Facebook and Twitter won’t help you much in the way of getting stuff done. But there are many online services which can assist you in doing things faster and smarter. We have covered many of them in past articles but then we thought it’s high time we serve them in a single plate. They are diverse in functionality and useful in their own ways.
Note taking app for quick notes, bookmarks and sharing those with others. Password protection available.
Share your files with friends directly from your system. No cloud upload, P2P data sharing.
You private Google search engine.
Fast online image editor.
Cloud storage that supports direct cloud downloads and uploads to shared storage by non-users.
- Google Drive
One place to view, edit, convert and store all your documents. And their are multiple methods to sync files locally.
RSS and feed reader with a clean interface.
Spend your spare time browsing random pages from the internet of your interest. Fun way to learn!
Ever signed up to a service with your regular mail ID only to find numerous spam and newsletters flooding your inbox? Try disposable mails.
- Browser Extensions
We chose the following extensions for a better browsing experience:
a. AdBlock Plus - blocks annoying ads
b. FlashBlock (Firefox, Chrome) – blocks flash video auto-loading
c. Disconnect - hides your online tracks
Disconnect is a browser plugin which enhances your online privacy by blocking invisible tracking websites. It has an intuitive interface and can also show you the count of blocked trackers. The number can be overwhelming sometimes, e.g. opening the Yahoo! homepage shows 45 trackers blocked! It saves your bandwidth and reduces the number of your online footprints. The types of trackers it can detect and block are Ads, Analytics, Social and Content.
Disconnect Search is a Beta plugin which lets you search privately without being tracked. Currently it supports Google, Bing, Yahoo, Blekko and DuckDuckGo. It can also integrate itself to the omnibox (address bar) search or search from anywhere (now a Beta feature). It anonymizes your search terms from search engines, resulting websites and ISPs.
Webpage: Disconnect, Disconnect Search
[Courtesy: Jester Raiin]
Website admins would need to validate all URLs in the website from time to time. As it is near impossible to do it manually even for a medium-sized website, specialized tools can come in handy. Here are a few such tools which can do it very well. Both can crawl all the links of an website and generate reports on each link.
Developers often search Google for reference code. Whereas Google search returns generic results there is a specialized tool for this purpose. Ohloh Code Search is a high performance open source code search engine. You can search code with numerous criteria and it returns you the results instantly. Features:
- Search 21,280,539,120 lines of open source code
- Search criteria like classes or structures whose name contain, compound searches, exact matches and so on
- Filter results by definition (function, class, field…), project, language or file extension
- Clean interface, easy navigation between results
Code Search uses the enterprise standard Code Sight indexing and search engine under the hoods. If you want to use Code Sight locally you can download the free and limited to 200K lines of code edition from here.
Homepage: Ohloh Code Search, Code Sight
Linux Remote Control (lrc) is a promising new app which enables you to control and run your Linux system from any device with a browser. The app started as a initiative for the Firefox OS. As it turned out, the only requirement on the client device is a browser, so support was extended to other devices as well. The app has two logical areas: a server that runs on the Linux system and a client which is nothing but a browser session. The server runs on Node.js while the client doesn’t need anything to be installed on it. The English website is grammatically messed up but the usage is simple enough. Current features:
- Control the music and the sound of your computer (play, pause, stop, next, prev, mute and volume)
- Controlling videos from your computer (play, pause, next, prev, mute, volume and fullscreen)
- Control your computer mouse (click and move)
- Lock and unlock your computer screen
- Restart and shut down your computer
- Increase and decrease the brightness of your computer screen
- Control slides for presentations going back and forth
- Send custom commands to run on your GNU/Linux