Facebook has finally noticed that aside from the Fan pages, it still has another facility for Facebook members to work together, collaborate and communicate – the Facebook Groups. For quite sometime now, Facebook groups has been neglected in the sideline as Facebook put more emphasis into promoting Facebook pages. Well, this is understable since it is the mostly used facility for companies to get their brands on Facebook. But now Facebook is finally improving the Groups functionality.
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The idea of a mobile internet has long been the fantasy of many a geek. With recent advances in technology over the last few years, this fantasy has now become not just a reality, it is fast becoming the norm.
If there are two pieces of tech that has really pushed the concept of surfing the internet ANYWHERE to practically a way of life it will have to be the netbook and mobile broadband.
First, the netbook has made mobile computing truly mobile. These small computers, practically, pocketbook sized laptops are so handy, light and portable you can put a netbook in a small bag. The other important piece in the equation is mobile broadband. WiFi may have untethered us from clumsy Ethernet cables, but it is mobile broadband that has truly freed us and now allows us to roam anywhere while still plugged in to the internet.
The best thing about these technologies is the cost. With netbooks, laptops and mobile broadband falling prices, anyone can have them without any hassle. Now, companies are offering free laptops with mobile broadband to advertise their product or service. Offering free laptops.
Here are some of the more useful Mac OS X dashboard widgets for converting and calculating various things. Hopefully you’ll find at least two or three that are useful.
Click on any of the titles to visit the download page on Apple’s web site.
When you need a bit more than a basic calculator but not a full-blown scientific calculator, this is for you.
A bit specialist, perhaps, but if you’re an audio engineer it could well save your bacon in the recording studio.
3. Binary Watch
Get a puzzling yet cool binary watch on your Mac’s dashboard.
Calculate your Body Mass Index with this handy widget.
Get nostalgic with this simple Mac calculator.
Find out how many days it is until… well… anything you like.
7. Hex Color
Quickly calculate the hex color code. Very useful for web designers.
8. MD5 Hash
Get the MD5 hash for any string of text you input.
Create morse code from a string of text.
10. Password Maker
Create more secure but potentially memorable passwords based upon a word or phrase you enter.
Easily calculate percentages without the brain ache.
Find out sunrise and sunset times for any city.
13. URL Minimizer
An absolute must for avid Twitter users: shorten that long URL so you can share it with others.
14. Word Counter
Simply count the number of words in a chunk of text.
Unscrambles anagrams – great for Scrabble (not that you’d cheat, of course).
You know there’s always some moment when you need to know official (i.e. Unix) time.
If you have your own favourite calculator/conversion widgets, share in the comments below.
Now is the best time to be living in the U.S., really. Well, at least if you are a gadget freak and likes to waste money on any electronic products that catches your fancies online. Amazon just announced a new same-day-delivery of items called Local Delivery Option.
Hi there! Firstly, let me introduce myself. I’m Andy and I’ve been near-addicted to the Internet for 15 years. I met my wife online and I spend a lot of time at both work and play on the net.
You really don’t want to see me when my broadband connection goes down!
Anyway, while I get into the swing of things here at DailyBits, I thought I’d throw out a question to get you all commenting (so I don’t feel like I’m talking to myself.)
What’s your biggest Internet time waster?
What is it that saps time that you could have better spent being productive on or offline?
Is it one of those pesky Facebook apps? Is it Twitter? WoW? Flash games?
I’ll start. My two current time sinks are Bejeweled Blitz and Scrabble, both on Facebook.
Scrabble is easy — I’ve loved the board game since I was a kid, and now I can play against anyone even when there’s no-one locally who wants a game.
Bejeweled Blitz — well I guess the download figures for the Bejeweled empire speak for themselves when it comes to its popularity, but add the ability to play “just one more one minute game” against your Facebook friends and it has the ability to be extremely addictive.
Honestly, I’m trying to kick the habit.
(PS If anyone has found any decent tactics for playing Bejeweled Blitz as well on a trackpad as when using a mouse, do let me know.)
What keeps you online? Share in the comments below.