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Article: “Internet Tutorials explain the Web” December 3, 2009

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Article by me on Examiner.com:

Internet Tutorials explain the Web


Watermark your photos, free October 13, 2009

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Due to copyright concerns many photographers add a “watermark” to their digital photos — a faint logo or text notice overlaid on the image (here’s an example). However, the basic photo management software that came with your computer or camera doesn’t necessarily include this capability.

Rather than buying a new program, you can try PicMarkr.com, a web site that watermarks your images for free.  You can upload up to five images at a time from your computer, Facebook, Flickr, or Picasa and watermark them with text or a custom image in the position you choose.  Then you can upload the results back to one of those online services or download onto your computer.

If the free Web version doesn’t do enough for you, you may be interested in the PicMarkr Pro desktop software for Windows at $39.99.

Visit PicMarkr.com

Where were you when…? September 16, 2009

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… the Death Star fell?

Humor: Stormtroopers’ 9/11 (video)

“The same thing we do every night, Pinky: Try to take over the world!” September 14, 2009

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Monopoly City Streets imageNow your dreams of global domination can become a reality… well, kinda. The popular game Monopoly has gone global with an online version called Monopoly City Streets.  It’s a live game which, together with Google Maps, pits you against other players as you start with $3 million and assimilate real streets located all over the earth.  (Though you’re not really assimilating them… you know.)  As with regular Monopoly, you can build on your properties, collect rent, and negotiate with other players.

Looks like this is a test run for Hasbro, as their web site says the online game will only be available through January 31, 2010.

Check out Monopoly City Streets.

Google Stuff and Google Clout August 27, 2009

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Have you noticed all the free applications Google is giving away?

Of course, there’s the popular Gmail. But there’s also Google Calendar for online calendars, and Google Docs for online document storage and sharing. Recently Google came out with a new web browser called Chrome to compete with Internet Explorer and Firefox. And that’s not all; if you want to see everything Google has to offer, check out this page.

But these applications aren’t feature-bereft, get-what-you-pay-for offerings slapped together by a programmer with a little free time.  They are robust.  Google Docs reads PDFs and Microsoft Office documents and allows you to share and collaborate with them.   Google Analytics plugs into your web site for no-cost statistical analysis of your traffic.  Google Earth has literally revolutionized the way we see the world.  And can anyone say YouTube?

Granted, Google acquired most of these technologies rather than inventing them.  Who can blame them?  It’s pretty darned good stuff, and I realize I’ve come to rely on many of these products almost exclusively.

People think it’s Microsoft that dominates the computing landscape, but it’s not.  If Microsoft owns your computer, Google owns the Internet.  Hmm: Which would I rather have?