Ad networks like DoubleClick, Quantcast and others track the websites you visit and target ads specifically to you. To opt out of these tracking networks, go to the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) website. It will check your system for tracking cookies from the participating ad networks and allow you to opt out of receiving them.
Join.me is a service that allows you to share your screen, chat, send files, and conference call with up to 250 people on your computer or mobile devices. It’s incredibly easy to use. The person sharing their screen downloads the software and sends an email to the attendees. In the email, attendees can click a link to open a view of your screen in their web browser, and can call a number at which the service has created a conference line. It’s a great solution for reviewing documents, training staff, or demoing anything on your computer.
If you need something even simpler, QuickScreenShare allows you to instantly share your screen with another user. No registration or software, just click a button and share the link with your friend. They will be able to view your screen in their browser.
Computers make communication easy, but they also make us lazy. When was the last time you wrote a real letter or sent a photo to your family in the mail? It’s hard to find time to do these things, but services like Picplum and Postcardly have made them easy again.
Picplum: With their monthly subscription plan, send 15 photo prints in the mail for only $7 a month, per recipient (shipping included). They also have a pay-as-you-go plan that is 50 cents per print, plus shipping. Learn more »
Postcardly: Sign-up for a $5-10 monthly subscription and you can send 5-15 postcards a month. You can also pay a one-time fee of $20 for 20 prepaid cards. Learn more »
I haven’t tried either of these services yet, if you try them, let me know what you think!
Do you send regular emails to a group of people, like family members, business colleagues, or social groups? You can use a discussion groups service to create a single email address that will reach everyone in the group, so you don’t have to type them all in every time. Once you’ve set up a group online and added members, any member can use the group address to send emails to the whole group. The emails are archived on the web so you can view them and search their contents at any time. Both Google and Yahoo provide this service at no cost.
If you don’t have a DVR to record your favorite TV shows then you probably miss them every once in a while. Did you know that the major TV networks allow you to watch recent shows on their websites? Here are a few sites to check out if you’re looking for a show you’ve missed. Keep in mind that they only keep a few episodes online at a time, and episodes usually don’t show up online until a few days after they have aired.
Amazon has a new feature where you can add any product on the web to your Amazon wish list. Once you have a wish list setup on Amazon, all you need to do is install a plugin in your browser or add a special type of bookmark to your bookmarks bar. Here’s how!. It’s easy, and a great way to remember what you want to purchase in the future.
Need to create an archive of your Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or Google accounts? Maybe you have a lot of photos on Facebook or memorable quotes from friends on Twitter. Either way, there are several options (some free, some commercial) to backup all your social data.
All modern browsers have the ability to open several websites in the same window with tabs. Using tabs instead of opening multiple windows keeps your screen less cluttered and makes it easier to switch back and forth between websites. Instead of using your mouse to open a new tab, you can just hit CMD and T (CMD is the button with the Apple on it) or CTRL and T on a PC. If you want to switch between tabs without using your mouse, hit CTRL-TAB (the tab key). To close a tab, hit CMD-W on a Mac or CTRL-W on a PC.
Many banks today offer several ways of banking while on the go. You can check your balance and transfer money via text message, your mobile browser, and sometimes a dedicated mobile app. Chase bank even lets you deposit checks with your smart phone (Android and iPhone). It’s simple, safe and secure. Other banks are likely to get this feature soon, so be sure to check with your bank and see if they offer it.