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(1) HousingMaps – Craigslist and Google Maps mashup that lets you search and find places for rent and sale in major US cities. The application pulls housing listings from Craiglist and presents them on clean map interface. You can browse listings by a city name or simply use a map to zoom in on a particular location. Read more: HousingMaps: Find Places For Rent & Sale in US

(2) Legistalker – Web service that lets you track the latest online activity of US legislators (congressmen, senators) in one place. You can view what they have voted on (motions, amendments, resolutions etc.), browse news mentions in online media sources (newspapers, blogs, magazines, YouTube videos) and follow their Twitter updates. Read more: Legistalker: Track Activity of US Congressmen & Senators

(3) midi2mp3 – Free online MIDI to MP3 or WAV converter provided at Here you can convert MIDI files to MP3/WAV audio files, which you can then burn onto a CD, import into a flash movie and for other uses where MIDI files are restricted. No need to sign up or download anything. Read more: midi2mp3: Free Online MIDI to MP3/WAV Converter

(4) SugarStats – Website that allows anyone with diabetes to manage, share and track blood sugar levels online. It has a simple interface to enter and access data from anywhere. Users can keep a record of foods, medications and activities, create graphs and trends to better understand diabetes development, view and add entries from cellphone, and exchange messages with family and diabetic support squad. Read more: SugarStats: Track Blood Sugar Online

(5) [NO LONGER WORKS] Talon – New online screen capture tool form Aviary. Using it you can instantly capture screenshots of almost any web page you want. It is simple to use and has a bunch of cool additional features.


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  1. Dr. Charles Martin
    July 23, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Thank you for highlighting the SugarStats site, which is a good example of technology in a practical application that can make an important difference in the lives of many people who live with type 2 diabetes. Many more diabetes programs and devices in development hold a great deal of promise for lifestyle improvements for those who have elevated blood sugar.

    We write extensively about related issues at, especially the links between elevated blood sugar and gum disease that can interfere with diabetes control and significantly increase risk of serious health events such as heart attack, stroke and blindness.

    - Charles Martin, DDS
    Founder, Dentistry For Diabetics

  2. megamike
    July 14, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    for screenshot
    greenshot is open source and the best I have found

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