Month: February 2009

Free Trend Trackers

Part of attracting visitors to your website is knowing what topics are hot and what people are seeking. Whether you’re studying trends to find potential topics for content to target social media, or whether you’re wondering how you should optimize your pages for search engines, trend-tracking tools can be incredibly helpful.

The resources listed in this article are all free, and they go about tracking trends in a variety of different ways. Try to find a few that you think will be able to help in your own work with your website or blog.

Google Trends

Google trends provides data on search phrases that are hot.

MSN A-List

MSN A-List provides information on popular topics, people searches, and rumors.


AOL Hot Searches

AOL Hot Searches is similar to MSN A-List with a variety of information on hot topics.

Lycos 50

The Lycos 50 lists the top 50 search phrases of 2008 on Lycos.


Most Popular Searches from Search.com

Search.com popular search list provides a quick way to see what is popular at the moment.

eBay Pulse

The eBay Pulse shows what items are selling right now, and which items are being watched the most.

Tops Searches on Ask.com

Ask.com also has it’s own list of top searches.


Amazon’s Best Sellers

Amazon’s Best Sellers list includes various categories and can provide a glimpse that may be helpful, especially for affiliate marketers.
Amazon’s Movers and Shakers

Amazon’s Movers and Shakers may not be the top sellers, but they’re the products that are gaining the most in terms of ranking.


Amazon’s Hot New Releases

You can follow Amazon’s Hot New Releases list to stay on top of the latest products that are of broad interest.
Top Searches at Shopzilla

Shopzilla provides some useful information that shows what shoppers are searching for.


Alexa Movers and Shakers

Alexa’s traffic rankings are far from perfect, but the Movers and Shakers list may help you to identify some current trends.

URLTrends

URLTrends will provide a trends report based on a particular URL.


POPURLS

At Popurls you can quickly see what is doing well at a large number of social media sites.

Techmeme

Techmeme is a constantly updated site that publishes links to tech news.


Technorati Popular

Technorati’s Popular page will show you some current trends of the blog world.

Ice Rocket Trend Tool

Ice Tocket’s Trend Tool will letter you enter a word or phrase (or multiple phrases) to see how often it has been mentioned on a timeline.


Wall Street Journal’s Most Popular

For finance-related content, Wall Street Journal will show you what’s popular.

New York Times Most Popular

The New York Times also provides a look at popular searches on its site.


Keyword Forecast – Microsoft AdCenter

Keyword Forecaster from Microsoft AdCenter forecasts the impression count and predicts demographic distributions of keywords.

Google Zeitgeist

Google’s Zeitgeist is the collective effort of other Google trend tools mentioned in this post.

Google Trends for Websites

Enter a URL and Google Trends for Websites will show you where it’s visitors are (geographically), other sites that they visit, and other searches that they perform.


Google Insights for Search

With Google Insights for Search, you can compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, and time frames.

SEOmoz Popular Searches

Updated once daily, SEOmoz’s Popular Searches is an aggregation of popular search queries gathered from various sources across the web.

Hitwise Widgets

Download a Hitwise widget to bring the latest online trends to your desktop.


Techmeme Leaderboard

The Leaderboard at Techmeme shows which sites are mentioned most frequently on Techmeme.

RSSmeme

RSSmeme shows popular blog posts that have been shared.


Friendfeed Top Links

See which pages are being linked to the most by Friendfeed users.

Trendpedia

Trendpedia lists popular search phrases and also lets you compare trends of multiple phrases.


Yahoo! Buzz

Yahoo! Buzz is a social media sites, but it’s better than Digg or the other major sites for seeing what news is truly popular at the moment, although not all industries and niches are represented.

Truemors

Truemors allows you to follow news and rumors.


Alltop

Alltop links to popular sources of content in a wide range of topics.

Twist

Twist allows you to see what is being mentioned on Twitter.


What Are Your Favorite Resources?

Which of these sites do you use? I’m sure there are others that could have been included on this list, so feel free to mention them in the comments.


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Google Book Downloader

Google Book Search already provides downloads for the books that are in public domain. Books that are not in public domain are only available as a limited preview in Google Book Search. You can download the individual pages as images though but its tedious job to do.

Alternatively you could use BookDownloader”>Google Book Downloader tool for windows that automates the process of downloading the book pages and arrange them as a PDF.The app downloads all the available pages of the book as images and merges them as PDF file. It can only download pages that are available in Google Book Search, so it won’t be useful for downloading entire book from Google Book Search.

Google Book Downloader is a freeware available for windows, requires .Net 3.5 framework.

Free SMS Orkut scraps

Orkut has a feature for sending new scrap notifications by SMS. But Orkut SMS is a payed service and its charged as per the tariff rate of customer . Now here is free alternate method to receive Orkut scraps by SMS for free.
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This is based on Google SMS channel which could be used to receive about 50 free SMS scrap book notifications per day . For this , first you have to get the feed URL of your Orkut scrap book . Feed URL for you Orkut profile can be fetched using a service Orkut feed .

receive free orkut scraps

Copy your Orkut scrapbook URL(Just click on the scrap book link from home page) and paste it as shown below .Now copy the generated Orkut scrap book feed URL .

Next task is to create an SMS channel for this Orkut scrap feed .

 Go to this page , enter your user name and mobile number . Shortly you will receive a verification code sent to your mobile as SMS . After successful verification ,click on try now button from right side bar.

Google SMS channels

 Give a suitable name and description for your Orkut SMS Channel .

On the bottom portion , click on the radio button for feed . Now add your Orkut scrap feed into the box provided . Save the settings and your done . So next time when your Orkut scrap feed is updated , it will be sent through Google SMS channels to your mobile .This service completely free and without any advertisement.

Speed Up Firefox

Fee months back , I wrote an article on how to speed up Firefox 3 . But that method actually concentrated on few manual optimization methods for tweaking Firefox memory usage and other network settings .But there are few software tools that can reduce the normal Firefox memory usage to near 880KB and network speed to almost double the existing value .

Speed Up Firefox  3 network settings :

speed up Firefox

You can speed up firefox 3 by optimizing Firefox’s hidden network settings . Firetune is a free software that adjusts these settings semi-automatically  .

You can select your computers’ configuration profile and tweaking a tweaking based on that.

Speed up Firefox 3 by reducing memory usage :

Firefox 3 is really a memory hog , if lot of addons are used or when multiple tabs are opened . In my case it went to approximately 100MB as shown below .

 speed up Firefox memory

After using Firefox ultimate optimizer ,memory usage was reduced to an amazing 960KB .

I don’t know how they made it possible . But it is possible anyways :-).

Requirements are .NET framework 2.1 and Microsoft Windows XP (All versions) .

Article:

25 most useful Firefox addons

Firefox is perhaps the best browser available on internet .I have been using Firefox for few years from now and I am totally impressed with its  browsing capabilities and features like profiles ,addons, themes, etc .Firefox has became one of the favorite browser of webmasters and people interested in computers and internet .But what about the normal non tech-savvy internet users ?? Yea! they still prefer Internet explorer . So by this post I aim at bringing your attention to  25 most useful Firefox addonsthat makes you to re-think  while choosing your default desktop browser .


Fasterfox :
Firefox addon Fasterfox can tweak the internal Firefox settings to bring out maximum performance and speed . Though I felt major changes in my broadband connection speeds , dial up speed remained unaltered .

Twitterfox:

Ultimate Firefox addon for Twitter lovers . Twittfox places a small icon near Firefox’ bottom tab that gives instant notifications when your friends update their status .It also has a text field to update your status .So ultimately , you don’t need to login  Twitter  to post and receive tweets .

SearchStatus :

It is essential for a webmaster to check the details of his own/friends/competitor websites for various factors like PageRank , Compete rank , Alexa rank , nofollow , Whois , backlinks etc . This addons accommodates itself into any desired location of Firefox and produce details automatically as we move through each website .

CoolPreviews :

Previews links and images on mouse over ,without leaving any website or blog .

Orkut Toolbar:

Orkut addon toolbar could be used o beautify Orkut scraps , Profiles and community messages  with special characters ,smileys etc . It also helps the users to insert animated flash movies and images on Orkut scraps .

Nodofollow:

Dofollow blog/forum commenting is an essential seo strategy .Nodofollow Firefox addon checks the page for nofollow and dofollow links and applies suitable colors to differentiate them.

Amazing media bower:

Amazing
media browser extracts the direct links to embedded flash , movies ,
music etc. from websites so that we can download them directly .

Colorzilla:

Colozilla is color picker tool . Its quiet useful for choosing colors for advertisement headers or web design . Color picker can be dropped anywhere on a website to get the exact hex values of color code that could be used with CSS designs .

Newsfox :

Newsfox is one of the best Firefox RSS feed aggregation tool . It has three panes . We an add , manage and select feed sources on the left pane . Right pane list all recent posts and bottom pane previews the selected stories .It has an automatic feed refresh feature that let us know when there is an updated feed .

Foxytunes:

Foxytunes Integrates popular media players into Firefox browser so that we can manage and play them right from the browser interface itself .Also the addon helps us to find more details about the media , from various internet portals and services .

English Dictionary :

Very useful addons for Bloggers . Dictionary  automatically checks for misspelled words and provides corrections on right click .

PrintPDF :

Next time you don’t need to save the whole web page as folder in your computer . Use PrintPDF Firefox addon to save your favorite web pages as PDF files .

Firebug :

Firebug is ultimate website information and live  editing tool for web developers and designers . It integrates itself at the bottom portion of Firefox in such a way that, on move , users can monitor XHTML ,CSS , JavaScript and other aspects of a web page .

IEview:

Web designers can use this addon to check how their design works on Internet Explorer , without leaving Firefox .

Tinyurl Creator :

Reduce the length of long  URLs in single click , to be used in blogs , forums, Twitter or for email .

Chatzilla:

IRC(Internet Relay Chat ) client for Firefox .

Zemanta:

Zemanta is yet another useful Firefox addon for Bloggers . It analyzes typed blog content in our text editor and produce related suggestions ,tags ,images, posts by connecting to their servers .

Adblock Plus:

Adblock Plus Blocks annoying images and banner ads from internet . You can customize this addon by adding adding filters or websites to black list or white list .

Screengrab :

Highly useful addon for Bloggers for capturing an entire web page as PNG image files .

.Shareaholic :

Shareaholic enables you to quickly, and very easily share, bookmark, and e-mail web pages via  your favorite web 2.0 social networking & bookmarking sites like Digg, Facebook, Reddit, Mixx, Twitter ,StumbleUpon, and  many others. This is must have addon for every Blogger who likes sharing and socializing .

Gmail manager:

Helps to manage multiple Gmail inboxes from Firefox interface .Also gives detailed information on number and details of mails on Draft , spam and inbox  folders.

Webmail notifier:

Firefox Addon that Notifies when their is a new mail in your Gmail ,Yahoo , Live and other supported email clients .

DownThemAll:

Reliable download manger that integrates with Firefox to speed up downloads to a maximum of 400% than normal value .

Foxtorrent:

Search and download torrent files from Firefox interface itself .

And finally what you would if you want to backup your addons and themes
for future use . Here is another Firefox addon that can combine all
firefox addons to a single xpi file .

Presently I use more than 20 Firefox addons and here I
have provided a random list of my favorites . So if you have other
recommendations to this list , you can contribute here .

Article:

sky fire mobile browser

Skyfire Mobile Browser v. 0.85 Product Name:
Skyfire Mobile Browser
Platforms: Symbian, Pocket PC
GetJar Rank: 152
Product Type: Freeware report not freeware | confirm freeware
Date Added: 2008 Dec 21
Date Updated: 2009 Jan 7
User Rating: 8.00 (3 votes)
Total Downloads: 44,329 (7,233 last week)
Download for Nokia N73
68.09% (47 reports)
Download to PC: Download skyfire.sis Size: 2063.48 Kb
Download via Wap: Open wap.GetJar.com with your mobile -> Quick Download -> enter Quick Download Code 39061
Did you try on Nokia N73?
works on My Nokia N73
does not work on My Nokia N73
source : http://www.getjar.com/products/18306/SkyfireMobileBrowser

i have read a lot about it .. will use this browser and post my review later …

Run Opera mini on Nokia s40(v2, v3, v5)

source :http://www.thinkdigit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=100008

Run Opera mini on Nokia s40(v2, v3, v5)


This Tutorial i have written for those who have Nokia series 40 mobiles and making trouble in Using internet based Java Applications on these platform.

Accoring to Nokia:

Quote:
As we all know, Nokia doesn’t allow one to specify a proxy for an Access Point in Series 40 v2 and v3 and v5 phones (6131, 6133, 3110c, 5300, 5200, 5310, 6500) etc.

In its recent versions of the Series40 OS (v2 & v3 & v5), Nokia has removed the ability to specify a proxy server associated with an access point. Therefore, those with WAP network plans (such as TMobileWeb users, Airtel NOP users) are unable to use JAVA programs that require internet access (such as Opera Mini, Google Maps, …).

However, Nokia does allow users to create a provisioning document on their computer. This document, created in wbxml, specifies an access point along with a proxy. The S40 phone recognizes the configuration settings in the document and allows the JAVA midlet to use those instead, thereby allowing the midlet to access the proxy. Its very simple to implement.

The files included in the zip provide some sample xml documents, and the associated provisioning (.prov) files

Giving link By aritrap:
http://boxstr.com/files/2741890_ohjh…VA%20Proxy.zip
or
http://www.4shared.com/file/11128981…AVA_Proxy.html
from Here we can Download a zip file which have various setting file(.prov) and .wml which we can Edit accordingly.
But Main problem here How to Edit this wml file according to our service provider.
So Now i am going to tell how to do:
1. Download NokiaJAVAProxy.zip from above url.
2. Download wbxml2-0.9.0-bin.win32.rar from here(i uploaded.):
http://rapidshare.com/files/15479531…win32.rar.html
3. Now after extracting open any of the .wml file, look as:

Quote:
<?xml version=”1.0″?>
<!DOCTYPE wap-provisioningdoc PUBLIC “-//WAPFORUM//DTD PROV 1.0//EN”
http://www.wapforum.org/DTD/prov.dtd”&gt;
<wap-provisioningdoc version=”1.0″>

<!– This WML doc created by Ravi Mathur, Oct 22 2007 –>
<!– HowardForums username: ravidavi –>

<characteristic type=”BOOTSTRAP”>
<!– Name of the configuration –>
<parm name=”NAME” value=”Idea JAVA“/>
</characteristic>

<!– Defines how network access occurs –>
<characteristic type=”ACCESS”>
<parm name=”RULE” value=”Default Rule”/>

<!– Connect through specified proxy –>
<parm name=”TO-PROXY” value=”IdeaProxy”/>
</characteristic>

<!– Defines proxy parameters –>
<characteristic type=”PXLOGICAL”>
<parm name=”PROXY-ID” value=”IdeaProxy”/>
<parm name=”NAME” value=”Idea Proxy”/>
<characteristic type=”PXPHYSICAL”>
<parm name=”PHYSICAL-PROXY-ID” value=”Idea Proxy”/>
<parm name=”PXADDR” value=”10.4.42.15“/>
<parm name=”PXADDRTYPE” value=”IPV4″/>
<parm name=”PUSHENABLED” value=”0″/>
<characteristic type=”PORT”>
<parm name=”PORTNBR” value=”8080“/>
</characteristic>

<!– Connect through specified access point –>
<parm name=”TO-NAPID” value=”IdeaNAP”/>
</characteristic>
</characteristic>

<!– Defines Network Access Point (NAP) parameters –>
<characteristic type=”NAPDEF”>
<parm name=”NAPID” value=”IdeaNAP”/>
<parm name=”NAME” value=”Idea NAP”/>
<parm name=”BEARER” value=”GSM-GPRS”/>
<parm name=”NAP-ADDRESS” value=”imis”/>
<parm name=”NAP-ADDRTYPE” value=”APN”/>
<characteristic type=”NAPAUTHINFO”>
<!– PAP is “normal” authentication –>
<parm name=”AUTHTYPE” value=”PAP”/>
</characteristic>
</characteristic>

</wap-provisioningdoc>

4. Edit acoording to your service provider specification, which i have marked as RED.
you can also edit Your service providers name(optionally), which i have marked as green. and Save it.
5. Now Make a folder in any Drive and copy/paste this wml file in this folder.
6. extract and copy/paste wbxml2-0.9.0-bin.win32 folder also in that folder(for your ease only).
7. open wbxml2-0.9.0-bin.win32 and you will see xml2wbxml.exe.
8. To run this file open command window and go your created folder by cd command and run it. It will show how to use it.
for example:
Syntax: xml2wbxl -o output.wbxml input.xml
eg.

Quote:
xml2wbxml -o C:\Amir\Idea proxy setting\NokiaJAVAProxy.prov C:\Amir\Idea proxy setting\NokiaJAVAProxy.wml

This will generate a .prov file with name NokiaJAVAProxy.prov in the folder name C:\Amir\Idea proxy setting.
9. Thats all.
Now you can transfer this .prov file in your mobile using bluetooth or infrared.
Save this setting and make it defult from configuration.
Fore more help see these screen shoot step wise:


Operation Succeed.
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This tut is written by My own