WordPress adds support for Google Gears

When I logged into my WordPress-driven website, I noticed a new link called Turbo on the top left:


Clicking it brought this up:


Like Google Docs and Remember the Milk, it essentially is using Google Gears to speed up page load time of WordPress’ images, scripts, and CSS files.  So what is Google Gears?

According to text in Google Code:

Google Gears is an open source browser extension that lets developers create web applications that can run offline. Gears provides three key features:

  • A local server, to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) without needing to contact a server
  • A database, to store and access data from within the browser
  • A worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background

Google Gears is currently an early-access developers’ release. It is not yet intended for use by real users in production applications at this time.

Very cool!

Convert YouTube videos into MP3

A few posts ago I showed how to Save YouTube videos into your iPod.  But what if you simply want the audio?  Well you’re in luck.  A website just popped up that allows you to do just that:


It’s easy and simple to use.

1. You can either enter the YouTube URL or upload the .flv file  you want converted.
2. Hit the OK button, get a quick snack, and wait for the progress meter to finish.
3. Once done converting, it will ask you to save it on your computer.
4. Finally, simply import it into iTunes or your favorite player.

Viola!  Instant audio from video!  Enjoy.

Microsoft’s forensic USB thumb drive

image Here’s an interesting article on the Seattle Times website about a small plug-in device that Microsoft “quietly distributed to a handful of law-enforcement agencies.”  Dubbed the COFFEE (Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor), it contains “150 commands that can dramatically cut the time it takes to gather digital evidence, which is becoming more important in real-world crime, as well as cybercrime. It can decrypt passwords and analyze a computer’s Internet activity, as well as data stored in the computer.”

I need one of this…just because.  =0)

Masquerade your e-mail address

imageThe folks at Carnegie Mellon University created an application called MailHide that will  assist you in masquerading your e-mail address from spammers.

What it does is it only shows your e-mail address partially, like your…@domain.com.  And if someone wants/needs to obtain your complete, true e-mail address, they can by solving two CAPTCHAs ((Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart)displayed…you know those forms that ask you to type in certain words.

They also provide an API.  Cool!  OK, hope this helps you decrease the spam you receive exponentially.