Technology - Favorites

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Technology - Favorites

10 Top CDN Plugins, Providers, and Tips

If you’re minding your pageload times, then your probably already familiar with CDNs. We’ve collected the top cdn plugins, quality cdn providers, and a few tips for handling cdn on cms.

Let's start by briefly addressing how a cdn functions and then take a look at the best ways to utilize them. In it's simplest form a CDN is provides performance through using multiple servers. By using multiple servers to deliver content, your website is placing a lighter load on each and cutting down the distance needed to travel in almost all circumstances. These benefits are folded into your site by rewriting resource urls to your CDN service provider, but it's not really as complicated as you may think. Since you need to select a provider, lets start by identifying a few quality CDN providers.

Advanced Access Manager

One simple plugin makes handling your Wordpress user access a snap...

Advanced Access Manager is an extremely powerful and flexible Access Control tool developed exclusively for WordPress. When you need to assign privileges to specific users (allowing registered users to view certain content for instance) - there is simply no better "plug-and-play" option on the market.


Reduce your image's filesize while preserving all the awesome!

If you are a web builder or photographer pay attention - I'm about to introduce you to your new favorite toy. It's built on some pretty impressive technology, but the goal is simple - Take your Jpeg image and make it's file smaller without losing any of the pictures quality.

Adobe Kuler

Makes coordinating colors and developing unified themes as easy as pie.

Some tools become so useful that you almost forget about them. The trigger that reminds you of that fact is usually a friend who mutters something like "Whoa, what is that!?". In this case that tools was Adobe Kuler (available both on web and in a nice little AIR based desktop application). When it comes to choosing a color palate for your project, there is simply nothing like it.

Abduzzedo | Website

Abduzeedo is a collection of visual inspiration and useful tutorials.

Abduzeedo is a blog about design. There are all sorts of articles for those who want to look for inspiration. Also you will find very useful tutorials for the most used applications out there, with a special selection of Photoshop Tutorials and Illustrator Tutorials. Of course there are other softwares conteplated like Pixelmator, Fireworks, and web design tutorials.


Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone, and the web.

There are few tools you'll use as much around the home and/or office as Evernote. We all need help remembering important details and here's how this clever little app helps...


Some terms scare people off. Cloud computing may seem like some far off, nerd driven technology. Dropbox makes it easy as pie.

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere, and share them easily. Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your phone or iPad, and the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it easy to share with others. And if your computer melts down, you can restore all your files from the Dropbox website with a couple clicks.

Ubuntu - Natty Narwhal

Ubuntu remains something of a "Rodney Dangerfield" OS.  It proves the value of marketing, but the cream eventually rises.

Ubuntu remains something of a "Rodney Dangerfield" OS. It proves the value of marketing, but like anything else, the cream eventually rises to the top. With their 11.04 release codenamed "Natty Narwhal", Ubuntu proves to get even creamier.

Facebook Questions?

What looks like a late addition may turn out to be the thing that ties all Facebook's data together.

Facebook Questions lets you ask any question and get quick answers from your friends and other people on Facebook. It doesn't require a whole lot of imagination to see how this addition could turn out to be something big. So, we will show you how to set up questions on your fanpage (or profile), then on page two answer some basic questions that Facebook would like you to consider.

The BookBook Case

The world of iPhone cases usually produce dull holsters coated in plastic...

The BookBook case is a distinct break from the boring plastic theme. Cases for iPhone, iPad, and laptop are all constructed to look like a classic leather-bound book. know - classy.

Klout - Whats Your Klout?

How important is your virtual voice? It's time track the numbers and see how you stack up...

Klout is all about tracking your audience and performance on specific social networks. One way to track your popularity on networks like Twitter or Facebook is to count your friends.... if you are the type of person that does this, then Klout is not for you. App

Everything you need for your financial life, all in one place...

We've been loyal Mint customers for over a year and to put it simply... The app offers everything you need for your financial life, all in one place.

ShareTool 2

Accessing your computer while away opens up a world of freedom, doing it securely makes that freedom something truly useful.

While searching for a secure way to access the internet from wi-fi hotspots, I ran across this great mac application ShareTool 2. Take a look at the features and give this app a test run, you'll be glad you did!

We Heart It

We Heart it is a great website that allows you to easily compile all your online inspiration.

I have grown to despise bookmarking sites. Each of them have gradually lost their way in the sea of "social" tools. Bookmarking should simplify things... their namesake, for example, couldn't be simpler. Put a piece of paper on a specific book page. That is why I was so pleased to be introduced to We Heart It.

Use Quora

A Great resource for accumulating useful knowledge from people in the know...

Quora is a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it. The most important thing is to have each question page become the best possible resource for someone who wants to know about the question.

How To Use StumbleUpon

Use StumbleUpon to help you discover and share great websites... It's literally the next big thing.

StumbleUpon uses a basic rating system to form collaborative statistics on website quality. When you use StumbleUpon, you will only see pages that friends and like-minded stumblers have personally recommended. This is the formula that helps people discover great content that they might not usually run across.

Web Dos and Donts

One of our favorite resources for web advice lately has been Web Dos and Donts. It covers a ton of categories...

One of our favorite resources for web advice lately has been Web Dos and Donts. It covers a ton of categories which you may have little knowledge of... or may have forgotten all together. The tips are short, sweet, and easily digestible.


Wish you were more aware of all the incredible things around you? With Foursquare, you can unlock your world...

Very few apps make the existing world more fun then it already is... but Foursquare is probably the most notable exception. All it takes is a few easy steps and we guarantee you will be having more fun - almost immediately.


Do you have more than one computer? Don't you wish you could use one mouse for both...

Because that's exactly what Synergy does. Actually you can add 10+ computers... Laptop or desktop... Across Windows/Mac/Linux platforms! On top of that sweet time saver and flat out cool trick... It's pretty easy to setup.