Google Map Maker

Google Map Maker

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Share your knowledge and edit the map with Google Map Maker. You can fill in missing details or make adjustments to the existing map and once approved, see your changes appear in a matter of minutes, along with millions of users of Google Maps.

Call anywhere around the world easily and low cost!

Free domestic calls within the US & Canada !!!
Also low rates for other countries with this small plugin – right from within Gmail through ....

Google Voice

      Key Features:

Free to the USCall phones in the US and Canada for free.

Cheap international calls
Call around the world for pennies per minute

Video chat, tooInstall the plugin and get video chat for free


Check your country rates right now!


More Features:

- Call forwarding
- Making and receiving calls- Mobile and text messages- Calling credit, cost, and billing
- Recording calls

Other Google Voice features:

- Voicemail, Contacts, Groups- Port, change, or transfer your number

There is a Google Voice chrome browser plug in that is handy and easy to pick and check the calls.


You may get it at this location (Click me)
It gets embedded and seen on your Chrome browser as follows:


Find the version of the flash player on your computer

From the below page you can determine the following:

1) Check if Flash Player is installed on your computer

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Do you purchase other ideas from the guru's or some software that failed miserably?
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iOS 6 Tips and Hidden Features

iOS 6 has been out for more than an hour now. (Don’t get left behind.) Apple showcased many of the big-ticket features at its WWDC keynote back in June and, later, at the iPhone 5 unveiling. But there’s far more to iOS 6 than things like Passbook and Maps.
There are dozens of tweaks and additions that substantially enhance Apple’s mobile OS -- some obvious, and some hidden. Either way, we’ve saved you the trouble of searching for them.
Here are iOS 6’s 13 best new features. Got any suggestions we didn’t mention? Share them in the comments.

Have the Whole World in Your Hands

Apple’s completely redesigned Maps app replaces Google Maps in iOS 6. The new app has nifty features like turn-by-turn directions, Fly Over and, because it uses vector-based images, 3-D image renderings of many destinations. One of the less helpful (but fun!) features is the ability to zoom out in Satellite mode to see the Earth as a glowing blue ball in space.
Simply pinch to zoom out, like you normally, and keep doing it until the map becomes a globe. You can even spin the world around. The view doesn’t show time zones, or where it’s day or night, or any other useful information, but now you’ve got a globe in the palm of your hand.


Google Maps Search Tips for Restaurants

Want to see how to use Google Maps to find restaurants, hotels, and other points of interest?? 

Here it is.. read on...

The following search tips will show you how to narrow your search and find exactly what you are looking for.

Basic search

The Google Maps search query is made up of two parts. The first part is the category of the point of interest or the business name you are searching for. The second part is the geographic location you want to search in. You separate these two parts by either one of two keywords, 'in' or 'near', both keywords work with the same effect. Some search examples:

restaurants near 350 Fifth Ave, New York, NY
hotels in London, UK
Dennys near Chicago, IL

note that Google's searches are case insensitive. You can tell Google what kind of restaurant to search for. Instead of typing "italian restaurant' or 'mexican restaurant' you can simply use:

italian near 1 Market St, San Francisco, CA
mexican near Dallas, TX

Besides restaurants and hotels, you can search for almost any business category from the yellow pages like bowling, parks, entertainment, shopping, movie theaters etc.

Most of the time you will probably search near an address or city, but you can also search near an airport code, zip code, a landmark, or even a latitude/longitude coordinate from your GPS, for example:

pizza near ORL
golf near 28210
lodging in Grand Canyon
steak near 39.767, -86.156

Advanced search

Google has provided some advanced search options to enhance your Google Maps search. The vertical bar symbol '|' allows you to group two or more categories together in a single search. For instance:

chinese|seafood in Atlanta, GA

means look for both chinese restaurants and seafood restaurants in Atlanta.

Use the minus sign '-' to exclude a category or particular business from the search results. For example:

restaurants -pizza in Boston, MA

means look for all restaurants in Boston except pizza restaurants.

hamburger|sandwich|cafe - Sambos in Seattle, WA

means search for hamburger restaurants, sandwich shops, and cafes in Seattle, but exclude Sambos restaurants.


Lotus Notes 8.x Tips - How to set a default font in Notes 8.5.2

Here's a fun new feature in Notes 8.5.2
You can set a default font to use for all emails you send.

Just follow these steps:

1. While writing an email, select text and change the font, size, style, and/or color to what you want for your default.
To do this, you can use the text toolbar above the email.

2. With that stylish text selected , click Text > Set Current Font as Mail Default.

The next time you write an email, the default font will be used.
If you want to change your default font, follow the same steps.

Have fun!

List only business days when auto filling in excel

Suppose you want to create a scorecard for work and you  need to auto fill dates but don't need weekends.

Is it possible to click and drag the auto fill and accomplish this?

Well the answre is yes!! 

In Excel 2007:

1.Enter the first date in a cell

2.Select the range of cells in the column or row you want to fill including the cell with the first date

3.Select Home --> In Editing choose Fill --> Series...

4.Choose Type = Date then Date Unit = Weekday

5.Select OK.

How to Get Free Traffic To Your Blog

1. There are many ways to get your blog noticed with a few easy steps. The idea with each of the methods I have provided is to get your blog indexed in the right places, where it will be found.

2. The first place to list your blog is with google blog search. This is done with one simple step, just go to & submit your url.

3. The second best place to list your blog is at With Technorati you can list and manage multiple blogs.

4. Another great option is This site allows you to send pings as often as needed to 20 different indexes with one submission.

5. These three options are a great place to start and should help to build free traffic to your blog. Also, submit your blog url to as many other free blog directories as time allows.

Submit your link to Search engines by following the following links




Submit your link to other search engines

Top Places to Add Your URL 
01 Web Directory


Americas Best


Best of The Web

Big All

CannyLink Guide


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Free Website Directory


Information Outpost

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Link Centre

Librarians’ Internet Index

Pedsters Planet


Relmax Top

Scrub the Web

Splat Search


Starting Point

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This is Our Year

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Webbie World

What U Seek

World Site Index

Yahoo Directory



How to Play Blu-ray Media on PC

Blu-ray is getting more and more popular for its large storage and excellent quality. Do you want to play Blu-ray on PC like on Blu-ray DVD player? Unfortunately, for Sony's licensing on Blu-ray, it is pretty difficult to play Blu-rays on laptop actually, Windows is the only operating system that can play them natively, but there are a few workarounds.Whether you are using Window XP or Windows 7, you will find that ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater is the best Blu-ray player offering best cinema-like experiences.

Here I list hardware and software needed for playing Blu-ray on Windows PC, hoping to help those that want to play Blu-ray Disc from PC.

What you need for Blu-ray playback on Windows (including Windows 7)



The most convenient way to play Blu-ray on Windows is to use a program like ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater 5. It is such reliable Windows Blu-ray player that let you experience brilliant video quality. It supports playback of all three Blu-ray Disc video formats: MPEG-2, AVC, and VC1 as well as other high-definition content including WMV HD, QuickTime HD, DivX HD, and H.264 HD. In addition, the software is now optimized with Intel's Core Processor Family so users can enjoy smooth and sharp Blu-ray playback with uncompressed HD sound effects. It also allows you to play DVD and AVCHD video and a large number of other multimedia files, including WMV, MPEG, MP4, MTS, MKV, FLV, AVI etc. Especially, it supports Windows 7 robustly. And you will also achieve fantastic playback effect and find TotalMedia Theater the best Blu-ray player for Windows 7.


Of course, the most important hardware you should have for Blu-ray DVDs playback is a Blu-ray drive. In addition to needing a beefy processor and plenty of memory, you also need a graphics card with very specific characteristics and monitor with HDCP support.

Try TotalMedia Theatre 5 now

How to play Blu-ray on Windows

Step 1:

Open Blu-ray disc

After you confirm your hardware matches the requirements above, simple install and launch ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater 5. Insert your Blu-ray disc, and this program will play automatically

Step 2

Use smart menu

This Windows Blu-ray player offer the capability of displaying details about the currently playing DVD without interrupting playback. Click icon on the bottom of control panel. Display movie information including movie name, genre and director with Option "Movie Info"; display the subtitles with Option "Subtitle"; display thumbnails of the movie chapters with Option "Chapters".

Step 3

Use right-click menu

Besides the button on the main interface, you also can control your playback. Right-click to launch many useful functions: select a specific title or chapter, or display the available audio options and other helpful options.

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Xoom - GET $25 FREE !!!!!

Friends, the best and cheapest way to transfer money to India is through xoom!! It is giving the best conversion rates and with minimum fees (that is usually a drawback in other exchangers). In addition you would get a $25 for free when you register!!
  Visit the website & register!!   


Fix Windows 7 CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs Playing and Burning Issues Automatically

Microsoft is offering a helping hand to customers who are experiencing issues with writing and reading media on their Windows PCs.

The Redmond company has provided an automated fix designed to resolve issues related to playing and burning, CDs, DVDs as well as Blue-ray discs.

The automated Fix It solution can be downloaded via the Microsoft Support page with the following title: “Your CD or DVD drive can't read or write media,” and is available completely free of charge to customers.

“Automatically diagnose and repair problems with your CD or DVD drive when trying to read or burn media,” reads the description of the fix from the software giant.

Visit the following website to download the fix!!!

What it fixes...

  • Your CD or DVD Drive does not read or write and is shown as disabled
  • The media in your CD or DVD drive cannot be read
  • The media cannot be written to by your CD or DVD drive
  • You receive one of the following errors:
    • A class specific or device specific driver is missing or corrupt
    • A CD or DVD drive cannot be found or is not connected
    • The CD or DVD drive is experiencing a problem that prevents it from working properly
    • The CD or DVD drive is not accessible via an assigned drive letter

Excel Formulae: Letters In Sequence : A, B, C.....

I would like to create a column with letters from alphabet in a sequence.
If I write A and in cell below I put B then highlight the two cells and drag down I get a repetition of A and B.

How do I get the following alphabet letters ie. C,D, E etc.?

If you type the first letter into first cell (say A1), then below:

copy down ...
note once you get beyond Z you will get odd results, do you plan to go beyond Z and if so what should succeed Z ... if it is AA you can revert to an ADDRESS approach.
For example:
Say first letter was always A and was to start in A1:

copy down as far as required --
27th entry would become AA, 28th AB etc...


Multitrack Stopwatch

With MultiTrack Stopwatch, you can measure up to 10 times and distances at the same time. MultiTrack Stopwatch is a classical stopwatch, but it has 10 counters which measure time separately, or they can act as holders of different laps. The results of the measurements can be saved in a file or to the clipboard. All timers can be stopped, started and reset at the same moment or independently from one another.

The difference from the classical stopwatch is that this program also allows some calculations to be made. For example it can calculate the distance using the formula time*speed=distance. Although the interface of MultiTrack Stopwatch 2.3 looks very simple, with only the most basic features, it offers amazing functionality. Timers can be started and stopped instantly by using the space-bar button. Every timer has an alarm. Each of the timers can be set easily to count up or count down.

The program can monitor many applications, so it can be used for measuring your typing speed and the uploading time of an e-mail with a bulky attachment. A significant advantage is that this tool is totally free!! 

Also it's capable of measuring not only the time but the distance as well.


10 hidden features in Windows 8 - short and crisp!

1. Windows Store

Microsoft enters the lucrative app market, no surprise here. While "Windows Store" (which is the company's name for the online app shop) obviously doesn't work in this early build, the related DLLs and XML resources are already in place and ready to be examined by a variety of tools, such as PE Explorer or Resource Hacker. 

All the basic features of any app store are also present in Windows Store -- such as the ability to browse through categories, make in-app purchases, rate apps, download trials and so forth. New, however, is the ability to "stream" apps to your PC, which could lead to a couple of scenarios: 1) an app could be launched instantly after the purchase -- no need to wait until it is fully downloaded; 2) apps could be hosted in the cloud so that users stream only the part of the app they need at any given moment. That would be convenient for someone who'd like a larger product, say an Office suite, on a tablet with limited disk space, or who'd like to access the app from another machine.

Windows 8 collects all apps in its own "Application Explorer" and categorizes each app as either an "Immersive" or a traditional "Desktop" application (see below for more on that):

2. Two-class society

Windows 8 will come in two separate interfaces flavors -- one traditional UI that resembles Windows 7's Aero and one touch-friendly UI specifically tailored to tablets dubbed "Immersive UI". The latter isn't fully implemented (or is too well hidden) in the early Milestone build, yet some specific tablet applications have already been unlocked:

Internet Explorer Immersive: A touch-centric version of Microsoft's IE browser that includes just an address bar (which auto-hides), a browser history and a tabbed view.

Modern Reader: Microsoft's own implementation of a (basic) PDF viewer that has only bare navigation and bookmarking support. (Still, Adobe likely won't be too happy about this.)

System Settings: A touch-optimized "Control Panel" that caters to mobile needs, such as connectivity, time zone settings or device management.

These few tablet apps are literally the tip of the iceberg -- the entire UI has yet to be revealed. While digging through Windows 8's various files, I found hints suggesting that users will be able to switch between the traditional Windows 8 UI and the tablet UI, through what's codenamed the "UIPicker". Also, we've found traces of a "Dock" that is supposed to hold built-in Windows features (such as a search box) and 3rd party apps.

3. Boot in under 20 seconds?

Windows 8 sports a new Hybrid Boot mode which drastically reduces (cold) boot time and will most likely be the default boot option going forward. In essence, it's a combination of "Log Off" and "Hibernate" -- the moment users click on the shutdown button, Windows closes all running applications, logs off and then goes into hibernation mode. Instead of booting up regularly, which usually involves loading hundreds of files and initializing services, drivers and so forth, Windows 8 simply loads the single hibernation file into memory and presents you with the log on screen. I've bench-marked the results on two machines and came away impressed:
However, Hybrid Boot works only if users actually shut down their machines. If a user restarts his or her machine, it boots up cold.
4. Automatic Maintenance

Microsoft puts a heavy emphasis on optimizing and increasing overall stability of Windows 8: A new "Automatic Maintenance" regularly checks for solutions to problems (via Windows Error Report), runs the .NET Optimization Service and defrags all hard disks automatically -- all of this happens while the PC is on idle, of course.

5. Disk Defragmenter
Speaking of defragmentation, the new Disk Defragmenter is finally capable of handling SSD drives and allows users to perform the TRIM command much easier than in Windows 7. 

In addition, I've found a new Windows service called "Spot Verifier". According to its descriptions and its related DLL files, it checks for bad sectors in real-time and marks them as "bad" in order to avoid data loss or damage. I've also dug up traces of some underlying file system changes that I couldn't quite make sense of, such as an entirely new file system driver called "NT Protogon FS driver", which looks like a kernel mode driver for some sort of (yet unknown) file system called Protogon. It's unclear, whether this is a major new file system or just some minor subsystem.
6. Performance boost

In the performance department, Microsoft has also made some serious improvements: After four weeks of productive use (and even putting it under the load of dozens of applications), Windows 8 somehow manages to perform snappier than an identically configured Windows 7 installation. The log on/off process, launching applications, doing heavy multitasking and performing day-to-day tasks is just a tad quicker -- Microsoft managed to reduce any delay there was and improve responsiveness.

7. Usability goal: Click reduction

Neither the traditional nor the classic Windows UI are anywhere near finished. Yet, Microsoft's usability department is busy simplifying the user interface and reducing overall complexity.

For example, once you connect to a public Wi-Fi, Windows 8 offers a new dialog to enter the user name and password to get online access:


Windows 7 users would need to connect to the Wi-Fi, open up a browser and then wait for the online provider's landing page to pop up.
8. Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer is the next tool that received (quite) a UI overhaul and a perfect example of where Microsoft reduces the steps necessary to perform tasks: Like it or not, Windows 8 is likely to come with a ribbonized version of Windows Explorer, as first revealed by Windows experts Paul Thurott and Rafael Rivera. While actually working with this explorer for a couple of weeks we have to admit that, despite its hideous look, it's absolutely wonderful to work with. Day-to-day file tasks are simpler and the ribbon adapts to the file contents (for example, "Music Tools" below). 


9. ISO mounting

Additionally, Windows 8 sports its own ISO mounting tool, thus eliminating the need to go and download 3rd party tools, which are often riddled with annoying toolbars and ads.

10: Windows Time Machine

Last but not least, Microsoft finally managed to give its "Restore Previous Versions" (Volume Shadow Copy) feature a usable and intuitive interface: History Vault lets you go back in time and restore earlier versions of a folder – just in case you accidentally made some unwanted changes or deleted some of its contents, which is pretty similar to Apples Time Machine in Mac OS X.


This is the kind of stuff they'll make all the usability fanatics go wild: Technology that has been there before, but which is (for the first time ever) actually easy to use and accessible to beginners.
More to come?

Windows 8 won't be available next year, but even this early build looks promising and we believe there is still tons of hidden stuff to be discovered. We'll keep you posted on our findings.


How do I tell if my computer can run a 64-bit version of Windows?

To run a 64-bit version of Windows, your computer must have a 64-bit-capable processor. To find out if your processor is 64-bit-capable in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, do the following:

    Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button
of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type Performance Information and Tools, and then, in the list of results, click Performance Information and Tools.

Do one of the following:

        In Windows 7, click View and print detailed performance and system information.

        In Windows Vista, click View and print details.

    In the System section, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running under System type, and whether or not you can run a 64-bit version of Windows under 64-bit capable. (If your computer is already running a 64-bit version of Windows, you won't see the 64-bit capable listing.)

To see whether a computer running Windows XP is capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows, do the following:

    Click Start.

    Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

        If "x64 Edition" is listed under System, your processor is capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows.

        If you don't see "x64 Edition" listed, your processor still might be capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows. To find out for sure, download and run the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor webpage.


Difference between GPS and GPRS

--> GPS

GPS is simply a way to find a specific location on the planet. At each point of the planet, at least three satellites should be in a straight line to the receiver for an accurate reading. That might not always be true, as in certain locations mountains and crevices might prevent a GPS device from having a direct line of sight to three satellites.

You might have also heard of the Galileo system, a new network of 30 satellites that the European Union plans to put into space beginning this year. The deployment of the Galileo system is expected to go on until the year 2008, when the system will be ready to perform its first commercial applications.

Current estimates put the cost of activating the Galileo system at 2.1 billion Euros. It is also estimated to run up a 220 million Euro bill a year just to maintain the network.

Either way, the basic operational concept of both systems is triangulation, which uses a GPS receiver to measure distance by bouncing radio signals off the satellites. Another interesting fact that few people know about is that the military has the most precise version of GPS, whereas the commercial versions have something intentionally left out so that the level of accuracy is not as good as the one used in a military application.

Likewise, certain applications for GPS require a monthly fee, and those applications are much more expensive than regular applications. Again, this is much more accurate than the regular version of GPS.




GPRS may have one more alphabet, but it is an entirely different matter altogether. GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Services

This is a way of sending data through radio waves that are currently being used to transmit voice

The data in digital form is sent out in packets, or in mini-bursts that are decoded by the receiving unit, which can be one of those modern handsets that are GPRS-enabled


GPRS is an additional feature that is offered over a mobile telephone network. One of the key advantages of GPRS is speed, with estimations placing theoretical speeds at around 171 kbps if all eight timeslots are used. This would be close to 10 times the speeds available on Circuit Switched Data (CSD) networks. When you take this into account, it is easy to see why GPRS is viewed as being cheaper than competing SMS and CSD technologies.

GPRS also has the advantage of being ‘always-on’. There is no need for a dial-up modem, and your GPRS device is always on but you are charged only if you send or receive data across the network Of course, when we say always on, it also depends on the user being within range of a base station.

A couple of the current GPRS applications which are widely used are web browsing and chatting over the mobile network. Push-to-talk technology is starting to make its presence felt, and files are being transferred in ever-increasing volume over GPRS networks.

A possible area of growth for GPRS applications would be in the area of remote control, where you are able to access and control your house and the appliances within that house. You could activate and deactivate the alarm protecting your house, switch on and off electrical lights at random, and maybe even start the air-conditioning running before you even get home. 

More on GPRS

To summarise, GPRS is a data service that transports its data in the form of packets. This means that the information transfer is achieved by breaking down data into packets before sending it, and then reassembling said data after it has been transmitted and received. This is very similar to how the Internet operates, where data is also broken down into bits and sent to desktop browsers.

Using packets to transfer data also means that the available bandwidth for GPRS use can be shared between several users, which is a much more efficient method than allocating one channel for each user.

GPRS is good for the mobile Internet because most Internet pages can port directly over to a GPRS browser. This means that you can access most Internet websites on a complaint handheld device. With the power of the Internet at your fingertips, you should be able to access nearly any sort of information that you take a fancy to in just a matter of minutes, if not seconds.

The best part of this is that GPRS is not merely limited to GSM networks. The Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) networks that are common to both North and South America will also support the use of GPRS. 


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