Cool Websites and Tools [August 29th 2012]

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   Cool Websites and Tools [August 29th 2012]


[NO LONGER WORKS] ImageSnatcher – This is a small portable cross-platform app sized at 500KB. Being portable, it requires no installation – just download the EXE file from the website and double-click. As soon as you have double-clicked, your computer screen will freeze and you can then drag your mouse across the area you want to capture. Read more: ImageSnatcher: Take Screenshots & Instantly Upload To The Cloud

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Consmr – As Consmr celebrates the feat of reaching 100,000 user ratings, its creator has introduced another useful feature to the review web and iPhone app for everyday products. With the new barcode scanning feature, users can easily scan the barcode given on any product simply by pointing their iPhone towards it. Once the barcode is scanned, Consmr runs a search and provides you with the ratings and reviews the product under question has received from other users. Read more: Consmr: Find Reviews & Ratings For Everyday Products By Scanning The Barcode


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SeeIt – Reddit is a highly popular site where you can find interesting material from all over the Internet. This material can either be pictures or articles. Clicking links for pictures and articles opens them up in the page and you often find yourself clicking Back to return. To save yourself from all the clicking and page redirection, you should use a tool called SeeIt. Read more: SeeIt: Preview Reddit Posts Before You Click On Them [Chrome]


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Google Reader Readable – If you are a Google Reader fan, you’ll agree that development on this tool (in terms of third-party extensions and scripts) has virtually stopped. In fact, there were rumors sometime back that Google was contemplating the shutdown of Google Reader. So this new Chrome extension called Google Reader Readable is a pleasant surprise. Read more: Google Reader Readable: Get a Clutter-Free Google Reader Reading Experience


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SuperSU -The geeky Android users among you who prefer to root an Android phone immediately after receiving it and love to tinker around with its various settings will know what superuser access management rights are and how to use them to manage and control the apps on the device. SuperSU is an Android app that wants to make that task easier for you. Read more: SuperSU: Manage Superuser Access Rights on Android


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Vincent Naughton

We here so much about cloud computing these days, but what does cloud computing actually mean? To put it in simple terms, cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network, most commonly the internet. Typically such services are delivered by a cloud service provider. The name “cloud” computing comes from the cloud shaped symbol that is used to describe the complicated infrastructure of cloud computing. The current issue in relation to cloud computing today is that the topic tends to confuse people as it can often be poorly explained. The key is to explain cloud computing not in a purely technical manner but in a manner that people can relate to e.g Cloud computing allows a business to access all their important files and applications remotely from any location. This is one example of cloud services, a rather simplistic one at that but it certainly helps people understand a bit better.

So what are the services cloud computing can offer? Lets start with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Basically this is where cloud computing service providers offer computers as physical or more often as virtual machines. It allows companies to outsource the equipment they use to support their operations offering a complete IT solution including all hardware and IT support.

Other services include Software as a Service (SaaS) whereby a company can install and operate application software in the cloud eliminating the need to install such application software on their own physical machines. This virtually eliminates I.T costs for the company. Software solutions relating to SaaS include Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft SharePoint, Office Communicator, Office Live Meeting plus many more.

Another interesting cloud computing service people should know about is called Desktop as a Service (DaaS). This can also be referred to as virtual desktop or hosted virtual desktop solutions. Basically, this is the outsourcing of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to a third party service provider. The service provider manages all the back-end responsibilities associated with data storage and backup, data security and all upgrades that need to be made. The user’s data is transferred to and from the virtual desktop as they log on/off. For example, you could be working on a PC in your office at work and then log off. You can then go home and log back in to the same virtual desktop at home and carry on working right from where you left off. Also, because the hosted virtual desktop platform is virtual, it allows for complete user customization. Therefore you can set your virtual desktop up in whatever fashion you would normally operate in.

Overall, cloud computing will save you both time and money and it will no doubt help to improve any organization’s operating performance. With the right education people will begin to understand just how revolutionary cloud computing really is and how it will become a necessity in the future.


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