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May 13, 2008 at 11:02 PM 1 comment

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Welcome to Ask Tony C, a fun blog sharing cool websites, useful applications, neat gadgets, and funny stuff. Write and tell us about some of your favorite sites and gadgets. Also, check me out at Global Vibe Magazine (www.globalvibemagazine.com).

Cool Sites:
This site allows you to set different greetings for people who leave a message on your cellphone. You can leave a goofy message for your friends, sweet messages for loved ones, and professional messages for business. Youmail has thousands of recorded messages in many categories. You also have the option of recording your own personal greeting. Youmail also has a wonderful feature called ditchmail. Ditchmail prevents a caller from leaving a message on your phone. I had a telemarketer call me on my cellphone. He was trying to sell me satellite TV. I put his number into my Youmail contact list and set a pre-recorded message for his phone number. The message is one most of us have heard – – a woman says ” we’re sorry – – the number you have called is no longer in service . . .” To use Youmail, it is necessary to make some changes to a few settings on your cellphone. The changes you make will disconnect your voice mail from your cellphone service provider and instead connect it to the servers at Youmail. I recommend that you write down the initial values for the settings that have to be changed; This way you will be able to switch back to your service provider’s voice mail system quite easily.

This cool site takes up a good bit of my time every day. jimmyr (Jimmy Ruska) is a great collection of the best that several sites have to offer: Digg, Del.icio.us, Reddit, Wired, Youtube, Fark, Wikihow, Stumbleupon, and Lifehacker are some of the sites that jimmyr reviews and posts to his site on a daily basis. jimmyr.com also has a great collection of video tutorials on programming, “How To”, and a wide variety of other subjects that will be of interest to anyone who spends a fair amount of time online. There are so many more great things that jimmyr.com has to offer. So check it out.

This cool how to site explains in detail how to accomplish certain tasks. It’s great for those who want to acquire a new skill or improve on an old one. I found the section on faucet repair illuminating. The clear, easy to read instructions and the well illustrated diagrams make learning how to get things done a snap.

There are a lot of sites that you are interested in. There is only so much time to devote to staying up to date on them. Spokeo lets you stay up to date without having to check up on each individual site. Simply enter the URLs of each site that you are interested in and Spokeo sends out an e-mail (in my case, about once a week) with a link to any new information.

Free streaming music that’s tailored to your taste. What more could you ask for? OK this site is ad supported; it really doesn’t stop me from recommending Pandora – – it knows what music you want to hear before you do.

Hot Applications:
http://www.kcoolonline.com – This site gives you the ability to download your favorite online videos directly to your computer. Kcoolonline will work on videos from over 200 websites.

Mozilla Firefox
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/ – This web browser is superior to Internet Explorer. I used Internet Explorer for years – – it crashed often and without warning. I have been using Firefox for the last few months without one glitch!

This image viewer, created by Irfan Skiljan, allows you to resize, crop, edit, and add text to your images. These are only the tip of the iceberg – – there are many more things that can be done with IrfanView: file conversions, batch file conversions, and red eye removal are also a snap with this handy application.

Screenhunter 5.0 Free
Sometimes when I’m web surfing, I’ll come across some image or text that I would like to make a copy of. Screenhunter 5.0 Free, owned by Wisdom Software Inc., Does just what I need – – quick screenshots with no muss and no fuss.

If you share a computer with others, you may not want them to be able to track your recent online (or offline) activities. Ccleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com) will remove temporary internet files, empty the recycle bin, get rid of tracking cookies, and empty the History file on your computer. Ccleaner, which comes to us courtesy of Piriform Ltd, also has a neat uninstaller which I found to be quick and thorough. Did I mention it’s free for personal use?

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Hey guys, let me know about the latest gadgets people are using in your part of the world or submit any new happenings around the web to asktonyc@aol.com. Spammers can hit me up here: http://officeofstrategicinfluence.com/spam/


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