Monthly Archives: February 2009

Downloading Videos and Video Players

Downloading videos from YouTube*, Google Videos, Myspace, Facebook and other popular video sites requires the use of downloader programs, browser addons or online video tools. Some downloaded video file formats may not play in your preferred video player. This article is intended to help you through the maze of optons so that you can easily download videos for personal use. You can then view them later without connecting to the internet. Video Downloaders There are many downloaders available in various forms. Some offer more features than just downloading. Here is a selection of the most popular for you to choose […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Tools and Resources, Tutorials

Managing Thunderbird Email Overload

I admit that I am powerless over my email, Thunderbird has become unmanageable. Image: by uzvards If you can relate to this do not despair but spend some time, to save some time in the long run. Although most of the following applies to my email program of choice, Thunderbird, some can be adapted to other programs. If you use online email applications consider importing and reading them from Thunderbird to take advantage of its more extensive features. I recently had to take more steps to organize my own emails so as not to miss those that I need to […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Tutorials

Social Bookmarking v Social Bookmarking Rating

Advantages of Using Online Bookmarking Bookmarking services such as delicious came along very early before the surge of services of the social media revolution. They could now even be considered the start of it, although at the beginning bookmarking was probably considered more of an online service than a sharing activity. The popularity of social bookmarking rating sites such as Digg and Stumbleupon and Reddit left ordinary bookmarking in the shadow. However interesting, popular and up to date the content on the rating sites may be, they are not as useful for reference or research purposes as the bookmarking sites. […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Social Networking, Tools and Resources

Victorian Bushfires

Victoria, my home state in Australia, is in the midst of its worst bushfires on record with 21 fires still burning. Temperatures cooled this week, after last week’s record high of 46.4C in Melbourne, but there is more hot weather ahead.. The death toll currently stands at 181 with more expected. Thousands are homeless and some towns and villages no longer exist; people who worked there jobless. Photo: sunrise.seven on Flickr What is heartening, in the midst of the tragedy, is the way individuals, groups and organizations have been so generously donating their money, time and efforts to help out […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Off Topic

Rescue Me Rescue Time

My computer activities have been monitored for the last few weeks, not by some keylogging stalker but by Rescue Time, with my full permission. I was drawn to use this time tracking application by their home page claim “Clobber procrastination with Goals & Alerts and watch your efficiency grow.” The jury is still out as to whether procrastination is my problem or a need to explore what is new coupled with being involved with too many online activities,. Whatever the reason, I certainly need to improve efficiency. Rescue time takes the form of a downloadable program which sends data on […] Continue Reading…

Posted in Productivity, Tools and Resources