30 Cool Webapps for Fun and Productivity

Originally posted on Quincentenary Library Blog:

Reblogged from the Judge Business School Library Blog.

Posted by cjbsinfo on 5/24/13 – Categorised as Blog Journal Posts,Free Information,Resource Spotlight,Social media

These are some of our favourite new-media tools for finding and organising information and presenting your work online. It is the list of tools that we presented at our ’30 New Webapps in 30 Minutes’ class on 24 May 2013.What are your personal favourites? Do you have other great apps to suggest? We’d love to hear from you.

Skylines Skylines is a real-time photo search engine that lets you   see what’s happening in the world right now. Skylines searches and indexes   over 5-million photos per day from places like Twitter and Instagram. You can   easily search for topics, places or people and display live searches on your   website using their easy-to-configure widget.
PhotoPin Photopin is a search engine…

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Five errors that immediately get your resume rejected at Google

Originally posted on Quartz:

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I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week.

I have seen a lot of resumes.

Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What’s most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don’t need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting…

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Top 40 useful websites to learn new skills

Source: http://www.marcandangel.com/2010/05/24/top-40-useful-sites-to-learn-new-skills/

“Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new.

 

Hack a Day – Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.

 

eHow – eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.

 

Wired How-To Wiki – Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.  Browse through hundreds how-to articles and then add to them, or start a new one.

 

MAKE Magazine – Brings the do-it-yourself (DIY) mindset to all of the technology in your life.  MAKE is loaded with cool DIY projects that help you make the most of the technology you already own.

 

50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do – While not totally comprehensive, here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do.  It’s a great starting point to learn new skills.

 

wikiHow – A user based collaboration to build and share the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual.

 

Lifehacker – An award-winning daily blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently.

 

100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time – Today, knowing how to use Google effectively is a vital skill.  This list links out to enough Google related resources to make you an elite Google hacker.

 

Instructables – Similar to MAKE, Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others as the tackle new projects and learn new skills.

 

Merriam-Webster Online – In this digital age, your ability to communicate with written English is paramount skill.  And M-W.com is the perfect resource to improve your English now.

 

Lumosity – Learn to improve your memory by playing a series of fun and educational brain training games.

 

100 Skills Every Man Should Know – Another compilation article with instructions to help you learn new skills.  This one says it’s geared for men, but I think most of these skills are applicable to women as well.

 

5min Life Videopedia – Lot’s of great tutorials and DIY videos………”

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List of 101 most useful websites

Originally posted at: Monster Hub

List of 101 most useful websites:

01. screenr.com – record movies of your desktop and send them
straight to YouTube.

02. bounceapp.com – for capturing full length screenshots of web
pages.

03. goo.gl – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.

04. untiny.me – find the original URLs that’s hiding behind a short
URLs.

05. localti.me – know more than just the local time of a city

06. copypastecharacter.com – copy-paste special characters that
aren’t on your keyboard.

07. topsy.com – a better search engine for twitter.

08. fb.me/AppStore – search iOS apps without launching iTunes.

09. iconfinder.com – the best place to find icons of all sizes.

10. office.com – download templates, clipart and images for your
Office documents.

11. woorank.com – everything you wanted to know about a website.

12. virustotal.com – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for
viruses.

13. wolframalpha.com – gets answers directly without searching
– see more wolfram tips.

14. printwhatyoulike.com – print web pages without the clutter.

15. joliprint.com – reformats news articles and blog content as a
newspaper.

16. isnsfw.com – when you wish to share a NSFW page but with a
warning.

17. e.ggtimer.com – a simple online timer for your daily needs.

18. coralcdn.org – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try
accessing it through coral CDN.

19. random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.

20. mywot.com – check the trust level of any website – example.

21. viewer.zoho.com – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the
browser.

22. tubemogul.com – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other
video sites.

23. truveo.com – the best place for searching web videos.

24. scr.im – share you email address online without worrying about
spam.

25. spypig.com – now get read receipts for your email.

26. sizeasy.com – visualize and compare the size of any product.

27. whatfontis.com – quickly determine the font name from an image.

28. fontsquirrel.com – a good collection of fonts – free for personal
and commercial use.

29. regex.info – find data hidden in your photographs – see more EXIF
tools.

30. tineye.com – this is like an online version of Google Googles.

31. iwantmyname.com – helps you search domains across all TLDs.

32. tabbloid.com – your favorite blogs delivered as PDFs.

33. join.me – share you screen with anyone over the web.

34. onlineocr.net – recognize text from scanned PDFs and images – see
other OCR tools.

35. flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.

36. wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.

37. pastebin.com – a temporary online clipboard for your text and
code snippets.

38. polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or
grammatical errors.

39. awesomehighlighter.com – easily highlight the important parts of
a web page.

40. typewith.me – work on the same document with multiple people.

41. whichdateworks.com – planning an event? find a date that works
for all.

42. everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world time
zones.

43. warrick.cs.odu.edu – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web
pages are deleted.

44. gtmetrix.com – the perfect tool for measuring your site
performance online.

45. imo.im – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk,
etc. from one place.

46. translate.google.com – translate web pages, PDFs and Office
documents.

47. youtube.com/leanback – sit back and enjoy YouTube videos in
full-screen mode.

48. similarsites.com – discover new sites that are similar to what
you like already.

49. wordle.net – quick summarize long pieces of text with tag clouds.

50. bubbl.us – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.

51. kuler.adobe.com – get color ideas, also extract colors from
photographs.

52. followupthen.com – setup quick reminders via email itself.

53. lmgtfy.com – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on
their own.

54. tempalias.com – generate temporary email aliases, better than
disposable email.

55. pdfescape.com – lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser
itself.

56. faxzero.com – send an online fax for free – see more fax
services.

57. feedmyinbox.com – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter.

58. isendr.com – transfer files without uploading to a server.

59. tinychat.com – setup a private chat room in micro-seconds.

60. privnote.com – create text notes that will self-destruct after
being read.

61. flightaware.com – live flight tracking service for airports
worldwide.

62. boxoh.com – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps –
alternative.

63. chipin.com – when you need to raise funds online for an event or
a cause.

64. downforeveryoneorjustme.com – is your favourite site really
offline?

65. example.com – this website can be used as an example in
documentation.

66. whoishostingthis.com – find the web host of any website.

67. google.com/history – found something on Google but can’t remember
it now?

68. errorlevelanalysis.com – find whether a photo is real or a
photoshopped one.

69. google.com/dictionary – get word meanings, pronunciations and
usage examples.

70. urbandictionary.com – find definitions of slangs and informal
words.

71. seatguru.com – consult this site before choosing a seat for your
next flight.

72. sxc.hu – download stock images absolutely free.

73. imo.im – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk,
etc. from one place.

74. wobzip.org – unzip your compressed files online.

75. vocaroo.com – record your voice with a click.   The 101
Most Useful Websites  4

76. scribblemaps.com – create custom Google Maps easily.

77. buzzfeed.com – never miss another Internet meme or viral video.

78. alertful.com – quickly setup email reminders for important
events.

79. encrypted.google.com – prevent your ISP and boss from reading
your search queries.

80. formspring.me – you can ask or answer personal questions here.

81. snopes.com – find if that email offer you received is real or
just another scam.

82. typingweb.com – master touch-typing with these practice sessions.

83. mailvu.com – send video emails to anyone using your web cam.

84. ge.tt – quickly send a file to someone, they can even preview it
before downloading.

85. timerime.com – create timelines with audio, video and images.

86. stupeflix.com – make a movie out of your images, audio and video
clips.

87. aviary.com/myna – an online audio editor that lets you record and
remix audio clip.

88. noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online
(review).

89. disposablewebpage.com – create a temporary web page that
self-destruct.

90. namemytune.com – when you need to find the name of a song.

91. homestyler.com – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d.

92. snapask.com – use email on your phone to find sports scores, read
Wikipedia, etc.

93. teuxdeux.com – a beautiful to-do app that resembles a paper
dairy.

94. livestream.com – broadcast events live over the web, including
your desktop screen.

95. bing.com/images – automatically find perfectly-sized wallpapers
for mobiles.

96. historio.us – preserve complete web pages with all the
formatting.

97. dabbleboard.com – your virtual whiteboard.

98. whisperbot.com – send an email without using your own account.

99. sumopaint.com – an excellent layer-based online image editor.

100. lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams,
sitemaps, etc.

101. nutshellmail.com – Get your Facebook and Twitter streams in your
inbox

My timepass when SPOJ server was down!

Hey there!

I hope you enjoyed my last post about How I managed to download profile pictures of my facebook friends.

So, just like other normal days, when I am extremely into solving SPOJ problems one after another. And suddenly this happened!

There is a problem with SPOJ and their judge is down. Hence we are not able to process your submissions. We are looking into this.

CodeChef (@codechef) September 6, 2014

 

spoj

All of the websites based on SPOJ(CodeChef, Ideone etc.) were down consequently. I had just submitted my solution to a problem on SPOJ and I was yet to see the results of my submission. But it was down for long time enough to make me bore.

I was continuously refreshing the SPOJ website to know its status. Since, like all other programmers, I am also very lazy and believe in automating most of the boring tasks of life. I thought of automating this task as well!

Here is how I did it:

import requests
import winsound
from time import sleepcount=0
while(1):
response = requests.get(‘http://spoj.com/ ‘)
count+=1
if len(response.content) != 231:
winsound.Beep(200,5000)
print “Number of times checked: “+str(count)
break
print “Number of times checked: “+str(count)
sleep(10)

 

This was the script that I wrote in just 15 minutes and automated the task of checking whether SPOJ website was up or not yet.

How does this work:

It keeps making HTTP requests to the SPOJ website and returns the response. Since SPOJ website wasn’t down on server so the HTTP request to website wasn’t returning any error code. So, it was really hard to detect whether site is up or not. So, what I did was – noted down the length of the return content when the website was down. It was just 231 chars down(which mainly included the html code for their error message). So using this number, I put a check on the number of chars in return content of HTTP call that whenever the number of chars in this response will be more than 231, it will make my system beep for the given number of seconds(milliseconds actually) once the website is UP.

Here is the Github Repo where I have committed the entire code that I used to serve this purpose. You can fork it and play around it as you want.

For feedback/suggestions/feature-requests, tweet me @sahildua2305 #SPOJtimepass

This is how I downloaded profile pics of my Facebook friends using Graph API

Hey there !

A few days ago, my friend Hasil wrote a python script to post “Thank you” comments on B’day posts automaticlly using Facebook Graph API. It suddenly arose my interest in Graph API. And, after having developed applications(small/mid level) based on more than 8 APIs till the moment, it was just another API that I was going to work with; But the most complicated one I have ever worked with. So let me share my experience with you all, hope you guys will enjoy it, I surely did enjoy learning and using it.

What is Graph API?

Facebook Graph API

Graph API is HTTP based API(Application Processing Interface), that allows developers to send GET and POST requests to Facebook servers for data exchanging.

HTTP is a standard web protocol that is used all over the world and most of web applications for fetching and sending data to a remote server, of which GET and POST are two defined ways to work with data.

Graph API is HTTP based and hence helps us in fetching,GET request and posting, POST request from Facebook servers really easily without going into complex process underneath and any programming language which has support for these two requests can be used. But Python is my choice of language for some obvious reasons ;)

For identifying these GET/POST requests uniquely for each developer, Facebook uses an access token and all the requests are uniquely identified by Facebook server using this token only. We will shortly get to know how to get the unique access token. So let’s get started.

Getting Acess Token:

As mentioned earlier, everytime we send request(GET/POST) to Facebook, we need to use access token for Facebook servers to identify us as a unique developer. Generating an access token is really easy. Just follow the following simple steps:

  • Open Graph API explorer and click on Graph API Explorer. Now, click on Get Access Token and tick all the options that come under your set of requirement from Graph API. (PS: you can tick all the options including the ones in Extended Permissions)
  • A really long random code will be generated and that’s our access token which is required to work with this amazing Graph API.

Fetching Details of Friends with Script:

For making HTTP requests to Facebook servers, I am going to use Python module Requests. It makes our life really easy(one of the reasons that Python is the language of my choice).

import requests
import json
token = ‘ ‘ # paste the access token that you got in last step, here.
api_url = “https://graph.facebook.com/v2.1/
params = {‘access_token’ : token}
call = “me/friends?fields=picture.width(9999).height(9999).type(large),gender,name”
response = requests.get(api_url + call, params=params)
r = (json.loads(response.content))

And the output will be some JSON encoded object returning the information about your friends. Now you just need to read the JSON object and use information about each of your friends one by one.

Downloading Profile Pictures from the information extracted:

Now, that we have extracted all the information about friends, next job will be to perform download action on profile picture of everyone. Just create a folder in the main directory where your python script is saved, named ‘images’.

import urllib2
for f in r['data']:
p_url = str(f['picture']['data']['url'])
urlopener1 = urllib2.build_opener()
page1 = opener1.open(p_url)
my_picture = page1.read()filename = f['name']+”_”+f['id']+”.jpg”
print filename+” downloaded…”
fout = open(‘images/’+filename, “wb”)
fout.write(my_picture)
fout.close()

Now you can check your images folder. It will have all the downloaded profile pictures of your friends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPjBgOw_Pc4

That’s it. It may seem to be complicated at first, but you can open Graph API explorer at any point of time and understand how things are working.

Here is the Github Repo where I have committed the entire code that I used to download profile pics of my facebook friends. You can fork it and play around it as you want.

For feedback/suggestions/feature-requests, tweet me @sahildua2305 #FBtrick

How I developed my most-famous self-project in just 3 hours!!!

How I developed my most-famous self-project in just 3 hours!!!

I am going to write about my journey to develop my most-famous self-project — MySpeed Application.

MySpeed Application

Here’s how I started writing code that night —

On a crazy night, I was being extra-innovative and mad for developing something cool. I was searching APIs to use and create something awesome and innovative out of them. Suddenly I thought about how the internet speed testing websites work and became curious in running internet speed tests via API. I started searching for Internet Speed Testing API. I found a couple of them but which were completely redundant.

Finally, I came across this one which made my night! SpeedOf.Me They are the only service providers which provide internet speed testing services without any adobe flash(completely HTML5). They had their API in JavaScript language only(which isn’t generally my stronger part). But I was fascinated enough by the API scope that I was compelled to develop a web-app surrounding the API.

I, actually started coding at 2:10 am, 31st July. Starting from the basic rest running script to the pre-final draft of the web-app that had just a couple of HTML elements(a couple of tables and some chunk of text).

What did I want to make—

By this time, I had entire idea of what I wanted to make. I wanted to develop an app that will let users run internet speed tests, find out their download & upload speeds and the most importantly — will tell them their global rank based on previous results.

What I ended up developing—

After coding continuously for about 3 hours – at 5:00 am, I was ready with the Beta version of the app. I thought a little about the name, and decided to name it MySpeed Application.

By that time, I was already running late. But I needed a lot of people to test the app that I had created just out of my curiosity. So, that was the time to act a little bit devil! I mailed the link with description of the application to the mail list of PicsMashup. Acting a little smarter, I scheduled the mails to go at 12:15 am — just to make sure it reach out to maximum people. But, all in vain! Not even a single person opened the email(except me of course). But, I knew it was the fault of the title that I chose for the email not the application itself. So, to attract people to validate the idea and test the beta application, I shared it with all of my social networks and sat back calmly to see results. The results were astonishing. I got more than 80 unique(IP) users within next 24 hours. Nonetheless, 400+ visitors!

Current Scenario—

Till the moment of writing this article, MySpeed Application has got more than 150+ unique testers and 1.5k+ visits on the web-app. I keep on improving it and adding new features to the app as much as I can get time from my super-tight schedule.

For feedback/suggestions/feature-requests, tweet me @sahildua2305#MySpeed