Archive for June, 2007

Productivity501 – A must read website

Posted 30 Jun 2007 — by Ellie
Category Reviews

If you have just about given up on fulfilling your New Year’s resolutions to get more done in less time or be more productive at work or at home, don’t despair.

Productivity501 is here to save the day! *insert cheesy superhero music here*

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Productivity501 is a site dedicated to bringing you regular tips and tricks to help increase your personal productivity. This site focuses on original content so the publication schedule is a little slower than other blogs out there. However, the content is always fresh and easy to understand. Mark W. Shead, the site’s owner and writer, is a consultant specializing in helping businesses use technology to solve and/or prevent problems.

Poll: What feed reader do you use?

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Posted 27 Jun 2007 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

Update 7/24/09: Check out “What exactly is RSS?” or the RSS tag archives.

Top 5 FREE Disposable Email Services

Posted 25 Jun 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlSpam, not that ultra yummy treat (sike) but the email variety, seems to have become a way of life for those of us who use email. I don’t know about you, but it is a major letdown when 3 out of 5 emails in my inbox are spam messages. Or when I have more unread emails in my spam folder than in my inbox.

After using some of these Anonymous Email services, I can honestly tell you that there is no better technology to prevent and block spam than temporary emails. Not only does the email address expire after a certain amount of time, but your personal email address is protected from being sold and used by spammers.

Great Open Source and/or Free Replacements for Windows Software

Posted 25 Jun 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlIf you are working on a budget or just like tinkering, these programs are great replacements for Windows software. I’ve used quite a few of them (look for a * next to the ones I’ve used) and starting late July, I’ll be doing reviews of some of them.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: afsilva

Anti-Virus:

* AVG Free – http://free.avg.com/ww.download

* Avast! Antivirus – http://www.avast.com/

PDF Reader:

* Foxit Reader – http://www.foxitsoftware.com/

Media Players:

* VLC – http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Media Player Classic – http://sourceforge.net/projects/guliverkli/

Web Browsers:

* Firefox- http://www.getfirefox.com

* Opera – http://www.opera.com

Safari (Mac) Brower on PCs!

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Posted 12 Jun 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlI couldn’t hold this until next week. 😛

Apple – the company that brought us Macs and Ipods, has introduced their Windows version of Safari web browser. I have been reading articles about it all day, mainly on tech blogs and websites – just WAITING for it to hit the “regular” news!

And yes!

I was not disappointed!

PC World has a pretty comprehensive overview of how the browser looks and works (link | download). If it weren’t for the security problems that were found within HOURS of its release, I would be downloading Safari right this minute. Well, actually, something like 8 hours ago. 😆

Daily Twaddle’s Big WordPress Plugins Review

Posted 11 Jun 2007 — by Ellie
Category Technology

I love reading about others’ favorite WordPress plugins. Because of my searching, I have found lots of reviews and lists that have helped me find the best plugins for my own blogging use.

Daily Twaddle features a great list that I found incredibly useful. If you are a WordPress user, definitely check this website’s list out. If you aren’t a WordPress user, well, get with the program, buddy!

5 Useful Gmail Filters

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Posted 04 Jun 2007 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlGmail has a wonderful sorting or filtering feature that makes it easy to sort your emails and get back to what’s most important in life – playing Poppit or reading about the latest celebrity/politician drama.

You can create filters by clicking the “Create a filter” link at the top of your Gmail screen, on the right hand side of the search box.

Here’s a screenshot (click on the image for a larger photo):

Podcast: Intro to the site

Posted 01 Jun 2007 — by Ellie
Category Technology

This is the introductory podcast for thepinkc. I hope you enjoy. Be sure to read the latest announcement for information on how to add the podcast to your iTunes or Google Reader.

Enjoy your weekend!

Announcement: How to Subscribe to thepinkc Podcast

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Posted 01 Jun 2007 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

Directions for iTunes users: 1. Open iTunes. 2. Go to the “advanced” tab at the top. 3. When the menu drops down click subscribe to podcast. 4. Enter, or copy and paste, http://podcasts.odiogo.com/thepinkc-ultimate-geek-girl/podcasts-xml.php and click OK. The podcast will open up in your podcast directory and updates can be updated manually or automatically by setting your preferences.

Directions for Google Reader users: 1. Sign into your account. 2. Go to the “Add Subscription” button on the left-hand side. 3. When the window pops up, enter, or copy and paste http://podcasts.odiogo.com/thepinkc-ultimate-geek-girl/podcasts-xml.php and press ADD. The entire feed for the website will be listed in your Reader.