iCalendar or iCal format for calendar data exchange was initially developed for use under Apple Macintosh operating system, and you can find tons of info how to show iCal on Mac desktop. Nevertheless, iCal calendar can be displayed on Windows desktop as well and there are short reviews of Windows desktop calendar tools that support iCalendars. They let you exchange iCal data between iPhone, iPod, Google Calendar or other web apps and your PC.
1. Desktop iCalendar – desktop calendar consisting of 4 widgets – monthly calendar, events, to-do list and weather widget. Allows to sync calendar and to-do list with Google calendar, exchange data with any device which use .ics (iCalendar) format.
2. Active Desktop Calendar – desktop calendar with appointments notes, tasks, alarms and contacts. Allows data exchange with Outlook and Google Calendar. Supports iCal and CSV formats for data import \ export.
3. Screen Calendar – desktop wallpaper calendar and reminder, shows small or fullscreen calendar for one or two month. Allows easy synchronizing events with MS Outlook. Supports iCal fully that lets you subscribe to iCalendar sources, import events from iCal calendars (including Google Calendar) to the desktop and export events to .ics files.
Do you yahoo? Remember that question? In spite of all Yahoo efforts, “yahoo” hasn’t become the verb that means “search”. Everyone knows the word which means web search nowadays – it’s “google”. And now Google takes one more step towards leadership – the new search tool Google Squared released last week.
- search results are displayed as a chart which gives not only links, but also other related information. For example:
- rows and columns in a result chart can be added or removed. ‘Add column’ field suggests various parameters to add or allows to type your own.
- squares can be saved to your Google account and easily removed when they are not needed.
What can be better:
- amount of search results is extremely small in comparison with the amount for the same queries in usual Google Search.
- in most cases, column values for one item are taken from different websites that can adversely affect search relevance. Nevertheless, you can view other values for most parameters and choose the most reliable one.
Google Squared still needs a bit of work, but it has a potential to simplify and improve web search in the future.
If you have a blog at WordPress.com, you know that inspite of all good features, WordPress.com customization is very poor. WordPress dot com doesn’t allow third-party widgets, doesn’t accept certain html tags, and so on, and so on. Still, there are some tricks you can use to add something interesting to your wordpress blog. This links collection is especially for you, my fellow wordpress[dot]com bloggers!
1. GetSocial – the best thing ever: easy adding social bookmarks buttons to WordPress.com
2. Free surveys and polls – a list of free services that will help you to add polls and surveys to your WordPress.com blog
3. Easy comments moderation – shortcuts for quicker and easier moderation of your WordPress.com blog comments
4. Easy post editing – keyboard shortcuts that will enhance your WordPress.com visual editor
5. Free copyrights for your blog – protect your content by adding free copyright
6. AddThis button for sidebar – how to use AddThis button in your WordPress.com blog sidebar properly
Hope you’ll like these links just like I do!
At Google Data Center Energy Summit on April 1, 2009, Google first time showed off its self-designed and built Web server and its “Container” data center. The videos are impressive of themselves, but they become even more impressive if you know what equipment Google had back in 1998:
- Two 300 MHz Dual Pentium II servers with 512 MB of RAM;
- IBM donated F50 IBM RS6000 with 4 processors and 512MB of memory
- Sun Ultra II with dual 200MHz processors, and 256MB of RAM
- And a few hard drives from 4 to 9 GB
The photo and hardware list are taken from http://backrub.c63.be.
Yesterday I read post How to create statistics chart for your blog on Flash’y’mania blog and I was fascinated with the animated Flash chart displaying blog visitors statistics. And of course, I want such a chart for my blog. But, as you probably know, WordPress doesn’t support Flash. I was angry with them about this many times and this chart was one more reason to be disappointed with WordPress limitations. Nevertheless, there is no sense in being angry, so I began to think what can I do to place chart like this on my blog. I’ve found the only solution – to create static chart and save it as image so that it can be published to WordPress.
Of course, I lose some advantages by replacing flash graph with a static image graph. Charts in Flash format are animated, interactive and even can display dynamic data. But having no alternatives here on WordPress, I still tried to create image chart. I used the same software as the Flash’y’mania author did – Animated Chart. Animated Chart tool can save charts both as Flash and as images. What’s great – Animated Chart lets save template charts, so when I decide to replace chart to display the newer data, I won’t have to create its design from the very beginning, I’ll only need to open a template file and replace chart data with a newer one. Besides, data import from file helps to enter even a large amount of data in minutes. So, image chart is rather handy too.
This is the chart I created, but what I really want is Flash support at WordPress. Still, I know this is much harder to get than a nice blog stats chart 🙂
My dear readers, this post will be the starting point of my monthly summaries of interesting and important news from all around the Web. I’ll be glad to see your comments, feedback or additions.
So, let’s start:
2. Gmail added new features to Labs:
- Undo Send lets you to cancel sending e-mail during a few seconds after clicking Send button.
- YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and Yelp previews are available directly in the message.
3. Microsoft launched The WorldWide Telescope Web Client Alpha to let you explore the univerce from within your browser. Web Client requires Microsoft Silverlight to be installed on your computer. It has less features than Windows client, but it’s still a great innovation, and a probable competitor of Google Sky.
4. Google made improvements to search results pages:
- More useful related searches is now can be found for every query.
- Longer snippets (a few lines of text that describe found pages in search results) for long queries.
5. Twitter fans was fooled by BBspot’s “Twitter Premium Account” hoax.
6. Blizzard improved their popular Battle.net. The main change is a “centralized account system that will let players manage all of their Blizzard Entertainment games, including World of Warcraft and future games, in one place without having to remember multiple sets of login information.”
This is what the March was for Internet community. And now we’re waiting for April and its news and innovations.