Category Archives: Websites

Google Image Chart Editor

I love to travel.  So it wouldn’t surprise you, now would it, if I said that I want to visit every state in the Union?  I didn’t think so.

I was so delighted to find Google’s Image Chart Tool Editor.  Using that little editor, I made this little map in a matter of minutes.  It shows all of the states that I have visited.

Guess I need to visit the eastern United States, huh?  (Help me convince my husband . . . )

This image chart tool does more than create nifty maps.  You can create bar charts, pie charts, Venn diagrams, line charts, QR codes (whatever they are!), radar charts, and Google-o-meter charts.

Wanna check it out?  I thought you might.  Here’s the place to go:

http://imagecharteditor.appspot.com/

You can make your own or use one that has already been created.  This is a pretty cool place!  Go there and spend some time playing, creating, and having fun.

Link To A Specific Time in a YouTube Video

Have you ever wanted to share a video, a long video?  But didn’t want your friend to have to listen or scrub through to the spot you wanted him to hear?  Well, have I got something slick for you!

Now, I’m assuming you know how to get the URL of a video on YouTube. Know how?  Good.

There are two ways to do this.  The lazy way.  And the harder way.  The harder is more time consuming way where you could type in the code and could possibly type something wrong.  (That’s probably what I would do . . .)

Let’s start first with the hard way.  No?  I don’t blame you.  Why do it the hard way when there is a super easy way.  Here’s the easy way.

First go to YouTubeTime.com.

Paste in the URL of the video you want to link to.  Then type in how many minutes and seconds where you want your link to start.  Then click ‘Get Link.’  Voila!  You have the necessary code that you can use.  If you want, you can click to preview the video to make sure it starts at the right place.

Now comes the part that can stump you if you’re not careful.  This code is for a LINK.  Don’t use the code as you would to embed an actual video on your site.  This is code for a LINK.  (Sometimes people get confused thinking they use that info to actually embed the video on a site.  If you do this, it won’t work.)

Now, copy the URL that YouTubeTime gave you and paste it in as a link on your site.

Here’s an example. This link starts almost one minute into the video. (See, that’s a link — not an embedded video.)   It’s of Mrs. Hughes, the comedienne.  She is so funny.  In fact, I think you really ought to see this video from the beginning and watch all 8 minutes of it.

So there you have it.  An easy way to share a link to a specific spot in a video.

Have a fun time playing with this wonderful site!

Get Krunchd

Krunchd.  Not the kind that builds killer abs.  The kind that makes life easier.  Lots easier.

Are there times when you want to inundate someone with a whole gaggle of URLs?  What’s the best way to do it?  Fill up an e-mail that gets lost among all of the spam?  Type them in a document?  (That gets clunky for your friend to access the sites.)  Krunchd to the rescue!!

On the Krunchd website, you paste in the desired URLs.  Name and describe your link.  Then, viola!  It creates a Krunched URL (like they say — a Tiny URL on steroids).

Then, send the URL to your friend.  When she clicks on the link, it takes her to the first URL that  you entered in your list.  To access the other links, she clicks on the drop down list on the right hand side of the window.  She will see all of the other links in the list and can easily navigate to the next site.  (See the example below. The red arrow points to the drop down list of the URls. )

krunched

Click on this link to see it in live URL action.  It’s a random lists of grandmothers’ blogs.

Krunchd.  Cool.  Much easier than trying to build up your abdomen!

Create Your Business Card Online

business card While what I want to write about today is not technology per se, it is a very useful online technology — one that allows you to create a business card.

If you’re like me, your graphic design skills are minimal (at best).  If you want a business card and you don’t want to pay a designer to create one, this site provides an easy and FREE alternative.  The site is Business Card Star.

This site will step you through selecting a layout, your color options, and font style,  You can either save to print your cards on your home printer or save the file to have Business Card Star professionally print them later.  (Their prices are reasonable.)

So, if you are in the need to have a business card and you want to save some money and print them yourself, this could be the answer for you.

(By the way, I found out about this site when I read a blog about a mother at a park handing out her little daughter’s business card to another mother so the mothers could set up playdates.  Boy, I didn’t realize making arrangements for children to play was such a serioius thing!!)

Podcasting Links

I thought that I would share some links to information about podcasting for those who are interested.

Choosing a microphone and other pocasting hardware
What Microphone Do I Get
Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac

If you are interested in purchasing a mic, here is some information about the Snowflake (a professional USB mic) and the Samson C01U (professional USB mic). By shopping around on the Internet, you can find both for $90 or less.