Feb 22, 2011 GMTPhoto sharing services are a dime a dozen these days, but Min.us stands out from the crowd for two reasons. Firstly, it makes the process of sharing photos ridiculously simple. Secondly, it offers software for the Linux desktop and the Android platform, so you can share photos directly from your machine or mobile device. Sharing photos using Min.us is a one-step procedure. Point your browser to http://min.us and drag the photos you want to share onto the Web page. This automatically creates a new gallery and uploads the selected photos to it. That's all there is to it. Minus generates short URLs for each photo and...
Feb 14, 2011 GMTDespite its name, the OpenOffice Document Reader (OODR) app for Android can handle not only OpenOffice.org Writer documents, but also LibreOffice and ODF files. OODR is not exactly overloaded with features, but it does support some basic text formatting and images, and it lets you copy text. When installed, OODR acts as a helper tool for several popular apps, including Dropbox, File Expert, and ASTRO File Manager. This means that you can view ODF documents from within these apps using OODR. You can also use OODR to open ODF attachments in the Gmail app. Although OODR is decidedly a bare-bones app, it can come in...
Feb 11, 2011 GMTThanks to tools like Unetbootin and Ubuntu's Startup Disk Creator, creating a bootable USB stick with your favorite Linux distro has never been easier. But both of these utilities have one tiny shortcoming: they allow you to install only one distro on a USB stick. Enter MultiSystem, a nifty tool that can squeeze several distros on to a single USB stick. Not only that, MultiSystem lets you add a persistent storage for each distro, and the tool automatically generates a boot menu with a few handy options. An older version of MultiSystem is available in the Ubuntu software repository, but if you want to install the very...
Jan 28, 2011 GMTAlthough Gnome comes with a dictionary application, it's not the most polished tool out there. Its major shortcoming is the lack of text formatting, which makes dictionary articles more difficult to read. Enter the Purple dictionary application. Developed as a part of the Elementary project, this lightweight and slick dictionary tool is perfect for quickly looking up words from the convenience of your desktop. While Purple is decidedly a bare-bones application, it presents articles as nicely formatted text. In addition to that, the left sidebar provides quick access to previous articles and the Bookmark feature lets...
Jan 25, 2011 GMTGood news for those who have been waiting for a stable release of the LibreOffice fork of OpenOffice.org. The wait is over: The Document Foundation has announced the availability of LibreOffice 3.3. Although at first sight LibreOffice 3.3 looks pretty much like the previous versions, the new release sports a handful of new features and under-the-hood improvements. The most notable additions include new Microsoft Works and Lotus Word Pro document import filters, support for SVG graphics, an improved Navigator tool in Writer, and a slew of tweaks in the Calc spreadsheet application. A list of all tweaks and...
Jan 21, 2011 GMTThe Send To Kindle extension for Google Chrome and Chromium offers a straightforward way to transfer Web content to the Kindle reader without leaving the convenience of the Google Chrome browser (it works with Chromium, too). Once installed, the extension allows you to send the currently viewed Web page as nicely formatted text to your @kindle.com address, which automatically pushes the content to your Kindle reader. The extension also lets you send pages to your @free.kindle.com address, so you don't have to pay wireless delivery charges. In this case, the converted .azw file will be sent to the email address associated with your Amazon account, and you have to manually transfer the file...
Jan 19, 2011 GMTphpMyAdmin is probably the most popular Web-based tool for managing MySQL databases, but it is definitely not the only fish in the sea. In fact, if phpMyAdmin's interface is not your cup of tea and the tool itself is overkill for your needs, then you'd be better off using something like SQL Buddy. This lightweight tool sports a slick user-friendly interface that puts all essential management features at your fingertips. Better yet, SQL Buddy is ridiculously easy to install. Grab the latest version of the application, unzip the downloaded archive, move it to your server, and SQL Buddy is ready to go. As any database...
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