Zainul Franciscus

Zainul spends his time trying to make technology more productive, whether it’s Windows, Linux, Android, or learning to use web applications to save time.

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From Bangkok to Bangladesh, Tokyo to Tibet, English is the global language today. Like it or not, the biggest brands and most popular media usually is in English. It’s the language of business and trade, government and pop culture, and it’s here to stay in a thousand different variants. Problem is, everyone isn’t a native English speaker, and many of us spend a great portion of our lives trying to master the global tongue.

English Central believes that words is the building block of the English language, and developing a rich vocabulary is the best thing for a learner. To help learners do this, they have created a unique online learning environment that involves watching videos, and pronouncing words in these videos with the help from English Central’s experts.  And the great thing about this system is that you can do all this from the convenience of your own computer.


There are a lot of ways for getting files (music, video, software) from the Internet. Some of you might use a peer-to-peer network, such as BitTorrent, or a dedicated file hosting service, like RapidShare. These services are great, but Peer-to-Peer can be slow, and a dedicated file hosting service can be expensive. If you are looking for an alternative, with lightning fast download speed, secure connection, and cheaper pricing plans, you should perhaps try Usenet.

A Short History about Usenet

The history of Usenet dates back to the 1980s. It was originally designed as a global distributed discussion system, but its heyday as a discussion system has long ended. These days, we use mailing list, or online forums, but even these Usenet successors are beginning to feel dated. Since then, Usenet has evolved into a file sharing network.

Eventually, Usenet evolved as a media where people shared copyrighted material. People started using Usenet as a tool to share copyrighted material. RIAA filed a suit against Usenet, and they triumphed when U.S. District Judge Harold Baer of the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of RIAAA. We write this article because we feel that our readers will get some benefit from knowing how to use Usenet, and not because we support copyright infringement. There are a lot of useful, non-copyrighted material available in Usenet – such as free books, and open source software. Plus, it’s a trip though internet memory lane before web were even conceived for the most part.


IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) are a special type of software that developers use to write software. IDEs are designed to maximize productivity, because because they typically present a single platform which all development is done. This means a developer will do less environment switching to get his job done.

Most IDEs were developed for writing desktop-based applications, or server side development, and place front-end web development as an after thought. Plus, no matter what language you’re using, with a native IDE it’s much more difficult to work from any computer or with distributed teams. The team behind Cloud9 IDE created a JavaScript-based IDE for creating web based applications, and they have open-sourced the code, free to adapt and use. Let’s take a look.


Cloud-based storage services have made sharing large files easier. In the past, most people had to copy files to Zip disks or burn documents to a DVD or save them to a flash drive. Alternatively, you can send your files via FTP, or attach it to an email message if it’s small enough. These solutions are great, but the average Internet users might not understand FTP and most mail servers reject large files.

Dropbox has become the most popular cloud-based storage service for a number of reasons. We use it to store all sort of files and share folders with others, but not everyone use DropBox. That’s where AirDropper comes in. It’s a simple application that lets you request files using a special link that you can send by email, or a personalized web page. The recipient then hits that link to upload their file using the AirDropper website; the file will be saved in your Dropbox account. It’s a great solution to an age-old problem of sending large files, so let’s take a look and see if this will be a fit for your team’s file sharing needs.


Nothing beats fresh herbs and vegetables in your heart warming soups during fall or colder winter months. And who doesn’t like making a garden fresh salad during the blistering summer? No matter what time of the year it is, a little sunshine and time away from your screen can always do you good.

If you have a backyard, why not turn it into your own vegetable and herb garden? No gardening experience? No problem. Smart Gardener tells you how to pick the right season to grow your crops, design your garden layout, plant your seeds, and the right garden care for your crops. No matter whether you’re a master gardener who wants to improve your garden, or a novice gardener who is starting his first garden, Smart Gardener will tell you everything you need to know about gardening.


Wolfram alpha has been receiving a lot of attention, and a number of people have seen it as Google’s new rival. In many ways, Wolfram Alpha more than just a search engine – it’s a smart computational knowledge engine.  Anyone who ask Wolfram Alpha factual questions will receive not only facts, but a complete analysis of the questions, with diagrams, charts, and formulas. Wolfram Alpha processes questions through its built-in models, algorithm,  and presents real-world knowledge to users.

In this respect, Wolfram Alpha is smarter than Google. Wolfram Alpha retrieves relevant information, apply scientific models,  and present its answers with data comparison, trends, diagrams,  instead of merely giving you a list of documents that matches your search keywords – like what Google does. The system is elegant, the user interface is simple and clean – it is simply stunning.

No matter what you’d like to learn about, Wolfram Alpha is a great place to start. Here’s how you can use it to learn more about the world around you.


The proliferation of social networking sites has turned the Internet into a lightning-speed conduit that transmits stream of social data in real-time. We share fragments of our daily lives with a virtual circle of friends in Facebook or Twitter, or perhaps in the brand new Google+. Last.Fm and Imeem lets us create playlists and share them with our friends. We put together galleries of captivating images and share them in Flickr.

The lack of appealing mobile photo sharing features from these social services has attracted a number of tech entrepreneurs to create a mirage of social photo sharing services. There has been a boom in iPhone-only photo sharing apps, such as Instagram and Path, that want to capitalize on the ever-improving mobile camera. PicPlz exist in the same ecosystem, but instead of just providing services to iPhone users, PicPlz aims to become a full-fledged photo sharing service. PicPlz is not an iPhone-only app. Instead, it’s a photo sharing service that lets you share stylish pictures from your iPhone, Android device, or directly from your browser.