If you're taking off on a plane tonight and headed somewhere exotic, or even if you're just headed home for the holidays, you have to check out Seatguru.com - a comprehensive airplane seating, in-flight amenities and airline information site.
If you're feeling really geeky pre-flight you can get detailed seat map graphics, in-depth seat specific comments denoting seats with limited recline, reduced legroom, mis-aligned windows, information about in-seat power port locations and maps of galley, lavatory, exit row and closet locations. Then if your flight is terrible, you can also get the right contact information to lodge your complaints. Bon Voyage!
Techie Jim Barr started JimsTips.com in 2003 and he quickly became one of the select one-name internet sensations. If you do use gmail, lend your eyes to Jimstips.com/gmailtips, as it is filled with insight on excluding your chat from search results, viewing Outlook stationery in Gmail and keyboard shortcuts.
"I'm the kind of guys that loves tinkering with gadgets, computers, and software, and when I discover interesting features or cool tidbits of information, I love to share it with anyone who will listen," said Barr.
I don't think I've ever had a gmail problem that Mr. Barr couldn't help me solve!
Freecycle.org gives new meaning to the adage "one person's junk is another person's treasure." The site is essentially a giant extension of the Craigslist free section. The nonprofit movement is made up of thousands of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and cities. While it may sound a bit sketchy, I've found a ton of great vintage techie items and valuable record collections and could waste hours away just checking out all of the geek gear.
Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer, and while membership is free, you have to sign up for a local group. Why recycle when you can Freecycle.org, right?
Ever reach the checkout page of an online retailer and wonder why you never have the right coupon or promotion code to get their seasonal deals? Retailmenot.com is a collaborative online site that internet users to find and share coupon codes for online stores.
The site's top coupon searches include: amazon.com, newegg.com, harryanddavid.com and victoriassecret.com, but you can test out any online retail site or add codes you know about.
For tips on how to use retailmenot, just read more
Want to make one of those cute slideshows you've seen on other people's blogs? Check out RockYou.com, a website that allows you to make your slideshows groove with music tracks. From Hip Hop, Electronica, and old school rock - you can customize the look and sound of your slideshows to better memorialize the essence of your wild days and nights.
There is currently no limit to the number of photos you can upload. However, they must be in jpeg, gif, or png format and less than 3 megs in size. Once you've uploaded your pictures to RockYou.com they can then be added to your Myspace, Friendster, Xanga and even your TeamSugar profile or blog.
For tips on how to make a slide show or embed it in your blog, just read more
Yesterday I featured Mercora, which offers free music downloads for PC users, and Fergie Ferg pointed out I forgot to mention Pandora.com, another free music site that allows you to "make your own radio station" on PCs and Macs.
Pandora's catalog contains more than 10,000 different artists - ranging from popular to obscure - and has analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. It's free, but if you want to view the site without banner ads, you'll have to sign up for a paid account. It's a window worth opening.
If you forgot your iPod at home, or are squeamish about file sharing, you can still listen to great digital music online simply by plugging in your headphones or turning up your speakers. Mercora.com is a hip peer-to-peer radio network composed almost entirely of music resident on people's computers. It's legal because you don't actually download the files.
The music is free, CD-quality, and like the illegal downloading sites, the collection is massive.
I'm a fan of the site because of its mission to uphold the letter and spirit of music copyright law by paying performance royalties to organizations that represent songwriters and music record labels. Everybody wins!
Mercora supports Internet Explorer version 6.0 and later and Mozilla Firefox version 1.03 and later. Works on PCs.
Orisinal offers a pretty arsenal of free, simple Web-based games, that are simple to play, aesthetically pleasing and just plain fun.
The collection of Orisinal games is organized by cute icons on the home page without any text, so every time you click on an icon to play a game, you get an exciting surprise. The site is the mastermind of Ferry Halim, who recently released a new "snowy winter-time theme" game after a year hiatus. Workday gamers unite!
Every few minutes, We Feel Fine's system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling." When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the "feeling" expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). The result is a collection of raw human emotion from across the blogosphere archived on a perfectly interfaced site.
Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written.
All of this information is saved and We Feel Fine's stats increase by 15,000 - 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s?
For more about the site, read more
If you plan on traveling this holiday season, but want to listen to something other than Christmas music or your same lineup, check out the download options at Audible.com.
Audible.com offers more than 23,000 digital audio programs - unabridged best sellers in genres like fiction, comedy, mystery, nonfiction, politics, self development, and language learning, informative audio newspapers, and public radio programs such as This American Life and Booknotes. It only costs $7.49 a month for the first two months and you can easily burn your downloads onto CDs or upload them to your MP3 player.