Archive for December, 2008

How to Download Videos and Online Games from the Internet

By Gloson On December 30, 2008 12 Comments

Don’t you wish to download that nice video you saw on the Internet? Don’t you wish to watch it offline? Here are some ways.

KickYouTube

KickYouTube is one way to download YouTube videos.Simply type ‘kick’ before ‘youtube.com’. For example, http://youtube.com/watch/?v=dMH0bHeiRNg becomes http://kickyoutube.com/watch/?v=dMH0bHeiRNg.

After you hit enter, you will be taken to a page, exactly the same as the original page, except there are download options at the top of it.

Simply click the video format you want, and then click ‘Go’, which is near the top right of th page. Your download would begin in a moment.

Fast video download

Alternately, you can use Applian’s Fast Video Download, a add-on for firefox. After you install it on firefox, it will be displayed at the bottom right. When you are on a YouTube video, just click on the icon, and the video will be downloaded, as an .flv format.

But… there’s more to this add-on – not only it downloads videos from YouTube, but also from DailyMotion, Google Video, and some more other video sites! It can save videos from Google Video in the .avi format, though.

It also can be used to download embedded flash games (.swf), like the ones from www.pog.com and www.miniclip.com.

When it detects multiple downloadable stuff on the page, out will come a window that shows the downloadable stuff, and lets you pick which ones you want to download. Pick the one that you think is the most probable one that you want to download.
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(I was on www.miniclip.com, at a game called ‘Deep Freeze’. The most probable file that might be the game would be ‘deepfreeze.swf’.)

To play the game, simply right click the file in your folder, and click ‘Open With’. Pick any internet browser, and your game will be displayed there.

Click here to download Applian’s Fast Video Download

If you don’t have an flv player, you can download it here for free.



Why I love Gmail

By Gloson On December 29, 2008 7 Comments

If you ask me what is my favorite webmail, I would say Gmail. It is very cool and fast, and has a clean interface. It is my main email account. I am loving Gmail, and here is why.

1. Spam control

Yup, Gmail automatically throws mails which seem to be spam to the spam section. Furthermore, Gmail deletes spam mail after it has been stored in the spam section for 30 days. Therefore, I don’t have to delete spam mail manually. Though, it has a ‘delete all spam’ button.

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According to Wikipedia, this is how the spam filter works

“Gmail’s spam filters include a community-driven system, where emails marked as spam by one users provide information to help the system block similar future messages for all Gmail users.”

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Merry Christmas! (And Some Christmas Poems)

By Gloson On December 26, 2008 1 Comment

Just a short post to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas. And in case you are looking for free eCards for which you can send to your friends, visit 123Greetings. It has loads and loads of free eCards (not only the Christmas ones)!

Also, I’ve got some Christmas poems to share with you :) .

Santa and the Gift

It was a chilly, snowy day,
and it was dull, not bright.
And when the hands of all the clocks
were pointing at midnight,

Santa rode his flying sleigh
to give to Tom a present,
his reindeer sneezed; the gift fell off,
which wasn’t very pleasant.

His gift fell onto a police;
he thought it was a bat.
He fled away as fast as wind,
and left behind his hat!

Then Santa came down to the road
and grabbed the fallen gift.
He headed to his nearby sleigh
to give himself a lift.

Unfortunately, Santa Claus
slipped because of the ice.
His butt then landed on the ground,
which wasn’t very nice.

Unluckily, the gift then slipped
into a deep manhole.
Although he tried, he cannot reach it
with a long, long pole.

“I think I have no other choice,”
Saint Nick then tautly said.
And so, Tom got a pretty doll
that’s meant for girls, instead!

I hope you enjoyed them :D .

You can also check out Ewe Tunes, where sheep ‘baa’ songs to you, including Christmas ones.

And one more thing: Merry Christmas! ;)



Actions to Consider Before You Publish a Post

By Gloson On December 23, 2008 3 Comments

The post is done. The ‘publish’ button is going to be hit… Wait! There are still some things to do – things that would make the post better. In this post, you will learn the things you should to do before you publish you post.

Check Your Post

Before I hit the ‘publish’ button, I always checked for misspellings.

Misspellings are ridiculous. Although most writers check your spelling, they don’t check miss-misspellings. Miss-misspellings is a word I made up, which means instead of typing bet, you type vet. The spelling is correct, but the meaning is wrong.

Make sure the message is delivered properly and clearly

Write posts that everyone, not only you, can understand. Make sure the message is delivered in a way that all your readers find clear. Add more details to the part your readers might not understand.

Avoid using very complicated English and too many idioms. Not everyone is an English expert.

"Could this post be improved?"

Before publishing, I always ask myself, "Could this post be improved?" I then add more information that can improve my post, making it clearer or simply giving my readers some ‘extra knowledge’. I delete unnecessary information.

If you can find a picture, you can also add it to a post, as long as it describes the post.

Imagine you are the reader

After I added more information and modified the parts, I see myself as the reader. I pretend I didn’t read the post before. I then read it. If I find something offensive, not clear enough, or need more details and advice, I modify the post so that my readers wouldn’t find any problems reading the post.

Then, I read it again, and see if the post is okay.

Don’t publish it yet?

The longer a post stays, the more it can be improved, and the better it will be. The reason I put a question mark above is because if you really think your post is ready to be published, you can go on with the publishing. But if you leave your post for further improving, it will be better.

For example, you finished writing a post in the morning, and improved ‘all’ the parts that could be improved, but you decided to leave it unpublished for further study. At evening, you read your post again, with new eyes, and found more parts of the post that can be improved.

The reason you see your post with ‘new eyes’ is because after you finished writing a post, all you are focused on is your post, and your brain gets a little tired. After quite some time, your brain will get a little rest, learn new things, refresh itself, etc. When you come to your post again, your brain will have new ideas; new things that improve your post.

This is recommended if you are writing your best post ever.

If you are unsure whether a post is to be published, it is best to leave it in the workplace for further reading. But if you simply leave the post in your workplace, and do not improve it, the post would not get better.

Conclusion

If I already clicked publish before you do the actions above, the post would be good. But wouldn’t it be better if I did all the things above? I hope this post will inspire you and make you a better blogger ;) .

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