No matter what your interests and passions, there should be something in this eclectic rundown of “list” posts that’ll be of value and worth bookmarking:
1. Google Tools
The other day I spent some time searching for an online app or tool for something I want to make available to our territory sales manglers managers. I never did find exactly what I was seeking…
…but I did manage to come across a terrific list of Google tools at a site called College @ Home. Here’s a brief excerpt from 57 Useful Google Tools for Scholars, Students and Hobbyists –
These Google products can make the most basic of computing tasks easy and are a must for any Google devotee.
- Reader: Reader is a Web-based news aggregator that reads Atom and RSS feeds to allows users to easily subscribe, organize and share news items. It even has a mobile version allowing you to get your news on the go.
- iGoogle: Create a custom designed home page with iGoogle. Users can choose to have their Gmail accounts, calendars, weather, news and more all integrated on one main page they can see when they open their browser. The site also offers a wide number of themes for further customization.
- Picasa: This Google program makes it easy to manage your photos online and off. Users can download a photo editing and management program to their desktops which makes it easy to mail, upload or post photos to a blog or they can use the online albums provided by the program.
- Docs: You no longer need desktop publishing applications installed on your computer to type out documents or create spreadsheets, you can do it entirely online with Google. The services allow users to create, publish, share and collaborate on their documents and presentations, and best of all, they’re available on any computer with an Internet connection.
- Notebook: Research can be easier with this Web clipping application from Google. It makes it simple to clip text, images, and links from pages while researching and then save, retrieve or share the clips later. I used this tool while sorting through online university rankings, and also used to take notes in the application process.
- Desktop: Make it easy to find everything on your desktop with this application from Google. It allows users to search through their email, computer files, music, photos, chats, and web history to find what they need and also allows them to install useful gadgets to their desktops.
See the full post by clicking on the boldfaced link above the excerpt.
2. Security: Internet, Home, Kids, National, Personal
That’s quite a list of categories – although I’m dismayed there’s nothing to protect us all from The Rock of Love, I Love Money or any of the other high quality, uplifting programming on MTV.
Despite that glaring omission, this is quite a list of security and safety-oriented resources that appeared on – I am not kidding – a site called Forensic Science Technician. Here’s a snippet from The 50 Best Safety and Security Blogs:
Internet and Computer Security
Criminals are no longer bound by geographic location. Today’s cyber criminal can stay in the comfort of his home just by getting online. Stay up to date with the latest developments with these blogs.
1. The Internet Security Zone Written by a group of software engineers and product managers. Receive education and information that will make your Internet experiences even more secure.
2. PC Magazine’s Security Watch This blog is brought to you by PC Magazine. Brings you the most current news, review summaries, and helpful advice on security-related topics.
3. Dedicated to Spyware.com Frequently updated posts about significant spyware-related issues and events. They have a news section where you can search stories about spyware parasites, Internet viruses, and other security-related subjects.
4. Online Security Authority Many years of experience and resources will provide you with current information on how to keep your children and their family’s safe online. The goal of this blog is to develop a community of “responsible cyber Citizens“.
5. Threat Center Post your computer security questions on this site and get fast, precise answers. Related links and resources will help you download your security software and malware removal tools from secured and legitimate websites.
6. Computer and Data Theft Victims Focuses on issues of computer and data theft. The editors of this blog provide published articles from news, wire reports, and information sources. Learn how to protect yourself from Physical hardware theft that seems to be increasing at a high rate.
7. Identity Theft Blog An open- minded blog that teaches you ways to keep your computer safe from identity theft. Actually, this blog covers every aspect of identity theft but there are vast entries regarding computer related identity theft.
3. Tutorial Websites
From stalwart blog Dumb Little Man, this list of 15 Awesome Tutorial Websites You Probably Don’t Know About was originally published in July of 2008, but I’m betting that there’s something of interest for you here; a brief excerpt:
How Stuff Works
How Stuff Works is probably the best known How-to tutorials site. It has has a vast and diverse collection with topics ranging from food, health, computers, etc. One of the best things about this site is that it explains even the toughest tutorial in a very simple and easy to understand language.
Surprised? Well, it shouldn’t be if you use YouTube a lot. Yesterday my younger brother bought a new guitar and the very first thing he needed to do was to tune it. So he just logged on, went to youtube.com and searched for “How to tune a guitar”. And there you go! He had a nice video explaining the process step-by-step.
eHow is another comprehensive tutorials website with detailed instructions on how to do just about anything. Like How Stuff Works, this site also covers a wide range of topics.
About.com’s Video Tutorials
About.com’s video tutorial site has a collection of very informative how-to videos and screencasts on topics which include Parenting, Style, Electronics and Gadgets, etc. I found the collection to be very comprehensive and probably better than You Tube’s collection of similar videos.
wikiHow, as it says, is an editable How-to site with 40,100 articles contributed by volunteers from different parts of the world. You’re sure to find some nice tutorials here too.
Click on the link above for this terrific list.
4. Ways to cut your cancer risk
This is a terrific list of risk factors, although again I am dismayed to note that Bret Michaels and Flavor Flav do not appear on the list: 101 Easy Ways to Cut Your Cancer Risk from US Pharm D + (I don’t know what that is either; but the list is top notch.) Not merely a list of risk factors, the list includes numerous links to related articles and resources. An excerpt:
Physical activity and a healthy physique are important to reducing cancer risk. Learn about smart fitness choices here.
- Make a point to stay in shape: Keeping your weight down and preventing obesity can reduce your chance of developing esophageal cancer especially.
- Keep track of calories: Find out how many calories you burn during a workout to make it easier to slim down and stay healthy.
- Know how much you need to exercise: Here, the American Cancer Society reveals guidelines for how long adults and children need to exercise per day.
- Get your kids involved: Help your kids prevent cancer early on by encouraging them to share in your active lifestyle.
- Exercise after treatment: If you have already been treated for cancer and want to prevent it from returning, exercise and continue to eat right to reduce your chances of a relapse.
5. Top Personal Development Blogs
An amazing list of 100 personal development blogs with several categories – “Must Read;” “Work Development;” “Get Organized;” “Financial Development;” and others from Bachelors Degree Online. An excerpt from Top 100 Personal Development Blogs:
Learn to take control of your career and get things on the right track with a little help from these work-related sites.
- Slacker Manager: This blog is all about helping you figure out ways to be more productive when you are working so you have more time for all the other important things in your life.
- Instigator Blog: Blogger Benjamin Yoskovitz provides readers with tips and advice on being more successful in work and making more money on this blog.
- Ian’s Messy Desk: Here you’ll find some assistance in getting your work life organized, being productive and meeting your personal goals.
- Escape from Cubicle Nation: If you’re dreaming of a job that doesn’t involve spending 40 hours a week in a tiny cubicle, check out this blog. You’ll find helpful advice on getting motivated and getting that dream job (or at least one that doesn’t involve a cubicle.)
- Business Hackers: Check out this site to find small tips on saving money at work, getting more done and being more successful.
- Open Loops: Even if you have a fully booked schedule, this blog will help you find ways to squeeze in time for yourself with productivity and time management advice.
6. Best Food Blogs
7. Matt Bites When blog photos are taken by a professional photographer, it really shows – see his recent molasses-glazed acorn squash, for example. One of the select number of male food bloggers, Matt is charming and humorous, and has a recent Martha Stewart TV appearance to boot.
8. Serious Eats Practially everything you need to know about food can be found on this multi-contributor food website, started by New York Times journalist Ed Levine. The focus is on American foods such as hot dogs, there are restaurant and gadget reviews, food videos and recipes, including an easy recipe every afternoon to inspire that evening’s dinner.
9. 101 Cookbooks One of the most established food blogs, five years old and counting; this is the chronicle of a blogger with an overindulged habit of buying cookbooks. This Californian blog is primarily a conduit for savoury recipes, mostly vegetarian, and using natural foods – the most popular include caramelised tofu, black bean brownies and lemon-scented quinoa salad. It’s technologically literate, too, with i-Phone compatible recipes, and there is a convenient index of recipes by ingredient, and by category (ie gluten-free, cookies, drinks etc).
10. Smitten Kitchen A combination of writing/photographer skills add up to culinary excellence in this well-established blog, covering recipes cooked in author Deb Perelman’s tiny New York kitchen. A Facebook group, Flickr photo pool, and Twitter following – this is a slick operation.
And for the record, only one of my (four) favorite sites made the list – can you guess which one??
7. Website resources for when you’re laid off
Not to dampen the mood, but a sad fact is that more and more of our neighbors are currently in need of career counseling and resources. This list post from Mashable is especially relevant in these turbulent times: 30+ Websites to Visit When You’re Laid Off. A quick glimpse of the post:
10. Department of Labor Health and Retirement Benefits Toolkit: Another U.S. government website, this is the DoL’s job loss toolkit. It has fact sheets and publications on COBRA, pensions, and more.
11. Mint: Mint is a free budget management and finance tracking service. After connecting it with your online bank accounts and credit cards, you can see all of your financial activity and set budgets based on categories of spending. When you lose your income source, you need to be sure you are keeping on budget. Mint will even send an SMS if you go over your budget or have unusual charges.
12. Wesabe: Wesabe is similar to Mint in that it can track your finances by linking to your online finance accounts, but it also leverages its community to make recommendations and tips that can help save you money. Users can also share advice with the rest of the community by commenting on items.
13. Employment at SmartMoney.com: SmartMoney is a great resource for investing and managing your money. The Employment section specifically has videos, columns, and articles on starting your own business or surviving a layoff. It’s from the Wall Street Journal – it’s quality information.
8. DIY savings for homeowners
Straight from the experts at ThisOldHouse.com, here’s a handy list for any homeowner: 50 Nifty Tricks for Big DIY Savings. A quick look at part of the list:
2. Borrow specialized tools—gas-powered post-hole diggers and table-mounted routers—from a DIYer in your area for a small fee. Go to Zilok for far better deals than rental retailers offer.
Cost: $1 to $100 per day.
Savings: $50 or more for the same tool at a rental center.
Bonus: Getting to know fellow renovators in your neighborhood with whom you can swap tips.
3. Close closet doors to lower the square footage you’re heating (and cooling). Shuttering closets along exterior walls also helps to insulate the house.
Cost: Zilch—although it may take a few minutes for your clothes to reach room temperature before you put them on.
Savings: About $50 per year off your energy bills.
Bonus: You and your guests won’t see closet clutter.
4. Choose one neutral trim paint for the entire house rather than buying a gallon of a particular color for each room and using only a fraction of each can.
Cost: You have to forgo the trendy color combos in the paint manufacturer brochures.
Savings: $50 on paint for three rooms.
Bonus: Crisp white trim is always in style, and you’ll never have to rummage around for the right can for touch-ups.
9. Free wallpapers
If you want to dress up your computer’s desktop, here’s a great resource: 57 Wallpapers You Must See from PresidiaCreative. As a bonus, and this one has a tremendous number of free wallpapers, check out SocialWallpapering.
10. Websites that stream TV shows and movies
From randomn3ss.com a list that’s so extensive, I’ll even forgive the dangling preposition in the post title: The complete list of websites to stream full TV shows and movies from. Over 90 sites are listed, so be warned: major time sponge alert!
BONUS: Strange Buildings
OK, perhaps you won’t bookmark this one, but it’s just as entertaining as Flavor Flav and unlike looking at Flav, it won’t lower your IQ: 50 Strange Buildings of the World.
Here’s a peek at just one:
Have a great week! If you’ve stumbled across any great list posts, please share them by commenting!