD-Rom and is fully accessible within minutes. Independent of the hardware in use, the Auditor security collection offers a standardised working environment, so that the build-up of know-how and remote support is made easier.

Protecting Against These Tools

Just as it’s important to know how to utilize the aforementioned tools, it is important to know best practices on how to secure your Wireless Network Against these tools.

NetStumbler - Do not broadcast your SSID. Ensure your WLAN is protected by using advanced Authentication and Encryption.

Kismet - There’s really nothing you can do to stop Kismet from finding your WLAN, so ensure your WLAN is protected by using advanced Authentication and Encryption

Airsnort - Use a 128-bit, not a 40-bit WEP encryption key. This would take longer to crack. If your equipment supports it, use WPA or WPA2 instead of WEP (may require firmware or software update).

Cowpatty - Use a long and complex WPA Pre-Shared Key. This type of key would have less of a chance of residing in a dictionary file that would be used to try and guess your key and/or would take longer. If in a corporate scenario, don’t use WPA with Pre-Shared Key, use a good EAP type to protect the authentication and limit the amount of incorrect guesses that would take place before the account is locked-out. If using certificate-like functionality, it could also validate the remote system trying to gain access to the WLAN and not allow a rogue system access.

ASLeap - Use long and complex credentials, or better yet, switch to EAP-FAST or a different EAP type.

Ethereal - Use encryption, so that anything sniffed would be difficult or nearly impossible to break. WPA2, which uses AES, is essentially unrealistic to break by a normal hacker. Even WEP will encrypt the data. When in a Public Wireless Hotspot (which generally do not offer encryption), use application layer encryption, like Simplite to encrypt your IM sessions, or use SSL. For corporate users, use IPSec VPN with split-tunneling disabled. This will force all traffic leaving the machine through an encrypted tunnel that would be encrypted with DES, 3DES or AES.


Thursday, January 12, 2006

Free Music To Listen Too

Here is a great Website that searches through thousands of directories full of music that people have uploaded for use on their blogs. You can find pretty much any song and listen to it for free. You could then possibly copy those same songs to your PC as they are streaming ;) hmmm.....Can you say free music for the kiddies.

Check it out here.


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Track you FedEx, UPS, USPS Using Google

Package Mapper shows you a map of your FedEx, UPS, USPS package routes. Enter a carrier and a tracking number to see your package's progress plotted on the map. Sign in to enter a list of packages and see their current locations on a table or map.

Check it out here.


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Google Video Downloader

No need to purchase videos, just download with google video downloader and convert from flv using freeware tools if you want to save a buck or 4. You can also browse tons of free music videos in different genres as well.

Check it out here.


Monday, January 09, 2006

Free Color Scheme Tool

Here is an excellant Color scheme generator for your web design project.

Check it out here.


More Free CSS Navigation Menus

Here are some more great free CSS tabbed menus for ue in any website design project. Enjoy!

See them in action here.

Download the entire menu set.


Free Illustrator Tutorials

Here is a great design resource site that has step-by-step Adobe Illustrator tutorials with the original source file download. It is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn or expand their knowledge of this awesome program.

Check it out here.


CSS Menu Generator

CSS Menu Generator will generate both the CSS and the HTML code required to produce a text-based yet appealing set of navigation buttons.

Check it out here.


Free CSS Tab Menus

Here are some great free CSS Tab Menus for your website project.

Check it out here.


Free Stock Photos

Here is a great list of websites that have tons of FREE stock photographs for all your Web and graphic design projects.
Also check out Yotophoto Free photos search engine
and Flickr


Friday, January 06, 2006

Free Medical Books

A variety of full text books available online and sorted by specialty. The unrestricted access to scientific knowledge will have a major impact on medical practice. This site offers free access to medical books over the Internet.

Check it out here.


Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Send A Robotic Voice Call

Here is a cool little site that allows you to send a robotic voice message to any phone number. Just type in the phone number including area code and then a message. In the license key field put a zero "0" and hit enter. The robot voice will say your message to the call recipient.

Check it out here.


Free iPod Content

Where to start

Apple's iTunes is your first stop. Think of iTunes as a convenient distribution jukebox. Though many podcasters have their own websites, iTunes makes finding new material easier than searching the whole web -- just browse iTunes' podcast categories to see what's available.

Want more? Find a podcaster you like, and follow the links in their blogrolls. Or browse the podcast directories:

Podcast Alley
Podsafe Music Network
Yahoo Podcast Search

Video and enhanced podcasts

Enhanced podcasts can be viewed in iTunes and on the color iPod and the nano (the audio will play on earlier iPods, but they won't display images, of course). Video requires a brand new iPod, but most video clips will appear in the iTunes Video menu, and can be played in iTunes and added to any playlist.

  • NASA's Ask an Astronomer videos. A NASA astronomer answers questions from kids, like "Do the stars really move?" Clever animations illustrate the tricky concepts, providing educational fun for kids (and this reviewer, too). Subscribe on iTunes.
  • The FrenchPodClass. Sebastien, a native French speaker living in the United States, uses audio, video and surprisingly helpful PDFs to give one reviewer optimistic ideas about New Year's resolutions. For example, see Lesson 1 audio (PDF review) and Lesson 22 video (PDF review). Subscribe on iTunes.

  • YOGAmazing Video Podcast. A tiny personal trainer in your iPod is just right for a short break at work or an impromptu workout at the park. Try out Episode 13, Yoga for Depression. Subscribe on iTunes.
  • The 64mm Vlog. Fans will enjoy watching other skateboarders ride in these simple, personal videos, like Girls on Ramps. Subscribe on iTunes.
  • NBA Video Podcasts. Baseball lovers will enjoy the official NBA videocast. Subscribe on iTunes.
  • Tuscany Pod Travels TV. A group of Italians who podcast video tours at also create charming cooking lessons like this one, Pappardelle Noodles with Duck.
  • KCRW Arts & Culture: Good Food Podcast. Santa Monica College radio's enthusiastic foodie podcast interviews top chefs and features their recipes. It also offers tips about seasonal produce to look for at the market, at least in California. It's enough to make you hungry. Sample "Chocolate Desserts; Ethnic Sides; Vegan Fusion; Swedish Christmas; The Richest Fruitcake; Hanukkah." Subscribe on iTunes.
  • Winecast. In Winecast, wine lover Tim Elliott shares interesting stories about varietals and growing regions, tasting notes and reviews of wines he buys at local markets. Here's his Winecast 47 about Beaujolais Nouveau.