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Is Awesome Screenshot Browser Add-on, Really Awesome?

So, is Awesome Screenshot, a screen capture add-on for Firefox 4.0 (which I recently installed), Chrome, and Safari really awesome? If you’re an active Blogger and you have a need to capture web graphics, or you’re the type of web enthusiast who likes to share unique content, then I think you’ll agree that it just might be.

Using Awesome Screenshot by activating its Browser toolbar push button icon


(which launches the add-on’s toolbar), you can capture a visible part, a selected part, or an entire web page. You then have the option to annotate the screen capture with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and even text.



Sample Capture


Saving the image to your Hard Drive, or sharing – by uploading the image to the Pict image hosting site, is a snap. In the following illustration, I’ve uploaded the sample capture to http://awesomescreenshot.com/0879qyp64, which, when clicked, (try it), opens the following.


This neat add-on doesn’t stop there though. You can share your capture on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Buzz – and even email it with Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail.


Fast facts:


  • Capture visible part
  • Capture any region
  • Capture the whole page
  • Crop any portion and show crop dimension


  • Annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text
  • Erase the sensitive information with blur tool


  • One-click Upload the screenshot to awesomescreenshot.com
    and get a sharable link
  • Hard to guess URL to allow private sharing
  • Share the link to Twitter, Facebook, email etc.

To see  Awesome Screenshot in action, watch this YouTube video.

Compatible with: Firefox 4.0, Chrome, Safari.

Download at: Mozilla, or the developer’s site.

Note: No restart required for Firefox 4.0 add-on.

Just a quick word on Firefox 4.0, which I’ve been running for a few weeks.

Contrary to most of the hype I’ve been reading regarding Firefox 4.0 which attempts to reposition Firefox 4.0 as the “reinvention” of the Browser, it’s simple not so.

Yes, there are major differences under the hood in this latest version, some of which you may find valuable, but in terms of productivity increases, I doubt if an average user will notice. For example, I have a very high end Video Card which Firefox 4.0 is designed to take advantage of – I have yet to see any improvement in performance based on this.

The following type of pseudo scientific testing is misleading, and really just twists reality out of shape – “performance tests on the Kraken, SunSpider and V8 benchmarks, for example, Firefox 4 blew away previous versions of the browser, with performance results between three and six times better.” The test results may be accurate, but unless you can count in milliseconds, I doubt if you’ll notice any appreciable increase in speed.

Nevertheless, if you’re a Firefox user, you do need to upgrade for security reasons. But don’t expect that you’ll be walking into a new and exciting Browser world.

With all the new releases, upgrades, and what have you in the Browser market in the last few weeks, and the accompany trumpeting of “were the best”, “we’re the fastest”, “we’ve got the best technology”, ad nauseam – it very much reminded me of children bragging in the school yard.

It would be helpful for average users if certain tech journalists, and the product developers, stopped trying to “sell” browsers as if they were used cars, it seems to me.

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Filed under Blogging Tools, Browser add-ons, Browsers, Chrome Add-ons, downloads, Firefox, Firefox Add-ons, Freeware, Gmail, Google Chrome, Image Editors, Interconnectivity, Safari, Safari add-ons, Screen Capture Utilities, Software, Windows Tips and Tools

Free GmailDefaultMaker – An Email Default Handler Solution

Webmail can handle pretty much all of my email needs, except one – when I need to contact a business, or product developer, and no contact web page exists. For example, in the screen shot below, in attempting to contact the webmaster at OpenOffice.org ….


I get this frustrating message. Here’s why – in Windows 7, Outlook Express is no longer available.


Frankly, I got a little tired of performing the necessary dance to complete the task, so I looked for an alternative. And, I found one – GmailDefaultMaker, which despite it’s name works with Yahoo Mail, AOL, and Hotmail.

Note to developer: Business 101 – the product name should reflect the function. Change the name.

Install this tiny application in the language of your choice –


Choose your default email service provider –


And, your done.


With GmailDefaultMaker installed, instead of the “you’re out of luck” message shown earlier, now when I click on “webmasters@openoffice.org” …….


the application automatically opens up my Gmail compose pane as shown in the following screen capture. Pretty cool, no?


System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0

Download at: the developer’s site (GmailDefaultMaker).

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Filed under downloads, Email, Freeware, Gmail, Integrated Solutions, Software, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Tips and Tools, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Hotmail Account Phishing Warning – Again!

If you were to Google “Hotmail scam”, you might be surprised to learn that these scams go all the way back to December, 1997 – at least that was the earliest one I could find. Not surprisingly, the hackers/scammers are at it again. Well why not? Hotmail account users’ are such an easy target.

The most recent email scam, currently in circulation, which appears to come from the Hotmail Customer Care team, is in reality just a poor attempt at a phishing con. This is not the first time we’ve seen this – the last time we saw this one was in August, 2008.

If you’re unfamiliar with phishing, it is defined as the act of tricking unsuspecting Internet users into revealing sensitive or private information. In a phishing attack, the attacker creates a set of circumstances where the potential victims are convinced that they are dealing with an authorized party, in this case Hotmail’s Customer Care team.

The newer email (as opposed to the older one pictured above), states in part: “We are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Hotmail accounts so we are shutting down some Hotmail accounts and yours was among those to be deleted – We are sending you this email to (sic) so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account”

The email goes on to request that the recipient provide Username, Password, Date of Birth, and Country. It seems to me that Hotmail would already have at least 2 pieces of this information already – user name and password.

Like so many scam emails like it, this one contains the usual spelling and grammatical errors, which should act as a tip-off that the recipient is looking at a fraudulent email.

Unfortunately, the old expression “I learn the hard way every time”, will come into play here with enough recipients falling for it, to make this scam profitable for the cyber-criminals behind it.

Advice that’s worth repeating:

Consider every email, telephone call, or text message, requesting personal information of any kind, as a scam

Never, ever, ever, click on embedded email links


Filed under Email, Interconnectivity, Internet Safety, internet scams, Malware Advisories, Online Safety, Spyware - Adware Protection, System Security, Viruses, Windows Tips and Tools