Remove Duplicate Files From your Computer

duplicate-filesHaving duplicate files in your computer not only eats up hard disc space but also affects the computer’s speed. It is not as easy to locate these duplicate files, they may have different names or may be located in different folders across the hard drive.

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Find the Top Movies Filmed in your area.

MoviesEver wondered which popular movies were shot in your neighborhood? This map by BoxOfficeQuant shows the location where the top 2000 movies in the past 100 years have been shot.

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The Best Resources Online For News Pictures

news-mainA collection of some of the best resources online for “News In Pictures”. These include popular news photo website, blogs and online magazines.

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Map of Disasters And Accidents In Real-time

mapWhile a disaster of magnitude proportion remains the headline of a news bulletin for several day, there are other sad events that are often not reported. This is world map of emergencies and tragedies updated in real-time.

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Determine An Unknown File Format

If you received a file from someone with an unknown file extension that you don't know how to open it. Don't get stuck. Here are a couple of things you can do to determine the format of a file.

Unknown File Type Identification:

Online TrID File Identifier can determine a file type from its binary signatures. Simply select the file to analyze and in a moment the identification results will be displayed. A GUI version is also available for download in case there is a need to analyze large files.


OpenWith is a small desktop tool that gives detailed information about any file extension and provides links to free programs that can open and create the file. Simply right click on an unknown file and select "How do I open this?". The tool will identify the file extension and suggest the program supporting the file.


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Change The Appearance Of Facebook With Minimalist Extension

facebook The extension allows you to highly customize the Facebook interface, where you can change the appearance, apply custom CSS, hide almost fifty interface elements from your Facebook page and even write your own custom presets.

One of the interesting feature that this extensions enables is that you can simply hover over a picture to view it in it’s default size. If the picture is large, the size will be automatically adjusted to fit a portion of the screen.

Work on minor details of the interface and transfer the new setting to another chrome browser simply by using the Import/Export options.

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How To Attribute Creative Commons Images From Flickr

Adding images is one of the best ways to enhance and attract attention to your work. Content writers usually look for images that are either free or are under a Creative Commons license.

Flickr’s Page on creative commons is one of the best places to be, when searching for images available under a creative commons license. You can use these images on your work, provided that your intended use is in accordance with the license type.

Some Creative Commons images are licensed as “Attribution-Non Commercial” and can be used only if you are not making profit from the context of the image. Example: A website or blog displaying ads.

How to search Creative Commons Images on Flickr?

Flickr has the images categorized according to the Creative Commons license type. You can search Flickr Creative Commons directly or use sites like CompFightLiteFlickrFlickrCC and FlickrStorm, which are in good alternatives to Flickr’s search interface.

There is no particular style for attribution. You can use the style or phrase that suits your needs.

A good attribution under the Creative Commons guidelines requires that you:
  1. Cite the author's name, screen name, user identification and link that name to the person's profile page, if such a page exists.
  2. Cite the work's title or name and link the name or title directly to the original work.
  3. Cite the specific CC license the work is under and that links to the license on the CC website.
A example attribution style:


    You can use ImageCodr, an online tool that fulfills the attribution guidelines.

    Using ImageCodr
    Uncle Horizon and little boys by Hamed Saber, on Flickr
    Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License by Hamed Saber

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    How To Find and Download Creative Commons Images From Flickr

    creative-commonsFinding images on the web is easy but if we want to use them on our blog, we definitely need to make sure that we do not infringe on the copyrights in order to remain safe. Creative Commons is the best source when we are looking for images to use on our website or blog.

    Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license. You can browse or search through their content using Flickr’s dedicated page for images under a creative commons license. The images are categorized according to license type and it makes it fairly simple to search for the right image under the desired license.

    Search Flickr: Creative Commons directly or use sites like CompFight, LiteFlickr, FlickrCC and FlickrStorm, which are in some ways good alternatives to Flickr’s search interface.

    Images from Flickr creative commons can be searched directly but lets walk through the steps for searching and downloading the images using LiteFlickr, a free Flickr search tool.

    1. Open LiteFlickr and click the advance button next to the search bar.
    2. Type in the search term and tick the license type under which you desire to search the photos.
    3. From the search results select the image you want, click ‘more info’ and click the image on the newly opened window to go directly to the owners page on Flickr where the image is hosted.
    4. On the Top left of the image click actions and choose view all sizes.
    5. Choose the size of the image you want and click ‘download’ right above it.

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    13 Advance Alternatives to Google Image Search Engine

    Sometimes, for finding the desired images we need to rely on a different source. We need the search features that Google, Yahoo or Bing does not have. At least Yet.

    Here are a couple of search engines that have a unique way of searching for images:

    Pixolu - Pixolu helps you find images by their similarity to each other. Enter some keywords and Pixolu will search the image index of flickr and yahoo. Initially 200 images will be displayed. Select a few images that are similar to your desired results and Drag them to the upper right corner of the interface. Pixolu will refine the results and retrieve images similar to your selection.


    Forisearch – Use your native language to search images from foreign language websites. Forisearch uses the image index of Google, Yahoo and Bing for its search results. It also uses YouTube for foreign language video results.


    Ginipic - Ginipic takes image search to a whole new level. Now you can search image search engines, photo sharing websites or your own local picture collections simultaneously right from you desktop.


    Everystockphoto - A search engine for free photos that come from many sources and are license-specific. View a photo's license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of photos. Membership is free and allows users to rate, tag, collect and comment on the photos.


    Imagery - Imagery, probably has one of the best search interface. Enter a search term and it will open up the results in a new tab with 60 images loaded at a time. The tabbed interface lets you easily switch between your previous and new search results. Simply Click an image to load it in full size at the bottom of the page. You can change the preferences to select image format, Sort images by size, color and also choose the Safe Search option.

    Imagery - A stock photo search portal for the creative community. It lets you browse visually through millions of stock images, vector illustrations and flash files from the leading providers all in one place. Get more relevant search results, faster than at other sites. Give it a try.

    FreeFoto – FreeFoto has the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet. There are over 130000 images with 181 sections organized into 3623 categories. Use these images for online and offline use under the usage guidelines.


    Nachofoto: Find the most recent and relevant images with nachofoto. It is a Semantic Time-based Vertical Image Search Engine that delivers Fresh and Relevant image results for High Volume and Trending queries.


    Incogna - Incogna process the shape in every image and uses this to build a large scale searchable visual index. Incogna's image search technology lets you explore visual data in a whole new way.


    Facesaerch - Is an image search engine for faces. It uses the Google API for results.


    Multicolr Search Lab - Select up to 10 colors and it will show the most interesting images containing those colors. Multicolr Search Lab extracted the colors from 10 million of the most interesting Creative Commons images on Flickr.


    Visual Search Lab – Combine tags with visual search for never-before-seen combination of images from a database of nearly 3 million stock photos from Alamy.

    Visual Search

    PicFog - Using twitter and the connecting image upload services, PicFog shows pictures from twitter as they're posted, in real time.



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    Should I Post This Image On My Website?

    thinkingThis flowchart will help you decide whether or not you can use a specific image on a blog or website. The flowchart also suggests ways to find the original source of the image and to properly give credit to the photographer.


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    This flowchart is a collective effort of Pia Bijkerk, Erin Loechner and Yvette van Boven

    via swissmiss

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    How To Use An ISO Image File

    ISO-imageMany times when you download a game or a software you will get it as an ISO image, which is just an image of the actual CD drive. If you’ve just downloaded an ISO image, here is how you can use it.

    There are two methods to run an ISO Image.
    1. Write it on a CD or DVD.
    2. Mount ISO files as a virtual CD/DVD drive.
    Method 1:Write ISO files on a CD or DVD

    In windows XP / Vista:
    1. Download and install Infra Recorder.
    2. Insert a blank DVD / CD (Depending upon the size of the file).
    3. Open Infra Recorder and click: 'Write Image'.

    4. Select the ISO/image file you want to use, then click 'Open'.
    5. In the dialog box, click 'OK'.
    In Windows 7:
    1. Insert a blank DVD / CD (Depending upon the size of the file).
    2. Right-click on the ISO file and choose 'Burn disc image'.
    Method 2: Mount ISO files as a virtual CD/DVD drive

    In windows XP / Vista / 7:
    1. Download and install Daemon Tools Lite.
    2. Run the setup and select ‘free version’.
    3. From the Choose component window uncheck all options except ‘Start Menu Shortcut’.
    4. Uncheck ‘Send Anonymous Usage Statistics’ and click finish.
    5. Now click the Add file icon add-fileand select the file to ISO file to mount.
    6. Click Mount mount-file or Double-Click the file to Mount.

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    How To Find A Lost Email Address

    If you once had an email address of a person and are unable to find it or still have one, but doubt that he/she might be using a different one now, here are a couple of places you can search to get the email address you desperately need.

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    How To Save Important Emails From Gmail And Access It Offline

    GmailThe latest browsers: Chrome 12, Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9 no longer support Google gears. Gears was required for browsers to enable the offline feature of Gmail, where all the necessary emails could be downloaded for viewing anytime without the internet.

    However, there are alternate free tools to download selective emails for easy offline access. MailStore Home is one such tool. It maintains an archive of all your emails for easy and immediate retrieval.

    Lets walk through the steps to download selective or even archive the complete mail box to view offline using MailStore.

    1. Create a new label in Gmail.New-Label

    a. Select dropdown menu under labels on the left pane and click ‘Create new label’.

    b. Give it a name: ‘Important Emails’ or any other name that you desire. (Choose a name other than “Important”, it’s a reserved system label).

    2. Tick all the important emails you wish to save and click the labels tab on the above or below the email list.

    3. From the Labels dropdown menu select the label you created for important emails and apply. The emails will now be available under the new label.


    4. Go to Settings –> Forwarding and POP/IMAP –> Select ‘Enable POP’. Make sure you choose ‘keep Gmail’s Copy in the Inbox’ for messages accessed with POP if you want to maintain a copy in Gmail as well.


    5. Download and install MailStore Home, a free email archiving utility for private users.


    6. Once installed, go to Archive Email and Select Google Mail. Now enter your Email ID (include and Password.

    7. From the ‘ Archive Google Mail’ window, Untick ‘Also Archive Unread Messages’ and click the browse button next to the folders options. If you wish to download and archive your complete inbox, skip this.


    8. Click Add to include folders/Subfolders and select the newly created label and proceed. MailStore will download the emails specified and will archive it for viewing offline.


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