Apr 5, 2008

Top 5 software utilities

Flash Slideshow Maker

Want to share or post images on your blog, homepage or upload them to your own Website? You could try Flash Slideshow Maker, a Flash album creator to make animated photo slide shows with .swf file as the output format.
Its features include flash templates, transition effects, background music, image scroller banner, decorate photos on MySpace, Yahoo! 360° blog, blogger, embed mode or XML-driven mode. The XML-driven mode is ideal to create animated slide shows on your Website (knowlede of XML or coding knowledge not required) and create backups of images by burning them onto CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW discs. The user-friendly Flash Slideshow Maker Version 4.77(Released Date: March 02, 2008) can be downloaded at: http://www.flash-slideshow-maker.com/setup_flash_slideshow_maker.exe


BorderMaker is a freeware that enables you to create borders, text and watermarks that can be placed on digital photos.

The utility can be used to process a large numbers of photos, include copyright information, ‘sharpen’ digital photos with an unsharp mask, convert photos to various formats, rotate photographs in the right direction.
For installation, install the Java runtime environment, download BorderMaker, unpack the zipfile in a folder (for example c:\BorderMaker) and execute bordermaker.bat to start BorderMaker.

This latest release of Bordermaker, v.3.0, which has solved some bugs found in release 2, can be downloaded at http://www.bordermaker.nl/index.php?page=download&local=en


This service can help send files or folders of any size by e-mail without clogging your inbox. You can use Podmailing to send and receive home videos, receive the entire high-quality photo collection from others, share large powerpoint presentations, pdfs and others.

Among the new features and improvements in this version of Podmailing are: files can now be retained for 30 days; new BitTorrent/http hybrid download system enables to receive podmails at full speed even if the ISP blocks the BitTorrent protocol; local network maximal upload speed has been increased to 10 MB. There is an improved display of podmail state and new help messages in the mail composer window.

Before downloading and using Podmailing you need to agree to their terms of service and your recipients need to sign up for the Podmail service. The 6 MB Podmailing v.0.9.5, for Windows XP or Vista can be downloaded at:


With this utility, you can create demos or screencasts in Flash format.
You can record desktop screen movements, voice narration and upload them onto the web in the Flash format for free.

You can create Flash (.avi to .flv) recordings of your desktop, record voice commentary and save or edit your recordings to add voice, webcam or text.

Webinaria allows you to modify the capture area from your active window to a customised area, adjust your hardware or recording quality and a video editor (no watermark on videos) to save projects, add text, sound and Web cam effects to selected frames on a timeline and convert an .avi file to .flv.

The 3 MB Webinaria v.2.1 (March 19, 2008) for Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista can be downloaded at: http://www.webinaria.com/Setup.exe

Apr 1, 2008

The Top 34 website on Advice and information

Advices and information

29 Instructables

DIY projects from zombie make-up to LED balloons. Excellent selection of rainy-day projects for bored children (and adults) at home.

30 Flash games

Addictive series of Flash games including the hypnotically soothing Boomshine.

Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Stuck on Zelda? The Net can help

31 GameSpot

News, reviews, hints and tips for virtually every console game on the market. Essential if you are still up at 2am trying to find a way into the castle on Zelda.

32 Anagrammer

Online anagram machine for Scrabble players and crossword enthusiasts. Also solves Sudoku.


33 Newsmap

A wonderfully graphical - and customisable - display of news stories from around the world. Click on an item to see the full story.

34 The Eggcorn Database

Continually updated guide to modern-day Malapropisms, misunderstandings and other manglings of language. From 'high dungeon' to 'wreckless driving', Eggcorn names the culprits and nudges them in the right direction.

35 Arts and Letters Daily

World-class articles from intellectual and influential journals around the world. Browse the day's selections. Like The Week for eggheads.

36 Ask Philosophers

The academy comes to cyberspace. A panel of mainly American and British philosophy scholars answers questions sent in by the public. Search the database, from Abortion to War, or send in a question of your own.

Muslims on a pilgrimage to Mecca, but when is the Hajj?

37 When Is

Shows you the dates of Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and American holidays from now to 2010.

38 Rhyme Zone

For when the muse has gone, a rhyme and synonym generator to help you towards the perfect mot. You can also search for Shakespeare quotations, biblical references and other literary inspirations.

39 Nationmaster

Giant but easily searchable database of statistics, maps and profiles for every country in the world.

40 Digg

The people's approach to news and features, Digg brings together items from across the net, ranked according to how many people have felt them worth recommending. Sometimes a little techie-heavy, but excellent for discovering what the cyberworld is getting worked up about.

41 They Work For You

A powerful way of keeping tabs on MPs and peers: attendance records, voting patterns, recent statements and more.

42 Time Bank

Volunteering opportunities for young people, sorted by region, interest, skills and need.

43 Wikipedia

Controversial, democractic and sometimes error-strewn encyclopaedia that has brought Darwinism to the world of knowledge. Make it your first port of call for looking something up. Just be sure to check somewhere else that what you find makes sense.

44 Wiktionary

Wikipedia's online multilingual dictionary. Immensely powerful and far less controversial than its encyclopaedic forebear.

45 Motley Fool

The original - and still the best - personal finance site on the web (the American version is at http://main.jhtml/?xml=/www.fool.com). For savers, borrowers, stock spotters and day traders, sound, independent advice that cuts through the jargon.

46 Martindale's 'The Reference Desk'

From the arts, business, science and technology, a dry but authoritative conglomeration of data from around the world.

47 PubMed


Free and authoritative database of more than 17 million medical research papers. Not always easy to understand if you are not a medic, but a far better place to look for information than the random sites that come up on Google.

48 About.com

The internet's version of that clever uncle who always seems to know the answer to your questions. There are few subjects the site doesn't tackle, though the coverage can be superficial. A good starting point for idle research.

49 NHS Direct

Online information and advice about health and illness, run by Britain's National Health Service. The site includes a useful self-diagnosis tool that can reassure you that your hangover is not in fact meningitis.

50 Legal Services Shop

General legal advice relating to housing, family law, employment, motoring, consumer issues and personal injury, plus wills, conveyancing and divorce. Good starting point to see where you stand. Will also, for a fixed fee, answer questions and put you in touch with a solicitor.

51 How Stuff Works

Engaging encyclopaedia of the modern (and not so modern) world, with good illustrations and clear text. Can suffer sometimes from an 'it's amazing!' tone of voice..

52 XE

Currency converter covering every world currency. Azerbaijan new manats to Cayman Island dollars? Just a click away.

53 Advice Guide

Find where you stand legally with the Citizens Advice Bureau's online information resource.

54 Need2Know

Need to know? Find out how to stay fit online

Advice and information for young people, including health and fitness, drugs, problems with bullying, how to study and applying for jobs.

55 Royal Horticultural Society

Advice and suggestions from the world's leading gardening organisation. A good 'how-to' section and seasonal tips for the time of year.

56 Babelfish

Automatic translation to and from most European languages and Chinese. The results are sometimes a little strange, but you will usually get your message across.

57 eHow

How to do just about everything, from getting stains off curtains to buying a second-hand car.

58 Eat the Seasons

Updated weekly, information, tips and recipe ideas on British seasonal food.

59 Age Concern

Website of Britain's leading charity for the elderly, packed with advice about maintaining an active life.

60 Weather.com

The queen of weather sites, with more information than you would possibly imagine you might need, from pollen counts to surf forecasts.

61 Uncyclopedia

Spoof Wikipedia-style encyclopaedia where nothing is true, but a good deal is very funny indeed. Idle away an afternoon or, even better, hone your comedy skills by making a contribution yourself.

62 Kiva

An easy way to lend small sums (from $25) to business projects in the developing world. Kiva keeps track of your investment, updates you on progress and repays your loan as the business grows.

63 Embarrassing problems

From bad breath and piles to cold sores and beyond, Dr Margaret Stearn dispenses invaluable advice.

The top 11 websites on House and home


64 Noise Mapping England

Click on an area of the map to find out how noisy a street, or even a section of the street, is - handy for light sleepers planning a move. At the moment only London is mapped, but the rest of England will follow.

For sale signs

Banner ads: find out how much properties on your street have sold for

65 Prime Location

One of the best sites for finding property. It is UK-based but has a good international presence.

66 Rated People

User reviews on local tradesmen. You describe the job you need done and how quickly and suppliers contact you with quotes - with previous customers rating them.

67 Zoopla

Possibly the most dangerous site on this list, Zoopla gives sale prices of recently sold homes and - the tricky bit - estimates the value of the rest. We dare you not to look.

68 Money Saving Expert

Subtitled 'Consumer Revenge', this is where you find the discounts, tricks and tips to save money. The weekly email is essential reading for canny consumers. It caters only for Britain, but every country should have one.

69 MetaEfficient

Practical guide to making your home more environmentally friendly, from low-flow showerheads to 12V lighting. US-based, but many of the products are available elsewhere.

70 Design My Room

For budding Laurence Llewellyn-Bowens everywhere, it provides the ability to redecorate your home in cyberspace. Choose colours, furniture, accessories and finishes and then publish the results online.

71 Up My Street

Neighbourhood information based on postcode: schools, shopping and, juciest of all, how much the house down the road sold for recently.

72 Home For Exchange

One of many sites where you can swap homes with someone else for a period. This is less cluttered than some of the others and has a good geographical spread.

73 SimplySwitch

The fast way to compare utility suppliers and other services, from broadband to home insurance. Enter your postcode and the site comes back with the best deals.

74 101 Cookbooks


Enchanting recipe and foodie blog from a Californian cook who believes in good food. Subscribe to the email alert service and transform your cooking repertoire.

The Top 20 websites on Shopping And Travel


83 GiftGen

Gift ideas for when you can't think what to buy someone. You enter their age, sex and interests and how much you want to pay and it scours the net for ideas.

84 eBay

High street
Shopping on the high street, but better deals may be online

Online shopping for (nearly) everything you might want to buy. The original auction formula is still going strong, but plenty more features have been added since it began. Take a look at non-UK sites, such as ebay.fr and ebay.de, too, for bargains others may have missed. The layout is the same even if you don't speak the language.

85 Who What Wear Daily

Fashion tips, advice and suggestions. Includes Ask a Stylist for those tricky co-ordination problems and a What Was She Wearing? inquiry service to help you track down your favourite celebrity's fashion choice.

86 Gumtree

Unabashedly straightforward classified ads site, for everything from new homes to online romance.

87 AbeBooks

The Amazon of the second-hand book world. More than 13,500 booksellers selling 110 million books. If it's not here, it's not worth looking for.

88 Kelkoo

There are plenty of price-comparison sites on the web, but this one seems to get it right more often than most. Type in what you want to buy and Kelkoo will come back with the cheapest prices it can find.

89 Endgadget

A (digital) finger on the pulse of the technology world. All the newest developments, discoveries, gadgets and toys - before they hit the shops.

90 Cork'd

Discover more about wine by reviewing what you've enjoyed and receiving tips and suggestions from others.

91 I Love Jeans

Find the right jeans for your fit before you even leave home. A cheeky but revealing 'body type' guide takes you straight to the brand you should be trying. Search by style, body type or brand. Women only.


92 Sky Scanner

Jumbo jet
Take flight: book your getaway from your own PC

Monitors prices and destinations for all the low-cost airlines so you just type in where you want to go and when to find the best deal.

93 The Man in Seat 61

Routes, tickets, tips and advice - the only guide you need to travelling by train from Britain to Europe and the rest of the world.

94 Walk It

Online pedestrian routefinder for London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh that shows you the best route to walk from A to B. Includes calorie counter, CO2 savings and points of interest on the way. Other cities coming soon.

95 Transport for London Journey Planner

Indispensable and almost always spot-on guide to negotiating the capital's public transport system. You enter your starting point and destination and it gives you the best bus, tube, cycle and even boat routes to get you across town.

96 ViaMichelin

A hi-tech hark-back to the days of leisurely motoring. ViaMichelin gives you maps, routes and directions throughout Britain and continental Europe with added panache. The maps have a pleasant printed quality about them and, naturally enough, your route is accompanied by gastronomic highlights to be found along the way. There's also information about destinations.

97 Carbon Neutral

Information on your carbon footprint and how to cut it down. Includes an online calculator to measure your effect on the world.

98 Expedia


Excellent all-round travel site. Use it for good prices on flights and holidays, but click on 'Destinations' for some well-researched and up-to-date travel guides.

99 SeatGuru

Aircraft seating plans, showing you the prime seats, possible annoyances and seats you should avoid.

100 Airline Meals

A consumer guide to what you can expect to eat on board. There are news and features from the airline catering world, but the best part is a gallery of photos of on-board meals sent in by passengers and listed by airline.

101 World Hum

Travel writing with a twist. Click on the destination you have in mind and be prepared to be inspired. The site also offers tavelogues, news, books reviews, blogs and slideshows.

The social websites..


75 Facebook

The most grown-up (just) of the social-networking sites that are fast taking over the world. Excellent for staying in touch with far-flung friends, though pretty good too for re-establishing contact with those you hoped you had lost.

Good old days: who needs the pub when you can socialise online?

76 Wordpress

The quickest and easiest way to create a blog of your own.

77 Ringsurf

Like an online Mothers' Union meeting (though sometimes a little more risqué), Ringsurf is a chatroom where people exchange ideas about anything from politics to relationships. The quality is not always high, but users have been known to discover new (real-life) friends with interests they thought no one would share. A tribute to the information-sharing capability of the net.

78 bubbl.us

Organise your thoughts by creating mindmaps online and sharing them with others.

79 Technorati

An intelligent, intuitive and inspiring way to read entries from some of the millions of blogs that dot the internet. You can browse by subject or area of interest, read the postings that are catching the world's attention and bookmark blogs that catch your attention. And if you want to join in...

80 Flickr

The website you graduate to once you've discovered how to put your holiday snaps on the net. Here, everyone's photos are linked by using tags, such as 'Spain', 'beach' or 'happy', which sets you off on an exploration of others' uploads.

81 BabyCentre

There are plenty of great parenting forums out there - Netmums, Mumsnet - but this is still the best source of considered, authoritative, often soothing advice on everything from colic to tax credits.

82 Friction TV

YouTube for debaters. Upload a short video about an issue close to your heart and others reply in kind or by text.

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The Top 13 websites

This is the top websites episode ..There are some millions and millions of the websites on the internet. How many people know atleast about 10 websites..

So according to Telegraph uk researched on websites and published them on their website.. So here you can...

13 Whatsonwhen

Events, attractions, openings and exhibitions from around the world. Enter a location and dates and the site will show listings.

Up in lights: a guide to London's Theatreland is online

14 London Theatre Guide

What's coming on and what's making an exit in London's theatre world. Especially good for seating plans, so you can see where the box office staff are putting you.

15 The Internet Movie Database

The world's biggest (and still growing) reference for actors, directors, locations, plots...

16 Rotten Tomatoes

A round-up of what the critics thought of films on general release.

17 Screenonline

The British Film Institute's definitive guide to the British film industry. Plots, features, statistics and news from the film world.

18 Good Reads

Expand your reading. Catalogue your books online and others make recommendations based on what you seem to enjoy.

19 TV Guide

News, features and listings for Britain's terrestrial and cable television. Customisable interface so your favourite channels are always at the top.

20 Football365

The authentic (and often tangential) voice of the Britain's 'real' football supporters.

21 CricInfo

Everything you want to know about the world of cricket.

22 Beijing Olympics

The official Olympics site, with news, scheduling, features and a countdown to the games themselves.

23 Radio Locator

From shock jocks to orchestral baroque, thousands of internet radio stations to listen to on your computer.

24 Live Plasma

Expand your music and movie tastes. Enter the name of a song, band, movie, actor or director you like and Live Plasma will return some pretty intelligent recommendations for further investigation.

25 Blinkx

A clever way of searching for video clips on the internet - from uploaded episodes of your favourite soap to comedy home-video moments.

26 Lulu

Self-publishing made smart again. Write, design and then print your own books - though you'll still have to persuade others to buy them.

27 VideoJug