Best free and paid webhosts

If you’re planning on becoming a web master then choosing a webhost is an extremely important decision and with a huge amount of choice available choosing is a daunting task. I’m someone who always likes to get the best results at a minimum price and you can’t get more cost efficient than free. My website is hosted  on a free server that you may find hard to believe in looking at it as it’s ad-free. I started my webmaster quest many years ago and one of the first free webhosts I ever tried out was Bravehost which had a large selection of tools available but these were all substandard unless you paid to upgrade them. This was the best I could achieve with Bravehost (Please ignore my 10-year-old technical in-adeptness and sinful runescape playing. The site was created in 2005) Bravehost also places a multitude of ugly ads on the site. The webhost I currently use for Xtreme Tech is awardspace.

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Dropbox 2GB free online storage space and file sharing

As any webmaster will tell you cheap online file storage is hard to come by. I have found a company that offer free 2GB of convenient online storage called Dropbox. Let me tell you more about it. As I am a webmaster myself with my website hosted on a free server(Awardspace) setting up file downloads for my products has been extremely hard until now. I have managed to host all my downloads on a free service called Dropbox which give me 2GB of free storage space and allows all my users to download my files off their servers. This not only means that I don’t have to waste any unnecessary space on my server I don’t have to use any extra bandwidth either.

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Know Your Personas

What do you put on the internet? Do you know? How does the internet see you? These are some questions that have become very important in the last couple years. If you don’t know what the internet thinks about you, try out this little program called Personas.

I was tipped off to this little program by @KevinLoker, a good friend of mine, and I think it’s kind of cool. Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, recently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. Personas spiders the internet and uses its language processor to create a ‘data portrait’ of your online identity.

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Make Your Own Bar Code

Do you have a Bar Code Scanner App on your phone? If you do, you know exactly what this little black box to the left is. This bar code is called a QR-Code and they are becoming all the rage. These QR-Codes can be used to transfer different information such as names, email addresses, website URL’s, phone numbers or just plain text. The little bar codes may not seem very powerful, but once you understand the power and usability of these little gems, you will be forever changed.

Just think of where bar codes are already being used. In stores. Well why do they use them in stores? Stores use bar codes to keep track of items. What they have, how many they have and how much they cost. Well why can’t we apply these same principals to people.

Basically, you give every person a bar code. Or a website or email address or a phone number gets a bar code, whatever you want really. Then to see what this person/thing is, you just scan it using your phones camera and you have all of its information right there on your phone.

So what are you saying Devon, that I am going to wear a big bar code on my shirt, everyone scans it and they know everything about me? Well, yes. Ok, well not necessarily like that but the same principals. A person could put their business’ bar code on their business card along with the phone number, address and website URL. You hand the business card to someone, they scan it and all of your business’ information is saved into their phone. Handy, right?

Look at it this way. I’m having a big party next weekend and I’m putting posters up all over town. Instead of someone having to write down my name, phone number, address and what time it’s at, they just scan the bar code. It’s that easy.

If you want to make your own QR-BarCode, head over to Kaywa where you can make one very easily for yourself.

For more tips and tricks like this one, head on over to DevonSchreiner.com.

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Squeeze Your Files For Free

Do you use a Mac? Have you heard about MacHeist? If you have, good for you. If you haven’t shame on you.

MacHeist is a website that either gives away free Mac software or has bundles for really really cheap. MacHeist currently has a deal going on for about the next two day at the time I am writing this post. Right now you can go and get your very own copy of Squeeze by LateNiteSoft for free!

Now of course, Squeeze is only $9.95 if you buy it, but getting it for free is even better.

Squeeze is described as:

Squeeze is a background file compressor, which uses the new HFS-compression technology in Snow Leopard to transparently compress the folders you configure it to process. Mac OS will read those files normally, they will just take less disk space.

I just downloaded it and started running it about 5 minutes ago and it has already saved me 300MB. It seems to be working well.

So from what I am getting from the description on LateNiteSoft’s website, this program runs in the background. You download it, install it, and tell it what folders to compress and it does it. I am also assuming that anytime that any file is added to the selected folder, it is automatically compressed also. This is really a cool concept, especially because it does not affect the use of the files. You don’t have to uncompress or use a special viewer for the files, they play normally.

I am now just over 850MB saved. This is a neat little tool especially when it’s free.

Check out more tips and tricks like this one over at DevonSchreiner.com.

How to Get High Quality Wallpapers For Free Using Google Images

You can spend days getting bombarded with popups from wallpaper download sites.  Did you know that Google indexes those sites?  You can find all the same wallpapers on Google.  I know what you’re thinking—it won’t be the right size.  Wrong!

This is what you do.

1)  Go to Google.

2)  Click Images.

3)  Beside the search bar, click Advanced Image Search.

4)  Where it asks for a specific size, click Use My Desktop Size.

5)  Type your search terms in the top box.  I searched “beach.”

6)  Pick an image, and go to it.

7)  Right click and select Set as Desktop Background.

This is my desktop now:

Ha!  You never let me down, Google!

How to Download YouTube Videos

I found a great and easy way to download Youtube videos.  Just add the word “kick” before “youtube” in any YouTube video URL.  Like this:

They page it takes you to gives you a variety of format options for downloading the video.

The Video Tutorial: