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(1) CostOfLiving – Useful online cost of living comparison tool provided by the CNNMoney magazine, it lets you compare living costs of your current location with any other city in the US. Simply select your current location (city/state) from the list, enter your current salary and press “Get Result”. Read more: CostOfLiving: Salary & Cost Of Living Comparison Tool

(2) [NO LONGER WORKS] Delicious Spy – This application shows the sites people are bookmarking on Delicious in real time. You may save the ones you like on Delicious or share them on Digg and Reddit directly from this site. You can also filter the results by tags and be notified by sound when new bookmarks appears. Read more: Delicious Spy: Real Time Tool For Delicious Users

(3) [NO LONGER WORKS] Google Web Elements – Provides a simple way for you to add number of Google services on to your website or blog. You can easily embed Google Docs Spreadsheets, Google News, Google Search, Google Maps and YouTube videos, along with features like social conversations from Google Friend Connect. Google Web Elements are easy to use and can be customized according to your needs, simply choose the features you want, and copy a few lines of code to your website. Read more: Google Web Elements: Embed Google Products To Your Site

(4) Kukoo – If you are always looking to reply an email as soon as possible so that the sender doesn’t think you are ignoring him, then Kukoo would prove to be a great help to you. It helps you create email reply rules and provides you with an autoresponder email which lets the sender know instantly when he should be expecting a reply from you. Read more: Kukoo: Free Email Autoresponder Service

(5) PermaTime – Web service which makes it easy to schedule meeting times across multiple time zones. You no longer have to share the event’s time details in a confusing universal time format (e.g. UTC+8) as PermaTime automatically converts the event’s time into the local time of each participant. Read more: PermaTime: Easily Schedule Meeting Time Across Time Zones


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  1. Kate
    July 9, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Another great freeware tool is Office Live Workspace from Microsoft--a smart option for storing your files in the cloud. Access your files from any computer with an internet connection, and, with a plug in, automatically back up any of your Microsoft Office files. Check it out at

    MSFT Office Live Outreach Team

  2. Larry B.
    July 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    The link of Cost of Living is missing an "l" at the end of "htm"

    :) thanks for the info!

    • kaly
      July 8, 2009 at 10:36 pm

      TNX. Fixed now.

  3. Dr. Jayashree Joshi
    July 8, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you for the information about the Kukoo auto-responder service.

  4. neo
    July 9, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I will try to use "Google Web Elements " on my website: thx your sharing.

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