Friday, September 19, 2008

Print What You Like

Just read about this on Cariboo Ponderer - Vic Grace always finds the neatest things.

Print What You LikeIt's called Print What You Like, and it lets you do exactly that. Well, it's supposed to, only it's new and it's neat, and everyone is trying it, so right now it is ' temporarily over its serving quota'. That means I'll have to go back and try it later. It looks like it is going to be a really handy tool. All you have to do it enter the url of the page you wish to print, edit out anything you don't want to print - like ads, images, extra stuff you're not interested in, whatever. No more copying and pasting into Word or Open Office just so you can print the parts you want. You can even combine multiple pages and print them as one, save your changes so you can print again, and even use other people's changes.

I'm looking forward to trying this out.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Share Just a Portion of a YouTube Video

A while back I wanted to share a portion of a YouTube video, but I didn't know of an easy way to do it. So I ended up not sharing the video at all. Today I found Splicd, and it does just that, easy as 1-2-3.
  1. Find the YouTube video you want to share.
  2. Enter the YouTube url and then the beginning and end points of the clip you want to share,
  3. Splicd generates it for you and gives you the link so you can share it with your friends.

Here's the portion of the Pretty Woman video that I wanted to share before. The only thing that would make it better is if you could embed it that way.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Unlimited Online Storage

After my post about Windows SkyDrive, I received a comment which led me to this list of the Best free online storage and backup services. It looks like there are quite a few options out there if you are looking for online storage.

I browsed through the list and ended up signing up for the unlimited file storage at I downloaded and installed their uploader, but it doesn't seem to work for me. However, the online flash uploader works really well, just browse to and select the files you want to upload. You can select multiple files at once, none of that browsing to and selecting one file at a time.

MyBloop claims that you can store as many files as you want for as long as you want. Your files will never be deleted unless you delete them. They ask that if you upload back-ups of copyrighted files, like music and movies, that you mark them as private and don't share them. You can create playlists with your music files and embed them on your website or blog, so people can listen, but they can't download.

like this:

You can upload any files, except the ones they consider a 'security risk'. For whatever reason, html files fall under that category, so I haven't been able to back up some web pages I wanted store - so I uploaded those to SkyDrive. It looks like I am going to have to use multiple sites to store my files. Back to the list!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Bird Songs

Blue Jay ( Cyanocitta cristata ), Ontario, Canada.Image via Wikipedia In his Sky Watch Friday post today, Abe Lincoln posted a great photo of a Blue Jay. Along with his photo, he also posted a link to a site so we could hear a blue jay. What a great site! It's called Learn Bird Songs, and it has recordings of the sounds and songs of several common North American birds. You can find birds by habitat: city birds, countryside birds, forest birds, and wetlands birds, or, if you know what bird you want to hear, you can go directly to that bird. It looks like a very useful site for bird lovers, bird watchers, and people like me who don't know one bird from another. (I did recognize Abe's Blue Jay, though)

A side benefit of this site is that it's a good way to drive your cat crazy. I didn't mean to. I didn't even think of it, but I clicked the link to listen to the Blue Jay. As I was listening, our cat came down the hall with a very intent expression on her face. She heard a bird, and she was going to find that bird. It was too cute. I played another bird, and she eventually figured out it was coming from the computer, but she couldn't figure out exactly what was going on.

This could be really fun.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I Added a Counter

I was visiting a blog today when I noticed a neat little counter at the bottom. It listed visits and pageviews, and what I thought was very cool - how many visitors online. So I clicked and found

It was really easy to sign up and register my blog. Then the hard part was choosing the style I wanted for my counter. They have tons.

It's not just the counter, though. Histats is about stats - referrals, visitor information, stats for different pages or sections, and more. You can even use an invisible counter to keep track of all these stats without sharing it with you visitors. And, it's all free, with no limits and no ads.

What I'm going to do with all these stats I'm not sure, but it'll be fun tracking them.