Best DC++ alternatives for Macintosh

Sharing over LAN is indeed the lifeline of many college students, nearly all major technological institues and universities have their own network of over the lan sharing, popularly known as DC or DC++ ease of use and efficiency of this protocol has made it extremely useful in places which have a large number of inter-connected user base.

Windows is already blessed with good DC softwares such as DC++ and Apex DC++ but for Macintosh there still are pretty good option that gets the job done, below is quick reference list of such clients with their pros and cons.

#1. Shakespeer

Shakespeer is small and effective DC client for Mac and it does what is says, works fine and has very simple to use interface, add the hub and you are ready to go. Its light and does not clog up the system memory.

But Shakespeer lacks the ability which enables the client to split the downloading files into smaller chunks and and speed up the process, it downloads the entire file at a go.

#2. EiskaltDC++

Elskalt is a cross platform DC client works on multiple operating platforms, it has a interface which closely resembles DC++ and boasts a similar feature set, and has the ability to spilt files and speed up the downloading process. Elskalt outperforms Shakespeer in many areas but has stability issues.

Apart from there two clients few other clients are DCOSx and MacDC++

Create Your Own Firefox Installer

Undoubtedly  Firefox  is the best browser available today with more than millions of downloads on its inception its launch in cyberspace was nothing short of  a ‘Phenomenon’

But we often reinstall our system and without proper backup process our program files are also gone but and every time and you install your browser again and all themes extensions you use. But in this post I will tell you how to prepare your own installer of Firefox with all themes and extension you want so next time you install your browser your all themes and addons will be installed automatically.

First download Silence of Foxes from here and unpack in a new folder and also get the installers of addons and themes you want by right clicking the install icon and choosing save target as

You also need the Firefox installer. It is good if you have one if not download the latest version form here. Now lets begin with the process in the unpacked folder run the sof.exe file and choose Firefox as project.

And move ahead and choose location of your Downloaded setup and choose unpack.

After it’s done you should see the following screen

Now the tricky part is you need copy all your themes and extensions in the following folders

X:sofProjectFirefoxExtensions (x is your drive letter)

and themes into this directory

X:sofProjectFirefoxThemes

You can also choose the pack my files option it will add all existing addons and themes to your installer.

After its done packing click next and you will find your installer in the SOF folder.

And your installer is ready to use. So build your own installer and share with us.


[Editor Note: This post is by Alok Chaudhari. He blogs at Freewares n Beta about best freeware stuff.

If you like to write for Devils Workshop, please check this. Details about our revenue sharing programs are here.]

Best Blogger Hacks Collection – Part 2

Well this my 2 post on the same topic nearly after 6 month in my last post I have coverred all major hacks related to blogger but there better version of hacks now so in this post you get to know about few updated hacks and few new hacks.

Post Summaries WordPress Style

The very popular Read More or Expandable summaries hack almost every blogger uses this hack but this hack is quite irritating especially if your using the version in which you have to divide the post into two parts summary and the rest of it, also this version sometimes works and sometimes does not and its hard to implement on a old blogger since you have to divide each post to apply this hack uniformly.

Before Hack(no thumbnails)

But por Rô Zanchetta @ BloggerShpera has developed a better and best version of this hack which includes automatic summaries+thumbnail of images in your post this hack gives a very professional look to your blog and once you have added this hack to your template it applies to all your post. Here is what am talking about.


After Hack

But the original post is in Portuguese and Google translate doesn’t work well but Aneesh @ Bloggerplugins has written this hack in a much simple way and has kept all its feature you install this hack form here.

Related Posts Hack

As its name suggests it adds the list of  your previous posts under same tag under your post body this certainly useful as you keep the visitor enagaged in your site.

There are many version of this hack but am very impressed by a version Developed by Gagan because it mixxes with nearly all blogs and has a neat presentation and looks amazingly professional.

Now look at the other hacks and hack developed by Gagan

Gagan's versionGagan’s version

Use this hack

Breadcrumbs for navigation in Blogger

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs make s navigation easy and help the user to move from one Label to another flawlessly, but the term Breadcrumb is itself quite confusing  so here is definition of Breadcrumbs from Wikipeadia.

Breadcrumbs or breadcrumb trail is a navigation aid used in user interfaces. It gives users a way to keep track of their location within programs or documents. The term comes from the trail of breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel in the popular fairytale.

As far I remember i saw this hack first developed by Amanda which deals with usual code editing and related stuff but the best about this version is that it will appear in different styles on your different Blog pages.

Use this hack

Recent posts Widget with Thumbnails

This widget was developed by Aneesh this looks very attractive and looks professional you can edit the no of words in summary and thubnails support is good but it show images upload via blogger only.

Use this Hack

SEO for Blogger Blogs

SEO for me seems an endless topic everyone has its own way to describe it but most important thing we should we remember that Content is the King it does not matter that poorly your blog is optimize for search engines but if written good articles than visitor will sure came back to your Blog, also you need to change your Blogging habits for example post at a particular time, so that readers knew exactly when they will have fresh content.

Also you need add some cosmetic to your posts i means you should write post in attractive manner so it should be visually appealing for this recommend you to read these post.

Also there is a good post by Rajeelkp. Which deals with all SEO hacks available for blogger.

There are also many other hack that will be discussed in future posts.


[Editor Note: This post is by Alok Chaudhari. He blogs at Freewares n Beta about best freeware stuff.

If you like to write for Devils Workshop, please check this. Details about our revenue sharing programs are here.]

Get more out of the Tube

imagesWell undoubtedly Youtube is the opium of the E-age… the more you spend time on it, the addicted you get to it. Also, it’s a great time pass watching videos and tutorials, but very few use this effectively…

Simple Commands in Youtube

There are lot short commands that are very useful in Youtube that can be suffixed at the end of your video URL to enjoy their functionality

Suffix

‘&fmt=18? for high quality videos

#t=XXmYYs for XX mins and YY seconds using this you can view video from exact time you want for example if you want to view your video from 2min 22 sec the command you should use is

#t=02m22s

‘&rel=0? – to disable related videos

Well, these are good but i personally find them very irritating and absurd as you need to do it manually every time you watch any videos.

The good news is there are scripts and addons available for it.

Greasemonkey Scripts

If you aren’t aware of what spices of monkey I am talking about better check this post and proceed ahead.

YousableTubeFix

A good all-in-one script that blocks ads from the sections you want, lets you download videos into several formats, automatically expand the “More” section, see all comments at once and more.

This script does the job at once but there are few more that are useful

Video Focus

Allows you to watch videos without the distractions of chats, comments, ads and so on, while also giving you the ability to resize videos, customize the background color, center the video on the page and more.  Works with dozens of different video sites.

YouTube Cleaner

Helps you clean up the appearance of the YouTube video pages by removing the comments, related videos, promoted videos, sharing information and footer. Also allows you to restore them instantly if you should choose to do so.

Mozilla Addons

There are plenty of Firefox addons that helps to improve Youtube experience but i would mention only a few which i personally use and are useful.

Media Converter

This extension will allow you to not only download your desired videos, but it will also convert them right in the browser to the format you desire.

Video DownloadHelper

Once installed, Video DownloadHelper’s icon will animate when you come to a page that has a video you can download.  Once you start the download process, you can also choose which format you want to save the file as.

Better YouTube

Collects some of the most popular Greasemonkey scripts for YouTube that do things like give you an alternate player, a cleaner theater interface and more instead of scripts you can use this addon.

For people stuck with you visit following sites to download Video from Youtube in desired formats.

Also there are few good post on same genre on Devils Workshop also check them out:


[Editor’s Note: This post is submitted by our guest blogger Alok Chaudhari. Alok blogs at Freewares n Beta on stuff related to freeware.

If you too, would like to write for Devils Workshop, please check this. Details about our revenue sharing programs are here.]

What Gmail has to offer that others won’t?

image10Well by the time you get to read this, you would have come across at least tons of articles with nearly the same genre, but this one is a little different… this post is based on my own experience I had with this wonderful service.

Well,  I have been using Gmail from the past 3 years and I never felt the need to anywhere else.

Why Gmail?

  1. A clutter-free Inbox is probably the first thing that you will notice about this service.
  2. It’s Inbox and compose options are straightforward also among the few services that does not clog up your inbox with image ads and waste your bandwidth every time you load your Inbox.
  3. It also offers a basic html version if you are on a dead slow PC connection.

You must be aware of most of the facts written above, but there are few more points I’d like to share with you…

Gmail also offers SSL connection but you have to turn it on via settings… adding an extra layer of security.

15

Also, with the launch of Google themes you can add colors to your Inbox. These themes are dynamic and they change their schemes and patterns automatically, giving you a new look every time you open your Inbox.

Also, there are tons of other features which you can add via Gmail Labs feature.

Talking of Labs, there are many apps that can be used but the one that I like most is the Undo send Feature which stops the delivery of the message you have sent by mistake. The funny part is that you have only five seconds to do it. :)

16

With Google gears, you can take your Inbox with you wherever you go.. it backs up everything and loads up in no time… it’s extremely useful in cases where you need to check a few important e-mails and you have no internet connection.

By the using the Twitter widget gadget you can also send your twitter updates and receive your friends tweets… a very good way to tweet.

41

For more on this, you a can check out this post.

Also, there is a similar sort of a gadget for Facebook. Not a very good alternative, but still does the job. To add the Facebook gadget use this link.

The gadget I love most is the translate gadget that is useful while replying to e-mails to clients that speak foriegn languages. This gadget does the job for you without you having to visit the Translate webpage.

You can add this gadget by clicking here.

Well, there are many gadgets that many of you might find useful or awful but my list of gadgets ends here.

Scope for Improvement

Some wise men say that Perfect is None! The same logic applies here. Although it could have some drawbacks, but you can still make it work for your own benefit.

Greasemonkey scripts

If you don’t know what is Greasemonkey and what it is used for, then you should check this post first and then proceed ahead.

Gmail macros is the first and recommended script for a better Gmail experience. This scrip enables a lot of keyboard shortcuts that won’t let your hands off the keyboard.

You can install this script from here.

Well, there is another useful script called  Gmail attachment script. This replaces the attachment icon by file specific icons.

You can install this scripts from here.

Instead of going script by script installation, you can go for the Better Gmail add ons (for Mozilla) which is a collection of these and some more user scripts.

Gmail is also the best anti-spam filtering service online and makes it work for your personal domain also. All you need to do is add your account to Gmail. To do that, navigate to settings and add your existing E-mail account.

Also, you can use outlook to read your e-mails that comes via your Gmail account. For this feature, head to Gmail’s Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab and enable IMAP and follow these instructions.

Now when you read E-mails on your mobile using outlook,  Gmail will block all spam and you can read E-mails that you really need.

In this way Gmail acts as a spam-killer between your PC and Smart phone.

Sometimes I really feel like giving Gmail a BIG hug… don’t you?


[Editor’s Note: This post is submitted by our guest blogger Alok Chaudhari. Alok blogs at Freewares n Beta on freeware stuff.

If you too, would like to write for Devils Workshop, please check this. Details about our revenue sharing programs are here.]

Adding ‘Save as PDF’ Button on Blogger Blog [How-to]

blogger logo This is my second post on Devils Workshop (first is here). In this post I am posting about how to can add a “Save as PDF” button to your blog so that  your readers can save your article for offline viewing and for sharing with others.

This is very easy to use hack but still backup your template before doing anything. Refer my previous post, for details about backup procedure.

This hack uses FreePDFConverter service, which is free as suggested by its name.

Steps:

  1. Now go to your blogger dashboard click Edit HTML and then choose expand widget template option.
  2. Then using your browser search feature search for <data:post.body>.
  3. Once you have find it, add the following code after the <data:post.body> tag in your blogger template and hit Save Template button.

Codes:

<script type="text/javascript">
</script>
<script src="http://web2pdf.freepdfconvert.com/pdfbutton.js" type="text/javascript">
</script>

Screenshot:

blogger-template-save-as-pdf-button

(click on image to enlarge it)

If all goes fine, you will see a button like below after your every post.

Enjoy this hack and please feel free to ask your doubts about it.

Related: 5 Best Blogspot Blogger Hacks Everyone Should Use

5 Best Blogspot Blogger Hacks Everyone Should Use!

Well I started blogging around three month ago using blogger and it turned out to be quite interesting experience. In my view, the best way to improve your blog is to see what other are doing?

So I started observing some very nicely formatted blogs and noticed what kind of hacks and modification they use for successful blogging and tried to implement them in my own template. Voila! After hours of research and browsing, I have made a list of all hacks which are must have for a professional blog.

Back up first

It is important to backup your Blogger template (especially before attempting any template customizations). Download a copy of your template to your computer, which you can access in the future if you need to restore your theme (or your entire blog).

For Blogger XML based templates (Layouts):

Go to Layout > Edit HTML in your Blogger dashboard, then click on the link near the top of the page which says “Download Full Template”. This will save a copy of your full template as an XML file to your computer.

Now lets go for some best Blogger hacks…

Expandable post hack…

This hacks gives your blog a professional look by shrinking your full post to few lines and displaying a read more or continue reading link. In many ways this hack is unique. It increases your page impressions and it also helps your blog to load quickly by just loading summaries instead of full posts. This hack has many variations. Many bloggers have modified it in their own way. Let’s see some good variations…

Variation 1

Ramani on hackosphere was one of first who promoted this hack. In this version of hack, it uses insertion of codes around various location of your template. This hack is good for people who use a simple template with many hacks.

One drawback is: your have to edit each of your earlier post and insert codes between them to apply this hack uniformly. :-(

The problem with this is if you use other hacks it may get disturbed which may result in the read more link disappearing or sometimes appearing after post.Codes for this hack are linked below

Install this hack

Variation 2

I used Ramani’s hacks for quite a time which required editing around the <post:data.body/> section. It created some problems for me so I found this variation.

Amanda on bloggerbuster offers a better version of this hack. This is better in many ways. You can use (install) it easily and after installing you don’t have to add separate code between and at end of posts. This automatically shrinks your post and adds read more link. Have a look at codes you need to add…

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item"'>
<div class='excerpt post-body entry-content'>
<data:post.body/>
<div style='clear: both;'/> <!-- clear for photos floats -->
</div>
<b:else/>
<div class='post-body entry-content'>
<data:post.body/>
<div style='clear: both;'/> <!-- clear for photos floats -->
</div>
</b:if>

This is the best hack for expandable post summaries and it is also hassle free. :-)

Install this hack

Paged navigation hack

This is really a simple and useful widget. It adds a paged navigation at the end of your posts. Nice way to increase your page impression and it also give option to reader to visit more of your posts in random order.

Thanks to Rias he managed to make this hack as an widget so you can add it to your blog without any hassles. This is so perfect that no variation is needed for this one. Still if you want one, you can check this one posted on Devils Workshop by Arjun.

Install this hack

Related post hack

This is very useful and productive hack. It adds a list of related posts after your post content. This is the best way to make your visitor spend more time on your blog without annoying them at all. It also increases impressions and earnings. Also as a visitor spend more time on your blog, he is more likely to subscribe to your RSS feed.

Variation 1

Rias again offers a way to do this but his method is quite complex but offers flexibility. You can try it but it involves lot of editing. Good for bloggers who are comfortable with codes!

Install this hack

Variation 2

This is more comfortable way to install this hack on your blogger template. In this version, you need to put a section of code around <post.data:body/> section and its done!

Its a very easy to use and credit goes to Jackbook for this version of hack.

Install this hack

Social bookmarking

Social bookmarking services are a great way to drive more visitor to your blog and find many potential readers. Services like Digg, Stumble upon, Technorati has helped many bloggers succeed. There are methods which allows you put a set of icons that link to popular social bookmarking services.

Variation 1

Well this hack is designed by Annesh and Beautiful beta. This hack is simple to use.

Just a two step process and you can add a set of booking icons that will appears at the end of your each post. You can add/remove social bookmarking icons that as per your choice.

Install this hack

Variation 2 (Added by Editor)

Rahul created this hack when he was on Blogger. This supports around 30 top social boomarking services and also provide option to add all of them once or one-by-one.

Install this hack

AdSense after each post

Using AdSense after each post is best way to increase your AdSense revenue. It helps in getting more clicks on ads. I used Rahul’s method to do it.

This is good for people who do not use expandable post hack. The problem is, ad appears on home page as well the post pages. Look at screen shot below…

If you are using expandable post hack then it doesn’t look good to show ads on homepage. You can avoid this by adding two lines of code around codes provided in Rahul’s post…

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
"Modified Google AdSense Ad Code"
</b:if>

The above lines add a condition which prevent this hack frrom working on homepage, label(category) or archive pages. Look at following screenshot for some help…

That’s All! If you have any really good hack, please share via comments!

Thanks for reading… :-)


[Editor Note: This is first post by Alok Chaudhari. He blogs at Freewares n Beta about best freeware stuff.

If you like to write for Devils Workshop, please check this. Details about our revenue sharing programs are here.]