TorrentMagnifier: Search And Download Torrents From Your Desktop

Torrents are a great peer-to-peer file sharing method which has increasingly become popular over the recent years. Recognizing how much users like torrents and prefer them over other peer-to-peer exchange methods, developers are constantly creating torrent related applications to facilitate the torrent users. Today we will be exploring TorrentMagnifier which is website providing three simple ways to make torrent searching faster and more convenient.

Torrents are a great peer-to-peer file sharing method which has increasingly become popular over the recent years. Recognizing how much users like torrents and prefer them over other peer-to-peer exchange methods, developers are constantly creating torrent related applications to facilitate the torrent users.

Today we will be exploring TorrentMagnifier which is website providing three simple ways to make torrent searching faster and more convenient.

TorrentMagnifier is a website that provides three torrent related tools for free. These tools include a desktop application, a sidebar gadget for Windows Vista and 7, and an accelerator search engine for Internet Explorer 8. All these tools can be found at TorrentMagnifier’s homepage.

Desktop Application

The desktop application of TorrentMagnifier is merely 750KB large. Downloading it gives us a quick way to search torrents over many torrent sites. Here is how the main window looks like:

One simply has to enter a keyword in the search bar and click on “Search” or press the Return/Enter key on the keyboard. Quickly the search results are displayed; each search result shows us the torrent name, the website it is hosted on, the number of seeder and leeches, as well as a “Go” link which opens up the torrent page in our default internet browser.

The torrent cannot be downloaded from the application; one needs to go to the host site to download the torrent.

Sidebar Gadget

The sidebar gadget is only 11KB large and can be used on Windows Vista and 7.

The functioning of the gadget is same as the desktop application; you enter the keyword in the search bar and initiate your search. The information provided includes number of seeder and leeches, and the name of the torrent.

The name of the host site is not provided but you can click on a torrent name to be taken to the site where you will download the respective torrent.

Internet Explorer 8 Accelerator

Once you have the TorrentMagnifier accelerator installed in your Internet Explorer 8, highlight a word, right-click it, and select the TorrentMagnifier accelerator:

TorrentMagnifier will search for all the relevant torrents to the highlighted word and display them to you in a new tab:

These three applications combine to provide users with great convenience when downloading torrents. There is still however, a considerable room for improvements in all these applications. The first step at the developer’s end would be let the user directly download a torrent off the application. Secondly the user votes and/or comments of each torrent should be viewable within the application. For the sidebar gadget, the side could be reduced.

When TorrentMagnifier introduces these improvements into each of its applications, it surely will have something quite great. But till then, we can enjoy the current great functionality it offers and save a little time while searching for torrents.

Download TorrentMagnifier (Thanks to AddictiveTips for the link since the official website has went down)

How To Replace Chrome New tab With Your Predefined Visual Bookmarks

Google Chrome is a great internet browser. It provides its users with wonderful speed and awesome functionality while using the minimum resources possible of our computer. However like all other leading browsers (such as Firefox) there are areas in Chrome which have a considerable room for improvement.

Google Chrome is a great internet browser. It provides its users with wonderful speed and awesome functionality while using the minimum resources possible of our computer. However like all other leading browsers (such as Firefox) there are areas in Chrome which have a considerable room for improvement. And that is where its extensions come in handy.

As for Firefox, developers are now constantly creating extensions and add-ons from Chrome which build upon its functions, sometimes improving them, other times introducing newer functions.

Today we will be exploring a Chrome extension which introduces a feature within Chrome which all browsers should have by default. The extension is called SpeedDial.

As you can see from the image above, its average rating is great indicating that its users are more than satisfied with the extension. With SpeedDial installed and enabled within Chrome, whenever you create a new tab, you are given a choice of thumbnails to choose from.

These thumbnails (which are accompanied by their respective titles) are snapshots of the various websites. You can choose these websites by clicking on SpeedDial’s icon in the address bar while viewing a page.

Coming back to the thumbnails view, you can reorganize them by dragging them with your mouse. The recently closed tabs are listed at the bottom. By default you can view and twelve thumbnails but this number can be increased or decreased by clicking on the “Options” in the top left of the thumbnails-view page:

Apart from changing the number of thumbnails, a user can set a color theme or choose a background image on which the thumbnails will appear.

SpeedDial keeps the Bookmarks toolbar still visible so you can access your regular bookmarks as well. This way all the extension is does provide your more convenience without compromising on the current functionality. SpeedDial is a must-have for Chrome users who are tired of the New Tab showing them a bunch of random thumbnails of the pages they have visited.

WordPress Picks for the Week [12/27]

WP 2.9: three bugs, and how to fix them WordPress 2.9, IMO, was released too quickly and is still rather buggy.

WP 2.9: three bugs, and how to fix them

WordPress 2.9, IMO, was released too quickly and is still rather buggy. There are some rather unnecessary requirements like “enabling” the post thumbnails before they work. However, major issues are the breaking of RSS widgets and more importantly the failing of the cron. I’ve had this problem when scheduling posts, and it is simply frustrating!

Anyway, the link above has a set of files that will patch these errors. So, give this a shot until WP2.9.1 is released.

Optimize Syndication Frequenzy

Two simple pieces of code that allows you change the frequency that feed readers check your blog for posts. If you are not a regular blog poster, you can reduce the load on your server.

Automate WordPress Database and Files Backup

On my VPS, my sites are backed up every alternate day. The use of a WordPress database backup plugin just increases the load on your server. However, you can setup cron jobs within your hosting account to help you backup your database.

mysqldump -u dbusername -p dbpassword db_name | gzip > /home/cpanelusername/yourfolder/mysql_backup.gz

About WordPress Post Thumbnail

Still more examples on the use of the new WordPress 2.9 feature

New in WordPress 2.9: Post Thumbnail Images

Mark Jaquith gives you the lowdown on the new thumbnail feature

5 Useful Websites To Send Large Files Over the Internet

File hosting enables us to share files with our recipients which are too large to email. While the overall concept of file hosting is ideal, the practicality often proves to be a menace. With slow upload and download speeds, most file hosting sites are more frustrating than beneficial.

File hosting enables us to share files with our recipients which are too large to email. While the overall concept of file hosting is ideal, the practicality often proves to be a menace. With slow upload and download speeds, most file hosting sites are more frustrating than beneficial. Slow speeds are sometimes accompanied with file size limits which do not offer immensely large files to be uploaded.

One needs to know what the best file hosting websites are to save time and future frustration. The following five websites are good sources of file hosting and should be looked into if you plan on uploading any large files:

1. YouSendIt


YouSendIt is a free file hosting site that also offers paid packages. The free users can uploads files as large as 100MB and send it to multiple recipients. The recipients are notified by email when the file is ready for them. You can even track your files using the YouSendIt Tracker for iPhone and see how many times your file was downloaded, who downloaded it, and when.

2. FileDropper


FileDropper is a file hosting site with an extremely simple user interface. All you have to do is upload the file by clicking on the Upload button and obtain the URL of your uploaded file. Your files are online as long as they are being downloaded (no specifics are provided). The file size limit is 5GB and there are no countdown timers when you visit the site to download your file. The file size limit and the site’s quick file accessibility make it a unique file hosting service.

3. WeTransfer


WeTransfer is another free file hosting offering impressive file hosting services. Each uploaded file can be as large as 2GB. The files are stored for 2 weeks. Up to 20 recipients can be added per file upload. No file URL is disclosed, only a button is emailed to the recipient which when he/she clicks is redirects them to the file. WeTransfer considers the security of your files to be top priority which sets it apart.

4. TransferBigFiles


TransferBigFiles is a popular file hosting site that lets you upload multiple files simultaneously. Each file can be as large as 1GB. You can even include a message to the recipient and protect your files with a password. The files are online for five days or until they have been downloaded twenty times, whichever comes before.

5. FileBanker


This last website does not mention a lot of details except the following: “FileBanker offers a spam free way to share your files as quickly as possible. We cut through the clutter and offer a no-nonsense service where you do not have to worry about aggresively placed ads and you are not forced to sign up for paid options. Whenever you need to send a file that is too large for e-mail, FileBanker can help. If you need secure remote storage capacity for off-site backups, FileBanker offers solutions for you.”

Autocomplete Me brings you funny autosuggestions from Google

Have you heard of a five-legged reindeer called Rudolf or has Tiger Woods replaced Santa Claus? Well, I haven’t but Google sure has. At least according to its auto-suggest feature.

Have you heard of a five-legged reindeer called Rudolf or has Tiger Woods replaced Santa Claus?

Well, I haven’t but Google sure has. At least according to its auto-suggest feature.

rudolf the five legged reindeer

Autocomplete Me tries to collect some of the funny auto-suggestions given by Google. Most of the site is driven by user submissions and though the site is only a few months old, it has been steadily gaining popularity.

Worth the read or worth subscribing for the occasional laugh!

3 Websites to Automatically Reload Web Pages

Sometime we need the webpages we are viewing to be refreshed regularly. One example could be posting on an active forum and being eager to read the response to your post. Another situation where you might want the page to refresh regularly is while you are using your social networking account – a situation when you would like to be instantly aware of any notifications.

Sometime we need the webpages we are viewing to be refreshed regularly. One example could be posting on an active forum and being eager to read the response to your post. Another situation where you might want the page to refresh regularly is while you are using your social networking account – a situation when you would like to be instantly aware of any notifications. Website owners might want the latest traffic statistics of their site – another reason to keep refreshing the page showing the stats.

Below we have listed three tools which will greatly help you in similar situations where it becomes necessary to have your pages refreshed at a regular rate.

1. Page Reboot


Page Reboot is a free website that lets you enter the URL of the site you want refreshed and even specify the time interval (in seconds) after which your page will keep on refreshing. The site even has its own bookmarklet which can be dragged onto your browser’s bookmarks toolbar. Suppose you are viewing a page and you click on Page Reboot’s bookmarklet in your browser, the bookmarklet’s site will open with the URL (of the page you were viewing) already pasted into the field; all that will be left to do is specify the time interval.

2. Site Reloader


Site Reloader is another free website that takes a website’s URL from you and asks the interval after which you want the site to be refreshed. Again, the user can specify the time interval in seconds. Although unlike Page Reboot, Site Reloader does not have its own bookmarklet, it has another great feature: it lets you create a free account. You can sign in with your Google account if you like. The advantage of using your account is that your windows list is stored and each time you sign into Site Reloader, you need not re-specify the URLs or the time intervals.

3. ReloadEvery


For Firefox users, ReloadEvery will be the best site-refreshing to go with. It is a Firefox add-on with which a user can easily choose the rate at which pages are refreshed. When the add-on is installed and enabled, simply right-click anywhere in the viewable site area and select the refresh rate:

Only the current tab being viewed affected and if a new URL is clicked on or entered in the address bar, then ReloadEvery is reset.

Depending on the programs you run, choose what tool suits your best from the top three and spare your fingers all that clicking when constantly refreshing your website.

WordPress Picks for the week [12/20]

WordPress 2.9 “Carmen” is out You can upload from within your WordPress admin itself. New features include: Global undo/”trash” feature, which means that if you accidentally delete a post or comment you can bring it back from the grave (i.

WordPress 2.9 “Carmen” is out

You can upload from within your WordPress admin itself. New features include:

  1. Global undo/”trash” feature, which means that if you accidentally delete a post or comment you can bring it back from the grave (i.e., the Trash). This also eliminates those annoying “are you sure” messages we used to have on every delete.
  2. Built-in image editor allows you to crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images to show them who’s boss. This is the first wave of our many planned media-handling improvements.
  3. Batch plugin update and compatibility checking, which means you can update 10 plugins at once, versus having to do multiple clicks for each one, and we’re using the new compatibility data from the plugins directory to give you a better idea of whether your plugins are compatible with new releases of WordPress. This should take the fear and hassle out of upgrading.
  4. Easier video embeds that allow you to just paste a URL on its own line and have it magically turn it into the proper embed code, with Oembed support for YouTube, Daily Motion, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and WordPress.tv (and more in the next release).

Optimizing WordPress Post Navigation

Almost every theme comes with navigation links that let your visitors jump from one page to another. Jeff gives you a detailed overview of the three most important navigation functions.

  • Index and archive navigation: posts_nav_link()
  • Index and archive navigation: previous_posts_link() and next_posts_link()
  • Single-view posts navigation: previous_post_link() and next_post_link()

WordPress tip : Better page navigation

Provide a link to the blog archive (instead of nothing) when the visitors reaches the last page

Excluding your plugin or theme from update checks

This one is targeted at plugin authors who deliver private plugins that are not hosted on the WordPress repository. If you’re worried about what data is being sent across, you can disable your plugin from being added to the update checking list when WordPress “dials into” the repository.

Extend the User Contact Info in WordPress 2.9

WP2.9 allows you to add new fields like a twitter id or link to a Facebook or Orkut profile with simple pieces of code

How To Merge 2 WordPress Blogs

If you’re ever attempting to this and you got two huge blogs, then here’s one way to go about the merger. Not for the faint at heart!

WordPress 2.9 Enhancements Every Developer Must Know

This article highlights important enhancements in WordPress 2.9 and provide resources that will help you quickly upgrade your themes or plugins to accommodate latest features.

The Ultimative Guide For the_post_thumbnail In WordPress 2.9

If you’re keen to display post images in your theme, this guide explains the various parameters the function takes.

Transfer Bookmarks From One Browser To The Next

With such an impressive array of browsers to choose from nowadays, it is not uncommon to work with multiple internet browsers on our computers. The biggest challenge a user faces in switching back and forth from web browsers is to export and import the settings. By settings, we mainly mean bookmarks (or favorites, if you are an Internet Explorer user).

With such an impressive array of browsers to choose from nowadays, it is not uncommon to work with multiple internet browsers on our computers. The biggest challenge a user faces in switching back and forth from web browsers is to export and import the settings. By settings, we mainly mean bookmarks (or favorites, if you are an Internet Explorer user).

The traditional way of course is to export your bookmarks into a file through browser number 1, and then open browser number 2 and import the bookmarks from the previously saved file. But with the amazing browser add-on Xmarks, we can easily transfer the bookmarks from one browser to the next.

Xmarks is a website where you can download its bookmark synchronization extension for Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

But before you start using the add-on it would be best to create register a username with Xmarks and form an account; your bookmarks will be saved in this account.

The first step to take after you have formed an Xmarks account is to access its homepage through each browser you want to use it on. Download and install the browser add-on according to the browser you are currently viewing the page with.

install

Now suppose your starting point with Xmarks is the Firefox browser. You will be able to see Xmarks’ options in the Tools menu.

Menu

Click on the first option to begin signing into your Xmarks account and saving/synching your bookmarks there.

Now open the other browser (let us suppose it is Chrome) of which you want the bookmarks synched/saved. You will again see Xmarks’ blue icon around the address bar area:

chrome

Again, click on it to sign into your Xmarks account and transfer your bookmarks from another browser or just add more bookmarks to your Xmarks list.

The same process is done for any browser you are running your Xmarks add-on on. If you are only somebody else’s computer and do not want your bookmarks to be added into theirs, then simply log into your Xmarks account through its website where you will be see and access your bookmarks:

marks

In conclusion, Xmarks is a wonderful to work with your bookmarks while switching between browsers and when working on somebody else’s computer; you will be pleased to give it a chance.

How To Take Full Screenshot of Web Pages in Firefox & IE

Bloggers know that while reviewing sites, screenshots are highly useful in giving references. Instead of typing “click on the little OK button towards the top right of the screen” one can easily take a screenshot and show the readers what exactly is being written about. If you’re a professional blogger or have a similar job that requires you to take screenshots all the type, then the traditional method of pressing the ‘Print Screen’ key and then pasting the image in MsPaint might not suit you best.

Bloggers know that while reviewing sites, screenshots are highly useful in giving references. Instead of typing “click on the little OK button towards the top right of the screen” one can easily take a screenshot and show the readers what exactly is being written about.

If you’re a professional blogger or have a similar job that requires you to take screenshots all the type, then the traditional method of pressing the ‘Print Screen’ key and then pasting the image in MsPaint might not suit you best. Sure that basic way doesn’t prove to be problematic while working with a few screenshots now and then but it can prove to be quite time consuming when the number of screenshots increase.

To cut back on the time it takes to work with screenshots, FireShot comes into play.

FireShot is a free browser add-on compatible with Firefox and Internet Explorer. For Firefox, you can download it here and for Internet Explorer, you can get it here.

This nifty little thing lets you copy and edit the visible area in your internet browser. In Firefox, the FireShot button can be found in the top right, next to the search bar. In internet explorer it can be found on the left, right under the address bar.

addon

To demonstrate how FireShot works, we shall use Firefox to open up Filehippo’s homepage (a great site hosting many letting users know when updates to popular programs are available). This is how Filehippo loaded in my browser:

fireshot

If I take a screenshot by pressing ‘Print Screen’ only the visible area of the page will be captured. However using FireShot I have the option to capture either only the visible area or the entire page. I want to work with the entire page so I click on the arrow next to the FireShot button and edit the entire page:

options

You have a lot of options in this menu: upload the entire image, save it, print it, or copy it to paste it somewhere else. If you choose to upload the image you will be required to specify the dimensions and format:

upload

The resultant image will then be uploaded to EasyCaptures (a website created by FireShot’s developer) on which you can create a free account. Here is how my image looked on this image hosting site:

describe

That covers the uploading. You have two options as far as editing your image goes: you can either choose to edit the image in FireShot’s own image editor or use an external editor of which the path you will have to specify:

open

Here’s how FireShot’s editor looks like:

screenshot

The available functions in this editor make it quite competent. You can even add annotations and mark the area they belong to:

annotation

While the functions present in this image editor are great, there is one drawback. While the editor is open, you cannot access the browser. So it becomes necessary to finish up your editing, copy/save/print/upload the final image, and close the editor if you want to use your browser.

Until the developers of the add-on fix this problem, you can walk around it by using an external image editor which you are familiar with.

Compatible with two of the most popular internet browsers, this great add-on provides tremendous convenience to the blogging community; although we do hope FireShot’s one minor issue will soon be resolved. However, even with that tiny issue present this 1 MB add-on enhanced your browser and is a must-have for all bloggers or people whose jobs require them to daily deal with screenshot editing.

Create a collage of your photos with Photovisi

So, you’ve collected a whole bunch of photos. And, if you’re keen on viewing these photos regularly, you can set them as wallpapers and cycle them regularly. Or you can make a collage and view them all together.

So, you’ve collected a whole bunch of photos. And, if you’re keen on viewing these photos regularly, you can set them as wallpapers and cycle them regularly.

Or you can make a collage and view them all together.

Photovisi is an online service that allows you to quickly create your collage. All you need to do is select a template that you would like to use and then upload your photos.

Photovisi_template5

You can upload up to 30 photos to add to you college, crop them to only select the portions you want and then save your collage.

Photovisi also allows you to buy products including mugs and mouse pads through Zazzle if you’re interested in getting your photos on this.