Mind Maps Free

Digital Media Minute has posted about free mind map software before, but I have to say, for elegance and ease of use, Mind Node is unbelievable. I’m actually looking for reasons to use it! I’ve found the freeware version to be very adequate for my needs so far. Mac only, unfortunately. Again, even if you […]

Network Discovery Tool

If you need a network discovery tool for information on your network about IP addresses, hosts (and a whole lot more) but command-line tools intimidate you, take a look at this Zenmap tutorial. It works together with Nmap, the free, crossplatform network discovery tool. I think I’ve run across tools that I can use to […]

Media Converter Online

Here’s a list of nine media converters from Digital Media Minute listed by OS and price, emphasizing recent releases that are either freeware or at least with free trials offered. This list is by no means comprehensive, and I have not tried all of these; my intent was more to compile a list for reference. […]

Hundreds of Free Virtual Appliances

VMWare has a community site that provides hundreds of Virtual Appliances for use in their free VMWare Server product. What is a virtual appliance? It is a preconfigured operating system that has been tailored to perform a specific set of functions. There are appliances for Ruby on Rails development, Python Web Development and even Jabber […]

2GB Free Online Backup

Mozy Remote Backup give you 2GB of free online and secure backup. When you sign up for the service, you then download a client that automatically backups folder you specify. There is currently only a Windows client, but Mozy promises a Mac client is on the way. What happens when you exceed 2GB? Well you […]

Create Awesome Header Backgrounds

Veerle Pieters has a fantastic step-by-step tutorial on creating Header Backgrounds in Photoshop. She proves that inspiration can indeed be found in photographs as she creates an awesome header graphic by applying some Photoshop magic to an existing photo. By the way don’t let the formatting of this tutorial confuse you-there is no text on […]

Free Mind Mapping Software

FreeMind is an interesting piece of free mind-mapping software that is open source and cross platform. Mind mapping is a process of recording your thoughts and ideas and representing them as a diagram. FreeMind is a tool that easily faciliates this process. If you are unsure as to whether or not mind mapping might be […]

How to Use script.aculo.us Effect Queues

Rails webdevelopment blog has a great tutorial that explains how to use the new Effect.Queues in the popular script.aculo.us JavaScript library. Effect queues allows you to queue up multiple effects on a DOM node or group of DOM nodes. This is one of the most handy JavaScript scripts out there and if you haven’t tried it […]

Free Database of World City Names

United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations maintains a huge list of city names for every country in the world with lots of other meta data like geographic coordinates, names without diacritics, subdivision (province, state, etc). You can simply view the data using their search options, or even better download the data in CSV […]

SimpleViewer – Free Flash Slideshow Tool

Airtight Interactive’s Felix Turner has developed an excellent free Flash-based slideshow tool that he bills as a customizable image gallery, that is also free. SimpleViewer Download is easy to use and loads images that are specified in a simple XML file. Images are preloaded as the user views other images in the slideshow making this […]

Hundreds of Commercial Logos

Not sure how this is useful, but it is nonetheless impressive collection of commercial logos in Adobe Illustrator format. There is a rather lengthy disclaimer on the front page of the site regarding the possible risks of downloading any of these fonts, but aside from that issue you’ll find this huge collection of fonts to […]

Avatar Creation Software?

A colleague of mine is looking to create an avatar of himself for an online course he is teaching. As I’ve never created an avatar before, I was wondering if anybody reading this had any good avatar software suggestions for this purpose. I look forward to the avatar creation software feedback. I would hope that […]

The ‘ly’ Detector

The Passivator is a passive verb and adverb flagging bookmarklet for Mozilla-derived browsers. Writers try to avoid adverbs whenever possible. This bookmarklet will flag adverbs and passive verbs with the aim to help you write better.  Wow, pretty soon when my browser be able to actually write my articles for me? I have to say […]

View HTTP Headers in IE

ieHTTPHeaders is an explorer bar for Internet Explorer that will show you the HTTP Headers IE are sending and receiving. This is a minor tweak that will serve to give a little more useful information in the course of your work day. Mozilla has had a similar extension for a while now, but this link […]

What is the Best Font for your Website?

The research paper “A Comparison of Popular Online Fonts: Which Size and Type is Best?” from Usability News involved a research group of sixty participants (16 males and 44 females). The study explores the following characteristics of fonts used on the Internet: Reading Efficiency Reading Time Perceived Legibility Perceived Attractiveness Font Preference The paper concludes […]