Stories by Steve Bass

Nifty Web services

Every couple of days a new Web service pops onto the scene. Some are forgettable, but the ones I've got for you this week are definitely keepers.

Share video captures and huge files for free

I tried Jing this morning and I love it. It's smart and free, and a kick to use. In less than a minute, I figured out how to highlight a portion of my screen, record what I was watching, and save it to Jing's server, ready to share.

Track Google searches, improve IQ

I read about <a href=" https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?hl=en&continue=http://www.google.com/history/welcome&nui=1&service=hist" target="_blank">Google Web History</a> the other day and fired it up immediately. Google Web History is smoot...

Make Windows XP act like Vista

Not thrilled about spending a bundle on Vista - and dealing with potential bugs and hardware upgrades? Stick with XP, and use these tools to emulate the Vista experience.

Programmable robots, online music, and more

YouTube is taking too much of my time. You know how it starts -- you watch one video and then get tempted by the list of similar clips. Before you know it, you've killed an hour watching dopey videos. (How many times can you watch skateboarding idiot...

Holiday gifts from Bass International

You can't kid me. I know you're not working this week, even if you're reading this while in the office. I'm loafing around, too, and plan on keeping it up until after the first of the year. So spend some time listening to my radio station and playing...

Search for music with your voice

Grab your microphone and hum a tune. It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but <a href="http://www.midomi.com/" target="_blank">Midomi</a> is a search engine that purports to find music by having you sing, hum, or, if you have the wherewithal, stru...

Have kids? Try a keylogger

It must be agonizing to have kids who use the Web. A friend called and asked what I'd recommend to keep an eye on the Internet access of her five kids. Four of the kids are girls; the oldest is about 16 and spending lots of time in chat rooms.

Are you sure about upgrading to Vista?

I hate upgrades. Sure, I used to look forward to the latest and greatest, but there are so many downsides: new equipment requirements, hassles getting all the old apps to work correctly, and getting up to speed on all the new features. (Don't laugh, ...

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