Quix: a bookmarklet to rule them all!

Quix logoThere are a lot of wonderful webapps and they all have a number of ways in which you can interact with them. Generally it happens via a bookmarklet, which is essentially a piece of javascript giving your browser a group of instructions on how to perform a sequence of activities like adding a bookmark, posting a tweet or a blog post, and so on.

I still remember the first time I installed one of them: the Delicious bookmarklet. Wonderful: I am surfing the web, I find an interesting website, I press the bookmarklet and “wow! The magic happens”… without leaving the page, I see a smaller window prefilled with the page url, the page title and the possibility to add some words of description and some tags as well. In no time my bookmark collection grew to more than 500 entries. And, by the way, I still use it! [click to continue…]


Skitch: a free screen capture tool for Mac

When I (happily) switched to Mac some months ago, I had to find a proper replacement to the set of software tools I used to rely on in a Windows environment. It has not been painful but I must say that I missed very much FastStone, the freeware screen capture tool that I also reviewed in a previous article.

Recently, while I was looking for a wireframing tool for a web project I am involved in, I had the chance to test a lovely piece of software named Skitch, an image sharing and screen capture utility, that really impressed me for its user friendliness and pack of features. [click to continue…]


Springwise: Food For Entrepreneurial Minds

Springwise logoSpringwise is an Amsterdam based independent firm focused on innovation and new business ideas. Since 2002 (when it was founded by Reiner Evers) the company scans the globe for the most promising business ventures, ideas and concepts ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investment or cooperation.

Their full color free newsletter is delivered weekly to more than 85,000 business professionals and entrepreneurs living in more than 120 countries around the world. They claim to be the first company providing such a service on a global scale. [click to continue…]


PrintRates: Compare Online Digital Photo Printing Services

We all have a digital camera. But did you ever try to print your best digital photos at the store down the street? It can be quite expensive!

Today one of the blogs we are following (MakeUseOf.com) is covering PrintRates, a service that will help you in comparing online digital photo printing services in order to save money without sacrificing quality. It works like Campusi, the book search engine that we covered in a previous post. [click to continue…]


A Nice Screen Capture Freeware Tool

Are you looking for a fast, easy and reliable screen capture freeware tool? You will like FastStone Capture.

The first name that comes to mind in this field is SnagIt. It’s very powerful and packed with interesting features. But it’s not free, you have to pay 39.95$ for a licensed version, which is quite a high price if you are not planning to use all of them.

Recently, the guys at TechSmith made available the download of a full-licensed previous version (7.2.5) for free (with the possibility of upgrading to the latest version at half the price), but the offer expired on Jan 7th. Too bad! [click to continue…]


Campusi.com: the book price search engine

We’ve just found a site where you can find the best price for a book you’re looking for on the internet: in fact, Campusi.com is a real book price search engine. To use their own words:

We search over 200 online bookstore prices to find you the best deal on any new & used books and textbooks.

Actually, they do even more. Let’s take for example “Business Dynamics: System Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World”, by John D. Sterman. This is a book on how to build system dynamics models to help you dealing with business issues… The subject is not so important: I’ve picked this book just because I know it’s very expensive and to show how much you can save by using Campusi. [click to continue…]


CommonCraft: The Art Of Explanation

I know a lot of smart people complaining about the fact that they don’t have time to keep up with all the news and developments in the Internet world. They know that the web is full of wonderful sites literally packed with useful information. They feel as they are missing a lot of opportunities. And they are!

When someone asks me how can I always be so up-to-date (it’s not completely true but it’s their perception and I’ve built a sort of personal brand on this) I simply explain that my secret weapon is an RSS feed reader: a software tool (or a web service) that every day allows me to check dozens of interesting websites in a fraction of the time that I should spend visiting them individually. To be completely true, this is only one of the tools I use, but it’s the most important one. The one I couldn’t live without. [click to continue…]


Multiple Gmail Login Switcher

I’ve tried this little Gmail Login Switcher tool this morning and I must confess that it really made me happy. It allows you to instantly switch among all your Gmail accounts without having to log out from the account you’re logged in and then re-log in to the other account (very annoying if, for any reason, you have to check your email frequently).

Actually what this script does is replacing the “Sign Out” link located in the upper-right corner of the Google services with a drop-down menu. From that menu you can select one of your alternate Google accounts, and it will immediately logout and login to the other without any other user intervention. [click to continue…]


Free Rice: Defeat Hunger 2.0

Free Rice Logo Three words: simple, addictive, smart!

I’ve been really impressed by Free Rice, a sister site of the world poverty site Poverty.com. The goal of the site is to provide rice to hungry people for free, while providing everyone a free tool to improve their English vocabulary.

It works in a very simple way. There is a word and five possible synonyms. You have to select the correct one and 20 rice grains will be donated, through the United Nations World Food Program, to someone in need. This is made possible by a number of sponsors (you will notice a banner in the lower portion of the screen). The systems keeps track of your performance and adapts the difficulty level accordingly. You have also the option to make your pc remember your vocabulary level and donation level. [click to continue…]