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Bookmarked: GetSocialLive.com

May 23, 2010

“Hey Zark, how do you get those social bookmark buttons at the bottom of your blog posts?”

I get asked this quite frequently.  I use WordPress.com, which has worked great for me, but the social bookmark button concept is not something they have built-in.  That’s why I’ve bookmarked GetSocialLive.com, which does the heavy lifting for me.  Once I have a post set up, I can go to the site and paste in the post’s title and URL, and choose a button style, and the site will automatically generate the social button bookmark html code for me.  Pasting that at the bottom of my post’s html page gives me a nice social bookmarking buttons for people to use.  There are a variety of designs to choose from, such as:

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Add to: Facebook | Digg | Del.icio.us | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

Add to Google Buzz

Originally, creator Hillel Stoler wrote GetSocial as Windows software.  He expanded that cross-platform with a web-based version called GetSocial Live!, which is what I use all the time.  Both were created by Stoler for free for the WordPress.com community.  If you find either useful, give him a donation as thanks, and let me know what you think!

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Bookmarked: MacUpdate.com

May 16, 2010

MacUpdate.com is a website that helps you keep all your Apple Macintosh computer software and Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad apps up-to-date.  5,000,000 unique visitors hit the site every month, and I’m one of them.  While it’s certainly very easy to install and update software on a Mac, keeping up with all the updates to all the software is always difficult, regardless of platform.  MacUpdate makes it easy, which is why they’re “the #2 Most Popular Mac-only software website on the Internet, second only to Apple.com.”  If you own a Mac and don’t use their site… what the heck have you been doing?!?

The site is free to use, but they have several side features that are useful to members, such as a desktop client that will compare your software versions with the latest versions available, and update your software automatically.  If you find that keeping your software up-to-date is always a bit of a hassle, try MacUpdate.  Let me know what you think!

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Bookmarked: replacementdocs.com

May 9, 2010

A few weeks ago I mentioned the Boxer DOS emulator for Mac webpage and how nicely the program worked with old DOS games.  I’ve professed my love of GOG.com in the past for buying older games that will work on your new machines, and come with all sorts extras like manuals, wallpaper, music, and so on.  Unfortunately, GOG.com doesn’t have everything yet (come on guys, how about some Ultima or System Shock!).  There are, however, plenty of old games that are classified as abandonware, software that is no longer sold or supported.  It might be unclear who even owns the copyright to some of these games, as such things are lost in the shuffle of mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, and closures.  There are plenty of sites that gather these abandoned games and make them available, but you don’t usually get all the shiny extras like you would from GOG.com.

Enter replacementdocs.com, a website built around the idea of archiving high quality scans of software instruction manuals and documentation, mostly game-related.  Ever look to purchase a used game at a local game store, only to find out that it comes with the cart or disc only, and no manual or even case?   (Most likely because the store threw it way…. grrr, don’t get me started!)  There’s a good chance you can find the manual at replacementdocs.com.  Buy a boxed SNES game on eBay, which was complete except for the map?  Look for it on replacementdocs.com.  The site is very legit, and have even secured permission from rights holders where they could.  They’ll take down manuals from companies they get cease & desist letters from, but in reality it doesn’t happen much, because the rights holders no longer make money from the stuff, and neither does the website.  Some companies even consider the website a service and refer their customers there.

So next time you break out that cart-only copy of The Lost Vikings for the Sega Genesis, head over to replacementdocs.com and download the manual.  (They have it!)  Let me know what you think!

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Bookmarked: TouchArcade

May 2, 2010

If AppShopper was my ultimate source for tracking Apple apps, then TouchArcade.com is my definitive source for game app news and information.  TouchArcade posts several game app related articles a day on upcoming releases, news, reviews, previews for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.  If you want to know about a game, they’ve probably talked about it on TouchArcade.  Plus they have a very active community with some heavily trafficked forums.  All of that combines to make it a must-view website for me almost daily.  Let me know what you think!

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Bookmarked: Boxer

April 25, 2010

I stumbled upon Boxer by sheer happenstance.  I was looking for a picture of the box side (or a flattened box scan) of Worlds of Ultima: Savage Empire (or Ultima: Kyouryuu Teikoku) for the Super Famicom.  I have the cart, and thought maybe I could make up a sleeve for a universal game case for it, but I only have pics of the front and back covers, not the side (if anyone has one, please let me know!!).  While surfing around, I saw a mention in a forum somewhere of playing games in DOSBox, an open source DOS emulator that is quite often used to play DOS games on modern systems.  The forum post mentioned that for Mac users, Boxer was the way to go.

Boxer is a DOS game emulator for Mac that takes all the hassle out of messing with DOSBox settings and drive mounting and so on.  Just drag your DOS game folder or CD onto it.  If the game needs to be installed, Boxer will install it, and leave you with a “gamebox” that you double-click to start the game.  It’s pretty much as simple as that.  As with any program, some old games come with complications, and Boxer lets you tweak as you like.  But in many cases it’s not necessary.  They even have some ready-to-play demos and games available to download in .dmg files, all ready to go.  When I saw Ultima IV and Ultima Underworld in the ready-to-pay group, I knew I’d be hooked.  Plus it works with many of the DOS-bases GOG.com games as well.

If you feel like rockin’ some old skool gaming on your Mac, try out Boxer.  Let me know what you think.

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Bookmarked: AppShopper.com

April 15, 2010

I’ve recommended AppShopper.com to several people over just the past week, which certainly qualifies it for a Bookmarked post.  AppShopper is a great site for tracking Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch apps.  They list all of the new releases, you can make a list of what you own, and best of all, you can make a wish list to track what you want to own.  When the price drops on an app on your wish list, you can get notification by email or RSS.  Needless to say, this site has cost me some money!  A lot of my APPraisal posts started with something I found or was following on Appshopper.  But it’s also saved me a lot, by allowing me to track apps and purchase them at the price I like when they go on sale or the price drops.  It’s one of my few go-to app sites.  If you’re an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch user, try out AppShopper.com.  Let me know what you think.

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Bookmarked: RainyMood.com

January 28, 2010

I frequently run across websites that I’d like to share.  Some of them I’ve already got in my Blogrolls to the right, and others I just bookmark and revisit.  I thought I’d add an infrequent addition to my regular posts called Bookmarked where I’d share a site I recently bookmarked that was interesting, entertaining or useful.

My first entry would be RainyMood.com, a website who’s sole purpose is to play 15 minutes of gentle rain sounds, looped.  Great for relaxation or background white noise.  This totally falls into the “why didn’t I think of that” category for me.

Thanks to Download Squad for the heads-up on this one.

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