List of useful websites on the web

I found most of these links from reddit (source) and thought I will share and save it to my blog as future reference. There are many new that I have not check it out as well as many old ones that I had forgotten.

http://www.grooveshark.com – For listening to music.

http://www.printfriendly.com – Makes any page printer-friendly.

http://www.ted.com – Interesting and informational videos on a whole range of topics.

http://www.stumbleupon.com – Finds websites based on what you’re interested in and how other people’s ratings.

http://www.slickdeals.net – For finding good deals/freebies/contests.

http://www.bugmenot.com – Usernames/passwords for sites requiring registration.

http://www.mailinator.com – Temporary e-mail for when you want to sign up for something and not get spammed.

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=003849996876419856805:erhhdbygrma&ie=UTF-8&q=&sa=Search – Google torrent search

http://www.pipl.com – Looking up people based on username, name, email, or phone #.

http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm – MIT OpenCourseWare – entire courses, often including lecture videos available for free online.

http://ninite.com/ – Great website to create an installation package of applications for when you’re reinstalling your OS or have just purchased a new computer.

http://www.retailmenot.com – Coupons

http://www.kayak.com – Awesome site for when you’re planning a trip.

http://www.nophonetrees.com/ – Get directly in touch with a human when you’re calling customer service/support.

http://www.scribd.com – Ebook search.

http://www.ovguide.com – Search engine for movies/tv shows.

http://www.tineye.com – Reverse image search.

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ – self-explanatory.

http://www.popurls.com – link aggregator.

http://www.knowyourmeme.com

http://www.gethighnow.com – audio and video illusions.

http://tvtropes.org – “Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means “stereotyped and trite”. In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them.”

http://www.meetup.com – Meet up with a local group that share your interests.

http://meebo.com – Web-based chat without downloading the actual client (AIM, Yahoo, MSN, etc.)

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture – Amazing, high-quality, pictures from around the world.

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page – Wikipedia – in layman’s terms.

http://opendns.org – Safer surfing. Can block sites and protect your network.

http://studyblue.com – Great site to get notes/past exams for college students.

http://www.whatismyip.com – Tells you your IP address.

http://mp3cut.net/ – Cutting/splitting mp3s.

http://ceevee.com/ – Build/maintain a resume.

http://www.cutmypic.com/ – Crop a picture.

http://www.mygazines.net/ – Magazines online.

http://tinychat.com – Create a chatroom. Has web-cam and microphone support.

http://www.mint.com/ – Money management.

http://www.deviantart.com – For anything art-related. Good site to get wallpapers.

http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/search – Gives you book suggestions based on books you’ve liked before.

http://woot.com – Posts one good deal per day.

http://www.filleritem.com/ – Finds filler items for Amazon so you have enough to get free shipping.

http://fantasti.cc – aggregates most Porn 2.0 sites

http://labs.google.com/sets – Looking for more parts of a set of words (i.e. Entering Mars, Earth, Venus, Jupiter will yield Saturn AND MAYBE PLUTO)

http://chir.ag/projects/tip-of-my-tongue/ – GOOD LORD MAN WHAT IS THAT WORD. Well now you know.

http://www.whois.net/ – Finding the WHOIS info of a domain

http://www.tastespotting.com/ – Amazing food and amazing recipes with amazing pictures. Go indulge your mental stomach while you plan on indulging your physical one.

http://www.whosampled.com/ – Who sampled what music

http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ – Is that website down for every-ah you get it

http://www.synchtube.com/ – Watch youtube with your friends (syncs youtube between multiple viewers)

http://www.livemocha.com/ – Learn a new language.

http://passcracking.ru/ – Crack hashes.

http://www.allrecipes.com – Best recipe site I know

http://tutsplus.com/ – tutorials for a bunch of adobe design programs

http://colorschemedesigner.com/ – useful for website color schemes

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ – design blog

https://thepiratebay.org/ – While it lasts

http://www.dropbox.com – Free service that syncs a folder on your computer to an online data store.

http://network-tools.com Pings, trace routes, dns lookups, dns reverse lookups, whois (domain name owner details, ip address owner details). A total swiss army knife of uh, network tools.

http://delicious.com/ – social bookmarking

www.gigapedia.org: ebooks (for those hard to find textbooks).

www.metacritic.com : aggregrate movies/films/games ratings from all major critics.

http://pandora.com – Another great free music site. Unlike Grooveshark, you can’t freely play any song you want, but it has a fantastic algorithm for discovering similar music so it takes a lot less effort to set it up to play a wide variety of things I like – no need to pick out lots and lots of songs from the catalog beforehand. Yes, Grooveshark does have that same radio feature, but it’s sorely lacking.

http://www.gutenberg.org – for a transcript of any book written before copyright laws. Includes some semi-professional volunteer audiobooks.

http://www.spanishdict.com – as a Spanish major, I’ve found this to be the best and most complete Spanish-English dictionary if you’re looking for a thorough and clear definition.

http://tvshack.net/ has lots of tv shows and movies for streaming. I use a proxy to get around the hour viewing restrictions that some of the shows have.

http://pixlr.com (fixed) I stopped using photoshop since I found this.

http://www.blindtextgenerator.com/lorem-ipsum – Dummy text generator.
http://dummyimage.com/ – Dummy Image Generator.
http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html – Adobe Flash player configuration.
http://www.reemst.com/calvinandhobbes/stripsearch – Calvin and Hobbes Extensive Strip Search.
http://challonge.com/ – Tournament Bracket Generator.
http://www.doihaveadeadpixel.com/ – Do I Have A Dead Pixel.
http://accidentsketch.com/ – Accident sketching online.
http://www.freemaptools.com/ – Maps you can make use of…
http://radiotuna.com/ – Discover Online Radio.
http://www.gazopa.com/ – Discover similar pictures.
http://errorlevelanalysis.com/ – Image Error Level Analyzer.
http://www.rainymood.com/ – Rainy Mood.
http://subreddits.0fees.net/comment_stats.htm – Reddit Comment Statistics.
http://www.radioreddit.com:8000/ – Reddit Radio.
http://subredditfinder.com/ – Sub-Reddit Finder.
http://www.visca.com/regexdict/ – Regex Dictionary.
http://www.gskinner.com/RegExr/ – OnLine Regex Testing Tool.
http://scr.im/ – Convert your email address into a short, cute and safe link you can share it more safely.
http://showmewhatswrong.com/ – Instant screen recordings.
http://www.subs.to/ – Search Subtitles.
http://www.youtube.com/disco – YouTube Music Discovery Project and Playlist Creation Tool.

http://www.wikimapia.com – Satellite maps with explanations, tags, links

http://www.marinetraffic.com – Every ship at sea right now

http://www.radioreference.com – Live police & emergency scanner traffic
http://www.flightaware.com – Every IFR airplane airborne in US airspace
http://www.liveatc.net – Live Air Traffic Control radio monitor
http://www.airliners.net – Photos of almost every aircraft in existence
http://www.the506.com/nflmaps – NFL games broadcast map
http://www.gifexplode.com – separate an animated GIF into its component images

SUMO Paint, art goes social

SUMO Paint
SUMO Paint

I just bump to SUMO Paint funny social image manipulation and painting software build on Adove Flex. Sumo Paint is only 900kb  flex application that works over internet. When you register at sumopaint.com you can store and share your art work with others. Notice that unlike most online image apps are geared toward image editing, not image creation, but Sumo Paint would like to change that.

Sumo Paint has been clearly created in more relax manner, it is not serious image manipulation program but something that is fun and relaxing.

I will look forward how it will evolve.

Googlelookups() WOW

I saw this in one of the comments on Office Live Workspace vs Google Docs: Feature-by-Feature Comparison

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Hey Sarah,
If you want to focus on “everyman” features, why not to highlight the awesome GoogleLookUp function?

Here are the few steps:
1. Create a Google Spreadsheet
2. Tape “bmw” in A2, “mercedes” in A3 and “nissan” in A4
3. Select A2:A4 and, while holdind the Ctrl key, expand your selection until A50.
4. Say “wow”
5. Tape “employees” from B2 to B50.
6. Enter “=googlelookup(A2; B2)” in C2 and expand the formula until C50
7. “wow”, again

Here are some of the types of entities you can access using GoogleLookup, and a few popular attribute names:

Countries and Territories (like “Burkina Faso”): population, capital, largest city, gdp
U.S. States (like “Tennessee”): area, governor, nickname, flower
Rivers (like “Amazon River”): origin, length
Cities and Towns (like “Chicago”): state, mayor, elevation
Musicians (like “John Lennon”): date of birth, place of birth, nationality
Actors (like “Audrey Hepburn”): date of birth, place of birth, nationality
Politicians (like “Anwar Al-Sadat”): date of birth, place of birth, nationality
U.S. Presidents (like “Zachary Taylor”): date of birth, place of birth, political party
Baseball Players (like “Wade Boggs”): games, at bats, earned run average, position
Chemical Elements (like “Helium”): atomic number, discovered by, atomic weight
Chemical Compounds (like “Isopropyl Alcohol”): chemical formula, melting point, boiling point, density
Stars (like “Betelgeuse”): constellation, distance, mass, temperature
Planets (like “Saturn”): number of moons, length of day, distance from sun, atmosphere
Dinosaurs (like “Velociraptor”): height, weight, when it lived
Ships (like “USS Chesapeake”): length, displacement, complement, commissioned
Companies (like “Hewlett-Packard”): employees, ceo, ticker

9. Take a look at other Google functions in the “Google” tab of this page: http://documents.google.com/support/spreadsheets/bin/answer.py?answer=82712&ctx=
10. “wow”, again and again

These are the reasons why web-based apps are far more superior than desktop-based ones. And with more and more microformats, I bet this funtion will definitely improve the way we organize information. That could make a pretty corporate goal ;-)

Posted by: Jrome | March 4, 2008 2:23 PM

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Spore trailer

This looks like a game I am going to buy. Hope it comes to Wii!

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There is also older trailer in Google video

Jeff Han on TED Talks

This is related my previous post about Microsoft Surface.

Jeff Han is a research scientist for NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Here, he demonstrates—for the first time publicly—his intuitive, “interface-free,” touch-driven computer screen, which can be manipulated intuitively with the fingertips, and responds to varying levels of pressure. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 09:32)

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