In the News: Bill Gates is Number Two

After more than a decade of being the richest man in the world, Bill Gates is now relegated to the number two spot. The new guy – Carlos Slim Helu, the Mexican tycoon.

By the latest estimates of total assets, Slim is now worth $67.8 B which places him ahead of former number two Warren Buffet, and even richer than the old guy, Bill Gates whose assets total $59.2 B.

It’s amazing how Mr. Slim’s fortune is equivalent to 8% of Mexico’s GDP which if happened in the US would be worth more than three quarters of a trillion dollars! The sudden surge of Mr. Slim’s assets came from the skyrocketing stock value of America Movil for the the 2nd quarter of the year which rose by 27% compared to Microsoft’s 5.7%.

So what now, Billy Boy?

Via The Guardian.

Firefox Quick Tips: Download Embedded Videos with UnPlug

UnPlug

A long while back, we featured VideoDownloader, an add-on that lets you save YouTube videos as FLV files. Now it was good for its function but it never did anything more than just that.

Going back to the business of embedded videos, we figured it’s time to feature a newer video downloading add-on that does more than just parse for the YouTube FLV file. So meet UnPlug. Unlike VideoDownloader which just links you to a web service that parses the page for the YouTube FLV link, UnPlug pretty much does the same but it’s not limited to YouTube. It practically scans the player where it gets the source file. It then displays the hyperlink to the file which you can then click to download. If it fails to detect the source file, it makes an “educated guess” and makes recommendations.

It works for multiple websites that include youtube.com, ifilm.com, current.tv, revver.com, peekvid.com, video.google.com, mobuzztv.com and other sites that practically work the same way.

Download UnPlug here.

Download: Backup a Blogger Blog with Blogger Backup

Blogger Backup

Bloggers on Blogger rejoice! Here’s one thing that can help you with your backup woes. If you’ve been happily blogging for quite sometime, you may have amassed so much material that you probably want to keep offline copies (you know, just in case something goes horribly wrong with Google).

In any case, Blogger Backup, is an open-source utility that lets you export your Blogger blog and save the darned thing locally to your PC. It works pretty straight up. Enter your account details, select a blog, and choose how many entries you’d like to be exported. It exports using Atom.

It even has am incremental backup feature where you can just choose to export the latest entries from your last backup. What even makes it a lot nicer is that it can extract comments from each post. An image download feature may be included in future versions.

Download Blogger Backup here.

Via Digital Inspiration

From the Tech Support Guy: Safe Operating Temperature Ranges for Core 2 Duo ASUS Laptops

ASUS A8Jr

And I thought my laptop’s CPU was burning.

I recently purchased an ASUS laptop (yeah, notebook is the new school term) and I’ve been writing about my reservations about running it on Vista. But I’m stuck with it since it came with the laptop.

Now the specs of the laptop is pretty decent for a “mobility” model. It runs on Core 2 Duo and packs 2GBs of RAM (with an upgrade). I really just use it for blogging, writing and some research work. Some of my friends say it’s such a waste of hardware especially if I don’t get to push it to its “full potential.” I can actually play games with this one given the specs and it even has a DirectX 10 compatible video card.

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Firefox Quick Tip: Validate Web Pages with Total Validator

Total Validator

Since today’s Web is gearing toward standardization via Web standards and being a bit more humane with considerations for accessibility. If you’re a web developer/designer then validation is one of your true friends that help you “get things right.”

However, while the W3C website offers a free validation service, it does have certain limitations like type checking. Web service, Total Validator offers a more comprehensive validation service that provides “true validation” of HTML 2.0 to XHTML 1.1 using the official document type declarations.

What’s really nice about it is that it performs WCAG priority checks and Section 508 for accessibility, broken link checking, spell checking in 5 different languages and even takes screenshots. How’s that for a web service? I think it’s a must-visit page for web developers. And to top it off, they offer a Firefox add-on so you can directly validate from any web page.

Download the Total Validator add-on here.

Via Firefox Facts

3 Tips on Decorate Your Lawn by Yourself

Plastic Flamingo

I’m a lawn kind of guy. When I’ll be hunting for a home (when it’s time for me to settle down), I’d probably opt for a piece of real estate that has a lawn. Not necessarily a sprawling one but just a nice patch of green where children and pets could run about. However, getting a spiffy landscaped lawn would cost a fortune but it doesn’t really have to be that way. You can always try to decorate your lawn and I don’t mean putting a plastic lawn flamingos. Here are some tips on using inexpensive things to decorate your lawn.

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Firefox Quick Tip: Screen Capture Full Web Page with Screengrab!

Screengrab

If you’re a blogger or reviewer, taking screencaps can be a real chore. That is, if you don’t invest on a good screen capturing software. Of the ones I’ve tried, Techsmith’s SnagIt is my favorite. However, you have to pay around $40 for it. Firing up Photoshop (or GIMP) can really slow you down too and that Print Screen button wouldn’t allow you to capture scrolling windows.

In any case, if screen capturing websites is your only chore, then you might want too look at this handy piece of add-on that lets you grab screenshots directly from Firefox – Screengrab! You can practically grab and save any portion of the web page from a small selection (by clicking and dragging) to the whole page scrolled down and to the extreme right. It basically saves a web page as an image.

You don’t even have to launch an image editor since it can save your image as JPG or PNG (which is becoming the more common format nowadays).

Download Screengrab! here.