GoogleMail Remote Command

Just when Gmail couldn’t get any cooler, along comes GoogleMail Remote Command. Launch any file or application by sending an e-mail to your computer, from your phone for example. A good way to turn off your PC when you’ve forgotten, activate your Bittorrent or start up some interesting smut in the loungeroom to scare your family when no one is near the PC.

Firefox Extensions

I’ve used Firefox for a long time now and tried out various extensions to make life easier. Some I have deleted, some I have kept, but here is the list that I have found most useful.

General/Utility Extensions

  • Sage would have to be the best newsreader I have ever used, and the fact it’s inside the browser makes it doubly useful.
  • Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer allows me to synchronize my bookmarks between Windows/Linux and my USB drive when I am away from my computer.
  • Gmail Manager notifies me when I receive new e-mail to my Gmail account.
  • VideoDownloader is an extension that allows you to save the video files viewed on Youtube, Google Videos etc.

Blogging Extensions

  • JustBlogIt makes writing my A-sides a very simple task. This plugin allows me to make quick entries to my blog, automatically creating the links you see on the right of the website.
  • allows me to add links to my account for viewing on the right hand side also.
  • Google Notebook is what I use to collect notes when I am writing. It’s an online scrapbook of thoughts.

Development Extensions

  • Web Developer allows me to live edits of CSS and view valuable information about a website when I am designing.
  • Colorzilla, an eyedropper for a website, it allows me to quickly grab and change colors when I am designing.
  • MeasureIt is a plugin I don’t use often, but it helps me when I want to know how wide a div/span is or a banner needs to be.
  • IE Tab allows me to see what my site looks like in the shitty browser known as IE.

Free movies for download!

Sounds like a spam e-mail, but this is nothing of the sort. Previously I have mentioned a Star Wars Fan Film made with a relatively low budget called Star Wars: Revelations. Just now while browsing through my normal geek sites I have found two new awesome links. Normally I would just throw these into the A-sides on the right, but I figured this deserved a bit of a mention.

Firstly, a program called Blender. From the site: “Blender is the open source software for 3D modeling, animation, rendering, post-production, interactive creation and playback. Available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License.” I’ve just downloaded it and I’ll probably give it a look-see, but it’s interesting to note since it was used to create the movie in the second link.

Elephants Dream is a movie created entirely with free software, Blender. Right now their site is in a minimal state, providing only download links and not much else, however the idea alone has me really enthralled. Download it and have a watch, it can’t hurt.