Friday, November 27, 2009

Everything You Wanted To Know About Free Online Movies & TV Shows Websites

NEW ADDITIONS UPDATED: 9 June 2010

Everything you wanted to know about free online movies and tv shows websites:
If you can't find what you're looking for in the "open" web and are interested to search in the underground web but don't know how, consult the following PCWorld's articles:
Here is a list of sites for free movies and tv shows:
  • Hulu.com (simply the best site for free online tv shows and movies)
  • Jaman.com (a mix of free and pay-per-view stuff)
  • Joost.com (limited selection, strong on classics)
  • OVGuide.com (aggregates shows and movies from a variety of sites)
  • TV.com (CBS-owned, features full-length episodes of CBS's TV series)
  • YouTube's Movies Channel (smaller selection of full-length movies, compared to Hulu)
  • YouTube's TV Shows Channel (limited selection of full-length episodes of selected TV shows)
See my other blog postings in the "Everything You Want To Know" Series.

Google's Free WiFi Offer

Google is offering free wifi at 54 airports in the U.S. and on every Virgin America flight. Unfortunately, this program ends on January 15, 2010. It would be nice if every airport offers free wifi on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, enjoy Google's holiday gift while you can!

Link: Free WiFi For The Holidays

Lifehacker's 61 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

Looking for free software/apps for your computer?

Here is Lifehacker's list of 61 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For, which has excellent recommendations on the best freeware for your system. Sometimes, the best things in life are, indeed, free.

Link: 61 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Everything You Wanted To Know About Web Design

Web design is both an art and a science. Besides having good instincts for aesthetics and design, one also needs to learn the science of web design, including best practices and techniques.

Here you'll find everything you wanted to know about guidelines, checklists, and other resources for web design:

(1) Overview:

(2) Getting Started:

(3) Cheat Sheets

(4) Checklists:

(5) Tools/Apps:

(6) Specialized Resources/Techniques:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Everything You Wanted To Know About Tweaking And Optimizing Windows XP



NEW ADDITIONS UPDATED: June 3, 2010

Are you a Windows XP user who is looking to keep your Windows XP system working for as long as possible? Not ready to jump on the Windows 7 or Ubuntu bandwagon?

Here are tips and tricks for tweaking and optimizing Windows XP to extend its useful life:

(1) General:

(2) Troubleshooting:


(3) Doing New Things:


(4) Configuring and Tweaking Windows XP:

Monday, September 7, 2009

Everything You Wanted to Know About Installing, Tweaking & Using Windows 7


Everything you wanted to know about installing, tweaking & using Windows 7:

(1) Introduction:

(2) What's New in Windows 7:

(3) Installing Windows 7

(4) Upgrading to Windows 7


(5) Windows 7's Features (MaximumPC.com)

(6) Configuring & Tweaking Windows 7

(7) Tricks & Tips

(8) Rescue/Repair

(9) Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010

(10) Software/Apps for Windows 7

(11) Security

(12) Networking

(13) Doing New Things:
See also:
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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Roundup of Free Web-Based Converters, Downloaders & Other Apps

My roundup of useful free web-based converters, downloaders and other apps:
Any suggestions to add to this list?

Roundup: Wed Design, Programming & Publishing Resources #09

Today's roundup of useful web design, programming, and publishing resources:
  1. Five Popular Design Portfolio Website Styles

  2. 26 Examples of Vector Elements & Background in Web Design

  3. 25 Websites With Lighting Effects, I

  4. 25 Websites With Lighting Effects, II

  5. 25 Websites With Lighting Effects, III

  6. Showcase of 40 Website Designs Featuring Clouds and Skies

  7. 55 Beautiful Green Layouts in Web Design

  8. Create a Web Layout with 3D Elements Using Photoshop

See also my other blog postings on the following topics:

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Nokia N900

Updated: Oct 26, 2009
Nokia has officially announced the launch of its latest flagship product, the N900, which is being position to take on Apple's iPhone. While Apple has clearly stolen the thunder with the iPhone, will Nokia be able to catch up with the N900?

Join me as I keep track of important news, announcements, videos and reviews about the N900 on this page, which I shall update regularly. The Nokia N900 is available for pre-order in the US for $649.00.

(1) Official Nokia Pages:

(2) User/Community Reviews:
  • The N900 From A Community Perspective
    As part of the official launch of Maemo 5 and the N900 at Nokia World 2009, I have been given a brief hands-on time on the N900, and now I can relate some of my impressions of the device and operating system as a tablet owner and maemo.org community member.

(3) Tips & Tricks

(4) For Hackers & Programmers:

(5) Videos:











See my other blog postings in the "Everything You Want To Know" Series.
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Everything You Wanted To Know About Firefox Tips & Tricks


Everything you wanted to know about tips & tricks for tweaking your Firefox:

(1) Firefox 4 and 5 Tips

(2) Tips & Tricks For All Users:


(3) Configuring your Firefox Address Bar

(4) Tips & Tricks For Windows Users:

(5) Firefox Add-Ons/Plugins

(6) For Web Developers

(7) For Power Users
  • Mozilla Lab's Prism: Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop

(8) Security/Privacy
  • Preventing attacks on a user's history through CSS: visited selectors

See my other blog postings in the "Everything You Want To Know" Series

We can check your plugins and stuff

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Everything You Wanted To Know About Watching, Playing & Transcoding Video

Everything you wanted to know about watching online video (Hulu, etc.), video formats, codecs, conversion, decrypting, ripping, burners and players:

(1) Guides & References:

(2) For Windows Users:

(3) For Linux Users

(4) Multiplatform Converters
  • DVD43 Decrypts DVDs on the fly to allow for the re-encoding into alternative formats for iPod, etc using Handbrake (see below).
  • Handbrake: An open-source GPL licensed multiplatform multithreaded DVD to mp4 converter. This is simply the best application out there to convert dvd movies to iPod videos. Most highly recommended.

(5) Web-Based Converters
  • Zamzar.com: Free online file conversion across different platforms without the hassle of extra software.

(8) RealPlayer

(9) Recommended Apps
  • Audacity: The best multiplatform (Windows, Linux, etc) open-source software to create podcasts, etc. for your lectures, presentations, etc. Most highly recommended.

(10) Tutorials

See my other blog postings in the "Everything You Want To Know" Series.
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Roundup: Wed Design, Programming & Publishing Resources #08

Today's roundup of useful web design, programming, and publishing resources:
  1. 20 of the Worst Designed Websites in the World (Avoid making these website designs gaffes)

  2. Essential Tips For Designing An Effective Homepage (Now that you know what website designs to avoid, here are tips for great website designs)

  3. A Showcase of Fantastic Web Footer Designs

  4. 10 Excellent Feedback Tools For Web Designers

  5. 14 Easy [Ways] to Implement Drop Down Menu Solutions

  6. How to Create Stunning & Bold 3D Text

  7. Key Elements to Blog Visibility

  8. 22 Photoshop Web Design Interface Tutorial Sites

  9. Mastering Photoshop with Paths

See also my other blog postings on the following topics:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Everything You Wanted to Know About Installing, Tweaking & Using Ubuntu

NEW ADDITIONS UPDATED: 8 May 2011
Everything you wanted to know about installing, tweaking & using Ubuntu:

(1) Getting Started

(2) Guides for Beginners

    (3) Ubuntu 11.04

    (4) Ubuntu 10.10

    (5) Older Versions of Ubuntu
    Running an older version of Ubuntu? Here are the links to resources that are specific to specific versions:
    (6) Configuring & Tweaking Ubuntu

    (7) Firefox

    (8) Security

    (9) E-Mail

    (10) Multimedia

    (11) How to configure Ubuntu desktop effects/eye candy

    (12) Working with PDFs & JPGs in Ubuntu

    (13) How to troubleshoot sound problems in Ubuntu

    (14) How to Configure Ubuntu to Run Microsoft Office and other Windows Software
    Need to run Microsoft Office or Windows software in Ubuntu? Here's how you can do it, either using Wine or within a virtual machine using Sun VirtualBox:

    (15) Antivirus for Ubuntu


    (16) Ubuntu, VirtualBox & Virtualization

    (17) For More Advanced Users:

    Now that you are comfortably settled into Ubuntu and want to try your hand at something more advanced:

    (18) Installing/Using Chinese Fonts in Ubuntu

    (19) Tips For Power Users/Experts

    (20) Downloads/Apps for Ubuntu

    Thursday, August 20, 2009

    Roundup: All About Video Conversion/Decrypting Apps & Players

    Roundup: All about video conversion, ripping, decrypting apps, codecs and players:
    1. Digital Video Formats and Video Conversion Explained (Confused by technical jargon such as containers, codecs, bitrate, etc., or by the various conversion techniques? Then this article is for you.)

    2. The Ultimate Guide to Manage Your Audio/Video Files in Linux

    3. 5 Easy-to-Use Freeware Video Converters (NB: My favorite in this list is Super, which, in my opinion, is simply the best converter for Windows platform out there. Can convert just about any format that I throw to it. Most highly recommended.)

    4. 10 Great Apps To Convert Audio & Video Files in Linux

    5. How To Convert Any Video File Format Under Linux

    6. Using KickYouTube to download YouTube videos An extremely simple and elegant way to download YouTube videos without the hassle of extra software.

    7. Recording/Capturing Real Video and Real Audio streams in Windows Very useful to download Real audio or Real video streams. You need to have the Real Player installed (see below).

    8. Ad-Free version of Real Player for Windows Available only on the BBC website. Very useful if you're tired of the ad-laden version on Real's website. This is ad-free version was specially customized for the BBC.

    9. Zamzar.com: Free online file conversion across different platforms without the hassle of extra software.

    10. DVD43 Decrypts DVDs on the fly to allow for the re-encoding into alternative formats for iPod, etc using Handbrake (see below).

    11. Handbrake: An open-source GPL licensed multiplatform multithreaded DVD to mp4 converter. This is simply the best application out there to convert dvd movies to iPod videos. Most highly recommended.

    12. Doom9.net: Comprehensive and definitive DVD-backup and video-editing resources site for Windows-based systems. Here you'll find audio and video editing apps, ripping tools, codecs, encoders, filters, media players, subtitle editors, VOB tools, etc. Most highly recommended.

    13. Audacity: The best multiplatform (Windows, Linux, etc) open-source software to create podcasts, etc. for your lectures, presentations, etc. Most highly recommended.

    14. Making Computer Videos (excellent tutorials and guides).

    15. Lifehacker's List of Five Best Video Players

    16. SMPlayer Media Player For Linux/Ubuntu/Windows