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IT Links and Resources

This comprises of a list of links to resources found to be really informative, authoritative, useful, and/or fun. It also includes any link exchanges we have made, but all of them are vetted for quality and compatibility.




Add-Ons and Gadgets

For Firefox

Provided by the Squidoo Team and works with Firefox: 1.0 – 3.5.*
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2229e
haven't used it yet but am about to try Squidoo so I might have some comments later
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Business

"The Financial Ombudsman Service provides accessible, fair and in dependant dispute resolution for consumers and financial service providers"
www.fos.org.au
Australian. This is where to go if you have problems with PayPal for e.g.
Have you experienced Identity Theft, or are you afraid you will? Let us help you monitor your identity and the identities of you family through our proven system of informing and reminding you on all the items to check for.
http://www.safeguardid.com/
"The Internet's #1 Anti-PayPal Consumer Advocate Website!"
www.screw-paypal.com
Bit of a scam site as well coz they want you to buy their book or whatever. But it does have PayPal CONTACT INFO - which is a help because sooner or later, PayPal will give you the PayPal nightmares!!!
Search Placement Pros has given 90% of their customers top 3 listings on Google for the search terms of their choice. Let them help you too.
http://www.searchplacementpros.com

Domains

"Easier Way to find Website Information"
www.quarkbase.com
Good for checking up a company and/or site. Includes independent social/blog comments (e.g. whether it is a scam, etc.)

Drupal

Drupal Modules - Search, Rate, and Review Drupal Modules<
http://drupalmodules.com/
Have just done a quick browse only. It looks a Drupal user/lover's haven. Must Must have a good look (note t0 self)

Forums

Fun Forums, Useful Forums, or just Forums I use and like.

Currently Reviewing ...

Squidoo Forum
http://www.squidu.com/forum

General

Computer

How to Speed up Your Computer
Title: How to make a computer faster: 6 ways to speed up your PC


E-Books

Free E-Books for your Kindle
www.ereaderiq.com/free
Good fast way to find Free kindle books

E-cards

"Send a FREE eCard"
dovercards.com/

with some good e-cards
dovercards.com/

Favicons

"first web tool for creating still and animated favicons from regular images"
www.htmlkit.com/services/favicon/
favourite Free and comes with animated favicon as well!




Fonts

dafont.com
http://www.dafont.com
favourite





Language

Free translator provided by Yahoo.
http://babelfish.yahoo.com/
Tree translator from Google. Part of their language tools.
http://www.google.com/language_tools?hl=en
"..a list of slang terms, acronyms and abbreviations as used in websites, ICQ chat rooms, blogs, SMS, and Internet forums - a complete dictionary of slang"
www.internetslang.com/





Time

Do time zone conversions between two cities. This time zone calculator takes into account daylight saving time (DST), local time zone and accepts dates in past or future.
www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
Useful especially for converting like (US) EST (Eastern Standard Time) to Australian time.
Shows the world map with current times.
www.worldtimezone.com
favourite Shows the world map with current times at each. Very Handy




URL Shorteners

A simple url shortener.
http://bit.ly/
favourite This is better than TinyURL. It takes visitor straight from link to the intended destination page (TinyUrl brings visitor to their site and then they have to click again to get to intended destination). There is also a bookmarklet you can simply drag to your browser's link toolbar.
Making long URLs usable!
http://tinyurl.com/
Even has gadget to put on your links toolbar so you can do this with one click.

OTHER


Free online ASCII art generator  - LOTS of fonts & variation
http://patorjk.com/software/taag/
 
 Favourite linkCute little pics made from ASCII
http://www.pcslang.com/index.php/picture-ascii-text-art/cute-ascii-text-art.html?start=7
 
USEFUL: just fill in your text.  Side swirls and decorations already in place
http://www.xatworld.com/nicks/decorarnickxat.html
 
Favourite icon FUN & USEFUL: upload your image to convert to ASCII art.  Also have lots of other fun online Apps.
http://www.glassgiant.com/ascii/

 
FUN & USEFUL: provide image URL to convert to ASCII art.  
http://www.degraeve.com/img2txt.php


A detailed review of the camera
www.dpreview.com
favourite OK. I know this link does not technically belong here but I find it immensely useful. So there.
 
Download and save any video from YouTube,.....
http://takeyoutube.com/
favourite This is just FAB! You can save videos coz they do get taken down sometimes due to copyright etc don't they. I love this!
 
List Randomizer - from random.com
Great little tool for randomly sorting a list your enter (be it numbers, names, emails, etc.  Easy way to pick a winner from a list)

Google Related

Lots of handy fabulous gadgets for your Chrome browser.  (Note: not just gadgets for Chrome - more!) Definitely must check out!
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/home
 
News and Notes from the Google Docs and Sites team.
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/
 

Adsense

Page displaying all different ad formats that Google offers for AdSense.
https://www.google.com/adsense/static/en_GB/AdFormats.html
 
Google's AdSense Help on creating alternate ads
https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/static.py?page=alternateads.html
A deeper look at how to use channels effectively. Includes videos.
http://adsense.blogspot.com/2009/11/deeper-look-at-channels-custom-channels.html
Very good.
Google's Help page on Adsense
https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/topic.py?hl=en-uk&topic=13488
Google details it's AdSense Programme policies as well as specifying how many and what types of ads you can employ per page.
https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=48182
A free online tool to verify that your Google Analytics (GA) Tracking Code is properly installed.
http://sitescanga.com/
 
Google's Help page on Channels
https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/topic.py?topic=152&sourceid=aso&subid=ww-ww-et-asui&medium=link
 

Blogger

Google's Help page on Blogger
http://www.google.com/support/blogger/
 
 

Google Sites

Google's Help page on Google Sites
http://www.google.com/support/pages/?hl=en
 
      great place to get gadgets for Google Sites
        https://sites.google.com/site/mori79/
 
from Steegle.com
http://www.steegle.com/websites/google-sites-howtos/seo-guide
 

Web Elements

Google Web Elements allow you to easily add your favorite Google products to your website
http://www.google.com/webelements/#!/custom-search
 

Webmaster Tools

from geeks dest tech blog
 

Graphics and Images

Public Domain Pictures.net is a repository for free public domain images. You can download high quality photos or upload your own pictures. Raise money for charity, gain popularity and improve your photographic and graphic skills."
Note: Not a lot of images
http://publicdomainimages.net/
 
"Totally free public-domain images - Largest archive on the Internet with over 494,000 hi-res professional-grade royalty-free images, 100% public-domain and ok to use with Wikipedia" (~ Wikipedia ~)
http://totallyfreeimages.com/
 
List of sites with public domain images. Useful
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain_image_resources
 
Hosted on www.computerhope.com, it provides a list of useful sites with free public domain images. Useful comments included. Useful
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000845.htm
 

Informational Sites

Mixed

"Monitoring the legal climate for Internet Activity"
chillingeffects.org
Useful FAQs on Copyright, DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), plagiarism, creative licenses, etc.
Internet Marketing and Making Money Online. Topics cover Twitter, SEO, Marketing Principles
http://www.doshdosh.com/
favourite Haven't read it fully but looks a very worthwhile site to visit for nuggets of good, sensible information.
Creator of Squidoo, Seth Godin's blogs are quick and easy to read (and FUN), informative and a Must-See source. Tips on Squidoo, Marketing, SEO, and tactics.
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/
favourite I seldom say this but this is a Must-See Must-Read site.

Specifics

(product photography)
tabletopstudio.com/
favouriteLots and lots of articles and help about Product Photography. Fantastic!
 

Illustrator 

Adobe Illustrator Basic Tutorials Basics & Tools
www.adobeillustratortutorials.com/index.php
It's free and includes various levels of Tutorials
 
"central resource for finding tools, services, and innovations .."
http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm
It's free stuff for Illustrator & Photoshop
 
 

Inkscape

Inkscape tutorials
Great tutorial page.  Virtually the definitive Inkscape tutorial.  Recommended.
 
Inkscape video tutorial by Clever Someday
How to use the befuddling Paint Bucket tool from Inkscape.  Very Recommended.
Also see Part 2 "More on using Paint Bucket in Inkscape"
 
Inkscape tutorials
Clear inkscape tutorials I really enjoy
 

OS Commerce

General page of all available osCommerce Community Contribution Addons
http://addons.oscommerce.com/
Official osCommerce Forum and support group where you can search for solutions from community members.
http://forums.oscommerce.com/

Photoshop

"..online repository for other graphic artists, web designers, or 3D modelers..original texture photographs, texture packs, stock images, brush packs" for Free
http://www.texturemate.com/
Really worth a try.  Looks like all good stuff and it is for free. And go read the articles sometime.  They look worthwhile as well.
 

Publishing

" Scribd is the world’s largest social reading and publishing company.  " for Free
http://www.scribd.com/

 

SEO/RSS/MARKETING

Best RSS directories, blog directories and article submission services to submit your website.
http://www.masternewmedia.org/rss/top55/
Very up-to-date and great site for a whole list of sites where you can submit your blog's RSS feeds.
 

Social Media Links

Facebook

facebook.com/apps/directory.php
List of apps available on FB
developers.facebook.com/plugins
Social Plugins developed by Facebook

Fav icon MUST SEE /USE!!
"Application that you can add to your (facebook) pages"


List of toolbars and gadgets for Firefox web browser.
smartypantssocialmedia.blogspot.com/
Not sure if it covers all social media avenues. Currently am interested in notes on FB.


General Social Media Links

List of toolbars and gadgets for Firefox web browser.
http://mashable.com/2007/06/19/social-networking-firefox/
Among other functions, update your status on multiple social networking profiles simultaneously including Facebook.
www.hootsuite.com/
favourite It's free. I just got signed up. And it is GREAT!!! Esp if you have multiple Twitter accounts & FB.
www.socialmediaexaminer.com
Looks pretty good to me.



Facebook

List of useful apps you can use for your FB page
http://www.facebook.com/htmlforpages


Social Bookmarking

Use the Social Bookmark Script to automatically add link icons from the best social bookmark services to your web page in order to enable your visitors to set a public bookmark for your site by mouse-click.
http://www.social-bookmark-script.com/generator.htm
This site has a social bookmark script generator which looks very useful. On their German page, they have a table on "Social Bookmark Traffic & Social Network Linkpower" which looks very very interesting.
a big list of social bookmarking and networking sites. A Squidoo lens. Can vote on this list as well as add to it.
www.squidoo.com

Twitter Links

Social Media news blog covering cool new websites and social networks: Facebook, Google, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube. The latest web technology news, via RSS daily.
http://mashable.com/
Have only been reading his Twitter blogs and articles so far and it has already proved very useful.
The source for Free Twitter buttons!
www.twitterbuttons.org/
favourite Some very cool buttons here. And Free. All you have to do is enter your Twitter ID and get code.
A useful compilation of links on Twitter. Compilation by Mashable.
http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/
Free Twitter Backgrounds, Help Yourself!
http://www.twitterbacks.com/
Tip: Download the available templates and make your own.

Sitemaps

These are links I must find time to look into.
(ed note: a free online generator that is quite easy to use.  When in a pinch, I would use this)
www.xml-sitemaps.com/

 

SBI

 
SBI Action Guide (requires Login)
Notes on SBI includes - how to use them, where, what.
http://actionguide.sitesell.com/
 
Full step-by-step action guide that you need/want to read before and as you build your SBI site.
http://build.sitesell.com/help/include-help.html
 

Personal Must-Do Links

These are links I must find time to look into.
Seems quite amazing. Turns uploaded media into videos with music. And Free. Can be added into a Squidoo lens.
http://animoto.com/
one of the most popular sites on the net. Allows submission of links, web sites, stories and users can vote on them so that the most popular ones go to the top.
http://www.digg.com/
 

WordPress

Find, Rate, Comment on plugins offered by the WordPress community
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
 
Google Sites FAQ - by Steegle.com
     Excellent resource.  I consider this site as an authority site where it comes to getting useful steps and instructions related to Google Sites

Zazzle & POD (Print On Demand)

Zazzle help and guides - from Zazzle
www.zazzle.com/custom/guidefiles
Downloads (PNG and PSD) on all the sizes, ppi needed for graphics for the various products (T-shirts, mugs, coasters, etc.)
 
Zazzle help and guides - from Zazzle
http://www.zazzle.com/help
 
Tips and Help on Zazzle by "Angry Squirrel" - the guy who wrote "YouSuckAtZazzle.com"
http://www.zazzletutorials.com/
 
From Zazzle and specifically for Store Owners on how to design, sell, and promote all things related to your Zazzle store.
http://www.zazzle.com/sell/designers/tutorials
 
More help on all things Zazzke
http://university.zazzle.com/
 





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