[neatnettricks] Neat Net Tricks Standard Issue 204, December 16, 2008

  • From: "Jack Teems" <jteems@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <neatnettricks@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 08:48:17 -0700

Advice to those who are contemplating publishing an email newsletter: In the event you want to know if it is read, mess up. Send one out with the wrong month and year. Then send a correction with the correct month but still the wrong year. That's what I did a couple of weeks ago, and you'd be surprised at the number of emails I received, informing me that I'd better take a closer look at my calendar. I'd like to be flippant and say that I planned the error, just to see if all you folks were paying attention, but that's not the case. It was, simply put, an error. and I'll try to hold those to a minimum.

I appreciate email from all readers, and I found one the other day particularly interesting. The writer observed that email newsletters have lost their popularity over the past decade and believes it may be due in part to the fact that we have all become more "computer savvy". He gave some examples of newsletters that gained in popularity a number of years ago with their focus on "teaching", i.e., use, repair, and modification of systems. Now they seem to have lost their targeted reader.

Other newsletters seem to have some flash but little substance, says he, and the writer went on to opine that Neat Net Tricks is unique, and I'm quoting in part "...It does not promote extensive do-it-yourself computer repair or computer modifications that only a geek could love. It does not offer advice about how to install your own motherboard or how to build your own computer. It does not spend 30% of its content selling junk gadgets, dubious software, or robes emblazoned with Jack Teems. It does not adopt foster children from third world countries and ask its readers to help support them and it does not spend issue after issue extolling or condemning the virtues and sins of Microsoft. What it does offer that is unique is its blend of freeware, humor, news and information, 'cool' or unique/interesting Web sites, tips, and commentary. And, of course, the reviews....the big selling point that one would think would make NNT really soar. NO ONE else does these! Period......"

I like to think NNT truly is unique and I've tried to keep it that way for the more than 13 years it's been consistently "rolling off the presses." You must surely agree with that writer, too, or you wouldn't be reading this issue or paying $12 a year, as many of you do, to read even more with the NNT Premium edition. If you are in agreement with NNT's "uniqueness", I hope you are sharing your opinion with others. For that, I thank you.



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01. PICPICK. Select one of the tools from the PicPick Tools trayicon menu when you want. Tools include capture tool, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard, etc. You can take it with you and no installation is required. Download free at http://picpick.wiziple.net/features .

02. RIGHTLOAD enables right-clicking of files to select a server and target folder. It features automatic thumbnail creation, creation of a list of uploaded files for pasting into forums or Web sites, and support for upload sites. Download free at http://rightload.org/ .

03. RESUMIZER. Hopefully you're not caught up in economic problems and are facing downsizing, outsourcing, or all those other terms applied to losing one's job. But if you are, consider Resumizer at http://resumizer.com/ , a free source for preparing resumes, cover letters, and other documents, along with help and tips for those reentering the job market.

04. iSPEECH. Simply upload any supported document and this free service at http://www.ispeech.org/convert.documents.php will convert it into audio you can listen to, share, embed or download.

05. EVERYTHING SEARCH ENGINE. Another one, boasting a small installation file, simple interface, quick file indexing and searching, minimal resource usage, real-time updating, file sharing, etc. Download at http://www.voidtools.com/ .

06. PIXLR is a free online image editor at http://pixlr.com/ . Edit, adjust, and filter your images.

07. AVIARY at http://aviary.com/home is yet another free image editor to, as they say, "edit images, create mind-blowing effects, design logos, find colors, collaborate, and more."

08. FREERINGER at http://www.freeringer.biz/ is a calling service that allows you to make free calls to telephone numbers in more than 30 countries throughout the world from your Web browser. There's no download of software required.

09. The PDF document format has been around for 15 years now so it's probably safe to say it's become a permanent fixture on our computers. Its popularity is due to a number of reasons: It's easily opened on just about any system; it's smaller and more compact than other document formats; it's easy to create a PDF document without spending a lot of money (there are free programs all over the Web for this); a PDF document can be encrypted to protect it from unauthorized disclosure; it's less likely to carry a virus or Trojan; the PDF document can be viewed with free software such as Acrobat Reader as well as most browsers; and, still more advantages can be found in PDF.

But what if you receive a PDF document and then want to convert it to a Microsoft Word format? No problem; there are a number of applications that do the job quite well, and they are all free. Take your pick from these or search the Web for even more:

CONVERT PDF DOCUMENT TO WORD, http://convertpdftoword.net/ .
PDF ONLINE, http://www.pdfonline.com/pdf2word/index.asp .
ZAMZAR, http://www.zamzar.com/ .
KOOLWIRE, http://www.koolwire.com/Default.aspx .
FREE PDF TO WORD CONVERTER.  http://www.hellopdf.com/ .
PDFUNDO, http://pdfundo.net/convert/ .

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