Links to notable resources
This is not a page of you-gotta-see-this links; it’s merely a place for me to store the URLs of various online resources for possible future reference, and in some cases, research. These links were either sent to me by friends, partners, clients, etc., or found during the research I conducted for other writing/ blogging efforts.
- Free online classes, learning, education
- Notable resources from web development partners
- Large link collections
- Self-improvement resources
- Latest additions (To be categorized later)
"Controversial" subjects are game.
As in other places on this site and our other blogs, one may find references to content some people consider "controversial". This is a brain-dump blog for personal use, not a quest for the approval of others – but we’re still happy you’re here. Please note that the inclusion of links within the pages and posts of this blog to other websites does not necessarily indicate the approval of the content or opinions found on those external sites.
Latest additions; categorize later
- Street Articles – Where writers become authors
- Pinnacle Financial Partners – Bank – Locations in Davidson County
- What is Swagbucks? Yet another way to make money online
- SearchStatus 1.38 – Firefox SEO add-on
- Fake Name Generator – Get your randomly generated identity free, complete with SSN, employment, height, blood type, much more – Related free tools
- Social Security Number Registry – TR advised me to use this service
- Good Morning Show, Nov. 9, 2011 – Kelly Stewart guests, speaking about the Nashville Hiking Meetup group
- New wifi-minded carrier offers unbelievable $19 unlimited phone plan – Fools Love
- Mind On Track Creates To-Do Lists Based On Mind Maps – Lifehacker
- IBuyPower.com – Great deals on new computers, according to TR
- Pricewatch – TR says, if you just need upgrades or parts instead of a whole new computer, Pricewatch is a good source.
- The World’s First True Gaming Laptop – sent by TR
- Nathans Holiday Home Vacation Rental in Fort Cochin, Kerala, India – from a colleague in India
Free online education, classes, learning
- M.I.T. OpenCourseWare – Over 2,000 previous MIT courses with free lecture notes, exams, and videos; no registration is required; MIT OpenCourseWare by subject area
- 200 Free Outstanding Online Classes – Tech Support Alert
- Mission to Learn – More than 100 Free Places to Learn Online
- 25 Free Online Resources and Web Apps for Lifelong Learners
Large collections of resources (links)
Welcome to /siris/ (under the Smithsonian domain) – I stumbled across this accidentally
- How can I play a video backwards in Windows 7? – MakeUseOf
- Chapter 4. Advanced use of VLC
- Documentation:Play HowTo/Basic Use/Audio
- Romatic Karala Tours (India travel)
- Buy Oil Painting Art
- Fools Love
- Rentacart – Online Store Rental – You do nothing. We set up all your products and maintain your store for you every month. No upfront costs. Search Engine Optimised. Admin access. Hosting included. Secure Shopping. Live customer support. All for a low monthly fee starting at $9.99! Start selling your products to millions of customers world wide. Still not convinced? Try it free for a month!
Links from web development partners
Look for the best SEO-related extensions for Joomla; must be compatible with Joomla 1.5
- DownloadHelper – Firefox extension
DownloadHelper is a way to discover many sites showing Web videos from all around the world. They are here ! DownloadHelper is also a free Firefox extension for downloading and converting videos from many sites with minimum effort.
- Snippet Manager is a desktop application built using Flex (MXML and ActionScript) for Adobe AIR; will allow the creation of an unlimited number of code snippets which you can assign to categories (which are also unlimited); Version 1.0 supports the creation of Categories and Snippets, the Edit of Snippets and Categories, and the Deletion of Snippets and Categories; Snippets are stored in the users directory (in plain text flat files), each computer user can maintain their own snippets library…
- WorkFlowy WorkFlowy has become one of three tabs that I keep open in my browser, along with Gmail and Google Calendar. (Matt Cutts, Head of Webspam, Google)…I love workflowy. I use it every day. It is amazing. (Justin Kan, Founder, Justin.tv)…Prediction: WorkFlowy and Quora will each revolutionise significant parts of education in the next 5 years. (David Langer, Co-Founder & CEO, GroupSpaces)…At a first glance, I have to say WorkFlowy looks amazing. A simple yet powerful way of organizing your thoughts/todos. (Tina Roth Eisenberg, Founder, SwissMiss.com)
- Workflowy videos on YouTube
- Spotify – Think of Spotify as your new music collection. Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: over 15 million tracks and counting. Spotify comes in all shapes and size, available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and cell phone. Wherever you go, your music follows you…And because the music plays live, there’s no need to wait for downloads and no big dent in your hard drive.
- Plancake – Tasks: Organize all your projects and all the things you need to do in one place with the help of an Inbox, intuitive item reordering, lists, tags, repeating tasks, keyboard shortcuts, a calendar and a very easy-to-use interface. You will feel you have everything under control. Notes: All your ideas and notes will always be at hand, wherever you are. You will get a Word-like editor where you can add even images.
- Ninite – No Clicking Next, Next, Next: Ninite fully automates installers offscreen. No Toolbars: Ninite automatically says “No” to toolbars and other junk. Always Up-to-date: A Ninite installer always gets an app’s latest version no matter when you made it. It Updates Too: Just run your Ninite installer again and it will update the apps to their latest versions. No Signup: Ninite just works. No account, signup, or client needed. 32 and 64-bit: Ninite installs the best version of an app for your PC. Defraggler is just one component.
- SimplyNoise – a resource for white noise. I visited SimplyNoise on Friday, September 16, 2011 and one of their sound files was available for download for free (a donation is required for most of the sound files): Thunderstorm! This storm lover immediately downloaded the Thunderstorm sound file. T. likes the brown & oscillate; I haven’t heard that one yet.
- VirtueMart: Joomla ecommerce – Free Shopping Cart Software for Joomla! VirtueMart is an open source ecommerce solution to be used with Joomla. Joomla and VirtueMart are written in PHP and can be used in typical PHP/MySQL environments.
Linux/Unix, Ubuntu, Mint, etc.
- Linux resources: Ubuntu, Mint – Tristan’s Google doc
- Guake for Linux/Mint
Guake is a top-down terminal for Gnome (in the style of Yakuake for KDE, Tilda or the terminal used in Quake).
- Virtualboxes.org Helps You Discover Your New Favorite Linux Flavor with Tons of Virtualbox Images (201108) – Lifehacker
Shape 5: Demos, WordPress themes, Joomla themes
- Jackie Rineer on Shape5 WP theme – Instructional video using Shape5
- From the Tips Box: Selecting Text… – Lifehacker article 20110712
- Brain Workshop Is a Brain-Training App That Might Actually Make You a Little Bit Smarter – Lifehacker article
- Ballmer: Linux Bigger Competitor than Apple (200902) – OS News
- Use Blogging to Protect Against Unemployment – Lifehacker article
Add to above list:
Recycling pros, cons – bad for environment, as some say?
Negative opinions about recycling
Google+, social media, SMM
HOW TO Grow Your Google Plus Network in 5 Easy Steps
Online tools, free
- Jet Screenshot – fantastic screenshot app; best I’ve tried yet
- Orion wiki: Documentation/User Guide/Getting started
- The Treadputer
- ArcaMax – News and entertainment by email
- Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee
- Own your own town for $800k – Yahoo news
Image effects, options – MooTools
Tristan – 20110615
MyInk – a design blog
Solar wireless keyboard
Mindmap of Shape5 forum
MadTV video – spoof of Apple iProducts
Detailed client questionnaire
Quixey Finds the Perfect Software for Your Needs, Is the Best App Finder Around
This section contains links to free articles and other content relating to self improvement. Self improvement is a dicey category containing plenty of… well, cheese. Use common sense in locating the gems.
- Free Article Library – Roger Dawson – Excerpt: You are welcome to use these articles in your publications, newsletters or blogs provided that you use the accreditation at the bottom to cite your source and that you inform us that you are using them and where.
Off the wall
- The Abolitionist Project – about suffering and how to get rid of it; the author predicts that humanity will abolish suffering throughout the living world
- The Good Drug Guide: Biopsychiatry – a guide to healthy mood-boosters?