We all need to use different types of software in our day to day whether it’s to check email or type a paper or keep track of paper references. What about organizing and editing all those photos you took last weekend? Check out our 2012 edition of free software recommendations. I recommend keeping a download of all of these on a disc so you never have to be in search for them again!
Belarc advisor – Windows only – Ever want a complete list of ALL the software on your PC? Belarc will give you a list including install keys so you can more easily get your system back in shape if you ever need to re-image the hard disk.
We’re all productivity junkies, right? Even the best of us sometimes has issues with a system not working or falling down on the job of organization. Or we have a really great system but then a wrench tossed into plans means we need a new system. Well recently a very busy co-worker showed me how she keeps up with everything on her plate and how she keeps it organized. The system was absolutely meticulous and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. If you’ve used something similar or have a really cool system of your own, please write a comment!
Posted 14 Jun 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl
One of the most dreaded chores for most computer users is finding and installing updates for your software and operating system. There are programs out there to make this process easier, and many programs have built-in update checkers.
One of the top programs for updating your software is FileHippo, which works on PCs only. However, VersionTracker works on PCs, Macs iPhone and PalmOS.
photo credit: slworking2
No matter which program you use, it is important to look at the settings for your software first and see if it has the capability to check on its own for updates. You might have to manually check for an update or set the program to check for updates periodically, but at least you’ll be prepared to update your software quickly!
Posted 27 Apr 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl
CustomizeGoogle is one of my most favorite Firefox add-ons. I love its breadth of features and ability to tweak Google to fit my needs. BUT, I have noticed that my favorite features of CustomizeGoogle no longer work. It is as if the Google Gods have intentionally broken the magic that made CustomizeGoogle work.
In a nutshell:
CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhances Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Ask.com, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam).
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Posted 10 Feb 2009 — by Ellie
For many note takers, Evernote is a bit too powerful, Google Notebook is going the way of the dodo bird and Notepad just isn’t an acceptable replacement. CintaNotes, which comes in regular and portable versions, is lightweight and free – and has some of the features that have made Evernote popular – web clipping and easily editable notes.
If you just need a lightweight way to take notes – and take them with you, check out CintaNotes. It does have a lot of features, including searching notes and hotkeys. CintaNotes works with Firefox, IE and Safari on Windows PCs.
Posted 19 Jan 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl
Google Notebook will be around for a while, but Google has stopped development on this highly popular online notetaking tool. New users will not be added, and there will be no updates to the Google Notebook Firefox Extension.
The Official Google Notebook Blog suggests to use Google Docs, Tasks in Gmail Labs or Google Bookmarks. However, I have an even better suggestion – Evernote.
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
Posted 31 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
In our wildest blogging dreams, we all hope to hit the front page of Digg with a well-written and popular post.
To survive the large amount of traffic that will come your blog’s way whether you are on the front page of Digg, popular on StumbleUpon or getting loads of search engine traffic, install WP-Cache, a well-known and popular WordPress plugin.
The concept behind WP-Cache is very simple. It simply builds static pages from your site, which will allow your site to stay up during major peaks in traffic. Other reasons to use WP-Cache include if you have limits on your bandwidth and want to cut back on server requests or if you usually have slow performance from your server.
Posted 17 Dec 2008 — by Ellie
Leaving comments on WordPress powered blogs can be tiresome and frankly, tedious.
There are two ways to work around this problem – one is a Firefox extension and the other is a browser bookmarklet.
I’ve mentioned bookmarklets here before, and this one works just the same. Single click and drag this link (WordPress Comment) to your browser toolbar. Be sure to edit the name, email and website values after saving by right clicking on the link and going to preferences. A WordPress comments bookmarklet could come in handy on many blogs, but the developer says there are problems with some themes not having the right coding, so the fields do not automatically fill in. Note: I have only tested on Firefox 3. (Source: i0nutzb)