Prevent RSI : great presentation

An excellent presentation on the causes and prevention of RSI.

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Monitor site traffic in real-time with

Wondering how many people are viewing your site right now? Find out with simple little widget called Just paste the code into your site, blog, social network, etc., as I did here and Presto: Instant traffic numbers.
There is also a Firefox extension that lets you monitor the site traffic from the browser status bar.

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Yahoo Mail Announces Unlimited Storage

Yahoo is announcing that all Yahoo Mail
users will have free unlimited email storage starting in May 2007. The current storage limit is 1 GB per account (2 GB for $20/year premium users). With this change, Yahoo leapfrogs Gmail (2.8 GB and growing) and Mail (2GB). Yahoo mail currently has 250 million global users, more than any other online service ( has 228 million and Gmail has 51 million users).

Et Tu Yahoo ?

When I logged in to my machine today, I got a nasty shock. My trusted Symantec Antivirus reported that my recently installed Yahoo Widgets is a Virus...and so is my beloved media player silver bullet Democracy Player. I am not sure if Yahoo Widgets is really a virus but I am not going to use it anymore. On the other hand, I don't think this is a false alarm. I have been using Symantec AV for a long time now and it has never let me down. The mind boggles to think how vulnerable we are to the threats if industry leaders like Yahoo ships virus and other nasty surprises in their 'revolutionary' path breaking software. I hate Internet.

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Underrated Web 2.0 Search Engine

This search engine grabs results from Google, Yahoo, and MSN. It also allows you to develop your own widgets and algorithms based on your searches. You can put weight into domain age, Alexa rank, links, and even whether or not it hit the Digg front page.

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Multitasking slows you down.

The New York Times reports on another set of studies that show human brains slow down when they have to juggle tasks. Unlike last year's TIME magazine article, the NYT cites new studies that show young people are not better equipped to handle interruptions having grown up with digital distraction. Read the article : Slow Down, Multitaskers; Don't Read in Traffic [NYT-Lifehacker]
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popuri - Know Thyself !

If you want to see quick statistics on a website, check out newly launched Popuri. You’ll quickly see Google Page Rank, Alexa Rank, number of backlinks on Google, Yahoo and, Technorati inbound links, bookmarks and number of bloglines subscribers. You can also see whois information on the domain.

Speed up WinXP by turning off unnecessary services.

Turning off unnecessary services on windows xp: Check this article out to speed up your win XP, though be very careful.

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Desktopography - Wallpaper Nirvana !

Desktopography : best wallpapers I have ever seen. Highly Recommended

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30+ Tools and Hacks for Gmail

If Gmail is your email app of choice, you might want to check out Gmail Craze: 30 Tools and Hacks for Gmail, including Firefox add-ons, Greasemonkey scripts, desktop apps and web tools.

Hack Windows XP for super performance

Black Viper suggests some useful tweaks to get the maximum performance from XP machine. Read all tips here - Super Tweaks for Windows XP by Black Viper

How to find the best web freebies - cool hack

Web design blog Bittbox has revealed the secret trick to find the best web freebies: Google + social sites.

Yep, it's true - you can find the best of the best out there just by aiming the "site:" operator at most any active social bookmarking site. For example, say you're looking for good WordPress templates. You could try this search string: "CSS templates"

You're going to come back with some pretty good stuff this way for the most part, and since most sites search functions ain't that great, it's also a good option for unearthing the stuff you might not have otherwise.

The Fastest way to find High-Quality Freebies on the Web [-Lifehacker - BittBox]

Update: The Google Co-op Social Media Search Engine:

Created by illovich, or you can go to this page and bookmark it. Try a search for a freebie that you want to find and see what you get by only searching the biggest social media sites. (Thanks to Illovich) Or you can get the code and put it in your blog. Here is mine :


CodingHorror : How To Become a Better Programmer by Not Programming

One thing lead to another. In my previous post, I talked about a paradox of programmers not being able to program - just like plumbers not being able to plumb. Ahem !

A paradigm-shift is how to become a better programmer by not programming. Coding Horror told us that there's a vast divide between those who can program and those who cannot. But the dirty little secret of the software development industry is that this is also true even for people who can program: there's a vast divide between good developers and mediocre developers. A mediocre developer can program his or her heart out for four years, but that won't magically transform them into a good developer. And the good developers always seem to have a natural knack for the stuff from the very beginning. The older I get, the more I believe that the only way to become a better programmer is by not programming. You have to come up for air, put down the compiler for a moment, and take stock of what you're really doing. Code is important, but it's a small part of the overall process.

Why can't programmers program ?

Its been a week of long interviews...3 to be exact. Experience has taught me that its always better to format your interviews as two-way discussions rather than "I ask you question and wait for your *watever* answers.." If you discuss something with the candidate, you can force something out of him which she herself might not know she knew.

Its always fun to talk to people who can program well. So far, I have found very few of the candidates who know what they are talking about. Its not that they are not trained or they do not have necessary skills - experience but they simply can't program.

I was reading "Why Can't Programmers.. Program?" this morning. It is sad - but near close to true. I do not believe 199 out of 200 cannot program - but it isn't too far from the truth. So, if you are interviewing a lot, my sincere advice to you...discuss rather then ask and make them write programs - lots of programs. [My wife demanded that I credit her for this article]

8 Things Intelligent People, Geeks and Nerds Need To Work Happily - A Must Read for Employers and ahem...Employees.

I thought this article got most of it right...  There are many reasons to let geeks work the way they want to work. Today they work in every industry. They are the knowledge base, blood and sweat equity of many businesses. They work harder than most. They work longer than most. Their job isn’t a separate “thing they do” while they look forward to going home and relaxing. Geeks *live* what they do. They eat, sleep and breathe it.  Tom Kyte adds something precious to this list : Give them useful, meaningful, important things to do.

GooglePhone coming soon ?

The much anticipated and highly rumored Google mobile phone has been confirmed. Google's Chief Executive in Spain and Portugal has let slip that an "iPhone competitor" is in the works. The Google Exec downplayed the Google phone project, saying that its one of 18 current R&D projects in the works.

The "gPhone" may not be what you expected however, word has it the embryonic device might not be an iPhone killer after all. Google may be targeting developing countries with this device, so in order to cut costs GPS, touch screens, etc. might be out. Think "One Laptop per child" in mobile phone form. [via Endadget]

Firefox Tip: Clear your file download history

Weblog Of Zen and Computing reports that you may be able to speed up Firefox by clearing out its Download history. By default, the 'fox keeps a record of every single file you've downloaded - whether it's still on your hard drive or not - in its Downloads dialog, unless you clear it. To do so, from the dialog, hit the "Clean up" button. I don't know how much this list actually affects performance, but it's a good way to make sure that your downloads don't clutter anything.
Speed Up Firefox by Cleaning Out Your Downloads [Lifehacker-Of Zen and Computing]

25 Code Snippets for Web Designers

25 Code Snippets for Web Designers (Part1) is a good read, particularly as a reminder of some goodies you or I might have forgotten about. I note that this is Part 1, so worth checking back for Part 2 as well.

Open Source alternatives

Open Source Alternative - Find Open Source Alternatives to commercial software - a handy site to source out open source alternatives to popular commercial programs. Programs are sorted by category to easily browse open source options. Learning digital photography

If you've been looking for a site that will help you learn digital photography post-processing, then it's certainly worth looking at PhotoWalkthrough offers free video tutorial podcast covering digital photography post processing using adobe photoshop cs2.

71 Free CSS Menus

71 Free CSS Menus - a nice list of links to 71 free resources for CSS Menus. Nice round-up for anyone looking for ready-made CSS navigational menus.

Learn to play the guitar

Web site Guitar Noise offers a huge knowledge base of free lessons and advice that can take you from guitar novice to guitar god.

Since I am a guitarist myself, I know that a lot of you out there must just be waiting for the right resource. With hundreds of lessons, articles, and an active forum, Guitar Noise could be it. If you feel you learn better with video, you might want to supplement your lessons with some free video lessons you can put on your iPod.

Best way to learn guitar [Guitar Noise Wiki]

Insanely Useful Persistent Searches in GMail.

Using the Persistent Search Greasemonkey script for Gmail, Matt shows how to take advantage of persistent searches to create what amount to smart folders in Gmail. Persistent searches work differently than, for example, using filters and labels, because you can use operators like is:unread, is:starred, and label:inbox to make these new folders dynamic, in ways that labels are not.

Three solid Gmail productivity tips [Matt Cutts ]

doPDF - free PDF Converter

doPDF "is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create searchable PDF files by selecting the "Print" command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favorite web sites to PDF files."

doPDF installs itself as a virtual printer driver that will appear in your Printers and Faxes list. To create PDF files, you just have to print your documents.

doPDF doesn't require any 3rd party programs to create the PDF files. It also features customizable resolution, predefined page sizes, searchable PDFs and multilanguage support.

Scribd: YouTube for your documents ?

Scribd is a free online library where anyone can upload. Use their embedded PDF player to publish and view documents right in your browser. You can also download as a PDF, MS Word document, text file or MP3.

Tasklist: the ultimate resource to identify process

tasklist.png How many times have your wondered what a particular process is in Windows tasklist? My solution has always just been to search for the particular process name. - List of Windows Proccesses and Descriptions seems like a much easier solution and a worthy bookmark for future quick reference. " is the ultimate resource to help you determine if your computer is infected with spyware, adware or viruses."