Floorplans Made Easy with PlanningWiz

Whether you’re just rearranging the furniture or doing a full-blown redesign, PlanningWiz makes it easy and fun. This is a fast-loading Flash application – so there’s nothing to download – and you can save your designs by creating a free account. (Sign-up was approximately 10 seconds – couldn’t be easier.) It comes with a pile…

Does Your GSM Phone Cause Speakers to Crackle?

This is a problem I have run into constantly – if my AT&T Palm Treo was within 5 feet of my desktop computer, the speakers would spit out a horrible buzzing, crackling sound. Lifehacker has a potential solution: Do your speakers buzz and crackle whenever a new text message or call is about to come…

Hacking Firefox

Excellent (and long) article here that covers most of the frequently-asked-for tweaks and hacks to about:config in Firefox. I had originally found it while trying to remember how to tweak my Firefox so that when I type in a keyword string into the address bar, it would send me to Google search results, instead of…

Compare Website Stats Using Google Trends

Google Trends has a newly-added ability to show unique visitor statistics for multiple sites–just type in site URLs separated by commas to get rough traffic estimates based on searches and other data.

Free Online Image Editors

Even if you’ve got a good graphics package (and more specifically if you don’t), there may be times when you just need something lightweight to resize or crop images. Fortunately, there are two great options available to you that make basic image editing a breeze. Resize2Email: This handy little app is lightweight and fast. The…

Lego Digital Designer Builds Your Lego Masterpiece

Freeware application Lego Digital Designer is a virtual Lego kit for your Windows or Mac desktop. Once installed, you can either use LDD to build your own masterpiece from scratch or—if you’re lacking patience—you can get a head start by using one of their starter models. With over 763 brick types to choose from, your…

Tweak Firefox 3 to Display Richer Colors

If the digital photo you just uploaded looks more washed out in Flickr than it does in your desktop image editor, that’s because Firefox 3’s advanced color management capability isn’t turned on by default. To turn it on, type about:config in Firefox 3’s address bar, then click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button. Then,…

Easily turn raster images into vector images online

VectorMagic lets you upload logos and/or photos (any image, really) to their website and run through their handy Flash wizard that gives you multiple options in converting your un-scalable, raster-based jpegs into scalable vectory goodness. Choose from low, medium and high quality vectors. Don’t be fooled – low/medium/high doesn’t refer to the quality of the…

My favorite blogging tools

With all the social networks out there, how do you maximize your posting while minimizing your effort? As a member of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, Last.Fm, and a dozen other large social networks, it can be hard to prioritize when and where you post. LiveJournal is my personal blog platform, but reposting to LiveJournal and…

Fun filters on your online images

Dumpr, despite having what could be a snicker-inducing name, is really a nifty tool. Just pick the filter you want to use and upload an image from your hard drive. Filters like rubik’s cubes, jigsaw puzzles, peeling paint, and a few less interesting options are just a click away.