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Stress-Test Your Web Site. This $250 Tool Is Free From Today.

German company Paessler is probably best known for PRTG, its tool that helps you monitor your computers and network.  Until today, the company also used to sell a product called Web Stress Tool, which can simulate multi ple users from a single PC in order to help you discover how well your web site responds to heavy usage.

See Great Aerial Imagery On This Drone Showcase Site

Web sites for storing and displaying pictures are many and varied.  For video there's Youtube, Vimeo and others.  For stills there's Instagram. Flickr, Pinterest and more.  And now, images taken by drones have their own place on the web, courtesy of a site called Dronestagram.

Free Service Automatically Deletes Your Old Twitter Posts

Yesterday I told you about a useful add-on for Twitter.  For those who use the service regularly, here's news of another handy facility.  If you're not a fan of tweeting, then don't panic - I'll be back to writing about other stuff tomorrow.

A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts!

As someone with a pretty short attention span and who's also quite the Twitter addict, I waste a lot of time checking my Twitter feed when I really should be getting on with work.  Which means opening a browser, spending a few minutes reading messages, then closing the browser window to get back on with what I'm supposed to be doing.

New Website? New Kitchen? Need A Colour Scheme?

Whether you're working on a new web site or a new business card, or you're choosing your new kitchen or your new office, sometime or other you're going to need a colour scheme.  A set of colours which work well together.  Needless to say, the internet is full of free sites which claim to be able to produce a suitable collection of colour suggestions based on your initial choice, and I've been trying out a few of them recently.

One of my favourites turned out to be the Colour Scheme Generator at

A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free

If you've ever seen a composer sat at a piano, writing a tune by scribbling dots onto special music paper, you've probably been tempted to have a go yourself.  And the first question you've probably asked yourself is "how come he's doing it by hand, and isn't there a computer program to do it?".

Needless to say, there are such programs available.  And because they're often aimed at professional musicians, they tend to cost hundreds of dollars a time.

I Think I Just Found My Perfect Browser

I'm the first to admit that I'm not a typical user of web sites.  If I visit a site, I'm just as likely to be checking its source code or response times as actually looking at the content.  I do web stuff for a living, and I'm also very interested in how sites work.  Or why they often don't.

If you're like me, then I've got some news that might excite you.

Online Mind Mapper Makes Planning Easy

If you've never tried mind mapping software before, point your web browser at to try it out.  There's no software to install or download, and a basic account on the service is free.  You can create up to 3 maps, and you can even collaborate with other users online.

Develop Your Own Web Apps With A Free Online IDE

If you've ever looked into the idea of developing your own web-based applications, you'll know that the key technologies you need to learn are HTML, CSS and Javascript.  HTML lets you create the contents of your pages and CSS lets you apply the required formatting.  Javascript programs then allow you to manipulate that content to create animations and do all sorts of clever stuff.

Summarize webpages online

There is a lot to read on the web. Often what we do is skim pages, but it still takes some time to finish.

What summary addons do is once you click it, it analyzes the web page you are on and produces a short summary of the text which is surprisingly quite good.  Even if I intend to read the page, I find it useful to do this to give me an introduction to what is on the page.

Once summaries have been generated, you can if you want to paste it to the clipboard.

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