Create a Group Email Address Directly from Your Inbox

Mailing lists are a great way to keep in touch with groups of people. Unfortunately, creating a new mailing list isn’t always easy. For small groups, like family, friends, or a sports team, we often resort to long reply-all chains rather than taking the time to set up a list. Fiesta (fiesta.cc) is a new service that aims to change that, by making it super simple to create mailing lists.

To create a list using fiesta, just send an email to the members of your list and CC the name you’d like to use. For example, to create alist for your family, send an email to the group and CC family@fiesta.cc. For your soccer team, use soccer@fiesta.cc instead -you can use any list name you want. The list will be created as soonas you send your email, but you’re able to add or remove members atany time.

The really cool thing is that fiesta ties the name of your list to the sending address. That means that you don’t need to worry aboutregistering a unique list name – your family@fiesta.cc list is different than everyone else’s family@fiesta.cc list.

This service isn’t great for one-to-many lists, as any member of the group is able to send mail to the list. It’s perfect for private group communication, though, like for families, sports teams, clubs, or businesses.

Biggest List Of Free Online Video / Audio / Text Chat Website For Strangers (Girls / Guys)

I came across a list of sites that claimed to allow you chat with strangers (girls and guys)- video / audio / text chat. I visited the sites to check if these sites were legitimate and if they did work at all.

**Warning**:

All those who plan to visit any of these sites
“Do not visit these sites if you are at work, school, or any public place where you can be humiliated. You’ll bump into strangers who almost always are wearing nothin !!”

Here’s my list according to my preferance (My main criteria were: ease of use, number of ads, unique features and server speed):

1> Omegle by far is the simplest of these type of sites. It’s very interesting, simple and clean.

2> Chatroulette.com : I had problems loading this site. I’m not sure if it was the browser or the flash version installed or server load at the time when I tried logging in.

They also flash this message targetted at Google Chrome users:

Chrome users:
If your Flash Player crashes often, please upgrade your Chrome or try a different browser.

I was on Chrome and was lazy to fire up another browser and test it, so I’m just going by what MakeUseOf.com has to say.

3> FaceBuzz – Looks decent enough. They have an integrated Facebook connect option. It is a social network, allowing unknown people to meet randomly, via voice or video chat. On FaceBuzz it’s mandatory that you need to have a webcam, as it is meant for strangers with webcams only. You have an otion to avoid obscene not safe videos, though I’m not sure what stops people from surpassing this.

Some other interesting features are that you can auto reconnect if connection is lost. Clean the chatlog, clear the chat messages if you hit on with a new stranger and a report button that lets you voice your concerns.

Though it is fairly good, I feel that there are a lot of ads, which is a bit irritating and also the slow servers don’t help much !

I guess it’s a french owned company, and you can find their blog (available only in french) here.

They do have a contact form / page:

Please contact info@facebuzz.com for any question or bug report.

Everything supplied by the user, is not property of FaceBuzz and therefore FaceBuzz is not responsible for what you will find.

You should be 18 years old to use this service.

Thank you for using FaceBuzz !

4> Rounds : Fairly good, interactive Video Chat, you can take snapshots, play real-time games, watch youtube together, share pictures, listen to music, funny web cam effects and much more while you are online !

They have a Facebook application, Social community, wave gadget and they have a chrome extension too !

5> Lolichat : The only website which has an explicit warning :

If you expose your genitals or show porn video to someone…
We must report you to the Interpol’s cyber center right away, without any warnings!
Then we will capture your video.
And we will get your IP information.

Do you agree?

One of the most interesting feature is that this website has a translator, now just in case you stumble across someone who chats in a language you don’t know, isn’t that interesting ?

Though their unprofessional Feedback email id put me off : lollichat@gmail.com . GMail, a free email service really ??

Some other regular options are you can change video position, auto reconnect, clean chat log and turn off / on chat sound. This website too is only for those users who have a webcam. Without a cam there is no way you can go ahead and chat..

6> Tinychat – You can create your own or join an existing channel !!

In each channel, all those who are subscribed to that channel and are online currently will show up. To report someone you have to hover your mouse on video and option to hide / report will pop -up. Advantage of TinyChat is that they have facilities for group chat. However, make sure you are on a very fast connection when you login to TinyChat. So many windows open simultaneously might alter and reduce your browsers performance.

Even when you are in a group, you have the option to send messages to individual and if the stranger and you want to move to a private room, you can do so.

To view who’s online and chat with them you don’t need to be logged in, however, if you want to leave a comment on any channel then you need to be logged in.

A few other ‘Chat with stranger’ sites that did not impress me much, however the users probably can find something good out of them :

7> CamZap – It’s available in English, Dutch, Espanol, French, Portugese and few other languages. Click on “start / zap” if you want to chat with a new stranger.

8> Spin the cam – This one doesn’t look genuine at all. It shows a lot of girls in the members last logged in, which is really hard to believe. It’s not just a cam chat site, it is a more like a social forum. They have informatin about people who have registered with them, for ex: http://spinthecam.com/diamond2881/

You can connect with them via Facebook, twitter, google, yahoo etcs, or create an account. If you want to get hold of more information about other members on the site, sign in required. I did not bother to create an account, as the site looks fake !

9> ShufflePeople – Have to click on Start Playing once you open that webpage. When you try to start chatting initially it tries to send your information to a Facebook app and requests your permission to do so. Those who do not pay attention to these pop-up  messages, might just end up becoming a member of it on FaceBook, and your friends might get to know which site you’ve been visiting ;), which is not what you want ! To avoid such situation, when the facebook option pops up, deny it.

Once you are done with it, it flashes a message: “Sit tight we are finding a random person for you”. The slow servers force you to wait for longer than you expect.

Among other features, they have group chat option, an option to report as well. It is ad supported and you can select to stop playing once you are bugged with it.

10> Another website is CamStuble: First look, I did not like it and the reason is their title “For the attention deprived”. Assumption ! Who said only attention deprived people go online to chat with strangers !! ?

They have a forum here http://forum.camstumble.com/ and a store http://camstumble.spreadshirt.com/. You have group chat option as well http://camstumble.com/GroupChat.

You can either stumble anonymously or with an identity. You can get your own identity by creating an account: http://camstumble.com/SignUp.php

However, the site doesn’t seem to be very popular. So I’m not sure if it’s really worth the time you spend on that site.

11> College Only is another site : Even after two repeated attempts to load the website, it did not come up. May be I visited it on a wrong day !

All the services we have discussed above are browser based and they do not require you to download any software prior to start chatting with strangers. There are various adantages and disadvantages, without getting into let, lets see other different kind of services:

12> Cam frog – another service that lets you chat with strangers. However you need to download and install a software before you can start chatting with strangers.

For windows mac mobile: http://download.camfrog.com/

For iphone and ipad: http://download.camfrog.com/iphone/

User directory: http://profiles.camfrog.com/

They have pro version available and with the pro version you can

Open multiple video windows.
Resize video windows to large sizes.
Locate what room a user is in.
Add text and cool effects to your video window.
Send files to your friends.
Remotely access your webcam from another computer to see what’s going on at your home.
IM and Room History. Keep a history of your IM conversions and rooms you joined.
Drag your contacts to the desktop to see their status when then Camfrog is closed.

You can download the pro version from : http://www.cleverbridge.com/225/purl-VideoChatPro?

It’s available for Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS X. All software come with a one year subsrciption.

Another very unique service that deserves mention is :

Anybodyoutthere : AnybodyOutThere is a chat platform which helps users find the right people to talk with about what interests them.

Once you sign uphttp://www.anybodyoutthere.com/signup/nav you can filter results / refresh results based on your search criteria (either username and / or keyword).

The search result will list all popular topics on which the user can post, find, orgainze and personalize. One of the best platforms to catch up with strangers based on your interest !

You can see another list compiled here on FreeNuts.

Restart or Resume Windows Indexing Services after Pausing

How Restart or Resume Windows Indexing Services after Pausing?

Windows indexing services is an automatic process of scanning and storing files to create a database. In simple words it enhances the search option’s speed by creating database of files and folders.

However, running windows indexing services slows down speed of the computer. If in case, you find your computer getting slowed down, then you can choose to temporarily stop the windows indexing services for a while.

As a matter of fact, many people choose to disable windows indexing services temporarily. You can simply ‘pause it by clicking on the paused option in indexing options. However, there you will get no resume button if you so desire to resume it. Therefore, to resume indexing services, you need to either restart the computer or restart windows search service.

The procedure is very simple:

Go to control panel>Administrative tools>services>windows search>restart service.

This is the complete process with which you can easily resume the windows indexing services in your computer. It means whenever you wan to disable it, you can do it. Likewise whenever you want to activate it, you can easily do so with a click of a few buttons..

Vista Services Optimizer To Improve Your Vista Performance

Use Vista Services Optimizer To Improve Your Vista Performance

You can now improve the performance of your Windows Vista Operating System by tweaking the Vista Services. Vista Services Optimizer, a free optimizing utility facilitates you to easily and automatically tweak your Vista services in a safe manner depending on the style in which you use the PC and the type of software/hardware you use.

If you happen to be an advanced user and wish to control your Vista services better, you may use Vista Services Optimizer to tweak Vista Services manually, which is also pretty easy and safe.

 

Here are a few key highlights of this useful Vista Services Optimizer:

  • Simple to use – The utility is simple to use. It helps you improve the performance as well as the security of your Windows Vista with few simple clicks. You do not need to use any other software.
  • Service Diagnostics – Has an ability to inspect the status of performance/security of the system in accordance with Vista services configurations. It can diagnose the manner in which you use the system and the type of software/hardware you use. It also offers solutions for some performance/security related issues.
  • Safe to use – It optimizes Vista Services without harming your system and is capable of reinstating any changes made in the system with the help of Smart Rescue Center.
  • Service Profiles – Allows you to keep your service optimization options saved in a file known as “Windows Service Profile” which helps you apply your optimization options instantly.

Start/ Restart cPanel’s cpsrvd Service Via SSH

Trick To Start/ Restart cPanel’s cpsrvd Service Via SSH

cPanel is basically a popular control panel which offers user-friendly interface and tools for web hosting. It performs a variety of vital tasks including security checks, maintenance and offers WHM (WebHost Manager) interface. Any web server that is running cPanel will have cpsrvd, a cPanel service running at the backdrop.

WebHost Manager will go down if cpsrvd stops running and will thereby not allow the user to connect to, access or login to WHM. If the cPanel service, cpsrvd is down or not working, it is not possible that you restart the server using WHM and fix the issue. Even though, cPanel offers a built-in mechanism for restarting the cpsrvd service automatically, it sometimes does not work.

 

In order to fix the issue, administrator or webmaster need to sign in to the web server using Telnet or SSH secure tunnel in order to restart the cpsrvd service. You need to logon to the web host as root user via SSH. Now, you need to run any of the below mentioned commands.

service cpanel restart

/etc/init.d/cpanel restart

/etc/rc.d/init.d/cpanel restart

These commands will first stop the cpsrvd service and then start it back again. It will also stop and restart all other services associated with cpsrvd. If you are already aware that the cPanel service has stopped running, you need to simply replace “Restart” in the above command with “Start”.

Check Out RHUB’s Web Conferencing Services

Check Out RHUB’s Web Conferencing Services

Real-Time Collaboration HUB or RHUB is quite popular for providing remote access, remote support and web conferencing appliances to organizations and service providers. They also offer other services including conducting webinars and are well-known for their remote file transfer, recording and multi-tiered technical support services.

Their high-end products and services have won them several prestigious recognitions and awards as mentioned below.

  1. NGN Leadership Award in 2009
  2. Recommended by CRN Test Center.
  3. Finalist at Tech Innovators Awards held by Var Business in 2007.
  4. USA Today
  5. Best Product & Service by Network Products Guide in 2008.
  6. Global Product Excellence Award [Customer Trust] by Info Security in 2008
  7. Recognized by CRN in 2008 as an emerging tech vendor.
  8. Product of the year award by Communication Solutions in 2007 and 2008.

Below mentioned are the main features of RHUB’s remote access, remote support, remote desktop and web meeting appliances.

  1. Excellent for giving product demos and sales presentations.
  2. Great for conducting remote desktop technical support for computer or Mac clients.
  3. Enables customers to provide seminars and online training.
  4. Allows hosting of secured internal web meeting amongst employees.
  5. Facilitates customers to access their office/home remote desktops.
  6. Offers audio conference service by RHUB for free.
  7. Doesn’t require any kind of maintenance from customer’s end.
  8. Customer owns the product and manages it.
  9. Doesn’t require any third-party downloads or software.

If you are in need of any of the above mentioned services, RHUB is definitely the finest option. Moreover, it is technically advanced, trustworthy, dependable and above all, cost effective.

Using Gtalk Service In Firefox Sidebar

Using Gtalk Service In Firefox Sidebar

Gtalk is an online messaging service and the most popular amongst all. With the help of Google talk, you can connect and talk with your friends and buddies. You have to install the Gtalk application on your PC or you could prefer to use it via Gmail.

One of most significant part for the Firefox user is that, they can use Gtalk service from Firefox browser at the start itself. You can start Gtalk client with the help of Firefox sidebar in the Firefox browser. You can use any one of the method mentioned below to use Gtalk service in Firefox sidebars.

Method 1

  • Just add the following link to your bookmarks in Firefox browser. http://talkgadget.google.com/talkgadget/client
  • After adding, go the Bookmarks tab and locate the added bookmark. Go to the Properties of this bookmark. In the Properties tab, simply check Load this bookmark in the sidebar option.
  • After this, go to Bookmarks tab again and click on the added bookmark.
  • Done. Now you can see the Gtalk application in Firefox sidebar.
  • Just Sign in to your Gtalk and talk with your friends with Google.

Method 2

To integrate the Gtalk service with your Firefox browser, you can use many Firefox plug-ins. Firefox allows you to use Firefox and Gtalk service simultaneously by using Firefox plug-ins.

  • Gtalk Sidebar: You can use Gtalk by using the Firefox plug-in without downloading Gtalk.
  • IGtalk: Mozilla house has introduced a very small plug-in named as IGtalk. After downloading and installing it, press Ctrl+G to open Gtalk from the Firefox browser.

List Of Google’s Useful Products And Services That Were Unknown To The Masses

List Of Google’s Useful Products And Services That Were Unknown To The Masses

Many individuals from around the world have chosen Google for all their searches. Some even consider this Search engine as their online friend. Google is growing every day, getting bigger and bigger because of the people who are addicted to it. It is growing and is in demand as it caters to a lot of individual’s needs.

This search engine has added many features and products. Many are not aware of these services as Google simply is not promoting them. People who do not own a Google account are missing a great deal.

If a user selects to view few features supplied by Google from their accounts, only a small fraction of services are displayed. Below is a small list which would help other users to understand the products and services available with Google.

The most prominent services attached with Google are:

Google mars: This tool has captured all the important photos and information from NASA and embedded it in this tool. Google mars, allows one to explore the space, mars with the help of the Google’s map tool. This service allows one to figure out the exact infrared data, elevation and pictures from mars.

Google Sketchup: This tool is dedicated to 3D drawings used by many civil-engineers, architects, designers and many more. This tool is compatible with both Mac systems and Windows Systems. This service is also loaded with many innovative tool-sets to enhance your designing.

Google web accelerator: This tool loads the web-pages very quickly by compressing the data, by pre-fetching contents and utilizing data which is shared and cached. Google has currently withdrawn the accelerator service and now users are unable to download this installation any more.

Google App engine: If a user is a developer and wishes to utilize the infrastructures available with Google to host their files, website, applications, then they can be benefitted with Google’s app engine tool. App engine is only designed for developers or coders who wish to host applications on Google’s servers, without having to pay a penny. Google’s app engine has recently started with paid feature for all their hosting services.

Google website optimizer: This tool is perfect for all webmasters who are waiting to test their web pages, sites. The primary goal of this tool is to extend support to webmasters in producing optimized and bankable ad campaigns by helping them better their websites.

Google browser sync: Google initiated this tool to promote the browsing giant Firefox. This service allows a user to sync their Firefox saved passwords, bookmarks with browser sync and allow them to access the synced data from any part of the world.

Many such utility tools are available with Google that will increase the productivity, save time, and most importantly they are free and sometimes they are very cost effective. They add value to a user’s tasks and activities.

Free Online Event Registration Service For Free Events (Pay Only If You Charge)

One of our regular event organizers is a social group, named CRX Sports, made up of individuals who are promoting cycling across Chennai. They organize monthly cycling rides on the ECR (Chennai’s coast line highway) and these rides attract audiences ranging from youngsters looking at a fun way to spend their Sunday mornings to professional cyclists.

Since these rides are meant to attract anyone, two types of registrations are available:

  1. With Cycle – Rs 600.00 (Attendees purchasing this ticket would bring their own cycle to ride on)
  2. Without Cycle – Rs 750.00 (Attendees purchasing this ticket would be provided a cycle to use for the ride)

Traditionally, rides were announced 2-3 weeks prior on CRX Sports’ Facebook page, their sole channel used to notify the 800+ members of a forthcoming ride. Since CRX Sports organizes the rides in conjunction with BSA, registrations had to be made by visiting any BSA showroom across Chennai, paying the relevant amount and completing a registration form. The form would be used to collect registrant information and serve as a disclaimer.

Payments had to be made in cash and since it physically involved visiting any of the 4 BSA showrooms, attendees generally postponed their visits to the Saturday before the ride. In addition, many of the attendees knew the organizers personally and often sent emails/msgs confirming their attendance and that they would pay in person later. Therefore, CRX would only have a firm idea of registrant numbers a day or two prior to the ride, which affected their ability to plan the expected number of cycles that would be available for rent.

The rides begin at 04:30am on a Sunday morning and all registrants gather on ECR to check-in and then get their cycles, where applicable. CRX event organizers would generally be up through the night manually tallying each registration form/verbal confirmation against payments made to BSA showrooms.

Prior to the ride getting started, the registrant check-in process involved a substantial amount of manual work. Each of the CRX event organizers would manage registrations per BSA showroom and as a registrant, you would need to check your name off of the relevant list.

So from the point of view of both the event organizer and registrant, a considerable amount of effort was involved in completing the manual registration.

Having moved to doattend, the entire registration process has been alleviated.

When a cycling ride has been fixed, CRX announces the event a few weeks prior on their Facebook page and registrants are guided to visit their event page on doattend. The 2 ticket types are available for online registration and based on statistics, ticket purchases have often begun just a few minutes after they announce the ride.

Whether the registrant is a 16 year old girl purchasing tickets for her and her group of friends, or a corporate employee registering for himself and his spouse, the online payment options provide tremendous flexibility for the registrant. With over 60 payment options available (leading credit cards, debit card and netbanking options), registrants can immediately secure their space on the Sunday ride.

On completion of his/her online purchase, the registrant receives an eTicket which he/she is requested to bring to the ride. From within the comfort of their homes/offices, registrants can purchase a ticket online without necessarily having to make a physical visit across the city, find a parking spot, enter a showroom and pay in person. CRX organizers are kept updated to the minute on new registrations and now regularly fix a maximum limit to the number of registrants they can accommodate; a feature that is automatically controlled by doattend, closing online sales once the specified sales limit has been reached. On average, cyclists number in the region of 80-100 for each ride.

Offline payment channels are still supported through doattend, for those who prefer to pay in cash.

Each registration has a unique Order & Ticket ID, which allows for efficient registration tracking. A few hours before the event, CRX download the registrant details from their event page with a single click and print it out as an Excel Spreadsheet. With just the order ID, CRX can easily track whether the payment was made online or through any of the associated BSA showrooms.

On the morning of the event, registrants merely need to quote their Order ID or name and the CRX team can effortlessly pick up the entry on their registration list and check-in the registrant. This significantly reduces the amount of time spent by both the organizer and registrant, allowing everyone to focus on the bigger picture; the actual ride that is meant to instill a sense of fun.

DoAttend benefits both the event attendee and the event organizer by eliminating the burden of manual registrations.

Workaround To Remove Protexis Licensing Service From Your PC

Workaround To Remove Protexis Licensing Service From Your PC 

Whenever a user tries to install Corel software products, whether it is a trail version or a paid licensed version, a third-party software application known as PSIService.exe makes an unannounced entry to your system. This PSIService.exe program by Protexis automatically installs a service known as Protexis Licensing service (PLS) or Protexis Licensing Version 2 (V2) into Windows OS.

Protexis’s copy protection Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the license management software basically protect an application or software from being illegally copied or pirated and PSIService is a part of it. This is the reason why this service is generally installed by other applications like Coral PaintShop Pro Photo X2, Pro XI (X1) and Pro X.

These applications or software use this licensing service to authenticate user and ensure copy protection. However, this service, once installed slows down the booting process of the PC. Corel PaintShop Pro stops working and warns you about using an illegal or non-genuine copy if you try to disable this service. Also this PSIService does not get uninstalled even if you uninstall the software that installed it.

If you wish to remove Protexis service but still wish to keep the software dependent on it running properly or if you want to remove PSIService spyware manually as it was not removed automatically even when you uninstalled the software that had installed it, you may do so by using an easy procedure. The procedure to be followed to uninstall this PSIService is mentioned on the website of Protexis.

If you have ensured that the PSIService is still running on your PC even though none of the applications installed on your PC are dependent on it, you can easily get rid of it using the following procedure.

  • Go to the Start Menu and click on Run. Type in regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to the registry entry mentioned below.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ProtexisLicensing]

  • Once found, delete the registry entry and close the Registry Editor.
  • Finally, restart your PC.
  • Next, look for the below mentioned files and delete them.

            %windir%\System32\PSIKey.exe

            %windir%\System32\PSIService.exe

For applications like Corel PhotoShop Pro to run smoothly even without the PSIService, you cannot remove the service completely. Instead, you need to follow the below mentioned workaround.

  • Click on Start button to open the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel. Open Administrators Tools and go to Services (i.e. services.msc).
  • Look for ProtexisLicensing. It might also be titled as Protexis Licensing service. In case you see that the service installed on your PC is Protexis Licensing V2, you need to follow the next procedure instead of this one.
  • Once found, you need to stop PLS and its Startup Type needs to be set as “Disabled”.
  • Now, navigate to %SystemDrive%\Windows\System32 folder. You need to copy the original file PSIKey.dll and paste it within the program files into the folder of the software/application that is dependent on this service.

For instance, in case of Corel, you need to paste the file at %SystemDrive%\Program Files\Corel\Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI\.

  • Then, you need to rename the file PsiClient.dll with a .bak extension (i.e. PsiClient.bak). You may as well delete the file.
  • You need to also rename the file PSIKey.dll to make it PsiClient.dll. The file PSIService.exe also needs to be renamed to PSIService.bak. You may even delete the file PSIService.exe.

If the PLS installed on your PC is the V2 service, you need to follow the below mentioned steps.

  • Go to Start Menu and open the Control Panel. Open Administrators Tools and go to Services (i.e. services.msc).
  • Find Protexis Licensing V2 and stop it. Also its Startup Type needs to be set as “Disabled”.
  • Navigate to the folder %SystemDrive%\Program Files\Common Files\Protexis\License Service.
  • Copy the file PSIKey_2.dll and paste it within the program files into the folder of the software/application that is dependent on this service.
  • You need to rename the file PsiClient.dll with a .bak extension (i.e. PsiClient.bak). Alternatively, you may delete it.
  • Also rename the file PSIKey_2.dll to make it PsiClient.dll. The file PSIService_2.exe also needs to be renamed to PSIService_2.bak. You can also delete PSIService_2.exe.

PLS is now totally disabled and won’t run anymore. Moreover, the applications dependent on this service will also function properly.