Creating multiple profiles in your Netflix account isn’t new – but it’s something that I found myself setting up for my (soon to be permanent!) other half yesterday.  He was logged into my Netflix account checking to see what I had coming up in my queue, but then he started clicking on watch instant videos and I realized that he was  going to muddle up  my recommendations!

Then I remembered about creating profiles in your Netflix account.  I quickly set one up for him and told him to rate, review, and watch as much as he wants…logged into his profile.  Of course, then I realized it may be useful for you to see how easy it is to set up profiles for everyone in your family.  See how below (please excuse my hideous voice, I have an awful cold):


Google Chrome has a lot of Extensions worth checking out, but these are three that I find myself using throughout the day.  Don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles here, folks – these three Extensions just help me get things done a bit quicker.  Watch the screencasts that follow the brief introduction to see how they can work for you:

The Picnik Extension for Chrome allows you to easily take screenshots and edit them using the online image editor Picnik.com.

The Session Manager Extension gives you a really handy way to save your browsing sessions so that you can come back to them later – without having to bookmark a bunch of sites.

Tab Menu is an Extension that allows you to easily sort through, organize, and even close your tabs within a drop-down menu in your bookmarks toolbar.


My Weekly Browsing Schedule is a Firefox Add-on that allows you to create a schedule of when certain Websites should open in your browser.

After you install it you just need to go to “tools” then select “My Weekly Browsing Schedule”.  A window will pop open so you can add the URLs to all of the Websites you want Firefox to remember to open for you.  You can select specific days of the week and times for each Website or you can choose to open certain sites whenever Firefox starts.

There are other options for personalization such as creating a delay before the sites open and you can choose whether or not to open a Website up in a new browser window or tab.

To see My Weekly Browsing Schedule in action, watch the screencast below:


Readtwit allows you to turn your Twitter stream into an RSS feed.  It  removes shortened URLs and allows you to read the actual content right in your favorite feed reader.

First you need to connect Readtwit to your Twitter account and then you can easily subscribe to the RSS feed it creates.  You can also create filters to remove certain people you follow from your feed as well as remove specific hashtags.  The only real feature that I see missing is the ability to create a feed that only includes specific people – or a way to create a feed for a specific list that you’ve created on Twitter.

To see Readtwit in action, watch the screencast below:


ShinySearch allows you to create a customized homepage with almost zero effort.  It comes loaded with links to most email services, social networking sites, news sites and popular Web destinations.

All you need to do is go to ShinySearch.com and select a theme and give it a name.   There’s no sign up and no need to enter in links to all of your favorite sites.

ShinySearch does have quite a few themes to choose from, but I want to note that I use the term “customized” loosely.  It appears that the only thing you can customize is the theme – which isn’t necessarily bad because it seems to have links to most sites that I visit regularly.  With that said, I would like to see the ability to remove sites that I don’t use and add ones that aren’t listed so that it is truly customized to my needs.

To see ShinySearch in action, watch the screencast below:


Scribbly is an application that runs on Adobe Air which allows you to quickly take notes and then email them to yourself with one click.  Its feature set still leaves a lot to be desired, but it’s still a useful little tool and worth a look.

After you install it you just need to click on the icon located in your system tray and add your email address to the settings so Scribbly will know where to send your notes.  You can jot down notes, copy and past links and even quickly add a time-stamp by clicking on the clock icon.  That’s really about it.  I do have my own requests for features, of course:

  • – The ability to add multiple email addresses so I can send my shopping list to my boyfriend fiance :).
  • – A button so that I can clear the list – right now it seems that I have to delete items myself.
  • – More control over how Scribbly behaves.  I’d like the option to have it go away after inactivity instead of having to hit the Esc key.

To see Scribbly in action, watch the screencast below:

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With the New Year quickly approaching (less than a month away!!) I decided it would be a good time to find a new tool for establishing healthy habits – out with the bad and in with the good!  That takes us to Rootein (pronounced “routine”), a service that allows you to create and track tasks, or Rooteins.  The premise behind Rootein is that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit so, hopefully, after using Rootein for about a month you’ll begin to effortlessly perform these tasks, thus forming a healthy habit.

After you sign up for a free account you just need to enter in a Rootein – anything from running 2 miles every day to remembering to call your mom.

You can create as many Rooteins as you’d like and then simply select the one that you’ve done and mark the date on the calendar.  Every time you perform one of your Rooteins just check in and then continue on with your day.  You can create reminders so that you never forget to, say, water your plants.

To see Rootein in action, watch the screencast below:


If you’d like to send holiday cards to your clients but don’t have the time or the money to buy, customize, and mail out plain old greeting cards, then eCards for Business may be just what you (and the happy little trees!) have been looking for.

 

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Pingg.com, an online invitation and party planning service, is behind eCards for business and they were nice enough to set us up with our own account to try out the new service.

In short, eCards for business allow you to create eCards that are branded with your company logo, which you can provide to your employees to send out to their clients.  The eCards can be viewed on a Webpage with a custom URL, via email, text message, and/or you can opt to have pingg print out and mail the cards to your chosen recipients.

A really great feature of eCards for business is a customized Splash Page that pingg will create for you.  You can add a logo, choose specific card designs that you want your employees to use, and add notes.  After your Splash Page has been created you’ll just need to point your employees to the URL and they can simply click on a link to create eCards for their clients with your companies branding and specific designs.  You can also encourage your employees to use your company eCards to send their family members holiday greetings.  Your eCard Website is also completely ad-free. (In my screencast I don’t make this point clear – note that if you sign up for eCards for business, there is no additional charge for removing ads). You can find pricing information and learn more about how pingg will create your customized Splash Page here.

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To learn more about eCards for business and see it in action, check out the screencast below (best viewed in HD in full screen):


(Update: As of now, I no longer have the new Retweet function. Hopefully when it comes back it won’t render my screencast completely useless…)

Over the past few days Twitter has been rolling out the new Retweet functionality and I was finally graced with the controversial feature last night.  My first take?  I don’t get it.  But after spending some time reading about it and clicking various links in my Twitter account, I think I figured it out.  Of course, when something takes me a bit of time to understand I immediately realize that there are probably more people like me out there…and that makes it screencast material.

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When you opt to click on “Retweet”, the next step is to just select “yes” and that tweet will be forwarded to your followers.  I say forwarded because it will take the original users tweet, with their twitter icon and all, and place it in your followers Twitter streams.  You’ll be given credit underneath the tweet, but the person who originated the text will get the credit.  There’s no more need to alter the original text so that you can fit in, “RT @molzy RT @maureenmcd,” and the content will be delivered to your followers as it was meant to be seen, by the original author.  If someone you follow tends to Retweet nonsense that you have no interest in then you can simply visit their profile page and opt out of receiving their Retweets.

I’ve noticed a lot of grumbling about the new Retweet feature and frankly, I don’t see why.  You can still Retweet the old way (RT @someone RT @anotherperson RT @thisisgettingconfusing) and you won’t be punished for it.  Personally I don’t see why adding unnecessary text to another persons tweet is beneficial.  If you didn’t originally write the text, but you think it  would be useful to your followers, why not just forward the authors work and be done with it?

If you’re still on the fence about the new feature, or if you simply don’t get it, then check out the screencast below to see my take on the new Twitter Retweet (best viewed in HD in full screen):


Kikin is an add-on that puts relevant search results for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, eBay, and iTunes above your regular search results from sites like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.  It works with Firefox, IE, and Safari.

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After you install it just perform your searches like you normally would.  Kikin will appear on the results page at the top, and there will be tabs for each service (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc) with relevant search results. If you connect your Twitter account you’ll also see all relevant tweets or just tweets from people you follow.  You can also reply and send out tweets right from the results page.

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If you’re viewing the YouTube tab, you can watch the videos without leaving the page.  If kikin gets in your way, you can easily minimize it.  To see kikin in action, check out the screencast below (best viewed in HD in full screen):