Friday, August 13, 2010

Awesome Adobe AIR Applications

Adobe AIR applications are web applications that are built in HTML, JavaScript, Flash and ActionScript and can run on your desktop free from the use of a browser.  There are many different ones out there in a variety of categories.  Here are a few that I find useful for design or general internet goodness.  You can get the Adobe AIR installer here.

Web Design:

PolarisA free desktop reporting client for Google Analytics.  The free versions allows you to manage one website.
WebsnapshotA great tool for capturing screenshots.  This application allows you type a URL then take a snapshot using one of the three sizing methods; Thumbnail, Browser or fullpage view.
Shrink-O-MaticThis AIR application allows you to easily (batch) resize (shrink) images. It handles JPGs, GIFs and PNGs.
Font PickerThis app allows you to find the correct font for the job.
TimelocA desktop widget that keeps track of the time you have spent working on a job or project. It will also tally up the dollar amount based on your hourley rate.

Social Media:

FacedeskThis application is a stand-alone Facebook updater and surfing tool.
MINI DIGG - A Digg client that brings the latest news from Digg to your desktop. You can also store the articles on your machine.
TwhirlThis app allows you to connect to multiple Twitter accounts


Pandora Desktop
The Desktop Application that plays your Pandora stations right from your machine without using a browser.
ebay DesktopSearch, bid, browse, and watch your auctions all from your desktop.
Craigslist DesktopThis application is easy to use and saves you time with saved searches and the ability to view pictures.
EarthBrowser – Browse the planet to check out the weather, current earthquake data and much more.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fun Websites to Pass the Time.

Here are some funny and entertaining websites to help pass the time.

Awkward Family Photos - A collection of weird and awkward family photos that users have submitted in the hopes of internet fame.

Texts from Last Night - A website that collects funny and frequently flithy texts that users have submitted from sms conversations.

Ugliest Tattoos - A website gallery of poor choices of the tattoo world.

Item Not As Described - This site captures some of the weird stuff people have put up on craigslist for sale. - A goldmine of 100 Web memes that you have seen, should have seen, or never knew existed but must see.


Interesting Sites of the Week

Here are some cool websites I have discovered this week, check them out and let me know if you have any to add to the list. :)

5min - This website features various content such as, Video recipes, yoga and fitness routines, tech tutorials, DIY projects for home and garden, health videos on specific conditions, beauty and fashion tips, video game walk-throughs and much more.

BrianPOP - Here is an awesome educational resource website, which features free lesson plans, video tutorials, and professional development tools for the educator, while making things fun for the student.

GeekSugar - This website is a Geek site for girls.  Think of it as a cross between Cosmo and Slashdot.

AlternativeTo -  A website that offers free or lost cost alternatives to many of the popular pieces of software out there.  If you need to get the job done but don't have allot of money or just love open source, then this site is for you.

Wise Bread - A site for the frugal person in all of us.  This little website lets you live large on a small budget.