web design Stuck With Some Windows Error? Microsoft One Click Fix It Tool Can Detect & Repair

Windows computer users come across new situations often. Amateur computer users are completely baffled when a problem occurs; at times certain computer problems even leave the most experience computer user clueless. Calling technical support for our computers is not always helpful especially because the technician cannot see actually what our computer problem is.

Microsoft has finally recognized this extremely problematic issue and created a solution for it. The solution has been appropriately titled “Fix It.”

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Fix It is a freeware solution by Microsoft that installs into your computer. It acts as an automatic troubleshooter that contains solutions to numerous problems commonly experience by Windows Vista and Windows 7 users. The list of supported operating systems includes Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server (2003 + 2008).


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Windows computer users come across new situations often. Amateur computer users are completely baffled when a problem occurs; at times certain computer problems even leave the most experience computer user clueless. Calling technical support for our computers is not always helpful especially because the technician cannot see actually what our computer problem is.

Microsoft has finally recognized this extremely problematic issue and created a solution for it. The solution has been appropriately titled “Fix It.”

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11 Top CSS Editors Reviewed


By Alvaris Falcon

Back to the time when the look of a website must be defined inside the HTML, web designer experienced the nightmare like coding each <font> tag in every single web page. Thus, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) comes to bring the salvation to lost web designer. It allows you to define your website’s appearance with just one single external file, which saves a pretty lot of your work and make your code management easier than never before.

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Create Music Playlists, Compilations And Embeddable Music Mixtapes – Guide To Best Online Services

Music playlist creators are built around search engines that index music tracks which are publicly accessible on the web. You can search for any song you want, listen to it and then add it up to a music playlist, just like people used to do with cassette tapes back in the ’70s.

What makes these services very cool is that you can tap into an enormous collection of music and can create a playlist widget that you can publicly share on any website or blog for free.

Creating a music playlist is not only a nice way to take some time off your daily schedule and chill out a bit, but an embeddable music compilation widget may also be either a nice gift for your readers and a nice soundtrack for those that come for your site to read your latest post.


Do you want to create music playlists that you can embed on your web site or blog? There are quite a number of services that allow you to combine your favorite tracks into compilations and embeddable music mixtapes, without spending a dime. Did you think you were out of luck because Spotify was not yet available in your country? Then check out all the music playlist creators listed in this MasterNewMedia guide.

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Music playlist creators are built around search engines that index music tracks which are publicly accessible on the web. You can search for any song you want, listen to it and then add it up to a music playlist, just like people used to do with cassette tapes back in the ’70s.

What makes these services very cool is that you can tap into an enormous collection of music and can create a playlist widget that you can publicly share on any website or blog for free.

Creating a music playlist is not only a nice way to take some time off your daily schedule and chill out a bit, but an embeddable music compilation widget may also be either a nice gift for your readers and a nice soundtrack for those that come for your site to read your latest post.

No matter which music playlist creator you choose, the approach to creating a playlist is pretty straightforward: Leer más “Create Music Playlists, Compilations And Embeddable Music Mixtapes – Guide To Best Online Services”

New Mac DVD Ripper Released (Giveaways for both Mac and Windows)



New Mac DVD Ripper Released (Giveaways for both Mac and Windows)

WinX DVD Ripper—a software program for ripping DVDs to popular formats—recently released WinX DVD Ripper for the Mac.

To celebrate, Digiarty Software, the makers of this wonderful program, is giving away free copies until May 1, 2010.

For Windows users, we also have a few copies for you grab.

Update

We’ve reached the number of free copies we could give away for Windows users. However, all Mac users can still get the free program by May 1, 2010 by following the instructions in this post. We will be sending the winners the details by the end of this week.

What is WinX DVD Ripper for Mac?

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is designed for Mac users to make backups of their DVDs to their hard drive which can be played on numerous devices such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc.

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15 Google Chrome Extensions for People Who Build Websites

Kawsar Ali is a web designer, graphic designer, and photographer based in NY, U.S. He’s also the founder of Desizntech, a site to find tips about web design, Mac, PC and more. If you’d like to connect with him, you can follow him on Twitter and check out his Personal Website.



April 24th, 2010 by Kawsar Ali 

10 Google Chrome Extensions for People Who Build Websites

Google Chrome is a wonderful web browser of choice for web designers and web developers. With Google Chrome extensions, you can add more features to the browser to help you with designing, debugging, and working on websites. We share with you the top ten Chrome extensions for designers and developers.

1. Firebug Lite (for Google Chrome)

Firebug Lite (for Google Chrome)

Firebug Lite (for Google Chrome) is an extension that sets up Firebug Lite in the browser. Although the built-in Developer Tools in Chrome gives you relatively the same features of Firebug (and more), long-time Firebug fans will appreciate this extension for debugging and testing their work in Chrome.
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Sleek Interface Designs from DeviantART



We encounter user interfaces everywhere in our daily lives. When I look at interfaces, they always inspire me and I hope that they will inspire you too. Here are 40 creative interface designs from DeviantART for your inspiration.

1. AdvancedUI: Status Screen

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Get Fast Access To All Your Google Tools In Chrome With MyShortcuts


The main reason for me to shift from Firefox to Chrome was the speed and performance it was offering me. At first it really didn’t had any extensions and I was not able to improve my work productivity but as soon as the extensions hit the market I was one of the many people I know who migrated from Firefox to Chrome.

I had been doing my research on some of the Google extensions and stumbled upon a super add-on known as “My Shortcuts” which grabbed my attention and after testing it I can easily say it is the best Chrome extension I have ever used to handle Google tasks. It allows you to access your favorite Google application with just a click of a button.

To get started with My Shortcuts click here and then click “Install”.

My Shortcuts

This will add a new icon on right top hand side of the browser.

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By clicking this icon you will see a drop down menu with all the tasks you can perform such as New Email, Google Contacts, New Doc and much more with just a click of a button. Here is how this drop down menu looks

Drop Down Menu

Now for example if I want to manage my Google contacts, all I will need to do is click on Google Contacts. This will open a new page where I can easily manage my contacts… Leer más “Get Fast Access To All Your Google Tools In Chrome With MyShortcuts”

Add Facebook Plugins to your Blog – Quick Guide


facebookIf you have tried adding Facebook plugins to your website before but then skipped thinking the implementation was getting too geeky for you, I suggest that you explore the option again.

That’s because Facebook has now made it extremely easy for anyone to integrate Facebook social elements into their website or blog – just copy-paste a single line of HTML code and your site will instantly become Facebook-ready.

It all starts with a Like button that you need to add at the bottom of every post (or any other location) on your blog. Here’s the code:

If you are using WordPress software, open the single.php file and add the following code. You may change the height and width of the IFRAME as per your blog design.

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink()); ?>&amp;layout=standard&amp;show-faces=true&amp;width=530&amp;height=60&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:530px; height:60px"></iframe>

If you are using the classic template of Blogger, the code is:

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=<$BlogItemPermalinkUrl$>&amp;layout=standard&amp;show-faces=true&amp;width=530&amp;height=60&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:530px; height:60px"></iframe>

And if you are running the modern version of Blogger, the code becomes:

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=data:post.url&amp;layout=standard&amp;show-faces=true&amp;width=530&amp;height=60&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:530px; height:60px"></iframe>

A reader on your site, who is logged into her Facebook account, can now give your story a “Thumbs up” by simply clicking this Like button. She will also have to option to publish a snippet of your blog story on to her Facebook profile.

Then you have the Activity widget that shows in near real-time how people are interacting with your stories. If the user is logged into Facebook, the activity widget will show the activity of her friends on your web site else it’ll show everyone’s activity.

However, the most exciting social plugin for Facebook in the new recommendations engine. It shows a list of most popular stories on your blog as determined by the count of Facebook users who have “liked” that story.

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LinkedIn Forms New Links With Qwest, HP and Intel


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While Twitter got all the buzz last week after launching its long-awaited ad integration plan, LinkedIn has quietly rolled out a new ad platform: sponsored groups.

LinkedIn, considered the most buttoned-down of the social media trinity—Facebook is the third—has attracted sponsors including Qwest Communications, Hewlett-Packard and Intel to a model that combines social networking, editorial content and customer relationship management.

In February, Qwest, working in concert with McKinney, Durham, N.C., rolled out SMB IT Connection, a group on LinkedIn formed expressly to provide small- and medium-size business owners with a platform to discuss IT issues. In March, Hewlett-Packard and Intel also jointly launched Small Biz Nation, which is pitched as a resource for small business owners. Other sponsored groups are in the works, according to Steve Patrizi, vp, marketing solutions for LinkedIn.

So far, Qwest’s is the most high-profile of the launches since the program includes a deal with Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek that entails print advertising plus participation from the title’s editors in group discussions. Cindy Humphrey, vp, business marketing for Qwest’s Business Markets Group, said linking with LinkedIn and its network of 65 million professionals made more sense than trying to start a group on its own. “It’s hard to drive people to your site,” she said, “and we wanted to be upfront about our involvement.”

Qwest’s group has drawn around 500 people; Humphrey said her long-term goal is 2,000-3,000. (Small Biz Nation claims around 2,000.) Qwest’s sponsorship of the group is obvious—there are three Qwest logos on the landing page—but it is not designed primarily as a vehicle to pitch products and services. Instead, the idea is to insinuate the brand into conversations. “Most small business people find information on different topics via peers from word of mouth,” Humphrey said. “Those are difficult discussions to get into.” Doug Holroyd, evp and director of connection planning at McKinney, agreed: “We’re reaching out to a small business person, and they don’t necessarily want to talk to a salesman.”

Despite such concerns, HP has already taken advantage of an opportunity to interject. Patrizi said during a recent Small Biz Nation discussion that the topic turned to tablet PCs, which allowed an HP rep to promote that brand’s offerings. When asked if any group members might suspect an HP plant had initiated the conversation, Patrizi replied that it is possible, though LinkedIn allows users to check the backgrounds on anyone in the group. “We think the real change that social media is bringing to marketing is the rise of identity and the fall of anonymity [on the Web],” he said. “People will be more transparent about who they are.”

LinkedIn, which declared itself profitable in 2007 (as a private company, it declines to further outline its financial situation), introduced the idea of sponsored groups last year. Otherwise, the company draws income from highly targeted advertising (which is based on users’ biographical information rather than behavioral data) and paid subscriptions, mostly from headhunters availing themselves of LinkedIn’s database.

Patrizi said the sponsored group format is a good fit for businesses looking to build long-term relationships with customers, but not for a brief campaign built around a sales goal. “The trick is to establish a community that’s not all about [the sponsor],” he said.

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25 Fun and Time Saving PhotoShop Actions Tutorials


Written by: Carol Francis

Creating your own actions in PhotoShop is a time-saving way of applying the same effects to multiple layers/images, and there are many tutorials around the Internet to teach you how to do that.

This is a list of actions that have been created for you. It is not so much time-saving to use someone else’s action, it is a way to achieve an effect that you may not be able to create for yourself (and how frustrating can that be!). You can also learn a lot from these actions – just open the file in the Actions dock in PhotoShop and you can see how the end result is achieved.

PhotoShop Actions Tutorials

Some actions just run through from beginning to end with no messages and no input required from the user. Some, on the other hand, require a lot of input from the user – these ones often end up being trial and error to get the settings right – but if it is the effect you are after, it is worth it.

I have used all of the actions listed here, and the images are my results. Clicking on the image of the action will take you to the download area where you will be able to see the results the creator achieved.

Running an Action

Alt + F9 opens the actions palette. If the action has been installed in the PhotoShop presets file, click on the small down-pointing arrowhead in the top right corner of the palette and you will find the required action in the list. Clicking on it will put the action at the bottom of the palette.

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If you have downloaded but not installed the action, click on the small down-pointing arrowhead in the top right corner of the palette and select ‘Load Actions…‘.

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Find the required action in the actions palette and click on the arrowhead to the left of the name – this will place the file at the bottom of the actions palette.

Click on the first item and click the run button – the right-pointing arrowhead at the bottom of the palette.

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Hand-Colored Vintage Action

This is an easy to use action – just follow along with the instructions. I think the result is superb.

Tutorial
Hand Colored Vintage

Black White Sepia Action

This is one of those actions that just goes through the steps with no user input required and no messages.

Tutorial
Black White Sepia
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Acerbus Action

This action gives a retro black and white effect and also softens the image a little – very easy to use.

Tutorial
Acerbus

Lens Baby

The instructions for this action are very concise. The user is asked to make a selection to be the in-focus part of the image, then it is explained that by painting black on the layer mask you can reduce the blur in required areas.

Tutorial
Lens Baby

Action 8

This action gives a beautiful soft glow with a nice back-lighting effect. If your computer is running in any language other than Spanish, you will get the message that Layer ‘Fondo’ is not available. The English translation of Fondo is Background. Stop the action and duplicate the background layer, then rename it Fondo and continue the action – it should now complete all steps.

Tutorial
Action8
Image credit: sxc

Action 5

This action brightens up nature pictures, but does awful things to portraits! It makes this picture look like it was taken on a sunnier day.

Tutorial
Action5
Image credit: sxc

Old Photo Effect

This action creates a very old, grainy photo effect. It is very easy – it just carries out the steps with no user input. It is better to apply this action to the image at the size you want it – resizing doesn’t work too well with this effect.

Tutorial
Old Photo Effect
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300 Action

This action changes the color and sharpness of the image. It runs through the steps with no user input required.

Tutorial
300action
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Spooky Portraits

The effect created here is a very dark sepia-type color. The action runs through each step requiring no input from the user, and the final image is flattened into one layer.

Tutorial
Spooky Portraits

HDR Fantasticalizers

This is a faux HDR effect to brighten photos. It runs through without input from the user.

Tutorial
HDR Fantasticalizers

Dreamy Effect

Lightens and slightly blurs the image. During this action you may get the message ‘The command Merge Visible is not currently available’. Having looked through the steps of the action I think this command is in there by mistake as there are no layers to merge at that time – so just click Continue.

Tutorial
Dreamy Effect

Bright Eyes

The end result of this action is very good, but a lot of user input is required. First, you have to select the eye or eyes – which is something the action doesn’t tell you. You should copy and paste the selection and it is necessary to ensure the layer is named Layer 1. You will need to adjust the Curves to your liking, then the Replace Color fuzziness, Color Balance, Gaussian Blur, Blending Mode (twice).

If you haven’t made the copy layer in the name Layer 1 you will now get a message: ‘The object “layer “Layer 1 copy”” is not currently available’. This is not the end of the world! You can either stop the action to rename the eye layer and then continue the action, or just stop the action and merge the layers yourself.

For my example I kept all of the author’s settings.

Tutorial
Bright Eyes
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Dim & Jade

A soft vintage effect. This action runs requiring no user input.

Tutorial
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30 Best Clone Themes for WordPress


Posted by WordPress Jedi

You’ve got to love what WordPress is all about. Not only is it a killer CMS but it also lets you create sophisticated websites fast. And you can even try to clone what others have done in the past. Whether you want to clone Facebook or just want to have the look and feel of Digg on your site, you can do it all with WordPress clone themes. And most of these themes are cheap or free, so you won’t have to spend too much money duplicating the look and feel of a site such as Digg.

With that in mind, here are 30 awesome WordPress clone themes:

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1. OneNews: clone the legendary AllTop portal on WordPress with OneNews. Very easy to customize too. Just add your feeds, and you are ready to go.

2. WhiteHouse Pro: so you want your site to have a similar look and feel to the White House’s website? Then WhiteHouse Pro is for you. It comes with an optional BBpress addon as well.

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3. PopURLs Clone: clone the good old PopURLs aggregator on your WordPress blog with PopURLs Clone for WordPress.

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4. Facebook WordPress Theme: FWT lets you clone Facebook’s blog on your WordPress site.

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5. CryBook Theme: Crybook is a very cool clone of Facebook. Get your Facebook WordPress site up fast!

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5 Websites & Tools Bloggers Should Know About


By Umar Anjum

While the job is interesting and one gets to discover the latest about the Internet, blogging is no easy task. “Time is money” could not be any truer for bloggers; impossible deadlines put us under harsh time constraints. Due to this constraint, bloggers are always actively on the lookout for the next great tool that can help us cut back on the time it takes to write our articles/reviews.

Bloggers who run their own website, on the other hand, are not under any critical deadlines – their worries are of a different nature. Taking constant care of their website and monitoring it is an absolute must for them; if a site owner’s website unexpectedly goes down, his/her income will be negatively affected.

Therefore one way or the other, all bloggers have problems whether they are self-employed, freelancing, or fulltime employed. They need all the help they can get.

Today we present to our fellow bloggers five tools available on the internet which will help them in one way or the other. We hope you all find the following tools as helpful as we did.

1. DomainTools

Domaintools

For somebody who plans to start out his/her own website, the first most important step is to come up with a great name. Once the great name has been thought of, one needs to check its availability. DomainTools is a free website that does both things. Firstly it can suggest various names to a user by taking as input a keyword. Secondly it shows us which domain extensions (COM, NET, etc.) is the site name available. If a user wishes, he/she can buy and register the domain name right from the site. In this way, DomainTools eventually saves us a lot of time in the process of naming our website.

2. WhoisLookup/WhoisApplication

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WhoisLookup is a freeware application less than 100KB in size. The EXE file is downloaded and can be run without any installation. In the program we can enter the URL of a site and get its Whois information which shows us the site’s various attributes such as its registrar’s information, the location of the site, and the details of its administrator. Whois specifics can help out a great deal when trying to determine which website to blog about. To some extent, it can also show us whether or not the site’s claimed location matches its actual location; this helps us judge the trueness of the website’s credentials. Leer más “5 Websites & Tools Bloggers Should Know About”

17 Essential Developer Networks


Recently I have been noticing that more and more tech companies are starting up “developer networks”. Some of these, like the Yahoo! Developer Network, consist of great tools and resources (think YQL, YUI etc) that we can all make use of in our work whilst others focus on more specific aspects of developing with a particular service or app.

Whilst tutorials and code examples are great the added bonus of a network is the community that grows around it. It’s likely that you won’t be the first person to experience a particular issue so it’s a great place to share application specific tips and frustrations.

Here are 17 networks and sites that you might not know about but are worth checking out. Leer más “17 Essential Developer Networks”

9 Powerful Firefox Add-Ons That Can Save Your Time


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As we all know that Firefox is the fastest growing popular web browser and its growing more and more every day. There are too many handy options provided by the firefox and this is the main reason for its popularity. You can easily find lots of free download able firefox add-ons and extensions that are available on the internet, we also featured few of them before and it’s demands are increasing. In this post, I am listing down 9 Powerful Firefox Add-Ons That Can Save Your Time.

You are welcome to share more firefox add-ons that you think will be useful and feel a better browsing experience that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well. Leer más “9 Powerful Firefox Add-Ons That Can Save Your Time”