Think2.0 – Easy Draw it Yourself Web Design Online App

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My favorite method of learning, and doing projects has always been the one where anything goes. No need for an outline given by the instructor that lets in no original work of your own. Also, I feel my blog is missing a factor, the one that creates interaction between the blogger and the reader (if I have any readers) so I decided to try a new segment where I take one of my best ideas, share it with everyone, and see how much readers add to it over time. Maybe even at some point an idea or two may become something worthwhile to make real.

Today’s topic is: Creating an online service that lets users design a custom web page using for free presets and tools that insert Divs and such. Heres an example of an application similar to my idea:

Considering the fact that users will be able to draw things using an online application, all the divs and such drawn out can be inserted using absolute positioning. Here’s some other features that I think should probably be included of mine making no prior expertise needed:

– Use a “Code” and “Visual” view so that users can edit the HTML itself as well.
– Option of using PHP for better users.
– Anybody know what programming language WordPress’ word processor is made of? Maybe the same language should be used for this. Or maybe Ajax?
– Have option of using preset border designs.
– Have option of creating and saving styles as an external style sheet instead with IDs and Classes.
– Don’t want to make it seem like myspace, but maybe there should be a blog feature, and on every other page a small box with the most recent blog posts and more could be shown.
– Upload and insert images or insert images on another server like Photobucket.
– Integration with Photobucket would be better actually. Log into Photobucket from this account and simply drag and drop or images into a div or use absolute positioning.
– Have filters to add glossiness, and effects such as those found in Picnik. Or rather integrate Picnik as well.
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WiTv, the best upcoming video viewer software?

Now I know I talked about how Joost seems to be doing pretty good and may even be good for replacing Youtube, but just recently I found out about a new product called WiTV. As far as I know there is no official website yet, but this program has plenty of new features such as Multilingual subtitles, runs within a browser window or can be downloaded, has chapter management, lets you use Skype while watching videos, and much more. I haven’t had a chance to try it out myself yet, but I know if I could I would probably be using it right now.

Check out a full list of details over at: http://www.webtvwire.com

Google also to compete with iTunes?

According to http://www.last100.com Google and Universal Music Group have created “GBox” in which users can search for a song on Google and then using Google’s text ads they will show a link to that song on GBox where you can buy the song DRM free. Over at G4‘s “Attack of the Show’s” “The Loop segment” they were talking about whether or not Google and Universal could really compete with iTunes. Personally I think iTunes is easier to use but maybe in the future GBox may be a bit of competition, unless people search for torrents with Google instead . Here are the system requirements copied straight from the site:Operating System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Vista, Windows XP, 2000, ME

Web Browser Requirements

The gBox is optimized for use with the following browsers:

  • – Internet Explorer 6.0 +
  • Full access to gBox.com
  • Create, Manage and Publish your wishlist
  • Download gifts
  • Give gifts to other people
  • – Firefox 2.0 + FULL SUPPORT COMING SOON
  • You can continue using Firefox but only to view your friends’ gBox wishlists and gifts.
  • In order to visit gBox.com, join, create your own gBox wishlist and to download your gifts, you will need to use Internet Explorer 6.0+

Sadly Mac users can’t use GBox at all, but it might only take a few months until they can. Anyway, the site is done using mainly Flash, and lets you create a wish list and gives you the code for it so you can post your wish list on your website or myspace, and lets you know which songs you received and donate songs. And if you want to get it right away, you can buy it. The search feature doesn’t work very well though and It took me a while to find 30 Seconds to Mars songs since the search results didn’t show them, which I easily found on iTunes. GBox also has less songs than iTunes. So I’d stick to iTunes and/or torrents for the next few years. To read the full article at Last100, click here.

Random Links Part 2

Well considering the fact that Random Links Part 1 has risen to the spot as #1 post on my blog in less than a day, I’ve decided to continue with it for a while. Here is a second round of useful links that might help you find new websites you’ll like. If you feel that your website, or another website or blog should be shown here too leave a comment and I’ll check out the site and respond as soon as possible. 🙂

Project Releases to look forward to:

  • WordPress Comment Ninja – Script for Greasemonkey (Yes i am obsessed with Greasemonkey). Lets you respond to comments from the comment administration panel on your dashboard. Release: End of August. Click for more info.
  • Blueprint CSS – Create web page styles using a new type of CSS Framework that uses easily customizable grids to make it perfectly organized and aligned. Its a great idea from a tech-student, but it shouldnt be used yet for publishing websites because it is still in development. Example.

Software and Web Services:

  • Wordrackers | Keywords Type in a word and find out what related words are searched most daily. Too bad it costs money though, but theres a free trial, and you can always lie to keep using the free trial.
  • DivShare – Another file hosting service, but with this one you can even embed files on websites, show your company logo in your embedded files, get 200 MB of space, not have your files deleted after a certain period of inactivity, create image galleries, get support for a lot of your files, and much more. (Free to Sign Up)

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Random Links Part 1

Starting today I’m going to start doing “random links” posts that include links to some of the better websites that will to help you find certain things such as song lyrics or torrents, free yet very good software and even articles on how to increase your Vista’s activation deadline. Click read more to read… 🙂

Interesting Blogs:

Web Services:

Useful Articles

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Great Greasemonkey Scripts

Here’s another new segment on my blog. This one is for when I find any good Greasemonkey scripts that i feel i should share. If you don’t own Firefox, and need the script for Internet Explorer you should try either Trixie or Turnabout.

  • Find Wide Images in your blog/site – Find images that are too wide with this user script created at IDT labs(not the the university). To download it directly click here. To find instructions on using this script click here.

  • Search CC’d Flickr Pics – Another script from IDT labs allows you to search Flickr for only images under the Creative Commons license (that means you can use the images in your projects as well). Download directly or view the Information Page.

  • Yahoo Pipe Cleaner – Yet another from IDT labs, if you’re a big fan of Yahoo Pipes and constantly copy code over to your blog pr website, you should use “Yahoo Pipe Cleaner”. It removes any and all H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6 headers, rel=nofollow, class/id CSS selectors, and replaces paragraphs with list elements. Download Directly or view Information Page.

  • GmailSecure – Force Gmail to use a secure connection with this short script: Download or view Info.

  • Mailto 2 Webmail – Open your favorite Email Client instead of always having a pop-3 client like Outlook open. Compatible with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Google Apps Mail. Download or view info.

  • MyspaceHax – Gives menu access to MySpace profile sections (including hidden ones) by adding a little box in the top right corner. Download or view info.

  • Myspace custom layout dis/enable – Disable or Enable all those annoying myspace layouts with a click of a button. Most of you will probably just disable the custom layouts though. 🙂 Download or view info.
  • Gmail Emoticons – Shows a link that will open a table of Emoticons (Emotion Icons) that you can drag into ur email. Download or view info page.
  • Increase Site/Blog Traffic with Feedburner

    Feedburner logoThis is being written as a response to a comment i received.

      “Great entry, but not sure exactly what services you are using with Feedburner I’ve been using their services for a while and I’ve noticed no increase in traffic or anything unless I wanted to pay.”

    You can also see my success story of how Feedburner increased my site traffic by clicking here. Well anyway, heres a short tutorial of mine on how to activate as many free services from Feedburner as possible to help you gain site traffic to your blog or website and a bit more:

  • Step 1: As soon as you’ve registered your blog, DO NOT click “skip this step”. You will regret it! Simply click next to continue to upgrade your account for free.

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