Archive for August, 2008

tweetSMS is back!

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Posted 28 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category Technology

I just got started with twitter a week or two ago, and so far, I have found dozens of programs, browser add-ons and website applications that are helpful to twitter users around the world.

Perhaps a much-needed one is tweetSMS, which is back for international users who want to use SMS messaging for Direct Messages from other twitter users.

The pricing of tweetSMS looks pretty reasonable, but I can imagine for many tweeters, they won’t need this service – but if you are not near a computer and want to make SURE you get Direct Messages, check out tweetSMS and get 15 free credits just for signing up!

Automatically Add Links to Related Sites

Posted 27 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysSearching for related posts can be tedious and time consuming. The PingCrawl plugin seeks to take away some of the frustration of adding related posts by other bloggers to the end of your new posts.

The author of the plugin says that he gets about an 80% success rate of approved pings – so that’s not bad for a day’s work of blogging!

PingCrawl does inject its own link every 10 or so links, so visit ANTY.INFO to learn how to remove the code if you want to.

All About Google Knol

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Posted 25 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlGoogle Knol is Google’s attempt to break into user-created content. It has similarities to Wikipedia and About.com, but it also takes a turn into social networking and collaboration by promoting the author of a knol prominently in the sidebar.

A knol by definition is a “unit of knowledge.” So, Google Knol is a collection of articles (called knols) on a myriad of topics – but at current, many of the knols cover medical topics (boring!).

However, there are a few really neat and helpful knols available, including my favorites:

Great Flash Programs to Try

Posted 21 Aug 2008 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

SoulvilleWhether you’ve mastered the art of Flash or you’re a beginner/intermediate, finding a good program to work with is essential to making something look great.

If you have access, of course, the program that is best is still Adobe Flash CS3 (previously from Macromedia and plenty of previous versions to play with), but there are less expensive programs out there that are pretty simple to use and most have free trials (we like free trials).

SWiSH presents two programs that have features based on the user level – SWiSH Max2 and SWiSH miniMax2. They also offer SWiSH Studio2 which allows you to make programs and screensavers with Flash.

6 Sites You Have to Go Back to School With

Posted 19 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category Back to School

School has already started for some of us – and will start soon for the rest of us students! Make life a bit easier with web applications and websites that do the stuff you don’t have time to do or save you a bit of time, so you can spend more time hanging out with your friends studying in the library?

  1. Emurse is an online resume maker with features such as a quick resume generator, activity tracking, resume templates and multi-format download. This is great if you are starting early with your job search or looking for a job on campus.

Force “No To All” in Windows

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Posted 18 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlI was trying to copy some files to another folder on my computer this weekend, as part of my “summer cleaning” of my computer… and lo and behold, I was moving files with the same names, but I wanted to keep the original copy.

Unfortunately, there’s no way in Windows XP to say “No To All” just like you can say “Yes To All” when copying or moving files. You have to click “No” over and over and over… and if you have a dozen or hundreds of files, this can be exhausting!

Photo credit: Lifehacker.com

Last Call for Prize Donations – Geek Girl Greenbacks!

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Posted 17 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category Announcements

We’ll be giving away 5 prize packages in September, and we want you to participate!

What are we looking for?

Any product or service that helps them achieve the goals of productivity, blogging, technology, better living and web applications are welcome: books, lecture CDs, consulting services, software, desk supplies, office equipment, home organizing tools, style and fashion items – and probably dozens of other things we haven’t even thought of! And if you’re a retailer, of course, gift certificates or store credit make great prizes, too.

What’s the benefit to you?

Reorganizing Yourself After Moving In

Posted 14 Aug 2008 — by HarriMac
Category Soulville

SoulvilleSome of us have changed apartments over the summer, others have moved to entirely new towns and some of us are heading into Dorm Life Part X. You organized your stuff to move, it’s spectacularly labeled and everything, but now you have to figure out where it’s really going to fit in your new space.

Dorm rooms and small apartments are harder to organize because their dimensions are smaller and the space must be multifunctional!

Apartments can be tricky if you have to share it with someone else because you may only have one space for just your things but you still have a common area to relax in or study. So what do you do?

Top 5 Features in WordPress 2.7

Posted 13 Aug 2008 — by Ellie
Category WordPress

WordPress WednesdaysYes, WordPress 2.6 was just released, but why can’t we look forward to a new version?

Keith Dsouza at Weblog Tools Collection compiled a list of the upcoming features in WordPress 2.7 that bloggers can look forward to, but here are the top 5 features that I think will make some plugins obsolete and/or blogging so much more easier for WordPress users:

  1. One Click Plugin Installs – Installing a plugin will be much easier with the ability to click a button or link and the plugin installs automatically! Plugins with similar features are One Click Plugin and Plugin Central.